JAGER: Roasted

Frank Jager.

Yesterday the Times-Standard dedicated part of its Roasts and Toasts column to the committee of Humboldt County mayors who nominated Eureka mayor Frank Jager to the California Coastal Commission last week:

The seven mayors on the committee took a confusing process to new heights at the meeting last week. While several suggested that potential candidates didn’t have as much time to prepare as Supervisor Mark Lovelace, it’s clear that anyone interested in the position — first written about in early November in this newspaper — could simply have called the governor’s office to clarify how they might apply. Lovelace and fellow nominee Fortuna Mayor Pro Tem Ken Zanzi took the initiative to figure out how to seek the nomination. If other elected officials can’t figure that out, how do they expect to sit on a commission whose staff delivers agenda packets by the box? It’s not an easy position.

The criticism is properly directed at Jager.  He told KMUD news Friday that he is more qualified than Lovelace because he’s retired and has time on his hands. Jager used the same line during his 2008 campaign for city council.

Jager said Lovelace’s full-time supervisor gig makes him too busy for the job.  Lovelace noted that all coastal commissioners are required to be current elected officials, and many current commissioners are county supervisors.

As it stands, Lovelace, a full-time Supervisor, took steps to learn the process and go for it, while Frank took no action but to complain that no one held his hand through the process.

Yet he’s retired and has nothing better to do, which he says makes him more qualified.  But circumstances make him appear doubly unfit.  Lovelace looks far more capable.

  1. osprey
    December 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    YES!, and as a retiree, he is also qualified to occupy a comfy pair of “Depends”, which will also contain the ” details” of most of his future actions as Mayor. It’s all about qualifications, Frank! Coastal Comm. would eat this chump up.

  2. December 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    While I won’t bother arguing the nuts and bolts of this issue here, this post is probably akin to what belongs on the Humboldt Mirror.

  3. Local Eurekan
    December 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Quite “frankly,” Jager doesn’t have the intellectual firepower to be a Coastal Commission member. But he doesn’t care. In his mind, all he needs to bring is a rubber stamp for Arkley’s projects.

  4. Anonymous
    December 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    How does a person who believes in Arkley projects and other more right wing ideas escape being called an Arkley minion or puppet, when they would have voted that way in any case?

  5. Anonymous
    December 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Fred – go ahead and argue. Give us Frank’s specific qualifications to serve on the CCC. This includes understanding of current regulations, environmental science, and other coastal issues. What is his experience in this area? Please, I want the “nuts and bolts”.

  6. Anonymous
    December 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Qualifications often include agreement with your own principles.

  7. CDP
    December 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Quite frankley one does not need much brain power to be on the coastal commission. All it really takes is an agenda. Countless projects have gone to the CC with science and findings to support approval of projects and they get shot down due to activism and politics. The lighted southern california ball field is one example of good science being overriden by agenda driven politics. Frank would be a qualified commissioner just as lovelace is. They both would vote their respective politcal agenda regardless of the findings.

  8. Anonymous
    December 21, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    What is this Humboldt Mirror everyone here keeps prattling on about?

  9. Steak n Eggs
    December 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    CDP is right. But shit, lets continue to hate on him cause that’s how we do it here at the HH when someone is not in our sandbox. Gosh, am I the only centrist tired of this overplayed partisan propaganda BS? Heraldo…I understand that you have to tote the line for the sheep, but can you mix it in with an equal amount of informative unbiased info for those that like to make an independent decision? Its not like the educated voter is really going to change their mind after reading your blog. Otherwise its all good.

  10. December 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    can you mix it in with an equal amount of informative unbiased info

    Such comments find no obstacle on the HH.

  11. Reality Check
    December 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    You people are fucked! The Times-Standard roasts Frank Jager for his incompetence in applying for the CC seat, highlighting the extra drama that this queen created, and somehow it’s Heraldo’s fault. Please!! Pathetic and weak!

  12. Ponder z
    December 21, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    and many current commissioners are county supervisors. Marky, most on the CCC are more competent than you, thats why.

  13. Ponder z
    December 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Anonymous says:
    December 21, 2010 at 7:03 pm
    What is this Humboldt Mirror everyone here keeps prattling on about?

    Its a metaphor. Who here on the HH can look at themselves in a mirror?
    So, you all can, and, be dern prod of what you see. (only, because you miss the point and can NEVER “see”)
    somehow I knew the answer.

  14. December 22, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Frank should be a SCOP and stfu

  15. Anonymous & proud of it
    December 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I agree with Fred up above. Too many of the assholes posting here belong on the Humboldt Mirror page.

    Morons who have never met Frank, never worked with Frank and never talked with Frank are calling him names. Saying shit like he is stupid, wears depends and other crap.

    He was a good cop, a detective for years with the District Attorney’s office and then a department head for the county. He was the Pack Master for the local Boy Scouts for many years, donating thousands & thousands of his free hours to service for Eureka’s youth. He is a great guy & you morons criticising him are not worthy to say his name.

    But I do disagree with what Frank said. Being a Supervisor is not a full time job. They get over $70,000 a year, but really only need to work 10 hours a week. The rest of the time they just work at getting re-elected.

  16. Reinventing The Wheel
    December 22, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks Heraldo.

    It’s pretty dumb to complain when others utilize an existing process, after failing to do so for themselves.

    But, when you’re a benefactor of Eureka’s corrupt election process, elected positions can seem like a right-of-passage.

    At some point, outside Eureka, and Humboldt county, doing your homework matters.

  17. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 23, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Yeah, Frank’s probably a pretty decent guy, loves his family, and tries to contribute to his community. Unfortunately, none of those things qualifies him to sit on the CC. The job is much bigger than Humboldt County. Knowledge of land use issues, state laws, coastal biology and geology all count. So while Frank is an OK guy, this one is out of his league.

  18. Anonymous
    December 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Frank is as qualified as Bonnie was when she was appointed.

  19. Plain Jane
    December 23, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Yeah 8:50. All those years as assistant to the board, years as supervisor dealing with land and coastal issues, years on the Board of Forestry dealing with land, water and coastal issues should in no way make someone more qualified than a former coroner to be appointed as a coastal commission. In Arkleyworld.

  20. Anonymous
    December 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    You have proven your ignorance many times before, but Frank was also a city councilman for eight years.

  21. Reinventing The Wheel
    December 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Indeed, back when the 10 year-old Martin Slough Interceptor project was a mere $15 million, not one shovel turned, not one plan made. Those were the Halcyon days of successfully hiding and under-reporting Eureka’s million gallon sewage discharges just blocks from Jager’s home, while developers were moving full-steam ahead…funding winning candidates.

    Meanwhile, the Interceptor’s price tag has mushroomed…not one shovel turned, and many more subdivisions on the horizon.

    Expect little reprieve from the sewage-soaked wooded wetlands frequented by Cub Scouts and their pets exploring Martin Slough.

    This is a horrid legacy for any potential CCC member.

  22. Plain Jane
    December 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

    “You have proven your ignorance many times before, but Frank was also a city councilman for eight years.”

    NO WAY!!! Councilman Jager was a COUNCILMAN???

    When you are so unqualified for a position that you don’t even know what the qualifications are, its easy money to bet you are a conservative.

  23. Anonymous
    February 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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