Bad to the Bohn

Rex Bohn.

A pillar of conservative Eureka society is one step away from finally landing a seat on the Eureka City Council, according to the Journal.

Rex Bohn made it to the top two picks of potential warm bodies to fill the seat left vacant by Frank Jager, who won the mayor’s seat in November. A selection committee has narrowed the field to Bohn and Melinda Ciarabellini, a retired captain from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Bohn has long been considered the heir apparent by City Hall watchers who see the selection committee as a formality in the path to Bohn’s inevitable placement on the Council.

Bohn was backed by big money in his campaign for the 4th Ward Council seat in 2004, but lost to progressive candidate Chris Kerrigan.

Bohn is an outspoken supporter of the Marina Center project, and championed the recent lawsuit which challenged the California Coastal Commission’s jurisdiction over the Balloon Track property.  The lawsuit was tossed but is being appealed to a higher court.

  1. Anonymous
    December 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Madesto del Mar.

  2. Anonymous
    December 23, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Bohn is a reasonable guy, and a good guy at heart. Heraldo’s litmus test is, thankfully, not in consideration.

  3. anon
    December 24, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Doesn’t he work for a grow shop now? Diesel, wood chips, and now soil amendments……he’s WAY qualified!

  4. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Bohn wanted the CalPine LNG plant built across from Eureka. Most Eurekans did not, so CalPine backed down. Did Rex ever change his mind about locating LNG plants close to local population centers?

  5. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Correction: A lot of people from around the county, rallied by activists, didn’t want CalPine in Eureka. Don’t even pretend a majority of the people attending that meeting resided in Eureka or adjoining burbs.

  6. anon1
    December 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Rex is good at selling things…Maybe we want him as the City Manager..How about lie detector tests for the whole council?

  7. "JG"
    December 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Rex has done more for this community than anyone. Helps those in need, builds community parks, works with the youth, brings folks together from opposing points of view, fund raising for every cause (including progs), knows everyone, community organizer. Sounds like the right guy for the job to me.

  8. Decline to State
    December 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

    No argument from me about Rex being a nice, caring guy who does a lot of good work for the Humboldt County community…it’s just that his politics are messed up and sometimes he shows lapses of good judgment. I voted for Chris Kerrigan. I also think his joining the Eureka city council is probably inevitable.

  9. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Thursday he was helping Betty Chinn feed the homeless. what else would you expect from a very giving and caring man

  10. Brady and Newman
    December 24, 2010 at 6:52 am

    We welcome Rex the Council. We had to go through the process of interviewing other candidates so it wouldn’t look like a sham. Rex couldn’t get elected, but we know what’s best for the city, not the voters. That’s why Arkley gave us all that money to run.

  11. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Rex is a smart hard working guy who has put a lot of time and energy into our community. Why he’d want to put up with the abuse dished out to anyone in public office is beyond me.

  12. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 6:55 am

    B&N 6:52 – way to start your day being a troll. Merry Christmas anyway.

  13. Scorpinid
    December 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Is it too late to support Rex for the open seat on the Coastal Commission?

  14. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Politics are “messed up” just because they disagree with yours? Also, Chris Kerrigan never showed a lapse in judgement? They all do at times. Mean comments here. Merry Christmas. Hope you all have a nice day and whatever religion, that it is a good holiday.

  15. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

    My politics couldn’t be farther from Bohn’s, but I’ve always thought he’s as community minded as a guy could get.

    I’d be happy to see him mayor.

  16. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Nobody but nobody has volunteered more hours and done more for this community over the decades. He would fill out the council and help make it the best council we have had in many years.

  17. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 8:46 am

    The comments on this blog reaffirm my belief that progressives are a mean-spirited bunch.

  18. anon1
    December 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Just because you are a good guy doesn’t mean you are qualified..All of this collusion scares the hell out of me!!! and all of you should pay attention..Complete take-over of city hall isn’t good for any of us..Watch who gets caught first? Who will it be..If you know all the groups watch the shell game with money, right before your eyes..

  19. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

    If a councilman can adjudicate based on staff reports, testimony and real information not on a preconceived political agenda he or she may be effective. Rex, maybe workable as long as he is willing to put down any banners and set friendships aside for the purpose of council business. He’s pretty deep in it all but maybe he would be willing to open his mind. Does anyone know anything about Ciarabellini?

  20. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 9:23 am

    That would be good news for progressives in the next election. But the damage will be done.

  21. Plain Jane
    December 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    The Arkley council picked committee to pick a replacement for Jager will pick who Arkley tells them to pick. The idea that such a corrupt process could ever result in a good choice for the city, rather than Arkley and the Chamber, is absurd. Eureka is Arkleyville now in all but name.

  22. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    anon 85, right, fine candidate as mayor, they should have thought of that earlier. Lurch as the face of Eureka, oh please, how long do we have to look at this? He’s a coroner for god sake, and a buffoon, that alone shows how gullible and bought the voters were. At least Virginia was cute, not the brightest lit bulb, but really cute.

  23. Not A Native
    December 24, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m just gobsmacked that Bohn’s name would surface to the top of the list. Who would have thunk it??

    Just wonder why Rose hasn’t posted here yet, decrying the lack of ‘balance’ and shrilly warning about a ‘power grab’? Guess its all OK as long as its certain minority elected candidates who’re doing the grabbing.

  24. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I think you’ve secretly got the hots for Rob Jane. Admit it.

  25. Plain Jane
    December 24, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I admit that 9:34 just made me gag at the thought of anyone having the hots for Rob. Way off the ick scale!

  26. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Welcome to Arkleyville Population 25,247

  27. Nice Guy
    December 24, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I agree with 8.46am, liberals are the meanest group of people around. And you fools have no basis for your attacks so you have to come up with a bogeyman, Robin Arkley.

    Do you children realize how dumb that line of attack makes you sound ?

  28. Brady and Newman
    December 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Arkley told us to appoint Rex, so it’s going to be Rex. It doesn’t matter that the voters overwhelmingly rejected Rex. The only thing that matters is what Arkely wants.

  29. Old Eureka
    December 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Rex’ll fit right in. Now if we can just get rid of that pesky voice of dissention, Linda Atkins, we can run this burg just like it’s always been done–unilateral gladhanding.

  30. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Welcome to group think 2011 – give em enough rope…

  31. Big Al
    December 24, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I think I said some weeks ago…
    word on the street is, the seat is going to go to Rex

    ( Merry Christmas to all )

  32. December 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Basically what you’re saying “heraldo” is that – if the “progressives” are successful in their quest for power – said quest already fully on record in the form of statements from “progressive” leaders and “progressives” including Eric Kirk – then they have a mandate to shove their agendas objectives and views down the throats of everyone else – to run roughshod over any objections, and to appoint whomever they desire. Because “they won.”

    But if anyone else wins, the opposite is true and they are also to bow to the “progressives” and conduct the will of the “progressives” as if there are no other viewpoints with any validity.

    In fact, Virginia Bass bent over backwards and sideways to try to allow everyone into the process – and you have done nothing but shit all over her.

    So there is no reason for anyone to make their appointing decisions on trying to appease you and your “progressive” buddies. There is no appeasement.

    Furthermore – unless and until YOU show up for one one-tenth of the community activities that Rex Bohn has, so many things I can’t even think of them all – unless and until you contribute in some way – you just don’t have any room to stand on

    You support people who SUCK RESOURCES and money out of this community. You represent the predatory litigants. The pot growers. And more.

    If anything, Rex (by virtue of his own contributions, actions and dedication) represents the people who work to BUILD the community, who DONATE time, money and resources to build better lives for kids, and the community in general – you don’t like it, but others do. And others have as much a right to their opinion, and as much a right to having someone who represents their values serving as their representative.

    Both Rex and Melinda are wonderful people and will do a fabulous job. Eureka is lucky to have good people like them.

    Merry Christmas.

  33. Brady and Newman
    December 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Rose is on our team, so we must be doing the right thing. She’s so well respected in the community. She’s not a nutcase or anything like that.

  34. mresquan
    December 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I am actually okay with them appointing Rex.Let them have their power trip for a little bit.It will come back to bite them in the long run.Rex will have to run again in two years(actually less than that)and I see now that the Eureka progressives are starting to get their shit together and are becoming more motivated and are starting to develop some more concrete ideas on how the city should operate.For Eureka conservatives who are intent on controlling the city council,a Rex appointment could be a bad idea.With the predatory litigious org. known as Security National deliberately stalling the development of the MC and instead opting to go for a lawsuit,Rex may never have an opportunity to vote on anything in regards to the project.

  35. Lovelace, Atkins and loser Glass
    December 24, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Brady and Newman; your so full of it. Us Progs rule! Well, not right now, but watch out in 2012!!!

    Until then, we are going to whine that you guys won the mandate of the voters, but we are still right. And when we win the mandate of the voters next time, we will be right again. See, we are right; win or lose.

  36. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Ciarabellini – longtime jail commander, married to Pete Ciarabellini, a retired deputy sheriff, will make Jager and Madsen, the ex-cops on the council, look like cream-puffs, but she is smarter than Bohner.

  37. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Kerrigan will be eligible to run again in 2012. That is food for thought.

  38. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

    “…if the progressives are successful in their quest for power”

    Does Rose really think that only the liberals are guilty of such intentions?

  39. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

    A Bohn – Kerrigan re-match? Verrrry Interestink!

  40. Schwingerkönig
    December 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I met Rex for the first time at the Relay for Life dinner and auction where he was helping raise money for fighting cancer. Compare this to what Chris has [or has not] done for the community. I think Rex will be a fine Councilman. He has demonstrated time and time again that he cares about the community.

  41. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Anyone who was behind the Calpine proposal has got to be nuts. Why not just put a repository for highly radioactive waste here? I’ll bet that would bring a lot of money to this area, right? No one else wants it, so why not? We could bask in the glowness. Please, we need brains, not nice guys. What has become of this area. Four elementary schools closing. That’s a direct result of people leaving here because of no decent paying jobs. We’ve got one of the prettiest coastal areas here in this State. Recreational opportunities abound and there is hardly a mention of it outside the immediate area. Yeah, let’s put a mall on the waterfront–what a great idea. Rex may be a very good person—-but.

  42. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Well- there’s one opinion.

  43. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Rose-go fuck yourself with a chainsaw. Progressives still represent 45% of Eureka, and we still have a voice. I hope that you have the most pathetic Christmas ever, cause that’s what you’ve earned!

  44. Jason
    December 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Still not as mean as Rose’s pals over at the Mirror, but getting closer…

    (BTW, Kerrigan moved to Old Town, no longer in the 4th Ward)

  45. December 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    It’s a Christmas miracle … H posted this feeble attempt at maligning Rex as a strong candidate to replace Frank Jager as 4th Ward Eureka Council-member and comments support the appointment by a 3-to-1 margin.

    Could is be that Rex is hard working, has the community’s best interest at heart, and will make decisions based upon what is right and not what he’s told? Could it be that he’s touched the hearts of thousands of people by serving as auctioneer to raise over $6 million for local charities and non-profits that run the entire range of the political spectrum?

    Merry Christmas everyone !!

  46. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Maybe Newman is a straw man put up to draw attention from Arkley? Someone that incompetent is sure to draw the heat.

    Appointing Rex to the council sounds like the old practice where they took the very best teacher in the school and appointed them to be the Principal. All they did was lose a good teacher and get an unqualified Principal. I applaud Rex’s community activities and hope he continues to do them. That does not mean he would be a good councilperson. Just the time he would have to take from his other valuable activities would make him less effective in the community. It does disturb me that he was a supporter of CalPine and LNG. He also comes with a stated prejudice about the glory of big boxes and the Marina Center. That fight isn’t over. An open mind would certainly be preferable here. I have no idea of his postion on the Jefferson School Project and if he realizes hoew much good it would do for area children. We’ll see.
    I have no knowledge of Ciarabellini, except that it’s hard to spell. Hopefully someone here can clue us in.

  47. Reality Check
    December 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Gee, Chris Crawford, local conservative politico who was an organizer for Measure N, supports Rex Bohn-who the community voted against much greater than any of the recent elections. Predictable. Why not choose a candidate that better represents the community-would that be too honorable?
    Merry Christmas, Chris

  48. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I would have no problem with the Arkleyville vision if it wasn’t so short sited. Big box strip mall development is the vision for the future of Eureka? Really? That’s all ya got?

    With the proper vision, we could all work together and create something grand.

    Am I asking for too much Chris?

  49. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Maybe not, but you’re asking too much of Arkley. The word ‘compromise’ is not in his vocabulary.

  50. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Sure wish there was a forum where we could meet these people. I have no idea who Mrs. Ciarabellini is. I only know Rex as the loud person who does auctions and likes baseball. Not much to go on. Hell, Jager could appoint Atilla the HUN (except Newman’s already got that spot) and we’d never know it until too late. How about some exposure?

  51. Sylvia Scott
    December 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I have disagreed with Rex in the past & I’m sure we will be on opposite sides in the future. But he does have a soft spot for the children of this city. For that alone, I will give him the respect he deserves! Brady & Newman on the other hand, deserve nothing & will receive just that from me! May they both have lumps of coal in their stocking in the morning & a house full relatives that won’t go home!

    To everyone else; May you have a Happy & Healthy Holiday!

  52. Watchful Observer
    December 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Yes, not only did Rex support the LNG proposal back then, he cites it now as an example of what a “business-friendly” change in attitude could attract to Eureka if only *sigh* we changed our ways.

    Terrifying.

    Anyone have the link to his recent quote (Town Dandy column?) referencing the LNG thing as a great example of the business that Eureka should be attracting?

  53. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm
  54. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Yeah, because who would ever want the good paying jobs associated with Calpine? I hope Sylvia Scott will get the Christmas her mean old soul deserves.

  55. Plain Jane
    December 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Anonymous Rex doesn’t care about risk / benefit ratios when lusting after jobs. Public risk / private benefit sounds perfect to him.

  56. anon1
    December 24, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    The Baseball people were tired of Rex and asked him to go..He’s a bull in a china closet..Works good for the rest of em..Talk about a dark past, this guys got one..

  57. Prog.0
    December 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Anonymous says:
    December 24, 2010 at 11:27 am
    “Somebody correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe Kerrigan will be eligible to run again in 2012. That is food for thought.”

    Kerrigan is about as relevant now as Al Gore. Has-beens the both of them.

  58. Plain Lame
    December 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    PJ @ 3:21 – Kinda like the Jefferson School Neighborhood proposal?

  59. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    How about some more specifics, Anon1?

  60. mayfly
    December 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Rex is a raging redneck Republican. He has contributed lots to the community but has a nasty attitude toward the poor. He’ll fit right in on the city council. What’s his position regarding Jefferson?

  61. Sylvia Scott
    December 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    2:55 Well thank you very much, I am! I call a spade a spade. I educated myself & earned a good living. NOW, I watch out for my neighborhood & city! I look at Eureka as a beautiful uncut jewel. A few have the vision of what it COULD BE! I am not now or have I ever been opposed to jobs & industry in this city. But too many people are willing to sell their souls for dead-end nothing employment. There is no reason why we can not have a beautiful city & still have an industry that pays a livable wage! When you totally disregard everything but the low-end job you procured, it’s everyone loss – even yours!

    This city is just filthy & it is such a shame! People will continue to leave & companies will continue to relocate elsewhere. When we start having some pride in our city, others will realize the beauty also! – OR – Settle for what you have now
    ; high crime, low wages, no city funds, & a bum on every corner!

  62. Reality Check
    December 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    You are right on point Sylvia!

  63. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    As indicated throughout this blog, Rex was in favor of a natural gas project here. Absolutely insane. We do NOT need him as a member of the City Council–period.With values like that, that is, no concern about the environmental consequences, he would be a very poor choice. Sylvia is spot on with her take on the current situation here in Eureka. Read her entry again and learn from it. We need intelligent forward thinking individuals on the council, not the same old, same old. Good luck with that though. I seriously doubt that type of person will be appointed—They wouldn’t “fit in”.

  64. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Somebody better send these clowns to a Brown Act workshop. The casual conversations (of three of more) about City Council issues at the Chamber, Stantons, or anywhere would be a legal violation. I’m not sure the Brady Bunch are bright enough to know they can’t conspire on the side.

  65. cheesedick
    December 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I think all of us lunatic right wingers have failed to simply acknowledge the fact that the hippies won. They fought everything, stopped everything and we’re now on their turf trying to make something of it.
    It ain’t gonna happen…wait, new City Council? Measure N what?
    Nevermind.

  66. Mike Buettner
    December 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Rex was wrong on Calpine and the LNG proposal. But I suspect that was more due to lake of information than a willingness to put our community in harms way at any price. He’s not a raging redneck by any means. I don’t mean to endorse him for the City Council but I do think he is more openminded than made out to be here.

  67. pluto
    December 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    What bothers me is the Betty Chin thing. All the old timers here think it makes them look liberal and caring feeding the homeless in someone else’s backyard. This is why this town, Old Town and the adjacent historic neighborhoods are so screwed up. You don’t get rid of ants by putting out sugar in front of them. Hey REX feed them in your neighborhood.

  68. Me
    December 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    So, if loosing elecions should send you to some distant hell, then we would not have had Lincoln as a President.

  69. pluto
    December 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Talk about conversations at Stantons? Around 2002 the city attorney talked about the west side. When neighbors there were looking into protecting the historic buildings on the Clark District he was overheard saying “Who cares what happens on the west side it’s just a slum”.

  70. anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    No one knows about our historic neighborhoods. Why? Why doesn’t the Chamber acknowledge this asset and put it on a web sight. The way it is now no one but the slumlords know about our victorian architecture (aside from first and second street) so they just keep passing it back and forth between themselves and run it into the ground. COC wants $100,000 why don’t they work for it. Let some new people have these homes that will bring prosperity to the town. If Rex gets in I hope he veers away from doing things the way they have always been done. The wrong way.

  71. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Only at the Humboldt Herald do you get crucified for feeding the homeless.

    John Stewart’s rally failed.

  72. December 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Yet you supported Bonnie Neely, who was involved in the serial pre-back-door-meetings WITH CALPINE leading up to the big LNG brouhaha. Only one Supervisor to my knowledge wasn’t playing the game, and you guys dump all over her too – so once again – you pick and choose when you’re going to play outraged, and the truth gets no play here, and hypocrisy reigns supreme. Not even the spirit of the season can stop it. Not even Christmas Eve.

    When it comes to Rex, no one in the entire city, not even the county, can hold a candle to his community service. But that’s not what you want the city council for is it? No. Not the supervisor seats either. No. It’s not about serving the community for you , it is about pushing for “progressive” power, with no intentions whatsoever of serving the community, just ruling. You are the new good old boys. Backing Bonnie Neely. That’s the funniest thing of all. Kerrigan once had innocence and promise. But when he hooked in with the Salzman power crowd, he lost it. You truly do not get it.

  73. Anonymous
    December 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Sylvia Scott @ 3:55 spoke the truth and nailed it in terms of many of the problems we face here…thank you, Sylvia for the honest and insightful post.

  74. December 25, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Any person thinking Calpine would have produced meaningfull jobs for locals is an idiot

  75. Anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 12:20 am

    I beg to differ with SmokeMonster. CalPine might well have produced a great number of new openings in our local fire departments!

  76. anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Yeah! Perhaps a bunch of construction jobs in Fairhaven and the mall too.

  77. Brady and Newman
    December 25, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Rose gives our side the high moral ground. Thank God she isn’t a nut job.

  78. anon1
    December 25, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Rose, Merry Christmas..Let the anger go for a
    day…Remember, just like Christmas..Its all about the people..Wish
    your family a Merry one too.

  79. Sam Spade
    December 25, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Hey, lighten up on Rex. He’s my 4th Street Connection. Good stuff too.

  80. Useyourbrain
    December 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

    What grow store does Rex work for???? This is way to funny, arkley crew promoting a grow store employee, what is going on, everyone wants in on the action, greed always pushes the conservatives so called “values” out the window. I want to know where he works, I HAVE to go witness first hand big Rex Interacting with the local growers!

  81. Anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    You can’t possibly be that stupid.

  82. Anon
    December 25, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Takes quite awhile to read through this garbage sometimes more than once trying to make sense of any of it.

    Rex to my recollection wanted more information from CalPine he was a big supporter of a community meeting so we could get the information and ask questions. Since when is asking questions the same thing as ‘giving support’?

    So many of you-us would like More public participation and when a guy like Rex comes along who does stuff for the community about every night of every week…You just don’t Get It.

    I personally like him and support anything he gets involved in and IF he wants to be a councilman I think it means he’d have less time to auctioneer and that would be sad. The Big Picture is more important.

    We need viable sustainable industry in Eureka and Humboldt County. Rex is well liked, well known and can work with anyone. He most possibly is the best candidate we ever neglected to give the right job to-but that’s about to change.

  83. Sam Spade
    December 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    “a guy like Rex comes along who does stuff for the community about every night”
    Oh yeah, he was doing a lot of “stuff” at the 4th Street Connection. Rex has a long, long history of doing “stuff”. I’ve worked with Rex, he’s a typical Polytician: Vain, arrogant, self-centred, narcissistic, and completely self absorbed. He’ll fit in quiet nicely. I hope he continues to auction off his “stuff”.

  84. Anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    It makes me sad that these people sit here and tear down a wonderful human being. You are not human.

  85. Anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    FoxFarm Soil Amendments Fairhaven

  86. Sam Spade
    December 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Live your own illusion. Rex’s antics at the 4th Street Connection are only one of the least best kept secrets in Eureka. The problem being, the town is small and too many people who did business with Rex still live here. Pay no attention to the man behind the emerald curtain. Cheer up Anonymous, Junior, Jager & the Brady Bunch don’t care about his past, just his rubber stamp. He’s in.

  87. Sam Spade should be ashamed of himself
    December 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    What an asshole you are and on Christmas too you jerk.

  88. Sam Spade
    December 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Pay no attention to the man behind the emerald curtain.

  89. Sam Spade
    December 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Me thinkst thou protest too much.

  90. Anonymous
    December 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Heraldo.
    I know it is Christmas and all, but any comment about allowing Chris Holmquist to do a My Word piece? This is the guy who was stalking Bonnie Neely. The Heraldo post about it gathered over 400 entries. Isn’t there some sort of TS criteria about giving space to a stalker?

  91. Sad State
    December 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Come on Sam, quit being so cute. Come on out and say what it is you have to say. Too cute by half makes you a half wit. What did Rex do? Man up and say it plainly.

  92. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I wondered about that myself, 1:24. Holmquist rambled and raved, blamed everyone and everything, still tried to villify Bonnie for her years of hard work, and again showed himself to be a slightly dangerous off-the-rails nutcase. The TS should have been fully aware of who he was.

  93. useyourbrain
    December 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    TS again should be laughed off, looked to for entertainment rather than as a viable and even some what accurate news source, it is to bad our only source of local news is such a joke. Holmquist should be ran out of town, not that I fully support mark, but come on what does he think all politicians do? That’s the game, they are not taking daily opinion polls and acting accordingly. Polliticians do what they think is best, if not a robot and a phone poll could do the job. What happened with R-bohn and baseball?

  94. Sam Spade
    December 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    “Man up and say it plainly.” Spoken like the sad state of sub-moronic Uhmerica.

  95. Sam Spade should be ashamed of himself
    December 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Sam Spade is a despicable person & nothing more than an internet troll. He gets his rocks off by posting this shit.

    If Heraldo had any class he would erase his posts.

  96. Sam Spade
    December 26, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Sorry, too many people were there. And many, many more have heard from reliable sources. But don’t worry, he’s in.

  97. anon1
    December 26, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Quit crying …..The truth is the truth..Everybody knows..Its no secret..Lots of money in that kinda stuff..

  98. Reflections
    December 26, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Things I am thankful for this Christmas season.

    1. Humboldt Herald & Heraldo. Reading these past three months, the pure mean & nasty posts by liberals makes me realize how nice a person I and my conservative friends are.

  99. Reflections
    December 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Just kidding! My conservative friends and myself are some of the nastiest bitches in Humboldt-we just smile to your face and then rip you apart when you leave! You pathetic bloggers don’t even deserve our conversation! You are small minded, poor, uneducated, and dress frumpy! Your clothes are the worst! At least over at the Mirror we can truly be ourselves!

  100. anon1
    December 26, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Decisions today, effect tomorrow..Don’t do anything you don’t want Mom to know..Remember, you might want to be a politician…ahhhh, That’s right, it doesn’t matter..

  101. felix
    December 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  102. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 27, 2010 at 9:02 am

    One of the posts above made me laugh and cry at the same time. It blamed the “progs” for “sucking” all the jobs out of town. This while the ‘Cons’ are trying their damndest to build big corporate boxes that are FAMOUS for taking everything they can get out of town to corporate HQ somewhere. Note that it is the “Progs” who advocate for more light indutrial on the Balloon Track and less retail. Light industrial could be easily fit around the wetlands restorations leaving room for some local and small scale retail on the Old Town end. From a purely aesthetic point of view, have you noticed all of the ‘artist’s reditions’ of the Marina Center have EVERYTHING facing AWAY from the bay? Now that’s using your near-waterfront location to its best advantage. HA!
    If Rex really supports jobs, he’ll advocate for light industry (Eureka still has NO business park) which create living wage jobs. An industrial park does not need to be on the Balloon Track but it should be somewhere. You’d think we’d get tired of Arcata getting all those good jobs. I won’t hold my breath.

  103. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 27, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I wish I could type! That’s “light industrial” and “renditions”. I’d hire a proof-reader but I can’t afford one on retail wages!

  104. ANON 57
    December 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Hey Mouse, its your posts that make people want to cry and laugh at the same time. You must drink your own Kool Aide. “Light Industrial can easily fit around wetlands restoration leaving room for some local and small scale retail”
    What, you have surveyor and architectural professional designations now? You truly believe that just because you say it, it has to be so. Try stepping back and taking yourself more seriously; then maybe others can too.

  105. Brady and Newman
    December 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Let Arcata have the light industrial jobs. We don’t need that type of economic parity in Eureka. Big box jobs maintain a clear distinction between the upper class and lower class. We want to keep it that way in Eureka because it’s what Arkely wants.

  106. Reality Check
    December 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    It’s mouse’s posts that keep many people informed of the truth. The balloon track property is one of the only spaces left that can house light industrial-look into and you’ll find that to be true. By selling ourselves short and being short-sighted on potential jobs, we’ll give up the hope of bringing in living wage industry. It’s just that simple. It’s not a scare tactic-it’s the truth. Retail is not the best that we can do, and if it is, we should all quit fighting for this place that we love. I’m for bringing in industry that provide living wage jobs for the community, and that provide a better standard of living. Don’t be fooled into believing that the marina center is the best we can do, because you are selling your own community short.

  107. Brady and Newman
    December 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Creating living wage jobs in Eureka is a Socialist idea. Before you know it, the middle class in Eureka will be able to afford to buy a home. Think about the economic calamity that would be to people like Floyd Squires. Think what would happen if these living-wage jobs also provided healthcare. It’s already hard enough to find a decent doctor in Eureka. Do you really want thousands more Eurekans getting access to healthcare? You progressives need to start looking at the bigger picture.

  108. Anon2
    December 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    You guys are such a card! We all know that if any company came up here for that you would all be rooting for Baykeepers lawsuit to keep them out.

  109. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Anon 57, can you read a map? Can you look at an aerial photo? Are you a professional shoe salesman? Yet you tie your shoes every day! Amazing. You can understand something you’re not a professional at!!! Well, I learned to read maps as part of my making a living. I also can read photos (remarkable, isn’t it?). If wetlands are restored to historic levels, there would not be room for a big box plus all its parking lots, garden centers, etc. But there would be room for small to medium size light industrial sites situated around the wetlands. They generally produce far less traffic than a mall. The Old Town end of the site could have local and even local franchise type of retail that would dovetail with Old Town. A Farmers’ Market site and public square would be a great addition.
    There was once a public process almost in place to discuss and create solutions and ideas like these but Arkley scared off the council and stifled the process. Now we get (supposedly) Mega-Corp or nothing. That’s the only choice Rob recognizes. Maybe the fog is too thick by the water and it’s clouding his vision?

  110. anon1
    December 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    A couple extra sweeks for Mouse, who is usually spot on..

  111. Anonymous
    December 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Did anyone happen to drive through Eureka during the latest shopping spree? Imagine having another mall at the balloon track site. What a nightmare.

  112. Brady and Newman
    December 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    People like Mouse are why we need to stack the council with Arkley puppets. Informed, perceptive voices like Mouse must be drowned out.

  113. Mrs. P
    December 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    When they allow Betty Chin to set up at the armory across from the zoo, I’ll change my mind about a lot of things.

    Anonymous at 4:54 — good point. Although, remember the days when Pennys, Dalys, etc were downtown and it was probably worse? We need a sensible Eureka bypass … I say jump the bay at Elk River over to Samoa, offramps and McDonalds in Manila and all is good. We’ll look like SF in no time.

  114. ANON 57
    December 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Hey Mouse; you got me! Great articulation; point proven. Knowing that you can read a map (in combination with reading photos) is enough for me. If not for those reasons alone, then certainly just because you say it so emphatically (and with condescension) what else would anyone need.

    I too can read a map, and a photo. Perhaps I can get a job with Caltrans surveying public work projects, laying out roadways, infrastructure, and whatever building footprint works around wetlands. I am sure that project would be marketable, work efficiently, and be economically viable. You know why I know that?

    Cause you said so.

  115. Reinventing The Wheel
    December 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    FYI, a well-known local architect did produce a drawing of another viable vision for the Balloon Tract. The local documentary video “imagine the possibilities” played for months on public access TV describing viable alternatives.

    It received little local coverage.

    Far from reporting the opportunities, benefits, and examples of alternatives successfully implemented elsewhere, NOT ONE local reporter even asked the candidates to reference their source for claiming another big box will benefit our economy, nor did they ask these candidates to refute the reams of economic data that contradicts these candidate’s ludicrous claims.

    The centerpiece of their platforms.

  116. Anonymous
    December 28, 2010 at 12:24 am

    That was because the challengers were to chicken to ask the questions themselves.

  117. December 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Looks like it’s going to be Ciarabellini.

  118. Anon 13.5
    December 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Today’s paper has Frank Jaeger picking Melinda Ciarabellini for the city council Ward 4 seat.

    Now don’t you all feel so stupid ? You have wasted so many hate filled slimey posts.

  119. anon1
    December 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hi/sly was on the selection committee…No, one of the reasons Rex wasn’t selected, to controversial..Sly is on the inside..No wonder he acts like he is so important.

  120. anon1
    December 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Hmmmmmm..If the truth is slimy..So be it.

  121. Anon2
    December 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I’m twice as smart as you.

  122. A-Nony-Mouse
    December 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for the ‘vote of confidence’, Anon 57. I am sorry that you chose to park your own brain at the door but at least you chose a good model. Now be careful. Too much critical thinking can be dangerous. Do not try it at home!

  123. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    CalPine could have led to a lot of construction jobs, followed (maybe) by a ball of fire that no fire department could handle. Then the Chamber of Commerce could advertise Eureka as the world’s only Victorian Seaport made of charred Redwood lumber.

  124. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Reinventing The Wheel says:
    December 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    FYI, a well-known local architect did produce a drawing of another viable vision for the Balloon Tract. The local documentary video “imagine the possibilities” played for months on public access TV describing viable alternatives.

    It received little local coverage. …

    >>> Except on local Public Access TV. So we can draw two conclusions. 1) Local mainstream media is inadequate to the needs of a free and self-governing people. 2) We the People need to be getting more of our information from public access TV and less from the media that is bought-and-paid-for by the local elites.

  125. High Finance
    December 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    3.38pm, has such a “ball of fire” caused by CalPine occured anywhere in the US?

  126. We the People
    December 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Here Here!!!!!!Public access,Public participation, coming together, communicating, common goals, common bonds, common voice, common message, multiple sources coming at you from every corner kill your TV go to the meetings wipe you butt with the T-S!…for the people by the people, THAT’S US FOLKS, LETS DO THIS!!!

  127. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    The previous two comments were brought to you by our benevolent local elites. Notice the kindness they exhibit in every syllable.

  128. owltotem
    December 31, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Now there is a resolution.

  129. owltotem
    December 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Elite: 1) A group or class of persons or a member of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status: “In addition to notions of social equality there was much emphasis on the role of elites and of heroes within them” (Times Literary Supplement).
    2) The best or most skilled members of a group: the football team’s elite.

  130. owltotem
    December 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Somewhere along the way maybe the definition has changed?

  131. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    High Finance,

    Balls of fire have caused tremendous damage when a single spark ignites a Liquid Natural Gas leak in a LNG plant.

    Such a tragedy occurred in the USA many years ago and another occurred in northern Africa during the same time-frame that the CalPine plant was being debated in our community. You can Google these disasters.

    The chemical properties of LNG do not change from country to country or decade to decade.

    Liquid and gaseous natural gas are best handled as far away from population centers as practicable.

    The natural gas explosion and fire that killed many Californians THIS YEAR IN SAN BRUNO was the result of building houses over a natural gas main line.

    Even so, the explosive potential of a Liquified Natural Gas plant across Humboldt Bay from Eureka would far outstrip the San Bruno fire in terms of potential life lost and property damaged.

    If the wind and weather conditions moved such a fireball toward Eureka, our fair city might afterward easily rival San Francisco after the Great Fire and Earthquake of 1906 for scenes of destruction.

  132. Anonymous
    December 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Elites?? Yes, lets be wary of them. They pay higher taxes, pay full price to put their kids through college while we are eligible for grants and scholarships, and they employ us. Damn them!

  133. tra
    December 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!

  134. owltotem
    December 31, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    elite:
    as a noun: “The power elite are the few who rise to the top”

    as a noun used with a plural verb, “only the elite were there”

    as an adjective: “an elite group of classical musicians”

    elitism: noun, pride in belonging to a select or favored group.

    elitist: noun, someone who believes in rule by an elite group

    I do not believe it makes one elite to pay for their or their child’s education, grants are for those who are in need and scholarships usually are earned for merit. If you can pay, pay, that is not elite, it is fair.

    Most of society is either employed or an employer, this is common place.

    To point fingers and call one elite is either to elevate them to a place of power or reduce yours
    self to one who is under someones rule or vice versa. This creates a power structure where none exists, it polarizes man against man and separates us divisively using a veil of fear. We are all on this planet together and at the core, brothers.

    There may be an elite class, but they certainly would not brag that they “pay full price to put their kids through college while we are eligible for grants and scholarships”, but what do I know.

  135. Anonymous
    January 1, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I think just being labeled “elite” in a negative way and accusing all “elites” as being unfair to “nonelites” is the point. Anyone with any money here on this blog is labeled elite, fascist, etc and it gets tiring. There are many good people who would be considered to have money and do good things with it.

  136. Anonymous
    January 2, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Hey, you rich guys!

    I just found me a dictionary!

    You’re in trouble now!

  137. Still sleepy
    January 2, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Looks like Big Al lives on the wrong street.

  138. January 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Oh for crying out loud! Does it really take a dissection of a word to see the difference between graduating from college with $60,000 in debt; and graduating from college debt-free with a job at Goldman-Sachs?

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