Supes flip-flop on Emad appointment

Realtor Tina Christensen tells the Board of Supervisors she is applying for a seat on the Planning Commission.

Despite a recent request by County Supervisors that Bruce Emad rescind his letter of resignation from the Humboldt County Planning Commission, the Board voted today to put Emad on the back burner while it considers other applicants.

Chairman Mark Lovelace, who voted no on the sudden change of direction, called the move “insulting and disrespectful.” He said today’s “total reversal” follows the board’s unanimous direction two weeks ago to plead with Emad and fellow commissioner Mary Gearheart to stay for an additional year while the General Plan Update is finished.

New Supervisors Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg said their vote to ask Emad and Gearhart to rescind their resignations came before they knew what they were doing because of their freshman positions on the board.

Bass said she would like to find an applicant willing to serve the full 4-year term.  Sundberg said the Board should follow the usual process of accepting applications.

Bass and Sundberg’s comments were supported by Realtors and members of HumCPR, who have long criticized the GPU process.  Some of them said they were applying for the position.

Coincidentally, Bass and Sundberg were largely supported by this same group during the recent elections. But Bass bristled at any notion that she has a hidden agenda.  She argued that she’s simply new and clueless.

Lovelace noted conflicting sentiments in the community about the General Plan Update process.  He said that while there are complaints about it taking too long, any attempt to give it a time frame is similarly criticized.

Supervisor Jimmy Smith said he was concerned that Emad would take offense to the sudden reversal.

  1. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

    tina. fox. chickens. no.

  2. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I’d love to see Tina on the Planning Commission. And watch the sparks fly!

  3. High Finance
    January 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Go Tina! She would be great.

    Emad is an elitist (in his own mind) and has been on the Planning Commission for far too many years.

  4. TVOR
    January 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Bruce is a great guy and has served the commission well. The GPU will not be done in the next 12 months, no matter how hard they try. I’m afraid if he stays on he won’t last through the end of the plan. It makes more sense to choose someone now to finish up the final 12 to 24 months of work on the GPU.

  5. Goldie
    January 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Can new and clueless be cured in such a short time?

  6. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    tina. fox. chickens. fun.
    Might as well support Tina, HELP, CPR and others who want to stall the GPU even further, costing the county even more time and resources.

  7. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    It’s totally not my fault. I facebooked Rob, but he and Cher-Cher were on a date, and he didn’t get back to me before the last vote. So, I voted to keep Bruce, but then I found out that he wasn’t voting for Rob and Cher-Cher for prom king and queen-so I said bs Bruce, you can’t break up the gang. Now I see clearly, so I want Bruce back on JV so my friends win the popularity contest and are the only varsity stars in the general plan update. And OMG Mark, is all you do study this boring crap-what a lose!
    Stay tuned for more episodes of Eureka, 95501.

  8. Eric Kirk
    January 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I’m not indifferent to the politics of the situation, and Tina Christiansen would obviously not be my choice, but sitting around to wait for a sitting commissioner to decide whether he really wants to resign doesn’t seem like a good precedent to me anyway.

  9. Anon
    January 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I couldn’t figure out why Emad resigned when his term would expire at the end of the month. Couldn’t take another meeting? Of course the new Supervisors were not informed of that expiration date or might have said something different at that time.

    In following the GPU even though Commissioners have wordsmithed and come up with what they would like to see, it appeared a lot of times that planning dept people changed the wording a lot and then that just delayed things again.

  10. January 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    but sitting around to wait for a sitting commissioner to decide whether he really wants to resign doesn’t seem like a good precedent to me anyway

    Emad had agreed, following a plea from the county, to stay on for another year because the loss of his institutional knowledge would have been a blow to the already lengthy process. There was an agreed time frame of one year. No sitting around waiting necessary.

  11. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    “ha ha ha, like, I dunno”, bubbled Barbie

  12. Queso Pendejo
    January 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    There is always some type of “loss of institutional knowledge”. Sometimes for the best.

  13. Jojo the dog-faced boy
    January 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I think Floyd Squires would be a far more qualified candidate than Ms. Tina; at least he doesn’t try to sell his slums.

  14. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Ooooooooh. Really smart and witty Jojo. Now shut up and get back to your 7th grade homework.

  15. Jojo the dog-faced boy
    January 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Oops, sorry Tina, didn’t know you were reading. Really, I just love the quality house you sold to me!

  16. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Looks like Ginny (Virginia) is showing her true colors-if she can remember what they are-oh wait, she’ll have Humcpr, the realtors, and rob and cherie letting her know what her true colors are. She’s a carnival of colors-beige, tan, khaki, and gin-is gin a color? Oh it don’t matter to Ginny! Good luck Humboldt County!

  17. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    the best comment was by robert morris. if you have to have a planning commissioner with 16 years of institutional knowledge to finish the update, something is wrong with the document.

  18. Living In Eureka
    January 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    We all know Bass is “clueless”. It is refreshing to know, she has finally figured it out! Maybe they can get Sundbery & her the Supervisor Coloring Book – or English as a 2nd.language class!

  19. oldphart
    January 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Emad had agreed, following a plea from the county, to stay on for another year because the loss of his institutional knowledge would have been a blow to the already lengthy process. There was an agreed time frame of one year. No sitting around waiting necessary.

    The institutional knowledge to take decades to make a decision. And then change your mind about staying on. For crying out load, make a decision, even a bqad on Bruce.

  20. oldphart
    January 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    a bad one Bruce… My fingers must be getting Alzimers or oldtimers or . . . . .

  21. anon1
    January 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    What about Barb Leonard? I think she would be a smart choice? Just about as good as the new list of possibilities? Hi/sly you are an elitist, not Bruce. Bruce has worked tirelessly and I applaud him.

  22. mresquan
    January 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    In regards to both the GPU and the Marina Center,why are those who voted for Bass so intent on not seeing anything in the near future happen?

  23. Virginia Graziani
    January 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Emad has consistently been one of the most conservative, property-rights-friendly commissioners on the board — long before Mayo and Denver Nelson were on the board, Emad defended the property rights position. He once said, regarding the GPU, “I think the process STINKS!” earning much raucous applause from the HELP/CPR/HAR crowd. So now they want him out? Verrrry interesting. REminds me of my college roommate’s father, who was Ronald Reagan’s PR man when Reagan was governor. When I saw my roommate years later, during Reagan’s presidency, I asked her if her dad was in Washington. “No,” she said, “My dad thinks Reagan moved too far to the left.” It seems to me, as a long-time observer of the GPU process (and sometimes participant) that the whole HELP/CPR/HAR strategy is to stall the GPU into the 22nd century, or maybe the 23rd — and if there’s one thing Emad DOES want, it’s to complete the sucker by at least 2018.

  24. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    New Supervisors Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg said their vote to ask Emad and Gearhart to rescind their resignations came before they knew what they were doing because of their freshman positions on the board.

    So, can anyone explain in more transparent detail the whole before they knew what they were doing crud. The reporting details that lead up to that are lacking.

    Ya see, I just don’t get that kinda phrasing.

    Anyhow, Mr. Emad has done an outstanding job and proved his trustworthiness and honesty to me several years ago. He is a keeper if he wants to be kept.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  25. A-Nony-Mouse
    January 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Virginia new AND clueless? Who’da guessed it?

  26. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Jojo- what a dumb comment. You bought a house and couldn’t see what you were buying or paid too much? I fail to see how you could blame anyone but yourself. Everything has a price and bad property goes for a lower price. You have to do your homework.

  27. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Virginia Graziani makes a GREAT POINT:

    BACKSTABBING FOR POWER AND CONTROL AND POPULARITY!

    JL

  28. Jack Durham
    January 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Politics and land use philosophies aside, you’ve got to give credit to individuals who are willing to volunteer to sit through those meetings on a WEEKLY basis, make decisions and then subject themselves to attack by anonymous cowards on the Internet. I thought being a commissioner appeared to be a fairly demanding position when they were meeting monthly. But weekly? That’s pushing the limits of what I’d demand of volunteers.

  29. Anonymous
    January 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Bruce is committed and conscientious in all of his undertakings, in my experience. I would think his continued service could only be an asset unless someone has a distinct philosophical difference and is fearful of his input.

  30. clueless ad hominem
    January 18, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Well, it seems apparent that Bass’ handlers are looking to stack the deck on the planning commission. It would be quite a surprise if Sundberg didn’t follow in line, despite campaign promises to the contrary (that he’s not the “developers’ candidate”). He who has the gold makes the rules.

    Damn, I’ve been batting for the wrong team.

  31. AllHailJojo
    January 19, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Jojo the dog-faced boy says:
    January 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm
    “I think Floyd Squires would be a far more qualified candidate than Ms. Tina; at least he doesn’t try to sell his slums.”

    Hysterical!
    Great post,and a bullseye at that!
    Thanks for makin’ my day, Jojo.

  32. Anonymous
    January 19, 2011 at 5:54 am

    what’s wrong with looking at other applications?

  33. Anonymous
    January 19, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Emad is owned and operated by his biggest customer, Bill Pierson. Pierson also owned and operated Bonnie and still owns and operates Lovelace. Emad is just a pawn.

  34. Anonymous
    January 19, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I can tell Floyd Squires tenants are posting today.

  35. Anonymous
    January 19, 2011 at 7:43 am

    c a h 11:49 All the decks are being stacked. The Sundberg campaign was right in keeping with the rest of them, Humboldt County is political proving ground and each and every one of us collateral damage. Mark my words.

  36. anon1
    January 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Pierson owns Obama too..I think We should just let arkley run everything up-front he doesn’t need mules lets just turn the keys over..That’s what we have done anyway..

  37. Anonymi
    January 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    You’re all correct. You are all just powerless victims living a terrible life. Poor babies.

  38. January 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Wha? I thought Uncle Rob and his Home Depot were going to save us?

  39. Anonymi
    January 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I’m glad you finally recognized that. Now try and talk all your followers off the ledge.

  40. January 20, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’m glad you’re finally admitting that Rob is your lord and savior. Too bad you have to change your handle to do it.

  41. Anonymous
    January 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Children – Children. Beeeeehave!

  42. January 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I have to double check, but I think Tina contributed to both Virginia and Ryan’s campaigns, meaning they couldn’t vote for conflict of interest reasons.

  43. anon1
    January 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Ryan really doesn’t have an opinion of his own. Speak with him or listen. He says a lot of hmmm,well um that’s an concept and yeah its important to look and make a decission..ahhhhhh..Take the blinders off and call it what it is..A SCAM…and a bunch of followers who in the end are gonna get nothing exactly what happened to us when Hurwitz was here..If you want this to be like everywhere else…Move..It’s easy to do..we have a unique place here lets not change it..

  44. Anonymous
    January 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    reporta, what would the the conflict be? i don’t think you know what you are talking about.

  45. anon1
    January 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    LOOK in this town there are no conflicts at all..What happen to morals and ethics..It’s hard to turn down jet rides for free, by little Ginny..

  46. Anonymous
    January 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Reporta has not the faintest idea of what constitutes a conflict of interest.

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