Emad reappointed

After lots of yelling and screaming at today’s meeting, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reappoint Bruce Emad to the Planning Commission.  More later.

UPDATE: Jimmy Smith voted with fellow Supervisors Mark Lovelace and Clif Clendenen to appoint Emad to another term.

Smith said the move to ask Emad to reconsider was based on the prospect of losing three commissioners all at once: Jeff Smith (who’s now out), Mary Gearheart (who has since agreed to stay) and Emad. This was on top of losing Sef Murgia a year ago.

Smith said it was very difficult to chose between people he deeply respects to fill Sef’s position, and that this time would have been no easier.

He noted that Bass and Sundberg will get to appoint commissioners to replace Smith and Mayo to get some of that “new blood” that people are calling for, on top of the new(ish) blood that is already there with Denver Nelson, Mayo and Faust.

  1. And Justice for All
    January 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Oh, hell yeah!!!

  2. Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Who voted to reappoint?

    I assume Virginia Bass was not one of the 3?

  3. January 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Bass and Sundberg voted no.

  4. Board mistake
    January 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    In this case Sundburg was right. Emad was asked to withdraw his resignation, that being done his term was until 1/31/11. After that it should have gone through a process to appoint a new commissioner and all applicants should have been afforded an opportunity. Unfortunately on this one the Right got it Right. I fear that Clif just put a nail in his reelection coffin. The County will move further to the right.

  5. Plain Jane
    January 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I, for one, am glad Commissioner Emad was reappointed. His knowledge and experience are critical at this time in the GPU process. It’s not surprising that the HumCPers want someone with no experience who is opposed to planning, but this time they lost and the citizens of Humboldt County won.

  6. January 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    As Jimmy Smith pointed out, Bass and Sundberg have the opportunity to each appoint a Commissioner to get more of that fresh blood some people want.

  7. Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Neither of the descending supervisors made any case as to why any of the other applicants would be better than Emad. They conveniently rested on “process” as their reason, yet the process allowed them the time to make the case for anyone that they would have liked. They chose not to. You know we are going all Tea Party when Bruce Emad is not right/reactionary enough for these people.

  8. tra
    January 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Wait…so Lovelace and Clendenan both voted to put “right/reactionary” Emad back on the board?

  9. Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Emad is as meticulous to detail as they come. I think the right thing was done.

  10. tra
    January 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Over the past few years, I’ve attended a few Planning Commission meetings, and watched a few others. Emad certainly seems to be a knowledgeable, articulate, constructive participant. He’s put a lot of time in on this GPU process and if he’s willing to help see it through to completion, I think that’s all for the best.

    As has been noted above, Bass and Sundberg will get to make their own picks for folks from each of their districts — so it’s not like their views are being shut out or anything like that.

    And of course the final decision on any GPU will come down to the Board of Supervisors, since the Planning Commission will eventually forward their proposed plan to the Supervisors, but the Supes are then free to modify the final plan as they see fit.

    So, the Planning Commission stuff is important, but ultimately it’s still just a prelude to the main event — and the venue for the main event is the Board of Supervisors.

  11. Steak n Eggs
    January 25, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Why would Bass/Sundberg not vote for Emad? Looking at it politically, what’s the downside? Are their ideologies different?

  12. Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Ideologically, when it comes down to the vote Emad seems more in line with Bass/Sundberg. I think tra’s question at 1:48 is an apt response, though am glad that Emad is being reappointed solely out of respect for the man.

    Regardless, it seems that the property rights zealots are quite happy to orchestrate outrage at whatever point they can. Funny that Virginia spoke to wanting consensus, then made a pitch for Glenn Ziemer – who has consistently sided with HumCPR throughout the GPU process.

  13. Anonymous
    January 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Glenn Ziemer is a loose cannon.

  14. anon1
    January 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Another Jet ride for Virginia from robbie..Sundbergs IQ isn’t high enough to have a thought, he is run by Ben Sheppard..I think his appointment will be Ben..Ben is the guy who built his house on Titlow Hill on someone else’s property and then had to spin to work it out..Little Timmy Hooven is probably second in line…Both are pro ripping all of us off and involved in developing Mck..Hoovens family owns earth moving and road building equipment..Working a lot for Furtado, the main developer in Mckinleyville..All of them are hooked up with the Millers who are developing all the land behind Miller Farms and the Burger king.. nepotism all the way..It also amazes me that Dena McCullough Superintendent of Mck Union School District. They own McCullough construction who also have earth moving equipment and got a portion of the construction work on the Dow’s Prairie School..Isn’t that a conflict of interest? Follow the MONEY it’s not hard to figure out..It took me an hour on the computer to find all this out..I think one of the most important question we can all ask is WHY? Emad is the right independent thinker and owned by no-one..

  15. anon1
    January 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Is Virginia on heavy pain medication? maybe Oxycontin? or something..She seemed very scattered during the meeting..

  16. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Congratulations Commissioner Emad,

    Best of luck to Mr. Emad working with the newly assembled commission. Your knowledge and ability to remember earlier parts of significance within this current and PAST GPU process(es) is unquestionably an asset for transparency.

    Eventually, individual community CAC’s may get further along (ladidada ladidada …) but, until then, the commission needs to stick as much to the original cast as possible. A GPU process is no joke and it should be guided and stewarded by the same folks from start to finish if at all possible- obviously extraneous circumstances occur that make such an attempt not feasible.

    Maybe in the future, each ELEMENT of the next GPU will have separate commissioners to represent different interests, but still keeping in mind all interests. Who knows, just thoughts regarding the lengthiness of such a process.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKInleyville – 5th District

  17. Timh
    January 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Anon1 FYI both Millers and McCullough are competitors of ours. I wonder who this could be that calls me little but is not” big” enough to identify themselves?

  18. Timh
    January 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    And also, McCullough didn’t get any of the work at the Dows Prairie Modernization. You are confusing that with some wetland work they did adjacent to the school for the land trust at a significantly reduced rate. You are bordering on libel here.

  19. Anon
    January 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Response to Board Mistake:

    Board mistake says:
    January 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    “In this case Sundburg was right. Emad was asked to withdraw his resignation, that being done his term was until 1/31/11. After that it should have gone through a process to appoint a new commissioner and all applicants should have been afforded an opportunity. Unfortunately on this one the Right got it Right. I fear that Clif just put a nail in his reelection coffin. The County will move further to the right.”

    Response: You are absolutely correct on this issue. Term over and he resigned three weeks early. Something really stinks on this one. Then Emad said one year only and now he has decided he can stay on for four more years. I question his ability to think. Can’t stay on but then he can but — for a limited time — but then I can stay on for four more years when it became apparent that one year was an issue. Emad has done a flip-flop and then flop-flip and then flip-flop again he does not quite seem like a good choice to me.

    Exactly what kind of game is being played out here by three Supervisors and what is the motive? Inquiring minds just would like to know.

  20. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Anon says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm
    Response to Board Mistake:

    Board mistake says:
    January 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    “In this case Sundburg was right. Emad was asked to withdraw his resignation, that being done his term was until 1/31/11. After that it should have gone through a process to appoint a new commissioner and all applicants should have been afforded an opportunity. Unfortunately on this one the Right got it Right. I fear that Clif just put a nail in his reelection coffin. The County will move further to the right.”

    Response: You are absolutely correct on this issue. Term over and he resigned three weeks early. Something really stinks on this one. Then Emad said one year only and now he has decided he can stay on for four more years. I question his ability to think. Can’t stay on but then he can but — for a limited time — but then I can stay on for four more years when it became apparent that one year was an issue. Emad has done a flip-flop and then flop-flip and then flip-flop again he does not quite seem like a good choice to me.

    Exactly what kind of game is being played out here by three Supervisors and what is the motive? Inquiring minds just would like to know.

    Response: You say this, “I question his ability to think.”

    Now, maybe commissioners need some praise every now and then outta respect when THEY DO A GOOD JOB. We often criticize, and rightly so, but if your concern is with Mr. Emad’s ability to think, then I would counter and say that it was the higher elected authority that could not think; and, two of whom used the “green card” excuse as rookies to explain away why they flip-flopped….. of course, years of experience as elected officials could never teach or educate someone how to think in terms of processes as newly elected officials, or even how to ask question to slow things down in order to comprehen or understand or whatever else is needed to do the job right the first time when the opportunity is there to do it …. but alas….nah, never.

    JL

  21. Not a Native
    January 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    A good result, I’m plesantly surprised. I’ll look to find out what Smith’s reasoning was, I suspect it was about more about not ‘insulting’ Emad than anything else. Whatever his reasoning, I accept it. But Mark and Cliff won’t be able to count on Jimmy’s concurrance on policy matters. I hope they can keep ‘the dark side’ contained in the future by keeping challenging the facts and assumptions behind Bass’ marching orders.

  22. January 25, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Jimmy Smith said the move to ask Emad to reconsider was based on the prospect of losing 3 commissioners all at once: Jeff Smith (who’s now out), Mary Gearheart (who has agreed to stay) and Emad. This was on top of losing Sef Murgia a year ago.

    Smith said it was very difficult to chose between people he deeply respects to fill Sef’s position, and that this time would have been no easier.

    He noted that Bass and Sundberg will get to appoint commissioners to replace Smith and Mayo to get some of that “new blood” that people are calling for, on top of the new(ish) blood that is already there with Denver Nelson and the outgoing Mayo.

  23. Ben
    January 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I have been Heralded more than Tim Hooven so I deserve a T-shirt.

  24. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

    The sad part is that those serving still have time left to serve and so many of you are cat scratchin’ fever at the chomped bit to wiggle on in for the end of the ride.

    Personally, the supes should come together and try to define amongst themself and for the district they represent WHO is wanting to step down or continue on. Then, it is about offering fairness from that point forward since obviously there has already been some fervorish and reactionary decision makings that meant something, but not sure really what at this point.

    Hope for balance, transparency, Private/Public property rights and ethics – remember, humans are part of the environment too, for better or for worse.

    JL

  25. skippy
    January 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Following this issue and players, reading comments (thank you, Mr. Madrone, Mr. Hooven, Ms. Plain Jane, and others) some of which became heated– and despite a few cheap shots by Rose and others flung like a cream pie in the face of our gracious host– a good decision was ultimately made.

    Mr. Smith, always the sound reasoning and consummate gentleman, made the correct decision for the right reasons. Ms. Bass and Mr. Sundberg, fine and superb individuals in their own right, can still exercise their pleasure for other electors as they choose.

    This morning’s Times-Standard article by Donna Tam describing more of the shenanigans is here.

    …skips

  26. tra
    January 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Skippy,

    I like your style.

  27. skippy
    January 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Tra, Thank you.

    I way like your style and thinking. You bust me up!

    Last week reading… “I heard that several individuals went out and murdered after that comment!”

    ~was followed by your cool reply: ‘I heard that people sometimes make shit up.’

    …had me busting up so bad I spewed my drink. Out my nose. Ouchie-wow-wa that hurt; damn that was good, Tra.

  28. tra
    January 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Usually I try to avoid employing caustic one-liners and insulting zingers, but from time to time, someone says something so contemptible that I feel compelled to reply but at the same time I don’t feel their comment really deserve a serious response, and these cases some kind of quick zinger seems only appropriate.

    Anyway, I’m glad you got a kick out of it…and sorry about the nasal snarf it brought on!

  29. Eric Kirk
    January 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I would not want to be Jimmy Smith over the next two to four years!

  30. skippy
    January 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Don’t be fooled.
    Both Jimmy Smith and Tra are actually… Cool Hand Luke.

    (Alright, Henchie and Heraldo, too)

  31. Eric Kirk
    January 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Will Smith be like Justice Blackmun? Once Justices Brennan and Marshal were off the Supreme Court, there were no remaining Justices who opposed the death penalty. The first time it came up, Blackmun, a Nixon appointee who had been moving left over the years, declared that he had decided that the death penalty was wrong and a violation of the 8th Amendment. And I wonder if it wasn’t prompted by a sense of the vacuum. The chips being down he had to stand up.

    Or maybe Jim Jeffords is a better analogy?

    Smith is more conservative than Mark or Clif, but does he want to start over with the GPU?

    I’m not going to read too much into one vote, and he did vote differently in a prior meeting.

    I see the makings of a situation comedy entitled “The Battle for Jimmy Smith’s Soul,” only instead of a little angel and a little devil sitting on his shoulders, you’ve got a miniature Jen Kalt and Lee Ulansey bugging him with every decision – you can decide who has the wings and halo and who has the horns and pitchfork.

  32. Anonymous
    January 27, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Jimmy Smith is the new swing vote.

    He has the power and yes, it will make him a target.

    Support this good man. Let’s hope he runs again.

  33. Anonymous
    January 27, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Someone threatened Jimmy yesterday. You bully assholes had better cool it.

  34. Eric Kirk
    January 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Well that’s pretty vague.

  35. can't we all get along?
    January 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

    The threats and accusations were flying because a certain special interest mob wasn’t going to get their way. Check out Tuesday’s Supervisors meeting if you want to see the pitchforks. As it appears from an outsiders perspective: despite calls for unity and consensus, Bass and company are working to stack the deck in the direction that serves the private interests of HELP/Humboldt Sunshine/HumCPR.

  36. skippy
    January 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Mr. Smith is a fine and good man; representing and talking closely with his constituents admirably like the fine and wise gentleman he is. He is like Cool Hand Luke, just about as calm and collected as can be. I do support him and hope he does run again.

    Mr. Kirk brought up a valid point of view.

    And please don’t swear or call others names. This is a respectable blog of opinion and innuendo.

  37. Eric Kirk
    January 27, 2011 at 10:46 am

    e is like Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke was a sh– disturber. That’s what (spoiler alert!) got him killed.

  38. skippy
    January 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    … more subtle and as cool as can be (spoiler alert!) as long as you didn’t cross him.

  39. Eric Kirk
    January 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I think you’re thinking of Hombre. Now there Newman played a calm, cool, bad-ass!

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