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Eureka hires new city attorney

The Humboldt Sentinel reports a new city attorney has been hired by the City of Eureka:

Cyndy Day-Wilson, an attorney out of Bonita in San Diego County, penned the contract with the city earlier today, a hire which will be confirmed by the City Council next Tuesday…

Eureka has been without a permanent City Attorney since July 9 of last year, when Sheryl Schaffner resigned and left the county. While ostensibly she left to become City Attorney of San Ramon and live closer to her family in the East Bay, her departure was shortly before an embarrassing legal settlement by the city due to complaints of harassment by former Eureka Police Department employee Tawnie Hansen against her superiors — in particular City Manager Dave Tyson.

Given all the controversy in Eureka lately it’s no surprise that 14 months have passed without a permanent city attorney.  And since the bad elements in city hall have only grown stronger, we wish Day-Wilson the best of luck — because if she’s not prepared to salute and serve every whim of the city’s unelected royalty, she’ll need some back-up.  We suggest mace and a sling-shot.

  1. The Big Picture
    September 2, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Doctors and lawyers represent a nation’s top professional class, until they become full-time “employees” like everyone else, subjected to the same arbitrary and capricious agenda of their new masters.

    They can take a stand, or they can take that confidential settlement with a solid recommendation and get back in the saddle…

    Somewhere else.

  2. September 3, 2011 at 6:22 am

    My advise. Don’t take this job. You are selling your soul to the company store.

  3. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

    The published city council agenda reports a new city attorney is about to be approved by the City of Eureka on Tuesday.

    FTFY. That no one reads council agendas or agenda packets anymore is a different issue.

  4. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Sheryl left because of Larry Glass. That’s a fact.

  5. High Finance
    September 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Since Tyson hired her I guess all the lefties here will just wait for an opportunity to slam her.

  6. Down the Road
    September 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Sheryl did not leave because of Larry Glass. She left because
    her ethics did not allow her to knowingly break the law on the whims
    of David Tyson and the boys that direct him.

  7. Down the Road
    September 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Ms. Cyndy Day-Wilson has my deepest sympathy.

  8. Larry Glass
    September 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Anonymous 8:38 you’re full of shit. Sheryl and I worked very well together, and we are friends outside of work. This is a story Dave Tyson and his minions are spinning, because of my testimony in the Hansen case and my stong support of ex Chief Garr.

  9. 69er
    September 3, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Sour grapes David???

  10. anony
    September 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I have yet to meet a lawyer who has a soul to sell.

  11. The Big Picture
    September 3, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Lawyers and doctors are still a protected class, like the American worker used to be. This is a source of much of the antagonism against them.

    Thanks for slaying the myth Larry.

    Independent thinkers with principles pay a hefty price in this culture and its little backwaters.

  12. skippy
    September 3, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Good scoop and report, Mr. Douglas and Heraldo

    Welcome to Eureka, Ms. Cyndy Day-Wilson.

    BORN IN TULSA, Oklahoma in 1961, Ms. Day-Wilson earned her Bachelor of Arts from Albertson College in 1983, graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1986, and received her postgraduate Masters degree from prestigious George Washington University National Law Center in 1995. Admitted to practice law in Idaho and California, her areas of specialty include environmental law and natural resources. Hailing recently from the pleasant community of Bonita, “a rural and equestrian enclave in the middle of suburbia,” populated with 12,000 residents and “coyote, raccoon, fox, rabbits, and squirrels, among other wildlife,” she’s soon to be our resident of Eureka.

    AS PARTNER, she headed attorney law firm Best Best & Krieger’s San Diego Environmental Law and Natural Resources practice. A member of their executive committee, Day-Wilson oversaw ‘strategy aspects’ affecting the environment and regulatory law. Best Best & Krieger LLP is a large law firm of about 200 attorneys and 8 offices– from Sacramento to San Diego.

    MS DAY-WILSON, ESQ., specializes in ”providing litigation and business counsel to clients involved in federal and state environmental matters.” Her experience encompasses being both a lobbyist and legislative analyst; professor at the University of Redlands in the Liberal Studies/Environmental Emphasis degree program; and chairing Civil Litigation and Environmental Law practice groups at large law firms.

    SHE’S a contributing editor and author for the California State Bar Environmental Law Section Legal Update; was a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Diego County Public Law Library; the California Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section; and the San Diego County Bar Environmental and Land Use Committee. Ms. Day-Wilson understandably also has an interest in… equine matters.

    HER REPRESENTATIVE work with public and private clients regarding ”transactional and litigation support on all aspects of environmental, land use, energy, government regulation and compliance, permitting, real estate and corporate law”can be found here.

    She’s a very competent attorney taking on Eureka, its problems, and the many issues noted here— and likely a myriad of other concerns as well. Eureka, City staff, Manager, and the Council will undoubtedly be keeping her very busy. We wish you the very best, Ms. Day-Wilson.

    …Now, if only we can bring Sidnie Olson back into the fold…

    (…Good to see Charles Douglas’ reporting here. Mr. Douglas, Humboldt’s independent Renaissance man, has been staying on top of community, politics, and the issues for years with the Humboldt Sentinel and also his fine work at Access Humboldt. He’s completed more than a baker’s dozen of local interviews. Check out his excellent work sometime. The Times-Standard would be wise to scoop him up.)

  13. September 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

    “I have yet to meet a lawyer who has a soul to sell.”

    Some of the most courageous and ethical people I’ve ever met were/are lawyers.

  14. Ed
    September 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Maxxam’s defense firm’s website was crawling with environmental law language. Only they specialized in circumventing the intent of those laws.

  15. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Hopefully, Ms. Wilson’s land-use philosophy was unaffected by the right-wing Baptist University of Redlands.

    Surely Tyson/Arkley were unaware.

  16. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Gee, you don’t think the Eureka City Council just hired a ringer?

  17. skippy
    September 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Cyndy Wilson-Day has extensive experience applying, defending, and litigating environmental concerns for her clients. Some representative examples of Cyndy Wilson-Day’s work, from her resume include:

    Pepper Oil Company
    “Corporate compliance with laws and regulations. Negotiation and defense of enforcement actions by various environmental regulatory agencies. Overseeing contamination clean-up issues (RCRA and CERCLA), permitting and reporting requirements, and protection of corporate assets.”

    City of Chula Vista
    “Successfully defended the City in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/NEPA litigation including the recoupment of City’s attorneys fees. Assists City on various issues regarding Bayfront Development project including siting and regulatory compliance such as Climate Change (AB32) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) issues…”

    Long Beach Unified School District
    “Involved in issues relating to siting of LNG Facility off coast of Long Beach, California. Certified by ioMosaic in Houston, Texas – “Managing LNG Risks: Separating the Facts from the Myths.”

    Pacific Gas & Electric
    “Research, development, regulation and permitting of biomass as a power producing resource. Climate change (AB32 issues).”

    North County Transit District
    “Represented Transit Agency in San Diego Superior Court and Federal Court concerning construction and operation of the Sprinter, a 30-mile commuter line in North San Diego County. Work included: filing of litigation in Federal Court under CERCLA and RCRA; NEPA/CEQA litigation in Riverside Superior Court; resolution of issues before the Public Utilities Commission…”

    City of Santee
    “Successfully drafted CEQA documents which included then new AB32 requirements relating to Climate Change. Successfully defended those documents. Exclusive environmental counsel for city on several development projects. Was successful on each and every one…”

    City of Corona
    “Assisted in air permitting and variance issues for co-generation plant (electric and water treatment) owned and operated by the City. Title V permitting and compliance.”

    Building Industry Association of San Diego
    “Permitting and construction issues.”

    Lowe’s HIW, Inc; The Corky McMillin Companies
    “Drafted and negotiated… purchase and sale agreements for the development of contaminated properties…”

    Associate Attorney – Real Estate
    “Achieved success in a wide range of lawsuits including land use, real estate, construction defect, securities, insurance defense and environmental litigation. Significant work with CB Commercial and Marcus & Millichap.”

  18. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Resume picks are interesting, thanks.

    One would require actual personal statements, editorials, etc, and complete list of corporate and public litigation to have a clearer understanding of Wilson-Day’s philosophy.

    Hilarious 1:20PM!

  19. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Maybe, just maybe, she knows the law and will not put up with Eureka shenanigans and keep the city from sinking deeper into litigation and tax-payer supported blunders.
    I’ve seen a critical mass of competent people turn the tide at other organizations. The incompetent cabal gets frustrated at not being able to railroad their unilateral decisions and leave.
    However, it also requires constituents to understand that not all decisions (and the law) will fall their way.

  20. Ed
    September 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    And maybe that’s just wishful thinking 3:26. Last I heard, it was an attorney’s job to represent their clients and negotiate. You might want to read between the lines of her resume.

  21. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Ed, I’ve experienced accountants and lawyers coming into an organization and making a case for why what is proposed is not in the best interest of the organization. If it is done well, there is often no choice for the “clients” but to behave. Again, it may be wishful – but why not encourage that type of performance rather than damn her from the start and drive her into the corner of the clown council?

  22. Ed
    September 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I’d like to agree 4:07, however this council chose her for a reason, and I’ll bet further scrutiny will show why. I hope she will head off costly lawsuits, but probably not for the same reasons as the councils’.

  23. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Good to see Charles Douglas’ reporting here. Mr. Douglas, Humboldt’s independent Renaissance man, has been staying on top of community, politics, and the issues for years with the Humboldt Sentinel and also his fine work at Access Humboldt. Check out his excellent work sometime. The Times-Standard would be wise to scoop him up.

    Hilarious. No need to be anonymous on that post.

  24. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Sidney Olsen? Skippy are you joking?

  25. Thorstein Veblen
    September 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    To be critical of a new City Attorney, before she starts……..I’m curious what you folks think the role of the City Attorney is?

    I thought that the City Attorney is supposed to keep the City out of trouble, or to at least suggest defensible strategies in the event people (including corporations) might sue the City, for whatever reason. Its all about liability. Right/wrong is a very minor consideration. Not unlike legal practice in general.

  26. Anonymous
    September 3, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Talked to someone yesterday that heard some BS and believed it. She was told that Garr didn’t get the Oregon job because he was fired from Eureka. Suzy O is spreading the slime big time. Wait till poor Ms. Wilson finds out what a corrupt and shitty little backwater Eureka is.

  27. Ed
    September 3, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Yes that pesky right/wrong thing. I’ve never respected an attorney more than when they refused to represent a client. Unfortunately, they’ve got that self serving credo that everyone deserves a professional defense. Kinda like a bookie, it doesn’t matter who wins, they always get their take.

  28. a-no-n
    September 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Suzy O and slime in the same sentence, how appropriate. Be fun to see what the new city attorney advises in that case, since Suzy keeps trying to get a payout from the city but has so far lost in each step.

  29. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

    A new attorney, like a new police chief, will do their best to suit the city manager’s agenda to the extent their conscience allows.

    The beauty of a corrupt system, (it’s confidential “no-fault” settlements, and access to public cash-payoffs), is the fear of termination that impacts future employment, generally guaranteeing silence and complicity.

    This is the unreported tyranny that most Americans experience in public employment and large corporations. And the reason so little changes…top posts, like the city manager, cannot be held accountable for deeds kept confidential.

    Most employees understand these rules. Even our rural courthouse is awash in such settlements.

    Media keeps us happy by NEVER reporting this, focusing instead on our positive and glorious American freedom to find work elsewhere.

  30. High Finance
    September 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Would you have city employees accountable to no one ?

    Every employee in every business in the world is accountable for their actions to their boss. The city manager is the direct boss of the city employees. His boss is the city council and the voters are the city council member’s boss.

  31. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    How cute.

    HiFi thinks he’s found a new sucker to confound with his sophistry.

    No one has claimed that employees shouldn’t be held accountable. Due-process is as old as civilization.

    Any reasonable taxpayer should be deeply disturbed by unaccountable public dollars being utilized by public tyrants to merely eliminate perceived opponents, execute personal vendettas, and remain in charge.

    As long as these settlements remain secret, corruption is free to flourish.

  32. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    The previous city attorney failed in her obligation to act on allegations of sexual harassment. She was lucky to escape with her license. I am quite certain she did not want or be placed in such compromising positions by the city manager again. Same reason the personnel director left and the finance director. They couldn’t abide the corruption. Why do you think we have a personnel manager who has no experience whatsoever? Because he is a Tyson lackey, and the finance director will go with the flow. If this attorney has any ethics she wont last long.

  33. Anonymous
    September 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Corruption requires a musical-chairs of incompetent “professionals.”

    There are millions waiting in line.

  34. larry hourany
    June 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    “Anonymous” I wish you weren’t–your comments seem knowledgeable, and I agree with them, but why hide? Retaliation or a cloak to preserve your effectiveness?

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