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No More Excuses

The laissez faire side of local politics had their way yesterday.  You will have four votes to one on whatever you want to pass (or maybe 3-2 if it means regulating urban people).   And if the Democratic Central Committee results are any indication, come fall you will have total, absolute control of Eureka.  That gives you two years to clean house and remove all that anti-business guano to bring real jobs to Humboldt County.  You’ve got Walmart at the Bayshore.  You should have no problem landing a Home Depot on the waterfront.  Lowes at the old mill site in Fortuna.  You can clean up all that red tape at the Planning Department.  Declare rural parcels (and potential rural parcels on TPZ) as inventory so that the housing element gets stamped and filed by the state.  Rake in all that state money to fill the potholes (ignoring the recomendations of the clueless and pesky staff, whom you can replace anyway).  No more cultural elite to hamper the posting of billboards.  No more impediments to wind power…., well, we aren’t quite sure about that one, are we?  No more smart growth development proposals which might set the wrong precedent.  And a train to Redding!  Good plan.  Have at it.

As I said earlier, my own participation is going to be pretty limited for the next two years.  Let’s see what you can do with near absolute political power in the county, outside of that dark region of Arcata (somehow, it’ll be their fault if it all doesn’t pan out I’m sure).

Anyway, seriously.  Congrats to the victors.  But there are no excuses now.

Again, this was posted on Sohum Parlance.  I don’t have any pretty graphics for it, but if either of my Herald colleagues has any ideas for either of these last two posts, go ahead and insert something – EVK.

  1. Thirdeye
    June 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Bitter?

    There is no proposal for a train to Redding or to put Home Depot on the waterfront.

  2. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Did 3rd eye just move here yesterday? I love seeing it’s response as it’s so reassuring to know just how clueless this person is!

  3. Richard
    June 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Well said Eric. No more excuses.

    I don’t know how we’re going to do to fill all of these jobs they’ll be creating? I hope having unemployment drop below 5% won’t cause too much inflation in our local economy!!!

    I’m sorry to see Clif go. He’s such a thoughtful individual and really showed the skills to be great Supervisor. I think Estelle’s rein will be short lived and the Fortuna voters will install one of their own by the next election, never to have SoHum represented again on the BoS. It’s a damn shame folks on the BoS weren’t willing to support the redistricting that was proposed. That would have given SoHum a permanent vote on the BoS and it would have made other districts competitive.

    As you say, they’re in charge now, so Rob and Lee and Bill shouldn’t have anything left to complain about.

  4. Eric Kirk
    June 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Bitter?

    Very.

  5. June 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Challenge is better than bitterAnd there i a challenge-Plans that work–and execution. And don’t forget PR.,,,,

  6. Eric Kirk
    June 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    The correction in the main post – I went to bed I think looking at an unrefreshed results page for the Democratic Central Committee. It looked like Linda Atkins was way behind. Apparently she finished first, just ahead of Virginia Bass. Apologies for the error.

  7. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Great post, eric. This is where I live and I don’t want to live anywhere else in the world. Their plans for development are disgusting. They are detatched from what really makes a “community”, especially in the long run. They proved it with their campaign behavior…again.

  8. Thirdeye
    June 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    So you think Atkins has good prospects come November, huh?

    Anybody who talks about a train “to Redding” or a Home Depot “on the waterfront” is either misinformed or deceitful.

  9. June 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Arkley should call Marina Center “Nowhere Near the Water Center” to support this argument.

  10. just middle class
    June 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    It is clear that the voters rejected the idea that we needed to have a plan which was designed to rein in growth when we have very little growth and to reduce the land avaliable for commercial activity when we have very little commercial growth. We now have a Board that more closely relates to the average voter in Humboldt.

  11. Thirdeye
    June 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Since you’re the expert, Heraldo, start by telling us the distance between the proposed Home Depot and the waterfront.

  12. Eric Kirk
    June 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Perhaps you’re right JMC. Unfortunately, by the time controlled growth sentiment does relate to the average voter in an area, it’s usually too late. Growth control has always been a rear-guard fight.

  13. Cheesedick
    June 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    When you have Sean Armstrong saying stupid shit:
    “…environmental and safety issues that result from intensive agricultural uses of farm land.” The development crowd gains another 100 voters.

  14. Ponder z
    June 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    The conservative agenda now has the control. I will be right with the HH to see they don’t pull any shit. Now my definition of shit may be a little to the right of the HH. Checks and balance is a good thing.

  15. back in the saddle
    June 6, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Maybe the voters thought that trying to create some jobs might be a good idea. Not that pot doesn’t create jobs, but come on now.

  16. 713
    June 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    now maybe instead of fighting an issue that doesn’t exist, county staff can try to get some industry here so we can address the real issues of poverty and drug abuse in our community. one of the worst death rates in the state, yet they are peddling our “quality of life” as an economic benefit. idiots!

  17. Dan
    June 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    “Since you’re the expert, Heraldo, start by telling us the distance between the proposed Home Depot and the waterfront.”
    Thirdeye

    Thirdeye, the parking lot and store are within wetland delineations.
    250′ setback is Humboldt’s requisite.
    Yours and our future will be brighter if you follow these simple prescriptions for a healthy tomorrow.

  18. HumBiz
    June 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    The voters have spoken and Walmart opens in a week. Happy Days are here again indeed!

  19. tra
    June 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Thirdeye,

    Maybe you missed it, but there IS a proposal (admittedly in its infancy) to build a new rail line from Humboldt Bay to Redding…or possibly Red Bluff. It’s only at a vey early stage where the proponents are lining up money for a “feasibility study,” but there certainly is a move afoot to try to make it happen.

    I very much doubt that effort will ever get beyond the study phase, because of the massive costs and highly doubtful returns.

    And while the Home Depot that is proposed as part of Arkley’s “Marina Center” project wouldn’t be right at the water’s edge, it would certainly be pretty close.

  20. tra
    June 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    “The voters have spoken and Walmart opens in a week.”

    None of the candidates had ANY control over that. The space that they are moving into at the Bayshore mall was already zoned for retail and as far as I can tell there was really no legal way to stop them. I don’t recall hearing any of any strategy — from the “progressive” candidates, or anyone else — to stop them from coming in. But if you want to pretend otherwise, well, O.K. Just hope you realize how silly that kind of statement makes you look.

  21. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Anybody who talks about a train “to Redding” or a Home Depot “on the waterfront” is either misinformed or deceitful.

    That would be Arkely, Hull, City of Eureka, etc. Right?

    Try using the two eyes that can see, third eye.

  22. Thirdeye
    June 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Guess again, 6:48. Arkley, Hull, and City of Eureka said no such things.

    Tra: Redding and Red Bluff are two very different places with very different issues for a rail link. You are correct that the project will ultimately hinge on the ability of its proponents to convince investors that it is viable. I’ll be content to see how that pans out and ignore all the ill-informed yammering that seems to dominate public discussion of it. BTW, you seem as lost as anybody as to where the Home Depot would go.

    Dan: Nope. Even the North Coast Journal admitted that the “wetlands” issue is a cover for political concerns. Baykeeper found some isolated wetland plants, but not a functioning wetland. Calling areas with isolated wetland plants a “wetland” reflects poorly on their competence and/or honesty. Get your arms around the concepts of ecological process and function if you want to understand valid wetland designation.

  23. back in the saddle
    June 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    The wetlands issue should have somethng to do with providing an enviornment for wetland species. Since that area of Eureka is fill from a century or more ago and has been used for commercial and industrial purposes curing that time, it seems like a lost cause to call that some kind of pristine habitat loss.

  24. steak n eggs
    June 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    “Bitter…very”. Eric and his HH sheep are out of touch with the majority of Humboldt County constituents. Their liberal smugness turns many moderate independents off. You progs are as clueless as Rush Limbaugh’s ditto heads. The HH divides and alienates and thus fails it’s own party. You’re all so smart that you’re stupid. Meanwhile, the rest of us move on.

    Live and learn or instead post more smear?

  25. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    S n E, The battle is over, the war won. There is no more point to mean spirited commentary if there ever really was. At some point we have to start cooperating and at a minimum having rational discussions with those we disagree. In particular, picking on Eric who has generally been one of the few voices on the far left who has maintained a civil tone is counter productive. I have been just as frustrated as you obviously have been about the mistreatment and utter lack of civility in the past. But now that moderation has prevailed lets show ourselves to be better and refuse to stoop to the level of those we have bested. It is long past time for someone to set a better example. Lets prove them even more wrong by being good winners.

  26. steak n eggs
    June 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    9:27..wise words. Thanks for you’re the thoughtful post. I hear what you are saying

  27. Big wheels
    June 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Oh get over yourselves. The wheel turn and turns. You’ll be under it soon enough.

  28. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    What’s the point of this blog post? ‘We couldn’t do it, so now we’ll blame you when you fail in the exact same way we did’? Ummm, OK.

  29. Thirdeye
    June 7, 2012 at 12:13 am

    10:42 never learns.

  30. tra
    June 7, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Sour grapes yield bitter whine.

  31. Vortex
    June 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Personally, I’m just embracing the ride on the pendulum.

  32. Dan
    June 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Dan: Nope. Even the North Coast Journal admitted that the “wetlands” issue is a cover for political concerns. Baykeeper found some isolated wetland plants, but not a functioning wetland. Calling areas with isolated wetland plants a “wetland” reflects poorly on their competence and/or honesty. Get your arms around the concepts of ecological process and function if you want to understand valid wetland designation.

    Even the North Coast Journal? Crack me up.
    The Journal has been nothing but a tool for the local fundies.
    Historically they have ignored our coastal wetlands the same way
    Aldaron Laird, Baykeep Pete and The County does.
    The Journal is part of the problem, has been for years. When one considers why and how our coastal wetlands were destroyed,
    how they prop-up Laird, PCJV LeValley and Friends of the Dunes as if they were protecting our wetlands- what a joke.
    Read this
    “ENHANCING SEASONAL WETLANDS IN THE COASTAL ZONE”

    A Regulatory Constraint Analysis
    of the
    California Coastal Act Prepared for Ron LeValley, Pacific
    Coast Joint Venture
    by Aldaron Laird

    I wonder where the money for this ‘screw the Coastal Act’ screed came from.
    Doesn’t even mention our primary dunes and the wetlands behind them that are now threatened due to Friends that were really in it for the money and parties. Scratch the surface, we’ve been screwing our wetlands with wetland monies for well over a decade
    now.

  33. Pickle grass
    June 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I wonder if this election will also fix the wetlands? All things will be corrected now. No more excuses!!

  34. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

    How our representatives got their job is everything indicative of how they are going to go about representing us within their job. Self serving, self interested, and not forthright to the point of utter bullshit. We simply can’t take them for their word. I would still like to see bohn et al answer to their obvious campaign lies, it’s no small matter.

  35. Pitchfork
    June 7, 2012 at 9:16 am

    some of you are saying “Eric and his HH sheep are out of touch with the majority of Humboldt County constituents. Their liberal smugness turns many moderate independents off.”
    Extremely low voter turn out means that a very small percentage of “Humboldt County constituents” made this decision.(probably less than 20% of the residents) So before ya-all explode from being so full of yourself. Check yourself. Your real victory as been to turn so many people off they don’t participate. Which means in the end everybody will lose, because this will wind up in arm conflict down line. History repeats itself, again.

  36. Eric Kirk
    June 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    What’s the point of this blog post? ‘We couldn’t do it, so now we’ll blame you when you fail in the exact same way we did’? Ummm, OK.

    Isn’t that the pattern? In any case, are you preparing excuses for them ahead of time? I really don’t want to hear about how Humboldt County has such an “anti-business climate” after free enterprise conservatives have had total control for two years.

  37. Jack Sherman
    June 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    “Two years”? Are you kidding?

    “Free-enterprise radicals” is what they will be called years from now.

    For 2 generations, the radical, unsustainable growth model of low-wage malls and high-priced sprawl finally failed so thoroughly that it took a large part of the world economy with it.

    No matter, Bohn’s backers have their representatives in every public hearing downtown fighting to maintain this same narrow ideology of “growth”: the “right” of the propertied to access everyone else’s infrastructure to maximize quick-profit, large home subdivisions, ie, the status-quot.

    County voters are profoundly uninformed of such connections…nor the national/international economic and environmental impacts.

    It’s a timeless scam….getting the public to subsidize their own economic demise to benefit the few. (It’s no coincidence that this is the same philosophy behind every inevitable economic collapse and war in every empire in history).

    Last week, one of Cutten’s proud unregistered voters told me he’s furious how long he’s had to golf over massive sewer pipes still sitting atop Eureka’s golf course. (Waiting patiently for a $30 million facility planned in 1980!).

    When I explained to him that the money behind Bohn, Bass, and Fennell, is from the same folks building rural areas beyond infrastructure capacity for more and more big-profit McMansions, he wanted to register, but it was too late.

    Take a drive up kneeland road. Every time you see a group of 5 to 10 mailboxes go take a look. Miles and miles and miles of hastily built roads over creeks and steep slopes, literally mazes that end with a hastily built McMansion or an oxidizing trailer, many are empty.

    Amazingly, thanks to local media, most folks haven’t a clue what the cumulative environmental impacts of this “rural lifestyle” are….despite a process already repeating itself many decades ago in the rest of the state.

  38. Eric Kirk
    June 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Last week, one of Cutten’s proud unregistered voters told me he’s furious how long he’s had to golf over massive sewer pipes still sitting atop Eureka’s golf course.

    Um. I don’t really disagree with anything of your points. But would someone really vote against a candidate because a pipe messed up his chance for a birdie?

  39. 713
    June 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    “When I explained to him that the money behind Bohn, Bass, and Fennell, is from the same folks building rural areas beyond infrastructure capacity for more and more big-profit McMansions, he wanted to register, but it was too late.”

    Complete bullshit. The only people pushing to overload infrastructure capacity are the plan a people who want to cram everybody into the service areas. Read all the letters from the cities and services districts. It is baffling that you don’t get that.

    Wtf is a “hastily” built road? As opposed to what, a slowly built road? How Is one better than the other?

  40. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    713, what’s the “infrastructure capacity” for 10,000 acres of untampered natural woodland? As much as somebody can get a permit to capacitate. It will all require more tapped water, more tapped electricity, more permanent pavement. I’m for zero growth, by the way. High density within “service areas” is just as counterproductive to what could be achieved in humboldt. Go down to Blackhawk and try to push fennel’s ideas on them…they are surrounded by natural open space. Go to beverley hills and try to push fennel’s ideas on them. Go to palo alto and try to push fennel’s ideas onto them. We all deserve the same quality of life, and there is more than enough empty “development” in Humboldt to begin insisting we need more. It degrades the environment and the tranquilty that comes from comfortably low populations…a real community.

  41. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    …additionally, expanding the urbanized borders of our county would require more police, more fire department, more medical, more school and transportation thereof. All of those departments are taking huge hits every year. It’s insane to think literally more “service area” where nobody can afford it right now would be a good thing.

    Nobody is saying “you know what we need? More development in the forests around here!” Not worth it for anybody, especially the longer the run.

  42. 713
    June 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    well anon @ 2:43 – why don’t you embark on a big anti-pot campaign, because that’s what’s going on out there right now. it is an epidemic, they are using way more water than any family farm, building roads without any engineering or planning, and killing the flora and fauna that interferes with their profits. it is absolutely idiotic and disingenuous keep somebody from building a house on a large parcel of land under the guise of protecting the environment while the growers are out in those same woods, doing 10X the damage. any homeowner who comes in for a permit will have to build things to certain specifications and grade the roads properly and mitigate their disturbance. growers, not so much.

    but hey, i guess if you put your head in the sand and pretend like it’s all pristine woods out there, be my guest.

    just don’t try and bullshit me, i’ve been out there, i’ve seen the greenhouses, the huge ponds built by damming creeks. the hundreds of cars per day on gravel roads (with out of state plates), the poorly built drainage systems, and the leaky diesel tanks.

    seriously.

  43. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    There’s nothing cannabis related on the GPU, 713, why are you trying to distract from the issue?

  44. 713
    June 7, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    i’m sorry, i though you were concerned about the environment. my mistake.

  45. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    What’s the “infrastructure capacity” for 10,000 acres of untampered natural woodland? As much as somebody can get a permit to capacitate. It will all require more tapped water, more tapped electricity, more permanent pavement. I’m for zero growth, by the way. High density within “service areas” is just as counterproductive to what could be achieved in humboldt. Go down to Blackhawk and try to push fennel’s ideas on them…they are surrounded by natural open space. Go to beverley hills and try to push fennel’s ideas on them. Go to palo alto and try to push fennel’s ideas onto them. We all deserve the same quality of life, and there is more than enough empty “development” in Humboldt to begin insisting we need more. It degrades the environment and the tranquilty that comes from comfortably low populations…a real community.

    …additionally, expanding the urbanized borders of our county would require more police, more fire department, more medical, more school and transportation thereof. All of those departments are taking huge hits every year. It’s insane to think literally more “service area” where nobody can afford it right now would be a good thing.

    Nobody is saying “you know what we need? More development in the forests around here!” Not worth it for anybody, especially the longer the run.

  46. 713
    June 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    false premise. the only “untampered natural woodland” around here is in the parks. they are not in danger of being developed.

  47. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    What’s the “infrastructure capacity” for 10,000 acres of undeveloped land? As much as somebody can get a permit to capacitate. It will all require more tapped water, more tapped electricity, more permanent pavement. I’m for zero growth, by the way. High density within “service areas” is just as counterproductive to what could be achieved in humboldt. Go down to Blackhawk and try to push fennel’s ideas on them…they are surrounded by natural open space. Go to beverley hills and try to push fennel’s ideas on them. Go to palo alto and try to push fennel’s ideas onto them. We all deserve the same quality of life, and there is more than enough empty “development” in Humboldt to begin insisting we need more. It degrades the environment and the tranquilty that comes from comfortably low populations…a real community.

    …additionally, expanding the urbanized borders of our county would require more police, more fire department, more medical, more school and transportation thereof. All of those departments are taking huge hits every year. It’s insane to think literally more “service area” where nobody can afford it right now would be a good thing.

    Nobody is saying “you know what we need? More development in the forests around here!” Not worth it for anybody, especially the longer the run.

  48. 713
    June 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Alzheimer’s is a bitch

  49. Jack Sherman
    June 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    “But would someone really vote against a candidate because a pipe messed up his chance for a birdie?” (Eric Kirk).

    No, the Cutten non-voter I spoke with was completely ignorant of the implications of having tens of millions of dollars of unmet infrastructure requirements for the last 30 years while those responsible are downtown pushing for more sprawl while dominating local politics!

    But, why not take the opportunity to make a joke of it? Few understand these issues anyway.

    Ha Ha.

  50. John Muir
    June 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Hey, creeks and springs are infrastructure too.

  51. walt
    June 8, 2012 at 6:56 am

    So are grows and grow houses. The smell of dope grows has taken the place of pulp mills as “the smell of prosperity.”

  52. Anonymous
    June 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

    As far as I know, the pulp mills paid taxes and were operating legally. They were a sign of desperation in a slowly failing lumber mill economy, but they kept a few jobs online for 40 years. They supported all of us by purchasing water (lots of it) from the local water district. They paid taxes, too. Of course, they ran the county and now speculators and illegal pot-growers rule. Tax-dodgers.

  53. Eric Kirk
    June 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

    There’s nothing cannabis related on the GPU, 713, why are you trying to distract from the issue?

    Well, nothing explicit. But it’s an issue that’s integral to the proposed regulations on rural development. Water. Etc.

  54. Anonymous
    June 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

    So will we now have the first openly “former” pot grower on the Sups?

  55. Anonymous
    June 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

    713, please keep on telling it like it is.

  56. Elizabeth
    June 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Former?

  57. longwinds
    June 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

    17 and a half years as KMUD news director, three years as first ED of HumCPR, she runs a full-time campaign for the last six months, and Estelle gets instant zip-code stigma because she wins.

    Have you folks ever considered a new game plan? This gets embarrassing, but not how you intend.

  58. Anonymous
    June 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    You think KMUD news director pay a living wage?

  59. Yes, More Excuses
    June 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you. We couldn’t have done what we do without you and Heraldo.

    The more time you blog prog trogs spend online spewing forth your hatred and lies, the more time we spend out in the community and with the voters.

    One would think you would begin to learn your lesson. In 2010 you got kicked in the balls, losing every contested race in Eureka and Humboldt County.

    Bonnie Neely – loser
    Patrick Cleary – loser
    Larry Glass – loser
    Ron Kuhnel – loser
    Peter LaValle – loser
    Jon Brooks – loser

    What do all of these losing candidates have in common? They were all endorsed by the Humboldt Democrats and should have won their respective elections.

    The usual cries of, “next time we’ll do better” were sounded once again.

    Which leads us to 2012, where you just had a 2×4 upside your collective heads.

    A campaign comes down to two major things – the candidate and the team, especially the campaign manager.

    Clif Clendenen was the incumbent Supervisor. He sent his minions (including former Planning Commissioner Mel Kreb, Milt Boyd and Chris Beresford) to block Estelle Fennell’s Democrat endorsement.

    This was strangely similar to Eureka Mayor Peter LaValle’s 2006 race against Virginia Bass. Both incumbents (Clendenen and LaVallee) had a 60-40% initial polling lead, both were endorsed (or blocked) by the Humboldt Democrats and both thought their election was won and put it in cruise control. Both challengers campaigned tirelessly and won an upset.

    Cheryl Seidner is a nice woman, but she never had a chance. Too little, too late. Unlike Rex, Cheryl wasn’t known well outside of Loleta and her Native-American community. Where was Patty Berg, the one candidate who had a chance against Rex? Could it be Patty didn’t want to go out like her good friend Bonnie – a loser?

    Rex Bohn ran the most impressive political campaign in the history of Humboldt County, even better than Bass two years ago. Rex finally got the business community engaged. The local business community figured out, much like Bill Pierson, that they could get involved in local politics without it harming their business.

    This was a statement by Rex Bohn. Would you want to run against Rex in four years? Patty Berg turns 74 in 2016. Greg Conners, please. A legend in his own mind with more baggage than a Greyhound bus. Liz Murguia? Neal Latt? George Clark? Mel Kreb? Jeff Smith? Heidi Benzonelli? It goes downhill quick from there.

    Which brings me to the campaigns…

    Why Clif picked Elizabeth Conners from Arcata’s Local Solutions to run his campaign once again was a mystery. Conservative Fortuna and radical Arcata mix as well as oil and water. This was a huge set-back for Elizabeth Conners, who was known as the quiet behind-the-scenes (former) winning political operative.

    I can’t stress enough how big of a loss this was. Clif should have won. I don’t care that the Supervisors job is 60+ hours per week, that you have to work your family’s cider business, you have a wife and kids. No more excuses! There is no tomorrow when it’s 60 days out in a contested campaign.

    Let me remind you of Connie Stewart’s October 2010 “coming-to-Jesus” bitch with soon-to-be-former incumbent Eureka City Councilmember Larry Glass. “You gotta get off your ass and campaign. Your opponent is everywhere. I can’t turn on the TV without seeing Marian Brady and her damn bicycle. I can’t turn on the radio without hearing how you voted against the Marina Center. Brady is out there on the streets campaigning and you’re in here chatting with your Works customers. They’re already voting for you! And get rid of those damn meth heads in your TV commercials. They’re scaring the voters.”

    (Pretty close, huh Connie?)

    This was a huge loss for Elizabeth Conners and Local Solutions. HUGE.

    If I can make one recommendation. Please, please, please keep having Joshua Drayton as your campaign manager. The most important thing is having a gay drama queen running the proggies campaigns where his ego is more important than the candidate.

    At some point, someone on the proggie side is going to take a close look at Joshua Drayton.

    Bankrupted his business World Cup Coffee – loser
    Campaign chair for Bonnie Neely – loser
    Campaign chair for Cheryl Seidner – loser

    Sure he runs that anonymous blog that trashes the opposition candidates. Question: Is being mean, nasty and vile to people really helping or hurting the cause? When you meet someone who is mean, nasty and vile, what do you think about that person?

    That’s what the voters think about blog prog trogs.

    Which anonymous blogger had links to Bonnie Neely for Supervisor and Cheryl Seidner for Supervisor on his blog?

    Which anonymous blogger was campaign chair for both Bonnie Neely and Cheryl Seidner?

    Finally, which anonymous blogger lied about Bonnie Neely and Cheryl Seidner’s opponents over and over again?

    Can’t wait to hear what our local radical Democraps will do at the Democratic Central Committee meeting next week. Will they treat our two elected female Democrat County Supervisors and the two elected female Eureka City Councilmembers with respect or will Linda Atkins try to shit on them again?

    Has anyone explained to Linda Atkins that the voters don’t like mean, nasty politicians? Has Linda not had this chat with Larry Glass?

    We will have this talk again after the first Tuesday in November

  60. Anonymous
    June 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Gloat much “More Excuses”?

    Interesting how any race in the last several years (including the Lovelace and Chesbro campaigns this year) were entirely avoided in this rant.
    My observation, as a total political outsider, is that what goes around comes around. A progressive wave of Kerigan, Glass, LaValle, Neely (who is a similar parallel changed parties), Atkins followed by a more conservative wave (11-12). I’m sure the tide will change again when:
    1. The Brady/Newman campaign promises of jobs and a cleanup Balloon Track are shown to be non-existent at the end of two years.
    2. We spend a couple of years seeing Rex Bohn in a suit and tie trying to look intelligent and muddling through complex legislative issues. And, he realizes that this is a tough thankless job.
    3. Even more light manufacturing and culinary goes to Arcata and we see a vibrant Arcata retail district compared to empty store fronts along the Eureka 101.
    4. Estelle bucks the tide and shows she is actually quite liberal on a variety of non-property rights issues.

  61. tra
    June 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I have to agree that the gloating in that comment is really obnoxious. The complaints about “anonymous bloggers” is pretty ridiculous coming from an anonymous commenter. And the reference to the sexual orientation of a local political operative is deplorable.

    Sore losers are bad enough, but sore winners are even more repulsive.

  62. tra
    June 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    “Estelle bucks the tide and shows she is actually quite liberal on a variety of non-property rights issues.”

    That will only come as a surprise to those who were totally unfamiliar with her and who were taking their cues from the relentless campaign of demonization waged against her for the past couple of years.

  63. Anonymous
    June 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    The big picture is a swing to a more liberal/progessive Humboldt County.

    20 years ago the notion of an even slightly liberal candidate winning outside of Arcata was unlikely. The notion that a winning Eureka area candidate would have to register as a Democrat or not declare their Republican status would have been absurd. A battle between two liberal candidates for the 1st district would have been laughable. The trend is clearly toward a more liberal population and an increase in Democrats (e.g., the Dem Mailer tactic). My guess is that now that Eureka no longer smells like a rotting egg, there will be even more retirees and hipsters buying up vintage homes. This will lead toward even more moderate to liberal voters.
    I agree that some of the local progressives have bungled campaigns, but this is a short term glitch and a symptom of a the relatively new swing toward progressivism in this region. There are no signs that the majority of local voter are supporting the type of Republican establishment candidates that Arkley routinely supports.

  64. tra
    June 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    2:06,

    I agree with a lot of that, though the evidence I’d offer is a bit different. The way I’d put it is that when I look at some of those being attacked as “conservatives” and accused of not being “real Democrats — including Estelle Fennell, Richard Marks, etc., I see people who I’m sure would be considered pretty soldly “liberal” or “progressive” most places in this country, and folks like Virginia Bass and Marion Brady would certainly be well within the mainstream of the Democratic Party.

    20 years from now, we’ll probably still be talking about which group of candidates, the “conservatives” or the “progressives” made out best in the most recent election, and which group will be most likely to do well in the next one. But the question is: What kind of candidates will be grouped under each of those labels, and what kind of policies will those candidates support?
    .

  65. Anonymous
    June 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    …no signs that the majority of local voter are supporting the type of Republican establishment candidates that Arkley routinely supports — on the national and state level.

  66. Jack Sherman
    June 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Thank you “No More Excuses”!

    Your lying BS betrays your deep fear over the persistence of liberal political opposition.

    You understand how expensive it is to win mediocre right-wing candidates like Bohn, Brady and Bass with lots of TV, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in phony front-group fliers.

    You understand that this only works as long as the vast majority of eligible voters abstain or remain unregistered.

    Your team is always one tiny catalyst-away from losing it all…thus, EVERY election is a potential catastrophe…should an unpredictable few thousand citizens, (out of the vast majority of non-participants), become motivated to vote.

    Once again, the “sore winner syndrome” reveals the burdens of permanent fear.

    Scary.

  67. Thirdeye
    June 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Seems “no more excuses” should be the advice towards the green machine that got its clock cleaned these last two election cycles. Seriously, how do you excuse pulling only 28% of the vote in an election you were fully mobilized for? But the excuse cycle started as soon as the first returns came in. The green machine can continue down its path of trying to prop up mediocre, disconnected candidates with elitism, smears, fear-mongering, parochialism, and exclusion, or it can take stock of the situation and see that it doesn’t work. Their choice. My concern isn’t that their power will return to the peak it had in 2006 to 2010 – the more people become familiar with them the more turned off they are – but their constant dragging of civic discourse into the mud has really gotten old.

  68. Sore Loser
    June 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    The only people getting their “clock cleaned” are the 67% of registered voters, and thousands more unregistered, who don’t understand what’s at stake due to our developer-compliant media.

    The sore winners have us on the same path as every other Ca. county and city that turned over governance to development interests.

    We’ve had 2 housing “Gold-Rushes” in California since the 1980’s bubble burst…can you blame them today for planing the 3rd?

    Making sure that water capacity research and additional rural development restrictions NEVER happen are worth the tens of millions of dollars the development community has spent on their winning candidates over the last generation.

    Greed has come a long way in achieving unsustainable transfers of the public’s natural resources and infrastructure to the most-fortunate among us…..since the brutal days of the Pharisees.

    Rejoice!

  69. June 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    The “Amerian Way ” incorporates Disssentn–a determined group canput their point out firmly-Bolieve and Act

  70. Anonymous
    June 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hey, let’s see how Rex does. Maybe he’ll turn out to be intelligent and caring. Maybe he will think outside of the box.

    Oh, YMW – one small factor you left out. CA$H. Lots and LOTS of it.

  71. Eric Kirk
    June 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Seems “no more excuses” should be the advice towards the green machine that got its clock cleaned these last two election cycles. Seriously, how do you excuse pulling only 28% of the vote in an election you were fully mobilized for? But the excuse cycle started as soon as the first returns came in.

    Okay, so the point is, the green machine is gone for now, with only one vote on the Board and one in Eureka. It can’t block anything. You’ve got at least two years, and probably more. Ryan might have some trouble if he veers too far right, but Virginia will probably be reelected, unless she makes a major mistake between now and then. So even if Ryan wimps out here and there, you should have the majority to do what you want. If there remains any “anti-business” element in the government, whose fault will that be? The alleged anti-business climate was a centerpiece for both Rex and Estelle’s campaigns.

    You don’t have to answer it now. I’ll just be curious to see how it’s answered in two years.

  72. Eric Kirk
    June 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Why Clif picked Elizabeth Conners from Arcata’s Local Solutions to run his campaign once again was a mystery.

    There was nobody in Fortuna who knew how to run a campaign. She has an excellent track record, and she organized the phone banking excellently. But getting the people who said they were going to vote for Clif to the polls turned out to be more difficult than usual. I would say they weren’t very motivated in this race. They thought Clif was too liberal, but they couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Estelle no matter how much the business community told them she was the true conservative. So they stayed home. Seriously, we were feeling very good about it for awhile because we had so many yes votes tallied. But we only got about a third of them out, as opposed to 2008 when about half of them had already voted by the time we started calling them on election day.

  73. Anonymous
    June 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    “This was a statement by Rex Bohn”.

    Can’t let this one slide. When a mouthpiece makes a statement, who’s statement is it, really?

    Anyway, the real statement was made by the money. How much is that per-vote?

  74. Anonymous
    June 12, 2012 at 8:04 am

    A lot of the democratic political talent was used in the congressional races for this past election. I think that Yes, More Excuses is already campaigning for Wreck’s re-election in 4 years. Now is the time to start running the opposition. They did it with Estelle by giving her the job with HumCPR. That is what we have – big money supporting people running for office. They have been behind Wreck’s for years. He is not the only one that can do auctions. It is just that they have been running him and providing him with a public persona. The continued marketing of candidates is nauseating.

  75. SAM
    June 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

    8:04: oops, your jealousy is showing…

    and to Elizabeth: if that’s you Ms. Conner, still got a bean up your nose at being booted from Arcata Planning Commission due to a conflict of interest?

    Go away.
    Far away.

  76. June 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Anon, your assuming the popular vote can be bought. Your assuming well informed voters have no conscious. “Wreck’s” as you refer to the newly elected first district sup, could have won the past election with the same amount of money in his campaign coffers as his wonderful opponent.

  77. Smiley
    June 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

    LOL at Jack of Hearts. Thanks for the smile, dude.

  78. Anonymous
    June 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

    No, I am not Ms. Conner and I am not jealous. I am disgusted.

  79. Anonymous
    June 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    SAM = Joe Bonino, Humboldt GOP Treasurer? Last time I read the bean-in-the-ears comment was a LTE Bonino wrote for Nancy Flemming. Nasty guy.

  80. Thirdeye
    June 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Is there any final tally of the money actually spent (not raised) by the Seidner and Bohn campaigns?

  81. Jack Sherman
    June 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    “I would say they (voters) weren’t very motivated in this race.”

    Of course, that’s if you consider a 5% decrease from 2010 significant.

    Or, the election before that…for about the last generation, or so.

  82. tra
    June 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Some people don’t bother to vote because they just don’t believe political outcomes make much difference in their lives, some because they don’t believe that their vote makes much difference in determining political outcomes, some because they are just plain lazy and/or don’t care, and some are just rejecting all the candidates and view their non-vote as essentially a vote for “none of the above.” I’m not sure how many non-voters belong in which categories (and maybe there are some other categories I’m not thinking of), and I suppose the exact ratio of apathy to hopelessness to laziness to disgust probably changes from election to election.

    And, yes, in some parts of this country there are bona fide voter suppression efforts under way, with inappropriate, inaccurate last-minute purges of the voter rolls, unnecessary new voter I.D. requirements, “voter caging,” and so on. But that’s not the case in Humboldt.

  83. smartguy
    June 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    what a bunch of bigots

  84. Jack Sherman
    June 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    There’s no need for voter repression tactics here. The development community has had it wrapped up forever. Everybody knows it’s pay-to-play, thoroughly corrupted by money.

    The result of fewer participants is more corruption, more cronyism, and a “pragmatic” democratic party forced to adopt their opponent’s issues in order to win with the 30% of voters who remain…thus, losing even more democrats.

  85. tra
    June 13, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    That seems like kind of a defeatist attitude, Jack, and one that has the potential to be somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy, in that an argument that local politics is hopelessly dysfunctional seems likely to discourage people from bothering to vote.

  86. Jack Sherman
    June 13, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Only “tra” writes “hopeless”.

    No need for “prophecies”, it’s reality!

    It’s not “dysfunctional” it’s working perfectly well for the victors! Hell, a handful of republicans were welcomed into rural Humboldt’s Democratic Central committee and have effectively turned meetings into pure, distracted chaos!

    Due to dwindling voters, democratic leadership has been increasingly compelled to appeal to opponents for decades…thus, they must seek to compromise further-still, losing even more voters!

    It’s a vicious, self-defeating reality!

    People are discouraged because no one’s speaking to them. They are invisible. Each is deceived that their economic, social and family problems are unique, their foreclosure is their own stupid fault, their bankruptcy resulted from their failure to carry adequate health insurance, their layoff was due to their lack of relevant skills.

    Lies, lies, and more lies….

    I’m old enough to remember a democratic party who’s main purpose was to elect democrats by canvassing communities to educate and register voters, and I remember what real community media was like, sharing the outrage and interests of hard-working families.

    Today, we have democratic leadership plagued by compromise, and local newspapers that think the bailout of unparallelled corruption that tanked the world economy, threatening to impoverish half this nation, is ancient history! According to “community” media, similar local corruption and bailouts are non-existent!

    The hope is in remembering what worked in the past.

  87. walt
    June 14, 2012 at 5:25 am

    O wonder!
    How many goodly creatures are there here!
    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
    That has such people in’t.
    —William Shakespeare, The Tempest

  88. High Finance
    June 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

    “democratic party plaqued by compromise”

    That statement can only be made by one who completely fails to understand our political system. In a 50/50 or 48/52 world NOTHING is accomplished without compromise.

    Maybe you would be more comfortable in a dictatorship ?

  89. Anonymous
    June 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

    When only one side will compromise and the other side are extremists nothing gets done. Haven’t you noticed?

  90. High Finance
    June 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    You are half right.

    Neither side will compromise these days, both sides are extremists and nothing gets done.

  91. Just Middle Finance
    June 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Compromise = cutting down one half of the last Redwood tree.

  92. Amy Breighton
    June 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Laughable.

    The republicans have blocked every twist and turn of the Obama administration.

    “Compromise” has continued Bush’s perpetual wars, corporate bailouts, trade imbalances, job outsourcing, offshore tax havens, corrupt elections, private health insurance, corporate subsidies, and public divestment in schools, jobs, and social services.

    The democrats can expect further declines in voter registration.

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