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Linda Atkins and Melinda Ciarabellini win reelection?

That is unless somebody filed for candidacy by today’s deadline.  Or unless one or both of them forgot to register, in which case somebody has five more days to file.  Or maybe someone has signed up and Hank and Ryan have been caught sleeping.  But usually you announce your candidacy before your paperwork gets reported in the press.

This is kind of surprising given the contentiousness of Eureka city politics in recent years.  But Linda did very well in her run for the Democratic Central Committee, and perhaps her opposition (which has been very intense in rhetoric over the past couple of years) figured it was a lost cause.  She is well organized and had a number of signs up all over the city on Tuesday, which was, I assume, the 90 day mark.

Melinda is the fourth ward representative, which is probably the most conservative ward and maybe it isn’t so easy to find a viable progressive candidate who lives there.  On the other hand, a Eureka progressive activist recently told me that opposition to her has been blunted because, “as it turns out she’s the most reasonable of the bunch.”  She was referring to the conservative majority on the Council.

I guess there’s a chance that nobody will vote for one of them.  But presumably each will vote for herself and that is enough.

So congratulations to both candidates enjoying the smell of victory early this year.

Addendum:  Somebody in the thread says that Linda has opposition.  It’s getting a little late to build a campaign.  Why the secrecy?  I’m not an expert on campaigns, but I’m pretty sure secret election campaigns don’t work very well.

Second addendum:  The Times Standard reports that Joe Bonino, a payroll tech for HSU, is running against Linda.

  1. August 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    No, I was ill and did not have time to come up with the organization – LOL

  2. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Wrong again. Linda has opposition.

  3. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Seriously Linda, black signs and black literature? Matches the personality but really? Black?

  4. G. Gilbert Yule
    August 10, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Well, don’t I feel foolish for having a “Atkins for Council” election signage in my yard for the past few days.

    I would have thought Atkins and Ciarabellini would have disenfranchised enough people that there would be lot’s of opposition. Shows you what I know.

    I think I’ll leave up my Atkins sign for the time being as a show of respect/support.

  5. Eric Kirk
    August 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Anonymous :

    Wrong again. Linda has opposition.

    Well, don’t keep us in suspense. I’ll change the title.

  6. August 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    …which was, I assume, the 90 day mark.

    Isn’t it supposed to be 45 days prior to the election that signs should go up? Not sure, but I know some here ragged on Rex Bohn for putting some of his signs up early.

  7. tra
    August 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Anonymous :
    Wrong again. Linda has opposition.

    I’m sure Linda has “opposition.” The question is whether those who oppose her are actually putting forward a candidate to challenge her.

    I agree with Eric — waiting until the last minute to jump in generally doesn’t work out very well in electoral campaigns. Just ask Cheryl Seidner.

    Maybe Seidner was doomed to lose to Bohn anyway, but getting a very late start (on the last day it was still possible to enter the race) didn’t help either. I think she could have won at least some additional votes if she hadn’t gotten in so late.

    Would it have been enough to pose a serious challenge to Bohn? I don’t know. But it certainly seems well within the realm of possibility that she could have won enough votes to force a run-off in the fall, when a larger number of voters (and possibly more “progressives”) would have been going to the polls, drawn by the Presidential election.

    Getting in earlier, and/or winning enough votes to push the final decision to a November run-off, could have given her more time to increase her name recognition, more time to narrow the fundraising gap, more time to get her ideas out there, and more time for Bohn (possibly) to have tripped up in some way.

  8. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    It’s not late in the game to be filing to run, and calling it “secrecy” is, well, peculiar. Look at Arcata. Every single election that has a council race has candidates who file before announcing their candidacy. All it means is that those candidates aren’t part of the well-oiled political machine that sends a cavalcade of press releases every time a candidate farts… Joe is thinking of running, Joe has announced he’s going to announce his candidacy next week in a speech in front of his family and friends, Look! Joe announced his candidacy today! Joe has a website now! Joe was just endorsed by Jane, and we have 10 other big endorsements, but we’re going to announce them one-at-a-time every four days!” Yawn…

  9. Yawn
    August 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    It’s not late in the game to be filing to run, and calling it “secrecy” is, well, peculiar. Look at Arcata. Every single election that has a council race has candidates who file before announcing their candidacy. All it means is that those candidates aren’t part of the well-oiled political machine that sends a cavalcade of press releases every time a candidate farts… Joe is thinking of running, Joe has announced he’s going to announce his candidacy next week in a speech in front of his family and friends, Look! Joe announced his candidacy today! Joe has a website now! Joe was just endorsed by Jane, and we have 10 other big endorsements, but we’re going to announce them one-at-a-time every four days!” Yawn…

  10. Amy Breighton
    August 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    “….opposition to her has been blunted because, ‘as it turns out she’s the most reasonable of the bunch.’”

    She votes predominantly with the bunch. How is that reasonable?

    Continuing public subsidies for the richest club in town (Chamber of Commerce) while public schools are closing…is an abomination the Righties adore…

    Cheryl Seidner’s exemplary resume and experience eclipsed Bohn’s…Seidner could have won if a few hundred of the so-called democrats turned-out to canvass. Will the HCDCC actually do anything under new leadership beyond organizing fund-raising socials?

  11. High Finance
    August 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Atkins is toast.

  12. tra
    August 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    HiFi,

    Who is her opponent?

  13. High Finance
    August 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Does this mean I am the only one here who knows ?

  14. tra
    August 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Apparently. So, do tell.

  15. Eric Kirk
    August 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    HiFi – you and anonymous 6:14.

    Well, I thought maybe I would be able to donate my time to the death penalty repeal proposition, but I guess I’ll be working for Linda. Fortunately she’s facing a campaign that is either poorly organized or strategically challenged.

  16. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Atkins, the one who said she was wasting her time.

  17. Eric Kirk
    August 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Fred Mangels :

    …which was, I assume, the 90 day mark.

    Isn’t it supposed to be 45 days prior to the election that signs should go up? Not sure,
    but I know some here ragged on Rex Bohn for putting some of his signs up early.

    No, it’s 90 days.

  18. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Eric,
    This isn’t late in the game for entry into city council race. I don’t believe Ciarabellini or Linda filed until this week – are their candidacies secret or peculiar?

    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge.

  19. Eric Kirk
    August 10, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Amy Breighton :

    “….opposition to her has been blunted because, ‘as it turns out she’s the most reasonable of the bunch.’”

    She votes predominantly with the bunch. How is that reasonable?

    Continuing public subsidies for the richest club in town (Chamber of Commerce) while public schools are closing…is an abomination the Righties adore…

    Cheryl Seidner’s exemplary resume and experience eclipsed Bohn’s…Seidner could have won if a few hundred of the so-called democrats turned-out to canvass. Will the HCDCC actually do anything under new leadership beyond organizing fund-raising socials?

    I don’t know Amy. But she’s viewed by some progressives as a potential swing vote. I’ve only met her briefly. She seems nice enough, but I don’t know much about her voting record, or what she stands for.

  20. Eric Kirk
    August 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Anonymous :

    Eric,
    This isn’t late in the game for entry into city council race. I don’t believe Ciarabellini or Linda filed until this week – are their candidacies secret or peculiar?

    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge.

    Linda began her campaign some time ago. I was at her kick-off event. I don’t know when she filed, but that’s not so much the issue is that her opponent is a mystery and the election is less than three months away. If Linda’s opponent isn’t someone who already has name recognition, it’s probably too late. Especially in a Presidential election year with lots of stuff on the ballot which is going to overshadow this race.

    I’m assuming from HiFi’s post that it’s someone with a big name and good rep. But this is an election that will bring out Democrats, who are a majority in Eureka.

  21. Eric Kirk
    August 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge.

    Damn! I forgot!

  22. mresquan
    August 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    It sounds like Joe Bonino has stepped forth to run.

  23. Anonymous
    August 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Eric Kirk :
    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge.
    Damn! I forgot!

    That “pledge” was just the political equivalent of an angry 3rd grader who gets mad at their best friend, has a tearful little tantrum, and stomps away, swearing “I’ll never talk to you again, never EVER.” “Never ever” usually turns out to be about half an hour.

  24. August 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge..

    And any of illusion of belief in that “Vote Local Control!” thing.

  25. August 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This morning’s Times- Standard says Joe Bonino is running against Atkins. The name is familiar but I’m trying to remember where from?

  26. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Joe Bonino is the treasurer of the Humboldt GOP and just may be our “hi-fi”. Another Roman Catholic, at least he is not another cop – and the husband to Julie Williams.

  27. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Bonino = Santorum.

  28. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

    What proof does August 11, 2012 at 8:25 am | #27 have?

  29. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Anonymous :

    Eric Kirk :
    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge.
    Damn! I forgot!

    That “pledge” was just the political equivalent of an angry 3rd grader who gets mad at their best friend, has a tearful little tantrum, and stomps away, swearing “I’ll never talk to you again, never EVER.” “Never ever” usually turns out to be about half an hour.

    The pledge actually pertains to County politics. I’m pretty much done spending much time on the General Plan. The old guard has its 4-1 majority, so I’m content to see what they do with it over the next two years to make Humboldt County a more “business positive” environment and bring some jobs into the county. Just as the conservatives have had that opportunity for Eureka for the past, well, forever.

  30. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Fred Mangels :

    As for helping Linda’s campaign, good on you, but there goes your political nonparticipation pledge..

    And any of illusion of belief in that “Vote Local Control!” thing.

    I don’t know what the “vote local control” thing is Fred. Can you enlighten me?

  31. August 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

    That was the campaign slogan of the Measure T folks. You know, keeping political influences local?

  32. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Fred,

    Eric lives in Eureka now.

  33. mresquan
    August 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Fred,Eric was opposed to Measure T.

  34. August 11, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Ooops! that’s right.

    ERIK LIVES IN EUREKA NOW???

  35. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Yes. My wife got a job with Eureka City Schools and I became a partner at Stokes, Hamer, Kaufman & Kirk. Still maintaining the Garberville office, but I do indeed live in Eureka now.

    However, I’ve never had anything against carpetbagging and I opposed Measure T on the basis that it was unfair to out-of-town corporations which I didn’t see as any better or worse than local corporations. You don’t have to live somewhere to have a legitimate stake in the location’s political outcomes.

  36. August 11, 2012 at 11:48 am

    There goes the neighborhood!

  37. Joel Mielke
    August 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Atkins and Ciarabellini were the voices of reason when the City Council was voting on the east-west rail measure.
    And Joe Bonino is a very pleasant fellow, by the way. We can disagree on issues and support different candidates without the personal antagonism, but anonymity seems to bring out the worst in people.

  38. What Now
    August 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Jumpin’ Jehosephat!
    NOW we’ll have Opus Dei members dictating city policy?
    Just what we need.
    Torquemada and pogroms on top of a flat economy.

  39. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Fred Mangels :

    There goes the neighborhood!

    Well then, help us oppose local pro-developer policies or you’ll get thousands more just like me, retiring and moving up from the Bay Area.

  40. August 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    The fact that Joe Bonino was running against Linda Atkins was something I posted on my blog yesterday evening, shortly after 5 PM.

    Joel, I agree with your comment “And Joe Bonino is a very pleasant fellow, by the way. We can disagree on issues and support different candidates without the personal antagonism”

    To Anon #26, maybe to you being Republican and Roman Catholic is a bad thing, and you are entitled to your opinion. Public transit, clean air are some of the issues important to Joe. Think you can be objective enough to see why someone would make a good representative beyond your personal prejudices. I knew it was a matter of time before some “anon” took that pot shot about religion and party preference.

  41. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    John – there’s a lesson to be learned for me. I was counting on Lost Coast Outpost or NCJ Blogthing, but I should have circled the blogosphere. You scooped everybody!

    Anyway, I don’t know anything about Mr. Bonino, but one theme I think Linda will run on is that you never want once particular faction having complete control over local government. There has to be a dissenting voice. That should sway some moderate voters Linda’s way. That and the fact that Linda has been very impressive in her dissenting role as well as her willingness to govern beyond the ideological disputes.

    I guess I’ll have to find the time to phone bank! Maybe I can still dig up a little time on abolishing the death penalty. It’s an historic opportunity.

  42. August 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Eric,

    You are one of the few people locally that exemplifies Joe’s comments. I enjoy reading your perspectives and even when we disagree, I like talking to you.

    You are passionate and intelligent about what and who you believe in yet you respect other views.

    We may have different choices in who we support but I admire your loyalty to your candidates and causes.

    Maybe someday we may even end up phone banking on a common issue! I read this blog more now that you regularly post here.

  43. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks John. Maybe we’ll see each other out pounding the pavement for our candidates.

  44. anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Did Joe Bonino ever operate a bed and breakfast inn in Eureka? I seem to remember a Sharon Bonino as an innkeeper, but this may be just a coincidence.

  45. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Well then, help us oppose local pro-developer policies or you’ll get thousands more just like me, retiring and moving up from the Bay Area.

    Let’s see… Given that Humboldt has had no growth for years, a major contraction of it’s employment base, is one of California’s least populated counties relative to it’s land area and you are an involved, educated, employed, person, passionate about contributing to our community… Sorry, I don’t have to think long at all. I’ll take a few thousand like you anytime!

  46. August 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Eric Kirk :
    …you never want once particular faction having complete control over local government. There has to be a dissenting voice. That should sway some moderate voters Linda’s way.

    That’s actually along the lines of what I’m considering in this race. I prefer to have a little mix- it- up on the council. However, unlike some here that will likely play the Left vs. Right game, I’m going to try and keep an open mind, see what issues come into play and how each candidate addresses those issues.

    Unless Linda or you guys piss me off again. Then I might play the Left vs. Right game. I can vote for just as frivolous reasons as the next guy.

  47. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Okay 3:00. But then we’re going to vote to implement bans on steak and hamburgers, with tax-based funds to promote the serving of mashed yeast over bean sprouts as the official Eureka dish.

  48. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Eric Kirk :
    Okay 3:00. But then we’re going to vote to implement bans on steak and hamburgers, with tax-based funds to promote the serving of mashed yeast over bean sprouts as the official Eureka dish.

    Okay, I’m in. We’ll add you to the pro-growth faction on the general plan, get you an honorary HumCPR membership and I’ll go along with the majority rule on the steak and sprouts thing.

  49. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Fred, you have to actually vote, not sit out when it comes to elections for someone to care about what you think about this election. You have a lot of opinions about others. You like to dish it out, can you handle the truth?

    Whatever someone’s reason is to support a candidate, at least they vote and are doing something for their community and candidates they support. Who cares if you get pissed off? Bloggers don’t determine who gets elected, votes and people who get involved does.

  50. August 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    The above comment is by me. I have not had any issue with you before Fred but in the last few months you seem to get very personal, especially with people you don’t know. And I have yet to see you do something constructive for this community besides talk about others.

  51. A-nony-mouse
    August 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Just so you know, black and white signs are the LEAST expensive to print. The plastic sign holders, though not the sturdiest sometimes, are made from recycled plastic and are free. Linda is doing whatever she can to lower the obsene costs of recent elections.
    Priorities!

  52. High Finance
    August 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Her black and white signs look harsh and unappealing. I am surprised that she would take that color scheme.

  53. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I think they look cool, but I’m well aware that my aesthetic preferences are sometimes well outside the norm.

  54. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Ciarabellini filed. I am not sure about Atkins.

  55. August 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    John Chiv :
    The above comment is by me. I have not had any issue with you before Fred but in the last few months you seem to get very personal, especially with people you don’t know. And I have yet to see you do something constructive for this community besides talk about others.

    I really don’t get that. I see no reason to vote for anyone if there’s no compelling reason to. I’m not sure how you come off saying I don’t care. I also don’t see how you come off saying I don’t do anything but voice opinions. You’re right, but I’m unaware of anything you’ve done but voice opinions.

  56. Just Middle Class
    August 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Black and white, bad. Red, white, and blue, good.

  57. Just Middle Finance
    August 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    ooops, was me

  58. Just Middle Finance
    August 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Fi is absolutely correct. Color scheme is essential to democracy,

  59. August 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Eric Kirk :
    Thanks John. Maybe we’ll see each other out pounding the pavement for our candidates.

    Eric, it is always great to see you. By thye way, in Ward 2, I don’t have a candidate. I just reported who was running.

  60. Eric Kirk
    August 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Fred Mangels :

    John Chiv :
    The above comment is by me. I have not had any issue with you before Fred but in the last few months you seem to get very personal, especially with people you don’t know. And I have yet to see you do something constructive for this community besides talk about others.

    I really don’t get that. I see no reason to vote for anyone if there’s no compelling reason to. I’m not sure how you come off saying I don’t care. I also don’t see how you come off saying I don’t do anything but voice opinions. You’re right, but I’m unaware of anything you’ve done but voice opinions.

    Not to get involved here Fred, but John does volunteer for campaigns. Almost always on the opposite side of my candidate, but he does walk the walk. Literally.

  61. August 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Fred, on your own blog you admitted to not voting in the Bonnie Neely/Virginia Bass race. So is there any election you vote in? Have you ever voted? When did you last vote?

    You don’t know me at all, you don’t know what I do and I can assure you I do more than sitting around pontificating on a computer. Opinions are fine when someone actually does more than tear others down.

    You have made comments about me, my blog and others without facts, just your armchair opinions. After this, I am not engaging with you on this thread because it is off topic. You can have the last word. There are people in this community that talk, criticise yet don’t have the guts to get involved and make any difference.

    Even with people I disagree with, I respect that they get out there, do something, and try to make this community a better place.

  62. Anonymous
    August 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    6:52 was me, in case there was a question. I am not usually commenting here, am in m 50s and am pretty conservative politically.

  63. August 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

    John Chiv writes“Opinions are fine when someone actually does more than tear others down.”.

    I’m not sure where you think I’ve “torn someone down”. To be sure, I have, but my tear downs are usually pretty mild compared to some of the comments made here and elsewhere.

    Nope. I didn’t vote in the Neely/Bass race, although I did have a Bass sign in my yard. I didn’t see any compelling reason to vote either way. There’s nothing wrong with not voting if you don’t see a compelling reason to do so. There’s also nothing wrong with taking no position on an issue (something I often do) when there’s no compelling argument for or against one side of an issue.

    I’ve voted in just about every election since I was 18 but am not particularly proud of it. I may not vote on all issues and races, but I have voted.

  64. August 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Oh, and I have been foot- on- the- ground type politically active, although not much anymore. I spent a fair amount of time and my own money gathering signatures to get candidates on the ballot. Glad to not be doing that anymore, actually. Pain in the ass.

    I was also the Humboldt area rep for that ballot initiative several years ago to modify 3 Strikes.

    Then there was my short lived term as the NorCal head of the late Harry Browne’s campaign for President. Odd story behind that one. If enough are interested I can relate the story on my blog. Weird stuff.

  65. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Oh, yes, we need to add that Joe was/is against same-sexed marriage. He was in favor the Gray Davis Governor Recall and brought us Schwarzenegger. Do a little research and dig out some of his old letters-to-the-editor. Put a bean up your nose?

    Yes, Sharon Bonino, was Joe’s former wife. She is a lovely person.

    Nothing wrong with being anonymous on an anonymous blog. No need to be sanctimonious about revealing your own identity.

    Have a pleasant Sunday.

  66. ta
    August 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Joe Bonino is the treasurer of Arkley’s Humboldt Republican PAC. Check this out:

    http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=2010&cmte=C00250993

  67. Amy Breighton
    August 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    “There has to be a dissenting voice.” Eric Kirk

    A few years ago Lonely Planet listed Eureka as a “Catholic-controlled strip-mall that would never change until the town fathers died-off”.

    Any reasonable person would want a government broadly representative of its citizens…but despite the annoying mantra about a candidate’s “niceness” in every election, this is a “pay-to-play democracy” where Mr. and Ms. Nice are taking the whole thing!

    Money always wins with painfully few exceptions. Where’s the “free-press”?

    This level of institutionalized political corruption has been effective for the local development community. With only 6 liberals winning council seats in Eureka over the last generation (forever?) the HCDCC and its elected democratic leaders have been demoralized in their own democratic-majority city. They do little to generate the volunteers needed to do the hard work, opening their own doors to well-known local DINO’S.

    Watch how well Mr. Bonino does compared to Cheryl Seidner who was warned by her own “sit-it-out supporters” that she was entering the race “too late”.

    Even ONE liberal is too many for the fascists running this town because it might give a little political hope to the other liberal democrats living here.

  68. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Don’t know who Joe is, but if he’s running against Linda I like him already.

  69. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Chiv is a mouthpiece for the Arkley camp. All Things Arkley always has been always will. Says last night he doesnt have a candidate in the 2nd ward at10:18 today promotes Bonino on his site. Also didnt say he was Arkley pac treasurer. Chiv doesnt live in the 2nd ward. Dont trust what he says.

  70. August 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Anon @ 12:34. Thanks for the publicity for my site. You tried the same lame tactic once before. I can report or promote whoever I want on my site. At least it is factual.

    Besides trolling on computers and being obsessed with anyone who disagrees with you, do you have any relevant information and facts about either candidate?

    In Eureka, a person can vote regardless of where they live and you don’t have to live in a ward to know how someone votes or what kind of representative they are.

    As for the rest of your babble, how well have rumors and negativity worked in the past 2 elections? You don’t have the guts to sign your name; you fling libel hoping it will stick.

    And being anon is a convenient way to mouth off without taking any responsibility and consequences.

  71. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    “Don’t know who Joe is, but if he’s running against Linda I like him already.”

    So….which votes by Linda Atkins on the council swayed your opinion?

  72. Anonymous
    August 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    As for the rest of your babble, how well have rumors and negativity worked in the past 2 elections?

    It’s worked great for the conservatives. But they are better at it than everyone else.

  73. August 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    So….which votes by Linda Atkins on the council swayed your opinion?

    That’s what will be interesting as this race develops: Differences they might have on issues and Linda’s votes. I believe Linda opposed the ordinance against sleeping. I might agree with her on that except I’m not sure of the context of the ordinance. How might Joe feel about that issue?

  74. August 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Anybody else have other issues that come to mind? I’m sure I could come up with some more. I suspect the firing of Chief Nielsen is off the table due to privacy issues.

  75. Eric Kirk
    August 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    One issue will be how the Jefferson School Project people were treated. They are still pretty pissed off by it, and the way they were treated by Dave Tyson. Some of them are going to turn out for Linda on that issue alone.

  76. August 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Eric Kirk :
    One issue will be how the Jefferson School Project people were treated. They are still pretty pissed off by it, and the way they were treated by Dave Tyson. Some of them are going to turn out for Linda on that issue alone.

    Yep. And on that issue I’d side with Tyson and those that opposed the city getting involved in Jefferson School. Regardless of the current situation, it was foolhardy to take on an additional financial commitment when the city was talking about shutting down the zoo, laying off cops, or both.

    There’s also the issue of Linda saying she was “representing her constituency…” when she supported the JS acquisition, even though many like to think city council folk should represent the whole city. Makes it even stranger when JS isn’t within her ward.

    I still don’t think the matter is settled. Just as well, as we have some issues to bring up in the race with some possible disagreements on policy. We’ll see how it goes.

  77. Just Middle Finance
    August 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Yeah! How dare Linda support city money going to the West side, #@$%! the West Side! Dave Tyson takes care of the Lords, the East Side! the financial donators, the employers, his masters!

  78. Eric Kirk
    August 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Fred – the point is that the city had made a promise, and gave the impression that escrow had actually been opened. They kept asking about the progress of the escrow, but got vague answers and then eventually learned that escrow had never been opened. Being denied the help would have been disappointing, but they say that they were repeatedly lied to and that’s what pissed them off. So when the vote came late in the game to nix the whole deal, just weeks after the conservative majority went from 3-2 to 4-1, they really got angry because it looked like the city had never intended to honor the agreement. They’re good people and they’ll be polite when the pols show up to their events for photo-ops. But they won’t forget the issue when they turn out to vote.

  79. August 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I’m not trying to argue the JS issue here. It’s already been beaten to death. I’m just looking at possible issues in the race and thought the candidates’ thoughts on that may be a relevant issue, or not?

  80. Anonymous
    August 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

    The big issue is, does Eureka want to replace their one liberal with another Arkley-ite?

  81. August 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Anonymous :
    The big issue is, does Eureka want to replace their one liberal with another Arkley-ite?

    That might well be the big issue on this blog.

  82. Eric Kirk
    August 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Fred Mangels :

    I’m not trying to argue the JS issue here. It’s already been beaten to death. I’m just looking at possible issues in the race and thought the candidates’ thoughts on that may be a relevant issue, or not?

    Well, it’s going to be an issue with about 500 or so people who didn’t appreciate that they were repeatedly lied to. Linda voted to keep the promise. It’s a solid block with an almost-certain turnout on Linda’s behalf. It won’t be decisive, but it will be a factor.

  83. Lemon Stand
    August 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

    What will be an issue is how much will Dave Tyson and Murl Harpham pad their last year’s pay with “comp” time and thus inflate their CalPERS pay outs? How many hundreds of thousands of $ will this cost the taxpayers of Eureka?

    That’s an issue.

  84. Amy Breighton
    August 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Our Halcyon media ensures that few understand any relevant issues, for example, why the development community’s candidates outspend and win against nearly every opponent.

    Even under the force of law, Rex Bohn couldn’t remember the development-related occupations of his 60 top contributors for his Federal campaign statements, individuals well-known in this community! The revolving door between media and politics is as bad as government and industry.

    Uninformed citizens are uninvolved. The eligible majority always abstains from voting, making it literally impossible to make assumptions about their response to ANY issue that immediately eclipses from the media…if reported at all. “Did it really happen”? “It must not be a big deal to only read it once”.

    Arkley understands this and is probably the one behind Bohn’s numerous phony front-group mailers…another corrupt political scandal effectively and conveniently disappeared by local media.

  85. Anonymous
    August 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Good point Lemon Stand, but as Amy points out, any issue requires serious media attention ($) behind it. Otherwise, padding retirement is too widespread of a practice that most folks can sympathize with since many work for gov. in this county and are also allowed to “pad” their retirement.

    The beauty of corruption…

  86. August 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Anonymous :
    Good point Lemon Stand, but as Amy points out, any issue requires serious media attention ($) behind it. Otherwise, padding retirement is too widespread of a practice that most folks can sympathize with since many work for gov. in this county and are also allowed to “pad” their retirement.
    The beauty of corruption…

    Now there’s an issue: city county employee retirement benefits. Of course, those are tied into the same system (I believe) that county employees get. Do you think Linda would be in favor of reforming local government employee retirement benefits? How about Joe?

  87. Down the Road
    August 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Back to the subject of Jefferson. It isn’t the matter that Tyson didn’t back Jefferson. It is the
    matter that he pretended to side with the people of the West Side. The City could not have backed Jefferson. Not while, Tyson was costing the people of Eureka so much
    in law suits.

    If Linda didn’t support the West Side, who would? Marion has the intellect of
    a ewe.

  88. Saul Goode
    August 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

    If Marian Brady is so stupid, what does that make Larry Glass?

    The name of the game is not to sound intellectually superior on an anonymous blog, but to win your election.

    I guess that makes Marian Brady pretty dang smart, huh?

    BTW – where is Heraldo?

    Is he still in town or did he leave with Conrad to SoCal?

  89. not a fan
    August 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Linda Atkins is gone. Kiss her ass good-bye. She is mean, and worse not very smart. Not just knocking her. I have done a number of things in which she was involved. Very similar to Glass. In your face garbage but backs up when confronted. No horsepower in the brain department. She is perfect for DCC and all the other liberal waste of time organizations. I would not be surprised if she is given a chance to run this blog like Kirk and Mitch. Course the way it is going she better get in quick cause you guys are going down the drain fast.

  90. Anonymous
    August 16, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Aw Joe, c’mon. You’re a candidate now. Act a bit dignified, eh?

  91. Not HuMan
    August 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Linda & Glass garbage, kiss my ass goodbye, Linda was born in Dirkadirkastan and she hats american, Larry to, he hats bizness peepole.

  92. Walt
    August 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Jeez, it’s raining trolls. I thought it was summer. . .

  93. Outting Joe
    August 25, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Bonino on Bush’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: “Expedite this”. (TS archives)

    Bonino on government: “Feeding the beast isn’t going to make it go away. More taxes are never a good idea.” (NCJ, 2009)

    Bonino is the manager of the local Republican PAC (biggest donor: R. Arkley) and is running to make sure Arkley can build Home Depot on the waterfront, and to cut even more services, and to make sure that who one loves becomes an issue in Eureka.

    Bonino’s way is to smile nicely and obfuscate his real identity. Please help Linda Atkins.

  94. Goldie
    August 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Outting Joe, Do you have a link to the TS article?

  95. Anonymous
    August 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    The TS only lets you into their archives for money. Bonino was supporting Bush on the issue in 2004 (http://articles.cnn.com/2004-02-24/politics/elec04.prez.bush.marriage_1_single-state-or-city-marriage-rights-marriage-licenses?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS), an honest-to-God outright constitutional ban on gay marriage, the “Federal Marriage Amendment” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Marriage_Amendment).

  96. Anonymous
    August 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Ask Joe. He’ll probably say something like Bush did at the time: “”Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.”

  97. Let's make up bigger lies
    August 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Linda Atkins on Bush’s constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage: “Can I marry my dog too?”. (TS archives)

    Linda Atkins on government: “Gotta feed the beast, More taxes are a good idea, as long as you are paying for my lifetime government pension.” (NCJ, 2009)

    Linda Atkins as the chair of the local Democratic Central Committee (biggest donor: Bill Pierson) and is running to make sure Arkley can’t build Home Depot on the waterfront that 70% of us voted for, and to cut even more services because of less tax revenues, and to make sure that who one loves becomes an issue in Eureka, even though it’s a state issue. (Humboldt Herald 2010)

    Linda Atkins way is to smile nicely and obfuscate her real tattoos Please help anybody but Linda (ABL).

  98. Anonymous
    August 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    And Joe Bonino is running to make sure Arkley can build a Home Depot on the waterfront.

    Check your facts. Bonino’s comment on gay marriage was front page.

  99. Anonymous
    August 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    “Bush proposal sparks local dialogue” is the headline of the piece by Sara Watson Arthurs in the Times-Standard of February 25, 2004: “From the “propaganda of fear” to a way to “expedite the whole debate,” many Humboldt County residents have strong views to share on the recent developments in the gay marriage debate.Margot Gallant of the Humboldt County Gay and Lesbian Alliance had come to the Downtown Express coffee shop to discuss upcoming gay pride events with coffee shop owner Karen Phillips on Tuesday — the morning President George Bush announced he planned to seek” (Register and Log in to the archives for the complete article). Or ask Joe.

  100. Goldie
    August 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    That reminds me. Humboldt Pride Festival is coming up Sept 8 in Halvorsen Park. And they are looking for volunteers. info@humboldtpride.org

  101. Anonymous
    August 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Maybe Joe would like to help.

  102. jack of hearts
    September 13, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Anonymous :
    Well then, help us oppose local pro-developer policies or you’ll get thousands more just like me, retiring and moving up from the Bay Area.
    Let’s see… Given that Humboldt has had no growth for years, a major contraction of it’s employment base, is one of California’s least populated counties relative to it’s land area and you are an involved, educated, employed, person, passionate about contributing to our community… Sorry, I don’t have to think long at all. I’ll take a few thousand like you anytime!

    As long as your paying taxes, I have no problem with you relocating here, ,

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