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Corruption in Rio Dell

Head on over to the Lost Coast Outpost or the Rio Dell Times for news about a corruption scandal in that city.  Here’s the investigative report the Rio Dell Times forced open.

  1. Smart 5th Grader
    October 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Corruption in City Hall?!? Just another day for the Good Ol’ Boys & Girls Club in Humboldt.

  2. Steve
    October 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Slow day, Mitch, so you scrape the barrel bottom for some dirt on RD public works guys? Hey, one look at the papers for any given week shows Arcata crime making it not a place to raise families. But ask Rio Dell resident families about how well they like our quiet little beautiful town with award-winning public schools.Try digging dirt up on Arcata if you want some real abuse of public trust but of course abuse of public trust was never a problem here for you guys here at Heraldo, right Mitch?

  3. that man behind the green curtain
    October 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Ignore the facts in front of you, look for other facts elsewhere.

  4. October 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm


    The truth is I couldn’t care less about Rio Dell. (Sorry, Rio Dell folks, it’s nothing personal, I just don’t know anything about it or know anyone who lives there.) That’s why all I did was put up a link to the Lost Coast Outpost and the Rio Dell Times, for those who are interested. But if you feel providing those links constitutes an abuse of public trust, that’s your privilege. Complain away!

  5. Steve
    October 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Oh sure, you’re motives are as pure as the driven snow..job. You notice I did another end run around your censorship of Steve Lewis on Heraldo but there’s always tomorrow for political manipulation possibilities, such as ragging on Rio Dell when Arcata is off limits due to being home for the new Proggie Good Ol’ Boys-n-Girls network..

  6. Mitch
    October 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm


    I understand you’re ill, but just for the record, it’s a pain in the butt to have to pull your paranoid fantasies out of moderation.

  7. tra
    October 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Well Steve, if you have any evidence of a similar level of public corruption in Arcata, feel free to put that evidence forward.

    Meanwhile, this situation in Rio Dell deserves all the spotlight it is (belatedly) receiving.

  8. Steve
    October 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Oh, it’s illness now is it, Mitch,to criticize your lack of morals when it comes to being accountable for fascist acts of censorship? Do you have any idea of how ADL you’ve become? Using Zionists tactics to attack an anti-Zionist may be “illness” in your Jewish book but not in my Jewish Christian lights which see racism stamped loud and clear over the whole Zionist project. And I’m not alone or are you ready to slander Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter for arriving at similar conclusions? Mitch, you are a real late comer in the attempts to smear my name. Enviros tried it for almost 20 years and in the end they wound up on my side because I was telling it like it was, how all the enviro actions were only diverting attention away from the real eco-destruction culprits, homestead subdivisions. Same fate awaits you, Mitch, when what I’ve been saying all along about Israel becomes known to all Americans despite all the attempts to smear the names of anti-Zionist activists.

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  10. What Now
    October 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Steve, the cheese has permanently slipped off of your cracker.

  11. Jeeze Louize
    October 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    They really should have listened to their former city manager and Eureka mayor Nancy Flemming and simply merge their rogue public works employees into the Rio Del Chamber of Commerce where there’s no public accountability whatsoever for public funds…

    …just like Eureka!

  12. Steve
    October 2, 2012 at 5:18 am

    The issue here really isn’t about petty corruption in Rio Dell city government. One look at the crime stats for Arcata vs. Rio Dell should tell anyone that Arcata’s the place to avoid if you compare criminal activity detrimental to life and property. Mitch and Progs attack Rio Dell because they are conducting class warfare against the working class and poor in Humboldt County. It isn’t enough that Progs like Mark Lovelace were instrumental in the HRC buyout that’s left Scotia and Rio Dell virtually ghost towns when plans were available that would have kept timber workers retrained and in new jobs creating sustainable wood product industry. Workers and poor live in Rio Dell and Progs elitists live where pot and HSU funds sustain their communities. So workers and poor are targets for Prog class warfare advocates like Mitch and tag team member Eric with the usual enviro turned Prog manipulators of public trust suspects hiding out behind identity fraud, e.g. tra above.

  13. October 2, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Fraud, corruption, in Humboldt politics and elections….Who knew…?
    Oh wait…

  14. tra
    October 2, 2012 at 9:17 am


    No one here is “attacking” Rio Dell. In fact, shining a spotlight on corruption in Rio Dell is helpful to Rio Dell residents, not detrimental.

    Now if it was true that people were focusing on corruption in Rio Dell, while ignoring a similar level of corruption in Arcata, then it would make sense to complain. So, I will repeat my request:

    I you have any evidence of a similar level of public corruption in Arcata, feel free to put that evidence forward.

  15. October 2, 2012 at 9:48 am

    This report is 3 years old, many of the citizens were well aware of Hales misconduct, nothing new here.And since Hale is no longer employed by the City of Rio Dell, why focus on the negative.

  16. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012 at 10:37 am


    The report is “old” because the city stalled and fought the request to make it public. I’m sure that some Rio Dell residents were already well aware of some of the allegations, but I bet there were many others who knew little or nothing about the affair, and/or weren’t sure whether the allegations had any substance behind them.

    There’s an old saying in politics, that “sunlight is the best disinfectant.” So I don’t think it’s a question of “focusing on the negative” for no good reason, it’s a question of doing something positive to ensure that the negative stuff doesn’t keep happening.

    There will always be some public officials who are tempted to abuse their authority to enrich themselves and their cronies — but we should make it clear that when that corruption is discovered, that discovery will, at the very least, be revealed to the public. Keeping it hush-hush only benefits the corrupt officials and their cronies.

  17. Steve
    October 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    tra, it’s a bogus issue, three year old news isn’t news. Mitch posted it because attacking Rio Dell, Scotia, Fortuna, is part and parcel of your Prog class war against Humboldt’s working class. And as I pointed out, petty corruption in Rio Dell is nothing to the dangers of living in Arcata. The crime statistics prove it. Clean up your own Prog neighborhoods before slandering others.

  18. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Steve, I don’t know if you read letters to the editor. But for every one (and there are many) where a Fortuna resident complains about Arcata there are only… well, no letters from Arcata residents complaining about Fortuna. Who is attacking who?

  19. tra
    October 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    First of all, in order for something to be “slander,” it has to be untrue.

    Second, the report was just released, after the City stalled for years and fought to keep the findings secret. So for most people, this is their first chance to learn the details and/or find out which allegations were confirmed by an independent investigation — all of which is what makes it “news.”

    Meanwhile, the story came, not from some Arcata-based source, but from Steve and Sharon Wolff of the Rio Dell Times website…so, are they part of some “Prog class war” against their own town?

    And of course the existence of crime in Arcata (which, by the way, receives lots of news coverage), or anywhere else, does not make the systematic corruption, theft, and abuse of Rio Dell’s public resources that was revealed in this report any less odious, or any less newsworthy.

    Finally, if this is just “petty” corruption, I wonder what it would take before you would admit that there is a real problem. Does the theft have to break a million dollars before you would consider it newsworthy? Two million? Three? At what point does it stop being “petty” and a “bogus” story and becomes something worth being concerned about?

    It seems to me that a small, struggling community like Rio Dell can ill afford losing any significant tax revenues to theft and corruption — especially when the length of time these abuses were going on, the widespread nature of the corrupt practices, and the way the city tried to keep this report concealed from the public, all suggest that what has been revealed so far might well only be the tip of a larger iceberg.

    I think the Wolffs have done Rio Dell a huge favor by sticking with the story and battling to make sure the public got to see this report. No doubt some folks would have rather seen the whole thing successfully swept under the rug — either because they’re connected with some of the guilty parties, or out of a misplaced sense of community boosterism — but that’s not how a healthy community copes with wrongdoing.

    Pretending that the wrongdoing isn’t serious, or that the recent release of a long-suppressed report is “old news” just because the underlying events took place a couple of years ago, or that allegations substantiated by an independent investigator are “slander,” or that any attention focused on the scandal is the work of shadowy political forces bent on destroying your community, or that the local wrongdoing should be ignored by the media because other towns have problems, too (which are not ignored by the media either) — none of these responses are helpful to your community.

  20. Steve
    October 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    tra, you do carry on, don’t you..If I were to dig up three year scandalous news on Arcata, such as the gigantiic recycling center mess and pretend it’s “news” I wouldn’t kid myself that I would be doing it purely to defame, slander Progressive Arcata. That’s what you’re doing to Rio Dell residents only when pols like you do it, it’s class warfare because Rio Dell is home to the same working class that Progs like you made jobless, families without breadwinners because no jobs. In short, you’re political reasons for posting a smear on Rio Dell are obvious as those of a con man. Care to identify yourself, tra?

  21. October 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

    You are correct, someone should be prosecuted for the Brown act violations that led to the closing of the recycling center.
    Good luck with that, seeing as the council member that was “wronged” seems to be playing this for political gain, and the council member that was appointed to the position is some sort of “star” in Arcata for advocating the Jim Crowe style anti cannabis ordinances in Arcata.

  22. tra
    October 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Steve, if you were to dig up a report that had been suppressed for 3 years and revealed major corruption and theft of public resources in Arcata, I would applaud you for doing so, not whine about how you were “attacking” Arcata residents. Please explain how the media reporting the release of this previously-suppressed report “hurts” Rio Dell residents.

    And, again, you need to look up the definition of the word “slander.” It is impossible to slander someone with the truth. The fact that you don’t like the facts, doesn’t make it slander. It can only be slander if it’s not true. Is it your intention to claim that the report is factually incorrect, and none of these corrupt practices existed?

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