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When do the school boards meet?

teamThis will be my last post at the Herald for at least a while — who knows how long a while can stretch.

I invite concerned citizens to put dates, times, and places in the comments.

And I thank all those who contribute positively to their community in any way.

  1. Ann
    December 10, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Where’s Heraldo?

  2. Mightymous
    December 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Oh no! A power vacuum! Will Rose or Hi-fi or (shudder!) Darth Himself take over?? Quick: everybody friend Mitch!

  3. December 10, 2012 at 8:52 am


    The ;people of Arcata certainly owe you something for your efforts. I think the High School district there was considering issuing some of these toxic junk bonds but now they are reconsidering. Your persistent efforts in bringing this issue to the attention of the community may have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars in Arcata and a few other Humboldt locales.

    Maybe Arcata will make you honorary mayor for a day.

    have a peaceful day,

  4. Anonymous
    December 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Ann :
    Where’s Heraldo?

    Couldn’t you tell?

  5. Anonymous
    December 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Who: McKinleyville Union School District board

    What: Discussion on school bonds

    Where: Azalea Conference Center, 2285 Central Ave.

    When: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday

  6. Anonymous
    December 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Northern Humboldt Union High School District board will consider the authorization of issuance and sale of general obligation bonds on Tuesday. Bonds are also an information item during a 5 p.m. study session before the regular 7 p.m. board meeting.

  7. Not A Native
    December 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you. This is the best blog community holiday gift I could imagine. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hal-le-lu-jah !

  8. December 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Yes, and not to forget the Chief Elf in Santa’s Workshop, which is Mitch who got it aired.

  9. 5th Grader
    December 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Arkley won.

  10. Anonymous
    December 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Where are you going? Dont let those whiners run you off..Thanks for all the good reporting,Mitch!

  11. Anonymous
    December 10, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

    Matthew 21:12

  12. Anonymous
    December 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    OMG! Mitch, say it ain’t so. How will the eco-groovy, HCDCC nut jobs get their fix of non-fact BS? Who will be there to blame Bush for everything? Is there no Santy Clause?

  13. Just Watchin
    December 11, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Is Mitch gone??? If so….please say he took BJ with him.

  14. December 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Thanks, #5/6.

    No, I’m not gone, and it’s not the whiners #10 mentions. I came in well-aware of what the comments stream looks like.

    It just sank in that wallowing in politics, even from a distance, has a bad effect on me. The evidence was undeniable.

    So I’m still here and I’ll put up topics as I can.

    And, NaN, love and kisses.

  15. Plain Jane
    December 11, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Did you see this, Mitch?

    “Scalia Defends Comparison Between Bans on Homosexuality and Murder”


    This corrupt nutcase should be impeached. He is to sane jurisprudence what Paul Ryan is to federal budgets.

  16. longwind
    December 11, 2012 at 8:32 am

    “It just sank in that wallowing in politics, even from a distance, has a bad effect on me. The evidence was undeniable.”

    Word. You toughed it out long and hard, Mitch. Thanks for all your efforts, and have a great break.

  17. December 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Everyone needs a break once in awhile. You do good work, Mitch. Don’t stay away too long. Happy Holidays!.

  18. Jim White
    December 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I recommend allowing the posters to fight it out, employing the old Heraldo style of remaining “above it all” with occasional, clever retorts when posters get in trouble.

    Intelligence and literacy are useless against the petty contradictions and hypocrisies inherent in excessive blathering, regardless of a world of uninformed voters….

    Taking-on most critics must be exhausting.

  19. Just Watchin
    December 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Dang Mitch…..I was hoping you took BJ with you!

  20. Not A Native
    December 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Mitch :
    And, NaN, love and kisses.

    Ugggh. Worse than a dog. Don’t want to even imagine where your mouth may have been……

    But like locals often remark: Happy holidays, don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

  21. Plain Jane
    December 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Couldn’t be any worse than where your mind has been, Nan.

  22. Not A Native
    December 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Nyaah nyaah PJ. More than once here you’ve had to have your own mouth washed out with soap. Now, in revenge, you want to brainwash me. Sticks and stones(and sordid mouths)……

  23. Plain Jane
    December 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve got a salty tongue, Nan, and don’t deny it. Are you homophobic?

  24. Not A Native
    December 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Homosapiens and homophonic

  25. Just Watchin
    December 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Too bad about Mitch. Defending BJ was more than one man could stand. She should be ashamed of herself.

  26. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

    The Southern Humboldt Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in Redway School room B-8, 344 Humboldt Ave.

  27. December 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Jeffrey Michael, University of the Pacific economist, raises red flags for cities
    By Jondi Gumz

    Santa Cruz Sentinelsantacruzsentinel.com

    Posted: 12/11/2012 05:07:07 PM PST

    SANTA CRUZ — Cities can learn four lessons from the bankruptcies of Stockton and San Bernardino, according to University of the Pacific economist Jeffrey Michael, who has monitored the local economy for three years for the Santa Cruz County Business Council.

    Speaking before 80 people at Chaminade on Tuesday, Michael listed them one by one:

    Avoid building your budget on developer impact fees. Fees are out of whack if builders pay $60,000 to $70,000 to build a home in a city with a median income of $40,000. Fee revenue can go up or down, depending on the economy, so don’t borrow against it.

    Do not tie employee compensation to salaries in other cities. A better strategy is for pay to reflect the local marketplace. A comparison to cities of similar size can be problematic if the other cities have a completely different economy. Capitola recently compared its operations and salaries with similar-size cities Laguna Beach, Carmel, Sausalito, Pismo Beach, Carpinteria and Scotts Valley.

    Pension reform, such as dropping out of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, is best done in good times, not bad, because favorable assumptions about returns by CalPERS allow governments to pay less until they quit the system and then must pay full freight. This happened at the Lompico Water District, where directors trying to save money dropped out and were stuck with a big bill. Better strategy: Wait for the economy to improve,
    then switch when funds for the transition are available.

    Beware of financial pitches recommending pension obligation bonds to save money. This solution was pitched to Stockton by now-defunct Lehman Bros. to avoid asking voters to OK borrowing. This does not mean refinancing debt, it means borrowing more money, and you’re investing on the margin, which is risky. Whether your bet pays off correlates to whether the market performs well, and if the market performs well, this kind of deal is unnecessary. Better strategy: Make “tough choices” to cut your unfunded liability.


  28. High Finance
    December 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Mightymous :
    Oh no! A power vacuum! Will Rose or Hi-fi or (shudder!) Darth Himself take over?? Quick: everybody friend Mitch!

    Sorry no luck Mightymous. I am too busy raping & pillaging the earth making my obscene fortunes to spend much time here.

    Why don’t you take over ? You have plenty of time.

  29. Mightymous
    December 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Sorry: too busy saving the day!

  30. December 13, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Best of luck to you, Mitch. I haven’t been commenting too much as of late, as I’ve been working on the next manuscript. Don’t know how often I’ll even check back now.

  31. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 7:23 am

    According to the times standard only two people spoke and 12 people were at the meeting in McKinleyville. Probably most of the twelve were staff.

  32. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Tyson is a liar. He sad this on lost coast outpost:

    The Pension Obligation Bonds will be replacing a higher interest rate obligation (7.5% imposed on all PERS agencies) with a lower interest rate obligation (2-3%)…much like a home refinancing. Overall the City will recognize an annual budget savings of $125,000 to $150,000 for the next 10 years.

    Actually the bonds will cost the taxpayers of Eureka $2,000,000 more than they should have paid if Tyson had simply done his job and funded city pensions on a timely basis. If he had there would be no liability to Calpers and no 7.5%!

    This $2 million dollars in interest you are going to pay over the next 10 years (not to mention a haf million $ “fee” to Tysons buddies Piper Jaffray) is your payback for letting greedy and corrupt Republicans run your city.


  33. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    This is not like “home refinancing.” It is more akin to check kiting.

  34. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Wow, 2 and 12 sounds like 100% turnout of McKinleyville’s brain trust.

  35. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    8:12, Tyson isn’t lying about anything regarding these pension funding bonds. The city is paying back these side funds which were calculated by PERS actuaries at the time all ca cities who are PERS participants were merged into larger risk pools to combat volitle rates.

    The city has not left anything unpaid. They are paying based on a schedule calcated by PERS and are now going to save over a million dollars by taking advantage of favorable rates.

    But hey if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy by making untrue claims about city officials being liars then knock yourself out.

    What you should do though is go to the council meeting next Tuesday and lob out the same claims…

    If they really had any merit, you’d be community hero, but alas I fear that you know that your accusations are easily refutable bullshit and you’d prefer to just hurl anonymous claims from the safety of your computer.

  36. Chisel Beach Bar n Grill
    December 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Eureka has all the charm of a filthy corrupt little mafia town.

    Why is that?

    I am just passing thru wondering wtf?

  37. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    State law clearly requires bond issues to be approved by a 2/3 margin of voters. Why are you trying to push this through secretly using a questionable legal technicality and a juducial ruling to circumvent the law?

    If you are not lying, I mean?

    Why don’t you answer Hank Sims for starters?

  38. Anonymous
    December 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    “Eureka has all the charm of a filthy corrupt little mafia town. Why is that?”

    Dave Tyson isn’t answering Hank Sims on the Lost Coast blog.

    It is interesting how many municipalities are being buried in debt, requiring “larger risk pools” under the authority of mostly republican leadership.

    That’s the beauty of corruption. When many administrations are on-board, it starts to look normal, they justify inflated executive salaries in the same way.

  39. Cheers
    December 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Only about 27 municipalities have filed bankruptcy in the U.S. since 2010….it’s a good time to nip this in the bud.

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