Posts Tagged ‘CAMP’
Eureka voters got their first chance to evaluate candidates for 4th District Supervisor side-by-side Monday night in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Healthy Humboldt Coalition. Focus centered mostly on the county General Plan Update.
A few things stand out:
Jeff Leonard likes to hear himself talk. He made a point to tell the moderator to count on him always having a 30 second rebuttal. Did he always use one? No. But he got the chance to talk about how he can always burn up the clock with more blah blah blah.
Leonard touted his rhetoric about “putting Eureka on the map” — a non-issue that was settled in 1853 when Eureka won the spot as Humbolt County seat. Incumbent Bonnie Neely further disposed of Jeff’s malarkey by pointing out that Eureka is represented by no less than three supervisors on the board — Mark Lovelace represents Harrison up to Harris on the East side, Jimmy Smith represents Cutten, and Bonnie represents Eureka proper.
All three said they support trails, though Virginia Bass recycled recent campaign line about keeping an open mind about a train she doesn’t believe will blow through Eureka any time soon.
Bass gave a nod to her developer base when she said she opposed Inclusionary Zoning, which was adopted by Supervisors last year. She said the county needs to be “creative” when working with developers. Leonard also opposes IZ, which Neely supported.
Both Leonard and Bass jumped at the chance to blame Bonnie for the slow progress of the General Plan Update. Yet somehow they’ve both missed numerous opportunities to show up to a county Planning Commission meeting and crack the whip and wave a magic wand. Neely said the process has been slowed by the inclusion of new elements in the plan and public involvement, but said policies will be adopted this year.
When it comes to legalization of marijuana, Leonard is “not worried about it.” Bass doesn’t want Humboldt to market the prized herb for tourism, and Neely suggested studies to determine how the county will be impacted.
Access Humboldt will upload the whole debate soon. This post will be updated with a link.
In the contentious race for 4th District Supervisor, Virginia Bass supporters accuse donors to Bonnie Neely’s campaign of buying favor from the longtime Supervisor and Coastal Commission Chairwoman. They claim Neely’s future votes are bought and paid for.
But a 2006 campaign disclosure from the Bass for Mayor campaign gives a peek into how Virginia operates (click to enlarge):
Following a donation of “office rent” to the campaign valued at $4,500, Bass appointed Kneeland resident Lee Ulansey to the Eureka Planning Commission. The situation was fraught with weirdness, as we noted at the time:
One wonders what makes a “rural lifestyle” podium-pounder from Kneeland suitable for the Planning Commission in Eureka — the city where all hill folk will be rounded up and forced to live like rats in cages following the [county] General Plan Update, according to his supporters.
Ulansey owns a few properties in the rat’s-nest-by-the-bay, maybe that’s a sufficient qualification.
To make room for Ulansey, Bass pushed aside qualified commissioners who wanted to continue to serve, justifying the unusual move with an inarticulate defense about new blood.
Yet for other board appointments she followed normal procedure and re-appointed longtime members who wished to continue their positions.
The appointment was shot down when Bass failed to get a 4/5 vote required to approve an appointment from outside the city limits.
Ulansey’s name is written on the campaign statement form to replace Kramer Investments, which is crossed out.
In the current election cycle, Ulansey has donated $1500 to the Bass campaign.
So what can those developers slash HumCPR supporters expect from their generous monetary support to the Bass campaign if she wins?
The Humboldt County Grand Jury released a report Tuesday criticizing salaries paid to the county Board of Supervisors.
The BoS voted themselves a pay raise in September 2008 in a 3-2 vote with Jimmy Smith and Johanna Rodoni dissenting.
The GJ found Humboldt Supes are paid 29% higher than counties with similar populations, and “78% higher than the average salary of the surrounding and regional counties with similar economies and governance structure.”
The report also targeted additional longevity pay, which is currently earned by just one member of the BoS, Bonnie Neely.
The GJ recommends the supes:
- decrease their salaries for the 2011 fiscal year,
- do away with longevity pay,
- allow a third party such as the Grand Jury to determine salaries.
At least two members of the Grand Jury are supporters of Neely challenger Virginia Bass. Secretary Lee Ulansey and member Robert Morris each donated $1,500 to the Bass campaign.
It’s been said that Southern Humboldt radio station KMUD is the only station in the country to report the location of cops en route to a bust.
During CAMP season, when the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting is in full swing, and caravans of unmarked vehicles are seen heading up a windy SoHum road, for example, KMUD broadcasts the sighting. The information is usually relayed to the station by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project.
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says such announcements put officers at risk, particularly when dealing with drug cartels growing weed in the timberlands and parks.
None of this is new — KMUD and CLMP have been reporting where large caravans of cops are for years. But now that all things Humboldt marijuana are in the spotlight many aspects of the local culture are getting their 15 minutes.
Here’s the story from the San Francisco Chronicle, with a link to a recent California Report broadcast on the not-so-new news.
Buck Pierce heads to Winnipeg [Daily Triplicate]
Del Norte grad continues career as QB in CFL
It’s a new start for Buck Pierce.
The former Del Norte High and New Mexico State quarterback signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League on Monday. He’ll likely compete for the starting job with three other signal-callers when training camp begins.
Humboldt State University police are investigating an act of vandalism over the weekend in which natural gas valves were opened in the campus’ Science B building, allowing gas to spread to several floors.
Ryan Sundberg is sporting new duds thanks to contributors to his campaign for Humboldt County Supervisor. But were those expenditures legal?
The above flyer notes a state law that expressly prohibits spending campaign funds on clothes, even if the intended purpose is for the campaign. Similar federal laws are on the books, as learned by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin who blew wads of campaign cash on new threads for the family in 2008.
According to campaign disclosure forms, Sundberg spent $248.41 at Ginanni Menswear in Eureka, and another $141.03 at Famous Footwear.
In case you can’t read the text from the flyer, here it is:
Surely an insurance broker like Ryan Sundberg can afford his own sportscoat. Instead, it looks like Sundberg tapped his campaign donors for a shopping spree in violation of California Law.
With shopping reminiscent of Sarah Palin’s famous and controversial clothes grubbing prior to the Republican National convention, Sundberg reported on his March 17th campaign filing that he spend nearly $500 at the Bayshore Mall on designer clothes.
Sundberg did not report what he bought for all of that cash, but he was seen wearing a spiffy sportscoat at his campaign kickoff in January.