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How to buy a Bass appointment

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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?

Favors, apparently.

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Reward offered for info leading to Eureka armed robbery suspect’s arrest

Humboldt TSA Eureka resident has started a reward fund to help spur citizen tips to help the investigation into a recent string of robberies that have hit businesses close to his home.
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St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Eureka to begin search for new president

Humboldt TSThe president of St. Bernard’s Catholic School submitted his resignation to the school this week to accept a similar position in the San Francisco area.
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DN takes second in Brookings

DN takes second in Brookings [Daily Triplicate]
Are at Eureka on Wednesday

BROOKINGS — The Del Norte High track and field team had a good showing in Brookings on Saturday,

Competing against 12 other teams at the annual Rotary Invitational Track Meet at Brookings-Harbor High School, the Warriors took second in both the boys and girls competition.

Eureka armed robbery spree continues; Safeway robbed at gunpoint — police name suspect in seven holdups

Humboldt TSLocal law enforcement agencies continue to search for a Eureka man suspected of committing a string of seven armed robberies, the latest of which occurred Monday night when he allegedly held up a grocery store at gunpoint.
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Engineering, community development talk budget with Eureka council

Humboldt TSThe Eureka City Council heard from two more city departments Tuesday, detailing past and possible future budget reductions in an effort to find savings to fill a projected shortfall.
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Election Roundup: Meet Jeff Leonard

Humboldt TSWhat does Jeff Leonard mean by his slogan “Put Eureka on the Board?” The county supervisor for the 4th District represents Eureka, Myrtletown and Samoa, yet Jeff Leonard said in a release that he feels the community has been forgotten.
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Humboldt court clerk pleads not guilty to threatening judge; visiting judge brought in to handle the case

Humboldt TSShirley Bernice Rosa, 51, of Eureka stood before visiting Judge Robert Kaster and entered a not guilty plea to the single felony charge she faces in the case.
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Eureka man arrested as person of interest in robbery spree

Humboldt TSThe Eureka Police Department arrested a 33-year-old Eureka resident Tuesday morning who allegedly had evidence in his car related to the recent string of robberies.
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Movin’ the mud around

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Observers of the Eureka Balloon Track are noticing heavy equipment rolling through the toxic mud to move Schmidbauer’s log deck.

Thanks to recent weeks of heavy rain the log trucks sink into the sludge and then disperse it down Broadway.

This stirring of downtown’s dioxin stew comes at a time when property owner Security National is stonewalling the Coastal Commission over the property, and Humboldt County residents debate the danger of moving toxins around the property before full characterization of the site.

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Tawnie Hansen appeals liability ruling, argues Eureka City Manager David Tyson should be responsible in $1.4 million civil suit

Humboldt TSA Eureka Police Department employee is appealing a judge’s ruling that Eureka City Manager David Tyson can’t be held personally liable in the $1.
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Eureka Police Department sting operation sees if businesses check IDs

Humboldt TSFive Eureka businesses were cited for selling liquor to underage residents this weekend during a minor decoy sting operation through the Eureka Police Department.
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Little earthquake hits off Lost Coast

Humboldt TSA 3.9-magnitude quake shook the Petrolia area Monday morning. The earthquake occurred at 8:10 a.m. about 38 miles south-southwest of Eureka and 13 miles west of Petrolia at a depth of 13 miles.
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Sundberg’s new shoes

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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.

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Humboldt County high school bands set to battle to the top

Humboldt TSNine bands will be competing for the top spot in Eureka High School’s fifth annual Battle of the Bands on Friday at the Eureka Theater. All the high school-age performers at the event are from Humboldt County, with most from the Eureka area and
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