Friday, December 06, 2019

New Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee members. 4th District up for election. Deadlines extended because of Incumbents not filing. Mike Wilson unopposed in 3rd District for Supervisor. HCDCC to have endorsement meeting 12-11. Bring the popcorn.

The filing period for the Humboldt Primary Supervisory Districts is up as well as the filing deadline for the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee and other party elected. For the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th Districts the deadline is moved to Wednesday December 11th at 5pm because each of those Districts have Incumbents who did not file.

In the 3rd Supervisor District Mike Wilson had no opponent and will serve 4 more years.

In the 1st District Incumbent Rex Bohn will run against Democrat Cliff Berkowitz,

And in the 2nd District, Democrat Incumbent Estelle Fennell has 4 opponents. Republican Michelle Bushnell, No Party Preference candidate Michael P McKaskle, Democrat Rick French and Democrat Sean DeVries.

There will be an election for the 4th District Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) There are 4 positions available but 6 candidates. (Samoasoftball) Richard Marks, Bob and Pam Service, Kathy Sobilo, Mario Hernandez and Christopher Musgrave. So there will be an election for these seats on March 3rd.

In the 1st District the HCDCC members will be Stuart Altshuler, Leslie Ester, Bill Burns and Helene Rouvier. This deadline is extended to Wednesday December 11th at 5pm because an Incumbent did not file.

In the 2nd District the HCDCC members are Chris and Bruce Will and Dan Kelley. This deadline is extended to Wednesday December 11th at 5pm because an Incumbent did not file.

In the 3rd District the HCDCC members are Tom Sokolowski, Barbara Carolan, Pam Cahill, Sheryl Esparza, Geoffrey "Lizard" Robinson and Rita Carlson. This deadline is extended to Wednesday December 11th at 5pm because an Incumbent did not file.

In the 5th District only Michele Walford and Suzanne Cook filed all the correct paperwork. There are still 3 at large positions available. This deadline is extended to Wednesday December 11th at 5pm because an Incumbent did not file.

Lots of new HCDCC members. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and do some work! This is a working committee!

The HCDCC Endorsement meeting will be Wednesday 12-11 at 6pm at 527 4th St. Eureka.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Off Shore Wind Energy looks to be on schedule!


I attended the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) Offshore Wind Project Stakeholder Workshop last week. 

Why the interest for wind energy off of Humboldt Bay?

·       The North Coast has World Class off shore wind resource

·        Technology is now available and affordable

·        Demand to De-carbonize California

·        Potential hub for assembly  revitalizing the Humboldt Bay Harbor

There is a partnership between the RCEA and Principal Power to assemble 10-15 wind turbines and place them on floating platforms 25 miles off shore in water 600 to 1,000 feet deep and anchors to the sea bed and create 120 to 150 Mega Watts of power.  The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) put out Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in 2018 and already possesses site control. The Power Purchase Agreement would happen in 2022 and the build out in 2025.

In 2020 the bidding process will happen. This entails an auction up for the highest bid. I identified myself as an employee of CIFAC and asked how this process would actually work. It seems this is a federal process that the BOEM would control and they want the maximum monies they can garner.

The Humboldt Fisherman’s Marketing Association Vice President said the fishermen are willing to be part of the solution process although they said they were the most regulated fisherman on the west coast. They wanted to focus on community benefits and having a say in the fishing territories but staying proactive.

I did ask where they were with the PLA process and they publicly said they were in negotiations.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

My Sister Mary Marks passes on.

Mary Katherine Marks was born in Visalia California on November 15,, 1950 to James and Mabel Marks. She passed away in Boulder, Colorado on September 13, 2019 at age 68. She was a fantastic artist/sculptor and jewelry maker. She owned a graphics and print shop in Sparks and Rocklin where she trained show horses and rode dressage. She then moved to Prescott, Arizona to work for famous sculptor John Coleman.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Mabel, and her brothers James and Roy. She leaves behind sisters Juanita Paternoster, Kathleen Martin, Michelle Marks and Tricia Craig. She also is survived by her brothers Michael and Richard Marks. She leaves behind her son Aaron and his wife Erin in Prescott, Arizona.

Mary was the embodiment of a free Spirit. She spoke her mind and lived her life firm in her convictions. She was caring in times she was in need and would help others and do without herself. Her memorial will be on November 15, in Sacramento.

In her memory just be kind to someone today and help those you come across with patience.

Monday, September 16, 2019

MRSA Fall Ball starts soon!

Still looking for Fall Teams for Arcata. 10 Games for $495. Games are at 6pm and 7:05pm. Need 6 teams to make it go. Have 4 so far. League would start Sept 24th with games on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Bonds Splash Hits puts him in League above.

One of the most intriguing records that Barry Bonds accomplished is hitting 31 out of the first 42 balls hit out of AT&T/Chase field in McCovey Cove for splash hits. In about 1350 at bats he has hit more than all the other TEAMS in Baseball. That means that there have been tens of thousands of players at bats and no player is anywhere close to his record and never will. Opinion of the day.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Best Chicken Fried Steak and eggs in Eureka.

Over the years my taste-buds must do some resetting. Here is the top 5 places to enjoy a good chicken fried steak and eggs.

1. Oberon Grill: Not even close. They pound a New York into submission and it is very tender and tasty. Maybe a little bit pricey but well worth it. Only available on Saturdays and Sundays.

2. The Green Lily Cafe: Very consistent and available all week. The picture above is from their establishment. The setting is kind of weird. Can't put my finger on it. But the food and service is good.

3. The Golden Harvest Cafe: Portion not that great. Used to be my go to but has seemed to slide lately. Too inconsistent for my dollar.

4. The Chalet: Is it open? Do we have to go to the one on 5th? Will they forget us after they take our order? Just not worth it anymore. More than once I have driven to the location in Cutten and it was closed due to worker issues or lack of worker issues. The chicken fried steak and other food is good but not worth the hassle.

5. Kristina's: If the chicken fried steak is so good, why do I always order something else? Hmmm. I eat more meals here than most.

Others to consider Cafe Nooner in Henderson Center, Adels and Amy's Delight (Chicken Fried Pork Steak) and Village Pantry  Don't give me that Toni's argument. They are in Arcata and their chicken fried steaks have been bad last few times I went.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Humboldt Bay Harbor District approves dredging contract!

The Humboldt Bay Harbor District  approved a dredging contract with The Dutra Group to dredge Fields Landing and Woodley Island Marina with a clam shell dredge and take the spoils out to the hoods three miles offshore and dumped . The nearly $700,000 project is funded by Woodley Island resident dredging surcharge assessments. It has been over 10 years since any dredging at the Marina. Before I was even elected! This is just a start of course. Not the total solution. The Harbor District also moved forward with Request for Proposal for a new Public Dock at Marine Terminal 1. This is to land or make room for wind energy projects building platforms for 30 miles out. Lots of logistic issues.