Thursday, November 11, 2010

Post election musings. By Marks!

When Bonnie went negative during the primaries, I really was worried about what her campaign would come up with for the November general election. I told Virginia and her husband Matt that they needed to hire professional consultant from Sacramento to bring this election home. "We don't want a professional, we want you!" Cute. But I was a nervous campaign chair for the whole summer. Luckily I had a candidate that would willingly walk the district over and over. Grass roots, locally driven making relationships door to door. And there was no way I could do this without Matt's help. And this was while he was working 60 hours plus a week. Hardest worker I know.

The local Democrats could have done a better job in helping their endorsed candidates. The Mailer they did for Kuhnel, Glass and LaValle were the worse by far and had absolutely the worst timing. Right smack dab in between absentee voters and poll voters. They didn't ask for my advice though. They asked me to leave the room during an executive meeting so they could discuss. The $10,000 dollars they sent to the Neely and Cleary ($5,000 each) campaigns was something they should do early in the campaigns, not later. Bonnie may have spent $300,000 this election. Whatever the total finally is, it will establish a record for the ages for Humboldt County politics. And most of it was in very large doses NOT from the 4th District.

I was asked to resign my position on the HCDCC. ("Bullied" actually if you want the truth, during a "Mob" scene at the October general Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee meeting.) If this is the "tolerant" "inclusive" party, I would have to say they need a little work. Larry Glass, Linda Adkins, Ron Kuhnel, Andrew Bird, Peter LaValle, Bob and Pam Service and others asked for my head on a platter for endorsing a "Declined to State" candidate and two moderate Democrats in Eureka. (Mike Newman, Marian Brady and Virginia Bass) Funny that they did not bring me to task when I endorsed and sent money to Green Party candidates in the past. (I do feel bad for Milt Boyd and others on the committee that will have to do my job. I did a lot of grunt work, set up and clean up of events, Recording Secretary, tabling of fairs/registering Democrats, troubleshooting Headquarters Computer and equipment, and other stuff people take for granted.

Past HCDCC chair Patrick Riggs said it best, "It all really comes down to that dirty piece of property by the Bay." It sure did. Loud and clear.

If the Provisional voters turn out to be the key for Gallegos to return to office, then a tip of the hat to Richard Salzman for being the top "on the ground level" campaigner in Humboldt County. And it may have been the North Country Fair that turned the tide. I witnessed him registering and re-registering many young HSU types and having them volunteer for Paul.

Since when are local businesses determined to be "evil developers?" These people who supply jobs and taxes that make our local economy go? Just who are they?

To close, endorsements do not win or lose elections. Or Bonnie would have won in a landslide. Wille Brown said it best, "Have a simple winning message and repeat it over and over." "Time for a Change. Get Hooked on Bass." "It is time to clean up the Marina Center. Join the Brady Bunch." "We need jobs. I am a NEW Man for the job." Laugh, cry or get angry. But don't shoot me, I am just the messenger.

41 comments:

Eric Kirk said...

Richard, I don't disagree with everything in your post, and I don't know about "evil developers." I really like your elected candidate and some of the others elected, and I do think the campaign took an even higher than normal negative tone, though there's plenty of blame to go around.

What I am convinced of however is that a big box on the waterfront will lead to a net loss of jobs and permanently alter the character of Eureka in a negative way. I've spent way too much time in places like Red Bluff and Yuba City to be happy with the developments. Unfortunately, as Joannie Mitchel sang, you don't know what you got until it's gone. Smart growth has always been a rearguard battle, and I saw so many communities in the Bay Area destroyed by wanton development, with malls and big boxes.

Unfortunately, the progressives didn't even take up their best points, and Eureka may have voted the whole county into a permanent poverty retail-based economy.

I really hope I'm proven wrong because I love this place more than any place I've lived except maybe the San Mateo coastside of my childhood which was narrowly saved.

Anonymous said...

I'll ask the question again Richard:

Do you support a big box store on the Waterfront?

Home Depot?

Walmart?

If you could choose the tenant, who would it be and why? And if you had to choose a big box store, which one would be best for this location and the community in general?


Thanks for the reply

samoasoftball said...

8:30pm-Nope. Never have been. (Although I do shop Costco which is closer to the bay than this project.) Can't say that all of my candidates agree with me. I am not a one issue person though. Let's get the clean up started and then have continued dialouge with the owner. The public has spoken this election.

ThePeopleWon said...

The victory on November 2 was sincerity over lies. People who believed in the candidates that showed them that they matter. Candidates who personally walked door to door each day. It wasn't money or consultants or the same people that made the difference but campaigns that involved every day folk. Volunteers on certain campaign that sacrificed time and so-called friendships to speak up in the best interest and on behalf of their community and neighborhoods. Virginia said it best in her speech on election night when she acknowledged every single person who contributed to her campaign. The 4th District finally got a Supervisor who will continue to care about the constituents after the election.

lodgepole said...

For the record Richard, I don't think those slogans helped one bit. They have been good for Some laughs though. The reason those candidates with the awful slogans won is because the so called progressives have become their own worst enemy, with apparently no end in sight.

Eric Kirk said...

Agreed lodgepole. It's like something out of the Life of Brian.

Chris Crawford said...

Standing up for what you believe isn't easy, and I commend you for withstanding the pressure to cave, Richard.

Let me remind everyone that these are non-partisan races. If you want bare knuckles partisan campaigning, move to Illinois where their Board of Supes consists of 25 members, and electeds include recorder of deeds, court clerk, dog catcher and street sweeper. And all of them run through party primaries and general election partisan machines.

This is a small community for God sake ... these are our neighbors, friends and even relatives. Adopting a scorched Earth policy when choosing a city council member is coo-coo.

Anonymous said...

Erics post is largely rubbish. Ever heard of shopping over the internet, Eric? Then you and your posse should be ALL OVER disconnecting broadband in Humboldt. Go ahead, Eric, try and defend your view of the local economy in the internet age. Let me know where you pick up your lawyer clothing.

Second, big boxes do employ people. They may not be jobs Eric would ever work, but they are legitimate, tax paying jobs... Something many of Erics clients have never held.

Third, big boxes have an economy of scale that does in fact translate to lower prices. Lower prices translate into more people able to afford commodities and services. More people in the market. They expand the availability of goods and services to the poor. As much as you would like to claim otherwise, a wal-mart or kmart has or will do more for the poor in Humboldt County than your philosophizing and liberal banter EVER will do.

Fourth, Eric, you weren't living in Humboldt County before the mall, or when Kmart came to town. Old town was desolate, dirty, a place families DID NOT GO TO. Remember "Heroin Alley"? Of course you don't. While it still has a long way to go, anybody who has a memory longer than 15-20 years will tell you that the introduction of big boxes did not put eureka in the situation it is now. So I call bullshit on you citing Red Bluff, or any other city you have no familiarity with, and that includes Eureka. Stick to what you do, servicing a black market economy that other people feel very strongly is one of the things WRONG with our community.

rick mitchell said...

Richard, Well I am glad to say I was wrong about the garbage theory.
And as far as the BigBox stores I can only say, Walmart did not run Bistans and Dalys other local shops out of business. So I think that argument is a little old.
Rick

Nicholas Bravo said...

Thank God for the Target store here in Eureka. I'm working poor as are most people in this community, and everytime I need to buy something I go to Target cuz its the best quality for a low price. Everytime I've gone to Target it has been full of people buying a lot of stuff. I talk to people and they love Target. Face it progs! The working poor want a high standard of living and are far more concerned with their families happiness than with some environmetalist propoganda based on junk science.

Anonymous said...

The progs got smoked in the election, and they just got smoked on this thread. Finally a little reality to counter these self absorbed nuts.

Anonymous said...

$4 dollar prescription medications at Walmart. Do I even need to say anything more?

dan said...

The sad thing about The Balloon Tract, is there really isn't a progressive approach to be found, FEMA is right around the corner and we are behaving as if NOAA didn't exist. We have a university that ranks tops in natural resources study, yet we don't know how to behave in wetlands, hell we don't understand what a wetland is and why we should protect it.

Anonymous said...

Nicholas Bravo: Target may give you low prices -- its also giving you low quality. Cheap plastic crap made by slaves in China is not 'quality' and your cheap plastic crap will not last (except for a thousand years in the landfill).

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