The second youngest behind Victor Green if I am not mistaken. Controversial, opinionated, outspoken and true union worker advocate. Love to argue with him and come to consensus with. Wise beyond his years and at the same time just fun to be around. Congrats Shane. And Susan, you raised him well!
In 2008 I was injured doing a job I actually wrote the
safety procedures for. I tried moving a diversion divider that weighed a couple
of hundred pounds in an awkward position with my right hand. Right away I knew
something was wrong. I thought I sprained my wrist so I wrote and accident
report and turned it in. Weeks later while still working it wasn’t healing so I
asked to have an X-Ray and was sent to the Company Workers Compensation doctor.
He then gave me a light duty slip to take back to work. I told him, “We don’t
have light duty. I can still do my job with this.” He let me know he wasn’t
going to change my status. After much time and visits to specialists in the
valley, I was approved to have surgery to repair cartilage, tendons and
ligaments that were torn. The surgery was done by Dr. Ferraro of Shasta
Orthopedic in June of 2009. After my cast was removed I asked when I could
start playing softball and he told me whenever I could handle the pain. I
played that weekend. Ouch! I was not ready. I ended up having a second surgery
to repair or clean up more cartilage. Dr. Ferraro said I had bone rubbing bone
and would never have full range of motion in my wrist. I finished Physical
Therapy and my wrist is never going to be right. Well this last softball year
was really depressing for me as far as hitting. I can’t hit the ball very far
and it hurts to do batting practice. So last week I decided to fight back! I am
back in the gym weightlifting. I am hurting big time, but my wrist is
cooperating. I was able to bench 305lbs before the surgery, but my goal is to
lift 225lbs five times before April. I have peaked so far at 155lbs. so I have
a way to go!
The picture is me before my wrist surgery. 250lbs. I am now near 200lbs.
Charges filed by Public Employees Relations Board? Yes. Against the county for unfair labor practices by not bargaining in good faith. And not only has the county ignored an independent "Fact Finding" report that shows they can afford to give the 1,400 workers a raise under current fiscal climate, Humboldt County will receive a refund check in
the amount of $164,726.37 due to an increase in federal funding known as the
Community First Choice Option. The money is there, the excuses are getting weaker.
Anymore I just cringe when looking at the obits. Too many people I have crossed paths with seem to be leaving us. James Lyon was a big headed, light footed around 6'6" former basketball player and a dead eye long ball shooter. He played basketball for the Wolfpack of the University of Reno. He had great three point range before shooting from that distance counted for anything but 2 points. He was a fixture at many local basketball games. He was in his 60's when he played for Samoa Athletic Club. I enjoyed his views on politics and even his rants on Cal Trans engineering deficiencies. May he rest in peace.
This picture is my brother Roy and his son Jamie. Roy was exposed to Agent Orange in Viet Nam and passed away from kidney failure from complications of the exposure. My brothers James (Korea) and Micheal (Nam) also served. My Father was a Major in the army and fought in both Korea and was at Pearl Harbor during the bombings. Robin's father Bill Carroll served in the army also.
I had 8 slick high dollar mailers in my post office box today! Why would a campaign target my family the day before an election when we all vote by mail? Not good money spending. And how long does the normal person look at a mailer? 3 Seconds! That is how long you have to get your message out. I did think this one mailer for Prop. 38 was different in actually showing the local fiscal impact.
30-Yes 52% to 48% (Temp Tax)
31-No 55% to 45% (State Budget)
32-No 50.5% to 49.5% (Payroll deduction)
33-Yes 51% to 49% (Insurance)
34-No 52% to 48% (Death Penalty)
35-Yes 75% to 25% (Human Trafficking
36-Yes 56% to 44% (Three Strikes)
37-Yes 50.5% to 49.5% (GMO labeling)
38-No 55%-45% (Tax Early Education)
39-Yes 60% to 40% (Multi state tax)
40-Yes 61% to 39% (Redistricting)
2nd District Assembly Race
Wes Chesbro 69% to Tom Lynch 31%
Dianne Feinstein 67% to Elizabeth Emken 33%
2nd District Congress
Jared Huffman 65% to Dan Roberts 35%
Giants win another! I am still in the afterglow of the 1st in 2010 and then this totally unexpected run. With Posey being the only full time position player form the "old" team. Just wish the A's would have been the opponent!
Business interests in California have out spent unions 3-1 since 2000. And get this, businesses have pumped 1.7 Billion, yes that is Billion dollars into California elections. So beware of Proposition 32. Don't stifle the voice of the working class!
I went to todays Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Chamber to speak in support of In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers garnering a wage increase. One person said that you could not possible compensate them for what they are worth and another questioned on why they ran for office on the themes of jobs and living wages. It was pointed that Supervisor Rex Bohn had never hired anyone for minimum wage until his most recent election as Supervisor.
As a past union president,
organizer and local worker advocate for decades I am here to implore the
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to find a solution to the obstacles of
giving a raise to our 1,400 plus In-Home Supportive
Service workers. These “working poor” contribute an asset that is immeasurable
to the Humboldt County population. That they are only paid minimum wage with no
health benefits is just deplorable and unjust. I believe in a “Living Wage” not
a “Poverty Wage.”
Other counties with
comparable populations have been able to find room in their budgets to not only
give their In Home health Care Workers wages averaging $1.75 an hour more than
Humboldt, but pay an average of an additional $.53 cents into a health program
benefit. I would respectfully ask for the
Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to support at least matching like counties
the $2.28 an hour difference in wages and benefits. I challenge Humboldt County
staff to use creative, innovative solution oriented problem solving to make
I am sure I speak for the
majority of Humboldt County residents in asking for resolution in the near
I was reminded by a past co-worker that today is the 4th Anniversary of the closing of the Samoa Pulp Mill. I miss that place of work to this day. I miss the friendships, the comraderie and even the quirks of working shift work. Too bad this mill couldn't be re-opened. C'est la vie.
Robin was driving home from Sacramento trip today and I asked her to stop at KFC Fortuna and get some breasts, mac and cheese and taters. And a chocolate cake to wash it down. When she got there she said it was closed up! I enjoyed their buffet. We now have no KFC's in Humboldt! This is an outrage!
Went last night’s Arcata Homecoming game against Fortuna to
witness Arcata spanking the Huskies 38-18. Can’t recall the last time Arcata
did that. I was there to actually see the induction of the Arcata High 1982
Wrestling Team into the Arcata High Hall of Fame. Why my interest? I ended up
friends with many on this team and played either intermural sports or city
sports with and against them. I played basketball with Gene (Max) Emery and
Owen Hooven (Former Professional Football player Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys).
I played softball with and against Mike Puzz (Red Dog), Chris Brittain, Kevin
Moser , Kenny Bradbury (Baril) and Lee Theuerkauf. Even the team Statistician, Theresa
Cheek, pitched batting practice to my
Fast Pitch team. This was just a special tight knit group of whom I have been
blessed to know!
So what did we learn today at the North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA)
organized Humboldt Bay Rail Corridor Committee meeting today? A number of
things. First off, the NCRA made the decision to choose the subcommittee amongst
themselves to expedite the process and picked the Chair Clif Clendenen, Director
Bill Kier and Mendocino County Supervisor/Director John McCowen instead of
having a cross section of community and elected organizations that were clearly
requested by the public last time the NCRA was in Humboldt County. Clif opened
the meeting and explained the research and scope of their process saying the
study included rail line between Arcata and Eureka. (Uh, what happened to the
Peninsula and Samoa?) When the presentation was made by engineer Dave Anderson
about the conditions of the bridges, Bill Kier wanted to correct him by
identifying the Eureka Slough as the Mad River Slough. (Come on! Again, out on
the peninsula boys!)
The first topic was about the condition of the bridges
around the bay. All were in relatively good shape and wouldn’t take that much
to fix. Kind of a pleasant surprise.But
all the culverts and crossings were in bad shape. Mr. Anderson estimated it
would take between 10 to 20 million dollars to repair the rail from Samoa to
Eureka. He confidently felt he could do a huge chunk of the work needed for 10
million. A question was asked if there was room for a Rail and Trail around the
bay and Mr. Anderson said there was with the right away available. (This
subject was argued by some of the public.)
Someone made a comment about the East/West railroad and Mr.
Anderson was quick to give his judgment as an engineer, saying it was
impractical and questioned what would be hauled. His candid unsolicited response
caused quite a bit of fidgeting in the crowd of rail supporters.
Is it too late? It was pointed out by the public that some
of the land owners who have rails through their properties have 2 year easement
agreements with the NCRA and it has been 15 years since rail actually ran. How
big of impediment will that be?
Bill Kier said he is gathering data so that when all
information is put together the public can have a “Data Based Conversation.”
I would love to see
an excursion train and walkable trail with full access for hikers, rollerblades
and bikes around Humboldt Bay. Let’s make it happen. 20 Million could do it!
The next meeting on this subject will be October 12th
in the Eureka City Hall Chambers at 10am.
From left to right are Charlie Bean, Joe Bonino and Current 2nd Ward Councilwomen Linda Atkins.
The League of Women Voters hosted a forum at the Eureka
Rotary meeting this Monday. The Three candidates are incumbent Linda Atkins, challenger
Joe Bonino and write in candidate Charlie Bean. In the opening statements Linda
said she is focused on Police and Safety. She wants to continue on prosperity
projects and wants to work together with the community. Charlie says he has
lived on the North Coast all of his life and wants to promote business. He
would like to see a strong police department. Joe Bonino says he has lived in the area 25 years
and said he wants to retain the businesses we do have, support the Marina
Center and continue on with good tourism.
Question #1. How
would you fix the road conditions at 2nd and T & S Streets?
confused by the Question and to his defense, it was worded strange.
Joe did not have
much of an answer either.
that area was neglected and explained the priority goes to more highly trafficked
areas and traffic budget.
Question #2. Do you
support the Marina Center?
Joe said the
Marina Center is needed to give the Western side of the Boardwalk Project its
proper build out. The need for completion makes the tourist expansion complete.
Linda said “yes”
she supports the project. She explained that it is still going through the
proper planning and permitting process.
Charlie said that
he too supports the project. He pointed out that there were “games” being
played with the process, but did not elaborate.
Question #3. What separates
you from the rest of the candidates?
Linda pointed out
her years of experience on the council representing the 2nd Ward. She says she is there for all sides.
Charlie said he
has been involved with different parts of the community. He admitted to being
pushy on most things. He likes to push his ideas.
Joe said he was
not partisan and coachable. He says he has friends on both sides of the
Question #4. Do you
support the Occupy Movement?
Joe felt the
original intent was “Hijacked!” He felt
the message was defused and while he originally supported the actions, he is a
the original concept and message.
Linda agreed with
the original intent. Bank of America was ripping us off and needed to hear it.
But she felt health and Safety issues needed to be addressed and the area of
the occupier kept clean.
Question #5. How do
you address the Homeless and Transient issue?
Charlie said that
this is tough issue. He pointed out that there are people out there who do not
want to be helped. “The homeless need to
have more than just a place to eat!”
Linda said it is
hard to control our homeless population because of our temperate climate conditions
make this an ideal area with lots of green foliage. Felt we need homeless camp.
She would also like to look at partnerships with landlords and pointed out a
recent LA Times article with rentals being monitored by non-profits for ideas.
Joe pointed out
that the homeless were there by “choice, circumstance or drugs.” And felt each
case should be examined as such.
Question #6. How do
you feel about medical Marijuana and do you have a 215 card?
Joe does not have
a card and felt that all Marijuana dispensaries should be located either
somewhere else in the County or in Arcata. He talked to an unnamed heath
physician that told him that there are only about 200 real patient cases in
Humboldt County that warrant a 215 card.
Charlie also does
not have a 215 card. Felt the drug was used and abused. Wants stricter
regulations, but had no problems with having a dispensary in Eureka.
Linda does not
have a 215 card either.(What? Are these
the only 3 people in county with one?) She points out the Prop 215 was passed
by Californians and that lawsuits have been filed at many levels. She supports
an ordinance limiting grows and supports more regulation. “We are in the Wild
Question #7. How do
you feel about the Ridgewood Village project?
Linda said the
City and County need to work together and traffic issues need to be addressed.
Joe felt that the
project would be a nice addition if solutions to traffic were made. He wanted
to know who would pay for mitigation of traffic problem and felt a direct route
to highway was needed. The need for space to grow made this project ok.
Charlie had no
problem with the project and liked the idea of more affordable housing. He felt
developers should be covering the cost of mitigating traffic issues.
Question #8. Can you
get along with fellow councilmembers?
Joe said while he
might not be in lock step with council and would think as an individual, he
could also be a team player. Used an analogy of being a golf player and
individual, but has played tournament as team and can do both.
it was veryimportant to work as a
team. You might disagree, but be friendly and respectful.
Linda felt it was
important to have different political views. “These are not my friends. I did
not know them when I was elected.” She says she has been cordial and feels the
Brown Act impedes knowing the other council members well. She felt the council
and her agreed on most issues and city issues were moving along.
Question #9. How can
you support Tourism?
that helping the Chamber of Commerce was a way. Feels that both ends of Eureka
gateway are ugly. Also felt we needed to promote more things to do to keep
Linda felt that
cleaning up our inter city parks was a must. She was worried about violent
mentally ill patients in places that are tourist destinations. When mentioning
Broadway she said “Ugh!” Wants the
Gateways to the city improved.
Joe wants Eureka
to be a destination instead of a stopover.Feels the Marina Center can provide this. Wants to see our sidewalks and
Question #10. How do
you feel about Low Cost Housing?
Joe said we need
this for our Homeless issues. Mentioned a State Law Calculation mandate.
Pointed out single room housing that was in Old Town years back. Maybe a
up that the housing element does not include low low income, low income and medium
income. Has worked at the Housing Commission level. Felt infill could be done.
Linda this was
really needed and that the #’s weren’t that bad. She really wants to see a High
Energy user tax on Industrial Marijuana grows around Eureka. She pointed out
that homeowners were taking advantage of the situation and charging renters who
grow 3 times the houses worth on the renters market.
Question #11. What
are your top 3 priorities for this job?
Linda said her
first is the General plan and updating ordinances from the 50’s and 60’s. Her
secondis the High Energy Tax and her
third is legalizing a Homeless Camp in Eureka. “So they can out of my
neighborhood.” (Linda live is Coopers Gulch, a homeless Mecca in Eureka.)
Joe listed Public
Safety as number 1. Finding a new City Manager as number 2, and hiring a new
police chief number 3. Said our current chief is one of the best ever.
out the General Plan as the blueprint to grow. Felt we need to go to businesses
to find out problems. His second
priority was law enforcement. His third was affordable housing. Just as a
kicker, he added a fourth, slow down traffic. (He mentioned about almost being
hit on occasion.)
everybody and said he supports a safer Eureka.
thanked people and said this was new experience for him and he was a little
nervous. Wants to be an ear of the people. Reminded everyone he is a write in
Linda pointedout the city has many challenges. Felt
local politics were at its very lowest. Wants to improve prosperity and will respond
This weekend I will be hosting a softball tournament in
Willow Creek. I have directed 4 there previously. It got me to wondering just
how many tournaments I have held. I probably did about 45 in the town of Samoa
and 22 in Weaverville. I think I did 3 in Fortuna and 6 in Arcata. Maybe 3 in Blue Lake and 6 in Eureka. I held
one at Big League Dreams in Redding. So I am nearing 100. I am sure no one is
close to that in Northern California. Recently I held one as a benefit for
Humboldt Domestic Violence Services, but I have also did fund raisers for other
causes, mostly sports for Peninsula Elementary school.
As far as playing, this might be the first year since the 70’s
that I have not been on at least one tournament championship. The last 36 years
I have played on at least 20 league championship teams out of 50 league teams.
That is over 600 games! I have played around 300 tournaments and been on over
50 championship teams. In total, I have
played in about 2,000 games, which is probably double anyone else in Northern
California. Obsessed? Yes. Can it continue? Stay tuned.
Me and my buddy Obama at the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee booth at the county fair. I was tabling today and registered a few voters and saw many people I knew. We had over $60 in donations and some good (and bad) conversations. People came by and took pictures. Had one guy with a Joe Bonino button go by and say "you make me sick!" Well, I've been dissed by better! Overall a good day to live in Humboldt County.
Went down today to Shelter Cove with Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District CEO Jack
Crider and Conservation Director Dan Berman. Last we were there a little over a
month ago; there was a problem with juvenile Pelicans eating from the fish cleaning
station and getting fish oil on their feathers by hanging out under the
drainage pipeline when the grinding waste of fish carcasses went out to the
ocean. Our solutions included mesh
netting over the cleaning station and an extension to the pipeline into the
ocean. Also, the grinding and discharge of waste only at high tide. Our
Mitigating measures seemed to have solved the issue. In the last month there
have been no Pelicans hanging around. I did notice some around the rocks in the
area, so they are still alive in the area.
Old timers hanging around felt the cleaning station is a
very productive and “clean” way of doing business and complimented our efforts.
They said in the past fisherman would throw their fish waste over the cliff, or
in trash cans. It was said that fish waste would be in the tide all over the
The next hurdle to overcome is the “Water Discharge” issue from
the grinder. In the near future it look like the Harbor District will have to
dismantle the discharge pipe and come up with further solutions for the fish
waste. Any innovative ideas out there?
The picture is from 1980. We were mostly in our early 20’s. The
mighty M & D Team had won another tournament.The players were from top left to right, Sam
Skillman, Andy Lameroux, Mark Smith, Rob Colivas, Kevin Gomes, Mike Carroll and
yours truly. The Bottom from left to right were Rick Mitchell, Kurt Brundgart, Loren
Price, Sam Colivas and Mike Robinson.We
were the scourge of most tournaments, as were listed as “C” but knocked off “A”
& “B” league teams in tournaments quite often. We notched tournament
championships in Crescent City, Fortuna & Eureka but didn’t travel that
much further. I first started putting teams together in the late 70’s as
Traverse and Walsh/Early Bird Construction. Some of the top Teams in the late
70’s and Early 80’s were Tiny Tot’s, Sam C Milla, Johnny’s Cookhouse, Mazzotti’s
and Art Johnson Sox. The top players at the time were John Lister, Mickey
Ayala, Joe Denbo, Barry Scarpelino and Bob Sprague.
In the mid to late 80’s the bats were starting to change the
game quite a bit. I folded the M&D team and played for James Hill Trucking,
Bethel Church, Sacred Heart and Britt Lumber. The Calvary Brothers won almost
every tournament they played in and we placed pretty well in the State
Championships. The best teams during this time were Red Machine and Collenberg’s.
Bodie Smith, Dave Frost and Paul Callens were great players then.
In 1989 the James Hill Trucking team qualified to go the
USSSA state championships in Woodland. 64 teams that survived their qualifying
tournaments were battling it out. We finished 3rd in the state which
is still the highest ranking for any USSSA team in Humboldt County. The next
year I tweaked the team as Louisiana Pacific. We went to a North State qualifier
that had 79 teams in Martinez! We had to finish in the top 16 to face the top
16 in the South. We did and ended up 4th
in the State! The top teams in the late 80’s and early 90’s were Latner’s,
Rendevous, James Hill, E & J, Plateburners , Stinger’s and my Baywest
Softball team. Top Players were Glen Johnson, Stacy Lyons, Jamie Robertson, Scotty
Eskra, Bill Landowski, Rick Webster, Ronnie Webb, Mike Powers and Bob McCrea.
In the 90’s Mrytlewood Market had the best team. They had Dave Allen, Gary Young, Barry Oliver,
Mickey Ayala, Bob McCrea and any other hot player at the time. I had took up weight
lifting and went from a placement line drive hitter to a power hitter. I played
a few tournaments with Myrtlewood, but mostly was with James Hill. I also
played for Everett’s in Arcata.
The 2000’s started the phasing in of Wood Bats in Arcata.
The Tastebud’s and Ray Wolfe Construction were the teams to beat in
Tournaments. Old Town Muffler had no competition in Eureka. The best players
were Tommy Lawler, Chris Pence, Eric Eichen, Jeremy Rasmussen, Mike Dobrec and
Jared Harpe. Kris Avelar and I started a Humboldt’s Finest team that dominated
tournaments in the valley and reached a #5 ranking just a few years ago. But it
was too much traveling and we folded.
Present. What have you done lately? I have slowed
progressively the last few years. Two Wrist surgery’s didn’t help. I can still
get on base, but am a liability on defense, but I still love to play. So I roll
myself out there each week. Sons of Pitches are the team to beat the last 4
years. Bear River does well but plays little. Snow Leopards are up and coming. The ebb and tide of the softball dynasties
will continue. I was grateful I had a chance to play on some of the best while
Explain this gas thing again to me. Ryan Burns of the North Coast Journal did a great job on trying to explain the issue, but while I was in Southern Oregon I paid less than $3.50 for a gallon of gas. That's right, $.50 less than Eureka! Most of Oregon was the same, and they have to pump your gas for you! So they are employing so many more and are still able to sell gas for that much less? Please help me understand!
The Humboldt Domestic Violence Services is looking for a new Executive Director. The call out will come up in the near future. If you have experience as a director for a non profit agency, with any trained knowledge in Domestic Violence, you may be the person we need! Stay tuned.
For the first time in my memory, Humboldt County women Democrats are holding key elected positions. Virginia Bass is the Chair of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Linda Atkins is the Chair of the Democratic Central Committee, and women Democratic's are the majority on the Eureka City Council, Linda Atkins, Marian Brady and Melinda Ciarabellini. Don't think that has ever happened before.
Another packed house at HCDCC headquarters, but all very civil for a change. The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) did not debate and had a clear (unanimous) vote for a new chair, Eureka 2nd Ward Councilperson Linda Atkins. Milt Boyd was elected by majority to Vice Chair vs. Mike Winkler. Recording Secretary Barbara Kennedy and Treasurer Phillis Seawright were re-elected unanimously to their respective seats. Newly elected chairs of sub-committees that serve on the Executive Board also are Milt Boyd for Voter Registration, Bob Service for Campaign Services, Pam Service for Operations, Barbara Kennedy for Communication and Education Committee and Julie Timmons for Ways and Means Committee. It was a calm meeting and I really hope this next few years will be smooth for the committee. (Okay Kerrigan, you satisfied?)
I sure hope that all the players come together soon. You probably couldn't find a person out there that is publicly opposed to having a accessible bicycle/hiker trail around Humboldt Bay. Is it just the semantics of what rail-banking is holding this up? Can't reasonable dialogue come into play. Personally I think a trail from Samoa to Arcata should be the highest priority as I have witnessed that corridor being used by bicyclist's as a main mode of transportation for people on the Peninsula. Heck, clear a spot off to the side so there can be an excursion train between Samoa and Arcata also. Does it really need to be made so political and polarizing? A safe trail between Eureka and Arcata would probably increase usage by five fold! Just let this happen before I die and I will be one happy user!
was one of a kind. Opinionated, vocal and confident in his ideals. I first ran
across David and his wife Penny at Citizens Port Development meetings in the
90's while I worked for Louisiana Pacific. They were a great tag team when it
comes to politics. Robin and I saw and visited David and Penny at stock car
races, and they both had articles reporting the races locally. David once wrote
a letter to the editor challenging people to run for office and it was that
little push that had me sign up years back. And while he did not necessarily
agree with my politics, he wrote me a check to start me on my way.
Some people just gripe and complain and do nothing to try to solve issues. This was not David. He was feet first in controversy. He will be sorely missed in this community.
Robin's grandfather Eddie Carroll grew up on the Cherokee Indian reservation in Oklahoma and moved out west to Humboldt and raised a family. He became a union boss for the Redwood District Council (RDC) in 1960 and stressed organizing. He grew the RDC to 4,100 workers in 1961! I doubt there are that many forest industry jobs total now. Lots of union history here in Humboldt County. I thank God I have been able to be a union member. Especially next month as a I start to collect on my union pensions!
To annex or not to annex, that is going to be the question tonight at the Manila Community Center at 6:30pm. The Times Standard screwed up by naming Fairhaven Fairfield, not once, but twice. Danco needs to have Manila take over the infrastructure of Samoa for their proposed project to move forward. Fairhaven participating will be a long shot as far as I have observed while a Director on the Samoa Peninsula Fire District. But there could be a mutual agreement of Fairhaven and Samoa residents creating their own Community Service District. I guess I will find out more tonight and if it is interesting, report tomorrow of the talks.
Update: The Manila Community Service District voted 5-0 to move forward with more feasibility studies on potential annexation as long as there is no costs created by the process. Samoa Pacific will have to fund all studies. 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace was present with addional information from LAFCO. (Is Lovelace at every meeting everywhere? Seems like it. Hats off to him. You would think he would be taking a well deserved break!)
Every election cycle the press refers to monies from local "developers" influencing local elections. The same thing on the blogs. But no one is defined as that developer. So under the cloak of anonymity or publicly, would you all please let me know who these evil companies might be? I don't see that much development going on. Will that all change now?
My dad was a mystery to me. He took me to my first Giants
game, but that was pretty much the highlight. Never played catch with me, or had
a fatherly talk or anything like that. He fathered 8 kids so there was not a
lot of him to go around I guess. He was a major in the army and then he became
a lawyer. Quite the character, he loved playing pool, bowling and drinking. During his career, he had a few death threats.
The article below was a story of an
assassination attempt on him. I guess it wouldn’t be the last.
That Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee endorsement just became that much more important. After stirring speeches by Josh Drayton and Heidi Benzonelli about the need of democrats supporting democrats and counter arguments of past hypocrisy of the HCDCC leaders endorsing other party candidates in other campaigns, the HCDCC overwhelmingly passed a resolution requiring members to sign a statement to not advocate that voters should vote for someone other than the HCDCC endorsed candidate.
What does this mean? If you are non Democrat running for office and want an endorsement of a HCDCC member, probably ain't going to happen.
Never been a huge fan of WalMart and their relationship with employees. I mentioned to Robin about maybe picketing the opening on the Bayshore Mall and my wife of over 30 years said, "I will rip that sign out of your hands and whack you upside the head with it and stomp on your body on my way in!" I guess I will stay home instead.
The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee had 51 people run for 24 seats and they spent over $500,000 in the race with Scott Wiener spending $70,000 himself. And 6 of the winners are on the SF Board of Supervisors! That means that if any county issues come before the central committee they will have to post a notice of a meeting of the BOS! That is some serious Democratic politicking.
In Humboldt County there were 10 contested seats for the Humboldt County Democrats and 17 candidates. Two members of the Humboldt BOS are also on the HCDCC. No candidates spent more than $1,000. (In my case no where near that.) But did the committee really change? Here is my take.
One seat open. How about Patrick Higgins?
So in my estimation, there are 14 Moderates and 8 Progressives on the current committee. It will be interesting on who the next Executive Board might be. It has been ruled by Progressives for years.
Should be an interesting meeting this Wednesday at 7pm. Bring the popcorn and maybe watch sparks and accusations fly! Hope the media is out to witness this.
Clif Clendenen and Norman Solomon look to still have a chance with over 6,000 votes pending in Humboldt County. But has anyone came back after a final report? Yes actually. Bob Service was trailing Jake Pickering 560 to 556 for the 4th District Democratic Central Committee race in 2008 and ended up winning 786 to 773! So it has been done in the past. Not likely to change though.
Actually, take over the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee was the goal. I came up short in the ballot box by 60 votes. I had not made it a secret that I was hoping for political reform on this committee. I do not like all the processes so I was trying to make change from the inside. But this is a public process and I respect the voice of the people. Congrats to Bob and Pam Service, Linda Atkins and Virginia Bass in the 4th District.
I will continue on as a Associate Member and do the Worker Bee type stuff. There are many great people on the committee and I hope we can put this all behind us.
Andy Caffrey supplies this latest poll showing Huffman as a runaway victor in this primary race with Susan Adams holding strong to second. Solomon just never seemed to gain traction it look like. Here are some outside looking in observations from the Samoasotball peanut Gallery:
Jared Huffman: Front runner from the start. Nice TV commercials and great mailers. Lots of high ranking endorsements. This guy will be tough to beat after June.
Susan Adams: Nice mailers, but I have not heard one radio ad or saw even one TV ad. And her campaign looks to be dead broke. But is she survives this primary, I will maybe double down my last donation.
Norman Solomon: Why, oh why did he have to negative on Stacey Lawson? His mailers about himself were really good and positive, but the negative mailers were just over the top. I am sure there are many out there who will not support Norman just for this. I have not seen one TV ad or heard one radio ad.
Stacey Lawson: All that money and you couldn't afford more than one TV production? I don't watch that much TV but this commercial is on all the time and is grievous to watch. Her radio ads are pretty much a mirror of the TV. This campaign has been nothing but damage control. Too bad. She is very intelligent and likable. Just needs to start smaller, but she wouldn't be a multi-millionaire with that thinking.
Andy Caffrey: The front runners ultimate campaign on a shoe string budget. Andy has gotten the biggest bang for the buck for sure! Jay Leno, MSNBC, Newspapers all over the North Coast and the best watch in all debates! But no TV or Radio that I have seen outside his facebook. And no mailers.
Dan Roberts: Nice TV commercials. His campaign needs only to identify himself as the true conservative Republican in the race. If he has a slick mailer going to Republicans and gets them to vote, he could be a dark horse.
The others: Good people with no chance. But they have had an exciting ride and maybe will focus on lower offices in there communities. Tiffany Renee excluded as she is in public office currently.
Remembering my older brother Roy Marks this Memorial Day. The
picture is my brother and my nephew Jamie Marks. “Bigs” was small in stature
but huge in heart. Red hair and chip on shoulder. He died of complications from
“Agent Orange” poisoning from Nam.
Roy was in the Army and a 1st Air Calvary Division soldier. Roy survived 1 term of service in Korea and 2 terms in Viet Nam and received a Bronze
Medal, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for 25 missions over hostile
I wrote my comments on Arcata High Basketball coach Bob Wallace back in November. I am really surprised that Time Standard sports writer Ray Aspuria had no clue that Bob was under fire. Bob is a great guy, but just seems to be a lightening rod when it come to public school issues. And there has been an ongoing group of parents dressed in orange attending Northern Humboldt Union High School District meetings to complain about Mr. Wallace and his coaching style. So Ray should have not been surprised, but should have been on this months ago! Ray asks, "Why hasn't the decision been made more public and media notified?" That is your job Ray! KIEM has been on top of this for quite some time.
I do hope that Ray does a follow up on this story. If the decision was made in close session, we may never know the reason Bob was let go. But I do know that 3 of the board members of the NHUHSD are coaches themselves. (Dan Collen, Mike Pigg and Dan Johnson have many years between them.) So please Ray, write a real investigative piece, not some commentary with no meat.
me to introduce myself. I’m the best friging softball player you’ve ever met.
Just ask the opposing teams in the 4 leagues I’m in this summer. I flat out
rake. You could populate a small country with all the pitchers I've taken deep.
I just spent three hours in the batting cage and hit the @#%$ out of the ball.
Line drives, big flies, opposite field shots. I can do it all. Some kids next
to me in the cages were staring and pointing at me. I can’t blame them. They’ve
probably never seen a 55 year-old man wearing Oakley Blades and batting gloves
who can hit bombs like me. Especially not with shorts this tight.
season, I’m making sure we sweep all 3 leagues. Especially the Men’s League at Eureka. We were two outs
away from winning that baby last year and now I can taste it. I’ve gotta get my
hands on that 10-foot plastic trophy. It’s all I think about. Rumor has it the league winners get 2 free pitchers at Babe’s Pizza after the season. No way we lose with
the trophy and 78 ounces of Bud on the line.
I just bought all new equipment for this season. You should see the extra long
stripped baggy baseball pants I got. Super tight. I picked up a new set of
wristbands, a tube of eye black and a pair of 3-inch mud cleats, you know, just
in case I need to break up a double play. I also got to get my hands on one of
those $350 Miken Ultra II bat for a little extra power. It may cost me a week’s
pay, but screw it, when I start cranking 250-foot shots it will be worth it.
I can’t wait for that first at bat. I’m bringing a tape deck to the game, so
that I can blast The Scorpions when I walk to the plate. Nothing gets me fired
up to play ball more than The Scorpions. Except maybe Metallica, but I save
that for the playoffs.
I feel sorry for the other teams. They have no idea what I’m about to unleash
on them. Actually, I don’t feel sorry for them. You think that anyone felt
sorry for me when that bastard coach cut me from the Babe Ruth baseball team?
You think Babe Ruth or Dave Kingman felt sorry for the other team when they
took them deep?
They should have known better than to get into a league with me.
This year I’m focused. I practiced like a son of a bitch in the winter at
Coopers Gulch and got the call to play catcher. That’s right, the main show
baby. Only the best play behind the plate. I have to be sharp, so no more beer
during the games. I’m going to wait until after the game to starting pounding
cold ones and I’m still going to drink you under the table.
My initials might as well be M-V-P. That stands for Most Valuable Player for
all you non-softball players. The League starts in a few months. I may take the
week before off to prepare.
Why do I take softball so seriously?
F you. You’re just jealous!
I plagiarized some of this material. It reminded me of some people I know.)
I have had many comments on the fields about this on my facebook, so I thought I would go blog with it.
Don't tell me you don't notice the pattern. Wendy's gone. Jack in the Box gone. Artic Circle gone. Not to mention Quizinos, Arby's, KFC, Little Caesar's, Hometown Buffet and Round Table! Hundreds of jobs gone! Just because of a bunch of Garlic Fries and people buying Local!
Dammit! It is weird that I knew he would die today. I could just sense it. In the middle of the night he died in Robins arms at about 3am. Robin decided we needed a runt of a Pomeranian puppy that we named Smokey 13 years ago. He hated people, (Except his pack family) and really hated cats. He was actually chasing them off his porch the day he died. He was around 15 pounds and loved food until the day before passing. Robin is holding him in her arms as I write. I offered to bury him now but she doesn't want to let go yet.
I really feel Susan Adams will do a great job in Congress. I love everything about her. But I do think there are other candidates in the race that are qualified. My main interest is supporting this candidate is she might be the ONLY one able to challenge Jared Huffman in the General election. (Jared once more blew off a debate in Humboldt County. Have you got the hint yet Humboldt? He doesn't care about you!) Susan has no real negatives for the Huffman machine to attack! I do like Norman Solomon and if he is in the top two I do what I can to help in the primaries. But really think Huffman will go negative about his arrest record. (Even if they are from peaceful demonstration.) And Stacey Lawson is really easy to talk to and intelligent, but Huffman has already exposed many weaknesses and has hurled her past as a negative. And Andy Caffrey just doesn't have the funds, but the debates would be boring and shallow without his insight. Those are my favorites, but I will cast my vote for Susan.
I had a quandary about ballot placements and asked people I thought would be in the know without great success. Each election a randomized alphabet drawing is done by the Secretary of State. (Check out the link to see the actual draw.) I assumed this applied for all elections in the state. But now I find out there is a variation. Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey posted on his facebook page the Sonoma County Sample Ballot, and the order was messed up according to the draw. I called the Secretary of State office and they explained that each county starts at a random number point and THEN follows the alphabet pattern. So where as Susan Adams should have had the top ballot placement since "A" was the third draw, Sonoma started at number 13, which happened to be "L" so Stacey Lawson is first on the ballot and John Lewallen. I don't understand why Lewallen is second since the second letter of his name on the draw comes up before the "A" that Lawson represents.
I called the Humboldt County elections to ask what number we were starting from in Humboldt County and was told they were just going with the drawing set by the State. Huh? So what is the right answer? Obviously I have physical evidence that the different counties use the a different criteria of the random draw, and that was verified by the Secretary of State's office. But Humboldt does something different?
I know this is trivial, but when the 1st person on the ballot could get a 5% boost just on the count of luck of the draw, it is relevant.
San Francisco Dems argue just like the our local HCDCC. Maybe more nasty. Here is a pretty good analogy by the SF writer:
Let me take a second on this “moderate” tag. Moderates in San Francisco are people who are liberal on social issues – like, frankly, 80 or 90 percent of the city – but conservative on economic issues. Conservative is the right word here: The moderates don’t typically support higher taxes on the rich and big business, don’t support development controls, are weak on tenant issues, don’t think that housing should be a right of all people and pretty much buy into what in the Clinton era we called neo-liberalism.
The progressives (who have economic policies more like the Democratic Party of FDR and Lyndon Johnson) and the moderates (who have economic policies more like the Democratic Party of Walter Shorenstein, Dianne Feinstein and Bill Clinton) have been fighting for decades over the future of a city where there aren’t a whole lot of Republicans.
The Humboldt Association of Realtors hosted a forum 4/25/12
at the Runeberg Hall in Eureka. I will try to dissect as much information as I
can.I had over 4 pages of notes, and I
am sure you don’t want the long version. So here is a synapse.
Grand Jury member and involved in Positive Research for Preparation of
Cheryl: Did you know that the Eel River used to be
called the Weott? Her ancestors lived on the banks and also on Indian Island.
Nobody in this race can claim longer linage. Champions’ local road improvement,
health care, need of jobs and housing for all. “We need people talking to
people as a collaborative effort!”
Rex: Said we need
to create private sector jobs and be business friendly. “I like to get things
done!” “This is the most beautiful place in the world!”
What is your
position on the Forster Gil/Ridgewood project?
Rex: Is not happy
that Cal Trans and the City of Eureka were left out of the loop. He does not
feel the slopes in the area will be able to handle development.Doesn’t like that the developers are not local.
housing wouldn’t be bad, but the infrastructure needs to be dealt with. The
traffic issues mitigated. Would like things to go back to the drawing board as
far as water and sewage issues.
agency was not addressed for project. “Lots need to be done. The streets
proposed need to be widened.”
Should the General
Plan Update protect right to live on TPZ land?
landowners. Need to work together, private or not. “The County needs to work
with the landowners!”
their rights to live on the lands.”
property rights.Respect the lands handed down to family
members (Heritage) but respect the environment also.
support Richardson Grove Project?
Annette: “Get it
done as soon as possible!”
Rex: “Get it done
tomorrow!”“Needed for niche manufacturing and safer
Cheryl: “This is in
litigation and out of our hands.Need
to focus onlocal made products.
This affects all of us!”
What are your
feelings about the shady parcels from the planning department?
Rex: “This is a
problem created in the 1970’s.” “Land owners need this to be fixed and fast
tracked to allow property to be developed. That will create jobs!”
Cheryl: “You got
me.” “My property was one of those shaded.” She felt this problem was handed
down for generations, but the planning department was helpful. She thanked
Jimmy Smith for help on this issue also.
that the planning commission was taking care of mitigation.
What are you
feelings on the proposed Railroad going east?
Cheryl: Need a
county feasibility study. Needs to be looked at vigorously.
Annette: “I am
part of Prosperity 2012 and we are proposing a rail study.” She pointed out
that many jobs would be created and the benefits for the harbor would be great.
Rex: “Tehema has
approved feasibility. So has Trinity. Why is Humboldt the holdup?” “Having a
viable deep water port could create 500 jobs.” Felt we needed to look at study
because rail is environmentally friendly and takes truck off the road.
Are you a Private
Annette: “Yes, I
am an Advocate.” But she wanted to make sure land use decisions fit codes.
Mentioned not liking the Tip Top club.
Property rights are an intangible asset. “
Cheryl: “We own
our property and should be good stewards.” “Meth labs in housing is not responsible
ownership.” She would like to help people through the process and work together
as a community.
How do we create
Rex: “Create jobs
and housing will become affordable!”
Neighborhood needs everybody!” “Need to
take of all and live together. That is a community!”
takes a village.” Feels that a community is responsible to do something.
What are you
feelings of the restructuring of the Community Development and planning department?
offices get too big. I don’t know what happened. If that is what has been done
let’s see how it works.”
Department grew too big.” “It is healthy.”
Rex: “It is a big
ship and the Captain leading it is responsible.” “The planning staff need to
know who they work for, us!” “The Department is not business friendly and plays
with inventory numbers to the point that grants are misapplied for.” “The efficiency
of this department has been grand jury discussion.”
How do feel about
Rural lifestyle allowing Homesteading?
Annette: “It is a
choice. Your right to do that. Go for it!”
Rex: “It means
having a septic system instead of a sewer system.” “It is alright if you live
within your means, just remember, the 1st Responder is you!”
Cheryl:”I grew up in a rural community with
well and septic service.” ”We’ve bee doing this for years. We are a hardy
What is your
opinion on the General Plan Update?
Rex: “What’s it
been? Twelve years?” “Plan is unsustainable and unaffordable” “It strips away
personal property rights.” “I have been to around 40 public meetings and this
as a political football.” “May have to start over to anything done in Humboldt
County.” Rex mentioned other counties only taking a little over 2 years to
update their plans.
Cheryl: “In my
opinion, it is going too slow.” “The process is huge and difficult. People were
not being listened to. ““Need to vote this one in and start a new one”
County General Plan needs to be updated every 20 years and we are getting close
to that many years.” “The process is too slow.” She feels the need to readdress
the Citizen Advisory Committee, and land use issues.
roles, private sector vs. public in community planning decisions.
is very important and Government needs to cooperate.” “Makes me crazy. “ “Need
to get to the meat of things!”
this is being done top down with not much public input.” “There is power in the
Rex: “For the
people, by the people.” “Private sector pays the bills!” “You need the private
sector to attract businesses.” “ Need to get things done, no cum bay a or
touchy feely stuff.” “We meeting stuff to death!” “So no just having a meeting
so we can say we had a meeting.”
What is the first
thing you would have the new planning director address?
Annette: “How do
we serve the people efficiently for all?” “Have them be part of the solution
and not the problem.” She would like to help support change.
customer service.” “Run the department like a private enterprise.” When Bob cannot
obtain a permit, Bob cannot work, so no jobs!” “If staff needs checks and
balances, staff is limited by their Supervisors.” “Need to copy other places
for customer service.”
First!” “Talk to the Director and go through right channels.”
Rex: He feels he
has the Qualities to get things done. An emphasis on Public Safety, Roads,
Parks and less on grants. “I will work
like there is no tomorrow!”
Cheryl: Not a
stranger to hard work.Wants to help
people who can’t help themselves. “People First!” Has raised money for the
community and promises that “The doors will always be open!”
Annette: Spent 24
years here in education. Been active in the community. “I do care. I can’t
serve people if I don’t know who they are.” People approached her to run for this seat.