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.
Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) Hall of Shame!
Just pondering the HCDCC non endorsement of Estelle Fennell
last week. 4 years ago Estelle was endorsed and given the HCDCC blessing. What
has she done the last 4 years to offend local Democrats? Nothing. Last month
the HCDCC gave Mark Lovelace a well-deserved unanimous endorsement. Cheryl
Seidner was not present and was given an endorsement without so much as one
question asked to her directly. Then she was a no show for the next
meeting.The HCDCC gave her their
blessing without even knowing her platform! (Cheryl should have been given this
endorsement on the fact that she is the only Democrat in the 1st
District willing to run.) I just think it was bad practice to judge Estelle so
harshly based on the messed up General Plan and her involvement with HumCPR.
Past Democrats who have been denied the HCDCC endorsement :
Duffy: Won 5th District Supervisor seat.
Bass: Won 4th District Supervisor seat.
Marks for 4th District Supervisor: Sitting Harbor Commissioner.
Fennell for 2nd District Supervisor: TBD
Higgins for 5th District Supervisor: Sitting Harbor Commissioner.
Dikeman, Paul Hagen, Kathleen Bryson and Allison Jackson for District
Attorney: Really started the bad precedent of endorsing one Democrat over
Wilson: won County Assessor seat.
Wolford: Former Eureka City Councilperson.
Leonard: 2 term Eureka City Councilperson.
Brady: Won Eureka City Council race.
Wheetley: Won Arcata City Council race.
Curless: Won Harbor District race. (Note: Kind of funny really. Roy was the
Chair of the HCDCC in the 60’s!)
Hauser: 14 year Assemblyman for the 1st District! Lifelong
Ollivier: Lost Harbor District race.
Collen: Sitting Northern Humboldt Union High School District Trusteee.
Pigg: Sitting Northern Humboldt Union High School District Trusteee.
The above Democrats
have over 400 years’ combined experience as Democrats! Not good enough for this
Now here is the list
of Democrats found worthy of being endorsed by the HCDCC and lost!
1.Bonnie Neely: Only a Democrat for a short time,
but embraced as champion for the progressives. A Republican for many years. The
only race she ever lost was as a Democrat.
2.Patrick Cleary:First foray into politics. Was a great candidate and
came up just short.
3.Estelle Fennell: She had the problem of people on the
HCDCC running her opponents campaign!
4.Pat Higgins: Did not give Pat the resources to
unseat Jill Geist.
5.Peter LeValley: Lost mayor race twice. Neither time
was he given the resources to run viable campaigns. True progressive. Made bad
6.Nan Abrams: Where was the help from the HCDCC?
7.Ron Kuhnel: Ran for Eureka City Council 2 times.
Great Candidate who lacked resources from HCDCC. Knee injury may have cost him
this last race. (Limited his walking which he was doing really well.)
8.Charlene Cutler-Ploss: Lost to Jeff Leonard for Eureka City
9.Larry Glass: He was a huge front runner that lost
to new comer. Terrible campaign.
10.George Clark: Bonnie Neely was campaign chair.
11.Jon Brooks:Another time and place, he might have
haters. Just observations from the political peanut gallery! I find it kind of funny that my readership triples everytime the subject is the HCDCC. People are curious how this organization works. You have to agree there is some heavy disconnects. Really it is about partisan politics splitting hairs. All of the above have the same basic core social values held by all Democrats. Just saying.
New ball fields in Eureka? In the early stages, but BLD's is putting together a proposal for Eureka. The BLD in Redding has 5 all weather artificial turfed baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, roller hockey, beach volleyball, basketball, batting cages, walking trail, playground, arcade, bar and grill and so much more. Shasta county has around 177,000 population and Humboldt 135,000 so maybe a BLD lite will do. So all you ball players from ages 5 to 100 get ready to lobby hard if we get a chance!
The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) is at it again. They decided to not endorse the only Democrat running in the 2nd District Supervisor race. Why? Because of her involvement with Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights (HumCPR). Seems that members of the HCDCC are afraid of uncontrolled growth in Rural property. Did anyone point specifically what they were in disagreement with her? Of course not. That would be relevant. What percentage of the people in Humboldt County care about the General plan or even know there is one? There are over 600 pages of documents to the Humboldt County General plan and I would guess very few in the room have actually read and understand the document. Estelle is a sitting HCDCC member and will be serving another term. That should make things awkward. Sitting 5th District Harbor Commissioner Patrick Higgins barely was elected as an associate. That is whole story in itself.
The HCDCC E-Board is unraveling. Chair Milt Boyd announced his stepping down in June. Vice Chair Chris Beresford also announced her resignation. I haven't always agreed with either of them but respect them none the less. They are good people and will be sorely missed.
Sometimes politics just suck. The Humboldt County Democratic
Central Committee (HCDCC) is supposed to promote democrats that want to run for
public office and nurture their campaigns. I joined this committee in the 90’s
and worked at just that, helping Democrats.Phone banking, precinct captain, registration drives, tabled fairs, fund
raising and all things Democrat. I went to work for the Association of Western
Pulp and Paper Workers for a 5 year term to organize workers and help them
actualize a living wage and was highly successful at that. I came back to
Humboldt and ran for county Supervisor and could not get the “new” HCDCC
endorsement. The new members did not endorse the only Democrat in the race but
individually 17 out of the 23 HCDCC endorsed a Republican and created a
Political Action Committee named Democrats for Neely that was chaired by local
Democratic “Carl Rove” type Greg Conners. I cried foul and was called a
whiner.I was challenged to join the
committee and change them from the inside. So I did join and was the top vote
getter in subsequent election cycles. I resigned under ugly circumstances after
a mob gathering organized by Larry Glass complained about my involvement in
helping lifelong Democrat Marian Brady unseat Larry for Eureka City Council. I
was actually bullied to resign. I recently decided that was not the way I
wanted to go out, so I am expressing my Democratic right to run for a seat on
the Central Committee.
I am a Lifelong Liberal Working Class Democrat.I am antiwar, pro-gay, pro-choice, pro worker
and have proven that on many marches and rallies.
Now my Complaint. Three of the people that are running for
the 4th District HCDCC seats are passing out literature that claims
they are the only Democrats with “Democratic
Values” and claim that their party
is in danger of being taken over by “Pseudo-Democrats” that support “Privileged over People” and endorse
and work for “Republican-Like
Aren’t the Democrats supposed to be all about inclusion? And
before you point out the stick in the other 5 candidates’ eyes, shouldn’t you
pull the stake out of your own?I really
hope these 3 unnamed candidates lose.
Stopped in Willits for lunch on the way back from Sactown the other day and ordered the big Redwood Burger on the menu. The waitress looked at me and said it was really big. I was really hungry and went ahead and ordered it. Ridiculously huge. It looked like one of those challenge to eat sized burger. If you are really hungry and are in the area, go for it!
Humboldt Senior Resource Center was the latest stop for what
Susan Adams refers to the “dirty dozen” candidates running for the 2nd
District Congressional seat. But alas,
Jared Huffman was once again a no show for a debate held in Humboldt. Guess the
Heir Apparent really doesn’t like it here in Humboldt. And that is the kind of
representation you will get if you vote for him. He might not be too popular in
Sonoma County either with Native Americans and Union workers because of his
opposition to the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria casino project in
Rohnert Park. To be fair, Brooke Clark was also not able to attend.
But 10 of the other candidates who did show up to this forum
moderated by the League of Women Voters were vocal and opinionated. Here are some
Andy Caffery:“I would rather have the Government
between me and Heath care provider than multinational Corporations between me
and my Heath Care provider!” Wants a New Green America and climate change to be
addressed. Not into reforming Healthcare, but rather shifting to a new paradigm
of being part of a community of wellness. Need clean food. Pointed out that as
of now over ½ of America lives lower middle class and below.
Susan Adams: “Send
a nurse to the White House to heal!” She says she is battle tested with
experience money can’t buy. Need a wage ordinance for In Home Health Services.
Has vast knowledge of all health care issues. Would like to see us “Get out of
Cars” and has been on forefront of ways to do that with environmental reforms.
Tiffany Renee: “I
will work hard for you!” Would like us to stop funding military and start
funding programs for health reform. Member of the Sonoma County Transit “Go
Green” committee. Universal health coverage. Advocate for “Age in Place.” Like to see
seniors retrained and brought back into work environment.
“I want to rebuild the Middle Class.” Need to go green as far as
transportation. Congress is presently giving no solutions. Used to be able to
build relationships at the Capitol with handshakes. Now no trust. Need to enable seniors to go back to work.
Need to have “Faith in Democracy.” He feels public transportation is not
working and federal government should not be “Let off the hook.” Has been a
proponent for single payer health care for decades. Wants to create a “New Real
Healthy Society.” Supports “Green New
“No Bail Outs!” He goes to DC 5 times a year and understands the processes.
Says he is a moderate on social issues. Need
community based solutions.
Larry Fritzlan: “I
will piss people off back there!” (Washington) “Democracy Rocks!” He says Washington is a
mess and he will fix things by taking money out of politics. Both parties to
William Courtney:“We need term limits and fresh faces.” We
need new ways to do business. Supports clean energy act. Magnetic and electric transportation
in need. Need to address the 3 million seniors
living in poverty. Supports marijuana use for Alzheimer patients. Also supports
the use of organics for healing people.
“We are the first generation that will leave the environment worse that when we
entered.” Need to live and work longer. Can’t keep kicking the can down the
road as far as federal programs. Need local control when it comes to
“We need to take care of each other.” Need to stop military spending and Tax
Corporations. Need military peace conversion. He harvests wild sea weed.
(I think Andy Caffery kicked buttocks at this forum. )