Well, to quote the Austrian Emperor in Amadeus:  “There it is.”Eco News Cover  You can click on it to enlarge.

Sharon Latour

Thursday, March 20 at 12:00 pm at the Courthouse in Eureka.


As your Fifth District Supervisor I will be a careful steward of Humboldt County. I will work hard everyday to protect our quality of life and the quality of life for generations to come. I have the integrity to stand up for our vision. But standing up for our vision is not enough. It will take diligent teamwork and experienced leadership to make that vision real. I have the experience and skills need to move us forward into a better future.

Please come join me as we officially launch the campaign!

As we’ve discussed before, it’s not indicative of the voting populace in general, but let’s see who does best with the blogosphere.

Times Standard poll.

The Rational HippieMy guest on All Things Reconsidered will be Saul of Hearts, a self-described “hippie,” writers, yoga teacher, and musician who authored a Slate article with the above title.  I am not bringing him on as a genetic science expert or anything like that – just an educated and thoughtful man who has put some effort into the issue and drawn conclusions which are not currently shared by most others of his cultural demographic.  I asked him to join us precisely because he shares the values of most of the listenership, and speaks its language.  My hope is to have a fruitful discussion from which we can all learn.

Date is March 20, time is 7:00 p.m., and please call in to participate.

As homework, you might want to read his article.

I expect the discussion to be lively, but also respectful.  I mean, I know that we’ll probably hear from the Illuminati conspiracy theory set and all, but I also know that there are some very intelligent and knowledgeable listeners who are very committed to the eradication of GMO’s, and I’m hoping they will call in as well.

The image is the cover from his latest book, the e-version of which can be obtained free until tomorrow (Saturday, March 15)!

Last week I interviewed Elan Firpo on KHSU, and you can listen to it on the archives.

Tonight I’m interviewing Arnie Klein.

On March 27 I will interview Allan Dollison.  Maggie Fleming will join me on April 24.

KHSU will also be hosting a DA candidates forum on March 20.

All shows at 7:00 p.m.  All will be available on the archives until the election.

Addendum:  Archives link

As always, I am an equal opportunity campaign announcement poster.  Any candidate for local office who wants something posted should send it to me.

On Friday, March 7th, Humboldt County 4th generation native Chris Kerrigan will be announcing his intention to run for the 4th district Board of Supervisors seat on the front stairs of the Humboldt County Elections office. Chris Kerrigan and his campaign staff will be holding a press announcement ceremony at 12:15pm. 

We need supporters such as yourselves to accompany us at this event! The more supporters we have, the better. This is an important moment for Chris’s campaign. It will be a great start to a great campaign, and we couldn’t do it without his supporters. Please join us while Chris speaks to the public and the press about his candidacy.

Chris is currently a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and Keep Eureka Beautiful. As Eureka City Councilmember (2000-2008), Chris focused on economic development, public safety and planning to create a livable, walkable community. He plans to bring these values to the Board of Supervisors. Chris’s priorities are expansion of air service, development of short sea shipping and completion of trails from Arcata to King Salmon.

DATE: Friday, March 7th

TIME: 12:15 PM

LOCATION: Front stairs of the Humboldt County Elections Office, 3033 H Street Eureka, CA 95501 (Corner of H St & Harris St.)

Thank you and I hope to see you all there!

Mitra Abidi

Campaign Manager

Addendum:   LoCo’s report.

And video:

He’s running for Supervisor, not Mayor of Eureka.

And Ryan Sundberg has an opponent as well  in Rev. Sharon Latour.

Looks like we’re in for a real election campaign.

Addendum:  I’ve been informed that the Rev. Sharon Latour is connected to Sohum – formerly the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Garberville.

As always, I am an equal-opportunity campaign announcement poster.  I will post as I receive them – no endorsement implied.

We have an opponent!

That means it’s time to put it into high gear and leave our opponent in the rear view mirror

Please join us for some fantastic finger foods, lively libations and magical music as we kick-off the 2014 campaign fundraising efforts to re-elect 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass!

No live auction to sit through, but there will be a small silent auction and a big donation jar to fill before the evening is over

$25 will get you in the door, but please feel free to make a larger contribution if you are able

When: Friday, March 7th from 5-7 pm

Where: Eureka Women’s Club

1531 J Street in Eureka

Contributions can be made via my website: democracy.com/virginiabass


P.O. Box 6095 – Eureka, Ca 95502

please make your checks payable to: “Bass 4 Supervisor 2014”


at the door

Please remember that for any donation of $100 or greater, election laws require your name, address, occupation and employer

We hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it, please consider a donation

Tuesday’s meeting didn’t happen due to a lack of quorum.  Tonight’s could be as contentious as last week’s.  This from The Alliance for Ethical Business:

With barely 24-hours’ notice, the Planning Commission has announced it will revisit what was a unanimous decision by the previous Planning Commission to protect our viewsheds from billboard blight along Humboldt Bay and other scenic areas in the County.

Considering that in the past few weeks, this Planning Commission has slashed protections for streams and wetlands, eliminated the Countywide trail system from the Open Space Element, and weakened the goal supporting Community Forests, one can only guess that the majority will be more than willing to gut the policies regulating billboards.

The policy unanimously supported by the Commission in June 2011 (SR-SXX) would require permits for new billboards, as well as expansion, repair, or re-construction of existing billboards.

Other policies that will be considered at tomorrow’s hearing include:

* Removal of billboards on public lands in the rail right-of-way between Arcata and Fields Landing (SR-P8)
* Removal of illegal billboards on lands under County jurisdiction (SR-P9)

Let the Planning Commission know what you think! Public comment for items on the agenda is generally near the beginning of the hearing, just after the general public comment (for items not on the agenda).

To submit a written comment, email: mrichardson@co.humboldt.ca.us.

If you can’t make it, you can watch it live on Access Humboldt or online at

Complete text of the policies that will be considered:

SR-SXX: Permits for Billboards. SR-SXX. Permits for Billboards. Require Conditional Use Permits and conformance to building, zoning and other local codes for construction of new billboards as well as expansion, repair, or re-construction of existing billboards. (unanimous)

SR-P8: Removal or Relocation of Billboards on Public Lands and Rights-of-Ways in the NWP Railroad ROW. Support efforts of public agencies, such as the NCRA and USFWS to remove or relocate billboards from their right-of-way between Fields Landing and Arcata on lands under their control. (3-2)

SR-P9: Removal of Illegal Billboards. Illegal billboards on property within County jurisdiction shall be removed through code enforcement. The County shall advocate for removal of illegal billboards in areas outside of County jurisdiction, including petitioning Caltrans’ Outdoor Advertising Office to remove illegal billboards along highways. (3-2)

They just cut out language with the goal of “a countywide trail system that meets future recreational and non-motorized transportation demands.” Gone.”

- Mark Lovelace

Hubris?  Or is this the will of the voters?

Mike Dronkers interviewed Mark Lovelace.

Lovelace added that people who should be concerned about trails in Humboldt aren’t being heard at these meetings. “They need to show up. Because right now, huge sweeping decisions are being made  by a planning commission with the complete absence of public input.”

Said Dan Ehresman of the Northcoast Environmental Center: 

“It was not unexpected that HumCPR founders sitting on the commission would go to the extreme of cutting regional trails and gutting the open space program. I am more disappointed in three of the five supervisors who voted to send it back to the commission.”

Addendum:  Mark Lovelace says that the General Plan Update process is now “completely corrupt.”

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