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He replaces Clif-appointed Mel Kreb.
Mr. Morris, a professional forester, is known for his lawsuit against the federal government alleging that certain portions of the Endangered Species Act amount to a property “taking.”
He is also the agent for process for HumCPR, and serves as the organization’s treasurer.
He has recently served on the Grand Jury.
I’ll post more information as I get it.
Aside from a few letters of unnecessary tone from both sides, I’ve really appreciated the Second District Supervisor discussion this time around. We have some very articulate writers. Some long winded (including me – I didn’t realize quite how long winded until I saw how much space I took up in the paper, and believe it or not I condensed!). Some very thoughtful. Some not so thoughtful. Anyway, The Redwood Times has its letters up. I wrote a separate letter for each paper, and unfortunately the Independent isn’t yet online and I keep forgetting to thumb drive the first letter from my offline computer.
Unfortunately, that’s as far as the links go. There were some great letters over the past month.
So what will happen on Tuesday? I’ll give you my predictions on Monday evening.
Addendum: The Arcata Eye was kind enough to compile its letters of support for candidates. None in the Second District. Lots of support for Mark.
Second addendum: More letters from this week’s paper.
I know it tends to be feast or famine for my posting on anything lately. I hadn’t posted in almost a week, but today I’ve posted three times. I’ve a fairly full schedule, so I have to make hay when the sun shines.
First of all, tonight on the HumCPR show Charley will host a discussion with both Clif and Estelle about General Plan and other land use issues. That’s on KMUD at 7:00 p.m., and it’s a call-in show.
Don’t miss the debate at the Mateel this Sunday, with all of the information through this link. I am billed as a moderator, but Ed will be handling it alone as I’m committed to coach an Indoor Soccer double-header due to changes in scheduling. Ed is more than capable, and it should be a great debate. It will be simulcast on KMUD beginning at 3 p.m.
A little bit of controversy with the Democratic Central Committee last night, at least as far as Richard Marks is concerned. I wasn’t there, and I haven’t heard anything other than what is reported by Richard, but he seems to feel that Estelle was denied an endorsement because of her affiliation with HumCPR. Clif doesn’t qualify for endorsement as a member of the DTS Party, and Richard feels that as the only Democrat in the race she should have received the endorsement.
In the thread he complains that Roy Curliss was denied the endorsement several years ago (when running against Carlos Quilez, a liberal Republican (a dying breed) for the same reason (and I don’t recall Carlos getting the Republican endorsement – probably over the same issue).
Policies around development are a source of division in counties around the state, and Democrats tend to favor controlled growth advocates in their endorsements to the disappointment of union reps who emphasize jobs. It’s not a new issue locally or statewide, but I expect that HCDCC elections to become a little more politicized for awhile.
Lastly, although I’m now thoroughly bored with the topic, the billboard controversy is apparently covered in the Beacon-insert of today’s Times Standard. I can’t find it online, but if I do I’ll link to it. From what I’ve heard, it adds nothing new to the story.
Again, there are at least half a dozen ways to cheat on these polls, and even if nobody cheats or rallies to “freep” them, the polls are only an indication of the sentiments of those who read blogs and respond to polls – which may not be anywhere close to representative of voters as a whole. Moreover, I have no way of limiting the responses to the districts in question or even the county. To quote Brit Hume, these polls may be “indicative of something.” If that. I post them out of pure curiosity, and for discussion purposes.
And of course today’s Kick-Off event is just a couple of hours away.
Addendum: Just checked my email and found the press release.
Estelle Fennell, Redway resident and former HumCPR Executive Director, will formally announce her campaign for Second District Supervisor on Thursday September 22nd.
Estelle, who has received numerous awards in recognition of her decades-long service to her community, has a proven track record of doing the hard work and making the tough choices required of a good leader. Her strong desire to help has benefited residents throughout the district and beyond during times of emergency and natural disaster and has helped it through the numerous challenges that can face a rural county like Humboldt. She has been a tireless, strong leader fighting for our rights at the county level.
Estelle decided to run because she cares deeply about the 2nd District and is concerned that our current Supervisor has not effectively addressed the many larger issues facing the 2nd District much less the day-to-day issues/concerns brought forward by his constituents.
“Again and again, from Fortuna to Garberville and everywhere in between, countless Second District residents have told me that they do not feel well served at the County level. They are genuinely concerned that the current Supervisor is not a strong enough representative for these challenging times,” she said. “The Second District deserves better, Humboldt County deserves better.”
Longtime local rancher Joe Russ also thinks it?s time for a change; “We need a Supervisor who is willing to take a stand for our community. I am very confident that Estelle is up to the task.”
Karyn Lee-Thomas, owner of Redway based Signature Coffee Company who has known Estelle for years, remarked, “I can not think of anyone that would be more fair, open-minded and dedicated. I can only envision a positive change for the entire county with Estelle as our Supervisor.”
During her announcement Estelle will lay out her priorities as Supervisor and how important it is to have a strong and effective leader given the critical issues facing the 2nd District and Humboldt County as a whole.
Estelle will kick off her campaign at 11:45 AM this Thursday, September 22nd at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Fortuna. Later on Thursday residents of the Garberville Redway area will have a chance to meet the candidate at her Southern Kick-off event in the Garberville Town Square beginning at 5:00 p.m.
[Estelle currently serves on several Board of Directors including: the Briceland Volunteer Fire Department, the Healy Senior Center, the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Preservation Society and the Mainstream Media Project. She is also a Southern Humboldt representative on the KEET Community Advisory Board and is a founding member and Co-Administrator of SoHum Awareness (a web-based community safety service) as well as former News Director of KMUD (1990 - 2007)]
The Lost Coast Outpost has the story and press release. By all accounts, the relationship remains amicable. They are sorry to see her go. She cites as her intention to explore new opportunities to serve her community.