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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:


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:

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.”

From her campaign:

My constituents wanted rain and I delivered.  So please join me today on the County Courthouse steps from 12:00-12:30 as I announce my intention to seek re-election for Humboldt County 4th District Supervisor.

I’m hoping to have as many supporters there as possible and I promise to be brief with my comments. Thank you for your support.

May close campuses at Ft. Bragg and Garberville.

Thanks to LCO for reporting.


February 2014