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The third in the series of four interviews with the DA candidates on KHSU – 7:00 p.m. tonight.  Will be a call-in format as usual.

I’ve already interviewed Elan Firpo and Arnie Klein.  You can listen to those interviews and last week’s candidate forum at the Arcata Community Center on the KHSU archives.  I will be interviewing Maggie Fleming on April 24.

I was in Sohum on Tuesday evening and didn’t see any D.A. candidate signs anywhere.  They’ve plastered Eureka.  Usually by now there would be Paul Gallegos signs all over the place in Sohum where he has always been very popular, even to ignore the endorsements of local leaders for other candidates (Estelle, for example, voted for a Democratic Party Central Committee endorsement of Allison Jackson – Sohum overwhelmingly voted for her, but didn’t follow her example).  But as of yet none of the new candidates has claimed the Sohum candidate mantle.  Sohum has been a factor in close elections before.  Will it adopt a candidate this time?

It does seem that the Gallegos model of priorities is now fixed – the mantra of all four candidates being, “Go after the cartel mega-grows, leave the ‘mom & pop’ grows alone when possible.”  Paul G. has apparently altered the political landscape on that issue.  Permanently.

So are there other issues of particular importance to Sohum?  Half the callers in my Arnie Klein interview were from Sohum.  What are your questions?  Post them here, and if you can’t call in tonight I’ll ask them for you.



It seems like we just reelected Paul.  Was it three years ago already?

My good friend John is already posting news of a potential new candidate.

Rose is still talking about “how bad it is” – the sky perpetually falling.  She’s not quite predicting Paul’s demise at this point, but considering “how bad it is,” his only chance is if nobody wants the position because – it’s all so bad.  She’s been writing his political epitaph for years now, and maybe it’ll apply this time.  Or the next time.  Or the next.

The TS reports on it, and the precinct voting report is in.

Jackson took Fortuna, and also Eureka.  Where are the Eureka progressives who used to vote in Kerrigan and defeat WalMart?  Have they converted?  Moved away?

There are already angry anti-Sohum comments attached to the article.

Addendum: Of course, the Mirror is on it – cheerful as ever.

A, sort of, controversy is brewing about Paul Gallegos at the Arcata Eye and a couple of the conservative blogs.  I think the two points being made are that a campaign-related email was sent to the various local media from the D.A. office, and that the email did not only contain the press release itself (consisting of a thank you to his volunteers and supporters), but a string of emails from campaign workers which indicate that Paul had help from his campaign writing a thank you to his volunteers.

Sending a campaign related email from the government office itself may be a violation of campaign laws. Though so far none of the sites has cited a specific provision, my general knowledge is that incumbents are supposed to keep the office itself completely free from campaign related activity, especially anything amounting to fund raising.  Kevin quotes Richard Salzman indicating in one of his emails that it will be easier for him to raise money once the thank you notice is published, ergo, it is a campaign fund raising letter.

It was emailed on November 12 at 10:28 a.m. using a government email address.  What if the email was sent remotely from away from the office?  Is it illegal to use the email address itself?  I don’t know.  But I think it would be a stretch to say that Richard’s remark (“But getting this out now will make it easier for me to raise money”) transforms a simple thank you into a fund raising letter.  I assume that someone will post some text from the applicable laws so we can evaluate it for ourselves.  Anyone who is alarmed anyway, as it seems pretty trivial to me.

On the other hand, allowing even trivial violations could lead to bigger ones.  So has this happened before?  Would anyone have noticed the email address of origin but for the email thread contained therein?

Kevin spends more time on criticism that Paul is not writing his campaign statements by himself because there will be a longer editorial which Michael Evenson will help him write.  Apparently Allison and all the other candidates write everything on their own?  I guess that’s the implication.

In any case, due to a bit of carelessness we’re treated to a little bit of behind the scenes sausage making.

The Humboldt Mirror has it up, and of course WatchPaul.

Yes, the 2014 campaign has begun!


Just a little caveat here.  Elizabeth Connor, whom I respect, misattributes in her posted email the quote “Don’t mourn, organize” to Mother Jones.  It is actually attributed (though slightly misquoting him) to Joe Hill, the IWW organizer accused, probably falsely, of murder and executed.  His last letter to fellow organizer “Big” Bill Haywood read in part as follows:

“Goodbye Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don’t waste any time in mourning. Organize… Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don’t want to be found dead in Utah.”

I don’t know.  Maybe Mother Jones said it too.

Allison Jackson submitted her op ed piece.

Paul Gallegos has his up.

Jeff Schwarz then wrote a piece encouraging Hagen voters to support Paul G.

Paul Hagen then chimed in in response to Schwarz’ letter.  He does not endorse Allison Jackson, but he slams Paul G.  He definitely held back last spring!

You can comment in response to the articles online.

Also on the Eye site – a slew of letters, many of them about the D.A. race.  It does seem that next to the NCJ the Eye does receive the best letters, or is willing to publish them.  It reminds me of the AVA in the golden years.

This time I have the poster.


From the Gallegos campaign:

Gallegos Benefit and Celebration at Beginnings

Remember when democracy won in Humboldt?

Paul Gallegos stood tall, shoulder to shoulder with you and your neighbors, protecting our land and our elections against the largest corporation in the land!

Feel the love again October 23 at a benefit to re-elect District Attorney Paul Gallegos at the Beginnings “Octagon” in Briceland, 6-11pm.

Featuring the funky, soulful beats of Blue Rhythm Revue and opening with the Solitary Men, a Neil Diamond cover band. Dinner prepared by Sue Maloney, serving local beer wine, and silent auction.

Admission is sliding scale $10-$100 plus $10 for dinner. Tickets can be purchased at Works in Arcata and Eureka, at the campaign headquarters 321 Third St. Eureka and at Blue Moon Gift Shop in Garberville.

For more information contact: Natalynne at the campaign headquarters 442-9600 or email:

Sponsored by the HGA


Additionally from the campaign – events up north this weekend:


Women’s Music Night:   “Music to uplift the mind and soul”

Saturday, October 16 at 7:30pm at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 9th Street in Arcata.

The event will feature music all by female performers including: Yemaya and Friends, Gabrielle & Tiffany, Sik-Sa-Po, Lyndsey Battle, Vidagua, and Courtney Weaver.

The minimum requested donation is $10 per person. Doors will open at 7:00pm and friends, family and neighbors are welcome. Come join us in a celebration of music and women.

Visit for more information or call 442.9600.


Community Clothing Swap

Sunday October 17, 12:00pm-4:00pm at the Arcata Playhouse 1251 9th Street Arcata, CA.

Bring your gently used clothing and exchange them for “new to you” clothes. All remaining clothing will be donated to local charities.

A minimum donation of $5 is requested at the door.

Your generous donation supports the re-election of Paul Gallegos for District Attorney.

Donations to the Gallegos campaign can be made online at

From the Gallegos campaign (and also published in the Times Standard and this week’s Redwood Times):

I want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made our spring campaign a success. It would not have been possible without each and every one of you who volunteered, donated and endorsed. Thank you for all you have given and the many hours of hard work and dedication you selflessly gave over the last several months. It is the sum of your very efforts that made our campaign successful.

I am grateful for the votes and affirmation I received, and to those who did not vote for me, I want you to know that I have heard your voices and I intend to redouble my efforts to earn your votes in November.

Joanie and I moved here about 15 years ago, and fell in love with this remarkable community. Eight years ago I ran for district attorney on a platform of Justice For All — including those historically neglected by the justice system such as children, victims of domestic violence, people of color, and victims of corporate fraud — and for modernization. It’s hard to believe now, but when I inherited the office, criminal case information was kept on index cards– not computers.

Since then, my office has aggressively prosecuted the powerful — even when it’s been unpopular. My office prosecuted Maxxam/PL on evidence of fraud. We prosecuted Blue Lake’s police chief for multiple felonies including illegal weapons. We prosecuted an oil company and won a major settlement to protect our drinking water.

But universal justice is not universally popular, and some would rather go back to how things used to be. This would be a mistake.

When I came to office, the murder of Blue Lake teen Curtis Huntzinger was still unsolved after 18 years. It was presumed to be unsolvable. But my investigators cracked the case and obtained a full confession from his murderer, Steven Daniel Hash.

During the campaign, one of my opponents made the disturbing accusation that I had let a child abuser off with a slap on the wrist. It was odd because she, under the previous office, had handled the case back in 2000, and should have known the original sentence was overturned on appeal; my office had to re-prosecute it anew in 2004, and the perpetrator was sentenced to eight years in prison.

I’ll be the first to admit how much I’ve learned in the past eight years. Delivering justice to all is not easy. Behind the big publicity stories are thousands of small success stories and dozens of daily tragedies. We can’t bring back loved ones — but we can prosecute to the full extent of the law with the best evidence we have, which is what we do.

We cannot go back to how things were; the improvements and progress we’ve achieved over the last eight years are simply too precious to give up.

I ask for your support on my campaign as we move toward a November victory. For more information, go to

Paul V. Gallegos is the Humboldt County district attorney.


Rose is suggesting it may be an “official” blog of some sort, but it’s been opened by Michael Evanson, who is a Gallegos supporter and not formally associated with the office.  Thanks to Rose, however, for bringing it to my attention.

From the Gallegos campaign:

Dear Friends,

I’d like to invite you to an upcoming event this Friday May 21:

WoMama brings Worldbeat/Afro-Dance to Blue Lake 8pm.  Support Paul Gallegos as he runs for re-election to Humboldt County District Attorney.  Wallace & Hinz, 100 Taylor Way, Blue Lake.

Local beer, wine and oysters. Music. Dancing. Auctions. $15 at the door.

Please join us for fun and festivities!

For more information or to RSVP click here: or, or call 442.9600,  so we can plan for oysters accordingly.

We’d love to see you there!

–Natalynne and the Citizens to Re-elect District Attorney Paul Gallegos 2010


June 2020