What is a washed up career politician to do when the sweet nourishing milk from the generous taxpayers’ teats runs dry?
Former Fourth District Supervisor Bonnie Neely, made jobless by voters in November’s election, might have her eye on the lucrative pot industry. Why not? Former Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan made the transition easily to medical marijuana advocate. It must pay something since his less-than-successful consulting business has waned in recent years.
“Doing nothing is not an option,” said county Supervisor Bonnie Neely, who supports the Humboldt growers’ plan in concept but is uncertain how large a scale of growing the county should allow. “This is a major part of our economy. I just don’t think we can let Oakland or anyone else just become the leader.”
Whatever the scale, we’re guessing Neely believes it should be big enough to include and pay her.
The article is an interesting read, but we’re overcome with that strange sense of deja vu and confusion in trying to divine what exactly is our DA’s stance on Prop. 19.
Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos, the only prosecutor in California to publicly endorse Proposition 19, the initiative voters defeated Nov. 2 that would have made recreational pot legal, says it is time that Humboldt legitimizes the trade “that permeates our society.”
Paul, in clear English, told KSLUG newsman John Matthews in the interview before the Nov. 2 election that “I’ve chosen not to endorse it.” But spent several futile minutes trying to explain that he still supports it and may vote for it too.
Maybe Hecht was confused by Paul’s doublespeak that you can support, but not endorse, or endorse something, but not support it, or endorse the support of something. It’s understandable. It’s all so complicated.
It’s also possible that Paul just can’t quit lying and that what he really wants are people in Sacramento to know what a cutting edge and daring politician he thinks he is by endorsing the medical marijuana initiative? (Pssst. Just don’t tell the pot growing voters who supported and voted to put him in office that he actually endorsed it because they may demand a recall. Nah, just kidding.)
It’s quite possible that recently re-elected and seemingly undefeatable Blue Dog Democrat Mike Thompson will seriously outdo Santa this year if the North Coast’s Congressional representative can deliver on the millions in earmarks he requested for 2010.
According to this D.C. pork watchdog group, Thompson’s appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means and House Intelligence committees might be paying big dividends for pet projects in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Yolo and Sacramento counties.
The most recent list of pork requests from Thompson includes 125 projects for more than $389 million.
And they all aren’t for the snobby St. Helena Wine Country area were Thompson calls home when he’s not at his U.S. Capitol office. There is a $5 million request for Eureka’s St. Joseph Hospital’s massive seismic retrofit and new tower construction, as well as $1.5 million request for the Martin Slough Interceptor project to upgrade outdated and aging infrastructure for future growth in south Eureka.
The largest earmark is a $80 million request for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. Saving salmon is a good thing. There is also a $29 million request for the Napa River Flood Control Project. Can’t argue with that one on it’s face.
The least spendy request came in for a paltry $100,000 to study the flood protection for the aging levee that may or may not protect Orick and its treasure of burl carvings in the event of the next big flood. Seems that Congress could scrape that up with change under a few of its couches cushions.
Of course, there are some questionable stuff such as the $2.5 million request for the Viticulture Consortium that funds grant research to enhance the “competitiveness of the grape and grape products industries.”
While Mike voted against the tax cut “deal” on Dec. 17 because, in part, “it puts $1 trillion dollars on the nation’s credit card, adding to our national debt,” he apparently doesn’t feel the nearly half billion dollars he’s requested is adding to that debt too much. Nor do we. Show us the money Mike!
If you woke up today and found funding in your budget for one of these projects, Merry Christmas! If not, there’s always the 2011 session of Congress and a whole new list of earmarks.
With all of the free time on her hands following her recent loss in an unsuccessful bid for a 37th term as Fourth District Supervisor, Neely can finally get back to basics: Sharing a home-cooked meal with friends. Soaking in all of those sweet holiday festivities. Planning world domination. Yadda yadda yadda…
The 2008 measures ostensibly aimed at halting the military recruitment of minors were formally inducted into the crapheap of legal history after being shot down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
No surprises there. The incompatibility of the “Youth Protection Act” with the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution was known before the ballots were even printed.
Read the full decision here.
Well someone’s having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit.
Fortunately, even in these sad times, our hope is renewed by the commitment our “progressive” friends demonstrate once again to peace, love and participatory democracy.
By the way, we agree with HumHon.
We begin with a correction.
A post a few days back said Mark Lovelace’s gift for self-promotion went “entirely unappreciated” by our neighbors to the north who pooh-poohed his written request that basically everyone, everywhere, back his nomination to the California Coastal Commission.
In fact, his extraordinary suck-up skills left an impression after all, although perhaps not the one he intended.
It turns out he and his letter were a topic of some discussion at Tuesday’s meeting of the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors.
Reports the Crescent City Triplicate:
Two men from Humboldt told the Del Norte supervisors Tuesday that they opposed Lovelace’s nomination. During the public comment period, one man said he wants a leader with a more balanced point of view, noting that Lovelace is an environmental consultant.
Sullivan said he’s disturbed by rumblings that Lovelace has tried to fast-track his appointment and hasn’t followed the proper nomination process.
“Supervisor Lovelace seems to have hijacked that process and kind of jumped the gun,” Sullivan said. “There needs to be a reminder that the North Coast representative represents three counties, not just one.”
Not to worry.
The Del Norte supes voted unanimously Tuesday to nominate one of their own, Supervisor Martha McClure. Crescent City previously pledged to support whomever the county board put forward.
The Triplicate added,
If appointed by the governor, McClure said she will represent the North Coast by trying to find solutions that are agreeable to both sides of any issue.
Lovelace said if he’s appointed he’ll give himself another man makeover, maybe do something brand new with the beard, and buy a stack of the smartest neckties Kohl’s little boys section has in stock.
Okay, okay, not really. But the fact remains: No matter how you dress this guy up, he’s an idealogue who already has one bully pulpit too many.
Double-spank update: Local mayors hate him too!
Dorothy, you’re not in Arcata anymore.
Read Driscoll’s whiny Times-Standard article here.
Okay, FYI, for all you literalists out there, we do actually know the 12 days of Christmas don’t start for another 10 or so days. But really. Who wants to see a bunch of Christmas crap after the holiday? Not us. And–we’re guessing–not our good friend dog, for whom we have left a delicate morsel on the sign holding the money pot.
Subtle, yes? Palm trees. To you. From us. With love and such.
Today was the last Board of Supervisors meeting for Bonnie Neely, who was kicked to the curb by Fourth District voters after 24 loooooong years in office.
There were water works o’ plenty in the board chamber this morning, some of it sincere, as political types bade farewell to one of the most polaraizing figures in Humboldt County history.
It was also the last meeting for the Fifth District’s Jill Duffy, who stepped aside after two terms.
To her, we say goodbye.
To the other, good God it’s about time.
Mark Lovelace’s gift for self-promotion went entirely unappreciated by the Crescent City Council which, after he sent a request for support of his nomination to the California Coastal Commission, voted instead to back someone–or actually anyone–else.
[Crescent City Manager Rod] Butler said the city received a letter from Humboldt County 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace asking for support. Humboldt supervisors nominated Lovelace last week.
Instead, the City Council decided to send a letter to the governor supporting whomever the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors chooses to nominate.
You can’t fault the little guy for having big dreams, but this power-grabbiness is not a good look.
Rex Bohn has reportedly taken one for the team and withdrawn from the Eureka City Council appointment process. Ron Pierre is still in the hunt, and Jeff Lamoree is as well.
The likable Lamoree has been the president of the Sequoia Zoo Foundation for many years, although the Times-Standard reports he plans to step down from that role at the end of the year.
The T-S also says Lamoree reported being “encouraged” to apply for the seat. We might describe it more like being drafted, but no point niggling over terminology.
This one’s a no-brainer for us. Forget ideology. Forget partisanship. Forget everything except this: A man no one likes vs. a man everyone loves.
The only thing better than a Lamoree appointment would be a grip of hot chicks and a PBR kegerator at council meetings.
Try not to screw this one up, guys.
The Humboldt Mirror’s crack team of investigative reporters has learned that Eureka Mayor Frank Jager has asked Ron Pierre to apply to fill Jager’s vacated 4th ward city council seat.
Pierre, a Republican, recently managed Allison Jackson’ s unsuccessful attempt to unseat District Attorney and Worldclass Douchebag Paul Gallegos.
Certainly there will be other applicants as well, but this one’s likely to be none too popular among our already beleaguered prog friends.
Hugs anyway! You might need them!!