A modern classic from Captain Buhne. Thanks, friend!!
Fourth District harpy Bonnie Neely’s latest round of campaign filings contains a few interesting items.
Her FPPC form 460s show that recent contributors include:
- two Coastal Commissioners
- Pierson Building Supply (shocker!!)
- Blue Lake Rancheria (another $10 grand from those Fourth District folk)
- her estranged husband Terry Farmer
- her brother-in-law Neal Sanders
Add that to the pot of cash she got from the So Cal developer with matters pending before the California Coastal Commission she chairs, and what emerges is the distinct crest of one big effing wave of popularity.
It’s a shame she doesn’t surf.
By one calculation, of the $22,634 Neely raised in this reporting period, a whopping 4 percent came from people living in her district.
Just try feeling that love!
(Oh and by the way, she spent $4,000 of that money on the same Sacramento consultancy firm Patrick Cleary is using to sell us something we wouldn’t otherwise buy, and another $6,000 on that push poll we mentioned earlier. She may be unpopular, but she sure is distasteful!!)
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If you think the District Attorney’s race doesn’t matter, consider the following from Saturday’s Times-Standard regarding the Eureka man who was shot and killed Thursday by the Eureka Police Department:
This isn’t the first time [David] Sequoia has been in the public eye for a firearm-related incident. He was acquitted by a Humboldt County jury in October 2008 of a murder charge, stemming from the 2003 shooting death of Rex Shinn. Standing trial under the name of Barger, Sequoia was accused of shooting Shinn twice in the head and once in the neck with a .357 revolver at point blank range on the premises of a Southern Humboldt marijuana growing operation.
The jury acquitted Sequoia of a charge of first-degree murder, but hung on the lesser included offense of second-degree murder. In November 2008, Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney Max Cardoza announced that he had decided not to re-try Sequoia on the second-degree murder charge, saying jurors in the case told him that they were concerned about credibility issues with some of the prosecution’s key witnesses, many of whom had felony criminal records and were granted immunity in exchange for their testimony in the case.
According to court records, Sequoia also faced two other attempted murder charges and two allegations of felony assault in relation to a 2004 incident in which an alleged attempt to trade firearms for drugs went awry. One of the attempted murder charges was thrown out due to insufficient evidence in 2006, and it’s unclear what came of the other charges. A call placed to the prosecutor handling the case was not immediately returned by the Times-Standard’s deadline.
Sequoia was charged with one violent felony after another–including murder and attempted murder–and Gallegos gave us an acquittal, a hung jury, a thrown out charge and several more no one can even find while this guy runs through Eureka shooting at people in the middle of the day.
Sources inside the DA’s Office say Gags is filing every case he can get his hands on right now in an attempt to run his numbers up and make it look like he’s been doing something for the past 7 and a half years.
He’s been doing something all right.
Behold: This is it.
So to speak.
And no, that’s not a thinly veiled Hobart-Brown-Halloween-party-the-year-she-wore-the-naughty-nun-outfit reference.
Oh fuck it–yes it is. But bygones!
This week found our Bon Bon reportedly attending the 2-day Managing Technology conference at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.
Nice! Maybe she picked up some pointers on how to out pesky anonymous bloggers. Regardless, anyone want to guess who’s picking up the tab for this junket?
Good thing there’s no budget crunch!Thanks to our Sacramento correspondent for keeping us informed!!
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Oh and Bon Bon–a quick thought, if we may: When conducting super-stealthy push polls, it’s generally a good idea to avoid polling members of the opposition’s campaign team.
“Good afternoon, may I please speak with ____________?
My name is _____ with EMC Marketing. We are conducting a poll in Humboldt County and I would like to take a moment of your time and ask you a few questions. I won’t be selling you anything, but rather conducting an informational interview.
Are you a registered voter?
Will you be voting in the upcoming June primaries?
Do you feel Humboldt County is on the right track or the wrong track?
Do you feel that one of the most important issues in the upcoming elections is the cleanup of our environment?
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “not important” and 10 being “extremely important” to you – can you please tell me how you feel about the following subjects?
- Health care
- Grow houses
- Forest lands
For the following people and/or groups, please tell us whether you have an “unfavorable,” “neutral” or “positive” opinion of the following:
- Blue Lake Rancheria
- Sierra Club
- Rob Arkley
- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Wes Chesbro
- Patti Berg
- Paul Gallegos
In the upcoming Fourth District Supervisor’s race, how do you feel about the following candidates — “strongly unfavorable,” “unfavorable,” “neutral” or “positive” or “strongly positive”?
- Jeff Leonard
- Bonnie Neely
- Virginia Bass
Now we would like to ask you a series of questions. Please tell us which of these two statements best reflects your views:
A. Supervisor Bonnie Neely has been in office for 24 years, which is too long. She needs to go.
B. Supervisor Bonnie Neely works tirelessly for our community. She cleaned up Old Town Eureka. She protects our environment and built our library.
Which of those statements best reflects your views?
For the following questions, please tell us whether you have “strongly unfavorable,” “unfavorable,” “neutral” or “positive” or “strongly positive” opinion of the following statements:
Bonnie Neely started the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival, which brings in $3 million to our local community and many jobs.
Bonnie Neely believes in smart growth.
Bonnie Neely voted to increase her own salary.
Bonnie Neely has been in office for too long and should retire.
Bonnie Neely is the champion of protecting our environment by stopping the oil drilling off the Humboldt coastline.
Bonnie Neely stopped Wal-Mart.
Bonnie Neely brought forward the children’s health initiative, which gave 4,000 needy children health coverage.
Bonnie Neely is the chair of the California Coastal Commission.
Bonnie Neely switched political parties from Republican to Democrat, so she can’t be trusted if she changes her ideals.
Bonnie Neely will fight developers and demand a full clean up of our environment. She will fight the frivolous lawsuits that are delaying the clean up of our environment.
Now I’m going to change over to questions to Virginia Bass. Please tell us whether you have “strongly unfavorable,” “unfavorable,” “neutral” or “positive” or “strongly positive” opinion of the following statements:
Virginia Bass’ biggest supporter is Rob Arkley, a right-wing billionaire who is trying to buy the Humboldt County Supervisor race with thousands of dollars of contributions to Virginia.
Virginia Bass is a life-long resident who gives to our local community by being the former president of the Kiwanis, a board member of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Humboldt County Conventioneers Visitors Bureau.
Virginia Bass told the North Coast Journal, “I’ve never dealt with an environmental cleanup before.” She has mismanaged the cleanup of the Balloon Track.
Virginia Bass took a free ride on the Arkley jet, which she never reported, to attend a George W. Bush fundraiser.
Virginia Bass has served the City of Eureka well.
Virginia Bass allowed the City of Eureka spending to get out of control. She raised our taxes and cut funding to the Eureka Fire Department and Sequoia Zoo.
Virginia Bass is supported by 30 right-wing developers and businessmen who contributed over $300,000 to her campaign so they can influence loose environmental laws, increase forest clear-cutting and build more houses.
Virginia Bass says it’s time for a change.
Virginia Bass is a lifelong resident with deep roots to our community, whose family owned OH’s Townhouse.
If the June primary election was held today — who would you vote for between Jeff Leonard, Bonnie Neely, and Virginia Bass?
If the June primary election was held today — who would you vote for between Bonnie Neely and Virginia Bass?
Thank you for your time.
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Because she’s not going to answer the fucking question anyway.
From the interview by Daniel Mintz with the Bon Bon at her re-election kickoff on the March 3 KMUD local news program at 6 p.m.
Mintz: “And one of the contributions that people are talking a lot about is $10,000 that was given by a southern California developer. People are asking the question ‘well, why would a southern California developer care about the outcome of an election all the way up here in Humboldt County?’ What is your response?”
Neely: “Uh, well, uh, I’ve been not only a county supervisor, but also a state officer. I have held, uh, state office for more than 10 years, uh, county…err…statewide. And, uh, as such, as a member of the Board of Forestry and the California Coastal Commission, I have done a lot of work, which people have observed and I am proud to say that I am getting some support from coastal commissioners and other folks who have…witnessed…who have seen me in, uh, uh, work in terms of, uh, our community and that is why I think I have some support from outside the area.”
Mintz: “And the other thing people are saying is that donor is going to expect something in return. What is your response to that?”
Neely: “The rules regarding, uh, participation and, uh, votes are very strict on the Coastal Commission. They are laws that are very specific about what you can or can’t do if you have received a contribution. And so I will follow all of those laws and I will not participate if I have a conflict of interest.”