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.