Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Harbor District Results

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2007 at 12:06 AM

With 2/3 of the precincts reporting in the Fifth Division, challenger Pat Higgins is way out in front of incumbent Charles Ollivier:














PATRICK HIGGINS   1393 60.70%
CHARLES L. OLLIVIER   902 39.30%

It's a bit closer down in the Second Division, but incumbent Roy Curless has a pretty commanding lead with 40 percent of precincts counted:



















CARLOS QUILEZ   1195 40.80%
STEVEN MORRIS   223 7.61%
ROY CURLESS   1510 51.55%

315 votes separate Curless and Quilez, and SoHum ballots are presumably the last to be counted. Fortuna is Curless country; the Second Division could depend on how effective the Quilez GOTV effort in SoHum was.

UPDATE:

A third report was released at 10:20 p.m. Not much change.

Second Division, 12 out of 26 precincts counted (one more than last time):




















CARLOS QUILEZ   1224 41.16%
STEVEN MORRIS   225 7.57%
ROY CURLESS   1524 51.24%

Fifth Division, same. No more precincts in.

UPDATE:

Oof.


















PATRICK HIGGINS   3171 65.10%
CHARLES L. OLLIVIER   1691 34.72%

That's one of the biggest blowouts in a closely fought election that the county's ever seen. The DA recall three years ago was 60-40. But 65-35? Oof.

Second Division:




















CARLOS QUILEZ   2035 44.90%
STEVEN MORRIS   318 7.02%
ROY CURLESS   2175 47.99%

SoHum pulled for Quilez as expected, but not enough.

So it's an interesting split result. But the stunning Ollivier defeat is certainly the story of the night, and a serious blow for backers of railroad and port development. More tomorrow.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Elections SNAFU

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2007 at 10:57 PM

Absentee results from today's election have yet to be posted to the county's website. I just gave a ring to the office. They say they're working on it.

I hope they're not using Yahoo Pipes.

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Ceci n'est pas une Pipe

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2007 at 10:44 PM

Last time it was Wordpress. This time it's the Blogspot blogs borking the Pipe. Blogspot blogs are sidelined for the time being.

Readers of a technical bent can follow the thrilling progress of the ticket here.

UPDATE: Much love to wizard Piper Greg H for the workaround.

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Citizen Media Revolution

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2007 at 2:07 PM

Love 'em or loathe 'em -- and we don't know anybody who actually loathes them, per se -- there's something undeniably inspiring about the folks at Green Wheels . These fresh-faced alternative transportation activists have exploded on the scene in the last few months, making themselves ubiquitous in every countywide discussion that even remotely touches on busing or biking and walking.

One could argue that the key to their success has been their irrepressible "can-do" spirit, which often takes the form of super-cool technology harnessed to serve their cause. See, for instance, the Humboldt County entry in Google Transit -- an immensely useful little Green Wheels project that vaults us way ahead of much larger communities.

Whether that means you want to watch a YouTube video of Green Wheelers cleaning up sidewalks to the sound of Santana's "Oye Como Va" ... that's entirely up to you. For our part, it's a convenient excuse to test out embedded video.

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Monday, November 5, 2007

Jive-Ass Ripoffs

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2007 at 4:03 PM

Should be much love flowing from SoHum to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office today, as deputies foil some truly dangerous-sounding hombres from L.A. Palm Springs:

Yesterday at about noon Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputies were on patrol on Briceland Road near Redway. They saw a vehicle stopped at the side of the road with two people standing near the vehicle's opened trunk. The deputies made contact with the two individuals and inquired if they needed assistance ... While deputies were talking to the pair, two more men, Christopher Barkley and Jack Dye approached from the trees. One of the men, Barkley, started to walk away with his hands in his pockets. The deputies told him to take his hands out of his pockets and walk back to them; he complied. The deputies noticed that Barkley's sweatshirt was unusually bulky and conducted a pat-search for officer safety reasons.

As Deputies started to search Barkley he told them he had a loaded handgun in his pocket. A warrants check of Barkley revealed he was a wanted parolee. Deputies arrested Barkley ... The remaining three individuals were detained and the vehicle was searched incident to Barkley's arrest. In the trunk of the car deputies found an assault rifle, a shotgun, duct tape, ammunition, and ski masks ...

Further investigation revealed that the four individuals had arrived in Humboldt County with the intention of stealing marijuana from a home.


'Nuf respect to the ever-vigilant Sheriff's Office.

And sorry about the initial confusion between the greater Los Angeles exurb and the Palm Springian desert. It's all L.A. to me.

Press release (.doc)

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

100 Watts of Goodwill

Posted By on Sun, Nov 4, 2007 at 1:54 PM

Sunday morning with an Indian Summer headcold. Feels like one has been very lightly novocained from the neck up. Times like this, nothing beats sitting around with a cup of VapoRub tea, shades drawn down, stereo tuned to Caltrans Radio KMKE, 98.1 FM.

There's something about blasting "The Mike," as they don't call it, that really makes the experience of a brain-clogging malady complete. They should market it that way. "Congestion in your head? Congestion on the roads! Tune into THE MIKE -- KMKE, 98.1 FM! Radio duller than your senses!"

Currently in heavy rotation on The Mike is a one-minute promo for the Hammond Trail celebrations scheduled for next weekend. And by "heavy rotation," I mean a non-stop endless loop for the last 48 hours or so. The upbeat promo -- come on out and celebrate! -- is read by Humboldt County Trails Queen Jennifer Rice, of KHUM's "Happy Trails," the Trails Trust of Humboldt Bay and RCAA's Natural Resources Division.

Caltrans promoting trails? Sounds odd at first, but after you listen to the announcement a couple hundred times a dark suspicion arises: This is the way Caltrans District One supports non-motorized transportation. Even if the district ends up running the announcement a few tens of thousands of times, airtime on The Mike is still cheaper than the alternative.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

All Night Long

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Reminder to candidates and their teams: If you're going to be throwing an election party this Tuesday night, don't skimp on the hors d'oeuvres and book your hall late. With one notable exception, the county in recent years has gotten used to getting its final election results by 10 p.m. or so. No more.

In response to security concerns, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen completely revamped vote-tabulating procedures across the state a couple of months ago. Though Bowen's rules don't strictly take effect until next year's presidential primary, Humboldt County has decided to go ahead and do things the onerous way this time around. It's uncharted territory, but realistically you're looking at no final results until at least 11 p.m., probably quite a bit later.

Bowen has decreed that vote tabulating machines out in the precincts should no longer "phone home" to deliver results to elections central. Instead, the machines must be physically delivered to home base -- in this case, the county elections office in Henderson Center, Eureka -- before their tallies are taken. In practice, this is going to be clumsy, especially since the county has never done it before. The county is setting up waypoints at police stations and sheriff's substations throughout the county. Machines will be delivered from the precincts to the waypoints, and from the waypoints they will be gathered into a van and driven north. Once they're home, the machines and assorted elections paraphernalia will have to be examined and inventoried before the computer-assisted tabulation can proceed.

Otherwise, everything will appear similar to the naked eye. The county elections website will update totals periodically throughout the night, beginning with the absentee results as soon as polls close. It's just that things will move more slowly from there. Presumably, Eureka votes will be counted first, as those precincts are physically closest to the office. Next, Arcata, McKinleyville and Fortuna will work their way into the system. Outlying districts will take longer. Probably much longer.

What does this mean for the all-enveloping Bay District races? Well, it's not going to be early-early, but everyone could get an idea fairly quickly. The absentees themselves will tell part of the tale -- countywide, the absentee vote has been running between 30 and 40 percent or the total, according to county Clerk-Recorder Carolyn Crnich. Presumably that ratio gets higher the farther you travel into the sticks, and both the Fifth and Second Division have plenty of sticks. But there'll be no real indication until the Fortuna and McKinleyville boxes are counted, and that's already in the third wave of things. If Fortuna and McK leave us with a white-knuckler, then it will be a very late night indeed.

So keep those parties rolling. Make plans to call in sick Wednesday. But Crnich promised that whatever the case, none of her staff will be going home until all the precincts are counted.

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hoka Hey!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 4:51 PM


Photo: Associated Press

As Hayduke would say. Or maybe he'd just cast a hairy eyeball at all the goodwill on display in Jeff Barnard's AP piece about the levee-busting up on upper Klamath Lake to make life better for some suckers:

"This particular site has been viewed by so many as so important [to the ecological restoration of the basin] that the agricultural community was able set aside those feelings that we are losing our foothold here," said John Crawford of Tule Lake, Calif.

"We all recognize that for all of us to coexist here, there have to be sacrifices made on all sides," he said. "As long as we are making the sacrifices on the part of the native species here ... the members of the environmental community and members of the tribal communities have to acknowledge and support the idea that the remaining acres of agriculture have to remain viable."
More on sustainability in the Klamath Basin .

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Caption Contest

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 3:42 PM

prius 2

Humboldt County government takes delivery of its new Toyota Prius, first in the fleet of hybrid vehicles it is looking to purchase.

That would be one possible caption for this photo. Any others?

Press release (.doc)

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Pipes Unclogged

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2007 at 2:28 PM

See yesterday's post. It's all fixed now. Once again, all your Humboldt County favorites can be found in the same RSS feed.

Thanks to Kevin and the Yahoo Pipes team for the fix! I get the feeling that it was more than a trivial bit of work.

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