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Re: “It's Up to Us, Eureka

Well put, Mr. Weseman.

Posted by Joel Mielke on 10/21/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Appalachian v. Appellation

I've seen these two words transposed before, yeah.

Posted by Bart Rankin on 10/20/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Vote V!

Ms. Mosher’s letter is full of inaccuracies and purposely misleading omissions. Remember, Ms. Mosher — a non-retired business owner — has a vested interest in not telling the truth because she financially benefits if Measure V passes.

MISLEADING OMISSION: 90 municipalities have ordinances.
FACT: 447 don’t have any form of rent control and 17 jurisdictions have actually rescinded their rent control ordinances in recent years! AND over the past ten years, 13 Northern California cities and counties have considered rent control and officially rejected it, including neighboring Lake County and Mendocino County.

INACCURATE: Carson taxpayers are paying nothing for rent control.
FACT: Carson continues to pay expensive lawyers to appeal their devastating $7.4 million rent control judgement. Every day they fight to prop up their failing rent control program, their legal bills mount exponentially. Money that could be spent on services for the community.

MISLEADING OMISSION: $6500 is a paltry sum to preserve affordable housing.
FACT: $6500 is only the start as Measure V caps the $5 tax charged to mobile home owners. This deficit will only increase. If a park owner asks for a hearing from the county, the county has to pay for that lawyer. On top of that, if the park owner wins, the “losing” residents have to pay all the expenses incurred by the park owner for this hearing and all will have their rents raised as ordered by the Hearing Officer.

INACCURATE: Arcata study, as well as others, show that ordinances are effective.
FACT: Economist after economist agree that rent control is not the right answer. Study after study, including the Arcata study, show that rent control will hurt the neediest and poorest residents among us.

The fact is that rent control is not needed in Humboldt County. Especially not in the form of Measure V.

To get even more facts, please visit and Vote NO On Measure V.

Posted by Guntram Wolski on 10/20/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Yes on V


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Posted by jean doran1 on 10/19/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Positivity, please?

Marilyn, you are so wrong on so many points I don't know where to begin.

First, I have not appeared as a donor in every Republican candidate's campaign why are you lying about that? Yes, I have donated to some Republican candidates but I have also donated to some Democratic candidates and independents as well.

I fought to keep Jefferson & Grant Schools open. I was outvoted on Jefferson by 2-3. Too bad you didn't feel like helping. The board at that time included three Democrats including two retired teachers, one of whom was a former president of the Eureka Teacher's Association.

I have been a business sponsor of the Neighborhood Watch Block Party from its very first year. My opponent doesn't own a business, how can he be a sponsor ? I have sponsored events for other non profit events over many years. My opponent has not. I have been active in Neighborhood Watch since they started in my neighborhood, my opponent has not. Then if you had bothered to come you would have noticed Kim Bergel also attended the Block Party as well as many other Democrats.

Perhaps you should check out the facts before you go public ?

Posted by John Fullerton1 on 10/04/2016 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Positivity, please?

"For the record, I have not been involved in partisan politics in over 15 years."

Well...except for his name appearing as a donor in every republican candidate's campaign for election in Eureka and Humboldt County. Mr.Fullerton's letter reads like a seasoned politician...half-truths and serious accusations WITHOUT A SINGLE example....can't refute that!

Fullerton justifiably lost his seat on the school board after they closed 3 elementary schools. Jefferson school was fully attended. He claims he tried to keep them open, but never explains what actions he took to do so.

Unreported in the media is the deceit Mr. Fullerton's campaign has already engaged in with his advertised sponsorship of the recent "non-partisan" event at Eureka's Sequoia Park called a "Block Party" attended by every right wing politician. His opponent, healthcare professional Austin Allison was either not invited to be a sponsor or not allowed to have a booth at this poorly attended event where Fullerton worked the crowd.

It's a sign of desperation when a candidate tries to blame his opponent for unsubstantiated "inaccuracies" allegedly appearing in letters to the editor.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 10/01/2016 at 8:40 PM

Re: “Yes on V

Hilary Mosher is able-bodied, non-retired, works full-time and owns a small, lucrative private business -- and pays just $488 a month to live in the finest manufactured housing community in McKinleyville. Measure V (which she wrote) is purposely not means-tested, so if passed by Humboldt County voters, well-to-do Hilary will score at taxpayer expense. Vote NO on Measure V.

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Posted by Vote NO on Measure V on 09/22/2016 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Missing the Bern

Also missing the dream that was Bernie; he never had a chance. Hillary is taking no steps beyond pretense, supports the ACA and rejects the "legislative nightmare" of universal/single payer health care - which we desperately and critically need. She says the science is clear and Grandma Hillary knows best, and we are owned to the extent that we no longer have personal belief or religious exemptions regarding accepting vaccines exactly as the government dictates. This means that our children are wards of the state, and we must accept *anything* they decide to inject us with.

My vote will be against Hillary, and to that end, I consider votes for Donald Trump or to a lesser extent, Jill Stein, as ways to act against her. I think voting Trump is the strongest way to say no to Hillary, and have to admit that I especially relish the idea of her losing to someone who presents as he does. Being the cheat and thief that she is, however, I'm afraid it would take a Trump landslide to make her intentions impossible to fulfill.

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Posted by aardvarkery on 09/22/2016 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Vote Red

No. This is the perfect opportunity to vote for someone outside of the two major parties with two horrific candidates running for president. Governor Gary Johnson is the past two term governor of New Mexico. He's fiscally conservative and socially inclusive as are most people up here. He deserves your vote and this is the perfect opportunity for that vote.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 09/22/2016 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Keep the Majority

...and then went home to feed the dog...

Zero leadership is the last thing Eureka needs.

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Posted by Marilyn Costello on 09/17/2016 at 11:05 PM

Re: “True Ward or Bust

Fred would be hard pressed to explain who benefits most from the far higher costs of citywide campaigns and why that's a "good thing".

Posted by Marilyn Costello on 09/16/2016 at 9:07 PM

Re: “True Ward or Bust

Pam wrote," cities retaining the outmoded all-at-large system have been successfully sued for discriminating against minorities"

That might be true in large cities with distinct racial or cultural areas. Not true in Eureka. You'd be hard pressed to point to an area in Eureka that is predominantly one race.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 09/15/2016 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Keep the Majority

John Fullerton voted against closing those schools when he was on the school board.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 09/15/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “True Ward? I'll Pass

Unless you bother to ask yourself who benefits from a candidate needing tens of thousands of dollars to contend for a rural council seat that pays $500/month to reach citywide voters.

Compare that to the cost of a pair of shoes to canvass your ward several times.

Eureka, and Humboldt County's deepest pockets will suffer a loss of influence in a true ward system.

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Posted by James White on 08/12/2016 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Wasting All that Sun

Good call Charles Hunter Wilson!
Seems like Estelle may suffer from a deficiency in Vitamin D and/or an overdose on TV!

After 33 years here in "the solar capital of the world" one can only wonder what kind of zombie pills and drugs and alcohol some of these capitalists immigrants are on!? If enough public pressure she may vote herself another big raise so we can pay for her solar! Then BOS will increase local taxes. Gov!

Posted by Meaghan Simpson on 08/11/2016 at 5:10 PM

Re: “Gambling with our Lives

Typical right-wing nonsense: a total disconnect between argument and factual reality.

Every shooter was an American. Not a single shooter—none, zero—came into this country across any border. So tighten the border because…??? Right-wing nonsense.

The one unifying factor is the access to "assault" rifles. There is absolutely no reason for these to be in the hands of the public or the police. These types of guns should only be in the hands of the military. Why are the right-wing gun nuts so insistent on owning these rifles? Defense against a tyrannical government? More nonsense. The government has tanks, bazookas and nuclear weapons.

Is our leadership crazy? Sure, to a point. Are right-wing gun nuts crazy? Definitely and completely.

Posted by humboldtrick on 07/14/2016 at 11:48 AM

Re: “'Affordable,' Really?

Humboldt has been my home for twenty years now. I finally got enough together for an awesome investment property/home which years later got caught up in the Countrywide BofA scandal and I lost everything including over 160k of my retirement. They all got bailed out but what did we get? Not a frikkin' thing - just a bunch of stress and grief. Well now I am in a mobile home and it's OK. I miss my land, but as stated the rents are constantly going up! The company who owns the MH park is of course far away from our area and they are eager to improve like thinking we want asphalt roads and pretty landscaping. I love being the rural person I am and despise all their 'upgrades' but forced against my will to pay for them if I want a roof over my head. Many folks in my MH park are struggling worse than I! If I wanted all this perfect manicured asphalt jungle I'd live amongst them in their sprawling metro cities! Humboldt is getting bought up so fast by big city corrupted corporations, and we are, one day very soon, are going to all wonder just what the hell happened! There won't be anything left for our kids!

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Posted by Comizr8r on 07/14/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “What Does the EPD Have to Hide?


Thank You.

Posted by Jessie Sia on 07/12/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “They've Got Soul

Sure, you'll be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws when you sell out our communities to New York based speculators and land grabbers. It's completely legal to profit from the housing market's instability. You may even pay your 'fair share' of taxes. The charitable donations improve your image with a good tax write-off as a bonus.
Meanwhile, the American Dream of owning a home (and maybe an acre or five of land) is alive and well for anybody with a couple million to spare. Which is not us. A 'fixer' runs for $250-500k these days. The 'sweat equity' will cost, well... Have you seen the movie 'The Money Pit'?

Posted by WhoAreThesePeople? on 07/07/2016 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Poetic praise

Thank you, Paul, for your sensitive reading of this poem. Being a fan of yours myself, makes it even more meaningful. Tamara Jenkinson.

Posted by Tamara Jenkinson 1 on 07/02/2016 at 7:35 AM

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