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Re: “Appalachian v. Appellation

Spell check strikes again!

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 10/27/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “No on 51, 55!

I read a long time ago and my observations have been that it is usually true: Propositions which might otherwise get more critical attention (i.e., people asking more questions) get lost in the all the attention the Presidential elections garner. True again this year. How many new taxes (or renewed) taxes are on the ballot this year? And how many of the arguments in favor of those taxes really stand up to a close examination.
Here are two comments on the Props mentioned here which say it better than I could:

"Prop. 51, School facilities bond This 9-billion-dollar bond would add to what Gov. Brown has described as Californias Wall of Debt. We cant afford more debt, the repayment of which diverts money from other important programs."
So, a big NO

"Prop. 55, Extension of Income taxes: When voters approved an income tax increase in 2012, the politicians promised the increase would be temporary. Now, with Prop. 55, they want to extend the highest marginal income tax rates in all 50 states, for another 13 years."
So: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. An equally big NO

I came across this website when looking for information on another prop. It's a listing of what public groups support or oppose on the 2016 ballot. Makes for interesting reading as
you can see where some of the suppose behind the scenes comes from...sort of like the Wizard of Oz behind the, don't look behind the curtain.... except we really do need to look behind the curtain.
And if you click on the name of an organization, you can see their page and read more about how and why they say Yes or No:…

Posted by Gabriele Gray on 10/27/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Amendment Needed

In regards Clinton and Trump, I'm just along for the ride. I already voted for Gary Johnson and suggest everyone else to the same. Why take one extreme side or another when you can stay in the middle?

Posted by Fred Mangels on 10/27/2016 at 8:05 AM

Re: “No on 51, 55!

I recall a bond issue some years ago where they told us the schools were falling apart. The bond measure passed. Not long after its passage I noticed one change at the elementary school next to the National Guard Armory. A facade had been buit on the entrance to the school. Looked real nice and probably sheltered some from the rain but that was about it. That probably wasn't built cheaply either.

Don't throw good money after bad. Vote No on all school bonds.

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Posted by Fred Mangels on 10/27/2016 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Measure V!

I thought it enlightening the TV commercial last night where the trailer park owner expressed surprise that rents of $450.00 are considered excessive. I was paying rent like that decades ago.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 10/27/2016 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Vote Fullerton!

Fullerton will likely win in a landslide, I should hope.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 10/27/2016 at 7:52 AM

Re: “Vote Allison!

I've already voted for John Fullerton. My vote for responsible leadership for Eureka.

Posted by Fred Mangels on 10/27/2016 at 7:50 AM

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

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