Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Steamin' it up for a Cause

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Topaz Crawford, Todd, and Isaiah Tillman of the Caravan of Glam close out nights festivities. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Topaz Crawford, Todd, and Isaiah Tillman of the Caravan of Glam close out nights festivities.

The Arcata Ridge Trail got a large shove forward Saturday at the Arcata Community Center, where a host of folks turned out for Cirque Disco-Leil, a steamy, disco-themed event aimed at funding a trail bridge over Janes Creek. Between Caravan of Glam, Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens, Samba Quente and the hot moves of one public official, the event had a little something for everyone. Local photographer Alexander Woodard was there to capture the fun and passed along these photos, which round out the Journal's impromtu weekend retrospective.


Jayla Rose Sullivan of the Caravan of Glam leaps during the group's performance. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Jayla Rose Sullivan of the Caravan of Glam leaps during the group's performance.
Samba Quente closing out their opening performance at the Cirque Disco-leil event Saturday.
  • Samba Quente closing out their opening performance at the Cirque Disco-leil event Saturday.
The Caravan of Glam, a Queer Caberet show, kept things steamy. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • The Caravan of Glam, a Queer Caberet show, kept things steamy.
The Good Relations Burlesque Fashion Show with Va Va Voom featured a stunning finale. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • The Good Relations Burlesque Fashion Show with Va Va Voom featured a stunning finale.
The Beatbox Queens lay down an original track for attendees Saturday evening. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • The Beatbox Queens lay down an original track for attendees Saturday evening.
Topaz Crawford, Todd, and Isaiah Tillman of the Caravan of Glam close out nights festivities. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Topaz Crawford, Todd, and Isaiah Tillman of the Caravan of Glam close out nights festivities.
Arcata Director of Environmental Services Mark "Wonder" Andre competes in a randomly selected dance off. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Arcata Director of Environmental Services Mark "Wonder" Andre competes in a randomly selected dance off.
Rocio Cristal and Samba Quente opened up the evening on a hot note. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Rocio Cristal and Samba Quente opened up the evening on a hot note.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Strange, Happy Brews

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Home-brewer Justin Whitaker with a slosh of The Lush. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Home-brewer Justin Whitaker with a slosh of The Lush.
Justin Whitaker's booth, in the lobby, had first grabs at all of us rushing into the Eureka Theater for StrangeBrew Beer Fest 2014 last Saturday night. It helped that he was strategically placed across from Cypress Grove's cheese table.

"Everybody's going for The Lush," said Whitaker, who home brews with his wife, Eryn.

Truth, though: Everybody was going for everything. It was the world's slowest, most gentle riot. A glacially paced mosh pit. And other light-of-day-iffy descriptives that people come up with when they're drunk on the elbowing nearness of other happy people and on endless little shots of weird beer.

So very happy. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • So very happy.
StrangeBrew, a fundraiser (in its seventh year) for the dilapidated dear old theater, is, in fact, a love fest. An orgy of I'll-drink-whatever-you-throw-at-me. 

Inside the theater proper, you had to wade your way through the happiness to get from beer stand to beer stand. There seemed an especial madness around Mad River, with people taking extra swipes at the fried chicken pineapple garnish which was supposed to be paired with the Fingerlickin'. Not that the proprietors seemed to care. They were, like everyone else, all teeth (or beard with hidden, implied teeth).

Mark Nicely, left, and Mad River brewmaster Dylan Schatz. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
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  • Mark Nicely, left, and Mad River brewmaster Dylan Schatz.
"The barleywine's pretty darned good," said Mad River brewmaster Dylan Schatz. 

"And the Fingerlickin'," said Mark Nicely.

"C'mon, I'll get you some," said Schatz.

The Fingerlickin' was fizzy and crisp and so-fine with the chicken garnish.

It's all about the versatile, multi-beer-friendly garnish. Here the chicken two-times with Mad's mango brew. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • It's all about the versatile, multi-beer-friendly garnish. Here the chicken two-times with Mad's mango brew.
Then there was the Cuban Embargo, a lime-laden hit with weed on the nose. Also good with the chicken garnish. And a mango number, very chicken-welcoming. And then, getting serious, the bourbony barleywine, a licker-lover's dive off the back porch into the best swimming hole. Good, strong, smooth — but having no truck with that chicken. And for dessert? Satan's Bake Sale. Like we always say, don't be afraid of mint-chocolate chip stout. 

What's in it? The Mad River folks will tell you. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • What's in it? The Mad River folks will tell you.
Over at Eel River, some were falling for a delicate number named the Citrarillocoe Clusterfuck. Others were going for the Sassi Hore II. We think they went for the name, then stayed for the taste.

Eel Rivers' genius. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • Eel Rivers' genius.
"It's really hoppy but not too hoppy," said Zack Taylor, a forest service fuels specialist from Orleans, about the Cluster-eff. "Very floral but not too much bite."

Zack Taylor, fuels specialist from Orleans, fuels up on an Eel River concoction. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Zack Taylor, fuels specialist from Orleans, fuels up on an Eel River concoction.
Lagunitas, meanwhile, was very popular despite only serving bottled stuff (apparently there was a glitch with their strange-brew delivery). 

Some men complained that there were "lots of lemony blondes here" at the fest, but these fellas' sourness wasn't catching. At least, not among those for whom every sip of anything was a delight.

"What's your favorite beer?" asked a university professor.

"Let's see ... I think I like beer," said Denise Burns, a retired Sacramento teacher. She'd just been describing the subtle nuances of several brews, but never mind. "But my favorite beer is more."

Denise Burns likes beer. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • Denise Burns likes beer.
But OK, hold on, wait, hold your horses and, please, restrain your jumpy green long-legged insects. Sure, people were saying they loved Six Rivers' Donkey Punch, and it was delicious. But others pretended to swoon for the Dry Hoppered Ale — one made with mild-mannered grasshoppers, the other with spicy — which the Six's master brewer, Carlos ("everybody calls me 'Los'") Sanchez called a collaboration between himself and one of the brewery's chefs, Norby.

Six River's jumpy delights. - HEIDI WALTERS
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  • Six River's jumpy delights.
"He gets these Mexican grasshoppers," Sanchez said. "I dry roasted them and then put 'em in the keg and filled it up with beer."

"Los" Sanchez, master brewer at the Six. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • "Los" Sanchez, master brewer at the Six.
The mild version of the hoppy (ha ha) ale was, um ... . And maybe the spicy version, with chili added, was super good, too, who knows?

"I loved the idea of making it for this event, but ..." admitted Sanchez.

The only answer was to drink more: sweet-tart cider from Humboldt Cider Co. (Cereza Piña Ocho!), Imperial Lips and Assholes from Redwood Curtain (apparently, the fest attracts potty mouthed brewers AND lemony blondes), and a little Humboldt Regeneration.
 
Cider is the new beer. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • Cider is the new beer.
Redwood Curtain gets strange. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • Redwood Curtain gets strange.
Humboldt Regeneration Brewers Eric Tschillard and Matt Kruskamp. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • Humboldt Regeneration Brewers Eric Tschillard and Matt Kruskamp.
If StrangeBrew didn't make you happy, then that is sad. Unless you just didn't like the situation in the men's room.

Well this is a sad state of affairs for the men. - PHOTO BY KEN MALCOMSON
  • Photo by Ken Malcomson
  • Well this is a sad state of affairs for the men.
Even so, maybe you should take a cue from Roy Sheppard, who just goes ahead and embodies Happy, whether he's drinking beer or not.

"I was born happy," says Roy Sheppard, and neither 24 years of teaching McKinleyville kids nor retirement have blighted his outlook. - PHOTO BY HEIDI WALTERS
  • Photo by Heidi Walters
  • "I was born happy," says Roy Sheppard, and neither 24 years of teaching McKinleyville kids nor retirement have blighted his outlook.

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Scenes from the Intertribal Elder Gathering

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo

Native Americans from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered Saturday at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds for the 33rd annual Intertribal Elder Gathering. The community celebration featured traditional Brush, Pow Wow, Aztec, Shake Head, Hoop and Tolowa Honoring dances, as well as singing and drumming. Local photographer Manuel Orbegozo captured these photographers of the day's festivities.

Aztec dancer David Yañez. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Aztec dancer David Yañez.
Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum group awaits for its performance outside of Franceshi Hall. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum group awaits for its performance outside of Franceshi Hall.
Northern California Brush Dancers dance their way out of the stage area. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Northern California Brush Dancers dance their way out of the stage area.
Sage Romero performs at the 33rd Annual Northwest Intertribal Gathering and Elders Diner. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Sage Romero performs at the 33rd Annual Northwest Intertribal Gathering and Elders Diner.
Sage Romero performs the Hoop dance. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Sage Romero performs the Hoop dance.
Northern California Brush Dancers come out for a second demonstration. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Northern California Brush Dancers come out for a second demonstration.
Honored Elder Otha Sadler, 97, receives a blanket during the Elder's Gifting Ceremony. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Honored Elder Otha Sadler, 97, receives a blanket during the Elder's Gifting Ceremony.
Spirit shield displayed at the Nora's Chocolates and Gifts stand. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Spirit shield displayed at the Nora's Chocolates and Gifts stand.
An elder veteran carries an American flag during the part of the ceremony honoring veterans. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • An elder veteran carries an American flag during the part of the ceremony honoring veterans.
Asucena Carreras burns sage prior to her performance with Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum group. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Asucena Carreras burns sage prior to her performance with Tezkatlipoka Aztec Dance & Drum group.
Yurok tribal member Fred Lewis and his daughter Destiny. - MANUEL J. ORBEGOZO
  • Manuel J. Orbegozo
  • Yurok tribal member Fred Lewis and his daughter Destiny.



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Saturday, November 8, 2014

UPDATED: Musical Venues

Posted By on Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The original Humboldt Jams poster advertised the show at the fairgrounds in Ferndale. It's now taking place at Redwood Acres in Eureka.
  • The original Humboldt Jams poster advertised the show at the fairgrounds in Ferndale. It's now taking place at Redwood Acres in Eureka.
UPDATED:
Pure Entertainment announced on its Facebook page that tonight's show has been canceled after the headliner apparently pulled out for unknown reasons.

"Unfortunately Kid Ink will not be able to make it tonight," the site states. "Since the headliner won't be able to make it, I feel rescheduling the show to a later date is appropriate."

The post goes on to state that tickets will be honored for the future show, and the scheduled opener for tonight's Humboldt James at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Adriel Diaz, will be putting on a free show. Nonetheless, the backlash was instant, with commenters demanding refunds for their $75 tickets and lambasting the promoter for a series of changes to the show's venue, schedule and lineup.

"OMFG!! How do i get my money back? This is redic. ... I'm done," read one.


PREVIOUSLY:
In show business, the old saying is “the show must go on.”

And it’s a saying taken to heart by promoters of the Humboldt Jams Fest 2014 featuring Kid Ink, E-40 and Adriel Diaz, which is now scheduled to take place tonight at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka.

Pure Entertainment, announced through its Facebook page Wednesday that the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is not allowing the venue, or outside vendors, to serve alcohol. The unexpected news came just three days before the all-ages concert — which has already seen its share of hurdles.

Originally, the festival was scheduled to be held at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale. But according to the Ferndale Enterprise, promoter Tara Johnson received a letter from fair association General Manager Richard Conway, dated Oct. 20, stating the concert was canceled. That left Johnson scrambling to find another venue with less than three weeks until the show.

“Nobody wants this concert to happen,” Johnson said. “It’s been a fight since day one. I had an agreement (with the Humboldt County Fairgrounds board) and then they canceled.”

According to the Enterprise, Johnson said she had a verbal agreement with Conway since the summer, however a formal contract was never drawn up. Pure Entertainment began selling tickets for the event, prior to finalizing a contract and now, according to the Enterprise, Johnson is mulling a lawsuit against the fair association.

The board discussed ticket sales at its Sept. 29 meeting, but the letter reportedly indicated Conway was unaware of the sales. In the wake of the board discussion, a host of concerns sprouted up in Ferndale about the concert, ranging from event security to its overlap with Ferndale High School's homecoming event.

Conway declined to comment for this story, saying, “with the pending litigation, we do not have any comment at this time.”

Johnson said the change of venue has hindered the number of tickets sold. The Pure Entertainment Facebook page indicated that the online tickets were sold out, but Johnson said she has had to spend more money to change her print and radio advertisements and the additional cost to change locations from the fairgrounds in Ferndale to Redwood Acres in Eureka.

“(The change of venue) is helping because it’s more centrally located,” Johnson said. “But we had expectations of 2,500 (concert goers). By the time the concert starts we hope for 1,500. I’m losing tons of money.”

Johnson said that the fairgrounds was not going to charge her to rent the space, and instead would take the parking proceeds. However, she had to pay an additional $4,000 to rent out Redwood Acres.

The other issue the festival presented in Ferndale was the police department’s security concerns.

Johnson confirmed that Ferndale police chief Bret Smith wanted her to provide more than 30 security guards to help regulate the event. Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey, who was involved in the discussions while the concert was supposed to take place at the fairgrounds, said the sheriff’s department will not be patrolling the concert that was originally scheduled from 3 to 11 p.m. but will now see doors open at 7 p.m.

“I’m not as concerned because of the location,” Downey said, adding that Redwood Acres is “better suited” and has more expertise.

He also confirmed that the promoter, Pure Entertainment, has its own security plan and that his “officers are aware of the concert, but not directly involved.”

Despite all the obstacles Johnson and her new company have encountered, she is still determined to bring large acts to the area so residents don’t have to travel four to five hours for a concert experience.

“I’m definitely moving forward,” Johnson said. “I’m want to bring music to Humboldt County. Humboldt County deserves good music.” 
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Rising Everywhere But Eureka

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

HEIDI WALTERS
  • Heidi Walters
Eureka voters’ attempt to raise the minimum wage for the city’s largest employers failed decidedly Tuesday, but that’s one small defeat in a rising minimum wage movement.

Sixty-two percent of voting Eurekans cast ballots against the Fair Wage Act — the only time nationally a minimum wage measure has failed, apparently — and the overwhelming opposition didn’t strictly come from the conservative-skewing early voters. More than 60 percent said no to the wage increase at the polls.

It’s fairly odd, considering Eurekans overwhelmingly favored progressive Natalie Arroyo (who took 61 percent of the vote) and nearly voted in Kim Bergel (too close to call, yet) — two candidates who publicly supported Eureka’s Fair Wage Act.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

No Shopping Cart Left Behind

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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Could Eureka’s scourge of shopping cart bandits and their war on our disease-free children (think of the children) be coming to an end? In its latest monthly newsletter, the city announced it’s going medieval, appointing a “shopping cart czar” (no joke) to bring an end to Eureka’s greatest dilemma: people stealing shopping carts and pushing their stuff around in them.

Of course, the inconvenience to grocery owners isn’t the only thing we’re dealing with. Everyone knows that people who steal shopping carts are dirty, disheveled and diseased, and can you imagine if you touched a cart that one of those grossies had touched before you? Well, some budding R.L Stine at city hall can imagine that, and he or she wrote a chilling speculative fiction novella about the horrors of shopping-cart-contracted hepatitis. Read at your own risk below. (It must be noted that Hepatitis C is typically transmitted through blood to blood contact, like sharing needles, according to the CDC. If a shopping cart is covered in blood, it’s probably best to select a different one and notify store staff.)

And while we’re at it, let’s nominate some more pressing problems that call for the appointment of czars; I’m thinking we need a dog poop czar, a bicyclists-on-sidewalks czar, a cruise ship czar and a people-rummaging-through-your-recycling-at-night-czar. Name yours in the comments.

A mom walks into a grocery store carrying her child. Her arm is sore and she sits him down in the shopping cart she just pulled from the rack of carts just outside the store.

Starting to shop she puts fruit, vegetables, and other various products into the cart, while moms not looking the child starts to lick the cart. As she turns around to see what the child is doing she insists he stop putting his mouth on the cart as there are germs etc. Unfortunately She has no idea where this cart has been in the last several days. Being pushed down the street piled high with trash, personal items, syringes and other unspeakable items.

The cart was pushed by a person with Hepatitis C and other communicable diseases and has not washed in weeks. It was stolen from the store for personal use. The cart was ultimately returned without sterilization and put back into service.

The first thing ones notices when driving into town are shopping carts…carts are everywhere. Carts are used for barbeques, transportation of animals, property and even people. Random and abandoned carts are unsightly and add to the disorder people notice and feel uncomfortable with. People deciding whether to stay for the night or go to the next town view them as a sign of disorder and keep right on moving past Eureka. Carts can also facilitate property crime as there has to be a way to transport stolen property.

To combat the problem, Eureka City Council passed a new ordinance to reduce the incident of stolen shopping carts by holding the thieves and businesses accountable. One business with excellent practices has very few carts stolen while another cannot keep them in stock. One company prevents their costly departure, another won’t accept them even if brought back.

For further information, please call police officer Eddie Wilson who is the Shopping Cart Czar with problems, complaints and suggestions. He can be reached at (707) 441-4060.

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UPDATED: Kim Bergel's Slim, Slim Chance

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 6:25 AM

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UPDATE:
Hold the phone! Kim Bergel’s chances of unseating Eureka Councilman Mike Newman for his Ward 3 seat just got a fair bit chunkier.

When the Journal spoke to Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich after midnight, she estimated 1,000 or so ballots may have been dropped off at the Humboldt County Elections Office on Monday and Tuesday and remained uncounted. In a follow up conversation this afternoon, Crnich said it turns out the Elections Office received about 3,350 ballots, which could potentially change everything in a race that Bergel currently trails in by just 104 votes.

Earlier, we estimated that there would need to be at least 1,200 ballots outstanding in the race to give Bergel a reasonable shot at overtaking Newman. Well, that now seems very possible.

Crnich said about 707 ballots — 236 provisionals and 471 vote by mail — came into Eureka precincts on Election Day that have yet to be counted. Now we learn that there’s another 3,350 that came into the elections office and have yet to be tabulated. If we assume those ballots are representative of the county’s overall registration numbers, about 19 percent would come from Eureka voters, or about 636 ballots. If that holds true, there’s potentially somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,343 ballots uncounted in the race. Bergel would need to pull 53.89 percent of those to take the lead. She took 54.13 percent of the Election Day vote, but just 42.87 of the early vote-by-mail ballots.

It looks like this thing’s far from over, though Crnich said county elections office has to conduct an audit and other procedures before it can even get to sorting and counting those 3,350 ballots the office received Monday and Tuesday. So, it’s going to be a while before this race crystallizes.


PREVIOUSLY:
With the dust still settling from Election Night, Eureka Ward 3 challenger Kim Bergel sits 104 votes behind incumbent Mike Newman in a race that has already seen 5,309 ballots counted. It’s a slim margin, but does Bergel really have a shot at pulling the upset? Let’s look at the numbers.

Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich told the Journal early this morning that some 471 vote by mail ballots were dropped off on Election Day at Eureka polling locations, where another 236 provisional ballots were cast. Now, assuming all those mail-in ballots are actually from Eureka voters and that all those provisional ballots prove valid — and that none of those voters left the Ward 3 contest blank — that means at least 707 votes remain uncounted in the race. Additionally, Crnich said there could be another 1,000 or so vote by mail ballots that arrived at the county elections office Monday and Tuesday that have yet to be sorted.

Let’s start with the 707. If Bergel is to make up the 104-vote gap, she would need to win 406 of those votes. That would be 57.4 percent. She pulled only 42.87 percent of the vote on the mail-in ballots that have already been counted and 54.13 at the polls on Election Day, so that seems a tall order.

But let’s factor in those other potential 1,000 or so ballots. If those ballots are representative of the county’s overall registration numbers, then about 19 percent would come from Eureka voters, or about 190 ballots. If we add those to the 707 we just discussed, we get 897 ballots. To make up 104 votes in that scenario, Bergel would have to pull 55.85 percent of the vote.

Basically, in order to pull this thing out without some statistical anomaly in the voting patterns — or to win while pulling the same 54.13 percent of the vote she got at the polls — Bergel would need there to be more than 1,200 ballots outstanding in the race. That seems unlikely.

But consider this: Four years ago, when Newman edged out Ron Kuhnel to take the seat, 1,825 votes showed up in the final tally that weren’t recorded in the final Election Night summary. But before Bergel supporters get too hopeful, it should be made clear that those numbers are from an election that saw 66 percent turnout in Humboldt County. The preliminary tallies Tuesday show just 39 percent of those registered casting ballots.

So, the short of it is that Bergel has a steep hill to climb and you can bet she’s hoping for a flood of Eureka ballots to materialize from somewhere as the math gets better for her as the number of outstanding ballots increases. Meanwhile, it’s a safe bet Newman and his supporters are hoping the majority of those 707 vote by mail ballots dropped off in Eureka are really from Garberville voters who just happened to be passing through town and that the bulk of those 236 provisional ballots don’t qualify.

With anything less than 1,200 votes outstanding, Newman seems a lock to keep his seat.

And, because we've been sitting on this tidbit and this might be our last shot to use it, we'll note that if Bergel does somehow pull this thing out, it would result in what we believe is the first all female city council in Eureka's history. After consulting with a couple local historians and Eureka City Clerk Pam Powell, all seem pretty sure five women have never governed Eureka together. (It should be noted that under Eureka's form of government the mayor isn't officially a member of the council).

A Bergel win would result in a council composed of Melinda Ciarabellini, Linda Atkins, Marian Brady, Bergel and Natalie Arroyo, who handily beat incumbent Chet Albin to take the city's Ward 5 seat. Powell provided the Journal with the city's official council record, which dates back to 1955, and it looks like the closest the city's ever come to is in the 1990s, when four of five council seats were occupied by women. What exactly happened between when Eureka incorporated as a city in 1874 and when it began keeping official council records in 1955 isn't entirely clear, but nobody consulted by the Journal felt it likely the city was run by five women back then.
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UPDATE: FINAL Report: Measure P On Solid Ground

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 12:23 AM

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FINAL REPORT:

Votes cast:28,653
Precincts reporting: 107 of 107
Yes: 59.43 percent
No: 40.57 percent


Fourth report:

Votes cast: 26,140
Precincts reporting: 94 of 107
Yes: 57.91 percent
No: 42.09 percent


Third Report: 

Votes cast: 21,684
Precincts reporting: 69 of 107
Yes: 56.11 percent
No: 43.89 percent

It's looking like P will win, as expected. The Pro-P folks no doubt are feeling especially relieved, as they considered Measure P the county’s last chance for local control over crop-related decisions following a new state law that takes effect with the new year.

“I think the real story is about AB 2470 and how the seed companies played fast and loose with the legislative process,” said Measure P spokesman Bill Schaser earlier this evening. “It appears that nobody had their eye on the ball."

Assembly Bill 2470, passed and signed earlier this year, alters California Seed Law to “prohibit a city, county, or district, including a charter city or county, from adopting or enforcing an ordinance on or after January 1, 2015, that regulates plants, crops, or seeds without the consent of the secretary.”

Measure P, if indeed it passes, goes into effect immediately.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

4TH UPDATE: Tax Measures

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM

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4TH UPDATE:
Here's the final Election Night Report, with no changes. All local tax measures have passed, with the notable exception of the 1-percent proposed sales tax increase in Fortuna, which voters rejected decisively.

Final report (results shown in percentages)

Measure Q (Eureka) - 65.79 for, 34.12 against
5,586 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Measure T (Blue Lake) - 53.61 for, 46.39 against
319 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Measure U (Rio Dell) - 53.19 for, 46.81 against
564 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Measure V (Fortuna) - 36.51 for, 63.49 against
2,490 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Measure Z (Humboldt County) - 55.41 for, 44.59 against
28,555 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

3rd UPDATE:
With more than 85 percent of county precincts reporting, the results on local tax measures are all holding steady with one notable exception: Blue Lake's Measure T.

Trailing as of the third report, the measure has swung in the other direction, and now the 4-percent utility users tax seems poised to psas, drawing 53.61 percent of the vote.

We'll keep you updated through the final report tonight.

Fourth report (results shown in percentages)

Measure Q (Eureka) - 65.79 for, 34.12 against
5,586 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Measure T (Blue Lake) - 53.61 for, 46.39 against
319 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Measure U (Rio Dell) - 53.19 for, 46.81 against
564 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Measure V (Fortuna) - 36.51 for, 63.49 against
2,490 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Measure Z (Humboldt County) - 55.10 for, 44.90 against
26,115 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

2nd UPDATE:
With more than 65 percent of precincts reporting, little has changed on the local tax measure front. Measures for Eureka, Humboldt County and Rio Dell all hold solid leads, while those for Fortuna and Blue Lake are trailing.

But there are still a lot of votes to be counted from precincts outside Eureka, so pretty much all the results could swing, with the exception of Q, which seems poised to pass handily.

Check out the third return tax measure results below:

Third return (results shown in percentages)

Measure Q (Eureka) - 65.79 for, 34.12 against
5,586 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Measure T (Blue Lake) - 46.28 for, 53.72 against
121 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Measure U (Rio Dell) - 53.19 for, 46.81 against
564 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Measure V (Fortuna) - 36.51 for, 63.49 against
2,490 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Measure Z (Humboldt County) - 54.70 for, 45.30 against
21,732 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

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5TH UPDATE: The Council Races

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 8:35 PM

5th UPDATE:
The final tallies are in...
The only nail biter race appears to be in Eureka's Ward 3, where challenger Kim Bergel trails incumbent Mike Newman by just 104 votes. It's currently unclear how many provisional and vote by mail ballots remain to be counted in Eureka, so it's hard to tell if Bergel has a chance of bridging the gap at this point. But, the race is currently too close to call.

The final Election Night Report:

Eureka City Council
Ward 3
Kim Bergel - 48.80
Mike Newman - 50.76
5.309 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Ward 5
Natalie Arroyo -61.60
Chet Albin - 37.86
5,338 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale Mayor
Daniel Brown - 27.74
Don Hindley - 71.36
447 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale City Council (two seats)
Doug Brower - 29.06
Michael Sweeney - 42.42
Jorgen Von Frausing-Borch - 26.58
726 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Fortuna City Council (three seats)
Joshua M. Brown - 16.11
Tiara Brown - 25.17
Linda Gardner - 27.21
Sue Long - 29.95
4,979 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council two-year term
Ryan Kaplan - 30.38
Paul Pitino - 67.37
2,821 votes cast, 100 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council four-year term (two seats)
Jason Carr - 4.23
Juan Daniel Fernandez - 12.87
Patrick Hyland - 3.85
Sofia Pereira - 39.04
Mark E. Wheetley - 38.46
5,200 votes cast,100 percent of precincts reporting


4th UPDATE:
The Humboldt County Elections Office recently released its fourth report, and local city council races haven't budged. In fact, the only races to change at all in this most recent report were those in Arcata.

Check out the full report below:

Eureka City Council
Ward 3
Kim Bergel - 48.80
Mike Newman - 50.76
5.309 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Ward 5
Natalie Arroyo -61.60
Chet Albin - 37.86
5,338 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale Mayor
Daniel Brown - 27.74
Don Hindley - 71.36
447 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale City Council (two seats)
Doug Brower - 29.06
Michael Sweeney - 42.42
Jorgen Von Frausing-Borch - 26.58
726 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Fortuna City Council (three seats)
Joshua M. Brown - 16.11
Tiara Brown - 25.17
Linda Gardner - 27.21
Sue Long - 29.95
4,979 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council two-year term
Ryan Kaplan - 30.38
Paul Pitino - 67.37
1,998 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council four-year term (two seats)
Jason Carr - 4.30
Juan Daniel Fernandez - 12.07
Patrick Hyland - 3.89
Sofia Pereira - 39.07
Mark E. Wheetley - 39.02
3,678 votes cast, 87.85 percent of precincts reporting



3rd UPDATE:
With 64.49 percent of precincts reporting, local council races haven't changed much, though Eureka's Ward 3 race continues to narrow. There, challenger Kim Bergel has whittled incumbent Mike Newman's lead down to 104 votes. It's unclear, however if any Eureka precincts are outstanding and how many ballots have yet to be counted.

Over in Eureka's 5th Ward, challenger Natalie Arroyo has this thing in the bag, sitting on 61.60 percent of the vote to incumbent Chet Albin's 37.86 percent.

Elsewhere, the first results from the precincts are beginning to trickle in, though none have yet caused dramatic swings.

Find the full third report council race results below:

Eureka City Council
Ward 3
Kim Bergel - 48.80
Mike Newman - 50.76
5.309 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Ward 5
Natalie Arroyo -61.60
Chet Albin - 37.86
5,338 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale Mayor
Daniel Brown - 27.74
Don Hindley - 71.36
447 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale City Council (two seats)
Doug Brower - 29.06
Michael Sweeney - 42.42
Jorgen Von Frausing-Borch - 26.58
726 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Fortuna City Council (three seats)
Joshua M. Brown - 16.11
Tiara Brown - 25.17
Linda Gardner - 27.21
Sue Long - 29.95
4,979 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council two-year term
Ryan Kaplan - 29.23
Paul Pitino - 69.10
1,081 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council four-year term (two seats)
Jason Carr - 4.00
Juan Daniel Fernandez - 11.09
Patrick Hyland - 4.55
Sofia Pereira - 37.76
Mark E. Wheetley - 40.91
2,002 votes cast, 64.49 percent of precincts reporting

2ND UPDATE:
With the second round of returns posted, most council races in the county remain unchanged, as it takes a while to physically get election equipment and memory cards to the county office. The exception is in the Eureka races.

Challenger Natalie Arroyo has built on her early lead with the first round of precinct results, and now leads incumbent Chet Albin 59.55 percent to 39 percent with 4,784 ballots cast. After taking almost 56 percent of the vote by mail/early voting ballots, Arroyo took a whopping 63.52 percent of the first ballots counted from the polls, making her lead seem insurmountable in the race to become Eureka's next 5th Ward representative.

Over in the 3rd Ward, challenger Kim Bergel has cut into incumbent Mike Newman's early lead, and now trials by about five points, 47.34 percent to Newman's 52.19 percent. Bergel edged Newman in the early poll results, taking 52.33 percent of the first Election Day ballots counted. Whether that rate holds, and whether it's enough to push Bergel over the top, remains to be seen. She currently trails by 231 votes.

Here's a look at the second returns in each of the races:

Eureka City Council
Ward 3
Kim Bergel - 47.34
Mike Newman - 52.19
4,763 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting

Ward 5
Natalie Arroyo - 59.55
Chet Albin - 39.00
4,784 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting


Ferndale Mayor
Daniel Brown - 29.58
Don Hindley - 69.01
213 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale City Council (two seats)
Doug Brower - 28.01
Michael Sweeney - 42.86
Jorgen Von Frausing-Borch - 26.61
357 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting

Fortuna City Council (three seats)
Joshua M. Brown - 15.23
Tiara Brown - 24.86
Linda Gardner - 28.01
Sue Long - 30.53
2,856 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council two-year term
Ryan Kaplan - 29.23
Paul Pitino - 69.10
1,081 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council four-year term (two seats)
Jason Carr - 4.00
Juan Daniel Fernandez - 11.09
Patrick Hyland - 4.55
Sofia Pereira - 37.76
Mark E. Wheetley - 40.91
2,002 votes cast, 15.89 percent of precincts reporting

UPDATE:
Despite mixed early results for the Eureka incumbents, Mike Newman and Chet Albin were both chipper and upbeat at an elections return party at the Sea Grill when the Journal caught up with them recently.

Newman, who early returns have leading challenger Kim Bergel by 14 points, said he is “guardedly optimistic” about his chances. Albin, who is trailing challenger Natalie Arroyo by 12 points, said he wasn’t following the results but had been told he was behind. But undaunted, Albin said he’d worked hard on the campaign trail and hoped the sweat he’s put in over the last month will pay off at the polls.

But the incumbent — who was appointed to the post by Mayor Frank Jager last year — seemed more interested in talking about an exciting development in his quest to bring cruise ships to Eureka and to secure a tenant for the long-vacant restaurant space in the Fisherman’s Terminal Building at the foot of C Street. (On the cruise ship front, the county apparently agreed to pony up $10,000 to help pay a lobbyist to work on getting some ships to add Humboldt Bay to their routes, while he says a tenant is very interested in putting an 84-seat restaurant in the city-owned Fisherman’s building.)

As to the election, Albin praised his opponent and smiled broadly when talking about running his first-ever political campaign. “I don’t think people realize how much work it is,” he said.

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PREVIOUSLY:
The first ballots have been tallied, and the runaway shocker of the evening so far is challenger Natalie Arroyo jumping out to a commanding early lead over incumbent Chet Albin in the race to become Eureka's next Ward 5 council member.

Only 2,509 votes have been cast in the race so far, but all those ballots are of the early voting/vote-by-mail variety, which tend to trend conservative, making Arroyo's lead look daunting for Albin.

But there are other races...

Throughout Humboldt County, new leaders are being elected tonight, with contested council races in Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna and Arcata, as well as a mayoral scorcher in Ferndale. Across the board, there's a lot of new blood out there. While both Eureka races feature incumbents, there's only one in the race for two seats open in Ferndale, one in each of the races for three open seats in both Fortuna and Arcata.

Here's a look at the early returns in each of the races:




Eureka City Council

Ward 3
Kim Bergel - 42.87
Mike Newman - 56.61
2,014 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting

Ward 5
Natalie Arroyo - 55.96
Chet Albin - 43.44
2,509 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale Mayor
Daniel Brown - 29.58
Don Hindley - 69.01
213 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting

Ferndale City Council (two seats)
Doug Brower - 28.01
Michael Sweeney - 42.86
Jorgen Von Frausing-Borch - 26.61
357 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting

Fortuna City Council (three seats)
Joshua M. Brown - 15.23
Tiara Brown - 24.86
Linda Gardner - 28.01
Sue Long - 30.53
2,856 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council two-year term
Ryan Kaplan - 29.23
Paul Pitino - 69.10
1,081 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting

Arcata City Council four-year term (two seats)
Jason Carr - 4.00
Juan Daniel Fernandez - 11.09
Patrick Hyland - 4.55
Sofia Pereira - 37.76
Mark E. Wheetley - 40.91
2,002 votes cast, 0 percent of precincts reporting
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