Election Night

Friday, November 9, 2018

Humboldt Sees Huge Turnout

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Voters hit the polls Tuesday in record numbers. - FILE
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  • Voters hit the polls Tuesday in record numbers.

It looks like Humboldt County just saw its biggest midterm election turnout in at least 20 years.

Humboldt County Registrar of Voters Kelly Sanders told the Journal this morning that the elections office has 24,588 ballots on hand that still need to be verified and counted, on top of the 29,610 counted on election night. If all those uncounted ballots — consisting of provisional, conditional and vote by mail ballots — prove valid, that would push the total votes cast in the election to 54,198, an almost 69 percent turnout.

“There was great voter turnout,” Sanders said. “And we could still receive more ballots in the mail today as long as they were postmarked by Election Day.”

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Huffman Takes on New Role in Democrat Held House: Subcommittee Chair

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Congressman Jared Huffman - FILE PHOTO
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When Congressman Jared Huffman begins his fourth term in office after easily cruising to an election night victory on Nov. 6, he will also be taking on a new leadership role after the Democrats took over the majority of seats in the House of Representatives.

“There’s going to be a new sheriff in town,” said Huffman, D-San Rafael, told the Press Democrat in Santa Rosa.

When the 116th Congress convenes on Jan. 3, Huffman will become chair of the House’s Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans, one of five subcommittees of the Natural Sources Committee.

With this being the first time Huffman will be able to serve as a member of the majority, the congressman is quoted in the article as saying Democrats will partake in a “robust debate” over where to go next as they take on a new oversight role.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

3rd UPDATE: Bergel, Arroyo, Castellano Take Council Seats; Seaman in as Mayor

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 11:05 PM

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3rd UPDATE:
The Humboldt County Elections Office just released its final election night report and the Eureka City Council races seem settled. Here’s the quick rundown of the latest results:


Ward 1
Leslie Castellano built her early lead and never looked back. With the final election night report, Castellano finished with 47.78 percent of the vote, trailed by Anthony Mantova with 24.07 percent, then Hailey Lamb with 16.11 percent and Caroline Brooks with 11.85 percent.

The final report tallies 540 Ward 1 ballots.

Ward 3
Incumbent Natalie Arroyo finished the night with a commanding 50.71 percent of the vote in a three-way race. Challengers John Fullerton and Jeannie Breslin trail, with 31.50 and 17.66 percent of the vote, respectively

The final report includes 1,546 Ward 3 votes.

Ward 5
Incumbent Kim Bergel similarly coasted to reelection. After building an early lead, the final report has Bergel holding off conservative challenger Joe Boninio with 62.29 percent of the vote to Bonino’s 37.49 percent.

The second report includes 891 Ward 5 votes.

Mayor
Susan Seaman, meanwhile, built on her slim early lead in the race to replace Frank Jager as Eureka’s mayor. In the final election night tally, Seaman took 44.38 percent of the vote, with 4,948 ballots counted in the race thus far. Michelle Costantine trails Seaman with 30.42 percent of the vote, with incumbent Ward 2 Councilmember Heidi Messner bringing up the rear with 24.56 percent of the tally.

Measure I
Eureka’s effort to impose a 0.25 percent sales tax to fund road repairs seems to have failed to reach the 66 percent threshold needed to pass. In the final election night tally, it 61.85 percent of the 5,049 ballots cast.

For the full countywide final election night report, click here.



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Final Election Night Report Update: A Tight Race in Trinidad, Marks Well Ahead For the Harbor District

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Stickers go to those who vote. - FILE
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  • Stickers go to those who vote.
FINAL ELECTION NIGHT REPORT:

There were no changes in the final election report for the Ferndale and Rio Dell races but the council contest in Trinidad is providing to be a tight one. Meanwhile, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District numbers show incumbent Richard Marks maintaining his heathy lead and the McKinleyville Community Services District narrows just a bit.

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District
Marian Brady: 37.55 percent
Richard Marks: 62.30 percent

McKinleyville Community Service District: Three seats
David R. Couch: 26.96 percent
Dennis Mayo: 27.54 percent
Erik "Yahmo Ahqha" Rydberg: 17.10 percent
George A. Wheeler: 26.88 percent

Trinidad City Council (Three seats)
James H. Baker: 20.90 percent
Tom Davies: 20.49 percent
Susan Rotwein: 22.54 percent
Brett D. Gregory: 8.61 percent
E. Dwight Miller: 20.08 percent
Michael J. Morgan: 5.74 percent

SECOND UPDATE:

There were no changes in the third election report for Trinidad results but the council contest in Rio Dell and two-person race to become Ferndale’s mayor are becoming clearer. Meanwhile, Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District numbers show incumbent Richard Marks continues his lead and the McKinleyville Community Services District appears headed for closure.

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District
Marian Brady: 38.08 percent
Richard Marks: 61.81 percent

McKinleyville Community Service District: Three seats
David R. Couch: 27.65 percent
Dennis Mayo: 27.81 percent
Erik "Yahmo Ahqha" Rydberg: 15.77 percent
George A. Wheeler: 27.27 percent

Ferndale City Mayor
Steve Nunes: 29.31 percent
Michael Sweeney: 70.02 percent

Rio Dell City Council: Three seats
Debra L. Garnes: 22.35 percent
John B. McManus: 13.78 percent
Bryan Richter: 30.42 percent
Julie Woodall: 31.40 percent

UPDATE:
There were no changes in the second election results report of the night for city council races in Rio Dell, Ferndale and Trinidad, but new numbers for the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District show incumbent Richard Marks pulling well ahead of his challenger and the McKinleyville Community Services District shoring up.

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District
Marian Brady: 38.3 percent
Richard Marks: 61.5 percent

McKinleyville Community Service District: Three seats
David R. Couch: 28.14 percent
Dennis Mayo: 29 percent
Erik "Yahmo Ahqha" Rydberg: 13.6 percent
George A. Wheeler: 27.5 percent

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A roundup of early results for special district and city council races from across the county.

Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District
Marian Brady: 40.9 percent
Richard Marks: 58.9 percent

McKinleyville Community Service District (Three seats)
David R. Couch: 28.1 percent
Dennis Mayo: 29 percent
Erik "Yahmo Ahqha" Rydberg: 13.6 percent
George A. Wheeler: 27.5 percent

Ferndale Mayor
Steve Nunes: 32.1 percent
Michael Sweeney: 66.8 percent

Rio Dell City Council (Three seats)
Debra L. Garnes: 22 percent
John B. McManus: 14.3 percent
Bryan Richter: 30.5 percent
Julie Woodall: 30.3 percent

Trinidad City Council (Three seats)
James H. Baker: 18.8 percent
Tom Davies: 23.3 percent
Susan Rotwein: 21.1 percent
Brett D. Gregory: 11.1 percent
E. Dwight Miller: 18.8 percent
Michael J. Morgan: 4.4 percent

Take a look at the  full roster election results here.
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3rd UPDATE: Measure K Surges Ahead, M Falters

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 9:21 PM

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3rd UPDATE:
With the final election night report in and 100 percent of county precincts reporting, the fates of most local ballot measures appear set and Measure K has pulled ahead in the final election night tally.

Here’s the latest on the measures:

Measure H, which would impose a 10 percent transient occupancy tax in Blue Lake, is passing in the final tally with 73.56 percent of the 348 votes counted thus far.

Measure I, which would impose a 0.25 percent transaction and use tax to fund road repairs in Eureka, has taken 61.85 percent of the 5,049 ballots cast, a bit short of the 66 percent it needs to pass. It doesn’t look like it will get there, meaning the city may have to look elsewhere for the projected $2.2 million it was expected to take in annually to fix city roadways.

Measure J, which would impose a 1 percent transaction and use tax in Rio Dell, is struggling, with 48.1 of the 578 votes counted thus far.

Measure K, which would make Humboldt a “sanctuary” county, barring county employees from coordinating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in almost all cases, has surged ahead, taking 51.56 percent of the 28,433 ballots counted.

Measure L, which would approve the issuance of up to $4 million in bonds to fund facility and technology upgrades in the Cutten School District, has taken 66.39 percent of the 1,467 ballots tallied so far and seems poised to pass. It needs 55 percent to pass.

Measure M, which would prohibit the city of Arcata from modifying, destructing or relocating the statue of President William McKinley in the Arcata Plaza, is going down, with just 37.84 percent supporting keeping McKinley where he is, with 3,919 ballots counted in the race when election night came to a close.

Measure N, which would approve the issuance of up to $24 million in bonds to pay for facility upgrades in the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, is faring well in through the final batch of ballots, having taken 69.27 percent of the 10,152 votes tallied. It seems assured of getting the 55 percent of the vote needed to pass.

Measure O, which would continue the countywide 0.5 percent sales tax to fund county services, seems poised to cruise to passage, having taken 71.94 percent of the vote through the final election night report, which includes 28,785 ballots.

For full countywide final election night report, click here.

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Election Night Final Report: Arcata Incumbents Ahead, McKinley Statue Measure Continues Downward Slide

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Will McKinley continue his century-long tenure at the plaza's center? - FILE
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  • Will McKinley continue his century-long tenure at the plaza's center?
ELECTION NIGHT FINAL UPDATE:

Incumbents Sofia Pereira and Brett Watson maintain their leads to continue serving on the Arcata City Council over challenger Valerie Rose-Campbell, taking 43.58 percent and 36.14 percent of the vote, respectively, in the three-person race.

Meanwhile, the ballot bid to keep the statue of President William McKinley on the plaza continues its downward slide with Measure M’s support slipping again in the election night final report to 37.84 percent of votes counted.

SECOND UPDATE:

With the third election report, incumbents Sofia Pereira and Brett Watson are well on their way to retaining seats on the Arcata City Council over challenger Valerie Rose-Campbell with 43.52 percent and 36.81 percent of the vote in the three-person race.

The question of whether the statue of President William McKinley will stay on the plaza also appears to be clear. Measure M’s support tumbled in the latest round of results — with 40.62 percent of votes in favor of prohibiting the "modification, destruction, relocation” of McKinley’s statue or its base from the bronze’s current location.


UPDATE:
The numbers in Arcata remained the same in the second election results report, with incumbents Sofia Pereira and Brett Watson ahead at 42.5 percent and 39.3 percent in their bid for two open seats on the Arcata City Council and challenger Valerie Rose-Campbell trailing at 15.7 percent.

Measure M, which will determine whether the statue of President William McKinley remains on the plaza, was also unchanged, with ballots cast in favor of the bronze staying at 49.04 percent.

PREVIOUSLY:
Familiar faces appear poised to return to the Arcata City Council dais with incumbents Sofia Pereira and Brett Watson receiving 42.5 and 39.3 percent of early returns, respectively, to Valerie Rose-Campbell’s 15.7 in the three-person race for two open seats.

Pereira, who currently serves in the rotating role of mayor, was first elected to the council in 2014 while Watson was appointed in April of 2017 to fill the remainder of former Councilmember Mark Wheetley’s term after he stepped down to become Fortuna's city manager.

Meanwhile, things were much tighter in the most contentious election issue facing the city this year: Measure M, which will determine whether the more than 100-year reign of President William McKinley’s statue will continue on the plaza, with early results just 26 votes apart at 49.04 in favor and 50.96 against.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Access Humboldt Announces Voter Education Effort; Elections Office Reminds Folks to Register

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Local election season is officially ramping up. - FILE
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  • Local election season is officially ramping up.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for months, you’re probably aware that Election Day is less than two weeks away. And if you’re freaking out because you’ve been entirely consumed by watching national pundits froth at the mouth over faraway congressional races and don’t know where you stand on local candidates and measures, take heart: The good folks at Access Humboldt have you covered.

They have taken the time and effort to compile all the videos they could track down of local candidate forums, election coverage done by KEET PBS North Coast and packaged it with Access Humboldt’s own election offerings on a single web page, giving you a kind of one-stop shop for local election video content.


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Monday, October 22, 2018

What’s behind all those DMV voter-registration snafus? ‘Motor voter’ may have launched with makeshift computer system

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Want a sticker? Today is the last day to register to vote in the midterms. - FILE
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Editor’s note: Today is the last day to register to vote in California in order to participate in next month’s midterm elections. For more information or to register online, visit here.

The DMV gave the public a series of piecemeal explanations as it acknowledged making more than 100,000 errors in recent months in registering Californians to vote. Software problems, it said in May. Human errors from toggling between computer windows, it said in September. Data entry mistakes that were corrected but never saved, it said this month.

What DMV officials didn’t acknowledge — and still haven’t — was what may be the underlying problem: The agency rolled out a massive new voter-registration effort with a piecemeal computer system.

Instead of the properly integrated computer program that was needed, the agency launched in April with disparate computer systems that didn’t automatically link together, according to advocates who have been working closely with the DMV on the new “motor voter” system. That meant DMV workers had to manually link information from various systems during transactions between April and September, when an integrated system was put in place, said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause.


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Friday, October 19, 2018

Visions Collide at Harbor District Forum

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 12:13 PM

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Two candidates for the Fourth District seat on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District board exchanged tersely worded comments at a forum held on Oct. 17, sponsored by Access Humboldt and the League of Women Voters. The forum occurred at Access Humboldt's TV studio, and viewers phoned in or emailed their questions for the contenders.

Incumbent Richard Marks has served on the district board since 2009, a period marked by the dismantling and cleanup of former pulp mill tanks that had been filled with deadly chemicals, the emergence of new aquaculture businesses along the docks, and, at least according to Marks, a pronounced improvement in the district's finances.

Challenger Marian Brady, a current Eureka city councilmember, sees things differently. She wants to see a lot more dredging in the bay so businesses can ship their wares in and out year-round. She does not believe that the financial footing of the district is sound and wants to have a forensic audit of its finances. She supports a proposed east-west railroad that she says could bring increased shipping to the port.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

McKinley Statue Vandalized

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2018 at 11:32 AM

The statue of President McKinley was doused with an unknown substance. - MARK MCKENNA
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The statue of President William McKinley was doused overnight or early this morning with some sort of liquid that left a greenish patina discoloration down the front and back of the figure.

The Mad River Union reports the vandalism was discovered by a city worker and has been reported to the Arcata Police Department. The sergeant on the case was not immediately available for comment.

This, of course, is not the first time the bronze has been marred. Back in April of 2003, someone snapped off its thumb but it was later returned.

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