Thomas K. Edrington 
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Re: “‘Bad Optics’ Hang Over Auditor-Controller Contract

Virginia's husband Matt Owen filed a PRA one month before this meeting "Looking for any documentation, emails, or contracts between the Auditor-Controller's office, Karen Paz Dominguez and Danny Kelly and/or Edge Caliber Consulting over the past 90 days." None of the Supes were actually uninformed on this issue, but they were happy to play political theatre for the cameras, rubes, and journalists in the crowd. Looked like it worked just fine, since NCJ swallowed it hook line and sinker.

https://humboldtgov.nextrequest.com/docume…

Wanna hear some bad optics? "Local access journalist hoodwinked over and over, provides skewed opinuendo instead of real news."

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Posted by Thomas K. Edrington on 05/31/2022 at 4:51 PM

Re: “‘Bad Optics’ Hang Over Auditor-Controller Contract

Bookending a whole laundry list of the steps the AC took to make sure everything was transparent and above board with an unsupported quote from one source, and then quoting that source in the headline instead of the facts contained, is just the laziest sort of clickbait journalism.

Burying the lede that no laws were broken and every ethical step was taken every step of the way combined with the repeated quote marks around mentions of friendship hint at something worse than laziness, though. This story clearly didn't get raised by Shires, you just shopped him for a quote when it was clear there wasn't anything sensational to the story. Who, then, originally told you that this was the 'bad optics' you were desperate to put in your headline? Someone local, perhaps?

Poor form NCJ. I remember when you weren't trying to be a tabloid.

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Posted by Thomas K. Edrington on 05/18/2022 at 1:58 PM

Re: “A Symbolic Censure

If you take a look at the documents concerning holding up the single audit process, you'll find the primary reason is failures from multiple departments to have their books order. Department heads are used to having no accountability or oversight, and now that we finally have an AC that's looking over their shoulders their response has been a years long smear campaign. They're hoping to go back to the days of having a rubber stamp in that office, and Humboldt can't afford that going into our future.

Our books didn't suddenly fall out of order. They've been a shambles for decades. The folks pretending the system isn't broken certainly aren't the ones that are going to fix it.

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Posted by Thomas K. Edrington on 04/11/2022 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Vote Sundberg!

Holding incumbents accountable for problems that developed on their watch is perfectly acceptable, and in fact a necessary part of a functioning democracy. Appeal to emotion is not a valid defense against points on an issue, it is a logical fallacy upon which propaganda and disingenuity is founded. Your pearl clutching defense offers nothing besides claiming standing and attempting to defer responsibility off of a candidate that's deeply in the pocket of your organization's largest donors. Not a complimentary look in a "grassroots" organization.

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Posted by Thomas K. Edrington on 05/17/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Left With Nothing

Absolutely brilliant. Sustainability absolutely requires that the program be worth enacting, and I'm glad someone is finally pointing that out as it relates to the scale of cannabis farms. In no way shape or form is committing to meeting the stringent requirements and being held accountable to those commitments in ways that *no other industry* would consider is in no way "getting a pass". It's quite certain that a high percentage won't make the cut, but the options presented by CCVH's opposition have been so poorly though out as to guarantee the program's failure and a continuation of the black market, with all the environmental and social ills that it brings with it. Thank you for shedding some clarity on the issue, and for using data and analysis rather than hyperbolae and emotional reactionism.

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Posted by Thomas K. Edrington on 07/18/2015 at 8:44 AM

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