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Re: “The Anti-Neely Campaign Finance Reform Rally

“A tough charge to answer?” C'mon Hank, only if you buy into Chris Crawford's fake posturing on campaign funding: that is, reform that only benefits his candidate. If he was real about it, as Kaitlyn pointed out, why didn't he call over the last four years?

What Chris is really afraid of is having the candidates be judged on their own merits: that is, what have they accomplished in office? Why would they be the best person for the job?

Here are ten concrete examples of the things Bonnie has done:

1) Found $9 million in state funding to build the Main Branch Eureka Library, overlooking the harbor;

2) Helped to create an exemplary system of senior services in Eureka, including the Senior Center, the Alzheimers Center and the Adult Day Health System, which allows Eureka seniors to remain independent and in their own homes;

3) Co-founded the Jazz Festival and Blues By the Bay, which have brought literally millions into Eureka in tourist dollars. The Jazz Fest is 20 years old this year.

4) Saved nearly 200 jobs by helping to negotiate a precedent-setting agreement between the county, the state, and commercial operators to provide for the continuation of the extraction of gravel on the Mad River;

5) Testified before a Congressional Subcommittee to ensure Humboldt received mitigation monies for the loss of the Headwaters Forest from the local economy. As a result, the Headwaters Fund was given a $23 million endowment to help grow county businesses and jobs;

6) After a local court imposed county welfare general relief payments that were the sixth-highest in the state, Bonnie took the lead in a successful appeal of the ruling, saving county taxpayers $600,000;

7) Bonnie helped to create the Step Up program in Humboldt, which provided work experience and summer jobs for youth;

8) Appointed twice to the California Coastal Commission by two different governators, elected and recently, re-elected by her peers to be its chair;

9) Helped negotiate a $2 million dollar offset from CalTrans to the struggling CR agriculture program as mitigation for lost farmland in the Alton Interchange and Mad River Bridge construction projects;

10) Founding member of the Humboldt Library Foundation, which has distributed over $600,000 to help keep Humboldt libraries open.

Frankly, I'm proud of Bonnie's out-of-county connections. From the above you can see has used them to “bring home the bacon” to Humboldt. Now, really, who's the best person for the job?

Posted by Test of Character on 04/09/2010 at 5:09 PM

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