The Race Begins
It will be interesting to see who ends up filing papers for the Eureka City Council positions, the filing period having begun Monday. Most of interest to me is whether we'll see a clear left vs. right split.
With Planning Commission dude, Ron Kuhnel, having announced his intention to go up against Jeff Leonard, will the other candidates be Kerriganites as well? I suspect so, and think the central issue will be the Balloon Tract/ Marina Center controversy.
Also of interest in elections news, and something I'm personally glad to hear, two proposed local initiatives failed to gather enough signatures in time to get on the ballot for the November election:
The Preserve Our Waterfront group failed to get their signatures for the intitiative requiring voter approval of any zoning changes to the Balloon Tract, and the one to establish a civilian police review committee didn't make it either.
While I'm somewhat indifferent to both of the initiatives in question, I feel it's fair to say both were somewhat left wing oriented initiatives. I figured we were going to be inundated with attacks from the Left, the Left smelling at least a little blood after their Gallegos and Measure T victories. I figured they'd keep the momentum going.
With the two initiatives failing, I have to wonder if maybe the left doesn't have the momentum I thought they had, or maybe they're just taking a break? There's still some time for them to get enough signatures for a special election. Only time will tell if they have the energy to keep their ball rolling.