Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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.

37 Comments:

At 10:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right v. Left? The (in)famous Goldwater Republican John Dean says he hasn't changed, but these days he finds himself left of center. May I suggest a different terminology for Eureka politics? How about The Aristocracy v. The People? The Withs v. the Withouts? Speculators v. Workers? Arklones v. Glassites?

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rex Bohn will run vs. Peter on the Arkley ticket...

 
At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Rex run or will it be Virginia Bass-Jackson? With Flemming at the head of the ticket this will be interesting. (If you like Bush, you will love Flemming)

 
At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

those initiatives are probably better off standing by themselves in a different election, this november has too many measures on the ballot as it is.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Good point, but I hope it doesn't end up being a special election just for those two.

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they get their 10% they'd just wind up on the next municipal election ballot after november. eureka's school board has seats up in november 2007.

 
At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Special elections can cost more than they are likely worth, but city council races should be won by majority vote, which sometimes means a runoff. Too bad ex-Mayor Flemming had the rules changed to this current plurality, winner-take-all minority rule system. I guess it must have suited her needs at the time.

 
At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the zoning change initiative was still born.

 
At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politics does take too much energy. Time for a vacation.

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred,

I hope to be as respectful as possible and say that even though those two petitions had some good points- neither had significant enough support from any part of the local political spectrum, including what you say is the "left".

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anybody know who the nutjob with the Humboldt Times-Picayune is?

 
At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really do not think that Rex Bohn will run for mayor. Would not be surprised if Virginia Bass-Jackson. Anybody but no-growth Peter LaVallee. I would even consider The Great Razooly over Peter.

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are the one without any support michael smith, we are going forward with police review without your sorry attempts at disruption.

 
At 8:42 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Police review works well in Berkeley,what is being proposed here is basically a copycat.It's too bad that it can't muster a whole lot of support.We need it or something like it.

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh bs.

 
At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats right, theres plenty of support in this community for police review after the cops blew away cheri moore. but wait, michael smith doesnt give a damn about that, so long as he can continue to attack greg allen.

 
At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

let's have DA review first.
Start at the top where the problem is.

 
At 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred:

I was referred to your blog since there was discussion of our initiative. Here is the current status as released to the press yesterday.

Very good blog by the way.

Jim Ferguson

*****

After careful discussion and review of the status of the proposed development of the Balloon Tract, specifically in light of recent changes to the project put forward by Security National and the subsequent delays in the overall process, Preserve Our Waterfront has decided to suspend collection of signatures on the Eureka Waterfront Approval Initiative - at this time. While the group is still concerned that the voters and citizens of Eureka have a say on this matter, they feel the circumstances have changed enough in the months since the late March filing that the people of Eureka will have the de facto ability to make their voices heard on this issue come November, with three City Council members and the Mayor up for re-election.

As of this date, some 573 verified signatures have been collected towards the approximately 1,500 required. And while Preserve Our Waterfront feels they would be able to collect the additional signatures needed before the deadline of late September; this would force the city to hold a special election in January 2007 costing $30,000 to $40,000, something the group was not comfortable with.

Preserve Our Waterfront has never taken a position either for or against the Marina Center proposal but was formed to give the people and voters of Eureka a say in the development of the last significant vacant parcel of their waterfront. We want to thank all those who signed the petition and the volunteers who gathered those signatures.

Q & A with Jim Ferguson

You’ve stopped collecting signatures “at this time”.

The group believes in the proposed initiative and feels it can always restart the process next year, depending how things play out over the coming months.

You’ve gathered 573 signatures towards your goal. What problems, if any, did you encounter?

There were probably an additional thousand people who would have signed and who supported our initiative but did not live within city limits. And while we welcomed this support, this is ultimately a decision to be made by the voters of Eureka, not outsiders.

Did the recent “wetlands” modification of the proposed Marina Center project have any impact on signature gathering?

From talking to Eureka residents and voters, we found two things. One, they do not view the Marina Center project with the same distaste they viewed the Wal-mart proposal. They also feel that Security National is being responsive to peoples concerns and that while this proposal may not be perfect, it is a trade off they are willing to consider if it cleans up this blighted eyesore.

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks for the heads up, Jim!

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

reasonable discourse from jim ferguson, no wonder the loco solutions nutjobs wouldnt get on board, hes not crazy enough for the retrogressives liking.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are tired of the drama, and the left has gone to the well too many times. People are tired of writing checks. Maybe there's hope that things will settle down, and be peaceful again.

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever talked to the Fergusons?

 
At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salman could not control Jim Ferguson, so Salzman did everyrthing possible to undermine the petitioning effort-- even though it would have supported a public process and bascially helped Salman's (er, I mean CREG's) position.

Lesson? That unless Salzman controls it, he kills it. (Watch out, Paul).

 
At 3:37 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

anon 12:50,please specifically state what exactly Salzman did to undermine the effort.Didn't JIm Ferguson give a little presentation at a CREG meeting?I also saw a save our waterfront table at a CREG forum.Never saw one at the co-op,or Arts Alive,or anywhere in town for that matter.If you don't trust him then why rely on his help?With your opinions of him as they are,wouldn't it be smarter to stay away from CREG and gather signatures and support from a different avenue?I support this initiative,but I live in the first district so my signature would be invalid.Feel free to dislike Salzman as some obviously do,but don't blame him or GREG for failures to obtain signatures and support.

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

I meant anon 2:50

 
At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eureka Waterfront Approval Initiative suspended, for now
7/22/2006

Dear Editor,

After careful discussion and review of the status of the proposed development of the Balloon Track, specifically in light of recent changes to the project put forward by Security National and the subsequent delays in the overall process, Preserve Our Waterfront has decided to suspend collection of signatures on the Eureka Waterfront Approval Initiative — at this time. While the group is still concerned that the voters and citizens of Eureka have a say on this matter, they feel the circumstances have changed enough in the months since the late March filing that the people of Eureka will have the de facto ability to make their voices heard on this issue come November, with three City Council members and the mayor up for re-election.

As of this date, some 573 verified signatures have been collected toward the approximately 1,500 required. And while Preserve Our Waterfront feels they would be able to collect the additional signatures needed before the deadline of late September, this would force the city to hold a special election in January 2007 costing $30,000 to $40,000, something the group was not comfortable with.

Preserve Our Waterfront has never taken a position either for or against the Marina Center proposal, but was formed to give the people and voters of Eureka a say in the development of the last significant vacant parcel of their Waterfront. We want to thank all those who signed the petition and the volunteers who gathered those signatures.

 
At 4:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So do you think Jim Ferguson is for the Marina Project? I think it is gaining momentum and CREG is no where to be heard.

 
At 10:34 AM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Hmm,CREG is nowhere to be heard except for on my television.I gaurantee you that this whole 10-12 acre wetland proposal wouldn't have come to light without CREG's persistance.
Security National's refusal to bring the change to a vote,shows that even they know that the majority of citizens in Eureka would vote it down.Believe me,if they(Arkley in specific) truly thought they had a majority support,they would bring it to a vote just to shove it in the oppositions faces.But that's why they're putting out postcards,to see just much support they may have.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I don't know that you can say that. I'd be leery of hoping for voter support for anything. People, Californians in particular, can be quite fickle on how they vote and the result of a vote could change depending on whether it was held a day earlier or later.

I wouldn't want to chance anything I didn't have to on how people might vote on it.

Also, seems to me Security National has said from the get- go they wanted to hear from the community for ideas on the balloon tract.

 
At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

believe you mresquan - do you have proof to back that up or do your standards only apply to others?

 
At 9:51 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

anon 4:46 remember a quote in reference to the Friends of the Dunes that went something like this."It's mine,all mine and they're never gonna get it!"Sorry if I have the exact wording wrong.

 
At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Marina center is going to happen. Everyone get on board now.

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CREG could stop right now and they know they have had a good effect, no matter what ends up on the Balloon Track. Now why don't more people run for city council and really make some change for the better?

 
At 5:39 PM, Blogger Brian Morrissey said...

mresquan said "I gaurantee you that this whole 10-12 acre wetland proposal wouldn't have come to light without CREG's persistance"

CREG has never mentioned open space or wetlands - they seem focused on the environmental clean-up and anti-Home Depot and anti-Best Buy.

If that was a bet mresquan - I'd take it.

 
At 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Mr. M. Is that 10-12 acres in addition to the orginal plan to have wetlands around the slough?

 
At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And even if SN dropped the Home Depot and Best Buy, CREG would still be against the project. Unless they get a taxpayer funded, money losing development, they will fight to the bitter end.

 
At 8:37 PM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Brian, could the wetlands,your proposed wetlands,or both be considered to be under public trust.Because CREG has brought up the public trust issue,but I'm personally not informed much on it?

 

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