Sunday, October 22, 2006

It's Glass, Kuhnel and Jones

Our very own Hank Sims takes home the prize money for correctly predicting the Times- Standard endorsements for Eureka City Council. I wasn't going to hazard a guess on this but I figured, of the Local Solutions gang, Kuhnel was the one most likely to get their endorsement.

I was a bit surprised at their picking Larry Glass. Not that I didn't think Local Solutions might take all three, but I figured it would be either a clean sweep of Local Solutions candidates, or Wolford, Leonard and Jones, the wild card being Kuhnel replacing Leonard, him having the best credentials among the Local Solutions bunch.

We'll also have to see who the T-S picks for Arcata City Council and some of the other races. Any other papers planning endorsements?

Of course, who comes out on top on November 7 is another issue entirely.

73 Comments:

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to the T/S the only surprise was Jones.

Larry Glass ? Come on !

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

Never again doubt the insight of the Times-Standard Endorsomatic Crystal Ball, people.

The source code for the Eureka Reporter Endorsomatic Crystal Ball is of course much simpler:

print '100% : Bass'
print '100% : Wolford'
print '100% : Leonard'
print '100% : Jones'

 
At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the logic on Kuhnel was reasonable. Larry Glass????

 
At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seemed to me that they werent being consistent with their mayoral endorsements, i.e., in their opinion Lavelee is doing fine, and should continue. They basically said that about all three incumbents, and yet want change for two of them. Now I have no problem with them endorsing whomever they choose, but they should at least be consistent, and they should also just come out and state their real rationale for said endorsements.

 
At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can a candidate who came forward with CREG being the sole purpose to stop the Marina Center project (and Best Buy) have an open mind to vote on the project?

 
At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Beth studies the issues-things like the city budget. As far as city council meetings go, not a very popular time for public input when the budget is on the meeting agenda. Larry Glass has never even looked it over-the budget...you know that document the city uses to divide the pie.

Jeff Leonard also studies the issues and could use some pointers from Nancy Pelosi's consultant in getting to the point with less words-Ron Kuhnel also a 'talker' with the distinction of a Local Solutions endorsement which would make some people leery of a trojan horse.

Is there going to be comment on Brian Morrissey's use of the word 'tract' this morning?

Brian?

 
At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TS has stated that they haven't formed an opinion about the Balloon Track. Then they go on to state that the reason they are endorsing Larry Glass is that he is the spokesman for CREG. Does the Times Standard believe that the folks here are that dumb? "He is not a one-pony show". Well it seems to me that he has been riding The Anti-Marina Center Pony for all he is worth. His very own poll, the forum, his unabashed views on the Best Buy, and Home Depot elements are the trappings on this pony. Clearly the TS has climbed on board this "Pony" that has become the size of a Clydsdale.

Mary Beth is in her quiet way leading the way toward the possibilites of new elements that are going to make a difference in how we actually live here in Eureka. She has actively promoted the West Side White paper that has opened up new ways in dealing with the "Slum Lords", and the permitting of New Community Care Homes in Eureka. She has been instrumental in the Creation of a New Alzheimer Center. She continues to study all sides of an issues. She actually went to Boston to find out more about the LNG issues that would have drastically changed our Port and City into an international terminal, thus providing a possible site for terrorism. She was not afraid to find out what it would actually mean to have such a facility here.
I have not heard anything from Larry Glass on any of these issues during the last three years.

This election will determine what the City of Eureka will look like for many years to come. We can have our Mayor the paid employee of an Action Agency which is a part of a National mandate to "legislate for the disabled", a welfare counselor who needs more and more "Clients" to retain her job, and a "social Justice" candidate that has stated privately that unless there is 100% cleanup on the BT he doesn't care if it sits there for 30 more years. The other choice is to keep folks on the Council that have a proven track record on Public Safety , new and better Jobs Goals and giving private industry the chance to keep Eureka moving forward into a better economic future.

 
At 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Beth also studied the city budget, which Larry Glass stated he has never read. He proposed raises for law enforcement personnel and confided he had attended a police academy, commendable, yet he has no idea how the city will pay for his great ideas. Larry knows the budget is available online as an executive summary yet even this Cliffs noted version has put him off. How could he possibly replace Mary Beth? He can't!

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Richard Salzmann in Ron Kuhnel's home. This was during Chris Kerrigan's reelection bid. Can't say that I liked him then, nothing I've read of Hank Sim's writing has led me to change that opinion.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:12 Good points!

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

I think the TS endorsments were well-reasoned. Just to establish my middle-of-the-road objectivity, I would note that the biggest problem in this election is that the two best candidates, Kuhnel and Leonard, are campaigning for the same ward. It's too bad that they can't both be on the Council, but that is the problem with the ward system.

Given that, I think it is clear that Kuhnel is by far the best candidate. If Leonard were not the incumbent, he would have nothing on paper to recommend him. His only real qualifications are what he has shown in office. Kuhnel has more experience than Leonard, plus a great deal of professional background.

The endorsement of Glass is probably more of a non-endorsement for Wolford. She has consistently been an also-ran on the Council, provding no leadership to speak of. From my personal conversations with her, I can say that I have found her depth of knowledge and her grasp of issues to be seriously lacking. Glass may be more of a polarizing figure, and more likely to speak his mind (kind of a Roger Rodoni of the left), but he is also more likely to actually lead.

Neither Jones nor Abrams are particularly compelling candidates, as evidenced by the fact that neither one was really seeking the job. Jones' only qualification is that he is the incumbent, and Abrams' only qualification is that she is not Jones. In such a case, I believe the nod should go to the incumbent.

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous mresquan said...

Track record on public safety= Cherie Moore shot 9 times after a 2 and a half hour standoff,because she possessed a flair gun.Track record on public safety= mail in reports on vehicle break-in's and other infractions. Meaning Saturday night to Monday morning is a free for all for aspiring burglars.
And 11:12,sometime take a look at who works for an insurance company which provides insurance for RCAA financed buildings.
And ask any members of the white paper committee what they think of Mary Beth's effort put into the committee.
My guess is,you have no idea what Larry was going through personally 3 years ago.

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:57 All your blather is leading up to what??

 
At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glass is supposed to lead who?? A seeing eye dog would do better. To lead, you must have somebody behind to follow. Now who would that be-Nan, Peter? Right.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:56 I agree with your points about Wolford, having also worked with her and found her wanting.

She has also been happy to take credit for other peoples’ efforts, which I don’t respect, and the Whitepaper is just the latest instance.

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, the best two candidates, on the whole, are Leonard and Kuhnel. Unfortunately, Kuhnel has linked himself with the Local Solutions slate, and has accepted $4500 from Pierson. No matter how reasonable he sounds, I can't get over the fact that he willingly lined himself up with the "slate"

 
At 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Hank, what does your "North Coast Journal Endorsomatic Crystal Ball" tell you about which candidates is the Journal endorsing?

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

Magic 8 Ball says: 'Try again later.'

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

My magic 8 ball says in regards to Meserve's chances "not so good".

As you know, the 8 ball is never wrong.

 
At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hank what are you waiting for-a gift wrapped, surprise?

 
At 7:37 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

That sentence makes no sense whatsoever. Anyway, I think you've missed the point of the game.

The game isn't I tell you who the Journal endorses. That isn't a game. The game is you guess who the Journal endorses. That's a game!

 
At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the game is Hank leaks the T-S endorsements so he can feel superior, then refuses to do the same for the Journal.

Wow, fun game. Not.

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

"Leaks"?

Don't be a player-hater, homes.

 
At 5:56 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I believe Hank said back during the primary that the NCJ was getting away from giving endorsements. They didn't give any for the primary.

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger Hank Sims said...

Fred takes home the prize money!

 
At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who I'm more interested in is the endorsements from the second tier publications like Humboldt County Lines and Emerald Coast Herald.
Although, the Trinity Baptist Church bulletin and Sierra Cascade Girl Scouts monthly newsletter are good bets on the outcome of the elections too. Pay special attention to the endorsements of the Longs Drugs October sales insert. They tend to have a pulse on the voting whims of the electorate.

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey...anybody know anything about the new guy who started today for Paul our illustrious and incompetent DA. Like Paul, the new guy got his degree from a mill in Southern Cal and like Paul he is dishonest...seems that he has been suspended from practice three times for what the state bar lists as "Moral Turpitude." check it out at:
http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member_detail.aspx?x=177299

Brings Humboldt to a new low!

 
At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Rose. Things slow on your blog?

 
At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I agree, the best two candidates, on the whole, are Leonard and Kuhnel. Unfortunately, Kuhnel has linked himself with the Local Solutions slate, and has accepted $4500 from Pierson. No matter how reasonable he sounds, I can't get over the fact that he willingly lined himself up with the "slate"

2:42 PM


Point taken about Kuhnel in August, but Kuhnel in October has been doing his damndest to distance himself from the David Cobb albatross, same goes for Nan. That's also why these folks have been declining Loco dollars. Maybe Cobb should cough up some of his Phony Phoenix funny money from DUHC instead, after all David can't pay his mortgage with "community currency" he needs the greenbacks he leeches from the local activist community instead.

 
At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across this little blogspot-nice!

Does anyone remember the 70's?
Larry Glass wasn't too big on living wage jobs back in the day...

He put Eureka Stereo out of business with an interesting practice-trading albumns to kids willing to work it off in his store all day. Not quite min. wage I believe the minimum was about $2.60 at that time.

What do you have to say to that Local Solutions?

 
At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need someone who's not afraid to speak truth to power, someone like nick bravo, to philosophically beat down cobb.

 
At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has 'what' to do with Glass, Kuhnel, Jones...?

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:39 said: "Point taken about Kuhnel in August, but Kuhnel in October has been doing his damndest to distance himself from the David Cobb albatross, same goes for Nan. That's also why these folks have been declining Loco dollars."

So he's changing his tune now that he doesn't think it will play well with voters. That is so disingenuous. FROM HIS OWN WEBSITE he says:

”I'm pleased to receive the endorsement of an organization such as Local Solutions, an organization that I think I share common values with,”

So have his values changed? I think not. He's just trying to play them down so he can get elected. Then once he's elected he can sing his "Local Solutions" tune again.

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 8:51 comments are perhaps understandable but also way off the mark. I know Ron well and he has not even met, let alone shared strategy with, the local solutions group. If his acceptance of the local solutions endorsement means that he does not want LNG on the bay and he believes in the public process and that unlimited big box retail may not be appropriate for the city then I think he is being true to his word. Given his integrity he is not going to deny those shared common values. Hence the statement in the brochure. Local solutions has unfortunately been tarred with a negative image, predominantly because they show up in Eureka to voice their opinions and a lot of old guard Eurekans are, lets say, a bit intolerant of outsiders. It is just smart political strategy to avoid the controversy by diving in further.

I also know that Bill Pierson is going to be very disappointed if he thinks he has purchased a vote. Ron will follow the letter of the law. Unless the EIR and the coastal commission raise concerns that cannot be easily mitigated, I cannot imagine Ron not voting to approve the zoning change required for the Marina Center. Where Ron differs
from his opponent, I believe, is that he would have done some work up front with the city in control as opposed to on the back end with Security National in the driver’s seat.

 
At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:23 Are you really thinking anyone is going to believe your statement that Ron Kuhnel doesn't know Local Solutions-has never 'met them'?? What a load of B.S.! I met Richard Salzman in Ron Kuhnel's kitchen during a Chris Kerrigan fundraiser. Local Solutions = Richard Salzman.

More proof for lazy onlookers can be found on Rose's blog:
http://watchpaul.blogspot.com/

Its getting harder and harder to put the snow jobs together isn't it??

 
At 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:23 PM - You bring up some interesting points.

However Union Pacific owned a piece of PRIVATE property. Now Security National owns this private property.

What could the City of Eureka have done to this private property? Nothing!

And of course, who would have paid for the City of Eureka to have anything done with this private property?

Bottom line is that Union Pacific could legally have left the Balloon Track sit an empty, polluted, blighted, property for another 100 years.

And there is nothing that you or I could have done about this.

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:23 pm and 8:11 am:

There is plenty an alert and active council could have done, just as they do with other slumlords. Floyd Squires' name ring any bells?

There is a difference between abating blight and dictating development. The council could have addressed the blight issue long ago but they preferred to complain instead.

Keeping the Master Plan process on track instead of killing it as Leonard did (at least Jones had the honesty to admit why) would have allowed us to be further down the line (still with Arkley driving development) but with more community buy-in. The current controversy is more due to the incumbents than to Arkley, in many ways.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Rose said...

10:13 wasn't me, Richard. See, if I want to direct people to my blog, I just use my name, see, then people can click on the link and get there. There's no need for games.

You oughtta try using your name, or make up a really good one and stick with it. You know "R Trent" would work perfectly well.

Why is it that everyone is constantly trying to distance themselves from Richard Salzman? Why doesn't anyone want to admit that they are working with him?

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rose, we were having a discussion about the posted topic. Not about you. Please go away if you can't stay on topic.

No, I'm not someone "famous", just tired of reading your rants. And I don't even know you.

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me YOU brought up Floyd Squires!

Go down to city hall and pull up some of Floyd Squires property files-they are in the public domain. These are the thick files in the stack-the ones with all the nuisance abatement letters. City depts: Fire, police, building departments and Humboldt County Environmental Health.

Letters and more letters-Floyd's response? He picks up a building permit, writes a nice letter but mainly he avoids doing anything at all. His property on the corner of 9th and I Sts has an open building permit from 2003-nothing has been done, period.

This city council has worked hard on a nuisance abatement ordinance and hired an attorney willing to enforce municiple and civil codes-our last city attorney was not.

I will be posting leads to any documentation I can get my hands on. Last I checked it isn't Rose's specialty-guess again.

 
At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shut up Rose.

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

golly gosh 12:35, I bet you are one who is always on point with freedom of speech and expression...EXCEPT when its someone who challenges you to think...Rose has done nothing but site facts. Your responding with "shut up" is a clear indication that you've not only lost the argument, you've been humiliated.

 
At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say again....shut up rose.

 
At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't endorse anybody who endorses . Use your own mind that's what your brain is for . Just don't endorse "needle Neely , LieVallee , Wolford , Rodini , Bass and any other government agents to bring in more white trash shelters into , Eureka.
The Times - Standard's , David Lippman is tied to an organization along with LieVallee to bring in Shelters ......that's why they don't want , Jerry to win . He wants them out of town .The Times is doing everything to keep , Jerry from winning .

 
At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, 12:35.
I agree.

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:51...there you go talking to yourself at 12:35.

Rose seems to be the only sane one in the group as of late.

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9:23 and 8:10:

There is a big difference between meeting one member of a group while working on someone else's campaign and collaborating with the group on your own.

Especially since this is now, with his campaign, not 2 years ago on another person's campaign. He calls the shots on his campaign and he's a straight shooter.

What I know of Ron jibes with what 9:23 said.

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Rose is sane. As sane as someone with an obsession such as she has can be. She needs help not praise.

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:07
Facts are cited, buildings are sited.

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:34 whatever dickie.....

I'll just praise her and pray that you get the help you need.

 
At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:54
I agreed with 12:35, but was not the 12:35 poster. Guess plenty of us are tired of her rants. Her love/hate relationship with Richard bores most of us.
Be polite and stick to the points.

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a recent poster, I can't help wondering what's up with all these references to Richard, Dickie and their/his relationships with Rose.

3:41 - Assuming that everyone disagreeing with Rose is "Dickie" shows that you assume a lot. Doesn't show much else worth commenting on.

Can we please get back to the issues?

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:47 See for yourself:
http://watchpaul.blogspot.com/

Rose is a private, unpaid activist who is hell bent on getting our DA Paul Gallegos indicted. I support her in this and so do many others.

Dick, Dickie, Richard are one in the same but not because Mr Richard Salzman tries to unite his multiple personalities-he write letters under assumed names R. Trent, whatever his dog's name is, other people's names without permission. The District Attorney couldn't actually prosecute this misdemeanor since R. Trent was like his campaign swami.

Its a soap opera. I am waiting for the book because I think the movie version is going to go in too many directions.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Me? An activist? Uh uh.

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

DO NOT vote for anyone tied to the R.C.A.A. This includes , Lie Vallee ,Neely , Wolford , Bass , Rodini , Smith and more ..........go to r.c.a.a. of Humboldt County . David Lippman of the Times - Standard is part of their regime and that's why they keep putting , Jerry Droz on the back burner because they do not want him to win because he doesn't want any more shelters in - U -TWEEK - Ka .Fxxx the Times and the R.C.A.A. !

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry its past your bedtime...

 
At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Me? An activist? Uh uh."

That's giving her too much credit.

 
At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm a HUGE Rose fan!

I think her research is going to pay off so we can be rid of Paul Gallegos for good. He should have resigned, but indicted by the new AG will sell more papers.

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Idiot.

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:20's comment is the final defense of the cop lovers. Name calling, in their cro-magnoid little world it means something. To the rest of us its obvious that he has no rational arguement and cannot put one forth in his own mind.

 
At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha Ha Ha Your funny !

 
At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:20 It is highly possible that you are also 8:14

Answers: Short

Substance: None

Thought process: Absent

 
At 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Height: Short

Substance: None

Thought process: Absent


Answer: Jeff Leonard

 
At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commenting on someone's height....that's so.....junior high.

 
At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:35 you really need to get your G.E.D.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger mrsb814 said...

As for the Neighborhood Watch Forum at the Senior Resource Center Last night...

Well attended-thank you to all who participated!

This community meeting was very informative, connecting Neighborhood Watch Groups to First Five Humboldt/Better Together, the Red Cross, Volunteer Center of the Redwoods, North Coast Substance Abuse Council, Keep Eureka Beautiful and Feral Friends.

Virginia Bass, Mary Beth Wolford and Jeff Leonard came to participate and reassure us that our Public Safety Commission is about to become a reality. Nancy Flemming came to offer support and encouragement to take back our neighborhoods! Helen L'Annunziata, the coordinator for First 5 Humboldt/Better Together organized the event and provided materials for NW captains to take back and share with the individual groups-and offered to throw block parties so neighborhoods can bond and get to know people living close by as well as develop coping strategies for problems and evolve our meetings to disaster preparedness (something we never seem to get to at our NW meetings since we are too busy putting out the little fires).

There is a lot of discussion on the blogs about community involvement, the public process and safety issues. By getting involved in Neighborhood Watch, you too can be a part of planning for safer neighborhoods and stronger communities.

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

Mary,

Seems you either haven't bothered to get to know all the candidates or you don't even have the courtesy to impartially list all who were in attendance.

Are you this partial with everything, or did you just put your blinders on last night?

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger mrsb814 said...

Oh, you are right! Ron Kuhnel and Nan Abrams were also there-did I leave anyone else out? I spoke to them both and thanked them for coming as I did for all attendees.
You are right to call me on it!

 
At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary's political bias showing.

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:13 Were you expecting her to list your name too-why don't you just say you went to and tell us who to give a little credit to? I don't see the bias. Just a dam trouble maker from teh other blog-Why didn't anybody listen to you?
Poor baby;(

 
At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry. But when you try an play the middle you gotta be consistent.

 
At 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Statements: Long

Substance: None

Thought Process: Absent

Answer: Jeff Leonard

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Kuhnel and Nan Abrams were there Mary-but you didn't have to say it when they did not participate in the discussion. AT All.

8:52 Jeff Leonard did however add to the discussion, he has always supported NW, the skate park, working together for solutions.

VOTE JEFF LEONARD!

 

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