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Excitement was generated on Friday, March 7, when former Eureka City Council Member, Chris Kerrigan, announced his campaign to challenge incumbent, Virginia Bass, for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor's (BOS) seat. A press release from the Kerrigan campaign said, "As a two term Eureka City Councilmember (2000-2008), Kerrigan focused on economic development, public safety and creating a livable, walkable community. Now he plans to bring these values to the Board of Supervisors."
Many county residents have expressed disappointment and cynicism in the directions taken by the BOS since the last election, viewing the Board as being dominated by special interest agendas. Until Kerrigan entered the race there had been no challenges to the two incumbent Supervisors, Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg. Although time is short between now and Election Day on June 3, Kerrigan made his intentions clear on his Facebook page saying, "Four years ago Virginia Bass ran for this office on the position of passing the general plan. Due to her actions on the Board of Supervisors we’re further away today than we were 4 years ago. Today, I filed my papers to run for the Fourth District seat. I intend to spend the next 90 days talking to people about tangible solutions to move Humboldt forward."
KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, attended Kerrigan's campaign announcement on Friday and aired the report below on the KMUD Local News Friday March 7, 2014.
Ed Rosenthal (to the left in photo), California horticulturist, author, publisher, cannabis grower and advocate for legalization of marijuana, in mid-December, 2013, mailed his initiative, The Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014. Rosenthal's contribution will now bring the total of marijuana reform initiatives, officially submitted to Sacramento, to four. The other three proposals: The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014; The Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act of 2014 (version2); and The Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act of 2014 (version3) are at various stages of the process for getting an initiative on the ballot.
To be placed on the ballot, each of the proposed initiatives must meet a series of requirements including: approval by the Office of Legislative Counsel, submission to the Attorney General to request preparation of a circulating title/summary of the chief purpose/points of the initiative, and collection of signatures of registered voters. A maximum of 150 days, from the official summary date, is allowed for signature collection. However, signature collection must be completed at least 131 days before the election. Petition circulators must obtain more than 500,000 (at least 5% of the total votes cast for Governor at the last gubernatorial election) qualified signatures for the proposal to qualify, which means shooting for at least 10% more to give a safe margin for disqualifications. Click here for the full process and procedure for implementing a ballot initiative.
The 2010 election witnessed the defeat Prop. 19, the California ballot effort to legalize and regulate marijuana for general use, but since then two states, Colorado and Washington, have passed marijuana reform legislation, other regions in the U.S. have liberalized their pot policies, and changing attitudes regarding marijuana use have been documented. The relevant questions now are: How many different initiatives will be on the California ballot in 2014, and will one of them get the 51% majority needed to become the law of the land? Or, will the issue be deferred to the 2016 election?
Comparisons between the current proposals require careful scrutiny. As a starting point a comparison chart has been created and published by Shona Levana Gochenaur. Note: the accuracy of this chart has not been evaluated. Crafting and getting financial support for any initiative walks the fine line between satisfying the measure's base supporters while still being palatable enough to voters to win a majority at election time, and there are some major differences in these four proposals. For example, the most liberal of the quartet is The California Cannabis Hemp Initiative 2014, championed by followers of Jack Herer a legendary California cannabis advocate who died in 2010. This proposal would allow for 99 flowering plants per year to be grown by adults for personal use and would cap the taxes at 10% of the retail price of the product. Whereas, The Control, Regulate and Tax Marijuana Act imposes a 25% tax and stipulates that for personal use, "...not more than six plants may be possessed, grown, or processed at a single home or private residence, or upon the grounds of that home or private residence, at one time."
The California marijuana legislative landscape will be changing as the signature collection deadlines come and go and financial and volunteer support for the proposals solidifies. The current initiatives may be viewed by clicking the links in the first paragraph above.
- "Legalizing pot could save California hundreds of millions every year, state says" - Washington Post
- "Welcome to the Hotel California" - Article in the Weedactivist.com
- "As Colorado, Washington legalize recreational pot, California mulls its options"-The Sacramento Bee
- "Ed Rosenthal Files The Cannabis Policy Reform Act of 2014"-S.F gate blog
- "California Could Become The Third U.S. State To Legalize Pot "-The Huffington Post
- Secretary of State Initiative and Referendum Proposal website
Update March 4, 2014 - Elan Firpo launched her election campaign for Humboldt County District Attorney last Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014 in Eureka. Firpo's platform includes strengthening the management of prosecutors, in the D.A.'s Office, and focusing on serious crimes in collaboration with law enforcement.
Hear more on Firpo's campaign launch in the report below submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired by Kerry Reynolds on the KMUD Local News Mon., March 3, 2014.
Update: Feb. 17, 2014 - So far four candidates, Allan Dollison, Elan Firpo, Maggie Fleming and Arnie Klein, have entered the 2014 race for Humboldt County District Attorney after last November's announcement, by sitting D.A., Paul Gallegos, indicating that he wouldn't run for another term. Gallegos was first elected to the office in 2002. During the last election cycle, he faced three challengers: Allison Jackson, Paul Hagen and Kathleen Bryson.
KMUD News Correspondent, Daniel Mintz, aired reports on the campaigns as they kicked off, and those audios, candidates photos and website links appear below, as does the original post made after Arnie Klein, the first candidate to enter the race, made his announcement.
The submission below, from Daniel Mintz covering the Dollison campaign, aired on the KMUD Local News Jan. 21, 2014.
The news piece below was submitted by Daniel Mintz and aired on KMUD Local News Jan. 29, 2014
See the original post below on the D.A race, including KMUD News audio on Arnie Klein candidacy
The 2014 race for Humboldt County District Attorney received some added interest last Wed, Nov 13 when Arnie Klein came out of retirement to announce his challenge to incumbent D.A. Paul Gallegos. Klein served as Humboldt County Deputy District Attorney from 2006 until he retired from that position in 2012. According to his election web page Klein, "...has served as deputy district attorney in four California counties and has built a legacy of championing social justice, whether for the indigent or the high profile. His convictions have gone beyond the confines of the courtroom and into the community where he has created educational programs that changed the way sexual assault victims are treated throughout the country."
Klein's experience, before joining the Humboldt County D.A.'s Office, ranges from working as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, as well as in Tulare County, to serving as senior trial lawyer in the Monterey County District Attorney’s office.
Daniel Mintz attended Klein's candidacy announcement event and submitted the news piece below, which aired on the KMUD Local News Wed., Nov. 13, 2013.
- Arnie Klein's facebook Page
- Times Standard Article on Klein's retirement
- Recent North Coast Journal article on Klein
The photo below was taken by Daniel Mintz at Klein's annoucment event
The Nov. 5, 2013 Humboldt County election includes elections for the following positions:
-Bridgeville School District Governing Board Member
-Eureka City Schools Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 1
-Ferndale Unified School District Governing Board Member
-McKinleyville School District Governing Board Member
-Northern Humboldt Union High School District Governing Board Member
-Redwoods Community College District, Trustee Area 2
-Manila Community Services District Governing Board Member
-McKinleyville Community Services District Governing Board Member
-Arcata Fire Protection District Governing Board Member, Division 1
-Arcata Fire Protection District Governing Board Member, Division 2
According to the County's Election Website, one measure will also appear on the ballot as shown below:
Fieldbrook Glendale Community Services District
Vote YES or NO
SPECIAL TAX FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
Shall a special tax be levied for fire protection, emergency medical services and an expansion of the fire house by the Fieldbrook Glendale Community Services District of $75.00 per assessor's parcel in Zone Two (2) in the District, such tax to continue for ten (10) years? If passed the special tax will supersede and replace the existing assessment.
In preparation for the upcoming election, students from the Humboldt Regional Occupational Program produced interviews with candidates for the Eureka City Schools Board of Trustees. The interviews were recorded in Access Humboldt's Community Media Center.
Click here for a link to the interviews.
Other national headlines: Democrats keep control of Senate; GOP to retain control of the House; Maryland, Maine, Washington approve same-sex marriage; Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana, but projections indicate Oregon cannabis initiative will be defeated. (Click here to read more)
Presidential Election Results
With 98% of the votes counted: Electoral Vote: 303 Obama/ 206 Romney; Popular Vote: 50% Obama/ 48% Romney
- Elected: BARACK OBAMA and JOSEPH BIDEN (Democratic Party)
- MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN (Republican Party)
- JILL STEIN and CHERI HONKALA (Green Party)
- GARY JOHNSON and JAMES P. GRAY (Libertarian "Party)
- ROSEANNE BARR and CINDY SHEEHAN (Peace and Freedom Party)
- THOMAS HOEFLING and ROBERT ORNELAS (America's Party and American Independent Party)
U.S. Senate Results:
98.5% ( 24,135 of 24,491 ) precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Elected: DIANNE FEINSTEIN-United States Senator (Democratic) (61.5%)
- ELIZABETH EMKEN-Businesswoman/Nonprofit Executive (Republican) (38.5%)
U.S. Congressional Representative-2nd District Results:
100.0% of precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Elected: JARED HUFFMAN-Environmental Attorney/Assemblymember (Democratic) (70.1%)
- DANIEL W. ROBERTS-Local Independent Businessman (Republican) (29.9%)
State Assembly - District 2 Results
100.0% of precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Elected: WESLEY CHESBRO-Member of the Assembly (Democratic) (63.5%)
- TOM LYNCH Father-Small Businessman Member of the Assembly (Democratic) (36.5%)
Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, Governing Board Member (4 year term) Results - TWO Candidates Elected
(As of 11/07/2012 @ 1:19 AM/Precincts Reporting 129 of 129 = 100.00%)
- Elected:DAVID ORDONEZ-Retired Firefighter (26.95%)
- Elected:CORINNE STROMSTAD-Appointed Incumbent (26.49%)
- BETH BENNETT-ALLEN-Patient Advocate (24.73%)
- KAREN RUTH-Retired Geneticist (21.45%)
Southern Humboldt Community Healthcare District, Governing Board Member (2 year term) - ONE Candidate Elected
- Elected: JUDITH A. GONZALES-Retired Business Owner (51.95%)
- CLIFTON ANDERSON-Appointed Incumbent (47.71%)
Results of the Nov. 2012 California Ballot Propositions:
98.5% of precincts partially reporting as of November 7, 2012, 6:19 a.m.
- Passed - Proposition 30 - Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.
- Failed- Proposition 31 - State Budget. State and Local Government. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 32 - Political Contributions by Payroll Deduction. Contributions to Candidates. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 33 - Auto Insurance Companies. Prices Based on Driver's History of Insurance Coverage. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 34 - Death Penalty. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 35 - Human Trafficking. Penalties. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 36 - Three Strikes Law. Repeat Felony Offenders. Penalties. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 37 - Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute.
- Failed- Proposition 38 - Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 39 - Tax Treatment for Multistate Businesses. Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding. Initiative Statute.
- Passed - Proposition 40 - State RedistrictingSenate Districts. Referendum.