The low ethical bar to hold office in Humboldt

Johnson (ncj)

Johnson (ncj)

Wow! Remember the Dan Johnson’s plagiarism saga and the public outcry for him to resign? Now we have another elected, a Harbor Commissioner named Aaron Newman, who pleads guilty to poaching and lies to California Fish and Wildlife Department on June 4, 2009 and then again in 2012! Considerably more egregious than plagiarism!

Newman

Newman

 

Newman is quoted as saying “I haven’t heard anything negative, so I don’t see how it’s going to affect me in any way,” “Just planning on keeping up the good work.” (ya like, lying your ass off)

From the TS: On Oct. 29, Newman pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges as part of an offer from the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded to two violations of state Fish and Wildlife code for obtaining more than one set of hunting tags within one year and lying to a state agency under oath, as well as a code of regulations violation for misuse of abalone tags.

As part of the deal, the district attorney’s office dropped Newman’s two felony perjury charges and two misdemeanor charges. He was sentenced to three years probation, during which time he will be banned from recreational hunting and fishing anywhere in the United States.

Well let us be the first voice of outcry he hears:

“Aaron Newman you should resign immediately!”

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12 thoughts on “The low ethical bar to hold office in Humboldt

  1. Absolutely, the bay is such an important asset, to leave it to be looked after by people with such obvious contempt for basic ethics and laws is just stupid.
    Who appointed him and what was the play for that?

    C’mon Eureka, at least try to be better.

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  2. I agree! Paul Gallegos should have resigned too after proven plagiarism, he didn’t. Richard Salzman and Ken Miller should resign too but they don’t.

    The Tuluwat has low and double standards.

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  3. You may want to correct your post. Newman plea-bargained out of the perjury charges and plead guilty to poaching. He should resign now.

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  4. One has to wonder about the mindset of someone that is SO eager to kill innocent beings for kicks and grins that they deliberately and dishonestly violate the law…

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    • Carol:

      I have to agree. It’s not that he is an untrustworthy person per sae… but that he’s an untrustworthy person in connection with what he is actually doing as a public servant.

      A plagiarist has no business running the affairs of a school district. A poacher has no business running the affairs of an agency dedicated (I hope) to conserve and wisely exploit a natural resource.

      I really don’t see this as being so complicated or outre. He’s abused the public trust… if he had any honor left in his soul he’d resign without prompting.

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  5. Kinda takes your breath away.
    or…as my great aunt would say, “he’s got crust”!

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  6. Check out today’s Times Standard’s editorial – they agree with us!

    On another note, why is the BOS meeting today (Friday) to discuss a Commitee to over see Measure Z. The election results are not certified, so why the rush?

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    • Well Carol… it’s like Christmas for little kids. They can’t wait to open the package and play with the toy.

      They already have the bucks projected and marked out… so why wait? On the other hand (not to put the jinx on things) if the the sales tax actually contributes to an economic slow down on the retail level; their toy won’t turn out to be as shiny and nice as they thought.

      “Gosh Mommy… see the nice stuff the poor people gave us this year!”

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  7. Times Standard Editorial:

    Poacher should give up seat on harbor board

    If abalone poaching doesn’t preclude you from sitting on the Harbor Commission, we may as well allow police to shoplift with impunity.

    Commissioner Aaron Newman — who pleaded guilty Oct. 29 to two violations of state Fish and Wildlife code for obtaining more than one set of hunting tags within one year and lying to a state agency under oath, as well as a code of regulations violation for misuse of abalone tags — apparently doesn’t think so.

    “I haven’t heard anything negative, so I don’t see how it’s going to affect me in any way,” Newman told the Times-Standard this week. “I haven’t had any negative impacts from the district at all.

    Just planning on keeping up the good work.”

    Now that the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office has dropped two felony perjury charges and two misdemeanor charges as part of Newman’s plea deal, and now that he’s banned from recreational hunting and fishing anywhere in the United States during his three years probation, he’ll have extra time. None of which should be spent serving on the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District Board of Commissioners, a body ostensibly dedicated at least in part to the principle of conservation.

    Abalone fishing is heavily restricted for a reason, from the number you can take per year down to the manner of their taking. The prohibition of scuba gear and strict yearly quotas are designed to ensure a reserve that conserves the shellfish from overfishing and the threat of extinction.

    This is serious business on the North Coast. Recent years have seen arrests involving scores of poached abalone. One would think that a regulatory body concerned at least nominally with conservation would close ranks on principle and take a stand against any poaching, especially when the offense is admitted to by one of its own.

    But no.

    Harbor District Chief Executive Officer Jack Crider told the Times-Standard this week that Newman was a “pretty viable member of the team here,” that “I don’t want to see, myself, anything change,” and that the “bottom line is it is up to the voters to make that decision.”

    Newman seems intent on giving the voters that choice, telling this newspaper that while he hasn’t decided if he’ll seek reelection when his term ends next year, “If my supporters want me to continue, if that’s the case, I probably will.”

    If the rest of the commission agrees, it will indeed be left to the voters. But surely, the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District can find a harbor commissioner whose actions don’t flagrantly violate the spirit of its mission. The voters deserve better. The commission deserves better.

    Humboldt County deserves better.

    Aaron Newman should resign.

    One would think that a regulatory body concerned at least nominally with conservation would close ranks on principle and take a stand against any poaching, especially when the offense is admitted to by one of its own.

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