Rex is so well off he doesn’t need your measly $10000

Maybe that should say, racketeer instead of auctioneer

Bohn to turns down extra $10000 a year in pay 

1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn said he will turn down yet another raise “I am already making so much money in the Cannabis business I’m running out of ways to launder the money”. That is NOT a quote from good ol’ boy Rex, we just made it up, but sounds about right, doesn’t it?

Rex has previously rejected other approved raises, all while maintaining that the supervisors make relatively low salaries compared to other county department heads.

Voters have contacted Rex in the past week with concerns over the supervisors raising their own pay, but Bohn insisted the supervisors don’t make much, saying he made more money during his time in the private sector, prior to being elected, than he has in the years since.

Rex claims he and his fellow supervisors are among the lowest paid elected officials in the county.

We think its better paid these Supervisors more and then hold them to a much higher standard.

It should be the same with the planning commission, it should be a paid job so we could attract more than just rich developer types to make these important decisions that require so much study.


Letter writer points out Sundberg false statements

The proposed Mercer-Fraser hash refinery near our Mad River water supply is a point of contention in the media.

I read the recent letter from Ryan Sundberg with skepticism (“Sundberg: At no time did I support the permit app,” Times-Standard, May 10, Page A4).

He states that “At no time did I support the permit application.” This is confusing because in the Mercer-Fraser letter to the county it says, “With the assistance of Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, MCMP met with the Water District on multiple occasions to discuss the Project. In a show of good faith towards resolving the Water District’s concerns, MCMP voluntarily placed limits on the Project and revised its operations plan to satisfy the Water District.”

So Ryan worked to smooth things over to get the permit approved, but now denies ever supporting it?

Ryan complains that letter writers have implied that the application would be resubmitted at a later date. Perhaps that is because of this statement from the same letter: “ …

MCMP and Mercer-Fraser have decided to formally withdraw the Project from further consideration by the County at this time.”

Ryan claims that the industrial re-zoning of the parcel in the GPU had nothing to do with the Mercer permit application for the refinery, which had been submitted nearly two years earlier. But other zoning designations would have complied with Mercer’s traditional gravel mining without risking our water supplies. Ryan’s appointee to the Planning Commission, Ben Shepherd, led the charge to approve this project, while another on the Trinity River awaits approval.

Gary Rees, McKinleyville in Times-Standard

Mantova, Eureka’s biggest Trump groupie weighs in on the Supervisors race

Surprise! Eureka City Council Candidate and all-around Trump sycophant Anthony Mantova has strongly endorsed Ryan Sundberg for fifth district supervisor in today’s Times-Standard.

No one actually should be surprised. While Ryan has cultivated his façade of being a calm, reasonable sort of middle of the road voice on the board of Supervisors, the reality is much different.  True compared to the bluster and bravado of fellow supervisor Rex Bohn, Sundberg does indeed seem calm, but that just his demeanor, when you look at his voting record both as a supervisor and as a coastal commissioner it’s indistinguishable from the positions espoused by chronic blowhard Rex Bohn.

Birds of a feather

So what is Mantova’s big closing argument to get you to vote for Ryan? During the several years that I operated a store in McKinleyville, none of my customers ever complained about Mr. Sundberg.”
Seriously? That’s it?


Some of your neighbors weigh in about the 5th district race

A few years ago, confronted with a pollution problem in the Trinidad area, Steve Madrone helped organize a citizen’s group called the Trinidad Bay Watershed Council. Some people showed up because they wanted to make sure that the “government” was not going to stick them with additional taxes or regulations. Others were environmentalists. I did not see how this group could possibly function. Within two or three meetings, Steve Madrone had convinced everyone to work together on finding solutions to common problems such as failing septic systems. The group eventually raised enough grant money to fix many failing septic systems for free or for low cost, avoiding possible penalties from environmental regulatory agencies. Anybody who can bring people with such opposing views together would be a good leader for Humboldt. Vote for Steve Madrone as 5th District supervisor.

Elaine Weinreb, Trinidad

I have known Steve Madrone for over 20 years. Our two families watched children grow up and shared the joys of weddings, the miracles of birth as well as the sorrows of death.

Through it, all Steve, his wife, and children have continued to do amazing work and advocacy in Humboldt County. For over 20 years my career has involved developing underprivileged youth into more productive citizens, restoring habitat for salmon, and constructing/ maintaining trails to access our beautiful local environment, so I’m a firsthand witness to his tireless efforts to create the Hammond Trail and restore native salmon in the Mattole watershed. Steve is able to cut through governmental red tape and political divides to do what is best for the people and environment of Humboldt County. He’s never been and will never be beholden to corporations or other outside influences. As a supervisor he wants to be a louder voice for the average citizens of Humboldt, not to do the bidding of the powerful. He has endless creative and collaborative solutions to the issues that threaten our community. Look at the endorsements and campaign contributions in this race. It’s clear who represents the interests of the working people and who represents corporations and elite. Steve has proven time and again that he will not cave to political or corporate pressure. He can’t be bought and will never stop speaking on behalf of those who have no voice. Steve Madrone is the clear choice for 5th District supervisor!

Phil Heidrick, McKinleyville

Humboldt County’s 5th District has been my home since 1970. It is a place like no other.

I am a professional artist, so in addition to being my home, it has also been the source of my inspiration, having a plethora of world-class scenery.

To my way of thinking, nothing is more paramount than protecting and preserving the qualities that make Humboldt County such an ideal place to live. While a healthy economy is important, thoughtful, careful development is what we need to help preserve the qualities that make our county so desirable. Our fragile ecosystems cannot support reckless development for the sake of money. Humboldt County stands at a crossroads. I support Steve Madrone because I think he has the values, wisdom, and experience to guide us in a direction that will benefit all of us and our children & grandchildren.

Susan Morton, McKinleyville

I support Steven Madrone for 5th District supervisor because I believe he is the candidate most likely to care for our environment and look out for our people. Steven has shown through his body of work of the last 40 years that he is capable of bringing to fruition large-scale projects that benefit people as well as preserve natural resources. Steven Madrone has what it takes to make a positive change here in the 5th District as well as the whole of Humboldt. His leadership could propel our younger generation forward with good jobs related to tourism and environmental protection. We are so lucky to have the natural resources we do. I trust Steven Madrone to advocate for them and for our community, too. Vote for Steven Madrone!

Spring Garrett, McKinleyville

I am writing to encourage my neighbors in the 5th District to vote for Steve Madrone in the upcoming election. I came to Humboldt County in the 1970s to attend Humboldt State University, and have now lived, worked and raised my three children here in the years since. My perspective is drawn from my long professional career in fisheries science, which has paralleled Steve’s own.

Steve’s record of success in bringing North Coast communities together with federal and state agencies to restore the bounty of our natural environment speaks loudly of his qualifications. He has been awarded for his leadership with top honors from organizations I have been actively involved with, including American Fisheries Society and Salmonid Restoration Federation.

We have seen what our current supervisor has produced, and has not; I believe Steve is best qualified to lead efforts to improve lives in the 5th District.

Robert Franklin, McKinleyville

Responses to LoCO interview with two term incumbent Supervisor Sundberg

LoCO interview here:

McKinleyville resident Ken Miller responds point by point:

Public Safety

Yes, Ryan helps his constituents, because he has learned the lesson that doing small things in the open hides the big things behind closed doors.

And our sheriff deputies deserve more stable funding than episodic support by periodic and uncertain measures like Measure Z.

Our security and safety depend on a lot more than law enforcement, and Steve prioritizes many community-based approaches that safeguard the health and wealth of all residents.

Coastal Commission

Ryan downplays his low environmental score by pitting local control against statewide interests while insulting “the people and groups that appeal.”

Ryan appears to misunderstand the value of a statewide Commission that moderates local decisions regarding the Public Trust.

A perfect example of this value materialized when Pacific Coast Seafoods proposed to double their oyster farming operations, a project supported by this Board of Supervisors.

Ryan voted to approve Pacific’s project, despite the opposition of the Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association, the Wiyot Tribe, California Waterfowl, boaters, hunters, and Audubon California.

The other Commissioners voted it down, resulting in Pacific Seafoods returning to the Commission with a scaled-back proposal that reduced, rather than increased, their footprint in the Bay, while using innovative techniques to increase their oyster productivity. The Commission then approved a vastly improved project.

Had it been left to local control, and Ryan, their original project would have compromised much of half of California’s remaining eel grass beds, a vital food source and habitat for herring, 300 species of invertebrates, 100 plant species, 100 fish species, 200 species of bird migrating birds, 60% of all migrating Black Brant, 23% of all migrating and overwintering Western Sandpiper, and 44% of all migrating and overwintering Dunlin, and the 100,000 shorebirds that come to Humboldt Bay each day in the Spring.

Ryan now criticizes an alarmed and informed public, and takes credit for saving oyster farming jobs, when the thanks belong to his fellow Commissioners and the public he criticizes.

Mercer-Fraser’s Riverfront Weed Projects (Hash Lab)

Sundberg taking credit for convincing (Justin) Zabel to withdraw the Mercer Fraser refinery is akin to taking credit for putting out a fire that he helped start.

Was Sundberg unaware of Mercer’s permit application for the refinery that had already been submitted when he promoted the land designation in the GPU that allowed the permit to be approved?

And did Sundberg say anything when his appointees to the Planning Commission voted to support the project this January, over the strenuous objections of the Water District, which was never invited by the Planning Commission to comment on the project, and an alarmed public?

In their withdrawal letter to the County of 4/17/18, Mercer’s lawyers revealed that Sundberg actually supported a revised version of the project. We see evidence of this support when he minimizes the dangers of the chemicals, as well as his reassurance in the debates that the project was “two feet” above the 100-year floodplain, despite the fact that the 1964 flood exceeded this level, and two feet is not sufficient to protect structures from undermining and debris.

A recent LTE from Scott Fraser discloses that Ryan acknowledged his support even of the original project.

Trinidad Interchange

The CalTrans-Trinidad Rancheria’s preliminary documents make it clear that their preferred option is a new $30-40 million interchange off 101 to the Casino and proposed Hotel and other amenities. Aside from potential eminent domain “Taking” of private property, there are other serious concerns. Ryan participated in HCAOG discussions that resulted in a $.775 million grant to evaluate the environmental impacts of the proposals. The money will go to the CA F&W Commission, where Jacque Hostler-Carmesin, Trinidad Rancheria’s chief executive officer is a member. Ryan’s uncle Garth is Chair of the Rancheria.

The casino income has indeed suffered, but primarily due to the free market competition from Blue Lake and Bear River. The Rancheria may benefit from added amenities, and improved access and connectivity among tribal lands, but since the Rancheria is embedded within the Trinidad and Westhaven communities, the issues of failing roads and local (speaking of local) transportation should be addressed by the entire community. Instead, the Rancheria and CalTrans have proceeded with a sweetheart deal for the Rancheria at public expense.

Meanwhile, the rest of the County suffers from a $200 million backlog in road repairs, and Last Chance Grade is falling into the sea.

Instead of addressing the relevant issues, Ryan accuses Madrone of racism.

Madrone’s family includes black, native, white/Hispanic among his 16 grandchildren, and he has been endorsed by three local Native Tribes.

Cannabis Regulations

Our regulations facilitate large nuisance grows, and the big growers can dominate not just the cannabis market, but also real estate ownership. That’s why Willow Creek is so worried, why affordable housing is impacted by indoor growing, and neighbors complain about generator noise, nighttime light pollution, noxious odors, and the risk of Sudden Oak Death spreading to the Trinity Valley from unregulated soil transfers.

The Economic Future

We in McKinleyville deserve a more vibrant economy than a few stores along Central Avenue. Ryan has obstructed attempts to develop the Town Center, because he sides with developers who resent planned developments, despite the Town Center being a key feature of the 2002 McKinleyville Plan.


This Board of Supervisors has become so unbalanced that we suffer from its wasteful decisions on a daily basis. Most recently, it was McKenny’s resignation from the Planning Commission for violating the CWA. The Mercer kerfluffle is not over, other hazardous proposals owing to poor land planning wait in the wings. Remember the Public Defender debacle? Ryan still defends the Board’s decision. And the Board’s changes to the GPU that roll back environmental protections, along with their marijuana ordinances, concentrate wealth in big operators.

Steve Madrone’s ideas envision more than a bedroom community, with a Vista Point visitors’ cultural center, an airport industrial park, sustainable forestry, trails and more. Steve thinks about developing the agricultural, industrial, forestry and fisheries economy of the Trinity Valley, from Willow Creek to Orleans.

Madrone has recognized skills that we have the opportunity to make use of on our Board of Supervisors. Now is the time for change. Ryan is still young enough to take his skills to other political venues and return the wiser in years to come.


Sundberg desperate and panicked, charges Madrone with racism

Ryan Sundberg ‘s incendiary accusation. “I really wish he (Steve Madrone) was not so racist when it comes to a Tribe that did not endorse him,” Supervisor Sundberg said, referring to the fact that Steve Madrone has received endorsements from the Karuk and Yurok Tribes while the Hoopa Valley Tribe has endorsed both candidates. “He has never spoken to the Trinidad Rancheria or participated in the public meetings they have [been] held on the Rancheria’s master plan either, so he has no clue what the Tribe is doing and why,” Sundberg wrote via email.

How are Madrone’s criticisms racist? Sundberg reasoned that since the federal government long ago confined tribes to defined rancherias, they have a fundamental right to access those lands. It’s a social justice issue, he said, “so I just think, I think it’s a racist comment to say a tribe cannot get to their property.” Steve Madrone, for the record, said that’s not his argument.

Trinidad Rancheria



Martha Johnson says in the LTE’s of the Times-standard: Vote Bass and Sundberg out, give rest of us a shot

It’s time for all of us to pay attention. Pay attention to the consequences of our participation or lack of participation in our government. Locally, what we’ve seen since this current group of Board of Supervisors has been voted in is arrogance and mishandling of decisions that have cost us taxpayers thousands of dollars and in some cases, destruction of property. Bass and Fennell have both appointed developers to the Planning Commission with results of rewriting our General Plan with Ulansey to promote developer’s interests and destruction of land by McKenny. Both Bass and Fennell are responsible and should be held accountable. Some other costly mistakes by this board was how the public defender was hired without any input by those in the public defender field and then by the arrogance to ignore the overwhelming evidence of how unqualified and incompetent their choice was that was pointed out by a lawsuit and by the staff in the Public Defender’s Office. The lack of good judgment by the board caused many attorneys to leave the department. How many more thousands of dollars are we going allow this group of poor performers to take from us? It’s time to vote Bass and Sundberg out and give the rest of us a shot at some decent representation. It’s not about how many yard signs they can pay for, it’s about what the rest of us get, not just those who have the most cash.


Friends of the Eel River charges “pro dams” Estelle with being “duplicitous”

Local environmental organization Friends of the Eel River says it has obtained documents showing that Humboldt County and three other counties are supporting plans to keep the dams in place. Fennell denied the allegations.

In a news release on Monday evening and in comments made Tuesday, Friends of the Eel River representatives accused Fennell and the commission she chairs of secretly plotting to keep the dams in place for financial gain to the detriment of fish.

The environmental organization says they used a public records request to obtain notes taken during what they claim were secret meetings between members of the Eel-Russian River Commission including Fennell, PG& E officials and Russian River water districts.

“Pro Dams” Fennell in her HumCPR days with good-buddy and former Planning Commission tyrant Lee Ulansey

The group alleges these meetings were held to discuss plans for taking the dams out of the federal licensing process so as to avoid having to provide additional protection for fisheries, such fish passage on Scott Dam. The group alleges that the dams would instead obtain a non-power license through the state and would turn the Potter Valley Project into a water transfer project, but still keep hydropower running.

Fennell vehemently denied the accusations Tuesday, calling them “dishonest fabrications.”

“And we have one main goal and that is to get more of our water back into our Eel River,” Fennell said. “And this moment in history, we have a golden opportunity right now to accomplish that and we will and we can with a united front working together. And that has been and will continue to be my goal.”

Tension peaked at Tuesday’s meeting after Friends of the Eel River Conservation Director Scott Greacen called Fennell “duplicitous” for denying knowledge of these plans that he said would create an “end run” around the need to create fish protections and around ongoing stakeholder talks about the future of the Potter Valley Project.

“The plan you’re hoping to move forward will undermine our hope of fish recovery in the Eel and across the region,” Greacen said. “It would continue the status quo. It would skip out on the promise we have made to the future that we will do better. It is a plan to welsh on the debt that we owe the future. It’s a plan to say to history, ‘We didn’t care. We knew, but we didn’t care.’” Fennell responded saying that Greacen doesn’t know at all what her plans are because she hasn’t created a plan and that her plan is to “listen to the people of Humboldt County and represent them, thank you very much.”

Greacen responded, “I don’t trust you,” to which Fennell replied, “That’s fine, I don’t feel that great about you either.”

From  the Times-Standard