Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who?

That's the question asked when this topic comes up.

Sharon Latour Launches Campaign to Unseat Sundberg - Ryan Burns/Lost Coast Outpost

McKinleyville pastor and CR assistant professor ◼ Sharon Latour today launched her campaign to unseat Humboldt County 5th District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg. Speaking to a crowd of roughly two dozen spectators from the steps of the county courthouse, Latour focused largely on the ongoing update of the county’s general plan, saying the current board has disregarded years of public input....

Your LoCO correspondent pointed out that the general plan update could theoretically be complete by next January, when new supervisors (should there be any) get seated, and asked Latour what other priorities she has for the county. She again returned to the importance of the general plan, calling it a “living document,” before lauding the county’s natural beauty and its niche business endeavors, including Humboldt Made.

With GPU as focus, Sharon LaTour announces candidacy for the 5th district in front of the courthouse - John Chiv/Words Worth

About 30 supporters which included Eureka Councilmember Linda Atkins, 4th District Supervisorial candidate Chris Kerrigan, HDCC member Pam Service, and former State Assembly candidate Hezekiah Allen gathered in front of the Humboldt County Courthouse to hear Sharon LaTour announce her candidacy.

Ryan Burns and John Chiv have a temporary body switch - John Chiv/Words Worth
Sharon LaTour, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me - John Chiv/Words Worth
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Based on her remarks, reported at these two links, I'm going to assume she is against going through the General Plan to make sure all the Easter Eggs are found. You know, things like govt. discouraging women from bearing children. Because. Developers!

Meh.
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I think it is worth noting the contrast between this and ◼ Ryan Sundberg's KickOff. His was held at Azalea Hall in McKinleyville. Like all of his events, it is kid-friendly, with a bouncy house and face-painters extraordinaire. It was packed with families, friends, and supporters from all across the spectrum. Parking lots were filled, and people parked, and walked from blocks away (a rare occurrence in this town.) It wasn't about money. It was about a tone, and a very real commitment to the community.

Note: 'liberaljon' has taken to opining about this post on Lost Coast Outpost. His extrapolations are entirely the figments of his imagination, and represent his fundamental lack of respect for property owners, and his own rigid ideologue persona.

10 comments:

  1. Hey Rose,

    Great post! I liked this one so much I re-posted some of it on LoCO. Here is my post...*

    Get's it. Add another one. How many is that? 133? Hopefully it's enough that this once effective strategy is done. It's time to have two parties in Humboldt again, yes neither of them will be loved by the Tea Party or Arkley or Rush Limbaugh, but we need to be able to articulate at least two governing philosophies so our elections mean something other than being a high school popularity contest.

    Here's an example of the current analysis we get. This is from Rose's blog. "I think it is worth noting the contrast between this and ◼ Ryan Sundberg's KickOff. His was held at Azalea Hall in McKinleyville. Like all of his events, it is kid-friendly, with a bouncy house and face-painters extraordinaire. It was packed with families, friends, and supporters from all across the spectrum. Parking lots were filled, and people parked, and walked from blocks away (a rare occurrence in this town.) It wasn't about money. It was about a tone, and a very real commitment to the community."

    Tone, friends and family - Ryan is obviously a good guy and cares about us. Sharon?????

    So that's one way of framing an election. Another way? Policies. What is a Supervisor going to do for our future. What Rose can't bring up is her thoughts on land policy. She believes if we want to save salmon habitat then it is incumbent on us to buy up the land along streams and start protecting land dammit! Right Rose?

    That is not an idea that Rose or Ryan or Virginia will be able to articulate during the campaign, but that is what many of Ryan's supporters believe to include Julie Williams of one of the builder or realtor associations. During one of the many GPU meetings we both attend, when we were discussing wetland or stream setback standards, she believes that we should not have these standard set backs because they represent a taking.

    That is a valid point of view and she should let it be known. Unfortunately she can't, not in this county if she hopes to win. So instead many of us will be focused on family and not being all mean and partisan, because, gosh darn, these are local elections and as such we should focus on who likes families... and friends. Oh yeah, that and *whispers* let's legislate land use policy that goes out of it's way to specifically and exclusively "honor landowners".

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    http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/mar/19/matthew-middle-campaign-season-2014/#comment-1293386542

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  2. You're SO wrong, and so far off base, Jon, there's no point in even trying to talk to you.

    You are clueless.

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  3. 0 respect and totally wrong.

    I wonder. I'm not stupid. I'm educated, I now work for a living, I like families and friends, I enjoy the outdoors and HumCo. What is it that makes it so you have zero respect for me and makes you unable to even talk to me.

    Is it possibly that, heaven forbid, you are an ideologue ... too?

    Isn't that the heart of it Rose? Paint yourself as reasonable and non-partisan while the radical ole liberal jon goes on like he does?

    That's the game I'm trying to end. It's part of the fundamental misdirection that in our county politics that leaves the Republicans not endorsing candidates, no candidates running as Republicans (or conservatives) and people like a) Chet Albin who "like" The Tea Party and Sarah Palin and b) Supervisor Bass and c) Arnie Klein all change their party affiliation in the past 7 years or so (a and c in the past 2 years)

    Yes Rose I get it. I'll keep trying to reach you and I'll keep calling out the baloney frames when I see them. This post was one. "Who?" you ask... Sharon Latour is a great candidate who can actually say what she believes and explain her votes. Supervisor Sundberg can't. If he could he would have been out there publicizing the GPU process as he professed he meant to by passing the a set of Guiding Principles chalk full of language about "Public Participation".

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  4. Jon. Do you live in McKinleyville? The Fifth District? Did I say she wasn't a 'great candidate'?

    You take one paragraph about the contrast between two kickoffs, and wonder why War and Peace wasn't included?

    NO, Jon, YOU are the partisan one who won't consider someone who isn't of your party. If you knew anything about me at all you would know that is not true of me. It is true of YOU.

    Now - you address the Easter Eggs in the General Plan. Who tucked in the notion that the government should be in the business of 'discouraging' women from having kids, and what does that mean to you?

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  5. OK, Jon. I relent. Not ZERO respect. But there's no point trying to explain anything to you when you have already said, in one of your previous responses, that even after you had all the facts and all the evidence, you would STILL say the exact same thing(s).

    I'm told you are a nice guy. You just happen to be, by your own stance, a guy who wants to tell other people what to do with their own property, rather than working on your own situation.

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  6. "YOU are the partisan one who won't consider someone who isn't of your party."

    I would have considered Eisenhower. He was president under a 90% top marginal tax rate. Where did those Republicans go? How low does the top marginal rate have to go. How segregated does our wealth inequality have to get before we act together to get the public sector to fix this? I don't consider Supervisor Bass or Chet Albin. It is not about Democrats winning for me, and there are Dems who do want Dems to win at all costs. That's not me.

    Yes Rose, we have to tell each other what to do with our communities' property. We always have and we always will. It's called zoning and planning. Maybe you are the radical after all?

    So, please do tell. Where is the county discouraging women from having kids? Is it a goal, standard, or implementation measure? It's not in the Guiding Principles, at least I know that.

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  7. Jon - seriously? You are unaware of what was found tucked into the plan? And then explained as, ooops, we just lifted some clause from some other county and had no idea THAT was in there. Do your due diligence.

    As for party, Jon, in case you didn't know, it's a box you check on a form when you register to vote. Maybe it's related to your world view, and maybe you pick one because that's what your parents were, or you close your eyes and pick one, who knows. Lately it has become THE label of all labels. The Star on the Star-Bellied Sneetches' belly. Complete with purity tests for the inquisition-types.

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  8. I am serious Rose, I've been to somewhere north of 20 and south of 50 GPU meetings and have once heard Supervisors or Commissioners mention this. "Who tucked in the notion that the government should be in the business of 'discouraging' women from having kids, and what does that mean to you?"

    I hate to address this because just by addressing it we suck the air out of what the GPU is actually about, but after having asked you once, I won't be rude and ask again, but I'll opine on your impression.

    I do not for a second believe that the wording would say something you implied "Discourage woman from having kids." That is obviously loaded language, and it may or may not be a coincidence that you added the extra "Easter Egg" connection. So I seem to remember you saying you are not overtly religious, so I'm going to assume you do not see the connection.

    Here is my opinion. I believe at seven billion our planet is over populated. With fewer people we would have higher standards of living. The United States does not suffer from overpopulation, for the record.

    What to do? What not to do? Don't force people to do anything. Educate and empower women. It may be just as simple as that. What should the county do? Absolutely nothing. We should encourage growth in our county. (Thus "smart growth") We shouldn't make it a county policy to encourage large families, but we shouldn't discourage it either. Leave that to the public, they can figure it out.

    So at risk at being rude Rose, please unveil your dramatic Easter Egg for all to see. I think if we get a closer look it may not be all you hoped to think it was.

    Also, thank God for blogs so we can chat about this baloney here instead of wasting any real resources or people's time on this anywhere else.

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  9. Jon, Jon, Jon, Jon, Jon. FIFTY meetings!! And no clue.

    I gather you're computer literate enough to know what an Easter Egg is. Hint: It has nothing to do with religion.

    Do your research, grasshopper.

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