Erika Diaz talks to challenger Lisa Ollivier and incumbent John Fullerton about their background and qualifications, their vision of the school board’s role, their support for vocational education and the district’s implementation of Common Core.
Ms. Diaz: Great job. Thanks to EHS’s Media Production Class and Access Humboldt for putting these interviews together and putting them online. Vote Nov. 5.
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Humboldt Co. Board of Supervisors’ Press Release:
Citizens now have the opportunity to publicly share their opinions on potential campaign finance reform in County elections, and they can do so from the comfort of their home. Two new topics have been posted on to the County’s online discussion forum, Open Humboldt, asking if you would like to see limits placed on the amounts of money candidates can raise while campaigning for public office within the County structure.
The public is encouraged to log on and share their opinions at http://co.humboldt.ca.us/openhumboldt.
During the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Supervisors discussed the issue of campaign finance reform and directed staff to post the topic on Open Humboldt so the public could weigh in.
Specifically, the topics ask two questions:
1. If the Board of Supervisors were to pass an Ordinance for elected County officials’ campaign contributions what would you like to see?
2. If you are in favor of caps on amounts an individual or organization can contribute to a candidate running for a County office what would you like to see the cap be?
The topic will be open until early April and the Supervisors will consider ideas shared on the forum when they discuss the issue again at a later meeting.
Hank Sims / Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 @ 2:33 p.m. / Elections
Proposition 34, which would have abolished the death penalty in California, had interesting results in Humboldt County.
Consider this: Statewide, Prop. 34 was voted down at almost exactly the same rate Prop. 37 was — 48-52 in 34’s case, 48.5-51.5 in 37’s. But while Humboldt County blew out huge in favor of GMO labeling, swimming against the California electorate as a whole, our numbers on capital punishment were pretty well in line with the state’s: 49.3-50.6.
You’ll see more red on this map than any other in this election. It was the only close state- or federal-level race in the county. Arcata, SoHum and the north coast of the county stay stalwart blue, but Hoopa, Fortuna and much of Eureka and McKinleyville go red.
What does it mean? I don’t know. Prop. 34 map follows.
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Hank Sims / Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 @ 12:13 p.m. / Elections
Proposition 37 — the Nov. 2012 ballot initiative that would have required labeling of genetically modified food products — tanked at the polls. When all was said and done, Leftifornia could only muster 48.5 percent for a simple “Let’s Just At Least Label The Weird Stuff” measure.
Not so Humboldt! We went gaga for 37, with two of us giving a thumbs-up for every one of us thumbing-down. Five precincts total voted against Prop. 37 (out of 129). All of the “no” precincts were in the Fortuna/Eel River Valley area, and some of them were by surprisingly small margins. Hell, even the most conservative precinct in the county narrowly voted in favor — despite ringing up the biggest Romney victory in Humboldt! Go figure.
Prop. 37 map below.