Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 20 @ 4:29 p.m. / Politics
From a press release issued by the District Attorney’s office:
I would like to thank everyone for the honor and the trust that you have placed in me. It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with and for you.
I am proud of what we have accomplished. I am proud of where we are. I believe we have accomplished more than I ever thought we would be able to do over the last 11 years, and I am proud of you and thankful for all that you have done to accomplish that. I also believe that we have laid the framework for great progress in both the near and the distant future with the work we have done. Once again, thank you for that.
My commitment is and has been to this office and the people of the state of California. That commitment will never end. However, I have decided that I will not seek a fourth term, and I will not run for reelection. My oldest son was 4 years old when I was elected to office. He is graduating from high school this year. I have been here with you throughout his entire public school education. My daughter, who was a toddler, is now a freshman. My youngest, who had just been born, will begin middle school next year. I mention this because I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to get back to my wife and children. They are growing up so fast.
I want to thank you all again. I want you to know that I will still be here until January of 2015. I want you to also know that I will always be grateful for all you have done and I will always be here for you. My commitment to you this office and the people of the state of California will never end.
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Andrew Goff / Wednesday, Nov. 6 @ 8:30 a.m. / Politics
Well, for 80.26% of Humboldt County’s registered/eligible voters who did not vote in yesterday’s local elections, here are the races you had no impact on deciding. (Note: There are inevitably still a few provisional/absentee ballots to be counted, but LoCO will eat its hat if those change anything.)
Humboldt County Elections Office Final Report (83 of 83 precincts reporting):
Northern Humboldt Union High School District (Vote for 3)
- 22.6% - Brian Lovell
- 20.9% - Colleen Toste
- 20.2% - Mike Pigg
- 19.8% - Dana Silvernale
- 15.7% - Mark Suchanek
Arcata Fire Protection District Director Division 2 (Vote for 1)
- 58.8% - Linda Sundberg
- 41.0% - Jeff Schwartz
Eureka City Schools (Vote for 1)
- 50.5% - Lisa Ollivier (total votes: 2,995)
- 49.1% - John Fullerton (total votes: 2,915)
McKinleyville Community Services District (Vote for 3)
- 26.1% - George A. Wheeler
- 25.8% - Dennis Mayo
- 25.1% - David R. Couch
- 22.6% - Bill Wennerholm
McKinleyville Union School District (Vote for 3)
- 28.2% - Tim Hooven
- 24.7% - John McCarthy
- 24.1% - Mary McCarthy
- 22.3% - Justin Zabel
Redwoods Community College (Vote for 1)
- 42.6% - Thomas R. Ross
- 29.9% - Mike Wells
- 26.8% - Ginger Olsen
Manila Community Service District - Four Year Term (Vote for 2)
- 41.7% - John Woolley
- 31.7% - Dendra Dengler
- 24.1% - Violet Glass
Manila Community Service District - Two Year Term (Vote for 1)
- 48.1% - Salena Kahle
- 41.4% - Michael Fennell
- 9.6% - Daniel E. O’Leary
Measure K Fieldbrook/Glendale Community Services District
- 85.2% - Yes
- 14.8% - No
Ferndale Unified School District (Vote for 3)
- 30.0% - Ken Richardson
- 24.5% - Jerry Hansen
- 23.1% - Stephanie Koch
- 21.0% - Joanne Farley
Bridgeville Elementary School District (Vote for 3)
- 30.7% - Curtis Cross
- 27.1% - Amber Woodworth
- 21.7% - Nicholas N. Entsminger
- 19.9% - Diana Bennett
Andrew Goff / Tuesday, Sept. 24 @ 11:42 a.m. / Politics
Who’s ready for some dumb 2014 election speculation!? Yeah! A couple weeks back your Lost Coast Outpost reported on the expanding field in our district’s wide open 2014 race for State Senate in an article playfully headlined “BOYFIGHT.” Hehe, we’re so silly.
Or are we? LoCO would like already declared twin candidates Chris Lehman and Eric Lucan to click play on the embedded YouTube video above. What you are witnessing is former WWE Superstar Tyler Reks (actual name Gabe Tuft) performing his finishing maneuver the Burning Hammer on an unmatched foe. Now please feast your eyes on what Cotati’s resident grappler-turned-marketing guru had to tweet last week:
Keep an eye out for a new FB page for my Senatorial Steering Committee coming later this week. Looking for support and shares! Thanks!— Gabe Tuft (@GabeTuft) September 16, 2013
And what’s this? A Gabe Tuft for California Senate District 2 Wordpress site set up last week? You boys skerred yet? OK, so it’s only a senatorial steering committee and Tuft has yet to pick a party, but those dreadlocks will certainly win over a certain segment of the Humboldt electorate.
Andrew Goff / Thursday, Aug. 15 @ 11:31 a.m. / Politics
Retired legislator Patricia “Pat” Wiggins, who served as Humboldt County’s representative in the State Senate from 2006-2010 has died at the age of 73.
Born in Pasadena, Wiggins was elected a member of the Santa Rosa City Council in 1994 before moving on to serve three terms in the State Assembly in 1998. In 2006 she defeated Republican Lawrence R. Wiesner to represent California’s 2nd State Senate district. In late 2009, she announced she would not seek a second term due to health issues.
There will be a memorial in Santa Rosa on Nov. 3. Read more in a press release from Wiggins’ office below:
Patricia “Pat” Wiggins died today in Sonoma County, CA, after a long illness. Pat’s life included a public service as a member of both the California State Assembly and California State Senate.
“Pat lived life to the fullest,” said Guy Conner, Wiggins husband of 30 years. “As a parent, friend and public servant, Pat’s considerable talents and vivacious personality leave the people she touched far better off.”
Wiggins achieved significant local and statewide policy changes that reflected her love of the North Coast and its way of life, including adopting “smart growth” provisions in state planning and funding critical research on the phylloxera virus that devastated vineyards in the 1990s.
“Pat was a great friend and tremendous public servant. I’ve known her since before I started my career in public office,” said Rep. Mike Thompson. “She was with me in my earliest campaigns. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for her guidance. Pat devoted her life to public service and to the idea that each of us has a responsibility to make our communities better places. Because of her work, Sonoma County has been left stronger for our kids and grandkids.”
A native Californian from Pasadena, she moved to Santa Rosa in 1984.
She was elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in 1994, serving thru 1998. In 1998, Pat won election to the State Assembly. She served three terms, left the Assembly in 2004, and was elected to the State Senate in 2006. Pat retired from the Senate in 2010 after her term ended.
“I will always remember Pat as a gracious, thoughtful and visionary public servant, but more importantly, a reliable and trusted friend,” Senate President pro tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said.
Pat put herself into the public spotlight despite developing a profound hearing deficit later in life, which required technologically advanced hearing aids to overcome. She rarely spoke of her condition and never let it affect her work. While some doubted that a severely hearing-impaired person could even effectively campaign for office, Pat’s policy achievements while in office showed a determination and spirit that defined her public service record.
“Pat Wiggins was a powerful leader for her constituents and for all of the people of California,” said Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro. “Representing overlapping districts in the Assembly and state Senate, we were legislative partners who worked together to defend the coast, restore fisheries and protect rural health care and education. Pat Wiggins leaves a lasting legacy that will touch the lives of every Californian for many years to come.”
She leaves a legacy of cooperation and innovation, one that shows what communities can do when they pull together.
Pat actively nurtured the development of other people for public office. She played a key role in the election of literally scores of local and state elected officials from the North Coast, changing the landscape of local elected bodies toward a more progressive and publicly accountable frame of mind.
Pat is survived by her husband, Guy, her two stepsons, Steve Silverman of Scottsdale, Arizona, and James Silverman of Owings Mills, Maryland, and her four grandchildren, Shane, Ava, Leah, and Solana.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa at 1:00 Sunday, November 3. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Sonoma Land Trust, or to the Pat Wiggins Fund at Conservation Action Fund for Education.
Andrew Goff / Tuesday, July 16 @ 10:21 a.m. / Politics
UPDATE 7/17: As predicted, Arcata city council member Alex Stillman was expunged from the NCRA last night. In dramatic meeting that included Ferndale mayor Stuart Titus’ attempt to grab the position up for discussion for himself and Eureka mayor Frank Jager morphing into city council member Mike Newman, the committee finally settled, by a vote of 4-3, to remove Stillman and instead appoint Fortuna mayor Doug Strehl to the NCRA board. So there.
For the mind boggling play-by-play, hop on over to the North Coast Journal’s blog where meeting attendee Ryan Burns kills it.
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Original Post: More local political intrigue, oh boy.
A couple months back, your Lost Coast Outpost poked fun at the breaking-with-tradition appointment of “notorious Arcata liberal” Alex Stillman to the North Coast Railroad Authority Board. Turns out that bit of playfulness was more (wait, maybe less) hilarious than intended. Word coming in to LoCO this morning is that at this afternoon’s Humboldt County Association of Governments Mayor Select Committee meeting Stillman may get the axe.
That was fast!
Assuming that is the case, does this clear the way for train-lovin’ Fortuna mayor Doug Strehl to jump on NCRA’s glory-bound locomotive? Pop that popcorn, kids. Meeting is at 3:30 p.m. today. We’ll let you know how bloody it gets.