Local Government

June 2022

[UPDATED] Karen Paz Dominguez’s Resignation is Official; Dillingham Ready to Step In as Auditor-Controller, County Administrative Officer Says

‘Scary Situation’: Lack of Fiscal Clarity Prompts Board to Adopt Hiring Freeze, Approve ‘Placeholder’ Budget

BREAKING: Karen Paz Dominguez to Leave Office Early, Possibly Within a Week; Board to Appoint Dillingham as Interim Auditor-Controller

Want to Learn More About Arcata’s Gateway Plan? City Holding Public Meeting on Wednesday to Answer Your Questions

County Planning Director John Ford Set to Get a 15 Percent Raise After He Almost Left for Fort Bragg Job

NEXT WEEK in SUPES: Board to Take First Look at 2022-23 Budget Proposal, Receive Update on Local Drought Conditions, Discuss Litigation Against Auditor-Controller

Arcata City Councilmember Brett Watson Accuses City Staff of ‘Lies and Deception’ During Very Long and Uncomfortable Council Meeting

Eureka City Council Tables Vote on City-Owned Security Camera Policy

‘Flying the Earth Flag at the Top is Only Logical’: Arcata City Council To Consider Earth Flag Initiative to Either Adopt or Submit to November Ballot

Here’s the Moment the Planning Commission Learned That John Ford is Not, in Fact, Leaving for Fort Bragg

The Public Will Have a Chance to Weigh in on the City of Eureka’s Proposed Security Camera Policy During Next Week’s Council Meeting

Grand Jury Calls For Easier Ways to Report Elder Abuse in Humboldt County, Plus a Greater Emphasis on Shelters for Homeless Senior Citizens

YESTERDAY in SUPES: Influx of Funds for Homeless, Plus Grants for Weed-Impacted Watershed Restoration

Supes Advance Climate Action Plan Despite Bushnell’s Skepticism About Its Compatibility With ‘Rural Living’

YESTERDAY in EUREKA CITY COUNCIL: City Sues Auditor-Controller and County Over Owed Property Tax Funds, Approves Annual Budget Proposal

Paz Dominguez Disputes Findings of Civil Grand Jury Report, Gets Served With Lawsuit Accusing Her of Misappropriating Public Funds

[UPDATED] Civil Grand Jury Foreperson Addresses Timing of Report on County’s Fiscal Chaos

(LIVE) Karen Paz Dominguez Addresses Critical Grand Jury Report on the Courthouse Steps

[2ND UPDATE] Civil Grand Jury Report Lays Blame for County’s ‘Financial Chaos’ Mostly at the Feet of Auditor-Controller Karen Paz Dominguez, Noting $2.3M in Losses, $9.7M at Risk

May 2022

Eureka City Council Aims to Boost the City’s Reserves With Its First Budget Surplus in Years

YESTERDAY in SUPES: Mental Health Crisis Brings Local Resources to a ‘Breaking Point’; County Seeks Housing Trust Fund Money; Fiscal Management Woes Continue

[UPDATED] Humboldt County Planning and Building Director John Ford Resigns

Humboldt County Native Candy Stockton Named County’s New Health Officer

We’re In Desperate Need of More People to Serve on the Civil Grand Jury, Says Humboldt County Superior Court

Humboldt Transit Authority Driver Under Review After Crashing Into Parked Van With Passengers On Board

THIS WEEK in EUREKA CITY COUNCIL: ‘Big, Huge Studio Movie’ Productions, Arts Alive Street Closures, Annual Budgets and More!

The City of Arcata Will to Have to Live With Brett Watson for a Few More Months, as the Councilmember Refuses to Allow Himself to Feel Shame or Remorse

Brett Watson, You Must Resign: An Open Letter From 50+ Local Women Leaders

Arcata City Councilmember Brett Watson, on the Verge of the City Seeking a Restraining Order Against Him, Says That He is the Actual Victim of Harassment and Discrimination

Arcata City Council to Consider Disciplinary Action, Including Possible Restraining Order, Against Councilmember Brett Watson in Response to Sexual Harassment Investigation

Why Was Adrian Kamada Fired From the DA’s Office? The Candidate and the Current District Attorney Disagree.

NEXT UP at EUREKA CITY COUNCIL: City Considers Purchase of Former Jacobs Campus and Local Business Owners Air Concerns Over Arts Alive Street Closure

County Supervisors Approve Deal to Bring in $4.8M Federal Recovery Funds for Local Childcare Industry

Not Only Did County Supervisors Vote Not to Defend Paz Dominguez Against State Lawsuit, But They’re Adding a Cross-Complaint Against Her on Behalf of the County

(UPDATE: POLE TO BE MOVED BEHIND THE GAZEBO) Eureka Installs Surveillance Tower at the Gazebo; Four More Permanent ‘Lot Cops’ to be Built Around Town

(UPDATE) Investigation Sustains Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Arcata City Councilmember Brett Watson; Former Mayor Was ‘Obsessed’ With Staff Member, Report Finds

TODAY in SUPES: Board Agrees to Send Revised Letter to SF DA About City’s ‘Open Air Drug Market’

April 2022

Supervisors Decide to Leave Payroll Duties With Auditor-Controller for Now, Hire an Outside Firm for Payroll Audit

Supervisors Agree to Forward Workforce Development Board’s Concerns Over Paz Dominguez, Funding Issues to State Agencies

SUPES PREVIEW: Board to Consider Further Action Against Auditor-Controller After Department Heads Sound Alarm Over ‘Precarious’ Financial Situation

Measure J: Humboldt County Lodging Alliance Express Outrage Over ‘Misleading’ Transient Occupancy Tax Hike

TOO MANY DRIVE-THRUS? Eureka City Council Considers Whether or How to Limit the Number of Businesses You Can Drive Through

YESTERDAY in SUPES: Absent Auditor-Controller Delays Second Vote ‘No Confidence’ Consideration; Board Denies Rezoning Request on Illegally Subdivided Parcel

Humboldt County Planning Commission Makes Some Progress on the Question of Which of its Members Should Sit Where

Arcata City Council Approves Eight Beautification and Community Improvement Projects for Valley West

Murals, Fruit Trees and an Outdoor Market May Be Coming to Valley West; Arcata City Council Will Vote on Eight Proposed Projects to Improve the Neighborhood

Supervisors Spend $381,000 From General Fund to Cover Losses Tied to Missing Auditor-Controller Reports

Environmental Groups Hint at Lawsuit, Demand More Mitigation Measures for North McKay Ranch Subdivision

County Supervisors Unanimously Censure Auditor-Controller for Abusive Conduct; Paz Dominguez Addresses Complaints in YouTube Video

County Planner Accuses Supervisor Michelle Bushnell of Misconduct in a Cannabis Meeting, Prompting Board to Revisit Its Code of Conduct

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