I'd suggest people read the op-ed piece in the Times-Standard ("Incumbents Endorsing Incumbents," April 26), which explains how our representatives in Congress, Assembly and state Senate ignore the endorsements of our local Democratic central committee to endorse incumbents. Four years ago, Huffman endorsed incumbent Ryan Sundberg even before the filing date for candidates closed.
When there was a slight possibility to keep Sinclair Media from devouring some of our local airwaves, I called our supervisors to see if they would express concern to the FCC about this sale/takeover by this mega media giant.
I actually spoke with Mr. Sundberg. He commented how he had received calls from other people regarding this issue, yet he was totally clueless and what was worse, he was dismissive. I was basically ignored.
Steve Madrone has the ideas, skills and vision to serve the Fifth District and people all over the county. He brings a real concern for people to the job of supervisor, with intelligent and well thought-out perspectives on issues from schools to elder housing, from protection of water and natural resources to approaches to cannabis that will serve all of us, not just big business.
Madrone has the expertise to help us navigate economic, social and environmental challenges, and he has the integrity to treat all sides fairly and even-handedly.
Watershed health should be a core issue in the Fifth District, which has four of our region's "six rivers" running through it. Thus the lack of understanding of basic principles of watershed function revealed in Supervisor Ryan Sundberg's statement that a hash lab project on the Mad River was not a threat to public health because it would be located 2 feet outside the flood plain, is startling.
Steve is able to cut through red tape and political divides to find creative and collaborative solutions to the issues that threaten our community. He's never been beholden to corporations or outside influences. The endorsements and contributions in this race show who represents the working people and who represents the powerful and elite. Steve has proven time and again that he does not cave to pressure, can't be bought and will never stop speaking on behalf of those who have no voice.
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….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.
I am writing to express my support for Steve Madrone for supervisor of the 5th District. I appreciate his professionalism, his work for environmental issues and trails, his support of jobs and economic growth, and fair wages for all.
So this one of the many accomplishments in Steve Madrone's resume means a lot to me. It shows in his broad vision, knowledge and curiosity; his large and close family; his deep concern for fairness, community and the future of this planet; and in his energy to work hard and fight for what he thinks is right.
In closely following the last two supervisorial campaigns, I have noticed that Mr. Sundberg’s described willingness to work with all sides is contradicted by his frequent lack of responsiveness to candidate forums and questionnaires sponsored by organizations on the political left. And I have observed in local policy and decision-making meetings that he and his appointees to other representative bodies rarely solicit or give serious consideration to opinions from outside a like-minded circle of associates.
I have known Steve Madrone for almost forty years, and have been impressed with his many accomplishments, including service on Blue Lake’s City Council and Planning Commission, and a broad background in economic and natural resource issues important in the upcoming 5th District election….It is my opinion that the incumbent too often puts the needs of his financial contributors ahead of those of the rest of his constituents. It is time for new faces and new ideas on the Board.
Most recently, we asked for his help regarding dangerous toxic water pollution and ridiculously heavy truck traffic at the Mercer-Fraser quarry in Trinidad, but Sundberg has been no help at all.
He did come to our neighborhood meeting to discuss concerns about the quarry, but said little. I take that back. At the meeting, Sundberg sat next to his friends, a Mercer-Fraser vice president and a company attorney flown in from Sacramento. That spoke volumes about where Sundberg’s sympathies lie, and about Mercer-Fraser’s concern regarding our complaints about the quarry.
Recent letters to the editor in local papers may have left readers with the confused impression that our 5th District County supervisor “did not ever support the permit application” by Mercer-Fraser in public or private.
This is unbelievable, because when I contacted Mr. Sundberg as a constituent, asking him to join the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water district in opposing the cannabis refinery project proposed at the Glendale gravel plant, he did not express any sentiment that could be understood as withholding his support for the permit application.
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.
Sundberg could not support the Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562) because he "didn't have enough information and did not know how it would be funded." It is known, however, that the board of supervisors received a complete package about the bill last November but was unready to discuss it when it recently came onto their agenda….Madrone supports moving S.B. 562 forward and, unlike his opponent, takes no corporate donations
The Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee has endorsed a lifelong Democrat in the upcoming race for 5th District supervisor. But confusingly, some of our elected Democrats at the state and federal levels have endorsed a person who can be counted on to vote for business over community interests and is not even a Democrat. Why?
This is a point of contention for the volunteers who make up the local branch of the Democratic Party, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (HCDCC) and other Democrats we know.
In case you were wondering how someone ends up with a name like Steven SunGnome Madrone, it’s one of my favorite family stories from around my parents’ large dinner table where everyone is always welcome.
Many local offices — county supervisor chief among them — have the authority to appoint members to powerful committees, such as planning. Appointees whose predilections and proclivities they know full-well in advance of the selection. These nominees often have well-established track records of supporting most big-money development projects. This while the interests of the average constituent, and that of the environment, be damned.
I’ve worked as a forester in Humboldt County for 40 years and been involved in and concerned about the Board of Supervisors policies as they relate to forestry. That’s why I’m supporting Steve Madrone. Steve has a substantial professional background in natural resource and forestry issues, both through his time working as a tree planter and precommercial thinning operator and later while working at RCAA on the Hammond Trail.
Thanks to the groundwork done by Madrone, RCAA subsequently secured grants to build the Widow White Creek Interpretive Trail and the Multiple Use Trail along Highway 101 and the Vista Point section from Letz Avenue to Strawberry Creek. Madrone was also instrumental in securing a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to fund the Little River Trail Feasibility Study (2014) which would extend the Hammond Trail north of Little River. These projects demonstrate the kind of leadership, expertise, patience, and persistence required to get things done for the community. It required having the ability to negotiate a complex pathway to achieve one of McKinleyville’s crown jewels.
Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Madrone’s activities is his consistent and diligent attention to political decision making. His knowledge of the County’s General Plan, the Coastal Commission decisions, the Harbor Commission’s deliberations and McKinleyville’s activities is extraordinary.
I think most of us know, deep inside, that we are right on the edge of a new era, a new chapter in the history of humanity. We have to be, because we have damaged our Mother Earth so much that, within a very short period of time, we will reach a point of no-return unless we start a completely different way of living. Some call this “the end of days” whilst others call it “the beginning of days.” I prefer to think of the latter.
Dozens, no, hundreds of local residents insisted that the whole of the lower Redwood Creek watershed be included in the park, not just the narrow strip by the creek. Remember, we called it The Worm? The Emerald Creek Committee led the way on so much of that seemingly endless effort. And Steve Madrone was in the forefront. Lucky for all of us Steve Madrone continues to act on his conviction that we need strong environmental stewardship for a strong future economy. And he is running for Humboldt County Board of Supervisors!
We need a change. I see Ryan Sundberg as just doing business as usual, supporting corporate efforts that have deleterious effects on the environment…I want someone who is invested in the environment, the community, and not dependent on corporate interests to keep them afloat.
We are all awake now. The proposed industrial use for the Mercer-Fraser property along the Mad River did it. The changes approved in the last General Plan Update will keep us awake for years to come. We must pay attention more than before and speak up to remind the individuals on the Board of Supervisors that their duty is to the well being of the general citizenry and to the health of the watersheds.
Steve will help change and balance those County plans and policies that have resulted in boom/bust business cycles, unemployment , and resource depletion. Steve’s background in environmental stewardship (watershed restoration), infrastructure development (Hammond Trail), teaching at HSU (fisheries) and raising a big family has taught him to take the long-view on issues that affect us all and how to facilitate complicated processes that involve many different viewpoints.
The Karuk Tribe enthusiastically endorses Steve Madrone for 5th District Supervisor for Humboldt County. Mr. Madrone is a strong advocate for natural resources and will be responsive to the ongoing needs of our Eastern Humboldt County communities.
It concerns me that for eight years, our county Board of Supervisors has often operated with a 4-to-1 voting block that represents a limited set of values and opinions, and tends not to engage the wide range of scientific and academic knowledge abundant here.