But restoration is just the tip of what Madrone does. He has educated generations in land stewardship, brought in millions to fund some of our most visionary and wonderful projects, and trained hundreds to achieve their potential in the workforce. As supervisor Madrone has the experience we need to address many important current issues, including: a McKinleyville Town Center, Visitors’ Vista Point, and a community forest; development in Trinidad; the health of Redwood Creek, the Klamath-Trinity system, the Mad and Eel rivers; food security and economic progress, especially in the Trinity Valley; homelessness and addiction; health and safety; encouraging appropriate light industries; the expansion of the tourism economy and trails; living wages; the marijuana economy, and so much more.
Madrone knows how to bridge the interests of developers’ rights with personal and community property rights. His entire career has been devoted to creating a balance between these often competing needs. Healthy economic development occurs when it simultaneously protects the environment and provides living wages, always building local opportunities, especially for youth, and humane opportunities for the less fortunate.
I support Steve Madrone for supervisor. I’ve known and worked with Steve for 20-plus years in economic development and natural resource and environmental restoration.
We participated in the National Network of Forest Practitioners in the 1990s, with leaders from rural areas seeking solutions to rebuild their communities following the decline of the timber industry. Steve stood out as he was always looking for incentives to promote sustainable development and restoration, focusing on practical and creative solutions. He is an advocate for the carrot instead of the stick. Because of his effectiveness, he quickly became a national leader and spokesperson for rebuilding rural, natural-resource based communities.
It’s instructive to watch Ryan Sundberg attempt to distance himself from Mercer-Fraser’s destructive proposal to build a hash-oil lab right on the banks of the lower Mad River, just upstream of Humboldt County’s primary domestic water supply. In a nervously executed retort, Sundberg tried to assure voters that “At no time did I support the Mercer Fraser permit application.”
Except for when he did. In an April 17, 2018 letter to the county, Mercer-Fraser’s own Sacramento attorneys reveal that they had lobbied the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District “on multiple occasions … with the assistance of Supervisor Ryan Sundberg” to support the Mad River industrial hash lab.
Recently Blue Lake resident and former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Scott Frazer revealed that, prior to the public outcry over the hash lab, Sundberg had told him that “he was having conversations with both the Water District and Mercer-Fraser to seek changes that would allow the project to move forward. … Ryan’s actions were clearly facilitating the cannabis refinery proposal.”
Can Supervisor Sundberg really be credited with “saving” the McKinleyville Community Plan? Like any wide-ranging policy document, it is full of compromises between opposing viewpoints, and uses language open to interpretation. It would be more accurate to say he “saved” parts important to certain groups, while suppressing parts important to others.
He deserves credit for complying with the Plan’s mandate for a McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (MMAC), but the committee’s membership does not fairly represent the spectrum of community interests, its scope is very narrow, and its style of operation discourages public input. For most of its existence, it has not functioned as the true voice of the community intended by the Community Plan.
We are blessed with this opportunity to restore our economic future by electing Steve Madrone for 5th District Supervisor. For decades, Steve Madrone has worked tirelessly with hundred of people in many communities throughout the County on projects and goals leading to long term prosperity. Vote for Steve's vision and leadership as demonstrated in trail systems and habitat restoration, community forestry, and tuning Humboldt into the clean natural thriving destination that it once was and could be for generations to come! The incumbent intends continue with the same tired politics and failures that have so smeared the current Board.
I live in Elk River, where our community has suffered flooding and continual damage to our river from industrial logging, first by Maxxam/PL and now by HRC.
Our efforts to protect these watersheds, including the Headwaters Forest watershed, have been stymied by CDF and the Water Board, and also by a BoS unwilling to use lawful regulations to protect the lives and property of residents, and restore precious coho salmon habitat.
We have been attacked by ruffians for trying to defend our homes, and been ignored by the local sheriff, DA and our Supervisors, who appear more aligned with the offenders than their constituents. We need a BoS that is responsive to the “little people” for a change. Steve Madrone in the 5th District would bring that change.
Private property rights is one of the most polarizing issues in Humboldt. There is righteousness on both sides: owners defending rights to do whatever they want on their land vs neighboring owners and community members defending their land or the public trust from spillover effects
It’s confusing to see the 5th District’s 3 major Native American tribes endorsing Steve Madrone, and the county’s big 3 elected Democrats endorsing Ryan Sundberg.
I would go with the local endorsements. I don’t think the state and federal politicians know our local issues and they almost always endorse incumbents. I probably would, too, knowing the incumbents’ odds of winning, and figuring I would have to work with them for the next four years.
Of the campaign issues in the 5th District, rezoning of the Mad River floodplain, still stands out. It alarms me that the policies of the four-member majority on this Board of Supervisors and its appointees to the Planning Commission would allow zoning for industrial activities which could threaten public drinking water and important fish habitat.
My husband and I are supporting Steve Madrone for 5th District supervisor. I have worked with Steve in the past on trails and find him to be enthusiastic, positive, knowledgeable and hard working. He also treats people with respect.
I have had some communication with Ryan that was less than respectful when I stated my concerns and offered suggestions. I believe all constituents should be treated respectfully even if we have a difference of opinion. Steve’s experience in working with people of disparate backgrounds and political perspectives makes me hopeful.
It takes leadership and courage for “citizen politicians” to resist the whims of entrenched local elites. Wealthy, irresponsible commercial, development and marijuana interests, their attorneys, lobbyists and apologists usually outspend opponents to win the local candidates they back, who are then appointed to the planning commission as we’ve seen, once again, with the disgraced developers appointed by Sundberg and Bass.
Steve's record of success in bringing North Coast communities together with federal and state agencies to restore the bounty of our natural environment speaks loudly of his qualifications. He has been awarded for his leadership with top honors from organizations I have been actively involved with, including American Fisheries Society and Salmonid Restoration Federation.
We have seen what our current supervisor has and has not produced; I believe Steve is best qualified to lead efforts to improve lives in the Fifth District.
It was a lazy Saturday. And then the doorbell rang. Was it that door-to-door accordion saleswoman again? No. It was Steve Madrone himself, trying to convince me to vote for him for Fifth District supervisor. Steve says that mine was the 3,001st door that he'd knocked on since he started campaigning. For that kind of effort to talk to as many people in the district as possible (and a bunch of other reasons), he gets my vote.
The Hammond Trail would not have come to fruition without Mr. Madrone's ability to unite people and move projects. Countless times I have taken my triplet boys on the Hammond Trail ... a treasure! The Hammond Trail has inspired new trail projects across the county.
Steve Madrone is a proven job-creator whose work, projects and grant-writing skills have improved life in the Fifth District and in Humboldt County as a whole. He has the vision to recognize not only the present needs but also the future needs of the Fifth District. Vote for Madrone!
We are pleased to announce that you have received the sole endorsement of Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund. You are a strong supporter of reproductive health and we’re counting on your continued powerful advocacy for access and funding.
I read the recent letter from Ryan Sundberg with skepticism (“Sundberg: At no time did I support the permit app,” Times-Standard, May 10, Page A4). He states that “At no time did I support the permit application.” This is confusing because in the Mercer-Fraser letter to the county it says, “With the assistance of Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, MCMP met with the Water District on multiple occasions to discuss the Project. In a show of good faith towards resolving the Water District’s concerns, MCMP voluntarily placed limits on the Project and revised its operations plan to satisfy the Water District.”
To my way of thinking, nothing is more paramount than protecting and preserving the qualities that make Humboldt County such an ideal place to live. While a healthy economy is important, thoughtful, careful development is what we need to help preserve the qualities that make our county so desirable. Our fragile ecosystems cannot support reckless development for the sake of money.
Ryan Sundberg often refers to his seat on the California Coastal Commission as a reason to re-elect him as Fifth District Supervisor. However, what he doesn’t tell you is that he has the worst voting record on the current Commission when it comes to coastal access and preservation.
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.