Wednesday, February 13, 2008

 

Clendenen press release re Miranda event


I've already reported on it, but here's the official campaign statement:Bill Thorington, campaign manager

February 12, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Clendenen meets the Public in Miranda

Humboldt County Second District supervisorial candidate Clif Clendenen met with nearly 40 citizens who attended one of his community meetings in Miranda this past Saturday. After addressing the group, Clendenen joined the audience in an informal discussion for nearly two hours about the issues and concerns most important to their community. Clendenen plans to continue meeting as many of the Second District residents as possible, by walking the neighborhoods in the larger towns and with more of these public gatherings. These well-attended public meetings provide a great opportunity for first-hand dialogue with the voters.

The Miranda meeting was one in an ongoing series of appearances in which Clendenen will hear the concerns of Second District residents and respond to their concerns directly. Additional public meetings and forums all around the Second District are set for the coming months leading up to the June 3 election. The next public meeting is scheduled in Weott on March 13 from 6-8 in the Weott Community Hall. Watch for local notices.

"It was a great success, and I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and energy of everyone who came out," Clendenen said. "I think it reflects the great degree of interest people have in this election, and the hope they have for the future. People are looking for responsive, hard-working representation at the county level, and there's no better way for them and me to have an active dialogue than face to face.

Clendenen, for the past 30 years the owner of his family business Clendenen's Cider Works, helped develop the Fortuna Apple Harvest Festival, is a past board member of the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and is the founding president of the Fortuna Concert Series. He is also a past director of the Humboldt County Farm Bureau. Clendenen has been actively involved in Fortuna's General Plan Update, advocating for responsible growth that will preserve the city's small-town character and foster sound economic development and diversification.

Bill Thorington, Campaign Manager


Mary Anderson's article on the event is also up at the Redwood Times.

Comments:
Go Estelle!
 
Please explain to me why an apple farmer from Fortuna will be better for SoHum than say, a local SoHum activist like Estelle Fennell.
 
I think some of the local lefties thought that having a candidate from Fortuna was some kind of automatic advantage. The fact that he has a juice stand up there doesn't make him a mover and shaker in that sphere. He may pick up some support from the Fortuna merchants who don't want competition from a discount store. He is pretty weak in the oratory dept. and will get clobbered in any debate or candidate forum if goes up against Rodoni. That may not really matter as the audience for those events tend to be political junkies. There is still some question as to whether his issues are relevant to the job he seeks.
 
I think that it is imperative that I point out that Estelle will represent not only Garberville, but also Fortuna, and their is no "us and them". That philosophy is only counter productive.

She will have a vote on what happens in ALL of Humboldt county, so even people of other districts should be interested in her, and her ideas. She is already well known, which works to her advantage. So far I like the fact that fairness is important in this race.
 
Why wasn't Charles Douglas of the Humboldt Sentinel covering this?

Was he banned from the proceedings? What are you trying to hide?
 
It's nifty that a few, (or maybe just one who makes shotgun style anon comments here and there), are giving us this long, drawn out, lead-up drum roll for Estelle, but when is she going to say something public herself?

Super Tuesday was last freakin' week already and with Valentine's Day and Presidents weekend I guess it will be next week at the earliest before she unveils that long anticipated platform.

Yawnnn
 
"Why wasn't Charles Douglas... covering this?" Isn't that a question for Charles Douglas? does he know how to read? If so, all the PR would have alerted him to the event -- no attempt to hide there. And it was a public event, from which no one was turned away, so it's pretty clear that no, he wasn't banned from the proceedings.
 
“Super Tuesday was last freakin' week already and with Valentine's Day and Presidents weekend I guess it will be next week at the earliest before she unveils that long anticipated platform.”

So, who would you say would has the advantage, the person that plays the first card or the person that trumps that card???

Be patient, by June we will all be complaining that all we hear is politics!
Timing is everything.
 
Eric:

About 40 people, whom 15 or so you said were the same as at the last meeting. He needs to do better than that.
 
“So far I like that fact that fairness is important in this race.” Ernie you are pretty funny. It’s all good though. I’m just not sure what this means (shaking my head).
I think the Giuliani strategy might not work. I know it’s early still but waiting waiting waiting waiting might not be the best way to go. Having Estelle very up front and vocal and in every photo might be better than a stealth campaign. You know what I mean, jumping up in the background of photos, big ole smile waving enthusiastically (just kidding).
 
I heard Estelle on KMUD a day or so ago. NOT VERY IMPRESSED. She said nothing. Had no ideas. Just talked about things that "people are very concerned." Duh,,,what ya gonna do about it??
 
Well you've heard it here.
Estelle's campaign slogan:

Be patient!

I like that. Kind of catchy.


Catch me before I fall asleep.
 
The filing deadline for this office isn't until early March. It's a waste of time to start before you know the competition. Someone else may still get into the race.

Stephen?
 
Please explain to me why an apple farmer from Fortuna will be better for SoHum than say, a local SoHum activist like Estelle Fennell.

He can beat Roger Rodoni. There are other reasons, but that's number one.
 
About 40 people, whom 15 or so you said were the same as at the last meeting. He needs to do better than that.

Not really. He filled the room. We didn't anticipate a much bigger turnout on a Saturday afternoon. He has been and will continue to hold a series of smaller meetings throughout the district. He drew a nice crowd in Fortuna tonight, and that was just for a working meeting.
 
If no supervisor candidate backs our Heartlands project I may run.
 
you better get on it, Stephen. The filing deadline is coming up pretty soon.
 
Don’t know who Estelle is but I keep hearing she has some “heavy weights” behind her. Not seeing or hearing from her allows the other candidates to pick up fence walker endorsements that might have otherwise been hers.

That said, I kind of like her current platform of talking a lot behind the scenes but doing nothing that the public can discern or make sense of… she fits the mold of becoming another great Humboldt County politician.
 
Clif is coming to talk at the next SHEL (So Hum Ecomomic Localization group) meeting on Feb 27. 7 pm
 
at the Civic Club, Maple Lane, Garberville.
 
Eric is a Clendennon suporter and Clifs people know that so they send lots stuff here to be circulated. I haven't seen anything sustantive from Clif as to his platform and believe he is in the same mode as Estelle, that is info gathering. He is not well known down here and is spending more face time here. It has been my experience that platforms are really ancillary to a campaign for supervisor in this county. In the past it has been more about name ID and personal qualities that have influenced the outcome. Roy Hieder was elected on the basis that he was a blue collar guy who had a reputation for honesty and hard work. He was not re-elected because he voted yes on court consolidation and alienated his Fortuna constituancy. They are very touchy about the few county services they recieve. Since the early nineties Fortuna has become a much more Republican town and Roger is really the first supe to ply the partisan approach to those folks. It will take a major combined effort to beat him.
 
anon 12:50;
Since the early nineties Fortuna has become a much more Republican town and Roger is really the first supe to ply the partisan approach to those folks. It will take a major combined effort to beat him.

Combined effort of whom?
 
Eric is a Clendennon suporter and Clifs people know that so they send lots stuff here to be circulated.

I am indeed a Clendenen supporter, but I will post any announcement or statement sent to me by any candidate, sans commentary in the main post.
 
I finally heard Clendenen speak on KMUD news yesterday and gawdamighty is the man lackluster and devoid of any compelling vision. That Progs are backing him, someone who probably only agrees with the Prog agenda on one issue--the fear of big box stores--only goes to show how the most disparate characters can crawl into the same bed for political convenience, ala the Bonnie Neely alliance.

And where's Estelle? Fence-sitting on controversial issues until she knows which way the wind's blowing?

Without fielding someone with a substantial vision of social and economic change that benefits 2nd District citizens, Roger is going to walk away easily with another term of office.
 
Please explain to me why an apple farmer from Fortuna will be better for SoHum than say, a local SoHum activist like Estelle Fennell.

Apparently you have no idea how profoundly you reveal your smug elitism. This is why "local Sohum activists" lose the elections every time.
 
Estelle's a SoHum activist? What activities has she supported other than her paid position at the radio station?
 
But she interviewed plenty. That's makes her an activist by osmosis.
 
Why doesn't Charles Douglas run for an office? He feels humiliated from the last time he did. Thushe setsup a "newspaper" so he can claim him running for officewould be a conflict of interest. Truth is, Charles is scared of being held accountable for his words.
 
Clif will win in June. No need for a runoff.
 
Wishful thinking won't help Clif. He brings nothing substantial to the office but local window dressing for Local Solutions and Prog activists and manipulators attempting to gain political control of the 2nd District to shut down more community employment so that Humboldt County remains an economic backwater and poor so Bay Area activists can buy the land cheaper.
 
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