Saturday, May 22, 2010
Candidate Pat Higgins demanded a rebuttal and said that the agreement that was signed would be the death of the river and the salmon that live in the river for up to 4 months each year when algae blooms in the upper river would flow down river and kill salmon and harm other animals that drink the algae laden waters.
Candidate Ryan Sundberg has now said that rivers in conditions like this are unacceptable.
His latest radio commercial says:
Hi, my name is Ryan Sundberg and I'm running for 5th district supervisor.
Living in Humboldt County my whole life, I remember how healthy our river systems were and how sad it has become where our animals can not even drink safely from the water.
This is completely unacceptable to me.
As your supervisor I will institute policies that will ensure our rivers are restored and protected for generations to come.
Please voter for Ryan Sundberg on June 8th. Thank you.
(paid for by friends of Ryan Sundberg)
I am glad he has knocked on enough doors to see that Pat Higgins was right all along on this issue. Pat Higgins wrote the white paper on the:
Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Potter Valley Project National Marine Fisheries Service Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA):
Implications for the Survival and Recovery of Eel River Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead Trout.
Higgins has also been involved early on working on local solutions to the MLPA (marine life protection act) with local activist, fisherman and Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Dennis Mayo. The MLPA has the potential to virtually shut down local ocean fishing on the north coast.
Higgins currently serves the 5th district as Harbor Commissioner and has progressive, jobs oriented ideas that don't put our ecosystem in jeopardy just to make short term profits.
Higgins is not funded by casinos or the building industry unlike the three other candidates. (Jeffrey Lyttle excepted although he is a builder himself).
I think that Mr. Sundberg is a nice guy and means well. He has been involved in many impressive projects within the Trinidad Rancheria and is no dummy. He seems however to lack some of the knowledge and vision needed for Humboldt County to thrive in the 21st. century.
Sundberg has shown that he is willing to change his mind on an important issue but he seems more like a follower than a true leader on this and many other issues from the general plan to mass transit.
Also running for Supervisor for the 5th. District are Jeffrey Lyttle of McKinleyville, a construction worker and Patrick Cleary, former Wall St. man and successful radio station owner.
Vote for Patrick Higgins for 5th District Supervisor of Humboldt County!
(Sundberg photo from North Coast Journal)