Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sundberg Flip Flops On River Restoration

During the first 5th. District Supervisor debate at Azela Hall in McKinleyville on April 26th, candidate Ryan Sundberg was asked about the restoration of the Klamath River. He said that an agreement was already signed and done. There was nothing else that could be done about it. We need to move on.

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)


  1. Higgins has to be told to stand back at MPA meetings because his ego gets in the way. Don't fisheries biologists have to have degree's. Higgins is not funded by anyone cause none support him.

  2. According to UC Davis the degree sets the pay.

    How much are fish biologists paid?

    Someone with an Associate's Degree from a junior college may find work as a fisheries technician with a starting salary of about $20,000 to $30,000 per year. A person with a Bachelor of Science in fish biology might expect to earn a starting salary of $30,000 to $40,000, working for the state or federal government, as a research assistant at a university, or as a junior scientist at an environmental consulting firm. With a Masters of Science degree one would earn a starting salary somewhat higher, probably about $50,000/year. Some fish biologists decide to work for a non-profit organization, for example Trout Unlimited or California Trout, and advocate to protect and restore fish and fish habitat. Usually salaries at a non-profit are less than in government or private industry, but these biologists may have more freedom to speak out about fisheries issues. Some fish biologists choose to work in colleges and universities, although these jobs are relatively rare. University professors in fish biology at the University of California Davis have a starting salary of about $60,000. A top salary for a very experienced professor near the end of her/his career would be about $165,000, but not all professors reach this level. Specialists in Cooperative Extension at the University of California have the same salary range as a professor. Either of these jobs requires a Ph.D (doctorate) degree.

    You can read more about what a fisheries biologist does at this link:

  3. Pat lacks a masters degree. So no teaching at U of anything. he does work as a consultant/sub contractor. So sup job would about double income plus he could still consult.


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