Salami Nuggets’ Siren Song Seduces Bravo (Updated with audio) – March 6, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Nicholas Bravo during his 2004 City Council campaign. Photo courtesy Nicholas Bravo.

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

NORTHTOWN – Nicholas Bravo, a former City Council candidate known for bizarre public behavior and caustic oratory, was arrested Thursday, March 4 at Wildberries Marketplace on suspicion of shoplifting, then booked and lodged in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

Bravo, 36, a Nebraska native, moved to Arcata in 2000, became active in public affairs and made two runs for City Council, in 2004 and 2005. He became known for wild accusations usually involving conspiracies and wrongdoing by government officials and others. Various feckless actions, such as flipping off a citizen from the dais during a council candidate forum at the Community Center and pseudonymous “tips” to news media about other candidates’ sexual proclivities, helped enshrine Bravo in Arcata’s well-stocked pantheon of supercilious saviors.

After a multi-year absence from Arcata, Bravo’s return to public participation took place Wednesday, March 3, during City Council consideration of an anti-panhandling ordinance. With trademark hyperbole, he suggested that the the ordinance presaged creation of “FEMA camps” and extermination of indigent citizens. He refused to stop speaking after the nominal three minutes, and some shouting between himself and councilmembers took place before he retreated.

“I see you’ve come back to town, so welcome,” Mayor Alex Stillman told Bravo. Councilmember Shane Brinton subsequently explained to Bravo that time limits on speaking have to be applied equally to all citizens.

After attempting to exceed the three-minute limit, Bravo attempted to commit another rarely-tolerated breach of protocol by returning to the mic to make a second comment on the same topic. What ensued was a brief but intense paroxysm of simultaneous dialogue between councilmembers and Bravo, creating something of an aleatoric a capella composition worthy of John Cage or Karlheinz Stockhausen. The cacophonous interlude ended with Stillman clapping her hands and declaring “You’re finished!” With that, Bravo ceded the public podium to the next speaker.

Click to hear “You’re Finished!”

His renewed crusade to reform Arcata’s wicked ways suffered another setback the next night, sidetracked by the allure of cured meat snacks. APD dispatcher logs indicate that Thursday at 8:23 p.m., Bravo was detained by Wildberries personnel after eating “$2.50 in salami nuggets”  at the store. “Subject is not cooperative,” the narrative reads. “[Reporting party] used some force to get him into the office.”

Interim Police Chief Tom Chapman said Bravo fled from officers. A witness said he ran out of the store, but was captured and arrested.

The incident echoed Bravo’s initial arrival in town 10 years ago, when he got into a struggle with an APD officer who had discovered him car camping – an infraction usually handled with a warning or citation. Originally named Ryan Fenster, Bravo legally re-named himself after his favorite actor, Nicolas Cage. For the Nov., 2004 City Council race, Bravo described himself as an “experienced occultist.” After losing that election, he ran again the following year as an “environmentalist.”

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11 Responses to “Salami Nuggets’ Siren Song Seduces Bravo (Updated with audio) – March 6, 2010”

  1. I don’t know about 2004 for Nicolas Cage, anyway he is back on the road again

  2. SpikeBravo is also a Youtube e-beggar

    Bravo was fired from his store clerk job at a Phoenix branch of Circle-K in April 2009 after refusing to serve an African American customer and calling him a “Drunken Nigger” he remained “Unemployed” in Phoenix for the remainder of the year and after his free accommodation ended when his room mate was evicted he became “Homeless”

    He conned Youtube citizens out of $1400 worth of “Donations” with an outlandish e-begging scam last Christmas and he has recently published a new appeal for more “Donations”

    He was on the record admitting that he’d spent the $1400 on “Beer & Hookers” on his own BlogTV video blogging channel (Now suspended after it was used to harass a former room mate) and went on to say that 1 young black Phoenix hooker alone cost him $300

    His SpikeBravo Youtube channel was suspended after death threats were issued and other Terms Of Service violations were committed but feckless Bravo opened a new account called ProfessorBravo hilariously endowing himself with a Professorship

    His only video on this channel is now e-begging $249 dollars in his latest scam which purports to liberate his possessions from an Arcata storage facility

  3. nick bravo

    For a place supposedly filled with compassion and open mindedness I’m sure recieving a lot of hatred. Maybe you should ask yourselves, if I’m such a monster where is the trail of bodies. Either you haven’t dug deep enough OR I’m not the monster people have made me out to be.
    Once that storage unit stuff is dealt with I am gone from this miserable place.

  4. All I can say is I am sorry things have not worked out for him in Humboldt County. Hopefully he can get his stuff out of storage and move on to a place where he can get the help he needs.

  5. nick bravo

    Hoover, why didn’t you say “hi” to me as I was exiting city hall today. I expect cordiality and respect in return for my own. I sincerely, hope to see you at the next city hall when they vote on the panhandeling law. If I don’t see you there I’ll take it as a sign of my dominance over you.

  6. I miss Nick Bravo’s feet so much. That’s why he left Arizona, because he wouldn’t let me love them.

  7. anon.r.mous

    Nick Cage
    Bravo Channel

    Nick Bravo.

  8. Nick Bravo sounds like a dangerous person.

  9. Anonymous

    Nicholas Bravo AKA Ryan Fenster is currently a fugitive from justice after committing forgery and real estate fraud. He is wanted by the L.A.P.D. For updates on him, visit the forum:


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