Arcata Eye Issue Scrutinizers: Questions For City Council Candidates – October 20, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Note: Acting on the proposterous premise that citizens will base their votes on information rather than loyalties, grudges and assumptions, we at the Eye asked various great thinkers in our town what more they needed to know from the seven City Council candidates. Online readers are welcome to add more questions as comments to this post.  Now it’s the candidates’ turn. Candidates, please send in any responses you may have. Our advice is to answer the hardest questions, not the easiest. We’ll publish any candidate responses in this space next week. – Ed.

Nicole Frank

Questions from the Jewish Wild Woman:

These are questions that are more about general character and nature of candidates, which is sometimes helpful to have.

What do you do to calm yourself when someone disagrees with you or attacks you at council meetings (if already a member) or in similar stressful situations?

What can you do to help others recognize your own value and perspective as well as theirs?

How do you model good citizenship, other than by being an active member of our community?

How does one honor differences and also move towards a goal that is cherished or different from the wishes or desires of others on the council, in the general population, or in the City Government?

In an emergency, if you had five minutes to choose three things to save from your home, objects, not people or pets, what would they be and why? Obviously people and pets come before objects, they are everyone’s first answer. We’re looking for what possessions of yours are meaningful and why?

Robin Hashem

Well, that’s an interesting question someone had about committing to serve out the full term, I wonder where that came from?  I guess it is a valid question, although the fact that it is slanted towards “another public office” seems a bit suspect. I mean, former Councilmember Elizabeth Conner stepped down because of her new job, I doubt she foresaw that happening.  Mark Sailor’s at the beginning of his new business, what if that skyrockets and he can’t keep up with both his business and council duties? Which should we expect him to choose, his livelihood or the council? What if some foundation gives Geronimo Garcia the opportunity to spread his gospel on college campuses around the country for a tidy sum that would allow funds enough to fine tune and market his particular style of Conestoga wagon and better the world? Say, “No dude, can’t do it, you signed this contract to the citizens of Arcata in blood?:  Such scenarios for all the candidates could go on ad nauseam. Oh wait, what if, heaven forbid, something happened to Supervisor Mark Lovelace during his term (like running for “higher” office) and that spot came open, wouldn’t it seem that we would want someone like our experienced Arcata councilmembers or current Harbor District commissioner to step in and represent us?

Just saying; I don’t think this has been a prerequisite for councilmembers in the past and it seems a given that anyone with the desire and fortitude to run and serve on the Arcata City Council is likely to go the distance as best they can. I get that we don’t want someone running for council simply because it is a stepping stone to higher office, but that said, who politic enough would actually cop to that? But I guess you have to ask the question.

Here are some other questions, ones I don’t think our stalwart mules at the Arcata Eye have asked yet, and if they have, I apologize for not reading the Eye closely enough lately:

Being on the Arcata City Council isn’t just reading your packet and attending the City Council meetings, do you really know what you are getting into?

City Councilmembers have to juggle many obligations and deal with a variety of personalities; how do you keep yourself organized and how would you respond to someone threatening you because of your point of view?

How do you rate the Arcata Police Department? Let’s throw in city staff, too. Since these public servants do the bulk of the City’s actual work, how would you help facilitate getting their jobs done well?

How could you help make the numerous committees the city relies on more effective/productive?

In these particularly tough economic times, how would you prioritize how City money is spent and why?

Attorney General Eric Holder just said that the Feds will enforce federal marijuana laws even if Prop 19 passes. Any ideas on how to deal with that possible scenario?

How well do you work with others?

Being a councilmember can be pretty stressful, how do you relax?

Are you doing this for the health insurance?

OK, enough of this. My thanks to ALL the candidates for being a part of this democratic tradition and taking the particular heat that Arcata can generate. And thank you, Arcata Eye, for caring so much about Arcata and its people. And the truth, as best we can know it.

Kevin Hoover

Are you committed to serving out the full term you want us to hire you for, or if some other public office comes available during your four-year term, will you bail on the council gig and run for that?

Jeff Knapp

If you were scrupulous about conflicts of interest with your business and financial interests, what kind of projects would you have to recuse yourself from as a Council member? Give specific examples.

The latest Scientific American demonstrated science, in the form of the laws of physics, shows it’s impossible for cell phone handset radiation to damage human tissue. George Bush ignored science when he didn’t like its conclusions. How do you differ from George Bush regarding science if you support Arcata investigating or regulating handset radiation in spite of this and other highly credible scientific information?

If elected, would you require City staff to, in every staff report, report on what would happen if key project assumptions they or outside consultants use are wrong?

Growers continue to damage Arcata’s stock of affordable housing. If elected, will you push for Arcata’s budget to increase staffing for building code enforcement?

Will you be vigilant to see that staff and outside consultant information provided in reports does not include unsupported opinion?

What financial risks does the City of Arcata face from the State and Federal budget crises? Give examples.

Christy Laird

One City Councilmember alone can do nothing. How do you see yourself working and collaborating with at least two or three councilmembers, not running for election, to form a majority?

Bruce LeBel

What expenses in the City budget will you propose reducing or eliminating?

At this time of continuing economic contraction there is significant reduction of expenses by all of us in the private sector and many in the public sector. The City has recently initiated two significant tax increases (utility tax and sales tax).  These increases bring with them the obligation for comprehensive budget assessment to determine opportunities to reduce City expenses and to seek future tax reductions. It is appropriate to know what specific budget line items the candidates see as being non-critical to the City meeting its legal obligations, i.e. current expenses that merit a due diligence review and intentional decisions as to whether or not they should continue.

Mark Leppanen

1. Once you are inevitably catapulted onto the national political stage, will you remember the little people of Arcata who helped put you there?

2. If you are elected, will you promise not to smear excrement anywhere in the Council Chambers?

3. Who is your favorite Beatle?

4. Do you wear boxers or briefs?

5. Would you support the creation of a Happy Meal police force designed to crack down on vermin corporate interests within our City limits?

6. What is the capitol of North Dakota?

7. What was the primary epistemological argument for Descarte’s interogative on human existence?

9. Do you prefer Sativa or Indica and why?

10. In your mind, should Pluto have retained its planetary status?

Fhyre Phoenix

Please name the best things or ways that you have contributed to our community in the past five years and, if elected or re-elected, what three things things do you hope to accomplish in your first (or next) term?

Alan Sanborn

I consider myself a no-growth proponent. I see Arcata as a very livable place.

That has a lot to do with its size. Infrastructure and policing concerns (and costs) only multiply as population and sprawl increase.

I see limiting human population growth – and its attendant demands on the planet – as being perhaps the greatest challenge facing mankind. I see nothing wrong with starting that work right here.

While Arcata’s slow-growth general plan is at least a step in the right direction, I  personally wish it was more restrictive. I’m very curious about the City Council candidates’ views on both the General Plan and on development in general.

Jonathan Speaker

What is your plan for supporting the struggling middle class?

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16 Responses to “Arcata Eye Issue Scrutinizers: Questions For City Council Candidates – October 20, 2010”

  1. Daniel Wasserman

    1) What is a King of Thelema?

    2) Why is it imperative that a bathroom be present downtown and not say in the Marsh, or at the corner of 14th and M or Janes Road at Spear?

    3) Can you explain how Federal law supersedes state or local laws and how that might apply to local.city governance

    3a) (A follow up question) What is the role of a local councilperson in national politics, or more specifically, what is not the role of a councilperson in national politics?

    4) If you wanted to change the layout of the streets or limit use of vehicles on existing roadways, where would the funds come from to complete this project and what would you do to contend with the overflow of traffic/reduced roadway surface induced congestion (Remember an in-traffic idling vehicle is as evil and fascist as fluoride in our water. Brent said it is so.)

    5) Marijuana being likely to be legalized and the price (in California) just as likely to drop, what will you do to: a) replace the theoretically lost income in the area, b) contend with the out of state growers and the related issues (invasion robberies, and unlawful waste disposal as well as housing market issues, c) the local government responsibility (per Porp 19) to tax and regulate marijuana?

    6) Will you promise to work with others to keep government functioning and also promise to not micro-manage our city employees, or will you try to bully pulpit Police, Fire, Public Works, Planning, Parks, etc. as well as the City Manager to achieve your own personal agenda without concern for the citizens, business persons, and employers of this city?

    7) Do you really believe that Arcata is a “Polcie State” or that the police are actually trying to “Harass” or otherwise discriminate against the homeless/houseless/transient population?

    8) Have you ever been arrested for disturbing the peace, possession of an illegal substance or weapon, or for damaging government/public property and if so, why should that be overlooked?

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  2. Mark Sailors

    Just logged on and I can hit number two in a few lines.
    Federal law and state law and two separate entities.
    All federal CONSTITUTIONAL law supersedes, federal and local laws.
    The states are under no obligation to enforce Federal law.
    Federal law is enforced by Federal agencies like the ATF, DEA, and FBI. The cases are heard in Federal court.Prisoners are held in Federal prison. (See Martha Stewart)
    The states have their own laws, and under the 10th amendment all powers not expressly granted to the federal government are reserved for the states or to the individual. We have California state courts, state and local law enforcement and state prisons. Those officers that work for the state are charged with enforcing state law, according to the state constitution.

    Prop 8 violates the federal constitution, the equal protection clause, therefor unlawful.
    Prop 215 legalizes cannabis on a limited scale to a limited number of people on the state level is legal because cannabis is only illegal by statute ( see Controlled Substances Act) not prohibited by constitutional amendment as alcohol was.

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  3. Mark Sailors

    Pardon me number 3

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  4. Ringo is my favorite Beatle and Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota. What is this about boxers, briefs and panties? I will fulfill another 4-year term. It is important to work on projects you believe in and to follow through, whether it is a community or organizational project, that is how one sets an example or be a role model. It is important to not discount people, but to work with them to fined an opportunity to complete goals that work for everyone, which often requires compromise and can also create a better project. Being attached is not fun but it happens. I fined listening to someone’s issue(s) is one way to diffuse anger then to see if there is a way to fined a solution–sometimes there is not solution, but a person might feel better because they were able to express themselves. With cut backs in Federal and State funding, the City of Arcata has less opportunity to apply for grants and grants are an important way for Arcata to fund innovative projects. The last 5 years: Measure G to provide rangers and street funding, roundabouts in Valley West now have sculpture and landscaping, downtown landscaped bulb outs and sculpture and me weeding them, Medical Marijuana Land Use Standards. 3 future items: Arcata Bay Housing (transitional housing)+diversified housing, creating a safety net for the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and expanding trail opportunities. State has required all entities to provide additional housing stock, for Arcata, in fill will ensure that we maintain our defining characteristics while provide housing.

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  5. Mark Sailors

    WOW
    Ringo is my favorite member of the Beatles too.
    Wouldn’t it be “i have found” not ” I finded”?
    Just sayin’
    As too the Medical Marijuana Land Use standards, I am 100% sure NORML, and ASA are looking for people to challenge it in court.

    Local Ordinances Attack Patients’ Right to Grow
    Posted March 17th, 2010 by canorml_admin

    March 17 – As federal DEA pressure subsides in California, opponents of medical marijuana are pushing to impose new and unprecedented restrictions on medical marijuana cultivation through local ordinances of dubious constitutionality.

    In Long Beach, a city within LA County, the city council adopted a dispensary ordinance that requires all patient collectives to grow marijuana on their own premises within the city limits. The Los Angeles DA’s office has maintained – falsely – that this is necessary under state law. In fact, state law has no such restrictions; patients from anywhere in the state can join in collective cultivation projects. Although SB 420 restricts primary caregivers to no more than one patient outside their home city or county, this doesn’t apply to collectives, and Cal NORML attorneys argue that it is an unconstitutional restriction on Prop. 215.

    The LA DA’s office sought to enact similar restrictions in the city of LA’s recent ordinance, which states that “no collective may provide medical marijuana to any persons other than its members who participate in the collective cultivation of marijuana at or upon the location of that collective.” Critics, including Cal NORML, argue that collectives can legally maintain multiple cultivation locations around the state.

    California NORML challenges the practicality of on-site cultivation, given that the average dispensary requires an estimated 8.75 square feet of indoor space for a typical clientele of 500 to 750 patients. At this rate, some 4 acres of grow space would be required to serve the 10,000 patients in the Long Beach area, an amount that might well alarm neighborhood groups.

    Long Beach city councilmembers chose to overlook such arguments from medical marijuana proponents, accepting instead the mendacious claims of the LA County DA’s office, whose boss, Steve Cooley, has launched an anti-dispensary crusade while pursuing a political campaign for the Republican nomination for state Attorney General.

    The Los Angeles and Long Beach ordinances appear destined for lengthy court challenges. The LA ordinance imposes tight zoning restrictions aimed at cutting the number of the dispensaries in the city from over 500 to just 70, a target that many think will be difficult to enforce. One lawsuit against the ordinance has already been filed by Americans for Safe Access, which argues that the ordinance violates due process because it gives dispensary applicants only seven days to find a legal location, and no maps showing what zones are legal were provided by the city.

    Many other localities have proposed dubious anti-cultivation measures recently. Tehama County Supervisors are considering an ordinance that would declare it a public nuisance for anyone cultivate over12 mature or 24 immature plants on parcels of less than 20 acres. The Tehama proposal would ban any cultivation whatsoever within 1,000 ft of a school, which is almost certainly a violation of Prop. 215 patients’ fundamental right to medicine; and require every landlord to register any Prop 215 garden with the city, which violates the 5th amendment right against self-incrimination. It is scheduled to be voted on April 6.

    The city of Corning in Tehama County adopted an ordinance that prohibits cultivation outdoors or in a residential structure. Gardens would have to be located in a secure detached structure in the rear yard only, removed ten feet from the property line and with a six foot solid fence and with a mechanical ventilation system and security system approved by a Building Official or the Police Dept.

    Cal NORML believes that Corning’s ordinance poses an unconstitutionally burdensome limitation on patients’ right to grow their own medicine under Prop. 215. Cal NORML is interested in hearing from potential plaintiffs wishing to challenge Corning’s ordinance.

    Red Bluff, another Tehama town, dropped an even more stringent proposal to ban medical marijuana cultivation entirely, after Cal NORML attorney Bill Panzer warned the city attorney that it was unconstitutional and would precipitate a lawsuit.

    Shasta County Supervisors are considering a proposal that would require patients to file a zoning permit for all medical marijuana gardens. Indoor cultivation would be restricted to legally established residences; outdoor grows would be limited to 60 square feet on lots less than an acre, or 240 square feet elsewhere, and would have to be surrounded by six-foot fences.

    Redding adopted an ordinance to restrict medical marijuana gardens to a maximum of 100 square feet of canopy or 10% of home or garden area – relatively liberal limits that would suffice for most, but not all, patients.

    Two Mendocino County towns, Ukiah and Willits, have ordinances banning outside grows within city limits so as to mitigate the odor of marijuana. So far, no patients have challenged these laws. However, they have filed a lawsuit against a proposed Mendocino County ordinance that classifies any cultivation of 25 plants or more on a single parcel as a public nuisance.

    Eureka has an ordinance on the table that would require patients to reside where they cultivate. The language is based on Arcata’s ordinance and is intended to prevent homes being turned into “grow houses.”

    The right of individual patients to cultivate for their own medical needs is fundamental to Prop. 215. However, a stronger case can be made that cities and counties have the right to regulate larger, collective gardens and dispensaries. The right of cities to zone out dispensaries was upheld in a precedent-setting appellate court decision, Claremont v. Kruse, and is the subject of another pending case involving the city of Anaheim.

    Patients interested in challenging local restrictions on home cultivation are invited to contact California NORML’s legal committee at legal@canorml.org.

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  6. Mark Sailors

    Also i am pretty sure that a “king of Thelema” is a reference to Aiwass, the spirit that Alistair Crowley supposedly channeled.
    Aiwass was also channeled by the guitar player from Electric Apricot.

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  7. Mark Sailors

    4.
    We could eliminate parallel parking and put in angled parking on one side of the road throughout Arcata, improve the parking lot situation, and make downtown more bike and foot friendly. This also addresses the issue of unsafe bike lanes that exist in the “door zone”. We would also need to make a few streets that are currently two way into one way streets.

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  8. Mark Sailors

    5.
    a. I think we should capitalize on the cannabis industry and become the “Amsterdam” of North America, and encourage small gardeners to become legitimate producers.
    b. As with any other crime issue, a fully funded and staffed police force can do wonders. Respect for the badge will increase as fear of prosecution fades. Criminals will find other ways to make money when cannabis is legal just like the mafia found other things to do when Prohibition ended.
    c. As to taxing and regulating, we should sit down as a city and take a hard look at what would be in the cities best interests. My opinion is low taxes and minimal regulation will bring in the most business and the most capital to the area.

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  9. Mark Sailors

    6.
    I will work with others.
    We can all have our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts. This is hard for some people to understand.

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  10. Mark Sailors

    2.
    The bathrooms we build should reflect the amount of foot traffic the area gets. Downtown needs more restrooms that in Northtown. All areas need at least minimal restroom facilities.

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  11. Mark Sailors

    7.
    I think that Arcata is a great town with great police. That being said people complain about houseless people actions more that they complain about the actions of a little old lady, and since most interactions with the police are complaint driven, the responsibility for the apparent discrimination falls squarely on the PEOPLE OF ARCATA, not the Police department.

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  12. Mark Sailors

    :)

    I have never been convicted of a crime.

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  13. Due to computer problem, I was unable to get my reply to the article into the staff by the deadline.
    I am including them here for anyone that want to read them.
    Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  14. Thank you for the opportunity to answer your questions and thanks for taking the time to ask them.
    Nicole Frank
    To diffuse attacks and disagreements, I listen, breathe, and give my opinion.
    To help others recognize my value as well as theirs, I fully engage them. Talking to people is enlightening.
    I model good citizenship by living the way I want to see the world live. I do not litter, I pick up litter. I personally provide outreach to the vulnerable members of our community when they are too sick to do it for themselves. Many more things, too numerous to list here.
    To honor differences and move towards goals is the nature of the job. It would be my responsibility to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, and that no one’s rights are violated regardless of the wishes of Staff or Council.
    With five minutes to save things I would save these 3 things:
    My Laptop
    My Wife’s and my art work.
    My father’s ashes.
    Robin Hashem
    I plan on serving out at least one full term.
    I do in fact know what I am getting into, out of the frying pan and into the fire, so to speak.
    To stay organized I keep a laptop, a Smartphone and a hard filling cabinet. As to someone threatening me I always defer to the motto Ed Parker taught me: “I come to you with Karate, Empty Hands. I have no weapons, but should I be forced to defend myself, my principles, or my honor, should it be a matter of life or death, of right or wrong, then here are my weapons, Karate, my Empty Hands.”
    I rate Arcata PD as A++ 99% of the time. A few could do with a refresher course on bicycle law. As to city staff, they try really hard and are super nice people. That being said the level of incompetence is astounding when it comes to issuing permits, or any type of licensing. To facilitate improving that I would love to see some continuing education program to help teach them how to do their jobs in 2010.
    I would love to tackle the issue of rampant committees and the time they waste. I would make that a top priority.
    I would prioritize city expenditures to address “quality of life” issues, like a public restroom, public camping, public urination, pot holes and the rampant, disturbing litter problem.
    It is the Federal government job to enforce Federal law, not ours.
    I think I work very well with others.
    To relax I play guitar, read, read to my daughter, walk my dogs, meditate, and practice Martial Arts.
    Kevin Hoover
    I intend to serve a full term.
    Jeff Knapp
    I would recuse myself from anything to do with Pedalcabs.
    I am a firm believer in Science. I would endeavor to keep assumption out of city code, and to remove anything in code not based on scientific evidence.
    Yes, I would require staff to give complete information on key projects, including what would happen if key assumptions were incorrect.
    I think medical cannabis patients are getting stuck with a bad reputation. Destroying housing is wrong.
    I believe that the Medical Cannabis Land Use code is an illegal amendment to Prop 215 and therefore unlawful as it applies to individual patient gardens and private non commercial collectives. City resource could be spent on more relevant issues.
    I would endeavor to keep assumption out of city code, and to remove anything in code not based on scientific evidence.
    I do not feel there is space here to address the risks we face from the State and Federal budget crisis.
    Christy Laird
    I see myself working hard for the people of Arcata, and hopefully that would mean that finding consensus should be easy. On the issues they can’t agree on I will endeavor to build bridges and not burn them.
    Bruce LeBel
    I would reduce the money we spend debating State and Federal issues outside the councils purview, like cell phone radiation, and personal medical cannabis gardens. I would initiate a program of volunteers to help maintain the parks, playgrounds, and general litter and graffiti removal.
    I think it is obscene that people get “orange tags” on their doors if they are two months late on their water bill, but we let a hotel rack up thousands of dollars in water and other bills and taxes and did NOTHING to collect it.
    Mark Leppanen
    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Ringo
    4. Briefs
    5. Ummmmm only if we can keep Mayor Mc Cheese.
    6. Bismarck, Location: 46.805N, 100.767W State motto: Discover the Spirit. State Flower Wild Prairie Rose
    7. If I can remember correctly it is something like this: 1) to show that the soul is immortal and that God exists, and 2) to show that these assertions are truths which are logically necessary and which can be proved by reason. (I disagree, as I am an Atheist.)
    8. There was no number 8 so we move on to number 9.
    9. Indica strains are more for nighttime pain management, appetite improvement and sedation, whereas Sativa’s have a more psychological effect.
    10. Pluto is, was, and always will be a planet.
    Fhyre Phoenix
    I have never really thought about this until you asked, so here we go:
    1. Helped a Houseless man transition to hospice care when he was dying.
    2. Worked with the Arcata Food Project distributing organic fresh foods to people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health issues.
    3. Attended City Council and Planning commission meeting to address the Medical Cannabis Issue.
    In my first term, I want to accomplish streamlining city government so that it works more efficiently, with less bothersome restriction to business, and more attention to detail.
    Alan Sanborn
    Three words: INFILL, INFILL, INFILL
    Jonathan Speaker
    I would love to see Arcata become a living wage jobs city. We need to encourage more manufacturing jobs, a port, short lane barge shipping, e-commerce and a vital trucking industry to help bring Arcata into the 21st century as a strong vibrant community.
    Thank You
    Mark Sailors

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  15. Nicole Frank

    What do you do to calm yourself when someone disagrees with you or attacks you at council meetings (if already a member) or in similar stressful situations?
    In order to calm myself down when disagreed with, attacked, or stressed out; I focus on breathing.

    What can you do to help others recognize your own value and perspective as well as theirs?
    In order to help others recognize my values and perspectives, as well as theirs; I would sit down and talk with them, put myself in their shoes, and urge them to get into mine; figuratively.

    How do you model good citizenship, other than by being an active member of our community?
    In addition to volunteering for community projects, my model of good citizenship is knowing your rights, and the rights of others, and asserting them with civility.

    How does one honor differences and also move towards a goal that is cherished or different from the wishes or desires of others on the council, in the general population, or in the City Government?
    In order to reconcile differences, one must find common ground with others; or, in the alternative, make concessions.

    In an emergency, if you had five minutes to choose three things to save from your home, objects, not people or pets, what would they be and why? Obviously people and pets come before objects, they are everyone’s first answer. We’re looking for what possessions of yours are meaningful and why?
    Possessions, to me, are not that meaningful. Though, currently, I would grab my computer, evidence and files; as I have a legal fight to finish.

    Robin Hashem

    Being on the Arcata City Council isn’t just reading your packet and attending the City Council meetings, do you really know what you are getting into?
    I concur, being on Arcata City Council is not just,reading the packets and attending meetings. I do not, really, know what I am getting into. I do know that I have been paying close attention to politics for the past five to nine years, been self-studying law for the past two to three years, an acute ability to read between the lines, and no motive, other than to do the will of all the People, as I have received no campaign contributions and have no financial interests.

    City Councilmembers have to juggle many obligations and deal with a variety of personalities; how do you keep yourself organized and how would you respond to someone threatening you because of your point of view?
    I keep myself organized with my laptop and file folders. My response to someone threatening me for my point would be to give them notice of their impoliteness and dismiss the statement along with my respect for them, according to severity.
    How do you rate the Arcata Police Department? Let’s throw in city staff, too. Since these public servants do the bulk of the City’s actual work, how would you help facilitate getting their jobs done well?
    On a one to ten basis; I rate the Arcata Police Department at a three for serious ethical deficiencies -immediate need for Police Review Commission/Committee; Manager and Attorney at a five; and Planners and other staff at a nine. I would facilitate the jobs of the police and city staff by doing my own research and offering suggestions, accordingly.
    How could you help make the numerous committees the city relies on more effective/productive?
    To make the city’s numerous committees run more effectively and productively, I could offer a way to streamline comments and other input from the public. An open forum for public comment, augmented by traditional mail would enhance the process.
    In these particularly tough economic times, how would you prioritize how City money is spent and why?
    I would prioritize how the City’s funds are spent by weighing governmental mandates with the public’s will.
    Attorney General Eric Holder just said that the Feds will enforce federal marijuana laws even if Prop 19 passes. Any ideas on how to deal with that possible scenario?
    “The people, or sovereigns, are not bound by general words in statutes, restrictive of prerogative right, title or interest, unless expressly named. Acts of limitation do not bind the King or the people. The people have been ceded all the rights of the King, the former sovereign … It is a maxim of the common law, that when an act is made for the common good and to prevent injury, the King shall be bound, though not named, but when a statute is general and prerogative right would be divested or taken from the King (or the People) he shall not be bound.”  — The People v. Herkimer, 4 Cowen (NY) 345, 348 (1825) I opine, Cannabis is a prerogative liberty interest. Additionally, the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, long over due for exercise and clarification, apply. The futile drug war is unconstitutional, addiction is a health issue, not a criminal one. We can no longer afford to regulate the People’s prerogatives.
    How well do you work with others?
    I work very well with others.
    Being a councilmember can be pretty stressful, how do you relax?
    I relax by focusing on breathing, taking walks and smoking Cannabis.
    Are you doing this for the health insurance?
    No, I am not doing this for the health insurance. I was not aware of any health insurance and I do not use allelopathy, except in emergencies.
    Kevin Hoover
    Are you committed to serving out the full term you want us to hire you for, or if some other public office comes available during your four-year term, will you bail on the council gig and run for that?
    If Ron Paul asked me to be his Vice President, I would, reluctantly, leave the Council; but that would be the only cause, aside from death -which is more probable. Arcata is my favorite place in the world.
    Jeff Knapp
    If you were scrupulous about conflicts of interest with your business and financial interests, what kind of projects would you have to recuse yourself from as a Council member? Give specific examples.
    I have no business or financial interests, which may be my greatest asset. As I am in voluntary poverty, I would research the matter and consider recusing myself on matters that affect, only, those similarly situated.
    The latest Scientific American demonstrated science, in the form of the laws of physics, shows it’s impossible for cell phone handset radiation to damage human tissue. George Bush ignored science when he didn’t like its conclusions. How do you differ from George Bush regarding science if you support Arcata investigating or regulating handset radiation in spite of this and other highly credible scientific information?
    Regarding selective acceptance of science, I differ from George Bush, in that, I have no agenda; other than restoring constitutional government. However, science, historically, is often wrong. As a guardian of the public, I would be obligated to consider the subtle electromagnetic effects on the brain and nerves. Tissue is not the only issue, our brains emit radio frequencies that could be interrupted. This is poorly understood science. I would approve of Nikola Tesla type aether wave transmissions; as these waves do not resist matter. Additionally, the Scientific American article http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fact-or-fiction-cell-phones-can-cause-brain-cancer is not conclusive, by any means.
    If elected, would you require City staff to, in every staff report, report on what would happen if key project assumptions they or outside consultants use are wrong?
    Generally, I would require a risk/benefit analysis of key project assumptions. As an overseer of staff work, I would consider it my job, ultimately, to identify potential weaknesses.
    Growers continue to damage Arcata’s stock of affordable housing. If elected, will you push for Arcata’s budget to increase staffing for building code enforcement?
    Arcata’s affordable housing crisis, in my opinion, is due to a lack of new construction and artificially high real estate prices, partially, caused by the big bank bailout. Spending city coffers to infringe on liberty in not a legitimate government interest. I would move for a Medicinal Growing Co-Operative that would lure the growers out of residential units with safer and more affordable industrial spaces.
    Will you be vigilant to see that staff and outside consultant information provided in reports does not include unsupported opinion?
    I am a devoted skeptic and a natural analyzer. I will be going over staff and consultant information with a fine tooth comb. This is my specialty…discovering deception.
    What financial risks does the City of Arcata face from the State and Federal budget crises? Give examples.
    The City of Arcata faces considerable financial risks, due to the State budget, if Proposition 22 does not pass; as to the Federal budget, not that much. Something like 90 percent of government is locally funded, or so I have heard.
    Christy Laird
    One City Councilmember alone can do nothing. How do you see yourself working and collaborating with at least two or three councilmembers, not running for election, to form a majority?
    I, respectfully, dissent that one councilmember alone can do nothing. In Our system, one keystone lawsuit can change case law, which is law. However, I consider all councilmembers, but one, though another is overly influenced by that one, to be exemplary participants and I am brimming with excitement to work with them. Shane Briton is, especially, selfless and good willed, in my opinion; though, I remain skeptical.
    Bruce LeBel
    What expenses in the City budget will you propose reducing or eliminating?
    At this time of continuing economic contraction there is significant reduction of expenses by all of us in the private sector and many in the public sector. The City has recently initiated two significant tax increases (utility tax and sales tax).  These increases bring with them the obligation for comprehensive budget assessment to determine opportunities to reduce City expenses and to seek future tax reductions. It is appropriate to know what specific budget line items the candidates see as being non-critical to the City meeting its legal obligations, i.e. current expenses that merit a due diligence review and intentional decisions as to whether or not they should continue.
    Without, actually, reviewing the budget; I propose reducing all budget expenditures. If we use incentive based initiatives to recruit volunteers, we can eliminate a significant amount of project and maintenance costs, while freeing up city employees to address more pressing issues. Clearly, eliminating the City’s direct involvement in funding and planning for poverty issues, allowing the public to take the reins, would free up a lot of the City’s time and funding constraints and produce more grassroots solutions.
    Mark Leppanen
    1. Once you are inevitably catapulted onto the national political stage, will you remember the little people of Arcata who helped put you there?
    I am not aware of any Arcata City Councilmembers being catapulted onto the national political stage. In the event of this freak occurrence, my love for Arcatans would not allow me to forget them. I would, simply, have a broader platform on which to serve their interests
    2. If you are elected, will you promise not to smear excrement anywhere in the Council Chambers?
    Yes, I will inspect the soles of my shoes, carefully; if I smell anything.
    3. Who is your favorite Beatle?
    John Lennon is my favorite Beatle.
    4. Do you wear boxers or briefs?
    I wear boxer briefs.
    5. Would you support the creation of a Happy Meal police force designed to crack down on vermin corporate interests within our City limits?
    Regulating commerce is a legitimate government interest; however, I would need more information, as to the particulars of the Happy Meal police force, before supporting the same.
    6. What is the capitol of North Dakota ?
    Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota.
    7. What was the primary epistemological argument for Descarte’s interogative on human existence?
    Descarte’s arguments, to the best of my knowledge, were for the subjective rationalistic method of proving the existence of God, not humans.
    9. Do you prefer Sativa or Indica and why?
    Sativa, by day, as it allows the mind to function well, while producing a feeling of well-being; and Indica, by night, as it alleviates the pains of life and stress, and assists rest. Readers, please, be aware that I will refrain from Cannabis use, while engaged in Council matters; except in emergencies.

    10. In your mind, should Pluto have retained its planetary status?
    It appears that Pluto, the god of the underworld, was rightfully demoted; as it shares it’s orbital path with numerous other similarly existent bodies in the Kuiper Belt. Including them all, as planets, would redefine and complicate the parameters of planethood. However, the proposed twelve planet model is interesting.
    Fhyre Phoenix
    Please name the best things or ways that you have contributed to our community in the past five years and, if elected or re-elected, what three things things do you hope to accomplish in your first (or next) term?
    In the past five years, I have contributed to raising the awareness of governmental encroachments on the rights of the People and began to foster a sense of embracing Our system of government, among the “Outsiders”. IF elected, I hope to eliminate top-down politics, by encouraging public participation; engage the “Outsiders”, with community service projects; and reduce taxes and the overall cost of government, by encouraging public participation and volunteerism. The “Outsiders” are a viable untapped community resource, that is not going away, anytime, soon. Let us work with them.
    Alan Sanborn
    I consider myself a no-growth proponent. I see Arcata as a very livable place.
    That has a lot to do with its size. Infrastructure and policing concerns (and costs) only multiply as population and sprawl increase.
    I see limiting human population growth – and its attendant demands on the planet – as being perhaps the greatest challenge facing mankind. I see nothing wrong with starting that work right here.
    While Arcata’s slow-growth general plan is at least a step in the right direction, I  personally wish it was more restrictive. I’m very curious about the City Council candidates’ views on both the General Plan and on development in general.
    I deem it impractical to institute a no-growth policy. However, a methodical slow-growth general plan is prudent and appropriate. Future development can be an opportunity for Arcata to pioneer and showcase green living models, thereby, leading by example.
    Jonathan Speaker
    What is your plan for supporting the struggling middle class?
    Supporting the struggling middle class can be accomplished by encouraging eco-friendly green industries that create living wage jobs. The City and the university could be symbiotic partners in such an enterprise, along with a healthy dose of public participation. These opportunities are considerable and, especially, conducive to Arcatan culture.

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  16. Answers to some of Nicole’s questions. When someone is unhappy–listening is the best thing to do. Then there might be a solution or not but hearing the concern is most important and without judgment.

    Compromise is important in life. Being open to ideas from council members, staff and the public will make a project better.

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