Thank you to all who voted for me and/or helped on my campaign. I couldn't have done it without you.
Although the Elections Office won't certify the election for another 27 days, statistically speaking i's a 99% probability of a re-election win as Chris Kerrigan would have to get over 65% of the outstanding ballots to be counted and many of my supporters turned in their absentee ballots the day of the election.
Any winning campaign is made up of many volunteers who give of their time, energy and money. Whether you voted for me, donated $5 or more, called your family and friends to vote for me, phoned banked over a thousand calls, walked around your neighborhood or canvassed (door-to-door) for miles and months on end... we did it!
We are actively going around town picking up over 850 campaign yard signs, so please give us a day or two. If you notice any in your neighborhood, please pick them up and call Richard Marks at 707-496-9043 and he will make arrangements to get them picked up.
Otherwise you can store your yard sign in your garage until my 2018 re-election campaign.
Thank you all again.
Times-Standard: Humboldt County supervisor candidate Q&A: Virginia Bass
Incumbent says she will continue to address homelessness, public safety, housing for 4th District
Before the upcoming June 3 primary, the Times-Standard sent a list of questions to each of the four candidates running for the 4th and 5th district Humboldt County Board of Supervisors seats. The list of questions are similar in that they address the same topics, but were phrased differently depending on whether they were sent to an incumbent or a challenger. The candidate responses will be published as a two-part series. The following responses are from 4th District Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass:
Having served as an elected official at both the city and county level, I have a unique understanding of the challenges facing local government. I have been fortunate to be involved in both the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties during the last 14 years, and have forged relationships with other elected officials in local and state government, which is beneficial. I bring decades of real life private sector experience to the table which provides a much needed balance to the decision-making process that happens in the public sector.
Additionally, my 30-plus years in the restaurant industry taught me the value of providing excellent customer service and that long hours are required to do the job right and you don't get weekends off. In the case of local government, our customers are the members of the community and the time requirements to do the job right are very similar.
I believe my 30-plus years involvement in various community service groups, business organizations and local nonprofits has given me a deeper understanding of the needs of our community, which helps guide me in my decision-making and problem solving process.
The issues I hear most about from the members of the community are jobs, public safety and affordable housing. It is hard to prioritize one over the other as they are intertwined. Without jobs, there isn't the economic tax base to provide the monies needed to adequately fund public safety. If someone does not feel safe in the community, they aren't going to open businesses here. If people don't have jobs, it is hard to find a place to live that is affordable.
While government doesn't create jobs, what we can do is make it easier for others. During the last several years, the county has been very active in reducing barriers to job creation. A company called Aquamarine is in the process of creating many jobs with an Aquaponics farming venture growing lettuce and fish on the peninsula that will be beyond "organic" and sustainable. Headwaters grant monies helped support a successful pilot project by the Humboldt Bay Harbor District to make this happen. Additionally, monies for pre-permitting activities for oyster farming on the peninsula have also come from the Headwaters fund. We've provided financial resources for several Brownfields cleanups on the peninsula, which will allow for reuse of formerly unusable properties for business ventures.
Personally, I have been working with a group of local businessmen in the community who would like to open a pellet manufacturing facility that would ship their product to European markets to help facilitate reduction in green house gas emissions. This green, renewable, sustainable and locally-owned operation can create several hundred jobs in the 4th District. Pre-permitting and pre-zoning land is another step we can take to make job creation easier. Through job creation, the county will realize an increase in the tax base which will help provide the needed funding to improve public safety.
Everyone deserves housing they can afford. The county is taking several steps to increase the inventory of affordable housing. Included among these steps are incentives for secondary units, a streamlined permitting process, fast-track application review and fee deferral and subsidies. More affordable housing can be created quickly by making it more attractive for private sector interests to build. The preservation of mobile home parks and long-term occupancy RV parks, conversion of former motel sites to single room occupancy units and the construction of efficiency units are top priorities outlined in the proposed housing element. We need to focus more on an appropriate mix of transitional and permanent supportive housing and a commitment to rapid re-housing, which is being recognized nationwide as the best way to keep people from becoming homeless. Re-purposing of some properties, such as the senior housing development proposed for the site of the former Downtowner Motel, should be encouraged and facilitated. Additionally, the county has committed to evaluate the use of county-owned surplus properties for development of affordable housing through public/private partnerships to help increase the inventory of affordable housing.
I am fortunate to represent an area that is fairly compact, making it possible for me to spend a great deal of time in the district hearing concerns and finding solutions. I freely give out my cell phone number so that members of the community can more easily reach me. I have a proven track record of bringing people together to find solutions that are mutually beneficial. Having lived here my entire life, I am aware of the many issues that need attention and do my best to bring forward resolution to the outstanding issues.
As stated earlier in my answers, I have facilitated a much improved working relationship between the County of Humboldt, the City of Eureka and the Harbor District, which is important as working together is the best way to get things done.
Ask just about any other supervisor in the State of California and they will tell you that the processes of updating their General Plan have been anything but smooth. Considering that no Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has been in the position of adopting a General Plan since 1984, it is no wonder that the road has been a little bumpy at times.
While our board certainly could have rubber stamped the document that came before us, to do so would have been to ignore that there were actual errors in the document, additions that no one knew had been made and problematic policies. This document resided with staff for a number of years before making it to the board. I am supportive of the thorough review we have followed as I believe it is more important to get a good product than pass a flawed document for the sake of time. While this process has been more time consuming, it will provide a plan that is more reflective of today's community.
It is interesting to note that in the years prior to the time that the general plan update was first being discussed, long before any of the current members were on the board, there was a great deal of building going on. This is not reflective of the current situation. The number of single family home permits issued has fallen 80 percent since 1990, and in 2013 there was not one single application taken out for multi-family (apartments) units. The board is on track to finish our review early next year, and I believe moving forward in a deliberate fashion — adhering to that timeline as closely as possible — is important to the community.
That probably depends on what issues are front and center in the minds of community members at the time. People are very passionate in this community and have strong beliefs on why one position is right while another is wrong, so the criticism topics vary from time to time.
In looking back over the last 14 years as an elected member of local government, as county supervisor, city council member and mayor, the criticism I have heard most would be that the position I took on an issue was not what someone expected. I can understand how taking actions that go against someone's expectations can make people unhappy, but that is what happens when you look at an issue with an open mind. Like all individuals, I have certain biases that color my perception of an issue. As an elected official, while not expected to eliminate those biases, I have a duty to look at each issue and take action that considers all the information that is presented.
If having an open mind is considered a criticism, then I am guilty as charged.
When I ran in 2010 I spoke of my desire to see change in the community. I wanted to see a better working relationship between the County of Humboldt and the City of Eureka, I wanted to see a Planning and Building Department that placed a higher emphasis on customer service, and I wanted to see efforts to make job creation easier, while not jeopardizing our special quality of life. While great strides have been made in accomplishing these tasks, there is still much to do and I would like to be given the opportunity to continue this work.
Humboldt County Needs Living Wage Jobs
Living wage jobs are important for the 4th district. As your supervisor I'll continue to promote job growth in our community.
Virginia Bass advocates for trails
Virginia Bass advocates for trails
Virginia Bass - Life Long Eureka Resident
Virginia Bass - Life Long Eureka Resident
Looking Out for Seniors
Looking Out for Seniors.
My First Time
My First Time.
League of Women Voters Humboldt County Supervisor 4th District Candidate Forum
KEET-TV and The League of Women Voters of Humboldt County 2014 Candidate Forum: Humboldt County Supervisor 4th District
Letter to the Editor - Virginia Bass Works Hard, Finds Solutions May 14, 2014 Michael Giacone
Virginia Bass works hard, finds solutions
I have known Virginia Bass for over 25 years, well before her foray into local politics. Back then, she was a hard-working business owner putting out a good product for her many customers. I believe that she was encouraged by many civic-minded people to seek elected office because she was trusted to work hard and find solutions.
These simple reasons are why she has continued to garner so much support over time. She works hard, does her homework and toils continually to do the best job possible for her constituents and the community. It is evident from the rhetoric in various publications that she can't please all of the people all of the time. Such is the life of a politician. But I know from conversations with Virginia that she is making decisions that will benefit the majority of the citizens of Humboldt County. Her work ethic, her intellect and her ability to weigh alternatives are unassailable, as is her dedication to the county and its citizens. For me, it's an easy choice to keep Virginia as supervisor for another four years.
Michael Giacone, Eureka
Letter to the Editor - Virginia Bass dedicated problem-solver- May 12, 2014 Harlan Hansen
Virginia Bass dedicated problem-solver
I am a native son of Eureka, and endorse Virginia Bass for 4th District supervisor. I have witnessed her dedication and problem solving abilities on many community events and programs. She is hard-working, honest and experienced with the problems and the potential of our county.
Harlan Hansen, Eureka
Letter to the Editor - Bass is the best in 4th District - May 8, 2014 Dave Edmonds
Bass is the best in 4th District
I encourage everyone in the area to re-elect Virginia Bass for Supervisor.
I have worked with Virginia for over the past 15 years with the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Forum, Eureka City Council and now with the Board of Supervisors.
Virginia is the one candidate for supervisor who has the business sense and the real love for the County to make positive things happen. We need to get off our bottoms and get proactive about strengthening our economy. Virginia has shown that ability and desire. Let's move Humboldt County forward ... not backward!
Dave Edmonds, Eureka
Letter to the Editor - Join me in reelecting Virginia Bass - May 8, 2014 Charlie Bean
Join me in re-electing Virginia Bass
I'm Charlie Bean and many of you may know me from seeing me around town in my wheelchair. I'm not handicapped, I'm disabled. It's society that handicaps me. That's why I'm supporting Virginia Bass in her re-election to Humboldt County supervisor.
I've worked with Virginia on many committees over the past 10 years. She always is fair and respectful to everyone regardless of what topic we are discussing. But what really impressed me was the fact she wanted to help our local businesses in dealing with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) issues. I agree with Virginia that we shouldn't be suing our local businesses, but rather assisting them becoming in compliance with ADA laws without attorneys getting involved. A contractor making a 1" adjustment to your counter is much more cost effective than hiring an attorney.
Once you get through the propaganda that one side is pushing, your choice for 4th District Supervisor is easy. Please join me in re-electing Virginia Bass.
Charlie Bean, Eureka
The Humboldt Builders’ Exchange Board of Directors has unanimously voted to endorse Virginia Bass in her re-election campaign for 4th District Humboldt County Supervisor.
Virginia Bass has been a strong advocate and supporter of the local building industry and has been instrumental in helping ensure that local construction jobs are performed with local labor and by local businesses.
The Humboldt Builders’ Exchange represents approximately 300 mainly local businesses affiliated with the construction industry and encourages its member businesses and their employees to join us in supporting Virginia Bass for 4th District Humboldt County Supervisor.
Letter to the Editor - Virginia Bass Keep her Word - May 6, 2014 Carole Beaton
Virginia Bass keeps her word
I admire people who do what they say they are going to do. Politicians often make promises but do not keep them. Virginia Bass is a politician who made a big promise to me and kept it.
Over a year ago the program I started and facilitate, which provides pet food to seniors and disabled people who get home delivered meals, was in serious jeopardy. We lost our corporate sponsor, and I needed at least $200 a week to continue. Notes were put in all client's pet food bags that the program would end on April 15, 2013. Virginia heard about this from one of the volunteer drivers and called me to see how she could help. She said this program was too important to end, and that she was going to raise money for it to continue.
I wasn't sure what to think until the checks started coming in. Somehow Virginia and her husband, Matthew Owen, raised enough funds to continue the program for over six months. Then they had a fundraiser at their home and raised enough to continue the program for over a year! Thanks to Virginia and Matthew we have plenty of pet food for the tummies of beloved pets.
Trails are important to Virginia as well. In 2007, when she was on the Eureka City Council, she helped our neighborhood keep the McFarlan Street trail, which connects our area with Zane School and the playing fields, permanently open.
Oh yes, and she's nice too!
Carole Beaton, Eureka
Letter to the Editor - Virginia Bass not just another Politician - May 5 2014 Holly Klingel
Virginia Bass not just another politician
Politics is partisan.
Politics is local.
Politics is the basis by which government attempts to spread (share?) our wealth.
No one benefits from vicious, vindictive personal attacks on another candidate's character.
I am also a lifelong Democrat but I never have ( and never will) take an oath to vote a straight ticket. In Texas, we called that "Pull the BIG lever."
I have supported Virginia Bass as long as I have known her. (She's much younger!)
For several years I have admired her grace as various people have taken what I consider cheap shots at her.
I am an associated member of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee but I DID NOT sign the oath that Linda Atkins distributed during the brief time she was chairwoman. That was a calculated decision on my part because I cast my vote only after carefully reviewing the qualifications of each candidate.
I truly believe that is the responsibility of each of us.
Virginia Bass is not just another politician. She is a hard-working, intelligent, thoughtful lady who works very hard to solve community-wide and area-wide problems while being fiscally responsible. She has my support, my vote, and my utmost admiration for the impartial way in which she represents us.
Hollie Bartscht Klingel, Eureka
Letter to the Editor - Virginia Bass Dynamite Pick for County -May 6, 2014 Minnie Wolf
Virginia Bass dynamite pick for county
The first time I attended a Eureka City Council meeting and chose to make a "three minute public statement", I was very pleasantly surprised. Wow! This Northern California town we had moved to had an amazing mayor. She was polite, respectful, professional and extremely courteous, treating everyone exactly the same. She was very patient with presenters with communication challenges. This dynamite mayor's name was Virginia Bass.
Virginia Bass served our community six years on Eureka City Council and four years as Eureka City Mayor. Next she went on to win a successful campaign as 4th District Supervisor.
And, yes, she is blessed with a supportive husband. Our world needs more of those.
Virginia Bass always returns phone calls. She is not too busy to take care of her constituents and her many responsibilities. She has a proven reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, punctuality and is a dedicated 4th District Supervisor.
Please vote for Virginia Bass for 4th District Supervisor.
Minnie Wolf, Eureka
Letter to the Editor - Why demean restaurant work? -May 6, 2014 Lora Frediani Canzoneri
Why demean restaurant work?
Recent letters from Chris Kerrigan supporters have criticized Virginia Bass for her previous career of working in, and managing, her family's restaurant.
Why do they demean this honest, hard work? Restaurant work is a highly- skilled and demanding profession. If they don't believe that, they should try working an eight-hour shift. I value the experience of Virginia Bass in this field. It is a great asset to bring to elective office.
Virginia Bass managed resources at her restaurant, created jobs, and issued paychecks to hundreds of employees. That is way beyond the scope of Kerrigan's experience.
What does Kerrigan do for a living? Because of his refusal, or inability, to reveal paid jobs he has held, speculation has arisen. One example is that he is a "trust fund kid" living off of a large inheritance, but won't admit it out of fear he will lose votes. Another is he worked at a medical marijuana dispensary, but was "let go" after three months. What is the truth, Mr. Kerrigan?
It has been said that he "works" as a paralegal, but he has not disclosed where, how long, or even if he is paid. If you pay income taxes, Mr. Kerrigan, what is the source of that income?
The 4th District deserves far better than someone that is so evasive that he won't even say how he supports himself.
Re-elect Virginia Bass on June 3.
Lora Frediani Canzoneri, Arcata
Bob Burchit's letter to the editor - April 24, 2014
Bob Burchit's letter to the editor
There's a very good reason why our local elections are nonpartisan. Unlike Pam Service's letter of last week suggested, we need to elect the best candidate we can to represent us -- regardless of the political party. We need job creation in Humboldt County. Has Chris Kerrigan ever created a job? Virginia Bass has. For that matter, has Chris ever had a real job? Virginia has since she was 15 years old. What has he been doing for the past six years since he left the Eureka City Council? The public deserves to know! When Chris was on the council he left for several months to work in the presidential campaign of former Sen. John Edwards. He, in effect, abandoned his constituents here in Humboldt County. Having a phone hookup during the council sessions certainly did not make up for the lack of attention he was able to pay to the needs of the citizens he was elected to represent. I wonder, if he were elected to the position of supervisor, and the opportunity came again to work out of the area on the campaign of another presidential hopeful, would he again abandon his constituents and responsibilities? I hope we never have to find out. I hope we re-elect Virginia Bass as 4th District Supervisor. I agree with Pam Service when she says Virginia is a very nice, hard working person. She is! She has proven she can do the job and do it well! She has my vote!
Sun Apr 13, 2014
OH's Townhouse Night at the Sea Grill!
316 E St., Eureka, CA 95501
Bass 4 Supervisor Fundraiser! Prime Rib OH's Style! With Baked Potato, Onion Rings, Salad, Appetizer Platter and Garbanzo Beans. Cocktails at 5:30pm. Dinner at 6:30pm. $99 per person includes tax and tip. No Host Bar. 7
Fri Mar 07, 2014
Re-Election Kick Off
1531 J St, Eureka, CA 95501
Please join us for a campaign kickoff celebration! $25 per person. Hors d'oeuvre's, refreshments and a live or silent auction.