Spring 2010 pg8

Political Elections 2010

Humboldt County District Attorney Candidates

 

A ) ALLISON JACKSON

PREFACE:The questions below have nothing to do with the running of the District Attorney’s office. But from a personal perspective as a private attorney currently practicing in areas involving land use and representing ranchers and farmers, I offer the following:


1. Do you believe the County should uphold the people’s principally permitted right to build a home with a ministerial permit on their existing legal parcel?
– People do have a right to build a home on their property with a ministerial permit and the County must uphold that right.


2. Should the County have the right to unilaterally merge existing parcels that were legally created just because a single owner now owns them?
– Currently the County does have that right if they follow certain requirements. That is substantially different from the question of whether or not they should.

The merging of existing parcels just because a single owner now owns them will result in a significant financial burden on the owners and may even be financially destructive.

A merger for some AG lands may result in the financial ruination of the family rancher and family farmer, bringing in its stead corporate ranching and corporate farming.


3. Do you believe that the public has been adequately informed and given sufficient opportunities for meaningful input in the General Plan Update process?
– While I have not attended all of the meetings regarding the General Plan Rewrite process, unfortunately those I did attend were very disappointing.


4. Do you believe that the County is effectively administering the current General Plan?
– No.

 

B ) PAUL HAGAN

PREFACE: Even though I have a background in land use law, the Office of the District Attorney in California has absolutely no authority in this area of law. These questions are inapposite to the DA’s authority, nor can the office properly weigh in on policy decisions here.


1. Do you believe the County should uphold the people’s principally permitted right to build a home with a ministerial permit on their existing legal parcel?
– The District Attorney’s office has no authority in land use law, either substantively or procedurally.


2. Should the County have the right to unilaterally merge existing parcels that were legally created just because a single owner now owns them?
– The District Attorney’s office has no authority in land use law, either substantively or procedurally.


3. Do you believe that the public has been adequately informed and given sufficient opportunities for meaningful input in the General Plan Update process?
– The District Attorney’s office has no authority in land use law, either substantively or procedurally.


4. Do you believe that the County is effectively administering the current General Plan?
– No.

 

C ) KATHLEEN BRYSON


Kathleen Bryson withdrew from the race on 4/27/2010 and she released the following statement:
After much thought and discussion with my family, I have made the decision to drop out of the campaign for Humboldt County District Attorney.

While I am grateful for the opportunity, the campaign was taking too much time away from my family and legal practice. I am only 44 years old, the youngest of the DA candidates, and our children are school-age. In particular, our youngest daughter is in elementary school, and my many hours away from home were taking too much of a toll on her. In addition, recently, our eldest daughter suffered a very serious car accident
that has put matters into perspective for our entire family.

I want to thank all the people who contributed their time, money and moral support to my campaign. I also want to thank the other candidates for their open dialogue in relation to the issues. The experience of running for public office has given me profound respect for those who sacrifice their time and privacy to be our public officials.

Sincerely, Kathleen Bryson.

 

C ) PAUL GALLEGOS

RESPONSE: Thank you for your correspondence. I appreciate the importance of the issues raised in your questionnaire; however the District Attorney is an executive officer charged with enforcing the law in a fair, equitable and just manner. Therefore, I believe it would be inappropriate for me to use my professional position to voice personal opinions regarding these issues.

Please be assured that I will continue to exercise the authority entrusted in me while recognizing the limitations imposed by California law and the United States Constitution.


1. Do you believe the County should uphold the people’s principally permitted right to build a home with a ministerial permit on their existing legal parcel?
– No Comment.


2. Should the County have the right to unilaterally merge existing parcels that were legally created just because a single owner now owns them?
– No Comment.


3. Do you believe that the public has been adequately informed and given sufficient opportunities for meaningful input in the General Plan Update process?
– No Comment.


4. Do you believe that the County is effectively administering the current General Plan?
– No Comment.

 

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