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Critical County Election – 2012

THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTY IS IN YOUR HANDS

USE YOUR VOTE – Tuesday, June 5

The June 5th primary election is almost here, and we have three key supervisorial elections at stake. Our spring questionnaire asks the candidates five new important questions. We invite you to read each candidate’s answers carefully and urge you to cast your vote for the candidates most likely to uphold your rights. Election Day is Tuesday, June 5th. Vote by Mail begins in early May.

Humboldt County 1st District Supervisor Candidates

A) REX BOHN


1. Under the current General plan, families have the right to build a home on their legal parcel as long as it meets reasonable safety, environmental, and building requirements. Do you support the reduction or elimination of this right?
– No. I support a person’s right to build their home on their own land, but it is critical that we consider the environmental consequences to our actions. We cannot simply build wherever and however we want. There needs to be a clear and reasonable set of rules that lets homeowners know what they can and cannot do.


2. If you own more than one legal parcel of land, should the county be allowed to combine them into a single parcel without your permission?
– I believe that all regulations on land issues should be openly and fairly discussed between the County and the landowners. I don’t believe that decisions should be made by the County which would devalue a person’s property without notifying them and attempting to resolve the issue on an equitable basis.


3. Why do you think there has been so much public concern expressed about the lack of citizen participation in the General Plan Update?
– I have been to more than 2,000 homes in my district in the last three months and this question comes up more than any other. I believe that the County should have followed Section 1500 in the current General Plan. That Section, which spells out the public participation process, calls for the creation of Citizen Advisory Committees in the updating of the General Plan. Had they been created, these Committees would have held meetings in all areas of the county in order to gather the broadest citizen participation possible. This might have led to a long process, but the process we’re on now has taken over 12 years with millions of dollars spent on it. I am concerned that as the General Plan Update comes to an end that so many people disagree with what’s in it.


4. Nearly 50% of all the land in Humboldt County is currently owned by public agencies or controlled by owners who will never develop it. How much is enough?
– I think we can all agree that we love the natural beauty of this area. Our parks and open space provide us with opportunities to work, play and live. I believe that our County must plan how to maintain these lands in the future. Conversion of too many more acres of land from the tax rolls will reduce the property tax revenues which provide for these very places. For example, bond funds often pay for the state to acquire land, yet these bonds offer no ongoing dollars to keep these parks open. I don’t want this to happen here.


5. Do you believe that outside monied entities that do not own property in Humboldt County have a place in influencing the elections or public policy decisions of Humboldt County?
– No. I believe that the people who live in Humboldt County should provide the direction for it. I don’t believe that outside interests know how to lead the County into the future. Those of us who live and work here should make our own voices known to our leaders so that they can make the decisions we need to move forward.

 

B) ANNETTE DE MODENA


1. Under the current General plan, families have the right to build a home on their legal parcel as long as it meets reasonable safety, environmental, and building requirements. Do you support the reduction or elimination of this right?
– I support this right as it stands in the current General Plan.


2. If you own more than one legal parcel of land, should the county be allowed to combine them into a single parcel without your permission?
– Absolutely not.


3. Why do you think there has been so much public concern expressed about the lack of citizen participation in the General Plan Update?
– The Planning Commission decided more than several years ago to eliminate the Advisory Committee because they said it took too much time in the process. Since that time, public input has only been at the supervisor or planning commission meetings where time for input is very limited. I believe there might also be a correlation between the lack of approval from Sacramento of the General Plan and the lack of an Advisory Committee.


4. Nearly 50% of all the land in Humboldt County is currently owned by public agencies or controlled by owners who will never develop it. How much is enough?
– I believe that all people have the right to own land. That being said, what right do we have as a group or as a government to tell the landowners they own too much or what they can do with their land as practiced in question #1.


5. Do you believe that outside monied entities that do not own property in Humboldt County have a place in influencing the elections or public policy decisions of Humboldt County?
– No.

 

C) CHERYL SEIDNER


1. Under the current General plan, families have the right to build a home on their legal parcel as long as it meets reasonable safety, environmental, and building requirements. Do you support the reduction or elimination of this right?
– I support a family’s right to build on their property when following appropriate safety, environmental, building and zoning requirements. I also support the county law that allows for rural residents to build without a contractor’s license, providing affordable housing.


2. If you own more than one legal parcel of land, should the county be allowed to combine them into a single parcel without your permission?
– The county should not be allowed to consolidate parcels without owner approval.


3. Why do you think there has been so much public concern expressed about the lack of citizen participation in the General Plan Update?
– The General Plan Update is the most important decision facing our community. This plan creates the framework for what Humboldt County will look like in the next few years, and for generations to come. Public input is absolutely vital, and we must put the voice of the people first.


4. Nearly 50% of all the land in Humboldt County is currently owned by public agencies or controlled by owners who will never develop it. How much is enough?
– I believe that our lands in Humboldt County are our greatest treasure. These lands are blessed with an abundance of natural resources that create our character. We must be clear on the identity we are striving for. Humboldt is a rural county, and unnecessary development will forever change our landscape.


5. Do you believe that outside monied entities that do not own property in Humboldt County have a place in influencing the elections or public policy decisions of Humboldt County?
– Elections are decisions made by registered voters who reside in the county. Owning property is not a criteria for participating. Running a business is not a criteria for participating. I believe that money plays far too great a role in politics today. Special interest money from within a county is as devastating to the process as is money from outside of the county. I believe in full transparency.

 

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