A Glorious Fourth In Eureka

Or the past few years I has been my pleasure to volunteer to staff the Humboldt Democrats’ booth at the  Fourth of July street fair in Old Town. With the exception of the Rhody Parade, I can’t think of a more “Eureka Moment” in the local calendar.

Our booth was across from the Chapala so we were at the opposite end from the GOP booth.  We had a lot more traffic than they did because we had life-size cardboard cutouts of Hilary, Bernie and Obama and everyone wanted to take selfies with them.  I had thought about getting a Trump piñata (you can order them online HERE ) but didn’t.

Everyone in town was there and everyone came by.  John Fullerton, Linda Atkins,  Matt Owen sporting an “I LIke Eureka ” ballcap, Kim Bergel helping exhibitors find their spaces.  We registered several newbies to Humboldt including a nice couple from Mariposa. The kids in the booth next to us were from Teen Challenge and if they do everything as competently as they do their tri tip sandwiches I can see why people hire them.  I’m not a big meat eater but their sandwich was delicious.

Bob and Pam Service, Sylvia Scott, Peggy Dickinson  and Jon Yalcinkaya  registered voters.  I had one man ask where he could see the candidates’ debates in view of the fact that he didn’t own a TV, or have  access to the internet.  I asked him to call the Democratic HQ (445-3366) since we will surely have a showing.  It was a good day.


Humboldt Democrats Honor Atkins, Gallegos

In a departure from tradition, the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee held its “Democrat of the Year” dinner Friday night in Fortuna at the River Lodge.  Almost 200 Democrats gathered to honor former Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos and current but termed-out Eureka City Council member Linda Atkins for their accomplishments. It was a great evening and featured State Senator Mike McGuire who can rev people up more with a ten-minute speech than most pols can with cannon and fireworks. ( No auction this time, though.)

Among the attendees was former Eureka City Councilman Chris Kerrigan, just back from grad school in Belfast. The consensus was that this may be the first time the DOTY dinner was held in the South County,  but it won’t be the last. Congrats are in order to all who made it happen, including Ways and Means Committee chair Pam Cahill and Fortuna resident and HCCDC member  Richard Leamon, who was instrumental in steering the DOTY southward. A wonderful evening!