This is the wrong time to raise taxes. Too many of our fellow citizens are already hurting financially. Jobs lost. Businesses closed or struggling. Unemployment benefits uncertain. Food banks facing unprecedented demand. Homelessness is a crisis with more to come as people fall behind on rent and mortgage payments.
We already pay extra taxes for elementary and high schools, CR, stormwater drainage and two — yes, two — existing assessments for the Arcata Fire Protection District. In addition, Arcata got a multiyear extension of the city sales tax, and it has announced a near doubling of the cost for water and sewer. And PG&E has filed to raise rates yet again.
All of these taxes and fees add up, and they hit seniors and those on fixed incomes especially hard. The only way to fight back is to oppose them wherever possible.
Start by voting no on Measure F!
Richard Sanborn, Bayside
I want to acknowledge and thank Supervisor Estelle Fennel for her tireless work, guidance and support as we explore local solutions for community issues. Notably, she worked with the Office of Emergency Services on the Humboldt County COVID action plan helping us to stay ahead of the curve. She supported SHO's CDBG funding request to assist homeless to shelter-in-place preventing COVID spread through the camps and the broader community through spring 2021. She toured the wildfires with state Sen. Mike McGuire as he witnessed firsthand the devastation of the fires and the coordination of local volunteer fire departments, CalFire, U.S. Forest Service and Humboldt County Sheriff's Office gaining assurances of assistance with securing the resources that will be needed for Humboldt County recovery. Supervisor Fennel's extensive rural community organizing, and networking skills are invaluable as we navigate local, state, and federal resources to build a safe, healthy, prosperous community.
Patricia Rae, Redway
Supervisor Estelle Fennell has proven her ability to lead our community, especially when it matters most. No other candidate has the experience or networks in place to serve our Second District. Estelle's energy and commitment are unwavering. She listens, learns, acts and goes the extra mile. Estelle has established strong relationships at federal and state levels. Throughout this pandemic, Estelle has successfully worked with others to make our community safer and stronger. Our firefighters have additional funding, our most vulnerable have been provided assistance to shelter in place and the list goes on. When re-elected, Supervisor Estelle will continue working on ongoing projects providing desperately needed resources and funds for our rural communities, especially as COVID-19 continues to threaten our communities.
Please join me and Dennis and re-elect Estelle Fennell for supervisor, a proven leader!
Carolyn Hino-Bourassa, Redway
My primary experience with Supervisor Fennel has been through the Rio Dell City Council. Over the past eight years, Humboldt County has faced several challenges. This is why it is critical that we have local leaders that have and will continue to lead during these times. Her past record clearly shows those leadership skills.
As a member of the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) that formed a local Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency to lower local energy costs, she was instrumental in holding PG&E accountable to resolve the loss of power to Humboldt during last year's Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). Another area demonstrating her strong support and leadership has been the ongoing fires throughout our county. She has worked tirelessly with local and state agencies to keep our families and property safe.
Frank Wilson, Rio Dell