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Democracy Yes, Corporations No

Eco News
July 12, 2005

Get Involved Today!A new citizens group is proposing a county ordinance that would ban non-local corporations from contributing to any political candidate, campaign, referendum or recall.

Responding in part to last year's attempted recall of District Attorney Paul Gallegos, which was financed primarily by the Texas-based owner of Pacific Lumber, the group homes to qualify the ordinance for next June's ballot.

The measure is being spearheaded by the Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights, whose spokesperson, Yvonne Doble, said: "Our hope is to ensure local control over our elections."

Another member, College of the Redwoods instructor Nezzie Wade, added: "Only people should have rights... Who do we want deciding the future of our county: the people who live here or outside corporations?"

Doble added, "Maxxam/PL spent $250,000 to try to buy an election. They failed this time, but shouldn't we make sure that never happens again?"

The group will begin to gather the approximately 5,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot once lawyers for the county approve the ordinance language.

To contact the group, write to PO Box 1334, Eureka , CA 95502.

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Humboldt County Leaders Endorse Measure T!

Democratic Party of Humboldt County

Green Party of Humboldt County

Central Labor Council of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local #1684

Building and Construction Trades of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties

Carpenters Union Local #751

Operating Engineers Union Local #3 AFL-CIO

Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney

Peter LaVallee, Eureka Mayor

Chris Kerrigan, Eureka City Council

Dave Meserve, Arcata City Council

Harmony Groves, Arcata City Council

Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council

Bob Ornelas, Former Arcata Mayor

Connie Stewart, Former Arcata Mayor

Elizabeth Conner, Former Arcata City Council

Julie Fulkerson, Former Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

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