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Paul Gallegos, Humboldt County District Attorney (6 mins)
Kaitlin-Sopoci-Belknap, Campaign Co-Manager for Measure T (19 mins)
John Bonifaz, Attorney and Founder of the National Voting Rights Institute (17 mins)
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Monday, September 15, 2008: Judge Refuses to Suspend Measure T for November ElectionsClick here for more information...
Friday, August 29, 2008: National Press Release
Click here to read the press release we sent out nationally...
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008: People of Humboldt County Sued Over Measure T!
We received news today that Measure T has been challenged in federal court.
The suit against the law has been filed by the Pacific
an anti-government legal organization that works to promote
Pacific Legal Foundation is seeking an immediate injunction against Measure T to halt the law for our November 2008 local elections.
We understood that such a legal challenge could occur when we worked on the Measure T campaign, and we are working to create a plan of action. Constitutional law expert John Bonifaz, who pledged during the campaign to serve pro bono as special legal counsel to Humboldt's county counsel, has already confirmed his ability to do so.
We sent out this statement to local inquiries earlier today:
We'll be keeping this site updated as we find out more information and further develop a strategic response.
Links to more information:
Thursday, July 6th, 2006: Measure T Takes Effect
We are currently working to draft up guidelines for candidates so they can easily follow the law when they run for office. Everyone is asking about lawsuits - as of today there is no sign of a legal challenge to the people's will.
Now we're going to rest a little and take down the office. If you have a yard sign and would like us to pick it up, please contact us.
Call our office at 444-0407 to get involved with GOTV. After polls close (8pm) join us for a party at the Lost Coast Brewery as we await the election results and celebrate!
Saturday, June 3rd: Work Party at T Headquarters
Sunday, April 9th: Letters to the Editor Tea Party
4pm at Sacred Grounds Café - 686 F Street in Arcata. Get together with other supporters to write letters to the editor and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea! Questions? Call Shannon (Letters to the Editor Coordinator) at 822-5832. Or write one on your own - check out our letter writing tips and newspaper contact information.
Sunday, April 2nd: Join us for a Measure T Fundraiser!
Join us for a Mediterranean Dinner at the Labor Temple (840 E Street, Eureka). Doors open at 6:30pm, dinner will be served at 7pm. Advance tickets are $20 per person and $24 at the door.
To purchase advance tickets make checks to HCCR, PO Box 1334, Eureka CA 95502-1334. Include the following information: Full name, phone number, number of tickets, number of vegetarians and/or non-vegetarians in your party. Checks over $99 must also include occupation and employer. Please let us know - 444-0407 or info@VoteLocalControl.org - if you would like to volunteer for this event.
Wednesday, March 29th: Letter to the Editor Writing Party
Join us Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00pm for a team effort to write letters and get to know other Measure T supporters at the campaign office, 350 E Street #102 in Eureka. Snacks and supplies provided - bring a friend!
Tuesday, March 14th: Measure T Phonebanking Begins
The campaign kicks into high gear by beginning our phonebank of registered voters in Humboldt County. For the month of March we will be phonebanking Tuesday and Thursday nights. In April we will work up to 5 nights a week. This is one of the most crucial parts of the campaign. Can you help?! Please sign up to take a shift and help us make the difference on June 6th by educating your fellow voters.
Tuesday, February 21st: Legal Experts Back Measure T
Measure T has the backing of numerous attorneys and legal experts, including Humboldt District Attorney Paul Gallegos, John Bonifaz of the National Voting Rights Institute, Robert Benson, a Constitutional scholar and attorney at Loyola University and Peter Gabel, President of the New College School of Law.
Monday, February 13th: Elections Department Assigns Measure Letter
We've been assigned Measure Letter T, as in IT IS TIME FOR T! Be on the lookout for a new brochure and other materials to highlight Measure T.
Monday, January 30th: Petition Verification Complete
In what must be record time (six days!), the Humboldt County Elections Office has finished verifying our petitions. We received word today that we definitely submitted enough signatures to qualify for the June ballot.
The ballot initiative will now be brought before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors at 9AM on Tuesday, February 7 at the Eureka Courthouse. The supervisors have the option to place our measure before voters on the June 2006 ballot or pass the ordinance immediately. We expect and hope that they will decide to put the measure before the voters. Your attendance at this meeting is encouraged. The item is part of the Consent Calendar, so we won't know until the meeting whether or not it will be discussed.
See our January 31 press release for more information.
Thursday, January 19th: Signature Gathering is Done
BIG THANKS go to all the volunteers who help collect signatures, do petition verification, gave donations and provided other support to help us collect 7,668 signatures! This is the largest amount of signatures collected for a ballot measure in Humboldt history!
We had a fabulous turn-out at our press conference on January 19th, as we turned in the signatures.
Saturday, September 17th: Signature Gathering Begins
This weekend we began petitioning at the North Country Fair. By the end of the day on Sunday we had already collected over 1000 signatures! We're well on our way to our goal of 6000.
Click here to download a PDF document of the official petition we circulated to qualify the Fair Elections and Local Democracy Ordinance for the ballot.
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
... and hundreds of other individuals and local businesses! Join us today!
Learn more about Measure T in a Pros and Cons Video, produced by Eileen McGee (51 mins)
Humboldt Coalition for Community Rights