Thursday, January 31, 2013

Enjoying Retirement in Trinidad, California

Better than stressing about a Trinidad City Council issue, I'm relaxing —  listening to the waves, watching the fog creep away from the Bay this morning.

Getting another amazingly sunny day in Trinidad. First couple of weeks in February are always nice here on the northern North Coast, and looks like this one will be too!

Trinidad Bay Morning Fog vid

Trinidad Bay Img

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Job Dun .. City of Trinidad Councilmember Term Completed

A Job Worth Doing - Now Dun!

Honestly, the past four years on the Council wasn't always a pleasure, but it was always an honor to serve. Now, I'm happy to say, one of my favorite jobs was as Councilmember for my favorite city in the world - Trinidad, California.

I want to thank Gabe Adams and all the supportive City of Trinidad Staff over the years, my fellow Councilmembers, supportive friends, residents and neighbors and especially my political detractors who I learned so much from.

Many of the people who embraced and encouraged me when I first moved here have served on our Council. Loving this special place and respecting their service, I gratefully took my turn.

I'm proud of my service. Remaining true to my principles, I was never afraid to compromise my personal choice to represent constituents who I felt were not being heard. More frequently than not, I spoke up for the opposing position and always attempted to see both sides and reach a win-win solution. Of course it was nicer when we all agreed on an item, or found an accommodating solution, but I never let that pleasure keep me from speaking up and being the odd vote out. That choice takes it's toll, but the reward in the end was worth it.

Last night was my first meeting off the Council. I don't remember feeling more relaxed and appreciated in years. The following resolution and expressed kindness of the City of Trinidad Council, Staff, and my friends was tremendously moving and humbling for me.

I'm grateful for my opportunity to serve. I'm also grateful my term is complete. A job worth doing, is now 'dun' :)



WHEREAS, Mike Morgan has served as a Trinidad City Council Member from 2008 to 2012; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan served as the City’s member to the Humboldt Visitors and Convention Bureau; and kept the council and community apprised of tourism trends and opportunities; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan represented the City on the Indian Gaming Committee where he successfully advocated for funding that awarded the Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department a new pumper truck along with an additional rescue vehicle; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan nurtured the ADU and VDU Ordinance process, and helped initiate the General Plan Update process as a member of the Planning Commission; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan attended countless council sessions, balanced budget brainstorms, closed sessions, proper public hearings; participated fully and asked the tough questions; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan took great pride in representing and protecting the public's interests; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan was not afraid of getting his hands dirty or paint on his clothes while working on the renovation of Trinidad Town Hall; and

WHEREAS, Mike Morgan, exemplifying his commitment to public service, reached the rank of Captain while serving on the Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT the City Council of Trinidad congratulates and thanks, Mike Morgan for his years of service to the citizens of Trinidad and to the future well-being of the community.

PASSED UNANIMOUSLY AND ADOPTED BY THE TRINIDAD CITY COUNCIL of Humboldt County of the State of California this 12th day of December, 2012.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Trinidad, CA Sales Tax - Measure G

... indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

How can I both support Measure G, yet vote against it?

I'm voting against extending the Sales Tax, Measure G. I prefer we balance our budget without it. This would require a reduction in services and renegotiating contracts with the County. I would like to see our City do what it takes to spend within it's means without the Sales Tax Addition.

So it's simple, if you want the same level of services and spending, I support you voting Yes. If you'd like to compel us to cut spending, I support you voting No.

Argument In Favor of Measure G
Four years ago, Trinidad Residents were asked to come together and support a 3/4% sales tax compromise to primarily fund the police and fire departments and their reserves.

We have reviewed the performance of the tax and have determined the need for it to continue.  We have also addressed the tax concerns of local residents outside the city limits. The City Council's advisory committee will continue to monitor spending of these funds.

 To maintain the current level of city services, we ask you to support measure G. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day Trinidad!

Independence Day in Trinidad, CA

There goes the fog, here comes the blue!
Wishing you all a great day of celebration and fun and sun.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Open House at Trinidad Art Gallery

The Trinidad Land Trust is hosting an Open House to discuss the future of the Trinidad Art Building on May 24th at 7pm.

Contact Ben at 493-3375

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Trinidad Street Lights - Looking Good!

New Street Light Getting Hooked Up

Can't wait to see Trinidad lit up by our new street lights. A great beautification project for our charming little town, they match the ones we put in around the Trinidad Museum and Saunder's Park.

This one is getting hooked up a block up from the Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast, near the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Underpass - Trinidad Art and City Projects

Project Update from Trinidad City Manager, Karen Suiker ...

There are several projects that are going to significantly change the city’s appearance, in addition to the freeway underpass:

Library is going to break ground in the next couple of months.

Streetlight replacement project is underway (delays now are due to weather, everything else is a go)

Gateway project is now out to bid. If all goes according to plan, construction will commence Tuesday, May 29.

Pretty neat for such a small town.

Thank you Karen for all your hard work and patience!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Quake Near Trinidad California - 5.5 and 18 miles away

Monday, February 13, 2012 at 01:07:02 PM at epicenter

5.5! 18 miles from Trinidad towards Bald Hills Road and 30 miles deep.

Better inland, than at sea :)

USGS Link: