Friday, September 7, 2018

Times Standard Candidate Questions, Trinidad - Response

Good Morning. Thank you for covering our local candidates and for this opportunity.

I'm Mike Morgan, 54, and I reside in Trinidad at 560 Edwards Street. I moved to Trinidad, Humboldt County from San Francisco 14 years ago, and I own the Trinidad Bay B&B Hotel in town.

Inspired by longtime residents and new friends, I served as Member/Chairman of the City of Trinidad Planning Commission from 2006-2008 and then as a dedicated Councilmember to the City of Trinidad from 2008-2011. As a resident, I've volunteered hundreds of hours to our community - Trinidad Volunteer Fire Department- Captain Retired, Trinidad Area Chamber of Commerce- President, Humboldt County Lodging Alliance, Trinidad Museum Society, and I've worked many local projects such as remodeling/restoring Trinidad Town Hall and Trinidad Area cleanups/beautification. My Bed and Breakfast Hotel, the Trinidad Bay BnB, hosts more than 700 visitors a year. It is my greatest joy to share and care for Trinidad.

If elected, my priority is our bloated City Budget - specifically, planning for the possibility of our expiring Sales Tax.

Our Short Term Rental Ordinance is a decent solution for now, however enforcement, limits, and some residential discord hamper its complete success.

The best stimulation to our local economy would be renewed support for our local businesses. As little is done now, we could explore self-funded grants for promoting and sharing our city, reduce the ridiculously bloated budget so we can actually retire the "temporary" sales tax, increase enforcement and structure better coverage from our County Sheriff agreement, and just stop tearing up our streets and neighborhoods all Summer long year after year.

I believe going beyond tolerance and to acceptance of our area tribes and each other will require a redoubled effort by all. Treating each other as we would like to be treated, with mutual respect, kindness and forgiveness, is the only way forward to acceptance and a more peaceful, beautiful Trinidad.

Friday, August 17, 2018

#CouncilguyMike Morgan Tweets 🙀

#CouncilguyMike Morgan Tweets 🙀

lmfao - so funny! : 3 seats on the "... action-packed council for the seaside village. Councilmembers only make $50 a month, but are compensated with glory, good cheer and the never-ending thankfulness of their fellow citizens."
@councilguymike thanks

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Booted! 9,14 August 2018 "Special" Meetings

Apparently, I was removed from the Trinidad Planning Commission? Heard it happened last Thursday, with only 24hrs notice and 3 Councilmembers - 2 of whom are running against me in November's General Election!?!!
I had a previous commitment and couldn't attend, but they obviously didn't care, or they would simply have tabled it for a couple of days - like until tomorrow's meeting.
I heard their motion was to remove me for the "best interests of Trinidad", or some such nonsense. I haven't heard anything official from the City yet. This is highly unusual and has the appearance of impropriety
I did find out there may not even be a recording of the meeting. Good thing our City Clerk takes great notes haha. 
I'm especially disappointed since I told the Council I would resign, if that's the direction they wished to go. I am running for City Councilmember after all, and only had a couple of Planning Meetings left to attend.
Still, I'm thankful for the opportunity and I enjoyed both meetings I attended. I sure had a better run, with far more support, a decade ago ..

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Vote for Mike?!!

Michael Morgan for City Council .. Again?
📢 😁👍

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 General Election

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.