By Roger Gitlin – EYE ON DEL NORTE – March 17, 2022
David Markel has filed papers to run for Dist.5 Board of Supervisors. Candidate Markel resides in the Bertch-Oceanview area of the County.
Candidate Markel is a retired Green Diamond mechanic and Bertch-Oceanview Fire Volunteer who helped build the Station on Humboldt Rd at Howland Hill.
Markel sits on the Water District Board of five which has given him valuable experience in working with others under the umbrella of local government and providing clean drinking water, associated infrastructure to the 2400+ residents in Bertch.
*Del Norte County needs healthy development, according to Markel.
* Candidate Markel acknowledges the
” terrible cellphone coverage
” and when he’s elected will work to improve this questionable service.
* Candidate Markel will work to have the many non-maintained County dirt roads graded regularly. He notes may of these dirt roads are near-impassble.
* Klamath and South County has no grocery market, Markel laments.
* Promote stronger ties with the Yurok Tribe. ” we’re all in this together.”
Markel opposed Measure R County Sales tax increase and pledged to continue to oppose this tax until and when he learns where the 13% increase in revenues is being directed. He continues,” …too many Del Norters purchase fuel and other products in tax-free Brookings.
Candidate Markel continues to express his disapointment with Harbor operations. Though positive change is beginning to show, past Harbor Commissioners have “…destroyed the Harbor.” Markel expressed his disappointment the County raised the Transient Occupancy Tax from 8% to10% then the BOS promptly gave the 2% increase to the Harbor. He supports a working Harbor serving the needs of fishermen.
* Markel supports more retail in District 5 and seeks more employment for teens and young adults.
* Candidate Markel applauds volunteers who strive to clean up blighted areas of the County.