Wow, THC fans! We really dropped the ball on this one.
Do you remember a few weeks back when we reported (via the highly skilled sleuthing of a certain Mr. John Chiv) that Patrick Cleary’s favorite political branch of the pseudo-philanthropic Humboldt Area Foundation, True North Organizing Network, got a new Director?
Yep, and the name of True North’s new Director is Terry Supahan, a former Karuk Tribe Councilman and the Hoopa Planning department. In our initial report, we speculated that Supahan replaced Cleary’s formerly favorite political pet Renee Saucedo in order to give more legitimacy to the (admittedly kind-of-legit seeming) work that True North does within Humboldt and Trinity’s tribal communities.
Which, hey, is all good for Supahan and our local tribes. Obviously, THC still has our reservations about the dubious and politically motivated work that True North does.
But, while we were recently going through some of the HAF financials and past donor yearbooks, we saw something that completely floored us:
How the hell does HAF think it’s okay for someone to simultaneously hold a position on the Board of Directors and also be an employee of the organization? Seriously, who could possibly come to that conclusion?
Unfortunately, we didn’t get an answer when we called over to HAF headquarters for clarification on just what was going on with this. Don’t worry – we’ll keep trying tomorrow, too. But seeing as how there’s been no statement from HAF regarding the resignation of any of its’ Board members, well, it’s a bit troubling. We do know that Supahan was still listed and pictured on HAF’s most recent donor yearbook.
And while we are on the subject of the yearbook, here’s a picture of the HAF staff:Which, you may notice, is significantly below the 31 employees that Cleary claimed in his recent stint on Bryan Papstein’s Talk Shop radio show. So, the question is: exactly who does work for HAF, and what are they doing? The above pictured people seem nice, and THC is sure they are (except Jen Rice). Heck, we even know a couple of them. But it sure seems odd that so many are left out of the HAF yearbook but included in Cleary’s discussion on Talk Shop.
Another question that pops to mind, for example, is whether Cleary considers the people working for True North to be employees of HAF, and where their source of income is generated from. We’re hoping that we will be able to get in touch with someone at HAF when we try again tomorrow to answer these questions for us – but if not, we have an idea
Anyway, in the (hopeful) event that HAF wasn’t quite so stupid, and at the very least had Mr. Supahan resign from the Board prior to giving him the job spearheading True North’s “non-partisan” community work, we still feel compelled to say that it’s pretty fishy for someone to go from Board member to employee. Did Supahan create the job for himself or something? Is Cleary just paying back his cronies with cushy jobs? Interesting thoughts, to say the least.
Check back in later this week for more on some of the questions we have for HAF – since they are managing generously donated money, we think they are obligated to be held accountable to the people funding the whole operation. Don’t you?