According to a Times-Standard article, Allen McCloskey recently spoke at the Eureka Elks Lodge in favor of Measure P. At the Elks, McCloskey said “the current system rewarded the wealthy few and was not ideal for a democratic system.”
He went on to say that “Council elections can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $90,000. Who has that kind of money? A lot of good working people look at these amounts and just give up on running for City Council.”
True, that, Allen. Many of us only dream of having that kind of cash at our disposal.
McCloskey, however, apparently isn’t very keen on giving up on big money dreams, even if the cash he dreams about ain’t his. Turns out that McCloskey might have had that kind of money – if he hadn’t used the $27,000 dollars he stole from the Scotts Valley Tribe of Pomo Indians to buy himself a taco truck back in 2013.
At least, that’s what a letter the Scotts Valley Tribe of Pomo Indians penned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation alleges. Specifically, on September 20th of 2013, Pomo Tribe Council Chairman Donald Arnold wrote that:
“On behalf of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians (“the Tribe”), I am requesting the immediate assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate an urgent matter. The Tribal council has evidence of the following: While in the position of Tribal Administrator, an individual by the name of Allen McCloskey created a fictitious business to defraud the Tribe of $27,00.00 and potentially other money and resources. Through deceit, concealment, and violation of trust, Mr. McCloskey victimized the Tribe and obtained Tribal assets for his own personal advantage.”
Here’s a link to the full text in it’s original form:
As a favor to our readers, who may have terrible frickin’ eyesight like we do, and therefore can’t read that low-quality copy, we had a friend of THC transcribe them for us. You can read them here:
So, let’s unpack this a little bit, shall we? We recall that McCloskey blamed health reasons for dropping out of the City Council race, and THC is loathe to dispute that fact – he may well be in poor health. However, it’s curious that a source-who-shall-not-be-named, and whom we consider to be very reliable, happened to forward us the letter from the Pomo and the FBI mere days after McCloskey dropped out.
On the one hand, THC thinks that we should all be very grateful that such an alleged crook isn’t going to be our next Council member. Just imagine what kind of shenanigans he could have pulled from the Council seat. If not embezzling or fraud, Eureka certainly wouldn’t want such an unscrupulous character on the Council.
On the other hand, it’s a real shame that McCloskey has been so intricately involved in pushing Measure P. Quite an ironic twist, really; a man who defrauds the Native Tribe he works for pushing an ordinance that purports to remove corruption and “big money” from local Eureka politics, which is in turn supported and endorsed by the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee. (Who, if you don’t recall, are some pretty serious contenders, and corrupt themselves, when it comes to laundering money for political purposes.)
But let’s get back to the letter for a moment. More specifically, let’s address the fact that everybody loves tacos. But do any of us love them enough to steal from our employer/an impoverished Native Tribe?
Also, Tacos Chavez seems like an uninspired title for the business of a man who demonstrated such creative entrepreneurship when getting the seed money for his company.
We’ve been told that McCloskey is highly involved with Austin Allison’s campaign; a message sent to Allison’s campaign website seeking to confirm that has yet to be returned. However, we do know that Allison and McCloskey’s campaign platforms were much one and the same, and local media outlets seem to draw a pretty clear connection between the two:
THC of course contacted the Pomo Tribe about their take on the McCloskey’s allegation, and we are awaiting word back from the current Tribal Chair. A representative of the Pomo Tribe did confirm to us that they believe the Allen McCloskey supporting Measure P in Eureka is the same man who defrauded them, and that his whereabouts have been unknown to the Tribe since his abrupt resignation and disappearance.
Similarly, multiple public records searches show that Allen Don McCloskey – the full name of the McCloskey who ran for Council here (thanks Chiv!) – did indeed work for the Pomo Valley Tribe. Here’s a link to a free one. (You can’t have the ones we paid for, sorry.) You’ll note from both the Pomo letter and the record search that one of McCloskey’s former places of residence was Kelseyville, CA, where the Pomo Tribe operates.
We’ll be sure to update you when we hear back from the Pomo Tribe with their take on the McCloskey’s history with them, but before we leave you, consider this: if a man like McCloskey is supporting Measure P, and supported by the HCDCC, what does that say about Measure P and the HCDCC?
Similarly, if young Austin Allison’s campaign vision, platform, and decision to run are as greatly influenced by McCloskey as seems to be the case, do we really want him on the City Council. THC thinks not; what do you think?