Business / Economy

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mayor Jager Hears Realtors' Concerns, Vetoes Ordinance

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Eureka Mayor Frank Jager has vetoed an ordinance for the first time in 20 years, and possibly on the second time in the city's history. - THADEUS GREENSON
  • Thadeus Greenson
  • Eureka Mayor Frank Jager has vetoed an ordinance for the first time in 20 years, and possibly on the second time in the city's history.
For the first time in 20 years, Eureka’s mayor has vetoed an ordinance passed by the city council.

Eureka Mayor Frank Jager sent the council a memorandum on Thursday advising that he is vetoing its April 5 vote to pass an ordinance requiring residents to have their lateral sewer lines — those connecting their houses to the main city line — inspected and, if needed, repaired. The ordinance, a similar version of which recently passed in Arcata, requires the inspections and repairs under several conditions, including whenever the property sells to a new owner.

But, citing concerns from real estate agents and homeowners, Jager wielded his seldom used veto power to send the bill back to the council for further consideration.

“I don’t feel the ordinance was vetted well with the community,” Jager wrote. “Other communities considering such an ordinance have held information workshops with the public and taken input from the real estate community. The impact of this ordinance on the homeowner is not a minor expense.”

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Monday, April 11, 2016

Must, Need & Nice: Measure Z Committee Makes Its Recommendations

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM

humboldt_county_ca_seal.jpg
The Citizen's Advisory Committee on Measure Z has finished sorting through the 43 applications it received for funding, breaking the requests up into three categories: "must," "need" and "nice." The process, which involved six meetings and a public hearing, short-listed the "musts" for inclusion in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the budget for which will be up for approval by the Board of Supervisors on June 7. The "needs" will return for consideration during the mid-year budget review, and the "nices" will probably not see a cent of the $5.93 million generated from sales tax revenue estimated to swell the county coffers this year.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Carson Block Redux: When Stucco Was King

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 2:52 PM

A 1924 advertisement touting the modernization of the Carson Block building. - BOB LIBERSHAL
  • Bob Libershal
  • A 1924 advertisement touting the modernization of the Carson Block building.
Local historian Bob Libershal was kind enough to come by the Journal office recently and deliver a copy of an article he found during his duties as archivist for the Eureka Heritage Society. The article, from June of 1924, sheds light on why the H.H. Buhne Company, which bought the Carson Block building from the Carson family in 1923, then chose to coat the gorgeous old building in stucco. A full page advertisement in the same newspaper, the Humboldt Standard, appeared two months later with the names of the contracting firms who did the renovation "in a workmanlike manner." Enjoy!

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Friday, March 11, 2016

There's Weed-Infused Vodka Now

Posted By on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

SUBMITTED
  • Submitted
We all knew it was coming to this. Humboldt Distillery — which began selling its Humboldt Vodka brand a couple years ago — has released a cannabis-infused vodka called, obviously, "Humboldt's Finest." 

Owner Abe Stevens explains in a press release that the vodka — which doesn't have any THC in it, rendering it legal to sell — has an "herbal and aromatic quality reminiscent of fresh cannabis, and we've found it works very well in place of gin, giving classic cocktails a fresh new spin.” 

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , ,

Monday, February 22, 2016

Weigh in on Designs for Eureka's Waterfront Wednesday at the Wharfinger

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 5:12 PM

c2fst-11-15a-sm.jpg
Got a vision for the waterfront? Eureka’s Community Development Department has released six sketches of a possible future for the undeveloped bayside stretch between C and F streets.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Friday, February 12, 2016

Inside the Portland Flights Deal

Posted By on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 10:07 AM

The U.S. is a mess of interconnecting air routes except, as this map illustrates, the Pacific Northwest. - COURTESY OF EMILY JACOBS
  • Courtesy of Emily Jacobs
  • The U.S. is a mess of interconnecting air routes except, as this map illustrates, the Pacific Northwest.
Humboldt County has a kinship with Portland, what with our shared interests in food, drink, marijuana, arts, neo-lumber fashion and keepin’ it weird.

So PenAir’s announcement that it would be offering service from the Redwood Coast Airport (nee the Arcata-Eureka Airport) was met with palpable excitement. Portland is a hip alternative to San Francisco for Humboldt County youth looking to spread their wings.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

'Unregulated Far Too Long:' Vacation Rentals That is, Not Pot

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:10 PM

Online vacation rental sites include plenty of local options, from the luxurious to the humble. - VRBO.COM
  • VRBO.com
  • Online vacation rental sites include plenty of local options, from the luxurious to the humble.
Acknowledging that they are playing catch-up on yet another high-impact issue affecting residents countywide, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to jump into the vacation rental regulation business.

“Currently, the county code is mute on this issue,” said Chair Mark Lovelace in introducing the discussion. “It is another issue that has been unregulated for far too long,” he added, referring to the board’s recent lengthy deliberations on cannabis cultivation.

The vacation rental issue came to the board as a result of a petition by a joint private-public Vacation Home Rental Working Group, which developed and paid the costs of preparing a staff report to revamp county zoning.

The county planning staff recommendation is that the county move to allow short-term rentals in residential zones anywhere in the unincorporated parts of the county, which would include communities such as Westhaven, where full-time residents have been increasingly vocal in their opposition to the “disruptive” vacation rentals in their midst.


Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Airport Adds Service to Portland

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 3:33 PM

Portland, here we come! - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH
  • Grant Scott-Goforth
  • Portland, here we come!
Come April, folks looking to get out of Humboldt County will have a new option: direct air service to Portland.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Minor Theater Closing on Friday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 4:43 PM

The Minor Theater last year. - SHARON RUCHTE
  • Sharon Ruchte
  • The Minor Theater last year.
Coming Attractions, which has operated the Minor Theater in Arcata since 2005, will shut the historic theater down Feb. 5.

Josh Neff, who took ownership of the Minor Theater building and adjacent storefronts last year, says he plans to re-open the movie theater, but expects renovations to take at least a month. The theater celebrated its 100th anniversary at the end of 2014 and holds the niche historical significance of being the oldest "multi-reel feature film theater in the United States."

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , ,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Arcata Recycling Center to Close

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 2:18 PM

DREW HYLAND
  • Drew Hyland
The Arcata Resource Recovery Center — better known as the spot on 10th Street where you can drop off your recyclables and get your deposit back on glass bottles and cans — is closing. 

As the Mad River Union first reported, Rick Powell, the general manager of Eel River Resource Recovery  — which owns and operates the Arcata center — told the Humboldt Waste Management Authority at its January meeting that the company wasn't earning enough at the Arcata site to justify keeping it open. The prices for resources are down, he said, and not enough customers were using the site.

Continue reading »

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , ,

Recent Comments

socialize

Facebook | Twitter

© 2016 The North Coast Journal Weekly

Website powered by Foundation

humboldt