And yet, raw sewage runs into the bay with every large rain event, and Eureka suffers some of the highest incidents of pedestrian, cyclist and auto accidents and casualties in the state!
Sprawl is sprawl...
There's already been 2 housing bubbles since the 1980's and the development industry is taking every opportunity to ensure it's positioned to begin the 3rd when/if the housing the economy turns around the next time.
People talk like thousands of houses will be built. The fact is the population of Eureka is less today than in 1960 according to the US Census. No way a lot of homes will ever be built to accommodate a shrinking population. The mill's ain't coming back and the retireees from so cal are retiring elsewhere
Strategic land grab?
This county has been dominated by the development industry for a generation. How many more cities must suffer moratoriums, illegal sewage discharges, antiquated water service, unsafe and over-utilized rural roads, inadequate emergency services and chronic deficits in affordable housing downtown?
Thousands of homes are still planned for the Cutten/Myrteltown area, and yet, there's already a traffic-nightmare forming with the addition of the new Wallgreen and Safeway store on Harris Avenue.
Isn't the McKay tract once proposed to build 1200 houses? Why didn't they sell this property to the people who made the proposal?(Strombeck and Danco Builders)Is this another stratergic landgrab by the county to protect the back portion of Redwood Acres?They stated that they were against a road going through Redwood Acres into the tract than the proposal just quietly died a week later?Did BlueDiamond want to get into the housing buisness?
I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties the City of Eureka and Apex are having with this project. I found Apex to be a considerate company who successfully completed our town's emergency waterline replacement. That project also ran into problems but of an opposite nature. There were three attempts to construct the "bore hole" under and across the South Fork of the Eel River. Each attempt met with destroying a drill bit trying to pierce through a bolder field later believed to be the original river bed level. Apex worked with us throughout this process and together we secured a vital link for our water supply. I hope that both the City of Eureka and Apex can resolve this problem. The result will far overshadow these challenges and add to the health of our neighbors and the environment.
been going to the Klamath 15 or so years and this one of the best years ever, great article you wrote, thanks for sharing.
It is clear that the Eureka City Council's apology that was re-drafted was in attempt to protect those individuals in Eureka area who are descendants of those who participated in the massacres. Miss Wright, who commented here, obviously cannot face the fact that her ancestor lead a group of murderers.
All I can say is I'm proud to be a hum local, I was born and raised up here and anyone who says the Trinidad crew isn't hardcore or committed is fucking crazy. Come on out on a big day up here and try to pull some kook shit, you will learn quick from us. And anyone who says greenhouse sold out, your a fucking idiot. Monty had a great shop, he hooked up me and all the other groms with good gear at prices way below standard. And he only did it because he wanted to see the next generation of locals grow up to keep these beaches and surf scenes strong. Yes some of us Trinidad folks have skowls on our faces, but that's because kooks flock up to us on good days. And all that matters is I know Andy and all the other boys have my back.
Why stop there?
It is ironic that we must review blog postings to find questions that should have been DEMANDED by local media covering this issue. It would have been helpful during the Bohn and Bass campaigns to connect the dots between the continuing legacy of industry domination over local politics and the legacy of industry leaving future generations with a toxic mess, and taxpayers footing the bill.
Of course, it was Rex Bohn wearing those LNG buttons in support of a different kind of "Bomb By The Bay". Virginia Bass and Richard Marks also need to be asked what their visions are for future toxic industries on a bay already surrounded by brownfields, the largest obstruction to high paying jobs and growth in Eureka.
Mr. Jager should send Eureka city council member Mike Newman in his place to present the unapology to the Wiyot Tribal Council.
The citizens of Eureka would not be surprised.
A significant question that has been completely ignored by all journalists and media in Humboldt County is: What were County Supervisor Rex Bohn's role and responsibilities for management, handling, storage, safety and disposition of the pulping liquors when he was the Evergreen Pulp operations executive? It appears to a lay person with patchy information that Supervisor Bohn may have been the last individual with actual responsibility for these hazardous materials where ultimately the business interests turned their back to the risks and walked away, leaving a looming disaster on the shore of our beautiful bay and harbor. There is a stunning irony that this situation was such a high risk that even when the federal government was "shut down" the EPA went into emergency response mode and spent millions of dollars and took immediate steps to contain the risk, and - here's the real irony - that the apparent perpetrators of this risk may be the same folks who are advocates of cutting government spending wherever possible. Would local "small government" advocates such as Supervisor Bohn suggest that it was wrong of the EPA to step in, or for them to have the resources to step in, and take emergency measures to reduce the risk of these liquors spilling into the bay, say when there happens to be a magnitude 6.8 earthquake? (Talk about "dodging a bullet"!...) So I ask: What were Supervisor Bohn's responsibilities for these pulping liquors when he was the operations executive with the last business that actually ran the pulp mill?
As long as our tax dollars buy executions and puts pot smokers in jail, "fiscal conservatives" don't care what it costs.
This was a wonderful article I really enjoyed the slide show.
thanks to Cheryl and all those who worked on this project.
Love and Prayers to all. Betty Folkner formerly from Loleta
The four candidate DA Debate, held on March 13, hosted by the Humboldt Tea Party Patriots, will be shown on the access channel on the following dates and times.
3/19 7:30 pm Wed.
3/20 6:20 am Thu
3/20 8:30 pm Thu
3/21 6:00 pm Fri
And yet, in his 3 minute testimony in front of the Planning Commission, (days before being seated as a member), McKenny cried Crocodile tears for "the poor homeowners that I will represent battling restrictive and costly regulations trying to get that 3rd bedroom addition for their mother because they can't afford a retirement home".
Obviously, the people that coach Humboldt County's political owners were the same one's behind Big Timber crying...."If you pass regulations against clear-cuts, you won't be able to cut a tree in your yard"...."If you pass regulations against herbicides, you won't be able to dump that can of motor oil behind your house"...."If you pass regulations to stop slash burning, you won't be able to have that burn barrel".
Big land owners are still doing all those things as they wished, but its average residents that are (rightfully) regulated in cutting redwoods, dumping oil and burning garbage.
If there was a local reporter that still retained a rational sense of proportion, McKenny's speech would have been a front-page story covering patented BS from appointed representatives.
It's important to point out that Ulansey and Morris are more than just HumCPR's "former" founders, they are also very wealthy real estate investors. They're not mom n' pop back to the landers. They're real estate moguls.
A very telling question to ask every individual member of the board of supervisors and planning commission would be which of the initial Options A-D do they favor of the former, simplified, plain language guide to the GPU that was, for some strange reason, completely scrapped?
It's tough to cover local corruption in less that 10,000 words when there's only one local paper willing to allude to it once or twice a year.
Since the 1984 General Plan is still the basis of planning and regulatory decisions in Humboldt County, it is important to clarify a comment in this story. It was not a patchwork "fix" of the 1964 plan. That plan was done by the lowest bidding, out of town consultant(s) that left the County without any of the most basic information on the basis of the plan(s - there were 3 for North, South and Mid County). The 1984 adoption of the Framework General plan culminated a THREE year work program initiated by the Board, done all by County staff, of which I am proud to have been a part. There were workshops on all of the major components of the plan, and there were "plenty" of hearings at the Planning Commission and the Board around the County and through 1983 that necessitated the adoption of the Plan in early 1984.
That plan became "outdated" because the Board removed the budget for regularly scheduled quarterly amendments to focus on doing the McKinleyville Community Plan (again). The balance of communities in the County lost their opportunity for "local" participation in planning - except for the Avenue of the Giants, the last Community Plan.
I guess that all of this and my view from the distance of retirement leads me to ask three questions:
1. What was really "wrong" with the 1984 Plan and how was that "fixed" in the current draft? And,
2. What is the mechanism, and where will the budget be, to update the current community plans (most also from the '80's) and to address the needs of those communities that were listed, but not addressed then? And,
3. What is the "plan" and the budget to implement this current draft? The current Board of Supervisors has a LOT of hard work ahead of them.
Thank you for considering my comments.
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