The way we beat the "money" is with grass roots democracy. That's what the Green Party is all about. The next supervisor race in the Fifth ... is going to be a barn burner! I can make that promise because I am a Green and we are all about waking up the sleeping giant.
Agreed, thank you Judy and Sylvia. I will note that having spoken with many leaders of the Humboldt progressive left - there is a certain despondency about removing Supervisor Bass in Supervisorial District #4. Also most people seem to think Supervisor Sundberg is vulnerable in District #5, the only two Board of Supervisor spots open in 2014. I will also work hard for anyone that runs as a Democrat that believes that the "Planning" in "Planning Department" means "Planning" not only "Service".
Thank you, Judy Hodgson, for once again telling it like it is. I have researched the campaign finances that put The Gang Of Four in office and what you say about who/what put them in office is spot on. This is becoming a terrifying scenario for the future of Humboldt County. The damage that this gang can do/is doing is enormous. I am proud of the fact that it was I who originally dubbed them The Gang Of Four because that is what they are, a gang of bullies who are riding rough shod over the will and wish of the people. It is critically important that Sundberg and Bass are replaced. I will work hard for anyone with integrity who runs.
How about some progress on the trail between Eureka and Arcata?
If the former supervisors passed the general plan update in the last DECADE this wouldnt be an issue.
Blame this on the slow moving past supervisors and the nut jobs that won't allow for any progress.
This whole thing has been so frustrating to watch unfold. I for one - as a citizen of Eureka want TRAILS! My family wants to be able to bike, hike, walk, run and ride our horses on safe trails in Humboldt County. It's ridiculous to me that the process to get some of these trails has been going on for more than 10 years! BTW, I also fully supported Alex Stillman being on the NCRA board and wrote an email to Frank Jager asking him not to back down.
"...nonsense zero sum games..."?
If anyone in this thread believes the "pot stirring" alarmist nonsense, put forth by Judy Hodgsen regarding these (OMG ! ) heinous changes in a largely symbolic document, is worth starting a conversation about, then you just must need more of her company "WHINE"... Imperfect as we all are, these Supervisors are democratically elected people who defeated her "clique" and have begun to push back on ALL the nonsense zero sum games which have been the hallmark of her so-called "Progressive" political group. And recommending that Cliff Clendenon to return, is like asking for bullwinkle reruns. The sky is not falling, Judith, and you SHOULD have caught your mothers advice,...but she was the catcher, not you - YOU THE SLINGER ! Throw another party and good luck with the next round of "sling".
I emailed Ryan Sundberg and voiced my displeasure with the changes to the guiding principles and the lack of adequate public input. His response was it was a "straw vote". I then responded that's not what was being reported and could he please clarify what he meant by a straw vote......no response back. Several months ago I sent Ryan comments regarding the Circulation element of the GP, never heard back, not even a, "hey thanks for taking the time to read the chapter and write some comments"........guess this is his way of doing business if he doesn't agree with your point of view.........hope he's a one-termer.
If being a Democrat makes me "crazy"I am--in the eye of the beholder--and I put my name on my posts,Raging Granny--Jean Doran
Re my previous, now questionable comments--Was it a coup?that is in the eye of the beholder [edited]- i believe in the power of the vote including recall >
We are going to hell -- let the realtors all decide what's right. They have the money, they must know more than the rest of us. This isn't about that lone cabin in the woods, this is ab about putting infrastructure throughout the county for unbridled development. We will all pay the price. Thanks Lee. Thanks Estelle. Thanks Rex. Thanks Virginia. See you in hell.
Judy sells advertising. She attains advertising revenue by circulation. If Judy or her staff wrote boring vanilla stories or focused on boring issues, revenues would plummet. So Judy embellishes. She speaks in half-truths to non-truths ("because he heads a shadowy, anti-government, libertarian-almost-Tea-Partyish group called the Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights. " What???). She is nothing more than a provocateur. She knows the readership she sucks up to. She's merely pitting the poor renters against those nasty wealth land barons, and government, in this case County government, are the white knights in shining armor. Judy doesn't care about the truth. Se cares only about telling her "majority market" exactly what they want to hear. It's all about revenue and nothing about truth.
The comment by "Common Sense..." is a good illustration of why the phrase "common sense" is an almost meaningless expression of optimism and has no place in the language of the general plan.
I am grateful for Ryan's serious journalism on this topic, and for Judy's brave stance. I am deeply disappointed, but not surprised, by Fennel and company's putsch regarding the general plan. I am disappointed that my fellow Humboldt County voters could select folks like Fennel and Bohn. With industrial-scale pot growing running rampant in the county, I suspect that the developer - pot grower coalition is becoming stronger and stronger.
A generation or two ago the growers were hippies with a land ethic who built institutions like KMUD, the Mateel, and so forth. Now too many growers have no land ethic and will vote for whomever will let them do whatever they damn well want to do. As this political agenda is fully aligned with the landed gentry and developer crowd, and as both the big growers and the landed gentry have lots of $$ to donate to political campaigns, I see this coalition as having a great deal of political power in Humboldt County in the future.
We are at another critical decision point -- who are we? Are we a moderately progressive county (per our usual voting patterns for state/national candidates), similar to Mendocino and Sonoma, or are we a more right-wing county similar to Siskiyou or Modoc? If its the former, then maybe its time for voters to look beyond their narrow pecuniary interests and give some thought to the common good.
Thank you for your article. I couldn't agree more on what's going on and appreciate your the added historical context from someone who has been paying attention for years.
Many focused on the property-rights side of this issue like Growley Tracy characterize those favoring rightful governmental activity on regional planning issues as no growth. This is a well-chosen canard. No-growth in this context of this argument is absurd. Having said that it is just as absurd to place the lever of power on planning issues in the hands of the property owners. I think the term that characterizes the position of most serious people who would support robust regional planning would be "smart growth".
This is difficult for people to absorb in our deconstructionist national dialog but sometimes government can act better in the interests of all of us than we can individually. For example, how concerned is that property owner about those who inhabit the land after her? What about the extra mileage the next occupants will have to drive to work? Homes and property lines are going to be around for generations. We need government to be interested in and able to produce regulations that take these future concerns into consideration.
This is not about no-growth vs jobs or rural vs urban(ish), this dialog is about money, real estate and short term development issues vs. a pattern of growth that benefits today's and tomorrow's population.
Having said that, as Karen Brooks brought up at the June 3rd Board of Supervisor's meeting, why don't we take advantage of a ostensibly law-and order (when it concerns property owners) Board of Supervisors and make strong zoning requirements with local enforcement teeth to address the invisible environmental catastrophe happening on our watch? (weed of course) I think this would hurt the support of the "smart growth" v "property rights" side more in support (my own side), but I think it is the right thing to do and we have the Supervisors who could do something about it.
FYI: http://news.yahoo.com/census-rural-us-lose…. So, our Supervisors are approving a plan for more lots, in a "rural" county, with no targeted funding for infrastructure and essential services for the people who aren't coming here?
Judy's just jealous of Estelle. Judy's got no way to be political but running hit pieces in the Northcoast Jeraldo that she's made into a yellow journalism rag. Estelle's in office, has political power Judy does not so we have Judy's hit pieces. We can expect more from Judy as she spirals out of control like Heraldo did as well because when you have nothing but negativity as your political philosophy there's nothing to do but bitch and moan while others actually create community. Progs are history and Judy doesn't seem to be aware of it..
As I see it. The change is going to result in low quality, high density housing developments in areas that were originally zoned for single family. Rural or open parcels nearing existing sewer, will be allowed to subdivide and develop for high density. The result... Cheap houses where there used to be horses. Doesn't really make me too happy.
Apart from the excellent post by Christopher Escarcega and some bits and pieces in other posts what I am seeing in the comments is a lack of understanding of the broader issues and a serious lack of comment on the ethical/moral issues involved in the actions of Fennel and Company. This is not just about whether a MIL or a little cottage can be built here and there, this is about a free for all that can and will negatively impact critical areas such as watersheds, ag lands, forests and the like. We cannot afford on this damaged earth we live on to continue to allow the greed and grab mentality to dominate and what Fennell represents is just that. HumCPR is realtors, developers, etc, not some little Mom and Pops who want to do a little something here or there. The new Guiding Principles totally slant the story to a radical direction and they should be completely tossed out. Then if people want some revisions let it be a public issue with fullsome input, not something cooked up behind closed doors and foisted on the public before anyone even had a chance to know about it. Ethically and morally what Fennell and Company did is WRONG. It was done in a dishonest, sneaky manner and represents a take over of the county government. She should be recalled and I told her so on Tuesday at the Board of Sups.
Judy Hodgson should be lauded for her editorial and the guts to tell it like it is. Thank you Ms. Hodgson.
I think that if people want their comments to be taken seriously they should be willing to sign their names.
Sylvia De Rooy
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