Judy??? How about the courtesy of a response to my suggestion you do a NCJ article about our Heartlands Lifeline Inter-Tribal Lottery Project that my Bear River tribal partner Don Brenard and I have been organizing, the Project we talk with 2nd District Supervisor Estelle Fennell about frequently and that Humboldt Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks knows of and that KMUD will be doing another Heartlands Show about, while you, you play politics with community news. It's a chance to redeem yourself if you can rise above petty politics and not do another hit piece but report a really good economic development project that will benefit a tremendous number of people and save human lives in the bargain. Please be honorable to the community and finally give us some recognition for 19 years of effort that we've put into this Project.
Judy, did you post as the Humboldt Hun there?
Really, you just need to report community projects, even ones your political slant can't deny are for the great benefit of our community.
I had a real sinking feeling when I read the HumCPR insert. The article on page 6, "Your "path" is Still Included: Some Clarity on Trails" exposes their true concerns: that the goal is unfunded; and that it has the potential to harm property owners." The text charges Mark Lovelace with a "county wide media blitz" designed to "incite his base." I don't know Mark, and I'm not sure what his "base" is. I read the Times-Standard, the NCJ, I listen to local radio, watch local TV news, and if there was a media blitz, it did not get published in any of those venues. Where's the blitz?
Further, I found the article arrogant and condescending. Oh, don't worry, you still have your little "path." Having a goal of a county-wide trail system is very different from encouraging parks and trails and recreation. This is like telling your teenage son, "I encourage you to keep your room clean and orderly at all times" vs. "I am setting a goal for you to keep you room clean and orderly at all times. Here are the criteria and the steps toward that goal. Here are the rewards for completion. Here's what will happen if you don't' meet that goal."
Two points were raised in support of the language change that removed the goal.
The first reason, HumCPR claims to be aware of "several counties ... claiming eminent domain to build trails on private lands ... based on open space elements." Playing on fear, throwing out threats, invoking the "big bad government" which will take over your land and ruin your life. Who's inciting a base? A quick Google search shows one or two cases, maybe, both of which seemed way more complicated than the simple "government takeover" scenario implied by HumCPR. I also found many ads for lawyers, so it seems eminent domain is not something to take lightly, by either side. And I seem to recall a couple of local cases, both involving, not trails, but the highway.
The second reason, the goal is unfunded. Well duh. You don't fund a goal before you set it. You set goals first, then you plan the steps to implement. You break down your big goal into many little sub-goals, and you farm those out to various stakeholders and interest groups, or staff, or what! hey! LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT CREATE LOCAL JOBS!!
Sorry for the caps, I could not help myself. But, talk about shoot yourself in the foot. Destroy something that has the potential to improve the county, improve the quality of life for people, create jobs, encourage travelers and would-be residents, even relocating small businesses. Create community, get local participation, improve health, and many other benefits. For what? What could possible be gained that would be worth throwing all that away?
Stephen Lewis out of Humboldt County
I'm sure Judy has much more political attack plans for HumCPR so not to worry Expose. That's what Humboldt entertainment news offers Judy and her little Gang of pols, a chance to piggy-back on Humboldt people's interest in arts and entertainment in order to promote the Proggie anti-working class pro-Yuppie elitist political agenda that thrives on creating needless social wars pitting one side of the community against the other. Sells copies as Yellow Journalism found out a couple of centuries ago. Paint one side all black, the other all white, and promote the social war that divides instead of unites our community. But it does sell magazines...
Judy, you're silent again about my proposal for you to redeem yourself in the eyes of the objective god of good community news reporting.
Someone at the Journal could make a prime story dissecting the new HumCPR newsletter. It states there's an evil campaign looking to wipe out rural living. What they fail to mention is that HumCPR is doing all the campaigning and it's for the sake of building new infrastructure on otherwise forested land. People can live on TPZ's, just not build subdivisions of McMansions on them. And rightfully so. The wording of the GPU sets the language for future exploitation of undeveloped land. The especially scary irony is that HumCPR's newsletter is about the importance of water, tugging at so many heartstrings. This is the same HumCPR that struck wording mandating greater buffers around water sources. The same HumCPR that wants to allow thousands of new wells to be drilled in the forest. It's disgusting.
We're all worried! Our county's political climate is dangerous for the health of our community.
How about you correcting your community news watch biases and finally doing a story on our Heartlands Project, something you refused to do before and please, no alzheimer's as you cannot show us the NCJ article about us even though most community leaders have known about Heartlands for years. Had several KMUD shows and another one coming up yet your NCJ remains silent, no interest in one of the most radical economic recovery projects ever to come into Humboldt County.
No. I don't.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss.
Such the political hypocrite, Judy! Don't you remember all those years you refused to publish any of my letters to the editor warning Humboldt County about the dangers of unregulated homestead subdivision development? You sided then, as the political animal instead of the environmentally aware person, with EPIC, EF!, Humboldt Watershed Council, all those enviro players who were leading everyone down the primerose path of public headline hunting with big protests and lawsuits that only diverted people's attention away from the real problem--unregulated homestead development. Now look at you trot out your heavy guns and pose the righteous environmentalist protecting Humboldt County from unregulated homestead subdivision development, i.e. windsock politics..
Another wonderful column by you, Ms. Hodgson, you tell it like it is. Ulansey is driving the bus, as you said, or is at least busting his butt to do so. He will just keep hammering away at what he wants to see happen and now and again Morris steps in and parrots what Ulansey has said. I'm so glad you discussed the "may" and "shall" issue. Many trail advocates don't seem to know that there is much more at stake here than trails. There is also the issue of buffer zones being reduced to a joke, although hopefully state and fed law will step in on that.
Small point: I believe it is Planning staff that will have the nasty job of going over the GP to ensure consistency. If it were the commissioners we would be in bigger trouble than we already are because they would make wholesale changes in the name of consistency.
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.
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