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.
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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?
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.
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.
Suddenly everyone is a brewer. I hope that the journalist did not hype up the description because the EEL river porters will be disappointed when I have a NEW favorite.
Actually Cartledge......now that I have actually re"read the process. I am SOLD.
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.
Allan Dollison's was disciplined by the California State Bar for stealing from his clients. Check out the California State Bar web site and read the details. He is not fit to be the District Attorney. Moral turpitude is a fatal character defect and one which proves he is unfit to seek or hold the highest law enforcement office in Humboldt County
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.
A good investment. I paid my money and the black helicopters only bother me two or three times a day, now. The advanced course ($29.95 per week) promises to get the Communists out from under my bed. I'd sign up but I'm worried about who - or what - is under the Communists.
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.
Should be 1150 to 1320 CE, of course!
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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..
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Mar 13, 2014
vol XXV issue 11
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