Agree with fool me once shame on you...fool me twice shame on me with regards to the DOJ. No launching of fireworks on this. It's still federal law and we still have that Haag. Humboldt. Gray Area. It works....NOT.
"Also, we have a small out of the way population that isn’t attractive to most investors." Well, you're spot on there, but only in the sense that the population's attitude isn't attractive and has solidified the Redwood Curtain Principle. There is absolutely a cargo shipment need that could be serviced via Hum Bay and a connecting EW rail service, but the county's reputation for fierce opposition to...well, just fierce opposition, keeps investors away.
Why not finance the whole thing--beginning, middle, end--with seized drug money? Every day I turn on the news, there's always something like $250K in cash found at a drug bust. Seems like, at that rate, we could fund any study or any project.
This article brought to mind an ongoing issue from my old neck of the woods. Google "Children's Pool Beach" and read the wiki article on it.
Re equity refugees: I know more than a few equity refugees, not one of them moved here to live on a small mixed use urban parcel. If anything, they escaped that and want to have their acres and access to it. One of them said it best: "I used to know when my neighbor was cooking fish. Not anymore thank god."
Hyperbole Alert: "Their success ensures the continued transfer of public wealth to the wealthy, our resources, infrastructure and emergency services to facilitate high-profit subdivisions on granddaddy’s land far from downtown." In your universe, is it even ok for a person to live outside of an urban center, have some land to grow a garden, or some chickens for fresh eggs and roasting hens? Just say it. Because that's what this is by hook or crook, to get people out of rural lands, let the roads to those lands decompose, thus making access to those private lands impossible, thus cramming people into little "sustainable" boxes where inspiration and independence gets systematically crushed. Familes up here have owned large parcels of land for decades and decades, I don't get why there is such a crushing fear of these lands being subdivided and developped when there is no growth of any legitimate industry here that would be bringing in huge influxes of people who would be able to buy and build homes on these lands.
Also:"The development community dominates local politics and appointed offices for reasons that are NEVER reported, using anonymous financiers that are NEVER investigated." To this, seriously??? The GPU followed the guidelines laid out by private un-elected enitities that are likewise undisclosed (such as ICLEI). This is not just the case here in HumCO, but in most municipalities in CA. Where's the transparency there?
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