It takes many thousands of taxpayers to subsidize the bridges, roads, maintenance and emergency services required for the "rural life" so that a few might enjoy the REMNANTS of what was once pristine.
Until water carrying capacity studies are completed, NO ONE can claim a low-impact rural life, AND have their trout farms, vineyards, and farms, with buildings and livestock near streams.
For all their whining and hollering, NONE advocate to codify the low-impact technologies that very few can actually afford.
I watched it all before in Southern California many decades ago...a process repeated ad-nauseum throughout the planet...turbidity increases, species decline, flows diminish, then disappear entirely.
Chain of fools.....
8,000 new families face foreclosure EVERY DAY since Jan. '09.
Newsworthyness is a tough call?
Half the eligible voters don't participate, 8,000 U.S. families continue to be foreclosed every month since Jan.'09, we're living amid the 6th largest extinction event on Earth, the average American must work a month for an hour of doctor/dentist care while corporations enjoy special INS status to import executives from India, but our doctors and lawyers retain their protected class and Americans are paying the price.
At least Sonoma State has the courage to publish an entire book EACH YEAR on "The 25 Top Censored Stories In The U.S.".
Continued self-censorship is one reason our culture continues its decline.
John Osborn's "Interested Parties" was a myth-smasher exposing a local legacy of political control.
Great point Joel.
Pierson is outspent in elections 99% of the time! (It's the development community that has been successfully buying local elections, where's the outrage??).
Where's the "monopoly"? There are 5 different hardware stores in Eureka!
If you know Bill, you know he cares about this community.
Once local media decides they too are concerned about the public interest, they will question the logic of continuing sprawl and big boxes when there's a wealth of existing alternatives that DO NOT bankrupt municipal budgets.
They will begin to press the uncomfortable questions, (DURING THE ELECTION), they will separate the words "growth" and "development", and connect the dots between the development community's political dominance and our decayed infrastructure and growing poverty, crime, drug abuse and traffic...
AMID MORE CALLS FOR SPRAWL AND BIG BOXES!!???
While local and national media focus on one day's sales, about 8,000 U.S. family's homes were foreclosed that day, and every day since January, 2009.
The plight of average families remains chronically ignored, no wonder half of America, California, Humboldt and Eureka either don't register to vote or they abstain.
STILL, they are ignored...and the illegitimate political pontification continues unabated without ever mentioning them.
"They don't participate, so they deserve to be ignored"...
A vicious, self-fulfilling cycle.
It appears that Mr. Simms does, indeed, know the kind of questions we need to ask candidates who's platforms were ALL about the "economic benefits" of another big box development in a city saturated in them.
"CITE YOUR SOURCE"!!!???
A little late....again.
It takes immense courage for Bill Pierson, a reporter, or anyone else, to stand up to a development community that's been in charge forever. A group successfully dictating that "growth" is either another big box or sprawl...or, you're "anti-growth"
(Never mind the big, fast profits and massive public subsidies required by both).
If local media asked the uncomfortable (obvious) questions UNTIL THEY WERE ANSWERED: "the other majority" of voters that are unregistered or abstain might get involved.
Smart meters are not being installed on homes with solar panels that feed directly back to the grid.
Our bills should reflect large reductions as the meter reader jobs vanish, right?
Having experienced the 1999 Wal-Mart fireworks in Eureka, and the following decade of even more economic research, books, and documentaries, all confirming that big boxes have negative economic impacts on rural economies....a slate of candidates running on a platform of "open-arms" for big boxes wins!?
What made it so difficult for ALL our local media to fail to PRESS the OBVIOUS uncomfortable question:
"What is your source for the claim that another big box holds economic benefits for Eureka"?
"How do you refute local and national economic research that contradicts your claims"?
No sooner did the 1980's housing bubble collapse end, costing taxpayers $500 billion, they began building towards the next...costing taxpayers $2 trillion and counting. We're still in its midst and they want to slather the Eureka area in subdivisions that NONE of the 1,000 new Marina Center employees will qualify for.
The Arkley's have been purchasing land throughout Eureka and Humboldt County, you think they don't want a piece of this next bubble and the additional profiteering from the poverty their business manufactures?
John Osborn's recent article on the development community's dominance of local campaign financing was a once-in-my-lifetime experience in Humboldt County journalism. It reveals the general failure of today's media and begs for some historical context, a story that will languish along with our neighborhoods burdened by more malls, sprawl and the telltale fallout from inadequate infrastructure, and from the poverty this failed model generates: more drug abuse, crime, homelessness, and the busted public budgets that can't keep up.
Except for a rare NCJ article, we NEVER see the uncomfortable questions asked when we most need to hear the answers.
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