... local politics appear more moderate? Referring to photos of Rex and Virginia? What is moderate about them, exactly?
Another fake Democrat, a strategic DINO, cynically positioned to hoodwink a low-information and torpid Eureka electorate. A specialty of Matthew Owen, who gets help from Hank to define himself as a moderate.
So, Paredes, lead isn't a neurotoxin? Really? Do you only selectively ignore medical science to push your agenda, or do you believe your own bullsh&%? Show that you really believe this by letting your own children eat chips of lead paint. Maybe not? Then I guess its ok if other people and endangered animals are exposed to neurotoxins, but not you or your family? You should be ashamed of yourself.
" the NCRA is in dire need of a top-to-bottom review of its actions and mandate by an impartial entity such as the state auditor and a joint legislative audit committee. And he says that the agency needs to renegotiate its lease with NWP while becoming fully accountable to the public and its board."
NCJ: How about confronting our region's assembly and senate reps and ask them what they intend to do to resolve the near-total dysfunction of the NCRA? Seems to me that fact-finding by the state auditor and a joint legislative audit committee is indeed the first step, followed by action by the legislature and the governor. Let's get the ball rolling! Let's put pressure on our legislators! NCJ, put the question to them! The state legislature created the NCRA, presumably they can fix it too -- if we demand it. NCJ, take the question to our reps!
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.
Ryan, I am very thankful for your coverage of this latest exercise of power by the new majority on the BOS. Its interesting how many folks told me in the last election that (despite her leadership role in HumCPR) Estelle would be a very moderate force. Instead she and Rex have become the laissez-faire power base, drawing in Virginia or Ryan as needed to form majorities for pro-development policies. Its interesting how a county with a dominant progressive-democratic voting majority could elect and be ruled by a right-wing developer-friendly BOS. Seems like the effective political coalition is a combination of good-old-boy developers, landed gentry, and their associates on the one hand, and greedy growers and their associates on the other. The coalitional glue is greed -- maximum private benefit from their land regardless of impacts on the rest of us and the environment we care about.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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