Who cares how rich arkley is, or where he got is money? How does paying attention to that make Humboldt any better? Some of you need to get a life.
Homeless people aren't the problem. Lack of proper community development is the problem. Take a look at Santa Monica, California. See what they have done for their homeless. See how the property values have remained high. What Humboldt needs is higher property values through responsible planning. Also, Humboldt needs to foster more entepreneurs bringing income in to the county from other counties, increasing Humboldt County's tax base without increasing traffic. I'm a prime example. I have zero clients in Humboldt County, yet I have a business that is bringing in income from many other counties in California, and nine other states, and I spend all that money here in Humboldt while bringing in zero client foot traffic. We need more of that.
My Experience with Community Development -
Having lived in a community in Southern California for 20 years where the
community leaders made a number of poor decisions in the area of
development, I would very much like to share my experience as to how the
encouragement of tract housing development, and the opening of certain
large publicly traded corporate retailers in the area, led to the downfall of
my former community in key demographics.
Crime and Income / Key Demographics -
Currently, the crime rate in my former community exceeds 600 incidents per
100k residents, and the median income (at $31,032 as of 2011) has also
dropped, as many higher wage/income earners moved from the area due to
Revenue Dependency -
City leaders in my former community (through their budget process) became
severely dependent on the construction revenue from housing tract developments
to the point where the overbuilding eventually lended to over two thousand empty
foreclosed properties (many ramsacked with broken windows, graffiti and squatters)
during the 2008 housing crisis. This community has still not recovered (in terms of
these key demographics) from that crisis.
Human Footprint / Environmental Impact -
I live in Fortuna now, and hope my story can aid and inspire community leaders
in Humboldt county to do the right thing, consider the environmental impact of
over development, and establish ways to bring additional revenue to Humboldt
communities through technology, curbing our desire for a larger footprint of
human impact in the area (air travel, light rails, etc), and instead focusing on
ways our small business owners can sell their goods and services inside, and
also OUTSIDE the county through the use of websites, technology, etc.
The desire to create additional revenue for the county and cities should never be
based solely on the a vision unwilling to consider the full environmental impact
of these decisions.
Call me a protectionist…I really love Humboldt, and want to see this area flourish
in a responsible way.
Attracting Higher Income Earners / Less is More -
Instead of future housing developments, and more people travelling to Humboldt,
per se, to create more city/county revenue, what we need is more revenue through
the use of technology without the human environmental impact.
Attracting custom home building with strategically increased property values, where
custom homes are built in replacement of older homes (especially in Eureka), instead
of using additional land or even considering tract homes, is a key area where community
leaders can also become "good neighbors" to the community they serve.
Studying Good Community Examples -
Manhattan Beach, California and Redondo Beach, California are stellar examples where
community leaders worked with custom home builders to replace the many (not most)
of the 50 to 70 year old homes with newer, larger custom homes "one at a time" with strict
restrictions on the style of new home being built (to keep in style with what is already
in the community). This brought increased property value to those communities without
additional land use, and was highly profitable for many of the contractors involved in the
And believe me, as those newer, larger custom homes are built, you will attract higher
income earners to the area, even if they are buying 2nd homes for the summer.
Open Invitation -
I would be happy to travel with you to my former community and show you the key areas
where poor decisions were made, and can also show you first hand the effects of those
decisions, especially on resources, such as water consumption, etc.
Eureka (and the other Humboldt towns) have such potential…
I believe the key is focusing on improving what we already have…
I really don't have a problem with us caring for homeless people , as long as they aren't killing people with cross bows. Ms De Rooy and all the bleeding hearts out there need a reality check. Apparently, Ms De Rooy doesn't have people defecating on her doorstep regularly.
It all boils down to this: Some people care, some people don't. Some people have a conscience, some people don't. I'm glad to see the careless profiteers getting raided.
In honor of this article, I present to you...Copperhead Road.
Well my name's John Lee Pettimore
Same as my daddy and his daddy before
You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only came to town about twice a year
He'd buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine
Now the revenue man wanted Grandaddy bad
He headed up the holler with everything he had
It's before my time but I've been told
He never came back from Copperhead Road
Now Daddy ran the whiskey in a big block Dodge
Bought it at an auction at the Mason's Lodge
Johnson County Sheriff painted on the side
Just shot a coat of primer then he looked inside
Well him and my uncle tore that engine down
I still remember that rumblin' sound
Well the sheriff came around in the middle of the night
Heard mama cryin', knew something wasn't right
He was headed down to Knoxville with the weekly load
You could smell the whiskey burnin' down Copperhead Road
I volunteered for the Army on my birthday
They draft the white trash first,'round here anyway
I done two tours of duty in Vietnam
And I came home with a brand new plan
I take the seed from Colombia and Mexico
I plant it up the holler down Copperhead Road
Well the D.E.A.'s got a chopper in the air
I wake up screaming like I'm back over there
I learned a thing or two from ol' Charlie don't you know
You better stay away from Copperhead Road
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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