If it is ok with your graphics and legal departments I would [like] to request a higher resolution image from your blog for the “scrapbook”. Very funny. I have to admit, Sasha Cohen has a better (but hairier) body than I do. Might even have to use this for thank you cards. I would of course credit Humboldt Mirror for the “art”.
Thanks for the laughs,
First the progs split over John Ash’s Harbor District candidacy. Now, as this screen shot of his campaign website shows, it appears that even technology has turned against him. Next thing you know, Mary Vellutini’s gonna dump his whack, egomaniacal ass and vote Marks. Fortunately the election’s on a Tuesday. Five-cent cookie day makes everyone feel better.
A comprehensive list of intelligent questions Linda Atkins and Larry Glass asked about the Marina Center EIR
Is the Faustian reference a Freudian slip? Regardless, get your prog on and spend an evening with Pete Nichols and his two great loves: asking for money and talking about himself. The cost is only $45 and your last shred of self-respect. Enjoy!!
Throwing stonesReprinted without permission from the Times-Standard
I am amazed that Councilman Larry Glass, who is on the board of directors for the Northcoast Environmental Center, along with Humboldt Baykeeper leader Pete Nichols are advocating against cleanup of the balloon track property. For these so-called “environmentalists” to advocate against an environmental cleanup that would protect our bay and restore 11 acres of wetlands on a property that is finally showing signs of hope for our community makes no sense, especially when the Northcoast Environmental Center has its own toxic mess of a property in downtown Arcata caused by a dry cleaning facility. Why is that cleanup not moving ahead? Maybe Glass and Nichols should not be throwing stones at those who are actually improving our environment and concentrate on the environmental problems and the Northcoast Environmental Center they direct.
The cleanup is now set to begin, after more than 200 people packed Eureka city hall Tuesday night to urge the council’s approval of the Marina Center Environmental Impact Report.
Public comments weighed overwhelmingly in support of the site cleanup and subsequent development. Some talked about the jobs the project would produce and the much-needed boost to the local economy. Others complained about environmentalists who “think their job is done when they’ve complained loudly enough and filed enough lawsuits.”
One commenter said, “We have an opportunity to take an eyesore and an embarrassment and turn it into something we can be proud of.”
Another asked, “We have a toxic wasteland in our city. Why wouldn’t we want to clean that up?”
And our fave: ‘Nobody cared how dirty the property was until someone offered to clean it up.”
Dozens of residents expressed their support for the project before Ralph Faust used his three minutes to threaten to sue to stop it. A woman representing EPIC and the NEC said those organizations would also sue. Not to be left out, CREGster Larry Evans threatened to sue as well.
That’s what the enviros brought to the discussion–unless you count the genius Arcata resident who said he had to attend a public meeting for a class at HSU and took the opportunity to sagely instruct attendees that they shouldn’t settle for anything but the best on the Balloon Tract. He didn’t present any thoughts as to what the best might be or who might pay for it. Maybe he’ll get to that next semester.
There were numerous demands for Larry Glass to recuse himself from any action related to the development because of his longstanding personal animosity toward the Arkley family. That didn’t happen, of course, but he and co-obstructionist Linda Atkins got all kinds of defensive about how they love jobs and love the city and didn’t stall anything right before they voted to, you know, stall.
The council’s vote means the EIR will be brought back Oct 27 with a staff recommendation to approve it. The Coastal Development Permit is scheduled to be approved November 3rd.
But keep in mind this isn’t the end. It’s advantage Eureka, but the progs knew all along they would lose here. They’ll make their stand at the Coastal Commission and in the courts.
The end will come when a polluted property is cleaned, hundreds of jobs are created, sales tax revenues rise, 11 acres of wetlands are added–and affordable building supplies are for sale in the city.
For those of you who have not yet weighed in on the Marina Center Environmental Impact Report, tonight’s your chance. Tell city officials what you think of the plan. Complain about the overloaded agenda. Critique their reading abilities. Perform an impromptu ballet for all we care, but at least show up and be counted. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber on the second floor of Eureka City Hall, located at 531 K Street.
Link to the agenda here.
In a General Plan Update nine years in the making, why might it be necessary to rush an item through the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday without allowing time for either staff or public review?
The item in this case is an annual report updating progress (or the lack thereof) on the GPU. And the reason for the rush? It was due April 1.
Fortunately, Larry Glass and Linda Atkins aren’t on the board, or the item would need to be delayed until Christmas for those two to plow through all 28 pages.
But seriously, Kirk. Think about it. You missed a filing deadline on an item that’s being rushed because you missed a filing deadline.
Will we ever reach the point where you become as embarrassed as the rest of us by how badly you perform your job, or are we just wishful thinking?
A news release issued tonight states Wes Chesbro and several other prominent Democrats have endorsed Richard Marks for Harbor District commissioner, division four.
In the news release, Chesbro states, “Richard recognizes the importance of connecting job creation with environmental stewardship. I applaud his commitment to developing sustainable industries that strengthen our local economy while preserving the natural beauty of our bay. He’s definitely the right choice for Harbor Commissioner.”
Marks replied, “I am honored to have the endorsement of Assemblyman Chesbro, and will work hard to create living wage job opportunities along our bay.”
Marks has also been endorsed by John Woolley, Mark Wheatley, Shane Brinton, Ronnie Pellegrini, Peter La Vallee, Frank Jager and Matthew’s wife Virginia Bass.
The release added that Marks additionally has the support of local unions.
He is running against John Ash and Susan Penn. Ash has a controversial past, an undefined agenda and an odd and dwindling list of endorsements, while Penn, a newcomer to local politics, has some prog support but couldn’t raise enough money to get her candidate statement in the sample ballot.
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: Frank Jager, John Ash, John Woolley, Mark Wheatley, Matthew Owen, Peter La Vallee, Richard Marks, Ronnie Pellegrini, Shane Brinton, Susan Penn, Virginia Bass, Wes Chesbro | 17 Comments »
File that one under quote of the day.
This refreshingly candid remark was made by a spokesman for the anti-development Citizens for Real Economic Growth, which paid a San Francisco college professor $2,500 to feed Eureka residents pages of apocalyptic misrepresentations about the Marina Center proposal.
Turns out the prof has a history of opposing Home Depots, so CREG knew well in advance what it was buying.
CBRE, the consulting firm hired by Security National, reached very different conclusions, which were double-checked by independent consultants hired by the city of Eureka. And, the Times-Standard reports, the city’s consultants “largely came to the same conclusions” as CBRE.
So why haven’t the suppositions of the hand-picked tool from CREG’s list been verified or even reviewed? Maybe Glass, Miller, Salzman and Ogden have to pony up more cash if they want a second helping of that shit.
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: apocalyptic bullshit, Citizens for Real Economic Growth, David Ogden, Home Depot, Ken Miller, Larry Glass, Marina Center, Richard Salzman, unusually candid | 21 Comments »
Hank Sims, one of the north coast’s premier wordsmiths, got his ass verbally handed to him Thursday by Eureka City Councilman Jeff Leonard, a man not universally known for his powers of expression.
Better still, the little Jeffster needed fewer than 200 words to dismantle Hank’s long-winded lamentation about how “it’s something close to insane” to think a majority of city councilmembers might share informed views of the Marina Center’s Environmental Impact Report within a couple of weeks, instead of dragging this shindig out until, say, Jesus comes back.
Hank went so far as to warn the city that it “may live to regret” not allowing a month or more to study all of the “pages and pages of detailed legal and scientific analysis” prepared by all of those numerous agencies.
Why the melodramatic flourishes? Because, Hank argued, the development project is almost certain to end up in court, and the city better be sure enough of its position to justify shelling out major coin to defend it.
The threat of litigation aside–the Town Dandy urbanely observed that the council’s “great haste in this matter has an odd smell.”
Oh snap, right? Hank straight pwned those smelly Marina Center yes-men, didn’t he??
Photo swiped from here.
Hank – Here are a few clarifications regarding the process to help address your concerns:
The Draft EIR was published November 2008. 179 written comments were received, including comments from 17 different agencies. 850 pages of total comments.
The comment period closed January, 2009. The City and the consultants paid to develop the EIR have been weighing the objections and responding to the comments for the past 10 months.
The Final EIR includes a 22 page Errata section. This section reviews all of the changes made to the Draft EIR as a result of the comments received.
Any lawsuits filed over the EIR or the project will be the responsibility of project applicant – not the City of Eureka. Standard practice for California cities in today’s litigious society is to require legal indemnification at the start of the project.
Our next meeting on October 20th will kickoff public comment on the Final EIR. There is no action item on the Agenda.
Hope that info helps provide some extra clarity – see you on the 20th!
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: Eureka, Hank Sims, Hanky Spanky, haste makes smelliness, Jeff Leonard, Marina Center, may live to regret, melodramatic flourishes, North Coast Journal, not all that dandy, pwned those smelly yes-men, something close to inane, verbal ass-handing | 48 Comments »