For those who don’t mind to an occasional dose of common sense, Arcata Eye Editor Kevin Hoover’s recent goat farm requiem deserves a read.
One of the more interesting questions it raises pertains to the role Mark Lovelace played–or didn’t play–in the whole Cypress Grove debacle. What is clear is that the District 3 Supervisor brought nothing to the episode that resembled leadership.
As Hoover puts it,
Supervisor Mark Lovelace visited the Gilardoni property and was researching goat waste issues. Yet, for weeks, little was done to allay the concerned neighbors’ worst fears, real or imagined, of their lives and property being ruined. It seems they were on their own, with the loudest, least reasonable voices holding sway.
Even the county process through which the project might have been approved or denied remained murky and in dispute. Why was this fundamental question so shrouded in mystery? A county supervisor interested in open government could and should have made some calls and cleared that basic issue up for his fearful constituents right away.
If we could turn back time, one has to believe that our elected representatives would play a more constructive role in shepherding a possible $3 million agriculture project through an orderly process.
But maybe not. They haven’t done any salvage work for us in the month since the project’s withdrawal.
Neither our mayor or supervisor has asked [Cypress Grove Chevre] to reconsider the cancelation. Basically they’ve offered perfunctory words of support (“hopeful,” “sincere wishes”) and offered to take the company’s phone calls. Impressive.
Read the whole editorial here.