Within 24 hours of the filing of the last of three appeals challenging the city of Eureka’s approval of the Balloon Track interim cleanup plan, the California Coastal Commission published a surprisingly thorough 82-page legal and environmental analysis of the plan, along with the expected recommendation that the appeals be heard.
You don’t think maybe the commission got some kind of head start on that, do you?
Even if one appellant was the commission’s lawyer for 20 years.
Or if the commission’s chair previously gave the appellant a job.
Or the appellant’s daughter is a commission staffer.
Or another appellant employs the first appellant.
Or two other appellants are current commissioners.
Or the commission’s executive director is a personal friend of the man whose business would be most affected by the Marina Center development.
No, those factors just make their achievement that much more impressive: It’s amazing they get anything done with that massive circle jerk they’ve got going.
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: Bill Pierson, California Coastal Commission, EPIC, Humboldt Paykeeper, James Baskin, Marina Center, Mark Stone, Northcoast Environmental Center, Pete Nichols, Peter Douglas, Ralph Faust, Randy Gans, Rob Arkley, Ross Mirkarimi | 52 Comments »
And he reportedly did so, unlike in this photo, with a completely straight face.
Not that any of this is funny in the usual sense of the word. None of those pull-my-finger or naughty limerick jokes for him, the old coot.
No, with this appeal Faust definitely employs the stodgier ironic form–on multiple levels and to breathtaking effect.
We begin with the obvious: Faust, who works as an environmental attorney, is asking the Coastal Commission to prevent the cleanup of a contaminated former railyard from which toxins flow persistently into Humboldt Bay.
Then there’s the Coastal Commission itself, which was Faust’s employer for more than 20 years. He rose to the rank of chief counsel before a brief but memorably disreputable stint as Humboldt’s interim county counsel.
Handing him that gig on a golden platter was none other than Bonnie Neely, who now chairs the same organization to which Faust is appealing.
Which brings us to Faust’s self-righteous statements to his fellow planning commissioners just one week ago about recusing himself from discussion of three Arkley projects. Faust insisted he had always treated Arkley right but was selflessly stepping back from the projects to save the county time and money.
What a guy! Six days later he appealed the Eureka City Council’s approval of the interim cleanup which, if successful, would grind Arkley’s Marina Center development to a halt.
Have we left anything out?
Maybe just this: Faust, the man who purports to save Eurekans from the horrors of a nontoxic waterfront, carpetbagged his angry inch up here from San Francisco fewer than three years ago. He does not live–and in fact he has never lived–in or even near the city of Eureka.
Awesome!!Meaningless Update 1: Today’s Times-Standard contains a longer list of appellants in a story we would link to if we could find it online. Meaningless Update 2: Bastards finally put the story up online this afternoon. Read your merry ass off here.
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: "angry inch" is generous, Bonnie Neely, California Coastal Commission, effing idiot, Eureka City Council, fuck all y'all, Humboldt County Planning Commission, Northcoast Environmental Center, pull my finger anyway, Ralph Faust | 52 Comments »
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!!
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.
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Remember Faust? No, sillies. The other Faust. Goethe and Marlowe’s Faust, that German fellow with the awkward syntax who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for–well, something. We forget what. Knowledge. Power. An extra two inches. Does it matter?
The story itself is your standard-issue dog turns into a devil, offers to serve Faust on earth if he promises to return the favor in hell, and after the deal is inked in blood our protagonist commences the illicit banging of a hot chick who kills her mom so as to facilitate additional banging before getting predictably pregged and her brother dies defending her honor and she drowns her baby in the river, etc., etc.
Bo-ring, really, but the arrangement clearly turned out none too well for anyone, including Faust, who after that odd jumble of plot elements still had to follow through on the whole burning-in-hell end of things.
But the story has been notably cheerier for the other Faust–Ralph, whose narrative goes something like this: A lawyer of enormously so-so abilities is recruited by Bonnie Neely to Humboldt County where he is named Interim County Counsel and advises the board during the drafting of the General Plan Update, after which he is appointed by Mark Lovelace to represent the Third District on the Planning Commission while it considers and revises the General Plan Update, while at the same time providing legal counsel to the Northcoast Environmental Center, an organization which, on its own and as part of the Healthy Humboldt Coalition, actively lobbies both the Board and the Planning Commission to achieve its preferred outcome to–you guessed it–the General Plan Update.
That Mr. Faust as Interim County Counsel generously if improperly released dozens of GPU-related documents to Mark Lovelace–before the latter was elected, before he was even a candidate to be Faust’s future appointer–well that’s just another thread in the web.
But here’s one important difference between the two Fausts: No one’s suggesting ours sold his soul to anyone.
Honestly. Who would buy it?
He suits me not at all, our new-made Burgermeister!
Since he’s installed, his arrogance grows faster.
How has he helped the town, I say?
Things worsen,—what improvement names he?
Obedience, more than ever, claims he,
And more than ever we must pay!
Filed under: Humboldt County | Tagged: a JD--not a real doctor, an extra two inches, appointment and disappointment, Bonnie Neely, Burgermeister Meisterburger, enormously so-so abilities, general plan update, Goethe and Marlowe, Healthy Humboldt Coalition, Mark Lovelace, Northcoast Environmental Center, pretty busy for a retired dude, Ralph Faust, Third District, tragical history, tres dramatique | 65 Comments »