Audits and oddities

To: Humboldt County Community Development Disservices Director Kirk Girard

Subject: Headwaters Revolving Loan Fund request

Dear Director Girard,

Thank you for your recent request for an additional $1.5 million loan to the Arcata Economic Development Corporation from the Headwaters Revolving Loan Fund account. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate your request for the following reasons.

  1. An independent audit revealed that you mismanaged the first $1.5 million you gave to the AEDC. Specifically, the auditor noted that:
    a. You cannot account for the money.
    b. The AEDC’s independent auditor cannot account for the money but has aked to borrow some of it.
    c. AEDC staff cannot account for the money and are uncooperative when asked to try.
    d. As a result, it cannot be determined whether the county is being repaid promptly, or even repaid at all.
  2. We’re still looking for that $11 million and change in Community Development Block Grants your department gave out and didn’t keep track of.
  3. All of this was made public just last week, and we haven’t forgotten about it yet.
  4. The appropriate response to a report that rips you a redundant pooper and recommends suspending activities with the AEDC is not to say, oh, yeah, cool, so can I give them 100% more money to mismanage?
  5. I was already up to my tits in complaints about your incompetence and arrogance before this most recent example of both.
  6. The big “not recommended” with my initials next to it on the cover of the staff report? Yeah, fuckhead, that’s all me.

Oh and Kirk–funny thing. Somehow, the agenda for the July 14th meeting at which the audit was presented does not contain a link to the audit report. Funnier still, every other agenda item is properly linked to its relevant supporting documentation, and only that audit report seems to be missing. Weird, huh?

Loretta Nickolaus
Humboldt County Administrative Officer

11 Responses

  1. I was wondering when you guys would do this story. Do you think they’ll put the audit online now? Does anyone know if that’s a Brown act violation?

  2. GOOD one. Maybe not as good as outing the senate person in the previous thread, but still pretty fucking good.

  3. They still haven’t posted that?

    I was told that there was some sort of tech problem because the files were too large for their system, but that they were on the road to resolving it.

    In any case, here’s the audit (5 MB .pdf) and here’s the auditor’s PowerPoint presentation to the board (1.3 MB .ppt).

  4. Yo Hank, the tech problem translates into the following:

    BonBon directs that nothing get out that would embarrass Fucktard Girard. Tech support complies with BonBon’s directive. Simple as that.

    Thanks for linking the report. The pisser is that the county is getting pretty consistent in hiding crap that the proggy 3 on the board don’t want public. Sure, hide the crap so FuckTard will get a 100% increase in the amount of funds he wastes.

    Glad your back Bug.

    Hey, does anyone have a suggestion as to exactly how to get Midget MarkyMark to shut the fuck up. It is just not enough to vote on it. Maybe we can shove one of his shoe lifts down his throat.

  5. Dear Humboldt Mirror,

    First of all, I was only looking to steal 1.5 Million, not $150 Million. Moreover, SPIN-SPIN-SPIN LIE-LIE-LIE.


  6. Me and Kirk measured dick sizes yesterday, and I was clearly a full half inch longer.

  7. Ooops! Thank you, friend!! Correction made.

  8. Thanks, Hanks!!

  9. Who is the new banner babe among all the Bon-Bons?

  10. Looks like a heavily doctored shot of Senator Pat Wiggins. Who probably hasn’t looked that good in a decade.

  11. Is that Patti Tyson?

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