Misty water-colored memories

AEDC…. AEDC…. We wondered why that sounded so familiar–like a high school friend whose name we remember but whose face is a pimply blur.

But then–aha!! That AEDC! It all came back at once–the dust-up! the excitement! the intrigue!! the whole stenchilada of controversy and scandal! All just a few years ago, but impossible to recapture now.

Instead–your indulgence, please. Allow us to recap, and we mean briefly! In one little sentence, even: The AEDC, acting as trustee for 584,000 of the City of Arcata’s CDBG dollars, spent 194,000 of them on the AEDC, instead of on a certain Foodworks Culinary Center, and then abandoned the project and defaulted on the loan.

A keyword addendum, if we may: HUD, displeased, city, fucked. You get the idea.

Then, of course, there’s the aforementioned audit report describing a spirited race toward fiscal imprudence between AEDC management and our very own Community Development Disservices Director–a contest which, as of now, is still too close to call.

So why, then, given the history, the audit, the bad math and sloppy accounting, the opposition from the community so clearly expressed during the public comment period Tuesday–why would the Board of Supervisors seriously entertain the suggestion that the AEDC be given in excess of a million additional dollars in public funds?

But we digress. Quick unrelated question–pop quiz, as it were: Anyone know who the controller of the AEDC is? Clearly not a very good controller, given the number and severity of problems described in the audit–but still. A name, please? Anyone?

Ah, that’s right. Something else we’d forgotten, until now. AEDC’s controller, Stephanie Witzel, is–coincidentally, we’re sure–the sister-in-law of Bonnie Neely, a name we couldn’t forget if we tried.


37 Responses

  1. Another classic. This needs to go on the Faves list along with the Greg King interview. That’s my opinion anyway.

  2. You guys are assholes, but this is brilliantly written.

  3. If the Bon-Bon rips me another redundant pooper I am going to have to send my code enforcement SWAT team after your drunken asses.

    Furthermore, spin spin spin, lie lie lie.



  4. I’m gonna go way out on a limb and guess that you bugs aren’t very popular in some circles. But Everyone I know reads you and laughs their asses off. No one else in this county has spoken truth to power quite like you.

  5. You have to wonder if the Bonbon can hear the footsteps creeping up behind her. I bet she doesn’t sleep too well any more.

  6. Is this true, or did you make it up? Sometimes with you it’s hard to tell. If it is true, God help us. This place is beyond fucked up.

  7. Hmmmmph. Been a while, but what I remember was – the incubator project was a great idea. But when it came time that a business that had been incubated was big enough to step outside the nest, they changed the rules. I remember people being stunned by that turn of events that actually received almost no notice. Never heard much about what happened after that, but some of the ‘incubator’ businesses are still around and appear to be doing well. It would be interesting to see a story on the whole thing – who was in it, what happened, where they are now… it was an interesting dilemma.

  8. In a word, awesome.

  9. In a few more words, if this thing goes through I will know everything I need to know about that Board. Jill will probably vote against it. I think she’s still got some sense. But Jimmy goes where the wind blows, and those two clowns do what theyre told. I had hoped they would at least be civic minded, but I think they’re about to show me theyre not.

  10. What I love is that the sister in law as the Controller is the one person in that organization responsible for financial reporting. Isn’t that the exact problem with the AEDC? Financial reporting? I do not understand how this kind of shit goes on in this town.

  11. And by the way that is not a flattering look for Bonnie.

  12. Funny, yes. Flattering, no.

  13. They are assholes. I’m not sold on the brilliant, but I have to admit it’s fucking funny.

  14. Two words. Bitch, slap.

    Wait, is that one word? Hyphenated?

    I should have paid attention in school.

  15. Seriously is that transfer going to go through? Do these people have no sense of shame? How could anyone vote for this with a straight face?

  16. Why not Bonnie as Streisand? Could be fun.

  17. You guys NAILED IT again. The poor dumb Bon Bon doesn’t stand a chance.

  18. You seriously couldn’t make this shit up. Unbelievable.

  19. Damn, Bon Bon. Nice rack.

  20. AEDC applied to RREDC for a loan for the Foodworks project, but RREDC declined the loan because AEDC’s loan portfolio was poorley managed and the project was not feasible. Although AEDC claimed that all of their loans were current, they simply rewrote the terms of the loan if they were behind. Things have not changed for the good.

  21. Oh right. Substantive remarks. Okay.

    Interesting, A Non. We recall that the financial management problems at the AEDC were evident before Arcata turned over all that dough. So why do public entities continue to do this? Millions and millions of dollars, tons of problems, and almost nothing to show for it in terms of job development. Why?

  22. If the culture of the orgization is accepting of standards like this, and the public entity, City of Arcata, looks the other way, then this practice is ongoing. AEDC has been a fast and loose orginization who views themselves as the go go economic development agency and have traditionally looked down on RREDC for being staid and conservative. At one time the Director of AEDC actually told the RREDC Board to give all of their money to AEDC and to go away. My, could you just guess how that would have worked.

  23. Too bad our board of Supervisors has a collective IQ of about 300, and half of that is one person.

  24. And it doesn’t help that Jill’s IQ is a negative number

  25. What kind of bugs are these? I’m hungry.

  26. You are shitting me. She has got to be the smartest in the bunch. The rest don’t even bother to read their packets.

  27. Turtle!! Show some restraint, friend!

  28. Neely should RECUSE HERSELF from this vote, even though her two lapdogs will vote for it and Smith, mistakenly believing this to be the path of least resistance, will go along for the ride. The three men on that board are the three biggest nellies in the county. Not a testicle among them.

  29. I smell a taxpayer suit a coming.


    The human race is the greatest of the turtle’s predators. We will shoot them for sport if they are spotted basking, they are often run over by cars as they travel from one place to the next, and often get hooked by an occasional fisherman that fails to put him back into the water.

  31. What turtle?

    No poetry?

  32. bugs – your graphics department is slackin off. Bon Bon has has worn the same outfit for 18 hours now. and she changes more frequently for the sole purpose of changing her shoes!

  33. Why do we get so much shit for letting a great image soak in? Slackin off? Go blow a goat.

  34. I feeeel a soooong coming onnn.
    Think the Board o’ Stupes can dance?

    Young man, there’s no need to feel down.
    I say woman, pick yourself off the ground.
    I said, people, ’cause you’re all out of dough
    There’s no need to be unhappy.

    People, there’s a place you can go.
    I said, you there, when you’re short on your dough.
    You can just ask, and I’m sure you will find
    Many ways to have a good time.

    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C
    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C.

    They have everything that you need to enjoy,
    You can hang out with all the boys …

    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C
    Come get your pay at the A-E-D-C.

    You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal
    You can do whatever you feel …

    Arcata, you listening to me?
    I said, think now, what do you want to be?
    I said, people, you can make real your dreams.
    But you’ve got to know this one thing!

    No one does it all by himself.
    Arcata, just put your pride on the shelf,
    And just go there, to the A.E.D.C.
    I’m sure they can help you today.

    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C
    When you’re paid from the A-E-D-C.

    You can have everything that you need to enjoy,
    You can hang out with the good ol’ boys …

    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C
    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C.

    You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
    You can do whatever you feel …

    People, they were once in your shoes.
    I said, they were down and out with the blues.
    They felt no man cared if they were alive.
    They felt the whole world was so jive …

    That’s when someone went to the county,
    And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
    It’s a place there called the A.E.D.C.
    They can start you back on your way.

    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C.
    It’s fun to pay at the A-E-D-C.

    They have all the bucks that you need to enjoy,
    You can hang out with the ol boys club …

    It’s fun to play at the AEDC
    It’s not your dough, there’s no need to feel down
    Young man, young man pick funds off the ground

    It’s fun to play at the A-E-D-C.
    It’s fun to pay at the A-E-D-C…

  35. Somewhere, somehow, I know there’s a whole gay boatload of Village People jealous as shit over this. Such awesomeness!!

  36. That was inspired Turtle!

    Bravo!….or er….Brava!

    Yikes another heraldoesque gender mystery

  37. Nah. I’m an MGM – Married Green Male. Wife goes by Hunny. We had a blog (Humboldtia) but it was too much work! Let the bugs do the work…

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