Sue Brandenburg poised for fight with former Eureka officials, although “poised” probably isn’t the best word

She’s not called the Wicked Witch of the Westside for nothing.

In a Times-Standard letter to the editor, Sue Brandenburg musters up her two cents and five IQ points  for a confused rant against the eight former Eureka officials who went and had an opinion about something without her say-so.

Not much in the way of high points, really, aside from the assertion that the Save-Garr-Nielsen contingent was able to round up only 200 signatures for their petition–because they weren’t really trying.

Moving on.


Yeah that’s why. Really.

Experience the whole meltdown here.

What did we miss?

Not much, it seems.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to boot the rezoning decision to next month, and the Humboldt Association of Realtors didn’t lose its soul after all.

Read the Times-Standard’s longer version here.

Epic Board of Supes meeting continues at 11 a.m.

It’s hard to tell at this point whether the Board of Supervisors is making a rezoning decision or a Fellini film. Whatever it is, the action is scheduled to pick up Wednesday morning where it left off last night.

Community Development Disservices Dept. Honcho Kirk Girard

You’re welcome!

For an entertaining synopsis of Tuesday’s events, check out the Times-Standard story here.

Board of Supes to piss off someone Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will either approve a contentious plan to rezone county parcels for more than 1,500 multi-family housing units, or decline to do so and risk delay or forfeiture of some $800,000 in grant funds.

The first option gets the board in trouble with many builders and Community Services Districts,  while the second pisses off the housing advocates.

One way or the other, the decision is like the opposite of Sophie’s Choice–and maybe that’s where the problem here lies: How is it that after all of this time, all of this money, and all of this “community input,” Kirk Girard’s planning team succeeded only in creating another proposal that rends this community in two?

Read the Times-Standard article here.

Eight former Eureka mayors and councilmembers kick Linda Atkins’ ass

Once in a while, Times-Standard employees put something absolutely riveting in the pages of their newspaper.

Almost never did they write it themselves.

Today’s example of both is a guest opinion piece submitted by former city of Eureka representatives Mike Jones, Jeff Leonard, Virginia Bass, Mary Beth Wolford, Polly Endert, Cherie Arkley, Connie Miller and Nancy Flemming, who call out current Councilwoman Linda Atkins for some of her more colorful contributions to local mythology.

One of our faves:

In a recent North Coast Journal article, Councilwoman Atkins also blamed the city manager for turnover in city department heads. We know many of these department heads personally, so we did something the writer of the NCJ story did not. We called four former city employees and asked why they left. Not one of them said it was because of Tyson. These four did however allude to a former city councilmember who created havoc within the city by acting as if he was dictator — not one of five elected city councilmembers. Misstating the truth is not high on the list of political qualities that voters admire.

Gosh! Now who might that have been?

Read the letter in its entirety here.

Still reeling from the prospect of goats on ag land, progs now face the horror of retail activity in a mall

"I see... working people... AAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHH!!"

Possible development permit moratorium shocks residents who thought there already was one

With the Planning Commission’s rejection of the county’s low-income rezoning plan, Humboldt County could face a moratorium on the issuance of new development permits.

Brace yourselves!

Thanks to the use of highly sophisticated photo enhancement technology, we are able to give some sense of the dramatic impact a local permit moratorium could have.

Happy Bastille Day!

Please join us as we celebrate this important day commemorating the day the French did, you know. Something.

A tale of three groves

Uh, yeah--Graphics Dept.? You forgot HARMONY Groves.

To make stories even less comprehensible, Times-Standard tries using bylines as headlines


Mark Lovelace: Goat-hater or chicken-shit?

What's Mark Lovelace's position on local business growth? Cowering, it appears.

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.

Impressive indeed.

Read the whole editorial here.

Nielsen supporters hold public forum to discuss ways to blame violent crime increase on Tyson

To all you Glassholes running around town sobbing about how much safer we all are thanks to former Chief Garr Nielsen, might we say--and we mean this in all sincerity--shut the fuck up.

See the full story here.

Sixteen (Roman) Candles

Fireworks in hand, Larry still needed to pick up some wine coolers and "Twilight" DVDs before his guests arrived.