The Times-Standard gets one right

Lonely goatherds have feelings too, you know.

In case you missed it, the Times-Standard had a good editorial last week about some Arcatans who got ornerier than drunk dingoes when a local business proposed using agricultural land for its designated purpose.

Apparently people in Arcata care only about jobs at recycling centers that are subsidized with public funds. Actual businesses that raise tax revenues rather than spend them can pretty much eat shit.

Read on.

Calling all YIMBYs

Recently, two of Humboldt County’s most beloved homegrown companies–Lost Coast Brewery and Cypress Grove–made moves to expand.

Each has met resistance from its potential neighbors. In the case of Cypress Grove, it’s already dropped plans to build a new dairy just outside Arcata’s city limits.

The cheesemaker, now owned by Swiss cooperative Emmi, had been negotiating the purchase of a 23-acre parcel of land near 17th and Q Streets in the Arcata Bottom where it was going to build a barn that would house as many as 1,400 dairy goats. Neighbors called foul, citing concerns over noise and odors.

The fact is, the Cypress Grove project was exactly what that land was set aside for–agricultural use. The folks whose homes overlook the property knew that when they moved in.

Admittedly, the Lost Coast Brewery is a slightly different situation. It will require a zoning change for limited industrial use at the vacant property near Ocean View Cemetery.

Still, we’re left scratching our heads. If we as a community can’t support the expansion of our own local businesses–what can we support? Here we have two local success stories with niche products trying to create more jobs, but apparently, even that’s not good enough.

Humboldt County has lost a lot of jobs over the years. The state is on the brink of financial disaster. Times are tough.

We at the Times-Standard believe both of these projects have local backing, but no one has really come out to say it.

So, we’re putting out a call to all of you Yes In My Backyard folks out there. Let your voices be known.

We could use a few YIMBYs right now.

Richard Salzman asks dumb self-promotional question about dumber self-promotional lawsuit

“If first they silence the poor and the homeless, and I say nothing, who will speak up when they try to silence me?” Uh, absolutely no one, Richard, because you're a douche.

Recruiting ordinances officially killed in action

The 2008 measures ostensibly aimed at halting the military recruitment of minors were formally inducted into the crapheap of legal history after being shot down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

No surprises there. The incompatibility of the “Youth Protection Act” with the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution was known before the ballots were even printed.

Read the full decision here.

Dare to dream, Eureka!!

We're fucked.

Brace yourselves, Eurekans, because word from the prog pond is that a certain former city councilman is planning to do us the great favor of running for mayor of our fair city.

Yippee kai yay and shit, yes?

Because when we look at the challenges facing Eureka, the first thought that springs to mind is, you know, what we need is the manager of a marijuana dispensary in Arcata to get in here and really turn things around for us.

Just what the pot doctor ordered!!

Uh, yeah. That pot doctor.

And all this time we thought giving us Paul Gallegos and his infamous fraud case was the stupidest thing Ken Miller would ever do.

By the way–that lawsuit. Remember it? The one that was repeatedly laughed out of court because it was all rhetoric and no substance?

Those are roughly the same terms we would use to describe Chris Kerrigan.

News and not-news: It’s all very zen

Inclusionary Zoning, a land-use approach that attempts to increase affordable housing by making housing less affordable, was passed today by the Three Stooges on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.

Fourth District Supervisor Bonnie Neely led the fight, flanked by the Second District’s Clif Clendenen and the Third District’s Mark Lovelace.

Lovelace explained his vote by pointing to the successful implementation of Inclusionary Zoning in Arcata. Fifth District Supervisor Jill Duffy opposed the motion, noting that Arcata’s housing prices are now the highest in the county.

We would provide the link to the Times-Standard story–if there were a Times-Standard story. But while the county took this momentous turn for the worse, our only daily newspaper posted breaking news stories about Mexican drug law, a dead pop star’s birthday party and sexually active Lutheran clergy.

Thanks, guys! So awesome!! Way to keep your finger on the pulse.

UPDATE: So you’ll notice comments are closed on this post, and many comments have been deleted. We drew the line at the first threatening comment, and deleted everything below that. Because Mirror comments are not necessarily sequential, this resulted in the removal of some content from early today and some up until around 9:15 p.m., when the wheels came off the cart.

It is not cool to make menacing or threatening comments on this blog about anyone, ever. This is not the kind of forum we’re providing.  It’s okay to disagree–we value dissent–but threats are just stupid. The two of you involved in tonight’s incident have been blocked (which we realize reduces our readership by approximately 67%). Comments on this post will not be reopened.

North Coast residents celebrate jobless jump

Loser FestConfetti rained down on the Arcata Plaza yesterday in celebration of the nation’s double-digit hike in unemployment claims.

Unbathed vegans and dogs in neckerchiefs turned out in droves for the event, sponsored in part by the Humboldt Watershed Council.

“It’s a great day for the environment,” said Mark Lovelace, president of the council, as he kicked around a hacky sack with a small group of parolees.

“Look at all of these people not driving cars, not supporting big-box retailers, not adding to the strain on this nation’s dwindling oil reserves,” he said smiling.

“There’s no place they have to be, no paycheck to spend at national chains. In fact, their commitment to sustainability is such that most of them don’t even live in houses, which significantly limits the demands we make on our depleted forests.”

Financial analysts reported this week that jobless claims surged unexpectedly by an estimated 17 percent. Nationwide, more than 350,000 new claims were filed last week, marking the largest weekly increase in more than two years.

But Arcata resident Jeffrey Schwartz, who himself recently became unemployed, told the Humboldt Mirror that he considered himself “lucky,” and that there were no guarantees national joblessness would “trickle down” to other Humboldt County workers.

“We can make it impossible to build, we can regulate employers out of existence, but in the end all we really have is hope,” Schwartz said. “I hope we can continue sending high-paying jobs overseas.”

Other sponsors of the event included Humboldt Baykeeper and the Neely For Whatever campaign fund.