Here’s the agenda for today’s meeting at the Courthouse at 1:25 today.
Unfortunately I will no longer be able to attend and from what I’ve seen from the past few meetings that means the only ones left in the room will be HumCPR, Chamber of Commerce, Humboldt Builder’s Exchange – type environmentalists. Ask any one of them and they will say they too are environmentalists. This current process finally is one that is fair, balanced and addresses the diversity of Humboldt. Of course that’s not true.
This process is lead by 4 very conservative Supervisors when it comes to relinquishing our right as a community to plan to private interests.
A couple of meetings ago, I did see one member of the public who spoke very eloquently at the September 23rd meeting against changing the Guiding Principles. Bob – cheers to you, and here’s hoping you will continue to attend as you can and please let us know what is going on from someone who has been there first hand.
Unfortunately I know of no leads of to challenge Supervisor Bass and Supervisor Sundberg this June. Of course I think this is a travesty and I have been doing everything I can to motivate the few people I know – including those in the HCDCC. I think the HCDCC’s campaign focus will be Eureka this year maybe partially because the left has one viable candidate who may be motivated and able to find a couple of other people to run with him.
But remember, that election isn’t until November and the County Supervisor elections begin with a primary in June – and we’ve got bupkis.
So speak amongst yourselves Humboldt. It’s going to be up to you because at this point, unless there is super-secret planning going on, the Democrats do not have candidates to run against the conservative Supervisors Bass and Ryan. The plan of either not running as a conservative (Supervisor Ryan) or running as a Democrat (Supervisor Bass) is working wonderfully. It’s a viable way to maintain an ultra-conservative planning regime in a majority liberal county when all indicators demonstrate planning could not be more critical to future growth and sustainability.
Ms. Hodson I of course agree with your passion on this. I’ve been waiting since you wrote your op-ed back in June for people to pick up the standard(s). No one has – yet. I don’t think this is because there isn’t a demand for someone to run. There IS a demand as demonstrated by Lisa Ollivier’s victory over the conservative John Fullerton for School Board. HumCo deserves a chance to vote against the conservative approach to regional planning that does not believe in, oh, say, “protecting agriculture and timberland for the long term”.