Arkley, Maxxam find Dupes in Humboldt CPR
Businessman Rob Arkley struck gold with Humboldt CPR, the so-called property rights group that fronts for his agenda of pushing housing into undeveloped forestlands. How fortunate for him and Maxxam that regular Joes will rally in pursuit of more money for the already filthy rich.
When Arkley formed the groups HELP and Humboldt Sunshine to strong arm the county into allowing more land for development, he couldn’t have imagined the dupes that would come out of the woodwork on his behalf if given the right message. He was laughed at for pushing “affordable housing” — a transparent ruse meant to enrich developers.
But now he’s got the less fortunate — but similarly self-interested — few whose emotions and fighting spirit can be prodded into action with constant full and half page ads that lie about the county’s attempts to protect timberlands from conversion to non-timber uses.
The Arkley/HELP/Humboldt Sunshine/Humboldt CPR ad in today’s papers (both the Times-Standard and the Eureka Reporter) relies heavily on scare tactics proclaiming “WHAT THEY’RE TAKING FROM YOU!” The bogeyman headline is followed with lies claiming “The Planning Department Staff is proposing PERMANENT removal of THE RIGHT TO BUILD A HOUSE ON YOUR TPZ PARCEL.”
The ad accuses the county of attempting to “enforce a no-growth policy” which is the rallying cry by Arkley’s developer buddy, Kurt Kramer.
If these connections weren’t enough, it appears Humboldt CPR has a new lawyer. Chuck Bell is a Republican’s Republican. Just the type Arkley would hire:
Chuck Bell shares an office with George W. Bush
A life-size, cardboard version of the commander-in-chief stands next to Bell’s desk in his downtown Sacramento office. On a nearby side table sit wooden Russian nesting dolls bearing the images of Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin.
Hard to imagine this new little group called Humboldt CPR would have the money for all these ads and a neocon lawyer. The names may be different but the goals are the same.
When the Humboldt Herald published a piece called Rob Arkley’s Hit List, we noted some obvious targets. Kirk Girard, the Community Development Services Director who refuses to drink Arkley’s timber conversion kool-aid is an obvious one. So is Larry Glass.
These days the bulls eye appears to be county staff. Perhaps it’s time to update the list.