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sunshine_humboldtEureka powerhouse Rob Arkley has launched a number of nearly identical developer lobbyist groups over the years.  The latest incarnation, Sunshine for Humboldt, is running ads on radio KINS and now has a home on the world wide web.

But despite sponsorship by Humboldt County’s biggest fish, the website claims the group is constrained by a “small and tight budget.”  Perhaps pennies are being pinched for some sort of lawsuit against the county.

Sunshine for Humboldt is based in Sacramento, of course.

  1. humboldturtle
    April 27, 2009 at 7:16 am

    How do we get one of those cool bumperstickers?

  2. April 27, 2009 at 8:48 am

    The one that says, ” I got swine flu in Humboldt from a Mexican Cartel” ?

  3. Anonymous
    April 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I see a Sunshine for Humboldt advisory board has been assembled. Not exactly a non-partisan group. The links page includes Builders Exchange, HELP. HumCPR, Taxpayers League, and NCHB. I don’t know about you all, but it didn’t sit right with me when the Discover Museum started promoting Arkley’s Marina Center based on getting a new location at the balloon site. Now, when I see the Humboldt Botanical Gardens and the Clarke Historical Museum listed on the Sunshine for Humboldt website, does that mean they are members and endorse the views of the Sunshine for Humboldt board as well?

  4. anthoro
    April 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Wow, heraldo this is awsome, thats for posting about this important group in our community! I think its great that people are getting together to create organizations to tackle the problems facing humboldt today. Alot can and should be admired about these groups like sunshine for humboldt and humCPR, both are grassroots organizations backed by folks of all spectrums accross humboldt! Hopefully people on this blog and elsewhere can get behind these groups to help them succeed in there goals! Its good to see people actualy doing something instead of just complaining to other negative likeminded people! Together lets make change in humboldt and help make this place much more worth living!

  5. 421
    April 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    11:31 i’m not sure if you meant that as a rhetorical question but the same could be asked of the links at the right of this page. does the mckinleyville press, arcata eye, or north coast journal or endorse the views of humboldt herald?

    ask a stupid question…

  6. RedHummer
    April 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Hey anthoro, that’s quit a mouthfull of Arkely. Try to keep it down next time you swallow.

  7. April 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I guess that means that ad rates are cheaper on KINS than KGOE because they haven’t bought any ads on KGOE. Or could it be that they don’t want KGOE’s listeners to know anything about this?

  8. April 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    kgoe plays too many NWO shows, too bad they don’t up the dose of Free Talk Live- the only decent thing on that waste of power as they would say in Arcata

  9. HumRed
    April 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    come on 421, u know a lot of the anon shit is H and his lackeys.

  10. Mr. Nice
    April 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    This Humboldt Moonshine website represents this organization very well with the broken audio links and so forth. The site is almost as useful as the Arkley Center website where nobody can order tickets. Brilliant, as usual.

    I would almost be afraid of the media power of these fellows if they weren’t so half-assed.

  11. Mr. Nice
    April 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Correction, the Arkley Center did manage to slap in working ticket orders.

    Oh well. Still half-assed.

  12. Mr. Nice
    April 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Things like this Humboldt Sunshine thing are making me dislike Arkley. I used to like the dude. I used to think no Arkley-ville was a bunch of liberal bull. What the heck, Arkley? What’s up with Humboldt CPR and Humboldt Sunshine? Such blatant propaganda. Arkley is surely losing support with these tactics.

  13. HumRed
    April 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Ho Ho such a wit, Mr. Nice is not. Anc like so many here just at half right. Funny he should use expression half -assed.

  14. Anonymous
    April 27, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    What a bunch of cry babies…actually this should be called


  15. Clean Cut McDaddy
    April 27, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    If you have a hard time with different organizations, maybe Healthy Humboldt, Green Wheels, NEC, and Humboldt Baykeeper can help you create an org. chart.

    …DUHC… the list goes on and on.

  16. Chris Carroll
    April 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Hahahaha. H and company….”If its an organization I don’t like then its wrong.”

  17. April 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    If it’s an organization I don’t like then it’s an organization I don’t like. Is that so wrong?

    Feel free to comment. That’s what this here comment section is for.

  18. Voter
    April 27, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    very interesting…I heard that when Pam Service said she was going to run for Eureka City Council, Arkley told her she wouldn’t be on the Clarke Museum staff anymore if she did.

    There’s some sunshine for ya…One thing old Rob can’t stand is how everybody knows everybody in this town! And everybody’s business too! Can’t do a damn thing without half the county knowing about it…

  19. Anonymous
    April 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    This is pretty funny, Sunshine for Humboldt’s mission is “celebrating the people and places who make Humboldt County a good place to live–and promoting civic betterment.”

    What on earth does that mean? Oh man, I’m so opposed to the people and places that make Humboldt a good place to live! Gimme a break. What nutjob would donate money to a cause such as that? I don’t care who’s behind it, it’s meaningless nonsense!

  20. Anonymous
    April 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Well the first few interactions of these Arkley groups (first HELP then Humboldt Sunshine) made the mistake of being open about their goals. Not the least of those goals being to force the County to subdivide our rural lands to accommodate a 2% annual growth rate. Just for a reference point, even McKinleyville at its most rapid growth rate never hit 2%. So in short, their openly stated goal was to have sprawl in the County as a whole that exceeded even that of McKinleyville.

    Don’t believe this anonymous blogger – go back to the verbatim statements and demands made by HELP itself.

    It is no surprise that their openly stated goal has been transformed from “massive subdivision and unchecked development” to “celebrating a good place to live”.

    They obviously got the message that the majority of the populace of this unique and beautiful place loathes their true goals. That said I don’t believe that their goals have changed one bit – they are just going to stop being honest about what they really are.

    Another thing I find amusing is do you all remember a couple of years ago when HELP’s primary talking point was that the County planning department was solely responsible for driving up property prices by not letting the developers subdivide at will. Now that property prices are falling they got real damn quite on this issue.

    Just think how screwed we all would have been if they had got their way in the past. Sunshine for Humboldt my a**.

  21. 421
    April 28, 2009 at 6:46 am

    i believe the idea was to plan for more than you expect, that way you are covered.

  22. Ed
    April 28, 2009 at 7:32 am

    We need a slogan that discourages both land speculators and population explosion, how about HUMBOLDT, WHERE THE SUN DON”T SHINE.?

  23. Anonymous
    April 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

    If you think our job market in Humboldt is fragile now, just elect
    Pam Service and you can kiss your ass goodby

  24. humboldturtle
    April 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    8:29 must be one of those paid bloggers. Hmmm, who would do a thing like that?

  25. Reinventing the Wheel
    April 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Come to the next Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting April 30, and listen to these yo-yo’s demand more deregulation. They don’t want Sketch Plan “A” and they don’t want inclusionary zoning. They want the same big-profit subdivisions that inched their way north after leaving behind the blight, crime, traffic, and collapsing infrastructures that accompany any growth that excludes the income-level of the working people that live there!

    It’s great to be so far “behind the times” that, maybe, we can change this badly failed pattern of growth before it continues.

  26. The Monitor
    April 29, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Just think of Rob as Johnny Apple Seed spreading all that cookie cutter housing all over the county. When we take our rides in the country to have a little break from it all, we can gaze upon acres of orchard houses where Redwoods and grazing cattle once were. Its good to know he is out there spreading his sunshine for all of us to enjoy. What a guy! SPRAWLING our way to the good life.

  27. the messiah of humboldt
    March 16, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    RIght on folks, remember that this is the greatest county in the woild and whadeva ya say about it it still makes LA LA land look like the devil’s outhouse. This Arkley dude, he sounds like a real great guy, kinda a guru for how to make money by stealing it from the workin stiffs and other folks. Right on, I say, right on, dude.

  28. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I just wasnt to know, why is it that past Scotia we do not have access to hi speed internet , yet it picks up again in redway garberville? I live in Redcrest, right off the hi way.

    Why couldn’t it got the rest of the way down, why are we to be punnished?

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