Coastal Commission coming to Eureka, will (NOT) tour Balloon Track
UPDATE: Security National, through its subsidiary Clean Up Eureka VI (CUE VI) notified the Coastal Commission that they will not allow a tour of the property due to ongoing lawsuits. The 2-day meeting and other tours will go as scheduled.
The California Coastal Commission will hold their annual meeting in Eureka on Wednesday and Thursday, September 15 – 16, at the Wharfinger Building.
After Wednesday’s meeting the CCC will take a field trip to the Balloon Track, site of a contested permit in connection with the Marina Center project. The public is invited to tag along.
From the agenda:
39. COMMISSION FIELD TRIP. The Commission will take a field trip to view three project sites including: (1) the Marina Center project site off of Waterfront Drive in Eureka which is the subject of (a) a possible future LCP amendment to re-designate and rezone the 43-acre site to accommodate a commercial and residential mixed use development and (b) a current appeal of a permit granted for implementation of an interim remedial action plan to control runoff from contaminated areas and the creation of a wetland reserve; (2) property on Humboldt Hill south of Eureka which is the subject of an LCP amendment to allow a road connection between Humboldt Hill Road and Tompkins Hill Road; and (3) the Town of Samoa on the Samoa Peninsula west of Humboldt Bay which is the subject of an LCP amendment to re-designate and rezone the industrial designation of the 173-acre town to a mix of residential, commercial, open space, natural resources and business park uses and extend the urban limit line. Members of the public may follow in their private vehicles. For more information please call the Commission’s North Coast office at (707) 445-7833.
The CCC has long been a stick in the craw of Balloon Track owner Rob Arkley. At a reception for the CCC during their 2007 stop in Eureka, Arkely famously shoved Eureka City Councilman Larry Glass (allegedly, of course) near the buffet table. Glass said Arkley warned he would “destroy” Glass if he voted “no” on the Marina Center.
More recently, Arkley unsuccessfully sued the CCC claiming the Commission lacked jurisdiction over the Balloon Track. The judge disagreed and threw the case out of court.
Arkley’s Security National Servicing Corp. is being accused by virtually everyone — including Eureka city staff and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board — of stonewalling the CCC’s hearing of an appeal of the Coastal Development Permit. But Arkley isn’t budging despite failure to get support from the court or the water board.