Measure N according to Bass, Neely
At first, Bass said she “won’t try” to explain it, but then said it was a measure to rezone the Balloon Track. She said it “excludes Walmart-superstore type stores.” Bass added that in general, she thinks taking rezoning issues to the voters is a bad idea.
Neely explained “N” is a measure to rezone the Balloon Track from public to commercial/office space, and said she opposes the measure. She said the controversy over the property surrounded the clean-up, which has now been settled in a federal lawsuit.
“In fairness, all property owners should follow the same process,” said Neely, rather than buying their way onto the ballot with a $30,000 check.
The candidates were also asked about jobs. Bass said elected officials don’t create jobs, but they create an environment where jobs can be created. For this to happen she said the private sector needs a welcome mat, and grants and other funding should receive less priority.
So, to cater to the private sector, Bass promises to go against her better judgment and allow anyone who can wave a big check in the air a spot on the ballot. Welcome mat or door mat? You decide.
When it comes to big boxes, Neely said Eureka recruited a lot of them as a redevelopment strategy, but that it failed miserably. She said such development is “totally outdated,” and there is no reason to give up valuable land to retail. She noted Eureka’s high commercial vacancy rate, and said big boxes are not the highest and best use of a property.
When it comes to the news, Neely said she reads the Times-Standard every morning and also reads news online, including the Sacramento Bee to follow state news the affects the Humboldt County. Neely said she also reads the blogs.
Bass said she’s old fashioned, and while her husband is online early in the morning (hi Matthew!), Bass likes to have something in her hand to read but also listens to the radio and watches news on TV. She said a good way to get news is to walk around and talk to people. She called blogs a pox on society.