Bass appoints Disiere to Planning Commission

Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass announced Tuesday that she will appoint Linda Disiere to the Humboldt County Planning Commission.

Disiere is a real estate broker focusing on commercial properties, and is an an “active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)” according to her profile on the North Coast Investors Group website:

Prior to joining NCIG, Ms. Disiere was founding broker of Willis & Disiere Realtors in Eureka, CA. Ms. Disiere has been a licensed real estate broker since 1983 and has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation for expertise in commercial and investment real estate. She has served as the President of the Humboldt Association of Realtors, 1998, and Vice Chair of California State Association of Realtors Commercial Real Estate Committee.

She is a past president of the Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

Photos of her commercial properties are available in her portfolio.

Disiere opposed a 2003 proposed big box ordinance in Eureka, saying it would “kill development and jobs.”

According to the Journal, Disiere objected to the ordinance’s requirement that major retailers prepare an economic study. “The study would include a market analysis on the trade area of the proposed development, the present and future population of the area, buying power within the area, estimated wages, projected number of jobs, etc.,” according to the article.

Disiere is involved with big box champion Rob Arkley’s so-called HELP group on issues related to the Humboldt County General Plan Update.

She was an early backer of the Bass for Supervisor campaign, donating money in February of 2010.

Desiere supported the zoning change that would allow for Arkley’s drive-thru Starbucks.

Desiere applied for the at-large seat that was the center of controversy at last week’s Supervisor meeting.

  1. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Well, from my understanding, at least she wasn’t one of the angry development-at-all-costs GPU obstructionists who were present at the last BOS hearing (and at many Planning Commission meetings). I can only hope that, even if she differs in opinion, she maintains a level-headed, fair approach that her predecessor was known for.

  2. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Who or what exactly is HELP?

  3. skippy
    February 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

    The news just broke 20 minutes ago or so at the BOS. Heraldo’s post, reporting, pic, and links is surprisingly and accurately– quick.

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Linda is a good choice. Nobody rational can demonize her.

  5. poked
    February 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

    omfg. checkout the list of craptacular sprawl malls Disiere’s little gang is into. most of them in the busted boom towns of Arizona and Colorado. and they bought in just before the bust.

    they are so totally gonna lose their asses. (er, qualify for some kind of bailout/writeoff to get the vital real estate speculating industry back to pumping out the campaign contributions.)

    but look also at what they sold. even these bozos didn’t want to own Valley West.

    yeah, what Humboldt county really needs is a f***ing WalMart SuperDuper Center. It’s what we Disiere most.

    thanks Virginia! just keep doing whatever Rob’s boys tell you and everything will turn out just superduper. worked great for Santa Rosa.

  6. February 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Who or what exactly is HELP?

    Rob Arkley’s Humboldt Economic and Land Plan, the face of which is Kay Backer, whom Arkley brought to Humboldt from Sacramento to, well, HELP.

  7. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Development bad. Got it.

  8. February 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

    You don’t got it, but you repeat the talking points in a way that is promoted by the big box retail crowd.

  9. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Well planned development promoting community values good. Ugly conflicting out of place resource wasteful development bad.

  10. February 1, 2011 at 11:32 am


  11. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

    If you don’t like my shitty development, then you must hate all development. Got it.

  12. February 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Did you get that from the HELP website?

  13. poked
    February 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    sprawl malls are teh awesome! corporate cookie-cutter chain outlets are obviously the best way to build a thriving local community ( = fatten the wallets of mercenary speculators.) and nothing says ‘freedom’ like a giant parking lot.

    if you like that shit there’s a multiple lifetime supply starting to rot all over the Phoenix megaplex. badly built houses cheap as dirt too. just tell ’em Humboldt sent you.

  14. tra
    February 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

    “Well planned development promoting community values good. Ugly conflicting out of place resource wasteful development bad.”

    In which category would you place Forster-Gill’s “Redwood Village” project?

  15. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Linda is a good choice. She’ll do well by us. Congratulations.

  16. Goldie
    February 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I remember seeing a map of the bay with all the land that Arkley owns in yellow. There was a surprising amount of yellow around the bay. When you lease land to a big box or a mall it is a good way to look like you are doing something but really you are just acquiring land. The more you run down a town the more the people leave and the easier it is to own the whole place.
    I do think we are in a fight for land but also for people. I think any innovation that keeps our intelligent and creative folks around is as important as protecting the bay.
    The quality of our population is an often over looked infrastructure.
    Humboldt Bay and Humboldt water rights will grow in importance and value as time goes on. Water will be the new ‘oil’, it will be very worth fighting for.

  17. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Sounds like a good choice.

  18. Auntie Arkley
    February 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Surprise! Another right-wing developer scumbag. Eureka and Humboldt County are fucked.

  19. anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Eureka is the only town in Humboldt County losing population.

  20. Niccolo Machiavelli
    February 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    “each candidate behaved well in the hope of being judged worthy of election. However, this system was disastrous when the city had become corrupt. For then it was not the most virtuous but the most powerful who stood for election, and the weak, even if virtuous, were too frightened to run for office.”

  21. longwind
    February 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I heartily agree, Goldie. Linda will have a big first day on the job at the Planning Commission this Thursday evening at 6, when the unfortunate draft medical marijuana ordinance written without public input will again be discussed.

    The draft ordinance makes cottage industries illegal (our tens of thousands of cottage industries are the backbone of Humboldt’s economy).

    It makes edibles illegal (edibles are the fastest-growing cannabis industry in California, with several local start-ups thriving here already).

    It makes 215-sretchers submit not just to a festival of traditional code enforcements, but also to property title researches to see if earlier owners may have conveyed their title in some way that the county (though not mortgage-holders, title insurers or anyone else) disapproves of, in which case the parcel can’t be cleared for code compliance anyway–a regulatory Chinese finger puzzle placed on our biggest industry, for no expressed purpose).

    It also would institute zoning restrictions that would, for example, make a dispensary in Garberville–the most famous pot town in America, a market town for a large area with more than ten thousand residents, and an established tourist town right on 101–impossible.

    This is by far the most important issue Linda and her fellow Commissioners must face. It’s hugely more important than the General Plan Update, which is such a Mad Queen exercise it doesn’t even mention our county’s principle economic activity in its economic plan. Maybe we should talk about something besides the big boxes no one’s building now?

  22. No Agenda Indeed
    February 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    “Imagine Humboldt 2050” just concluded their public workshops…there’s little consensus on what the future could/should look like, nor will there be consensus without some agreement on the mistakes of the past, but the past wasn’t a topic for discussion…the word “sustainability” isn’t part of their survey.

    The development community will fight to the last breath to retain their massive infrastructure subsidies for subdivisions on cheap land 10 miles from downtown, add to that the welfare subsidies needed for another big box on a cheaply acquired brownfield.

    Creating more poverty-wage jobs and the homes they can’t afford isn’t sustainable…but at least a few of our good ol’ boys and girls can still make a living digging this hole deeper…they bought the political shovel after all….

  23. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    “We’re the biggest industry in Humboldt County! You can’t regulate us! Don’t bite the hand that feeds! We don’t cause environmental harm, regulations do.”

    This is all starting to sound so familiar.

  24. The Once-ler
    February 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Look, Lorax, calm down. There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree, I’m doing no harm. This thing is most useful! This thing is a “thneed.” A theed, a fine something-that-all-people-need! It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove! It’s a hat! But it has other uses, yes, far beyond that. You can use it for carpets, for pillows, for sheets, for curtains! Or covers for bicycle seats!

  25. hazey
    February 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Even her body is fake. She doesn’t know a thing about sensible investments. This is a disgusting appointment. What a house of cards.

  26. huufc
    February 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Speaking of development, any thoughts about the housing being built across from the bear river casino? Is that an infill project? Smart growth? Rasing the tax base?

  27. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    That’s tribal housing for tribal elders and others. So I guess it depends on if you’re a tribal member or a non native community member to see what your feelings on the meritof that is.

  28. "Any development is good development" (NOT)
    February 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Looks like another property rights wacko with a thinly-veiled agenda to steamroll growth at any cost. Does Virginia actually think this reflects thoughtfulness on her part? Is there any question what Option (A, B or C) Ms. Disiere will advocate for?

  29. pluto
    February 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Just think if they build the BIG BOX and pave the wetlands the homeless can have shopping cart races. That would be fitting the way this town is run. John Shelter could be the Racing Commissioner.

  30. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Yeah, 4.51pm, property rights wacko. Because, you know, property rights is such a wacky concept and so unamerican.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    More people, more property rights problems too! Anyone ever wonder why Title Companies, County Recorder, Public Works, etc….. want population growth?

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  32. Toohey
    February 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    An accelerating rotational decent would characterize this thread pretty well. So I could finish it by saying “Burn the Witch!”

  33. Plain Jane
    February 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    No, that’s only allowed at the Mirror about Neely.

  34. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
    Albert Einstein

  35. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I know Linda. And while I think a lot of Linda – she is bright, educated, involved and sweet – unfortunately she will be a shill for the developers. Linda is a charter member of HELP, and she is a Republican to boot.

    If Virginia has bigger political ambitions beyond the Board of Supervisors, she is making a huge mistake further alienating North Coast Democrats who have the power to make or break her candidacy for higher office.

  36. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    is that what you told higgins that got him so pissed? ‘we will break you’. how’d that come out?

  37. Anon-Juan.
    February 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Where has Hi/sly been? after being outed he hasn’t shown himself,lately..I hope he’s O.K. I’m watching the Council meeting and thinking. Has there ever been a business starting new, that penciled out? Hard work and diligence prevails.

  38. Anon-Juan.
    February 1, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Is Ginny bright enough for that? I’m sure rob can fly her where she needs to go..FREE of course.

  39. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Anonymous 8:38 – I’m not talking about local Dems or RS – small fry. I said North Coast.

  40. anoni
    February 2, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Another fox guarding the chicken coop. . .

  41. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011 at 7:21 am

    838 how very democratic of you. well, when the state files bankruptcy maybe these silly games will stop and people will start electing folks that will do a good job for the citizens instead of moving cronies in and out of different positions and offices.

  42. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011 at 8:49 am

    That’s your Republican fantasy isn’t it? Blow up the state. Let the poor, disabled and elderly fend for themselves. Give corporations free reign to exploit our natural resources and pollute. Well, it aint going to happen. But you keep on dreaming.

    Perhaps a better way to phrase the damage that Virginia is doing now, if she has her eyes on higher office, is that she will need the support of Democrats outside of Humboldt County. And the moves she makes as a county supervisor will determine whether she receives that support. She is off to a bad start.

  43. poked
    February 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Greenson’s piece on the appointment in the Times-Standard is, um, interesting. Quotes from Bass, Disiere herself, Eureka Chamber of Commerce flack Hock-a-day, and nice long encomium from HELP’s Kay Backer. All assure us that Disiere the developer is not just a developer: she’s a nice, thoughtful, hardworking strip mall developer.

    That’s pretty much all sides, right?

    oh, and HELP is a ‘civic group.’ right.

  44. Jeffers
    February 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    reminds me of that one song…”little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same” so catchy, but sad sad sad

  45. tra
    February 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm


    “Little boxes, all the same” sounds a lot like Forster-Gill’s “Redwood Village” proposal.

  46. Anonymous
    February 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Reading the Herald answers the question as to why the left in Eureka got their asses kicked in the last election.

  47. skippy
    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Today’s informative Times-Standard article on Ms. Disiere’s Planning Commission appointment by Supervisor Bass, written by the mighty Thadeus Greenson is here.

  48. Random Guy
    February 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    She sells strip malls.





    S-H-E S-E-L-L-S S-T-R-I-P M-A-L-L-S

  49. Random Guy
    February 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    arm eye band? snot pose sting?

  50. Random Guy
    February 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    weird /end test

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