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McKinleyville passes Measure B

Property owners in McKinleyville voted 55% in favor of continuing an annual assessment that will allow upkeep of parks and recreation areas.

“We are pleased that there will be no interruption in services, and people can remain confident that park restrooms will remain open and the grass mowed,” said Jason Sehon, Director of Parks and Recreation, in a release from the McKinleyville Community Services District. “In addition, based on community feedback, we have already opened planning discussions for the new teen/family center.”


    March 21, 2011 at 7:15 am

    From the numbers crunched for the new assessment (Housing values are plummeting), 1) how much more money is the district expected to generate in revenue above and beyond the old assessment intakes of revenue; 2) How much is the teen center expected to cost and maintain; 3) How much has the across the board line items cuts (expenditures) gone down or up?

    Anyhow, before a teen center, what did teens do? Just curious.

    Lastly, I am surprised the community barely passed the measure – for sure, I thought it would be higher, but maybe because of the teen center, many voters casted no votes. The teen center is a “pandora’s box issue” imo.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

    March 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Reading other national news still verifies that tax dollars are wasted on wargames. Now, America is spending more tax dollars on Japan and now Libya with military expenditures. How much longer will property owners keep paying for war? AFterall, taxes already collected should have already funded all these “new assessments” paid out in the form of bonds (that which subsidizes the financial sector…the ones that get bailed out through money schemes for tax collections financed”). Talk about loan sharks and the LOCAL people who organize with these loan sharks, dehumanizing.


  3. repeat
    March 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Mr. Henchman,
    Are you sending your post off to Noah’s ark?
    I always have to skip two posts to get past yours.

  4. McKinleyvillan
    March 21, 2011 at 10:12 am


    Before the teen center, the teenagers went out into the woods to cut down trees, have paintball wars, and drink cheap beer for entertainment. Really, the kids in McK need more options.

    I would have voted for a $50/year tax. Maybe I’ll just donate that additional money to the MCSD Parks and Rec. This town needs more parks as more houses get built.

  5. Decline to State
    March 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Good for McKinleyville.

    I’ve suspected all along that if people are faced with the prospect of losing government services that they deem important they will support and pay for them. The conservative mantra that people will stand for “NO NEW TAXES!” is based on a false premise. Sometimes a justified tax increase (or in McK’s case extending a tax) is worth it.

  6. Random Guy
    March 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    McKinleyville should look into buying it’s own post office…nothing detrimental to anybody’s wellbeing, but shipping and PO box rates would be quite a bit lower right now if they didn’t have to pay increasingly exorbitant rent on a dinky piece of commercial property.

    March 21, 2011 at 11:39 am


    Yes, kids need more because MORE parents giveth less; I know, you could not be further from the truth. I just hope, aside from those volunteers in the community who save the district money + make money(donated fees), that the Teen Center “pans out” financially because for recreation, that fine building named Azalea Hall and the next door Rec Center and the Library provide plenty of awesome activities. I guess it will be interesting to know what “NEW” activities will occur that will justify millions of dollars. Anyhow, I am sure the schools are very greatful to have their responsibilites lessened in so far as teenager servicings on school campuses is concerned.

    Do you know how the Teen Center will be funded? I am unsure as to the financial numbers myself, so I am just wondering. It would be fair that everyone benefits, but somehow I am still a skeptic on “new projects” when the fiscal house needs to be put back into order and proposed projects were based on a declining real-estate valuation. Same concern as to the School Measure, that is all – long term financings on depreciating values during a time when jobs are scarce for many and bills go unpaid.


  8. McKinleyvillist
    March 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I wonder where the idea of a teen center came from – don’t think it is in the MCSD Parks and Rec plan. Did the consultant decide this would sell? If they want to help teens, why not invest in the skate park which otherwise is very unlikely to be more than a vision.

    A teen center seems an odd choice for investment for an area that is paving over fast and no way meets national standards for parks in communities. Also for a shrinking area – per the recent census McK CDP has shrunk from 15,177 to 15,918. Maybe that drop is why county planners think we need more people all of sudden.

  9. McKinleyvillist
    March 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oops, I reversed my numbers, 2000 pop was 15,918 and 2010 15,177. Sorry!

  10. Ben
    March 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    MCSD has a long history of responding to community requests and a teen center has been high on the list for years. The District did a community survey and the Teen/Family Center was high on the list and had community support.
    It is incredible that in this economy and with the feeling about government in general, that 55% of the respondents wanted to pay for this service. This says a lot of good for MCSD and it’s Board.

  11. Plain Jane
    March 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    What percentage of kids do you think skateboard on a regular basis, Villist?

  12. youth advocate
    March 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    PJ, It’s not really about what percentage as much as it is offering choices for youth. What percentage of kids are into basketball, soccer, baseball, golf or football? Skateboarding is an individual sport that requires little up front cost, compared to team sports.

  13. Plain Jane
    March 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    When funds are limited, isn’t it smart to create an outlet for teens that serves the largest percentage? Skateboards may be inexpensive to buy, but parks for them aren’t cheap. Most of the other sports can use existing facilities or share fields in their season. I have loved ones who skateboard so I sympathize with the frustration, but the bus runs to Eureka where there is a skate park.

  14. Not A Native
    March 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Good for McKinleyville, didn’t know they had it in ’em.

    Guess I’ll now be seeing excoriating letters from the Elsebushes and likes of Tax Payer’s League. Not to mention the crazies who post here. But I get it: “It’s undeserved, what have those kids and future generations done for me lately?”

  15. Ben
    March 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    The polling showed that a skateboard park was of a very low priority and would not gain community support. I guess that is why they have been working for years to raise funds for a park and have had little success.

  16. another nut job
    March 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Anyone else notice how much that dousche Elsebusch was bitching about this measure B thing?

  17. Ben
    March 22, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Unfortunately Elsebusch marches to a different drummer than most of the community of McKinleyville. According to the District, he costs MCSD about $25,000 a year in staff costs for his public records requests. There is now a specific budget item to track these expenses.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:19 am


    some people wear political masks and act-out the “dog and pony” show. One can’t deny that public commenters raise great points more than often, regardless if the inside politics and the cast of deceivers (at times) don’t care because their “club-style” agenda is already decided. Additionally, Measure B was more than a single issue

    In fact, since Ben likes to point out “new” line item expense accounts, maybe a discussion could ensue about how a district creates a line item accout where the general public can go in and use that account to gerrymander social harassments by seeking information (public), then attaching that information (requests as well) too a community member’s name in an effort to harrass and embarrass and defame in order to back-off one person WHEN EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT to collect public information. So, legally, I would be very cautious in parroting information that can be legally sought after BY ANYONE and then switching around to lamblast the seeker of that information (it is their right to seek information and communicate). So, if information was clearer, less questions or affirmations would be needed.

    Mute point really, except for the dragging of one’s name through mud trying to send home a message as a collective body of political insiders who feel that their agendas are becoming threatened because someone else cares about the financial order of the house.

    It is EASY for those with money, power or control (especially by social positions within the community) to easily recruit others to spend money – it is the name of the game, power and control (why do ya think so many groupees exist; and, groupees are no better than union members in enough instances).


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