NCRA vote delayed
Supervisor Clif Clendenen shocked everyone by asking for a continuation at the start of the hearing. As a vague explanation, Clif said there were “other interests” that haven’t come forward yet despite the three months that have passed since Linda Atkins resigned and created a vacancy. Despite prodding by Chairman Mark Lovelace, Clif wouldn’t elaborate.
Supe Jimmy Smith said he was inclined to support Clif’s request, since he was the county’s rep on the NCRA, and because Clif must have “special reasons” for making the request. Bass initially agreed.
But Lovelace said he was “hesitant to just continue for more time without more of an idea of why.”
Applicants for the spot mostly pitched their case for why they should be chosen, but some NCRA hopefuls, along with NCRA watchdogs from both sides of the trains vs. trails divide urged Supes to make a decision sooner rather than later due to important matters facing the Rail Authority.
Former NCRA member Dan Hauser had support from the port/rail development advocates in the room. He said rebuilding the line to connect with Humboldt Bay might be too expensive, but the NCRA must “honestly and openly look at those questions” to fulfill the NCRA mandate.
When it came time to vote, Bass joined with Lovelace in opposing the delay, while Clif, Smith and Ryan Sundberg supported it.
Guess that makes Sundberg an “extremist” now, too. Or is it Bass since she voted with Lovelace? Maybe Arkley should publish a diagram so his followers know who to hate each week.