Home > Rob Arkley > ARKLEYISMS: The LOL edition


A Public Records Request by the Lost Coast Outpost continues to mine golden nuggets from the mind of local flamer Rob Arkley.

“I truly feel that I represent the average folks of our area.”

“Hurting people makes me cringe.”

“My folks simply don’t lie.”

That last one is especially giggle-worthy since Arkley is talking about his sidekick Randy Gans who shamelessly lies like a rug for his boss.  Gans is on record calling Humboldt Baykeeper “the most notorious litigation group in Humboldt County.”  Is there anyone in Humboldt County who has filed more lawsuits than Rob Arkley?  Baykeeper certainly has not.

Meanwhile, local humorists Seven-O-Heaven are borrowing a phrase from Arkley (and his anonymous blog comments) for today’s bonus cartoon.  His style is sooooooo obvious.

  1. Charlie Bean
    May 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    They are just jocking for position to get their way, little children not willing to sit at a table and wirk out thier differences. It will always be another’s fault.

  2. May 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Totally. Delusional. Arkley, I mean. Bean? Who can tell?

  3. Anonymous
    May 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    After reading the latest email exchanges on Lost Coast Outpost, it is even more clear that Rob has major issues? OCD? I’m surprised he hasn’t been sued for harassment…or restrained in some way. Truly nutty. If he devoted this much energy to his business maybe he would not have had to lay off so many people.

    Btw, the line I find most amusing is “hurting people makes me cringe.” I can only assume he enjoys cringing since I have personally heard him chortle and revel in being able inflict pain on others.

    Delusional. Arkley. Yes. Bean, not sure but does seem to face some spelling challenges.

  4. Anonymous
    May 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The repeat interest in Lovelace’s college degree reminds me of a birther.

  5. Plain Jane
    May 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Arkley seems totally out of control in those e-mails with the tone of irrational teenager, poorly written and hostile. His comprehension of Lovelace’s responses was very limited, particularly on the subject of his college degree. How many community colleges offered BA degrees?

  6. Anonymous
    May 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Vintage Rob A. He grasps onto an idea, phrase, mantra and beats it into the ground even if it doesn’t apply, reveling in what he imagines to be his cleverness and special insight.

  7. What Now
    May 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    “OCD” my ass.
    The man is clearly pathological, narcissistic, paranoid and delusional.
    Certainly, we’ll now hear from the loyal unhinged drunken opposition Highly Fried about how fortunate we our to have such a loathsome creature throwing money around in attempts to realize his dystopian vision for HIS community.

  8. TMZ and People Magazine
    May 19, 2011 at 7:03 am

    SNooooooooooozzzzzzzzzer! Its a slow week in the Neighborhood.

  9. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Slow? What’s he need to do, have a love child with the housekeeper?

  10. pitchfork
    May 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

    “What’s he need to do, have a love child with the housekeeper?” I think he’s done that, and, had a love child, with the love child.

  11. Anon
    May 19, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’ll have you all know that Rob Arkley met with a team of attorneys who specialize with Internet Fraud yesterday. They spent over an hour going through this site as well as three others. Just a warning.

  12. Plain Jane
    May 19, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Too funny, Anon. I’m betting the slimy Mirror wasn’t one of them.

  13. Ed
    May 19, 2011 at 9:59 am

    This will make Rob even more popular.

  14. May 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I like Rob. He gives us so much to do.

  15. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 10:31 am

    would be sweet if true!

  16. tra
    May 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I think the most telling line in Arkley’s e-mails is when he has accused Lovelace of falsely claiming a college degree, and Lovelace tells him that the accusation is false, and that he feels no need to provide further evidence for his innocence unless Arkley actually provides some evidence to back up his accusations.

    Arkly shoots back:

    I make a statement and you say it is false. At that point, the burden shifts to you.

    So just as a purely hypothetical scenario, let’s imagine that a local elected official accuses a local businessman of assault, and the businessman denies it — then according to Arkley’s reasoning the burden of proof would be on the businessman to PROVE that it didn’t happen? Hmmmmmmm.

  17. Plain Jane
    May 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    It’s even worse coming from an attorney, Tra, who should know the accuser bears the burden of proof. Did he get his JD from Beck University?

  18. Derchoadus
    May 19, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Mmmmmm indeed!

  19. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

    “I’ll have you all know that Rob Arkley met with a team of attorneys who specialize with Internet Fraud yesterday. ”

    Is this the same crack “team” that came up with the idea for a email freedom of information request? That sure worked out well.

  20. Ed
    May 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Still waiting for someone to request Bass’s emails. I know the currant logic says her husband is too clever to allow any public communication come to light, but c’mon, does she always obey?

  21. What Now
    May 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

    think he’s done that, and, had a love child, with the love child.
    ” Anon says:
    May 19, 2011 at 9:42 am
    I’ll have you all know that Rob Arkley met with a team of attorneys who specialize with Internet Fraud yesterday. They spent over an hour going through this site as well as three others. Just a warning.”
    Anyone with half of a fucking wit is well aware that enough money will hire a team of shsyters to threaten ANY action or motion ANY worthless suit into court.

  22. Plain Jane
    May 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Is that similar to raisin logic, Ed? Sorry, but I am willpower deficient and couldn’t resist. Spell check, unfortunately, doesn’t catch correctly spelled homonyms.

  23. Ed
    May 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

    You’re unimPEACHable Jane

  24. Plain Jane
    May 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    SLAPPS aren’t very popular any more, WhatNow.

    “The U.S. state of California enacted Code of Civil Procedure § 425.16 in 1992, a statute intended to frustrate SLAPPs by providing a quick and inexpensive defense. It provides for a special motion that a defendant can file at the outset of a lawsuit to strike a complaint when it arises from conduct that falls within the rights of petition or free speech. The statute expressly applies to any writing or speech made in connection with an issue under consideration or review by a legislative, executive, or judicial proceeding, or any other official proceeding authorized by law, but there is no requirement that the writing or speech be promulgated directly to the official body. It also applies to speech in a public forum about an issue of public interest and to any other petition or speech conduct about an issue of public interest.”

  25. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Well I learned one thing from this batch of emails, and thats what Arkley’s real problem with Lovelace is. I also learned that the HumCPR(and others) ‘concerns’ about where Mark lives and his career and education come directly from Arkley.

    And finally, I learned that the only reason anyone here cares about or listens to Arkley is because he can dispense small amounts of money that have disproportionate effects on people’s sense of security in this impoverished area. Areley’s significance is purely economic, he has no other personal appeal.

  26. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Quote of the day (or week?). From Teacher on the Mirror:

    “I think the Humboldt Herald is offensive with how they bash Rob A. and I was hoping for an elevated discourse from the Mirror”

  27. Smart 5th Grader
    May 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Teach. Stay on the Mirror, it fits your narcissistic personality perfectly. P.S. Take No Class Finance with you please.

  28. High Finance
    May 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    You people are pathetic.

  29. Ed
    May 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    We’re so pathetic we even pay taxes.

  30. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    NON, I think you are right that his only appeal is economic, but what else would you expect from a local business man. To my knowledge, he has never claimed to be philanthropist. He wants to make money and in the process, the people he employs benefit.

  31. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Not true Teacher. By his own writing in these emails Arkley claims to represent the ‘real’ people. He’s actively involved in promoting his political opinions that have nothing to do with economics and everything to do with the ultra right wing.

    And he does claim to be a philanthropist. By himself and through his wife, who has run for and help public office. The most clear evidence of Arkley’s political and social ambitions is his having published a paper that promoted his political views and cast him in the role of local socialite and person of importance, admiration, and respect.

  32. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Never claimed to be a philanthropist! Where have you been, teacher?

  33. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    NON, I was agreeing with what you said that his impact is economic. Because he has economic interests in the area, he tries to also have a political influence to protect his financial interests. I doubt that he or any of his representatives would deny this. Where we disagree is his motive for doing things. I say that he is a business man trying to make money and not a philanthropist. His political ambitions are based off of his financial interests. My point being, we should not assume and/or expect that his actions be those of a kind and caring philanthropist and we shouldn’t criticize him for behaving like a business (unless of course he is behaving in an unethical way that adversely effects the community).

  34. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Teacher, I’m not assuming anything about Arkley’s personal motivations. I wrote that HumCo people care about Arkley only because of economics.

    You’re assuming that all Arkley cares about is his personal economics and that any political interests he has are strictly subordinate to protecting his economic interests. And you’re sure that if asked, he and his reps. would say so, and that would prove its true. Well Teacher, do you believe whatever any person and their reps. says about them is necessarily true, or just in Arkley’s case.

    But I showed you evidence that Arkley has, in word and deed, made clear he has partisan political interests and social objectives that have little to do with economics(but have a lot to do with exerting influence and control).

    Its not necessarily my opinion, but some here believe Arkley’s primary motivations are political and social and his economic interests are secondary to that. They offer evidence that Arkley has sometimes acted adversely his personal economic interests(e.g. costly losing lawsuits for the Marina Center project) in order to make political points. By the same reasoning others see Arkley’s motivation is not economic but philanthrophic(e.g. Arkley Center).

  35. High Finance
    May 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Teacher, you are so wrong about Arkley not being a philanthropist.

    Just off the top of my head, he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the zoo. $800,000 to St Bernards to save their school, several million to the city for the boardwalk improvements, $300,000 to Eureka High to repair the pool. God knows how much for the Arkley Center to bring culture to Eureka, a venture that was never expected to make a profit.

    And Nan, obviously Arkley has “partisan political objectives and social objectives”. So do you. So does Heraldo and most everybody else.

    May 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Arkley broght culture to Eureka? This is starting to look like a cult. Bring in the deprogrammers.

    The Arkley Center was a gift from the taxpayers of Eureka to Arkley. Cherie Arkley promised to give it to a non-profit. When is that going to happen?

  37. High Finance
    May 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I don’t know the details on it and I suspect neither do you.

    However the Arkleys put a ton of money on the improvements (have you even been inside?). These places never make money and I have heard the Arkleys want to turn it over to someone as soon as possible.

    As for the culture, even you Arkley hater moonbats have to agree on this one. They have had everything there from the Russian Ballet to country singers, folk singers, jazz concerts to the Eureka Symphony.

  38. ThinkingOutLoud2
    May 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Eureka has a Carnegie Building as do many cities across the nation. As far as I know, only Eureka has an “Arkley Zoo”. Must not be a philanthropist then. “Teach” must be “write”! Arkley does not need to claim to be a philanthropist. He has “The Gans”, and to (partially) (mis)quote What Now¸ “loyal unhinged drunken opposition” to make his unsubstantiated and wildly inaccurate claims.

    I thought I would be too late to post, but here comes Hi Fly to the rescue…Nice post Hi Fi, thanks, should have known…

  39. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I think teacher was saying Arkley does not “claim” to be a philanthropist, did not say he isn’t. My point was that Arkey has given much to the community, some behind the scenes no doubt, but has given very publicly for the most part, thereby taking credit. He doesn’t have to come right out and say he’s a philanthropist to have it be known.

  40. Plain Jane
    May 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Silly me. I thought the concerts, ballets, musicals and plays I attended before Arkley Center opened counted as culture. Who knew it can’t be culture without the Arkley name attached to the building where it was performed?

  41. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Arkleys did bring more culture to Eureka, and brought a beautiful old building back. Let’s not lose sight of the positives that are facts.

  42. Teacher
    May 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you 4:55 for saying what I was trying to say. Essentially, I think that Rob does act as both an asshole and an effective philanthropist. My issue is criticizing someone for who, what, and why they donate money and how they choose to spread their wealth/influence. Unless they are doing this in an unethical manner that hurts the community, I don’t think they should be criticized for it and especially by people who don’t do actively do anything to impact their community. When the progressives in Arcata and Trinidad bash Rob for what he does in Eureka, the first thing I think is “Why don’t they move to downtown and help fix it?” Lastly, if you or PJ had Rob A.’s money, would you contribute to liberal causes? I would contribute to the causes I believe in.

  43. Bien Padre
    May 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    “Arkleys did bring more culture to Eureka.”

    Not to my Eureka.

  44. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Bien, in order for the negatives to be believed, the positives must all be written. Arkley did not bring more culture in the form of performance to Humboldt County, but he did to Eureka. There are more choices in the city limits now. He may be taking culture away, in your eyes, as well, if you believe a big box store does that. I do.

    May 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Let’s be clear about this.

    After Arkley flipped the other two buildings to Strombeck he prob paid net 100 K for the theater. Right there the tax paying Eureka slobs took at least a $300,000 haircut, probably more if you count what the redevelopment agency had already lost on it by the time they offloaded it to Humboldt State. How short are your memories? Arkley was the third highest bidder.

    His renovation was doubtlessly financed at least in part by public money such as historic preservation grants and tax breaks. He has parlayed his 100 k investment into a $2,000,000 one appraised valuation.

    Arkley’s aquisition of the theater was a brilliant and profitable business coup accomplished with aid from within the city government, but it was not an act of philanthropy in any dictionary I know.

  46. Plain Jane
    May 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I wouldn’t denigrate any gift of any size from anyone, and that wasn’t my intention, 5:08. But being grateful for gifts doesn’t mean we can’t criticize the donor’s actions and it’s negative impacts on our community. A few people controlling any government is a recipe for rampant corruption. Some might say it’s just good business to own the people who enforce the rules, some don’t think that’s a good thing for the non-owners.

  47. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Duke, you could be correct about some of your number estimates, but this piece of property loses money each and every day, and almost each and every performance. Thus, I have to put it in the “philanthropy” category.

  48. What Now
    May 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    “Anonymous says:
    May 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm
    Duke, you could be correct about some of your number estimates, but this piece of property loses money each and every day, and almost each and every performance. Thus, I have to put it in the “philanthropy” category.”
    100% tax write-off.
    Using the Carnegie structures as a model of civicx philanthropy is naive at best.
    When the structures were donated a libraries the caveats included zero funding from the “benefactor” for books or furniture and that they would be closed on sundays, the one 1/2 day most wage earners had off IF they attended church in those anti=labor days.
    Thus the view by many at the time, that Carnegie’s “philanthropic deavors” were “very ‘white’ of him.”

  49. Not A Native
    May 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Well Teacher, you earlier wrote that Arkley ‘isn’t a philanthropopist’ and almost immediately later wrote Arkely ‘does act as….an effective philantropist”. If it quacks like a duck etc……but you’re not acknowledging that because you’re most interested in exonerating Arkley from the consequences of his actions.

    If you like Arkley because of his politics, just say so. A few others here do that and get some consideration as being honest. Otherwise you appear merely disingenuous and baiting.

    Now you write you don’t care about using money for political purposes “unless they are doing this in an unethical manner that hurts the community”. Well you must not have read Arkley’s emails or heard the horror stories of abuse by folks like Larry Glass that some had called unbelievable but now seem likely to be very credible.

    How much more evidence do you need to acknowledge that Arkley is indeed acting in an unethical manner and is harming the community? Without a doubt he reduces the chances of people coming together in unison since he uses his money to intimidate, frighten, threaten, and divide people. That’s very similar to a petty warlord who creates an army to make violence against those who don’t accept his authority to determine their political, social, and economic lives.

  50. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    When your company is losing money, What, tax write-offs are ever so less unattractive as income.

  51. May 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I don’t understand Rob. He bullies people. He tries to control local politics. He tries to intimidate state agencies and commissions. And he tries to impose his economic will on the community. Why? Is it just fun to be the villain? Wouldn’t it be easier and more productive for him to try to LISTEN to others? Maybe he could even show some respect. It wouldn’t hurt. He might find some true common ground that would satisfy the community while still making him money. That has to be the easier path. So why does he insist on the path he’s on? Some things we may never know.

  52. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    at 7:46 I meant “less attractive”.

    Nony-Mouse: all true. Rob is convinced his ways are correct and is ever frustrated by those he sees as not getting it. He thinks, in fact, that those who have the polar opposite opinion must be evil. He has a low tolerance for frustration and lack of impulse control, so he implodes and lets loose. He also has a problem with hiding what he feels, something most of us call tact, getting along with others, being careful what we say. I believe it to be a problem he inherited and that it causes him (as well as others) pain at every turn. He would be happier and more effective if he learned to control himself.

  53. Bien Padre
  54. a non
    May 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Teacher, are you Arkley’s “Mommy”?

  55. Bien Padre
    May 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Takes a lot of businesses to keep this guy happy {or angry}:


  56. May 19, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    And yet he still has time to pound out angry, repetitive emails all day.

  57. Anonymous
    May 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    If he spent less time sending angry, attacking emails and more time tending to business he might be in better financial shape today.

  58. Mayor Snorkum
    May 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    The more ways to move money around.

  59. Anonymous
    May 21, 2011 at 12:10 am

    “Hurting people makes me cringe.”

    Now, that is funny if you really know Rob Arkley.

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