Humboldt Sunshine ignored its own lawsuit
The settlement of the Humboldt Sunshine lawsuit happened without any involvement by Humboldt Sunshine.
The court allowed Housing For All to become an intervenor in the suit soon after it was filed because HFA could better represent the needs of low income residents, said HFA’s Elizabeth Connor on KMUD news Thursday. She said Humboldt Sunshine representative Kay Backer stopped attending settlement meetings nine months ago.
KMUD news report below (story starts at 3:11).
Even so, Backer said she is shocked that she wasn’t notified of the settlement agreement and said she is pressing forward with the case. But Conner says Humboldt Sunshine walked away and gave up any place in the suit.
Conner said HFA wanted compliance with state law in the Housing Element of the General Plan Update, “nothing more or nothing less.” She said HFA is only concerned with multi-family housing. The settlement gives a timeline to finish the rezoning and be eligible for state grants to build affordable housing.
Humboldt County Supervisor Mark Lovelace told KMUD the benefits of rezoning for multi-family development include a rise in property values. He said HumCPR — a so-called property rights group — should be banging the drum for the re-zoning. “We’re trying to give away property rights. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard.”
And since Humboldt Sunshine “shined on” the lawsuit, Lovelace said it appears they filed “purely for political purposes and not to provide affordable housing in Humboldt County.”