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Current events according to Rob Arkley

Eureka’s favorite tax defaulter shared his thoughts on national and local issues with KINS radio recently. Listen to the interview here.

According to Arkley, liberal politicians of his generation are causing young people to get “raped.” He probably didn’t mean it literally — one guesses he struggles with a small vocabulary — otherwise he could have found a word that means whatever he meant. The exact quote defies normal sentence structure, but is transcribed below for your interpretation.

If Arkley is following Republican politics — and he obviously is — he should know that what comes out of getting raped is a “gift from God,” or so sayeth Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. The Lord works in sadistic ways, apparently.

Here’s the quote:

One thing I am convinced is we have this generation that’s kind of in my bucket — mid 50’s. So say 65 to 50 er, to 45-48, that is really…there was a bunch of really liberal people in our generation, these kids now are getting absolutely nailed. They’re getting raped. As their voice gets louder, the fiscal sanity will return at warp speed.

Maybe Rob has cotton — or perhaps something more expensive, like silk — in his ears and missed the overwhelming voices of the young Occupy movement in cities across the U.S. decrying policies that favor the rich and disenfranchise the 99%.

When it comes to the Balloon Track, Rob says it will be before the Coastal Commission in the fall, and that he has given the “okay let’s go now” order to his people. Guess that means a previous order to stonewall the hell out of the whole Marina Center/Coastal Commission thing is now rescinded.

Below a few more points provided by regular commenter, “tra”:

Arkley is clearly feeling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Bain pain, and he said that Romney’s unpreparedness for the Cayman Islands questions in the debate “breaks my heart.”

Romney’s record as a job cremator is unfair, because he only invested in companies that were “…emergency room patients…and emergency room patients die. That’s what happens.”

At about 15:50, Arkley concedes California to Obama: “California’s electoral votes are not in play.”

Arkley hearts the Keystone pipeline project. He really, really loves blue collar workers, and they’re the ones who would benefit from Keystone, he says. And, bless their pea-pickin’ little hearts, those fine upstanding union blue collar workers heart Keystone, too. In this context, Arkley gives an enthusiastic shout-out to the Pipefitters’ Union, including local Pipefitters leader Sid Berg.

But only a few minutes later, at about 21:15, the country is going to hell in a hand-basket because of workers, and in particular, unions: “It’s the labor costs that are really killing this country”

At 21:30: “No one wants to make hard decisions. These are not difficult decisions.” Huhwhat?

Arkley promises 100 new local jobs at Security National over the next 18 months, thanks to “God’s blessing.” Interesting, given that according to Arkley, California’s a disaster, an impossible place to do business, and Obama’s taking the whole country down the toilet.

At 26:45 Rail’s gonna revive the port, it will be the “world’s first Green port” and will bring 1,000 – 1,500 new jobs.

  1. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    The word CRAZY! Comes to mind. Just proof that ambulance chasing and screwing everybody really pays off big. If it wasn’t for NO class, robbie wouldn’t have any.

  2. Osprey
    February 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Keystone, not happening. Rail, certainly not happening. Balloon Track, really? ..ah, no. It’s the wetlands stupid!

  3. Smart 5th Grader
    February 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Robyn Junior is a tax scofflaw deadbeat. How can such a loser still get airtime or have an ounce of credibility in the community?

    “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are
    You well heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are
    And when your hand is on your heart
    You’re nearly a good laugh
    Almost a joker
    With your head down in the pig bin
    Saying “keep on digging”
    Pig stain on your fat chin
    What do you hope to find?
    When you’re down in the pig mine
    You’re nearly a laugh
    You’re nearly a laugh
    But you’re really a cry.”

    Pink Floyd “Animals” 1977 (ahead of its time)

  4. walt
    February 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    No, Hi-fi is right: folks like RA (net worth: $n-hundred million) are Ubermensch, they are our betters, and they are in charge because God WANTS them to be in charge. We Little People need to stop questioning and harassing them, for our own good. The more money His Awesomeness makes, the more will tinkle down to us. Or on us.

  5. humboldturtle
    February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm


  6. What Now
    February 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Kudos to Heraldo and TRA.

    If RA Jr. were caught telling the truth he’d just try to lie his way out of it.

  7. February 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Uh, excuse me, I’m in that age bracket he is babbling about and I’ve wondered for years where people of his ilk were when the 60s were happening. You know, social justice, civil rights, equal opportunity, etc. The things that actually do give everyone a shot at a piece of the pie.

    If there’s any “raping” going on in this country by my and his generation, he’s an example of the perps., not the liberals.

    OTOH, I just read the quote again and it’s so incoherent, I’m not sure what he thinks he means. If anything.

  8. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    If robbies daddy and grandpa didn’t leave him money like stevies. He and stevie would be working at the same jobs as the rest of us and you can tell by the babble from both that they wouldn’t pass a piss test! Rich doesn’t mean SMART!

  9. High Finance
    February 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    You all’s silly over the top rhetoric makes people think you’re all kooks.

    But all is right with the world again, Heraldo had gone DAYS since his last hysterical anti RA rant !

    I’m grabbing the popcorn and preparing to read at least 200 posts by end of the day tomorrow.

  10. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    pfft to sid and marian and the other lames waiting with baited breath for a meager pittance of an arkley deal to trickle down (thier leg). sid I never knew a real union man to suck up so. infact you are an embarrassment to what the unions used to represent. pffft

  11. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    oh yes, and when are you going to change your voter registration sid? who in the world believes that these minions, berg, brady , owen, bass, ciaraballini, etc etc etc are not infiltrators. next thing you know rex will be nominated as a democratic central committee associate member, nah…atleast he has enough values to honestly represent who he is. they all make my skin crawl. ESPECIALLY YOU SID. just waiting for a little dribble from the king. pffffft

  12. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    6:24, you seem a bit over the top with your angry vib. Do you object to sucess or the atempt to better ones self ? Do you feel that there is only one way to see an issue ? Do you perhaps hate Arkley simply because he is always working at his sucess ? Might you be a bit self concieous about your own short comings? I don’t know you but it comes off that way. I’m not trying to harsh on you but I know how hard Brady has worked very hard for free for the community for many years.

  13. February 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    It may have been illegal for the Eureka City Council to rezone the Balloon Tract the way it did. Once a parcel is zoned “public use” then it belongs to the public in the sense that the public has an interest in akin to partial ownership. How is it then that a city council can simply give away the people’s property? I think it constitutes a “taking” and is a de facto act of eminent domain without compensation and to the benefit of a private interest. It is worthy of litigation.

    have a peaceful day,

  14. February 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Highboldtage, very good.

  15. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Uhhhh, HIGH you are, boldtage, lmSao – the council didnt rezone the balloon tract, the public did with a VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.

  16. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    For free, Brady actually worked for robbie at one time and is bought and paid for..Calling someone else about thinking one way. Pull your head out. robbie ain’t giving away his money for FREE. Sid is a sell out and robbie by his own admission is rubbing sids nose in it. Just like the boys from O&M. robbie uses them with the promise to use their services when he gets to where he is going only to can them when the time comes. All people are getting tired of his bullying tactics. We again paid for his bad business decisions when he went bankrupt on how many companies? Why would anyone say that its OK to screw us yet another time. Anybody who sticks up for that behavior is in fact trying to justify the same behavior in themselves. I had many conversations with Robin robbies dad before he died. He really didn’t care much for robbie at the end either.

  17. February 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Measure N was illegal because of the eminent domain issue and the taking of public property, the city council is responsible for putting it on the ballot in an illegal manner. Isn’t that clear? Maybe there is an attorney here smart enough to pick up the ball. It will go to the Supreme Court.

    have a peaceful day,


  18. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    7:57 you are as full of s#%^ as a christmas goose. Every small group and start up biz got free help from Brady for years. You are wrong. Talk all the BS you want. You are either simply wrong,mistaken or a flat out lier. Only you know that for sure but I expect you to howl at the moon and say you are the sage of the bay. Damn sorry people who might want to better themselves.

  19. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    No Bill, it is not clear that the Council put the issue in a legal manner; in fact, it’s clear that it was legal.

    Think for a moment, my sacred herb-addled friend; if there was any doubt as to the legality of putting it on the ballot that it would have been challenged in a New York minute by CREG and others? In fact didn’t Larry and Linda vote to put in on the ballot?

    You’re grasping at straws (once again) my ganja loving compadre.

  20. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    oopsie – s/b

    No Bill, it is not clear that the Council put the issue in a ILLlegal manner; in fact, it’s clear that it was legal

  21. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    yep, Cheri bought it fair and square thank Jeff…again

  22. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    And speaking of sell outs, once Sid raved that RA was promising that 5% of construction at the Marina Center would go to Union workers. 5%!!!!!! THAT SHOULD WARRANT DROVES OF PICKETS BLOCKING EVERY WAY IN EVERYONE EVERY UNION, yet Sid raves like it is a gift we should all be so grateful for. Sid would be RUN OUT of any labor temple anywhere other than here. Poor poor silly Sid maybe some of RA’s money might trickle his way if he is a really really good boy. URRRRGGGGH! This is soo Humboldt County!

  23. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Boo Fucking Hoo 842, would you rather had the city pay for the election?

  24. February 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    If the law (especially eminent domain law) were so clear we would not need courts, judges and juries.

    Perhaps CREG didn’t litigate the eminent domain/taking/public use issue because they didn’t think of it. They can mull it over now.

    It’s not too late.

    have a peaceful day,

  25. Sick o' Dan
    February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    That means Sid actually represents the 95% non union labor proposed for the project, proudly. Do they pay dues too Sid?

  26. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    The hilarious thing about you, High, is that you posit these notions ALL THE time, as if they are fact – and they are not – when bullshit is called, you throw some other ridiculous notion out to see if that one sticks.

    BTW, the voters OVERWHELMINGLY approved measure N. Perhaps all would be for the best if we could have a takeover and make you King.

  27. February 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Highboldtage, I believe you’ve hit a nerve.

  28. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    lol, Wetlands. High hasn’t hit a nerve, he’s hit my funny bone. It’s fun to set him straight.

  29. February 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    New law is made every day in court decisions, precedents are set. It’s because lawyers come up with new legal concepts and judges and juries accept the new arguments as valid.

    Just take the notion of “public use” zoning for example. What does “public use” really mean? If a parcel is zoned public use, can that zoning be revoked once designated or not? Who is the “public?” The citizens of Eureka, Humboldt County, the State of California, the United States of America, or all of the above? Is the public a “person?” Do you believe in public personhood? All this must be decided.

    have a peaceful day,

  30. Cheese
    February 2, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    “Highboldtage, I believe you’ve hit a nerve.”

    Yeah, with a syringe.

  31. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    When I saw the name Arkley I pooped my pants. That is how evil that man is!

  32. February 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    “lmSao – the council didnt rezone the balloon tract, the public did with a VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.” 7:57

    Sir, let me see if I have your reasoning.
    Eureka has no Balloon Tract wetland, by VOTE OF THE PEOPLE.

    Are you sure?

  33. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    No, CC you dont have my reasoning…

  34. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Gee Bill, there you go proving my point, asking a whole slew of new things…but in response to your statement that:

    “All this must be decided”

    No, we are talking about your ludicrous statement that the Council (well, I’ve shown you that, no, it was the Voters) rezone of the ballon tract was illegal.

    It wasn’t illegal.

    Stay on topic.

  35. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Anon 10 02 is hi fi, which means you are on to something Bill.

  36. February 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    See if you can follow the logic.

    The balloon tract was zoned “public use” that implies that the “public” has a vested interest in the property. When the property was rezoned to private use that constitutes a “taking” without compensation to the “public” through a process of de facto eminent domain and in the process converted that property to the benefit of a private interest. And that is illegal under the Constitution. It doesn’t matter if the voters approved it or not, it is still illegal.

    Is that on topic enough bright boy?

    have a peaceful day,

  37. Harold Knight
    February 2, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Half the eligible public is registered to vote.

    Half the registered public turns out to vote.

    Half of them, (roughly 12% to 20% of eligible voters) vote to pass a measure that removes the public interest in the Balloon Tract from the other 80% of eligible voters.

    Most independent juries and judges would seek to remedy this fundamental injustice.

  38. tra
    February 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sorry, Bill, but I think you’re barking up the wrong tree on this one. You seem to be arguing that once something is zoned “public use” then somehow it can never be rezoned as anything else, even if the public wants it to be re-zoned as something else and even if a majority of voters choose to do so. That seems like it would be a rather perverse result, to say the least.

    Eminent domain is a very specific process whereby the government takes someone’s private property, against their will, and must therefore compensate them for the loss of their property. So first of all, the City didn’t take anyone’s private property away. And secondly, if a majority of those who vote in the city’s election choose to change the zoning on something, as happened with the Balloon Track, then, pretty much by definition, it’s not “against the will” of the public.

  39. tra
    February 3, 2012 at 12:14 am


    Those who bother to register, and to take the time to vote, get to make these decisions. If a lot of people choose not to “show up,” in my opinion those folks have little to complain about when those who do take the time to vote decide things differently than some of the non-voters might have liked (and yes, I’d certainly make an exception for situations of actual systematic voter suppression, but I’ve not heard any evidence of systematic voter suppression in recent elections in Eureka).

    Sure, it’s at least possible that there’s really a “silent majority” of Eureka voters who were against the re-zoning of the Balloon Track, but for some reason didn’t bother to register and/or to vote, but since they didn’t, there’s no way to know for sure. The answer is to work to increase voter registration and participation, not to disempower those who did choose to take the time to vote, on the grounds that it’s unfair to the people couldn’t be bothered.

  40. Sid Berg
    February 3, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Let me preface that I have not heard the public comment in question by Mr. Arkley. I feel I must respond to a few misrepresentations. Dear Anonymous 8:47, I must have done something to really upset your apple cart. It is easy to ambush someone while hiding behind cover, but I guess that is your nature. I will talk to you or any group of you anytime if you want to discuss this or any other matter in a meaningful way. You know so much about me, I am certain you know how to find me. I have no idea how you came up with the 5% union hire agreement with Mr. Arkley. I have not and never would agree to something so ridiculous. We have discussed local hire and apprenticeship issues and Security National has been using local union companies to do fencing and preliminary clean up at the property. There are no agreements concerning the future.

  41. Sid Berg
    February 3, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Dear Sick o Dan, In reference to our unorganized brothers and sisters in the building trades. No dues, but we still work to raise the standard of living for all. If I can find a union job for a few bucks an hour more for a non union employee, their employer will usually match it, if the employee is making money for his contractor. And he dosen’t have to pay all that union dues. It is interesting, we have about 6% of the contractor base and do about 95% of apprenticeship training. I don’t understand why non union contractors fear us so.

  42. Sid Berg
    February 3, 2012 at 4:02 am

    “Arkley hearts the Keystone pipeline project. He really, really loves blue collar workers, and they’re the ones who would benefit from Keystone”
    I guess importing oil from Canada instead of the middle east, and 8000 shovel ready union jobs is a bad thing? Blue collar workers pay taxes, morgages, buy stuff, bring money back to our area to help with our economy,oh but I forget, we already have a booming economy!

  43. February 3, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Hey Sid, I am a worker and I am an environmentalist.
    Who wants a job that leads to failed natural resources?
    Sid can’t we have both,
    Labor and environment?
    One without the other is untenable.

  44. 713
    February 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I can’t believe Sid Berg is getting ripped on as a right wing shill. I do not agree with Sid most of the time but regardless of politics, he is for jobs and he is out there doing things, real things, to promote that.

    You have to be pretty far out there to think the labor organizer is on the opposite side of the progressives. People need jobs, you can’t see that?

  45. 713
    February 3, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Sid, you really want to pick up some members and do some good:

    Trimmers and Cultivators Local 420

    These people are getting screwed, cash only, no bennies,

  46. February 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Sorry TRA but you are wrong on both counts.

    I did not say that the parcel could never be rezoned, I said in this case the rezoning may have been illegal. Constitutional rights are not “perverse” they protect peoples rights and property from the government, even if the government’s decisions were affirmed by a certain grouo of voters. For instance, you can’t legalize discrimination against black people, even though there are jurisdictions in the United States where that might pass the electoral process.

    Secondly, of course there was a “taking.” The tract was zoned “public use” and that public use has a value for the public. When the tract is rezoned, the public’s value interest in the property is taken. When the parcel was rezoned, the value of Arkley’s investment was dramatically increased. The amount of that increase, however much it was, was taken from the public. That is a taking without compensation.

    It will be interesting to research the when how and why the balloon tract was originally zoned “public use”, presumably by the city council in the past, and whether or not the Union Pacific or Southern Pacific (or one of the predecessor rail companies) were given compensation for that “taking” at that time. If that is the case, then the Union Pacific sale of the property to Arkley may have been fraudulent and illegal as well.

    have a peaceful day,

  47. just middle class
    February 3, 2012 at 8:04 am

    A taking is a government “taking” of private property without just compensation. Read about the Dolan case. The idea that there is a private taking of government land has no basis in law that I know of. Your preice is that the private property was zoned for public use and therefore has some public “ownership” is false. Because the railroad used the site for a station, that was considered a public use because of the publoic access. The ownership was not public.

  48. February 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The public’s “access” as you put it has an economic value to the public which has now been taken from them without compensation. It is an ownership interest if not actual ownership. Are you saying that zoning decisions have no economic impact? Let’s look into the history of the original zoning decision and see if the railroad was compensated.

    Arkley and his friends are usually on the other side of that argument. Take away a zoning that they like and see their lawyers screamble.

    have a peaceful day,

  49. 713
    February 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Its seems to me that if you are claiming the public had an interest in this private property that was never compensated for that now clouds the title or restricts the use, it is the government that did the taking.

  50. February 3, 2012 at 8:34 am

    If the title to a parcel is clouded what difference does it make whether the government is involved or not? The government above all must follow the Constitution.

    Of course the title to the balloon tract is clouded. Arkley, Tyson et al know that and have always known that.

    Who knows, the balloon tract might have been gifted to the railroad by the city or county or state in return for the public usage zonage with the understanding of a permanent quid pro quo. We won’t know until the history is investigated.

    have a peaceful day,

    have a peaceful day,

  51. just middle class
    February 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

    There is no constitutional bais for your taking argument. The taking is based on PRIVATE property taken by the government without just compensation. Down zoning a property can be a taking, please read Dolan! That is a case where a property owner purchased land zoned for development and had it rezoned to open space, he was able to receive compensation for his land because of the down zone. If you purchased a lot to build a house and it was zoned for that use and was rezoned so that you can not build on it, that would be a governmental taking and you could be compensated for that. The taking is a governmental act.

  52. Percy
    February 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

    What about the Indians who were living there quite happily till they were asked to gift the property to Eureka’s original white settlers under penalty of death? And then killed for still existing.

  53. pitchfork
    February 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

    “Think for a moment, my sacred herb-addled friend; if there was any doubt as to the legality of putting it on the ballot that it would have been challenged in a New York minute by CREG and others?”

    Huh? This is under litigation by Baykeeper and Epic! The City and SN have been stalling. It’s still before the court. Also Rob’s claim that he’s is going before the Coastal Commission in the fall, is news to the coastal commission, they’ve heard nothing from SN.

  54. February 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    There are accounts of a small Wiyot village existing on the balloon tract site even after the whites settled in Eureka proper though there is very little information on what happened to them. It was apparently located a few hundred yards inland from the current coast line as the balloon tract itself is fill, alongside the old creek that mouths by the Wharfinger. The old coastline was many yards further inland. The old village site may still exist under 6 to 10 feet of fill.

    have a peaceful day,

  55. February 3, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Charades, while Baykeeper puts all monies and energy
    on a few acres, that rightfully need protection, Baykeeper and others are ignoring vast wetland areas on the coast.
    How can a group be so vocal for a few acres on the Bay,
    and absolutely close their eyes along the ocean coastline?

  56. pitchfork
    February 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

    EgretsNotRegrets is delusional

  57. February 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Pitchfork, Vista Pt.
    Clam Beach
    Little River
    Manila Overlook
    Manila fore dunes
    All slammed! Wetland loss, wildlife loss and
    loss of stability. This is but a preamble.

  58. Anonymous
    February 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    “Huh? This is under litigation by Baykeeper and Epic! The City and SN have been stalling. It’s still before the court. Also Rob’s claim that he’s is going before the Coastal Commission in the fall, is news to the coastal commission, they’ve heard nothing from SN”

    Huh, is right…the Zoning change that HIGHboldtage is claiming is illegal is absolutely NOT under litigation. Comprehension, Pitchfork, can be your friend too.

  59. pitchfork
    February 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Anonymous February 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm
    Measure N is the target of the lawsuit mentioned before. The Court will decide if it’s legal or not, but I think HIGHboldtage is right.

  60. February 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Sid Berg: “I guess importing oil from Canada instead of the middle east, and 8000 shovel ready union jobs is a bad thing? Blue collar workers pay taxes, morgages, buy stuff, bring money back to our area to help with our economy,oh but I forget, we already have a booming economy!” That’s kind of a dumb statement. Sounds like typical talk from Limbaugh.

    713: “I can’t believe Sid Berg is getting ripped on as a right wing shill.” Well he sure sounds like one.

  61. High Finance
    February 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Yeah, because only “right wing shills” support good jobs for Americans ?

    Dont’ the left wing shills care about good paying jobs ?

  62. Anonymous
    February 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    You’d have to go to Arcata, to ask. It’s Humboldt County’s only left-wing governing majority.

    You know, where the per-capita tax revenues are the highest for any city in the county.

  63. A-nony-mouse
    February 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Good one, Sid. Surely a pipeline right across the Ogalala auquafer, source of most midwest drinking water, and built by a company who had 10 major pipeline leaks last year alone, has to be a great idea. Such a pipeline would carry some of the world’s DIRTIEST oil (tar sands) to Texas where it can be refined and shipped all over the world.
    Hey, the day will come when we’re desperate for oil. Why not use the nice clean oil the Saudis are so happy to send to us? Why rush to use up everything we have, even if it’s crap?

    FYI CREG never had the kind of money needed to pursue serious legal action. It had thoughtful people trying to do the right thing for Eureka. Happily Baykeeper was able to pursue legal avenues fior the BT. When was that REAL cleanup supposed to start, Rob? Marion? Anyone?

    And always remember, There is no Rob but Rob. He is our one true Rob.

  64. Anonymous
    February 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Until enough Americans get on the same page to demand reasonable Tariffs, ban toxic imports, goods made by children, offshore tax havens, and subhuman wages, we can expect more “union members” to spout the corporate line, defend corporate externalities and begin undermining future generation’s access to clean water, air, and jobs.

  65. Anonymous
    February 5, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Yeah and Hurwitz was good for us too. Now look!

  66. February 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    • In 2009, the Ports moved roughly 1,700,000 containers.
    The vast majority of cargo handled at the Ports is moved between the region’s marine terminals, warehouses and rail yards by diesel trucks. Port officials counted 3,259 of these trucks serving the Port of Tacoma in 2010 and 1,416 serving one of Seattle’s four terminals in 2008.5 6 After discounting for infrequent visitors and drivers that visit both ports, the Port of Tacoma and Seattle terminals are routinely served by an estimated 2,000-2,500 drivers.

    • The most recent study of port drivers in Puget Sound was conducted in 2006, just before the
    economic downturn. Even so, the survey found that the median income of drivers working at the Port
    of Seattle was $28,500 per year.

    • More than half reported working longer than the legal limit of 11 hours per day. The typical driver is married, in his forties, and has children. The misclassification of port truck drivers has allowed industry to shift the responsibility of the truck purchase and maintenance over to individual workers. These low-wage earners have purchased the only vehicles they can afford: old, dilapidated rigs. Unable to afford proper maintenance, these vehicles become more polluting and unsafe with every passing year.

    • An estimated 95% of the nationʼs 110,000 port trucks fail to meet current U.S. EPA emission
    standards, increasing diesel pollution by one thousand percent.

    • In the immediate port-adjacent neighborhoods of South Park and Georgetown, the EPA has found
    that cancer risk is 27 times higher than the national average. Dioxin from diesel burning trucks is reported to be one of the principle culprits.

    • Similarly, the concentration of fine particulate matter – one of the principle pollutes emitted by diesel trucks – in Georgetown appears to be the highest in the region. Because of the high concentrations of particulates, residents are at elevated risk for asthma, cancer, heart disease, and other life threatening diseases.


  67. Noble
    February 14, 2012 at 6:01 am

    You stole my joke, but I’ll say it anyway.

    Arkley acknowledges I’m getting raped – will he support my right to get an abortion?

  68. Smogville
    February 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

    If this container port is ever built West Eureka and Fortuna on a bad day will have to learn to love cancer clusters, and even more dioxin than they already have.

    Some West Eurekans and Fortunans will be able to experience real smog for the first time in their lives on stagnant air days with an inversion. Only 20 to 30 days a year probably.

  69. Sid Berg
    February 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks for the info Highboltage! All good information. Nobody supports low wages and polluting industries, including shipping ports. There must be a way to build it green, and with wage standards. The new ships can be required to use shore power, new hybrid power systems for ships and locomotive engines. Natural Gas trucks and cars are less polluting than current technology. Green ports can create a new standard of the industry.
    Even a few ships a month to a green Port of Humboldt could help our economy and perhaps reduce pollution somewhere else. It is worth a study. If it can’t be done safely and competitively then it more then likely will not happen.

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