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ROB ARKLEY: Mr. Truthiness

Eureka developer Rob Arkley spun the yarn about politics far and near on KSLG Thursday morning.  A couple things stand out:

  1. He likes to number his points, just like this example you are reading here, and;
  2. He believes truth is on his side.  If a drinking game were played to this interview, the word “truth” would have you on the floor faster than a buffet at the Avalon. Listen here but heed the warning.

Big A phoned in to the station from Louisiana, where he built that huge house and promised to move to avoid California taxes, but apparently didn’t (officially, anyway.  He just throws lavish fundraisers for Republicans in that state).

As for the GOP candidates fighting for the Republican presidential nomination, Arkley says he knows “Mitt and Santorum quite well.” Arkley says he’s “known Mitt as he’s evolved, [and] I’ve been part of his process.” Imagine that: Rob Arkley as life coach.

Further, Arkley said he is “reasonably close to Rick and Karen, his wife,” but not as closely as he knows Mitt.  He said he has “taken flack for supporting Mitt.”

Arkley says he’s “totally offended by the money involved in the [electoral] process” and that he has “evolved beyond” campaign donations.

But wait, you say.  What about the $30,000 check his wife waived around at the Eureka City Council meeting to get a fake-o measure on the ballot?  That was so pre-evolved Arkley.

Anyway, despite what he says, the Lost Coast Outpost reports Arkley donated to Romney in December. Drink up kids.  Truth matters.

More points from the interview:

  1. Arkley says the difference between Republicans and Democrats is R’s want a fair process for all while D’s want a result and don’t care about process [unless it’s the master plan for the Balloon Track, or an appeals process at the Coastal Commission, or down-zoning land designated for public use, in which case process be damned].
  2. Arkley is “philosophically and morally” outraged by both Humboldt Community Development Services Director Kirk Girard and Eureka attorney William Bragg, who represents the county in regards to the General Plan Update. He would welcome a lawsuit against him by Girard (but is apparently not interested in filing one himself).

A final take-away from the interview: In case you forgot, Arkley is a primary source of the “no-growth” talking point so parroted by uninformed ditto heads in Humboldt County against progressive candidates and causes.*  Anyone who fails to fall on their sword in support of every Arkley project will be labeled thusly or worse.  Any person that uses the term “No-Growth” but doesn’t own large swaths of land is a sock puppet for Arkley.


* Including candidates that once entertained a progressive thought for more than two seconds. Such extremism will not be tolerated, no-growthers!
  1. 713
    March 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

    As far as the housing element goes, he does indeed have the truth on his side. How else can you explain the county revising their numbers in the housing element and trying to rezone properties to achieve higher numbers?

    I found the railroad discussion much more interesting, brief as it was.

  2. unanonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

    i think you got spittle on your monitor.

  3. Just Watchin
    March 2, 2012 at 6:46 am

    If I was Arkley, I’d pull out of Eureka lock, stock and barrell and let the city whither on the vine. See if the potheads and tweakers can pick up the economic slack.

  4. On the fence
    March 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

    The County has already lost to Housing for All. The february 2011 letter decertifying the Housing Element is only a couple paragraphs long. HCD said to finish rezoning the 14 specific sites listed by APN that the county committed to in the housing element.

    Instead the planning department did a bait and switch and attempted to rezone some 48 other properties, that action is being litigated by MCSD.
    The fact is, if the county can put non build-able sites into its Housing Element inventory the sites always count and the county gets to counts 16 units per acre. If the sites are built then the county has to go get more sites and add to the inventory.
    The County is going to have to pay for its legal fees, Housing for all legal fees and MCSD legal fees. Then still have spend more money on the Housing Element and General plan I’ve heard planning staff call this issue JOB SECURITY.
    Sad state of affairs, by the way the NEW fair share numbers are coming and in 2014, 2 years, there will be another 800-1,000 units needed per state law.

  5. High Finance
    March 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

    I understand your point JW, but then the potheads and other users of society win.

    RA has done more for Eureka than anyone else in history. This town is getting dirtier and worse by the day and sometimes it seems RA is our only hope.

    Despite the spittle by Heraldo/PJ and other lefties on this blog, the great majority of the people of Eureka are happy Arkley remains in Eureka.

  6. Seriously Now
    March 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Arkley has done more for Eureka than anyone else in history?

    Is that why the place is so dog-eared and dangerous?

  7. March 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

    RA is our only hope.

    Speaking of drool…

  8. Gil Yule
    March 2, 2012 at 7:45 am


    I didn’t even realize Rob did standup comedy. This guy continues to delight and tickle me. I think next he should try to incorporate a puppet into his act…no, no wait, he has several already.

    See? He’s amazing!

  9. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    If you only you guy realized how much amusement RA gets from this sillyness. You can whine all you want, he still will being doing more for this area than all you silly bitches together. Envy is an ugly thing. Instead of doing something positive you all sit here and complain. Karma is a bitch, it will come back on you.

  10. Bolithio
    March 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

    RA has done more for Eureka than anyone else in history.

    Well, besides me of course…

  11. March 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

    He’s so amused he does feeble public records requests in hopes of making it stop.

  12. A-nony-mouse
    March 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    And Lo, the TRUTH was not in him.

  13. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 9:31 am

    “1200 union jobs” and sid drops to his knees in prone position to hail the almighty.

    Rex is touting dredging the rivers and barging gravel to the bay area a an “economic growth plan”

    RA says EW rail is through non environmentally sensitive area, really? anyone spent any time out there?

    The last idiot puppet he put in office does this

    He is what he is, he is a conservative businessman, “some people have more “god given” talent to produce and succeed” ergh he must have been dubbed on the skull by gods almighty sword.

    I read the Herald every morning this obsession with RA is unhealthy. Lets uncover some real dirt and forward it to Kamela Harris every day until the corruption is dragged into the sunlight.

    And why this now when we actually had good news in the last story? RA upstages Seidner? beh

  14. March 2, 2012 at 9:59 am

    If the founder of the Arkley fortune had felt that the current “Rich-Guy” was the “..only hope.” There would be no fortune.
    Don’t ya just get tired of the “Slave” mentality of some people. If they want to give up their freedom and autonomy to some “Rich-Guy” fine. They can be a slave; what bothers me is that they want to make the rest of us into slaves also.

  15. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Pot growers poor much more money into our local economy then Rob ever has.

  16. March 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    To Quote: “Pot growers poor much more money into our local economy then Rob ever has.”

    ALL HAIL the Criminals!

  17. Anon.
    March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Are there really a lot of tweakers in Eureka? I would not know one if I saw one.

  18. March 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    1. Rob is a tic turd.
    2: Apparently he knows allot of other tic turds
    3. Some of these tic turds are running for president.

  19. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    18 comments….slow news day as usual on this blog….sheee-it….

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

    Only in Humboldt County? When it rains, it “poors.”

  21. Anonymous
    March 2, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    You got it right. The pot growers POOR this economy in so many other ways. If we want money to POUR in, stop the leakage of our legal and police resources, non payment of taxes, and damage to our safe neighborhoods by the scum that grow pot and raise the crime around here. Interesting how “poor” and “pour” were mis-used above.

    Oh, and back to Rob, he doesn’t agree with me politically but he does bring a lot of improvement to the area.

  22. ~@~
    March 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    You can lie all you want about pot growers not paying taxes. Its an urban legend. Of course they pay taxes.

    But back to Rob, he doesn’t pay his taxes or his debts.

    Now that’s a fact.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  23. anoni-truth-seeker
    March 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Help us Obi-Wan RA….you’re our only hope.

    It’s the Eureka version of Star Wars……..written by Hi-Fi.

  24. Ponder z
    March 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    the teacher (dope grower) payed his income tax. ON the public funded salary he got form all of us. What about the 500k? No tax payed on that, yet. Just another leach dope grower. Taking it form the public trough and not putting in the true share. With his dependants he got a refund on his income tax.

  25. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Spare me! RA has “evolved beyond campaign donations.” Perhaps lack of cash flow has something to do with that. Of course, that still hasn’t stopped him from throwing lavish parties (while still not paying his debts) so maybe it’s true. Or perhaps he has just shifted priorities.

  26. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Why would anyone take anything this guy says seriously? He lives in a fantasy world and his “truthiness” is far removed from reality.

  27. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Tell me how in the world a pot grower would be paying taxes. Just doesn’t happen.

  28. Mitch
    March 6, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Just doesn’t happen? Read this. The guy had to be paying taxes, because he was telling his county about every plant.


    Of course, now that the government has stepped in to protect the people from such awful threats, that model’s been pretty much blown out of the water.

    Just been reading “Water for Elephants.” Great book, with a great side plot touching on the disaster in the 30s, when, thanks to government action to protect us from demon liquor, 100,000 or more people went lame from drinking denatured Jake.

  29. Mitch
    March 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The Jake leg story is a good one for people who want to understand why simple solutions like prohibition create more problems than they solve. And, of course, the poorest (hobos) and least powerful (read: blacks and immigrants) bore the brunt. The largest penalty given out for 100,000 cases of paralysis was a two year sentence.

    Click to access Jake%20Leg,%20New%20Yorker.pdf

    One interesting thing I recently learned was that the image of the depression era hobo is wrong — the vast majority were young men in their twenties for whom no local work was available.

  30. RefFan
    March 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Jesus and the Democrat:
    A Republican, in a wheelchair, entered a restaurant one afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. The Republican looked across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus sitting over there?” The waitress nodded “yes” so the Republican requested that she give Jesus a cup of coffee, on him.
    The Next patron to come in was a Libertarian, with a hunched back. He shuffled over to a booth, painfully sat down, and asked the waitress for a cup of hot tea. He also glanced across the restaurant and asked, “Is that Jesus, over there?” The waitress nodded, so the Libertarian asked her to give Jesus a cup of hot tea, “My treat.”
    The third patron to come in was a Democrat on crutches. He hobbled over to a booth, sat down and hollered, Hey there Honey! Hows about getting me a cold glass of wine?” He too looked across the restaurant and asked, “Isnt that God’s boy over there?” The waitress nodded, so the Democrat directed her to give Jesus a cold glass of wine. “On my bill,” he said loudly.
    As Jesus got up to leave, he passed by the Republican, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are healed.” The Republican felt the strength come back into his legs, got up, and danced a jig out the door. Jesus passed the Libertarian, touched him and said, “For your kindness, you are heald.” The Libertarian felt his back straightening up and he raised his hands, praised the Lord, and did a series of back flips out the door.
    Then, Jesus walked towards the Democrat, just smiling. The Democrat jumped up and yelled, “Dont touch me, Im collecting disability!”

  31. Face the Truth
    March 6, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Great time to recycle that old joke. Last time I heard it, it was three ignorant rednecks walk into a bar…..but anyways.

    Isn’t Michael Campbell on disability, paid for by you and I? That’s what makes your joke so timely.

  32. Mitch
    March 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I’ve yet to figure out why so many people think a guy who gets paid a million dollars a year for having lunch and making phone calls is a hard worker, and a guy who gets paid $10/hour for cleaning restrooms, digging ditches or flipping burgers is lazy.

  33. High Finance
    March 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Excuse me Mitch, can you point out one single post, one single article anywhere that anybody called anybody “cleaning restrooms, digging ditches or flipping burgers” lazy ?

    Speaking of lazy Mitch, why don’t you try harder next time ?

  34. Fact Checker
    March 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    High Finance said:
    March 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “Speaking of lazy Mitch, why don’t you try harder next time ?”

    Still more name calling Hi Fi? You have no class my boy, no class.

  35. High Finance
    March 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I am no saint Factless. Someone insults me I insult them back you no good son of %$&^#@*@ !


  36. Smart 5th Grader
    March 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    That’s all you got Hi Fi? Insults are your stock in trade.

  37. High Finance
    March 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Hang up your moniker in shame 5th Grader.

  38. March 10, 2012 at 10:57 am

    It is easy to put down the Medium and ignore the Message

  39. Anonymous
    March 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Spinning a yarn is right, imo. Sorry I just tuned into this. My guess is that there is little attachment to reality in this story. It seens like another exaggeration/fantasy boosting his own importance in his own mind? If so, sad. If not, apologies.

  40. September 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I had a testy little email banter with good ole Rob the Mitt maker when I was doing relief work in New Orleans. he was proud of Bush’s response to the aftermath and belittled me for using biodiesel to clear lots in the Lower Ninth Ward. I guess he wanted to increase the tax base for Rob’s other monstrous political creation Gov. Booby J. Saving the Lower Ninth Ward residence property from being sleazed by the city was an honor. Doing it with biodiesel that myself and other green veterans produced from french quarter cooking oil made it even sweeter. Pissing Rob Arkley to the point he had to email me about it. PRICELESS!

  41. What Now
    September 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Mr. Soderberg, YOU are priceless!
    THANKS for that, you made my day.

  42. September 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Just Watchin :
    If I was Arkley, I’d pull out of Eureka lock, stock and barrell and let the city whither on the vine. See if the potheads and tweakers can pick up the economic slack.

    The MM industry has kept Humboldt County floating in green as well as greenbacks since prop 13 . Now that medical M is legal, the tax collector gets paid too. And fare more Money than Rob ever has ….fare more!

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