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Kevin Hamblin Appointed Director of Planning and Building

Press Release from Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

October 26, 2012 -Eureka, CA – The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors announced today the appointment of Kevin Hamblin to the position of Director of Planning and Building.

For the past three years, Mr. Hamblin served as the Community Development Director for Del Norte County. Prior to that, he was the Director of Community Development with the City of Eureka for 25 years. From 1981 to 1984 Mr. Hamblin worked as a planning assistant and Director of Planning for the Humboldt County Regional Planning Commission in Winnemucca, Nevada.

While with the City of Eureka, Mr. Hamblin’s department handled all of the permitting for the application of the Bayshore Mall, which passed on the 1986 ballot by 85 percent. It stands as one of the few regional shopping centers in the coastal zone and required an environmental impact report, one of the first-ever completed by the City. In addition, Mr. Hamblin directed the permitting of Eureka’s Target store, also in the coastal zone, organized the City’s Historic Preservation Commission, and was involved with the Eureka Boardwalk from start to finish, among many other projects.

“We are very pleased Kevin will be leading our Planning and Building Department,” said Virginia Bass, Chair of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. “He possesses an extensive professional background in planning and building on the North Coast, and has overseen many significant projects that give him in-depth knowledge of our area.”

Mr. Hamblin earned a B.S. in geographic planning from Brigham Young University in 1979. His first day with the County of Humboldt will be Nov. 13, 2012.

  1. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I can hear Lovelace shitting himself already. Actually, people heard him yelling while walking in the halls today.

  2. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    And Ms. Bass calls herself a democrat. What a bunch of BS. Clearly, a backwards move.

  3. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    So, that’s who was in charge that complied with the developer’s goldmine housing bubble, and ongoing collapse that has resulted in moratoriums with homes mall-workers will never afford….but will pay for anyway in their rents, crappy roads, sewer spills, and utility bills. How many foreclosures were in your neighborhood last year?

  4. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    “So, that’s who was in charge that complied with the developer’s goldmine housing bubble…”

    In Eureka? Really?

    In fact Hamblin is a honest, hard working guy who always takes a reasoned approach to development. Will he likely make significant changes inthe department including to personel? Probably so, but that’s what the majoity has been asking for and in fact has been needed for some time. Most of the staff will be fine but the extremists who have been trying to create policy rather than implement it should start packing. Planning is always a controversial department but it doesn’t have to be as bad as it has been. We can do better and this is an excellent step in a positive direction.

  5. Japanese Filmmaker
    October 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Having gnawed the bones of Eureka clean, the open maw of the horrible giant Arkleysuck (spawn of Humboldt muck) turns towards the tender virgin flesh of Humboldt County’s taxpayers.

    All you base belong to we.

  6. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    The guy who rode Eureka into the sunset gets the job at the county. Oh boy.

  7. anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    What is Del Norte County going to do without him?

  8. October 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Rob Arkley is peeing his pants with joy.

  9. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    What’s next? Tyson becomes the county’s CEO?

  10. JG
    October 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Great job County Board of Sups. Kevin is a great choice!!

  11. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    As if there aren’t lots of people in this county who would like to see the job opened up to nationwide applications. These days, it’s a buyer’s market for advanced degrees and years of experience to chose from. If only we deserved more than good ol’ boys and their good ol’ buddies.

  12. Anonymous
    October 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Heraldo :
    Rob Arkley is peeing his pants with joy.

    And Heraldo is as well, looking for any specious opportunity to invoke the name of the great Satan Rob Arkley.

  13. Thorstein Veblen
    October 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Could be worse. He’s not kirk girard. Ida thought martha would be a good choice. But, welcome and good luck Kevin.

  14. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Oh, if you like the way Eureka has gone the past 25 years, you’ll like Kevin fine.

  15. just middle class
    October 27, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I find the comments here troubling. What did folks expect? The days of the planned Humboldt County “smart (dumb) growth are over because it would not work in Humboldt County. Bringing Portland, OR, planning to rural Humboldt was and is not a good idea, like our Planning Department getting involved in family planning.

  16. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Eureka has done great things over the last 25 years with the exception of Glass era. Their last general plan update only took three years under Kevin’s guidance following the direction of the full Council.

  17. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Anyone know what Martha’s plans are now? She has spent much of her brief stint as interim director deliberately working against the desires of three Supes and to put it mildly she probably won’t be picking up any more support in January. The Supes have repeatedly asked for changes and has Martha very, very obviously and publicly undermined them at every turn. This doesn’t even address her activly using county time to work on Cleary’s campaign against the team who won. The group in power are pretty decent folks but this kind of deliberate insubordinance would be difficult to overlook. I hear that Martha is a generally nice person but I can’t see how that even begins to offset what she has done and how she has gone about it. The question is whether she leaves on her own, is ushered out, or wants to spend the rest of her career sorting paper clips by size and color. Maybe there’s other options too. I’m curious where she wants to go from here? No doubt Girard has a spot in Santa Clara and she might even thrive there. Retire?

  18. ICU812
    October 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Welcome Kevin Hamblin and welcome to Southern Humboldt water wars. I wonder how long until he looks at Garberville SD selling unmetered water to unpermitted houses and grows by the truck(s) load. In Southern Humboldt you don’t follow the money, you follow the water trucks!

  19. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

    “Eureka has done great things over the last 25 years with the exception of Glass era.”

    Really? Is that why most of the101 corridor down town is empty, why the waterfront remains contaminated and under-utilized, why any growth in new jobs are minimum wage service jobs for big boxes and franchise companies. Most of the parks are undermaintained with closed rest rooms and broken equipment, drug use, homelessness, and petty crime is rampant, and most of the elementary schools have closed. Meanwhile Arcata attracts manufacturing and has a thriving downtown.

    Ya, “Eureka has done great things” … say this over and over and click your heels (but don’t go behind the mall after you get off work from your WalMart job).

  20. 713
    October 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    i agree arcata does a good job with the manufacturing, but the thriving downtown has more to do with HSU than anything the city has done.

  21. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    “…but the thriving downtown has more to do with HSU than anything the city has done”

    Eureka is the county hub with lots of State, Federal and County workers – so how come Arcata’s thriving downtown has everything to do with having a State institution nearby, but that somehow doesn’t apply to Eureka. Perhaps because the effort to attract franchise and big box stores and the decision to put a jail downtown make for a sterile and hostile environment and these employees and people required to come into Eureka to take care of business want to get out of town as soon as possible?
    It actually takes some planning (unlike the “actions” taken in Eureka) to make a town attractive to the people who are likely to spend money in that town. HSU professors and well-to-do parents of students could easily leave Arcata and spend their money elsewhere. But they don’t, and there is a reason for those actions.

  22. jr
    October 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    A big reason for the success of downtown Arcata is that the Arcata Downtown Business Community applied for and received State assistance for the Main Street Program. This program also was used for Old Town Eureka. Both areas have lively commercial districts.

  23. A-nony-mouse
    October 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    jr, it’s no thanks to Hamblin’s Bayshore Maul, the ugliest clone building on the North Coast. The opportunity to have a Redwood theme open attractive shopping center never seemed to enter the mind of Mr Hamblin (been to Scotia lately?). So now we have a vacant blighted maul that hopes WalMart (the BIG sucker of suckers) will bail it out. That’s not planning. That’s the wildest wishful thinmking I’ve ever seen. We need NEW blood, not another GOB retread.
    Sadly we’re seeing Eureka style politics invade the county. Only the status quo or the special few have a say.Good work, Virginia, Wrecks, and Ryan. The 3 Stooges ride again!

  24. 713
    October 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Yes, i am sure having thousands of students and state employees within walking distance of your downtown has little or no effect on its economic well being.

  25. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, I am sure having thousands of citizens doing county business and service, and state, county, city and federal employees within walking distance of your downtown has little or no effect on Eureka’s economic well being.

    Yes, that’s because of poor planning over the past 50 years.

  26. jr
    October 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    A-nony-mous: You are correct that we need new blood and one that has vision and has seen other places. But the Main Street program helped to counteract the strip mall mentality. Without this program the Old Town/Downtown commercial district would be in even worse shape. (I like the term Maul. I have referred to it as the Gran Mal with the Eureka Mall being the Petite Mal.)

  27. 713
    October 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Where are these thousands of state and federal employees located in eureka?

  28. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    713 – reading comprehension: “thousands of citizens doing county business and service, and state, county, city and federal employees”

  29. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Many students and faculty commute to HSU, so it’s disingenuous to suggest “thousands” are downtown on any given day. Similarly, many Humboldt County citizens are required to go to downtown Eureka for a variety of government services (including, jury duty, licensing, permits, etc) and many work for government agencies in downtown Eureka (including city, state, and federal agencies). Both towns have the “opportunity” to attract these people to their downtown. To some degree, Eureka even more so because the potential customers are not poor students.

  30. Eric Kirk
    October 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Eureka has done great things over the last 25 years with the exception of Glass era.

    When was Larry Glass ever a part of a majority vote?

    And in walking from the Courthouse to the Sea Grill one morning, I counted nine vacant business flats. Was Glass responsible for that?

  31. October 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Over six thousand people a day commute into Eureka. We did this research in drafting the Eureka Fair Wage Act. Eureka is the business and governmental center of the region. Just to add some fact to the grist.

  32. Reads a Lot
    October 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I didn’t read all the comments. Bet all of you missed when Hamlin sat at the Teen Challenge
    revival, saying Yes, Jesus to a 50 man half way house. In all probability this good brain-
    washed religious boy hasn’t begun to get his half way house quota in. He is famous for
    make believe mailings warning people as to what is coming to their neighborhoods.

    Anything Hamlin has his hands in, will in probability, turn to another tobacco stain. With Virginia Bass working with him in all probability it will go from tobacco stains to a big pile of excrement.

  33. Anonymous
    October 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Sherlock must be pulling out his hair while loading his 7% solution. They commute to “work” and then they want to go home. Sorry the solution has never been of help to you,Eric.

  34. A-nony-mouse
    October 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks, jr. I think we agree. When the Bayshore Maul came in, Old Town came within a gnat’s eyelash of folding completely. It took a heroic effort to save it. Now it’s the BM that’s on it’s knees. If anyone thinks that’s an example of good planning, have this wonderful bridge I’d like to sell them. It’s a SUSPENSION BRIDGE, too!!

  35. 713
    October 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Do you really believe the daily business of county citizens at the courthouse and whatever state business your are citing is economically equal to having a university in your town, or are you just fucking with me?

  36. jr
    October 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    A-nony-mous: I thought the the Bayshore Mall had a greater affect on Downtown since it was struggling even before the Mall arrived. The loss of Penney’s to the Mall was a major hit. But no question, when Bayshore opened ALL retailing centers were affected as people wanted to shop in The Next Big Thing. Even the Arcata merchants were worried about the Mall. The Mall forced merchants not in it to join together to develop strategies to attract shoppers, and employing the Main Street methodology helped in this effort.

  37. anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Yeah, business as usual in Eureka. Vacant buildings. Businesses closing and leaving. Yet Betty Chin is going to open another homeless shelter in the downtown area. Way to go cheerleader Virginia Bass and other supporters and enablers. The business of welfare. Keep up the good work! NOT

  38. Weed King
    October 28, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I’m waiting for someone to make a suggestion on how to improve Eureka. All I see is whining and personal attacks.

  39. October 28, 2012 at 6:33 am

    We can improve Eureka by raising wages for 1,200 of our hardest working and lowest paid friends & family. Good for the workers, good for the local economy.

    get involved http://fairwages.org info @ fairwages.org

  40. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 7:37 am

    The same big money funded the campaigns of Ryan, Virginia, the Brady Bunch, Rex, Estelle, and, now, Bonino. Hiring Hamblin is like hiring the fox to guard the chicken coop. Rex even said in a debate that when he was elected that Humboldt County would be “open for business.”
    Tyson introduced the pie in the sky east to west railroad to the board of supes, recently. (BB and RA’s little baby or weapon of mass distraction?) He should have retired when he had the opportunity, but his ego and the money is just too hard to resist. I would not be surprised if he replaces Philip as county CEO. Oh, then who would replace him? Nancy? Disgusting Eureka politics HAS spilled over into the county.
    If you don’t like the underhanded move to bring the job-killer, Wallmart, into Eureka, one is told by the both the Grim Mayor and Rex, “Just don’t shop there”.
    If you don’t like what is going on around here, one is told, “If you don’t like it, leave.”
    For the record, not everyone likes shopping in Eureka anymore. Eureka is depressing, depressed and oppressed.

  41. October 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

    We need about 500 signatures now to start reversing the damage in Eureka. We need 10 people that can pledge 50 signatures, or 25 people who can pledge 20 signatures, or 50 people who can pledge 10 signatures. Or 100 people that can pledge 5 signatures! Signers must be registered to vote in Eureka. contact info @ fairwages.org

  42. notafan
    October 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Salzman, your an ass. Your posts are alway the same crap, why don’t you just e-mail George Clark directly

  43. Anon
    October 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Anonymous :
    The same big money funded the campaigns of Ryan, Virginia, the Brady Bunch, Rex, Estelle, and, now, Bonino. Hiring Hamblin is like hiring the fox to guard the chicken coop. Rex even said in a debate that when he was elected that Humboldt County would be “open for business.”
    Tyson introduced the pie in the sky east to west railroad to the board of supes, recently. (BB and RA’s little baby or weapon of mass distraction?) He should have retired when he had the opportunity, but his ego and the money is just too hard to resist. I would not be surprised if he replaces Philip as county CEO. Oh, then who would replace him? Nancy? Disgusting Eureka politics HAS spilled over into the county.
    If you don’t like the underhanded move to bring the job-killer, Wallmart, into Eureka, one is told by the both the Grim Mayor and Rex, “Just don’t shop there”.
    If you don’t like what is going on around here, one is told, “If you don’t like it, leave.”
    For the record, not everyone likes shopping in Eureka anymore. Eureka is depressing, depressed and oppressed.

    What big money? Who gave this big money to Bonino and how much did they give? I thought there was a rule that nobody could give more than $500.

    Put up or STFU.

  44. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

    STFU? My point exactly.

  45. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Don’t try to blame Salzman. You can’t handle the truth.

  46. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Oh, by the way, $500 IS a lot of money.

  47. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

    $500 is a weeks worth of wages for some people.

  48. October 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

    $500 is 62 hours of work for minimum wage workers. We all know what is broken, let’s fix it.

    California has the lowest minimum wage on the West Coast.

    Raise wages!

  49. Thorstein Veblen
    October 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Suggestion for Eureka; have a downtown thats friendly to pedestrians and feels safe. No marina center, no bayshore mall, without the status-quo highway alignment.

  50. anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Eureka will never change for the better as long as the same bad actors run the show. Distractions such as a mythical railroad float around while the city goes to hell. What is Kevin doing back here.

  51. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    The bad actors will always run this city until the “democrats” return to their roots and initiate their first-ever canvass to educate and register this areas majority of non-voters. The republicans know what they’re doing when they work to limit voters by any means possible.

  52. grouchy
    October 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Well, at least Hamblin’s not from Texas — which was a rumor I heard. I suppose there are other people from Texas besides Charles Hurwitz, George W. Bush, and JR Ewing, but those three seem like the best candidates for the kind of Humboldt planning director that the supposed people of this county supposedly want.

  53. Anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    “Do you really believe the daily business of county citizens at the courthouse and whatever state business your are citing is economically equal to having a university in your town, or are you just fucking with me?”

    I think you really make the point here. If a university is such a great economic boon to a city then why didn’t Eureka try to have a branch of the UC when they were looking for new campus locations? Do you think current Eureka council would promote that? Many in Eureka would see losing political power to a new demographic as not being worth the economic boom that a university would bring. Especially if it meant becoming anything like Arcata.

  54. anonymous
    October 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Does Hamblin still live in Arcata?

  55. 713
    October 29, 2012 at 6:29 am

    You miss the point. arcata has thousands of people concentrated at hsu within walking distance of the plaza and downtown. eureka doesnt have that. i doubt anybody would turn down a university, but where would you put a 2,000 acre campus in eureka?

  56. Mag 7.7 British Columbia
    October 29, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Eureka has thousands of people concentrated in neighborhoods within walking distance of the downtown.

  57. just middle class
    October 29, 2012 at 7:38 am

    When first the Harris Street Mall then the Bayshore Mall came to Eureka, it changed the retail landscape. Not just the location but the operating margins. Prior to the malls, local retailers had the luxury of high margins because of the lack of competition. Also shopping patterns changed with mensware sales dropping through the basement. Even if the malls did not happen, many of the stores would be in trouble because of the dip in our economy and internet sales.
    It is troubling to see all the comments about not developing infrustructure as an argument to help our economy, which has no basis in fact. The idea of a local isolated economy is long gone and we are a small part of a large economy. Just like the house bubble, we are now in the marajuana bubble, which is deflating because of over production and lowering prices. Other areas are now exploiting this crop and our traditional advantage is shrinking. So all of the talk of economic isolation as a “good” thing are just silly.
    So when folks complain of the new Planning Director’s history of completing big projects as a bad thing, then I become concerned about their thinking.

  58. October 29, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Eureka has way too many low wage service and retail jobs and not enough higher productivity higher wage manutacturing/industrial jobs. We should build another brewery. Brewing beer is a natural industry for Eureka, where water supplies are abundant since the collapse of the Samoa Pulp Mill.

    In the mieantime after 30 years of “trickle down” and “supply side” economics it is time for some “bubble up” and “demand side” economics. Let’s require large profitable employers to pay a fair wage of $12.00 an hour while leaving the local mom & pops deregulated.

    contact us info@fairwages.org

  59. just middle class
    October 29, 2012 at 8:20 am

    The idea of an island of high minimum wage is not a good plan because businesses will move out of Eureka, or just leave the area. Very few businesses can afford the minimum you support. This is just an anti-Walmart move that will hurt other businesses. Retail can not support that high of a minimum wage. If the goal is to force larger businesses out of Eureka and to have their employees without jobs, you have found a way.

  60. jack of hearts
    October 29, 2012 at 8:44 am

    just middle class :
    When first the Harris Street Mall then the Bayshore Mall came to Eureka, it changed the retail landscape. Not just the location but the operating margins. Prior to the malls, local retailers had the luxury of high margins because of the lack of competition. Also shopping patterns changed with mensware sales dropping through the basement. Even if the malls did not happen, many of the stores would be in trouble because of the dip in our economy and internet sales.
    It is troubling to see all the comments about not developing infrustructure as an argument to help our economy, which has no basis in fact. The idea of a local isolated economy is long gone and we are a small part of a large economy. Just like the house bubble, we are now in the marajuana bubble, which is deflating because of over production and lowering prices. Other areas are now exploiting this crop and our traditional advantage is shrinking. So all of the talk of economic isolation as a “good” thing are just silly.
    So when folks complain of the new Planning Director’s history of completing big projects as a bad thing, then I become concerned about their thinking.

    +1 good opinion.

  61. October 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

    OK Just Middle Class please name one (1) large business that will leave Eureka if they are required to pay a fair wage and we will talk about it.

    just middle class :
    The idea of an island of high minimum wage is not a good plan because businesses will move out of Eureka, or just leave the area. Very few businesses can afford the minimum you support. This is just an anti-Walmart move that will hurt other businesses. Retail can not support that high of a minimum wage. If the goal is to force larger businesses out of Eureka and to have their employees without jobs, you have found a way.

  62. Sam
    October 29, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Anonymous :
    “So, that’s who was in charge that complied with the developer’s goldmine housing bubble…”
    In Eureka? Really?
    In fact Hamblin is a honest, hard working guy who always takes a reasoned approach to development. Will he likely make significant changes inthe department including to personel? Probably so, but that’s what the majoity has been asking for and in fact has been needed for some time. Most of the staff will be fine but the extremists who have been trying to create policy rather than implement it should start packing. Planning is always a controversial department but it doesn’t have to be as bad as it has been. We can do better and this is an excellent step in a positive direction.

    I know someone with alot of suitcases we can donate them to the idiots on their way out!

  63. Sam
    October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Anonymous :
    Anyone know what Martha’s plans are now? She has spent much of her brief stint as interim director deliberately working against the desires of three Supes and to put it mildly she probably won’t be picking up any more support in January. The Supes have repeatedly asked for changes and has Martha very, very obviously and publicly undermined them at every turn. This doesn’t even address her activly using county time to work on Cleary’s campaign against the team who won. The group in power are pretty decent folks but this kind of deliberate insubordinance would be difficult to overlook. I hear that Martha is a generally nice person but I can’t see how that even begins to offset what she has done and how she has gone about it. The question is whether she leaves on her own, is ushered out, or wants to spend the rest of her career sorting paper clips by size and color. Maybe there’s other options too. I’m curious where she wants to go from here? No doubt Girard has a spot in Santa Clara and she might even thrive there. Retire?

    Martha is one of the most devisive people there; if she does not like you she’ll do everything in her power to not get your application to the planning commission for heaven’s sake…I recall the story of her ranting in the hallway about having someone’s house torn down because it was visible from a boat offshore… A real peach that one.

    And when she said that stopping the plan was unfair to Clendenen’s constituents – that they would not have an opportunity to have input on the General Plan? Well, I think that was the final nail in her coffin….it was his constituents that voted IN Estelle—-and Cliffy (her daughter’s boyfriend is none other than Cliffy’s son) OUT. Kleenex on the bus to Portland, Martha?

  64. Just Middle Finance
    October 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

    You need to understand business. Business does not exist to create jobs, business exists to create profit. Sure, the Bayshore Mall is half empty and Broadway and 4th & 5th streets are about one third empty, but profits are up from 20 years ago. The Lords live in bigger houses and we own a lot more land plus we have created a few minimum wage jobs. What we need to do is eliminate socialized wages so the free market can prevail. Thanks to Bone and soon, Bonino, we will soon be ending socialized community planning and introducing as many free market principles into Humboldt County’s current socialist governmental structure. We got the votes, the cash, the businesses, the houses and now the Director of Planning and Building! Ka-Ching!!! Build baby build!!

  65. jack of hearts
    October 29, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Build baby… BUILD!

  66. Just Middle Class
    October 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I find the comment Build baby, build odd. So who are you talking about? Builders will only build for a market and having a person in Planning creates a market? I guess that what you are saying is that having a person in Planning should stop building? Please try to present a coherent statement.

  67. Just Middle Class
    October 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Why would anyone invest in a business is they will not make a profit? Are you calling for government owned businesses?

  68. Just Middle Finance
    October 29, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Carpet the hillsides with houses, every American Dreamer has a right to the Hills of Humboldt! Plus if we turn the hills into sub-divisions, the dope growers will move to Mendo. What we need is for government to get out of the way of business, like for example, Houston, Texas, the only large American city with no formal zoning code. Without zoning codes and socialist wages, business will flock to the Northcoast. Build Baby Build!!!! And remember to vote Bonino!

  69. just middle class
    October 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I can not have a discussion with irrational thinking, sorry.

  70. Just Middle Finance
    October 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    yeah, jmc. These libtards don’t understand us, just irrational leftist.

  71. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Martha is one of the most devisive people there; if she does not like you she’ll do everything in her power to not get your application to the planning commission for heaven’s sake…I recall the story of her ranting in the hallway about having someone’s house torn down because it was visible from a boat offshore… A real peach that one.
    And when she said that stopping the plan was unfair to Clendenen’s constituents – that they would not have an opportunity to have input on the General Plan? Well, I think that was the final nail in her coffin….it was his constituents that voted IN Estelle—-and Cliffy (her daughter’s boyfriend is none other than Cliffy’s son) OUT. Kleenex on the bus to Portland, Martha?

    My impression of Martha is somewhat different. I haven’t found her to be unnecessarily mean spirited just focused on policies she really believes in and willing to overstep and manipulate her role to accomplish her goals. That makes her a lousy planner and administrator but not evil. I supose either way she needs to move on but I don’t think it’s fair to revile her unfairly. I am curious as to her plans. The entire department needs to start healing it’s relationship with the community and some new faces will be an integral part of that process. I have my own thoughts but am interested in who others think should pursue other interests and who should stay?

  72. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Local Shot Callers want their entitlement to the public’s infrastructure to continue, and this world’s “Hamblins” are chosen over Martha for that reason.

    Plopping malls and sprawl on granddaddy’s land maximizes profits and is the only way the local good ol’ boys can stay rich the easy way since our industries tanked. To Hell with affordable infill housing, to Hell with building beyond infrastructure capacity, to Hell with economic studies, sustainability and future generations!

    There’s 2 kinds of people in this world, the doers, and the done to. When this community’s streets become too dangerous to walk, bike or drive, and its crime, drug abuse and homelessness start to ooze into nicer neighborhoods, the lucky ones spit, and are doing so in record numbers. It is the short-sighted development practices by the folks who have been in control here forever that have made this place less livable….the reason their children leave in droves.

    Outspending all political opponents in corrupt local elections is the only way they can continue an unsustainable development model that is failing nationwide.

  73. October 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    “Just Middle Class” please name a business that will leave Eureka if they are required to pay a fair wage. You threw out the idea that business will flee, but it is a falsehood. We have the research to prove it. We have Santa Fe New Mexico as a real life model of a successful “high wage island.”

    Back up your assertion with facts or admit that you are misinformed.

  74. just middle class
    October 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I base my opinion on my many years of experience in business with many employees. We paid many more than your minimum but starting at 12 would have been impossible. Any business that is working to balance overhead/margins/sales will have difficulty with the proposed minimum. Starting and low skill jobs can not demand $12 an hour. Remember that that $12 is not the true cost to the business. Benefits, taxes, etc. increase the cost significantly. Since I do not know exactly which business is struggling, I can not name a specific business, but my experience in business gives me a basis to make my statement.
    If I were to name one, I would probably name Sears, ore KMart as a possible loss.

  75. October 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    One or the other of KMart or Sears or both may close due to competition from Walmart. That is not the same thing as leaving. It is obvious that there was already an oversupply of retail here in Eureka even before Walmart opened.

    Would you move your own business if you were required to pay $12.00 an hour? Where would you move it to?

  76. October 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    We don’t need any food stamp jobs. We need living wages for all or for none.Working and living in poverty is bullshit and we will not stand for it. Corporate profits at at record levels and so is poverty and that is unacceptable.

  77. 713
    October 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Santa Fe is your example? maybe you could use a place that doesnt have nearly twice the household income as eureka.

  78. October 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    When we force the corporations to pay a fair wage they wont.

  79. William Verick
    October 29, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Well, I don’t know much about Kevin Hamblin or any specific projects he waived through. If anyone has information about what went through on his watch and what his role was, that would be useful to hear.

    As for the previous Girard planning administration (which was terminated 5-0), I have not been very impressed. Girard, — former Enviro feel-good guy for LP and its pulp mill — was a nice man. But his department waived through the Moss subdivision in Westhaven/Trinidad over the vociferous objections of the City of Trinidad. Girard’s planning dept went out of its way to do illegal things to help the developer there. And, as far as I can see, most of the ugly LA-style development in McKinleyville was on Kirk’s watch.

    If anyone thinks the Girard Administration was going to stand in the way of putting houses on the hills above Humboldt Bay, i’m open to hearing how it was that Kirk was going to stop that. If Simpson came in and wanted to convert it’s land above Clam Beach to ranchettes, does anyone think any County planning czar (or czarina) was going to stand in the way?

    The government here, from the Arcata City Council to the Eureka City Council, the county Board of Stupes, the city managers (Dan Hauser and Dave Tyson!) and the planning departments who work for those entities, Humboldt Superior Court judges, the DA and Sheriff are all basic testimony that governmental entities can suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. That’s how it was and how it will be.

    It’s partly who you know, but also who you blow.

    Arkley is a symptom, not a cause.

  80. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Mr. Verick knows damn-well that proving what Kevin Hamblin “did”, is as simple as showing what he didn’t do…..like all the others in positions to question Eureka’s mall/sprawl agenda, including and preceding Nanny Flemming and Harvey Rose’s secretive invitation to Wal-Mart in 1999. Hamblin expressed ZERO professional concerns that SHOULD accompany EVERY additional building and subdivision that, under his watch, worsened Eureka’s over-capacity infrastructure, its sewers and its streets. Hamblin merely regurgitated Cherie Arkley’s opinion that only 30% of her Star Bucks business would be drive-through when 70% was more accurate. (5 people have died in this tiny rural city trying to cross 101 downtown since last January, 2012). Hamblin had NO reservations about adding more big boxes in Eureka despite the $30,000 research his city sponsored to hire Bay Area Economics that concluded Eureka was already saturated in poverty-wages. Hamblin’s silence is directly responsible for the broader impacts this has had on Eureka with increased crime, drug abuse and homelessness. This is the caliber of bureaucrat necessary to maintain a development model that is unsustainable, but still profitable for a tiny group of elites’ narrow agenda to maximize profits on land bought/inherited on the cheap.

    It looks like that little spat between Eureka and the county is finally over…all the ducks are now in a row…, well, except for Linda Atkins and Mark Lovelace.

    Local government has never represented the people, and it certainly won’t start now by putting critical job openings out to bid to “dangerous outsiders” and their newfangled ideas and worse…. Independent thinking!

  81. jack of hearts
    October 30, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Build residential and commercial in desirable areas.

  82. just middle class
    October 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

    The job of Planning Director is to administer the implementation of plans and policies developed by his/her employer, the Board of Supervisors. Hearing all this babble about how past and present Directors did not stop some form of development clearly indicates that the writer has no understanding of the role of the Department. Saying that a single person is somehow responsible for drug use and homelessness is just plain silly.
    Our economy and our system is based on investment, which means that someone risks capital in the hopes of returning a profit in the future. Without this system and no insentive to invest, there would be no real economy, just government. We see how that is working in other places, say Greece and Cuba. If there are not sufficient investment profits created and taxed, then there is insufficient income to the government to cover expences (Greece). The idea of taxing your way to prosperity does not work.
    Business operation (investment), purchasing assets (investment), equity investments (stocks) all have the potential for profit and therefore taxes. Capital gains and dividends are investment incomes and are taxed at a lower rate to encourage investment to help grow the economy.
    Eureka and other cities want to provide a range of retail opportunities to minimize excapement, that is citizens leaving their area to shop and outside people not shopping their stores. Much of the income for a city comes from sales tax and any smart city will do all that they can to capture the maximum amount of sales taxes they can collect.
    Many of the commenters here seem to hate the people who invest and risk capital, the fundamental basis of our economy.

  83. October 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

    just middle class :
    Eureka and other cities want to provide a range of retail opportunities to minimize excapement, that is citizens leaving their area to shop and outside people not shopping their stores. Much of the income for a city comes from sales tax and any smart city will do all that they can to capture the maximum amount of sales taxes they can collect.
    .

    Really JMC? You believe that it is the job of government – not to act for the benefit of citizens – not to act to improve the economy of the city – but to MAXIMIZE TAX REVENUE?

    That is truly an astonishing position for a conservative like you.

    have a peaceful day,
    Bill

  84. October 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation.

    The study found that minimum wage increases have not had a negative effect on employment in New England.

    In Massachusetts alone, the minimum wage has increased six times since 1995. During this period, growth in industries with concentrations of high minimum wage earners has been higher than total employment.

    http://massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=minimum_wage_job_creation.html&utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=min_wage

  85. anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Just think of this. Betty Chin’s new homeless shelter is funded by the Catholic church so when they buy the building at 7th & C it will be off the tax rolls forever. No property tax. Good going stupid people running Eureka.

  86. Just Middle Finance
    October 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Awww that busy-body betty be helping the poor and hurtin the taxpayers, bad betty, bad!!! Those poor folks need to work at wal*mart where they will get low wages, alwayz©

  87. Anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    eurekaworker :
    Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation.
    The study found that minimum wage increases have not had a negative effect on employment in New England.
    In Massachusetts alone, the minimum wage has increased six times since 1995. During this period, growth in industries with concentrations of high minimum wage earners has been higher than total employment.
    http://massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=minimum_wage_job_creation.html&utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=min_wage

    I have no idea who’s right or wrong on the underlying issue but quoting the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center as a source of unbiased information is like asking us to believe that O’Reily or Maddow are unbiased news sources. I tend to distrust everything from groups like these. At some point we might actually consider using the facts to base our decisions on. It’s not as much fun but we might make better choices.

  88. Plain Jane
    October 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Here is another source, #87: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/11/us/11minimum.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    “Nearly a decade ago, when voters in Washington approved a measure that would give the state’s lowest-paid workers a raise nearly every year, many business leaders predicted that small towns on this side of the state line would suffer.

    But instead of shriveling up, small-business owners in Washington say they have prospered far beyond their expectations. In fact, as a significant increase in the national minimum wage heads toward law, businesses here at the dividing line between two economies — a real-life laboratory for the debate — have found that raising prices to compensate for higher wages does not necessarily lead to losses in jobs and profits.”

    “Business owners say they have had to increase prices somewhat to keep up. But both states are among the nation’s leaders in the growth of jobs and personal income, suggesting that an increase in the minimum wage has not hurt the overall economy.

    “We’re paying the highest wage we’ve ever had to pay, and our business is still up more than 11 percent over last year,” said Tom Singleton, who manages a Papa Murphy’s takeout pizza store here, with 13 employees.”

  89. Anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Plain Jane :
    Here is another source, #87: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/11/us/11minimum.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
    “Nearly a decade ago, when voters in Washington approved a measure that would give the state’s lowest-paid workers a raise nearly every year, many business leaders predicted that small towns on this side of the state line would suffer.
    But instead of shriveling up, small-business owners in Washington say they have prospered far beyond their expectations. In fact, as a significant increase in the national minimum wage heads toward law, businesses here at the dividing line between two economies — a real-life laboratory for the debate — have found that raising prices to compensate for higher wages does not necessarily lead to losses in jobs and profits.”
    “Business owners say they have had to increase prices somewhat to keep up. But both states are among the nation’s leaders in the growth of jobs and personal income, suggesting that an increase in the minimum wage has not hurt the overall economy.
    “We’re paying the highest wage we’ve ever had to pay, and our business is still up more than 11 percent over last year,” said Tom Singleton, who manages a Papa Murphy’s takeout pizza store here, with 13 employees.”

    Thank you for the additional source. With some trepidation I do consider the NY Times to be a better source of information. Unfortunately the content in the 2007 article is anecdotal to a very few examples but very interesting nonetheless. I wonder what the effect of higher minimum wages in the US has on our ability to sell the few goods we still produce around the world? On the surface it would seem to reduce our competitivness but the effect may well be nominal since internationally sold goods are likely produced by workers making more than minimum wage anyway. I suppose too that there is even less effect locally since we don’t really produce anything anyway. Except of course the one product we don’t discuss and in any event it isn’t subject to wage laws of any type.

  90. Plain Jane
    October 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    If you have a NY Times subscription you can get any number of news articles (not opinions) of studies and the results of minimum wage increases clear back to the 1800’s, #89. Main street economics haven’t changed all that much. When workers have the ability to purchase what they produce, the economy and business does well and when they don’t the economy tanks and poor people suffer. The rich, however, get richer and gain a larger share of total assets. How many times do we need to repeat this experiment before people get it?

  91. anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Just Middle Finance – You don’t know math do you.

  92. jack of hearts
    October 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    radmul :
    We don’t need any food stamp jobs. We need living wages for all or for none.Working and living in poverty is bullshit and we will not stand for it. Corporate profits at at record levels and so is poverty and that is unacceptable.

    If you think Im gonna pay some knock kneed, pimple faced teenager who live at home $12/hr forget it!

  93. October 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Raising the minimum wage here will pump $2.5 million into the local economy. That’s a conservative estimate based upon 1,000 Eureka workers each making $2,500 more per year. For you local business entrepreneurs visualize a fresh $100 bill in the pocket, purse or wallet of every man, woman and child in the city of Eureka. Do the math.

    These hard working people will not be driving to Crescent City to spend their bounty. They will spend it right here.

  94. Just Middle Finance
    October 30, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    math schmath, I know the libtards be wreckin america. we need government out of the way of business, no socializud medicine or wages, let the free market prevail. vote for bonino for more wal*mart type jobs in eureka.

  95. Plain Jane
    October 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    If you paid $12 an hour you could hire a responsible adult, Jack. There are lots of them looking for a living wage job. Haven’t you noticed?

  96. October 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    “Jack of Hearts” what kind of business do you own and how many employees do you have? If you have less than 25 employees then your business is exempt from the $12.00 minimum wage. We have left the local mom & pop sector unregulated in order to level the playing field for them with predatory corporate competition.

    http://fairwages.org

    If you are a local business who wants to help our effort (and help yourself) please contact us info@fairwages.org

  97. October 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Anonymous #85, I really have to thank you for letting me know about Betty Chinn. Due to your mis-spelling I thought she might be someone my parents had known, but her name and story is different, and quite a good one to see.

    If you know anything about the homeless, then you know a few take advantage, but so many are actually unable to participate in normative republican society, though they certainly can in a broader human society. Some can well grow again to accomplish, there.

    You might like to understand Betty Chinn’s own story, from a China my family knew; and a level of recognition, from people outside the Humboldt loop who grew to know about her.

    http://www.womensconference.org/betty-chinn/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Kwan_Chinn

  98. anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Let Betty put the homeless center in her neighborhood. And the non taxable shill Catholic church from Santa Rosa? What a scam.

  99. Anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    “Hearing all this babble about how past and present Directors did not stop some form of development clearly indicates that the writer has no understanding of the role of the Department. Saying that a single person is somehow responsible for drug use and homelessness is just plain silly.” (#82).

    No one here has claimed that Kevin Hamblin could stop anything or is responsible for this city’s woes.

    That does not preclude Mr. Hamblin from offering a professional opinion that might appropriately question policies that, in fact, exacerbated this city’s woes, only Mr. Hambin can silence himself, and did so.

    This is another excellent reason important public positions should be offered to the general public.

  100. just middle class
    October 31, 2012 at 7:24 am

    What does “This is another reason important public positions should be offered to the general public.” mean?

  101. Just Middle Finance
    October 31, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Yeah! Beacause Rob Junior’s people know best. Why do you think they own all the business property, most of the residential rental property, all of the businesses in town, and all the politicians and their appointees? Because we own it all and we’re gonna make a killing while the general tries to scrape out a living. Ka-Ching!

  102. just middle class
    October 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

    JMF, I guess your assertion is based on your belief, which has little basis in fact. The idea that some realestate owners will make a “killing” whie the general public just scrapes out a living does not work. Realestate owners and business owners all rely on the general public’s ability to shop, which is dependent on their economic position. If the general public is doing poorly, everyone does poorly. You seem to have a “thing” about Arkley that is somewhat irrational. I am sure that he would like to have the pull that you attribute to him.

  103. Just Middle Finance
    October 31, 2012 at 8:20 am

    B.S. jmc! The profits at my gas stations have risen throughout the “Great Recession” and I have steadily been raising rents on my rentals. I am making more money than ever. Last year I raised the rent on 14 units by $100 each so I could make the payment on a new four-plex (true story). Ka-Ching! Making a killing baby!

  104. Just Middle Class
    October 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Talk about BS.

  105. Just Midddle Finance
    October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    One of your big problems, jmc, is that you think people buy the lies, they don’t. You think they haven’t noticed rent has gone up during the “Great Recession? PG&E, gasoline, beer, groceries, everything up … except wages. So we own everything and the general public keeps giving us more and more but we pay them less and less. You really need to not believe the lies we spew to the general public. They know what’s up; prices and profits. And they know what’s going down; disposable income and the percentage of “middle class” in America. If you persist on telling such transparent lies, we will have to change your moniker to Just No Class.

  106. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    “What does ‘This is another reason important public positions should be offered to the general public.’ mean?” #100

    Are you deft?

    Municipalities looking for top officers should be required to post them locally and nationally and appoint a transparent committee that can demonstrate how an applicant with advanced degrees and years of experience, (currently flooding the market), is more or less qualified than a local boy.

    This is proven to be the only way to effect the stacking of agencies with sycophants prone to corruption.

    Hiring committees can be rigged, but remain responsible to the public.

  107. just middle class
    November 1, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Not understanding an unclear statement is more the problem of the author than the reader. With that said, the “hiring committee” is responsible to the public because the are all elected.

  108. November 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Albuquerque Minimum Wage Boost Polls More than 2-1 In Favor…

    Poll conducted by TV KRQE shows voter support for higher minimum wage at 62%-30%.

  109. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    “With that said, the “hiring committee” is responsible to the public because the are all elected.” #107

    Hiring committees are appointed, but that’s beside the point.

    The job was not posted for a national search as it should have been. There are scores of bright individuals with advanced degrees in their field and years of experience in planning. They just don’t know who the shot callers are and can’t be trusted.

  110. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Great post Eurekaworks!

    Another example of how community media can’t be bothered asking the Chamber of Commerce to cite any reference or studies to back spurious opinions about the minimum wage.

  111. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    We are so thankful that the Board of Supervisors finally authorized Kevin to either retire or resign. In other words, he finally got fired! It was truly a blessing. He did nothing but get in the way of staff following proper procedures and treating all residents equally. He was notorious for taking credit for work he did not do. He does not have much to show for his few years at Del Norte County. Wait for the calls requesting President Hamblin; we finally figured it out, the only business he got done while at work was church business. He knew he didn’t want to be in Del Norte County from the start. He did not purchase a home in the community nor did he move his family here. It seems like a contradiction to me to be a Community Development Director but not live in the community you serve. I thought Del Norte County made a bad decision with the track record he had from the CIty of Eureka but I believe that Humboldt County made an even worse decision. You would think that after two failed employment opportunities in neighboring jurisdiction he would not be interviewed as a qualified applicant. Thank God he is out of Del Norte County. I have great sympathy for the staff at Humboldt County who will have to work with him. He is loud and obnoxious, he hums and whistles his way through the office, a true sign that he is not getting anything done. Work to get him fired quick or you will surfer a very painful experience that will last way too long. Expect competent staff to look for employment elsewhere.

  112. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Kevin will leave Humboldt County using his back for a disability claim.

  113. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Helping your friends is what politics is always about.

  114. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Leave it to Eureka to take Crescent City’s reject. Just like we welcome Arcata’s reject John Shelter.

  115. Abatista
    November 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Don’t forget me San Francisco …

  116. Chere
    May 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

    He did his best to bring Del Norte County into line with the rest of California. He seemed to fade as he was up against “good ol boys”. We are sorry to see him go. It will be impossible to keep anyone that has “new” and better ways to do what’s right for the community if the county is controlled by high paid council. Black I believe that the county is under siege, Mr. Black as not given good advice to the local government over the years, he makes a big salary keeping everyone in the dark and confused.

  117. Just the Facts
    May 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Yes Bill, Albuquerque just increased their minimum wage and it was popular.

    It increased it from $7.50 to $8.50.

    Even they have rejected your extremist proposal.

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