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Planning Commision Politics

The Board of Supervisors selects an at-large P.C. rep on Tuesday. Some great names on the list. Hank has an excellent post on the matter, and he’s probably right about the outcome.

Still, in my opinion the best name on the list is John Rogers, a Redway resident who has served with the Institute for Sustainable Forestry and spent a long time on the Redway Community Services District. Will the BOS have the good sense to appoint him?

I’ll be writing a more detailed post in support of John over the weekend. Now is the time to contact your Supervisor!

  1. Anonymous
    February 23, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Waste of time.

  2. Sunny Side
    February 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Yeah, you should just give up. That’ll help.

  3. steak n eggs
    February 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I really hope the Board does not appoint Ulansey. Estelle got Morris and that’s great for the right, but now its time to get an Independent to help centralize the PC. Geez…from one extreme to the other!

  4. Eric Kirk
    February 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Like I said in a previous post, a certain faction now has complete control. If the county is a better place in two or four years, they can own it. If not, they still own it.

  5. Anonymous
    February 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Kirk, you are so sad dude. Faust/humboldt watershed/healthy humboldt/ann lindsey simply blew their wad,lied to the public and waisted millions . thank God the people opened their eyes and reject them and you ,Kirk. Ulansey is more intelligent,open minded and honest than you. I am no right winger and do not agree with Ulansey often but he is the best on this list.

  6. Anonymous
    February 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    An interesting point. My understanding is that the lack of alternatives is what pushed Ulansey to step up in the first place. He just added his name recently. I actually don’t think he wanted the job if it could have been avoided. I don’t really blame others for not wanting to put their names up for consideration just to be abused.That said, I agree that Ulansey is unquestionably the best on the list.

  7. Eric Kirk
    February 23, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Well, we’ll see how it goes, and we’ll see how it plays in the next elections.

  8. Anonymous
    February 23, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    O you so wise Yota/// rotflmao

  9. Anonymous
    February 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

    I hope Ulansey is appointed. The county/people needs someone that actually has in depth savvy re: land use issues. He is a good communicator and can work with lots of diverse people, that’s critical. Enough partisanship.

  10. EmpiresEnd
    February 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

    The ascendancy of the developers, their elected lackeys (Fennell, Bohn, Bass & Sundberg), and their mega-grower allies is unfortunate for the watersheds suffering from free-for-all land practices by timbering corporations and mj gangsters. On the other hand, the damage will be ultimately limited by the post petroleum collapse of this corrupt culture that has exalted selfishness and irresponsibility to some sort of twisted virtue. Their sprawl and maul approach is the root of their own destruction and the ravaged world they leave to their descendants is their legacy.

    Better than they deserve.

  11. Anonymous
    February 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    #10, sorry you don’t have a grasp on reality. No boogie=man here. Just you want to be militants. You blew it with this same over the top lies. Burn a fattie dude.

  12. Marmot
    February 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Mel Kreb is the only one on that list that is up to speed on these land use issues. He has been with the planning commission for years and would be able to tell the rest of them what actually is going on with whatever issue at hand. Hard working, intelligent, and obviously the man for the job.

  13. Eric Kirk
    February 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Does anyone have any news about the BOS decision?

  14. Smart 5th Grader
    February 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm


  15. Eric Kirk
    February 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Who voted for whom?

  16. Eric Kirk
    February 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Okay, so the NCJ reports that Estelle, Virginia, and Rex voted for Lee. Mark of course voted no.

    Ryan abstained, even though Lee was his second choice. Anybody know what that’s about?


  17. Eric Kirk
  18. notafan
    February 27, 2013 at 8:12 am

    What a joke, how funny. Mel knows nothing but what Marky tells him. Marky wants someone without an agenda. Funniest think I have heard all week. Faust was his pick. An to see Mark blow his cool was great.

  19. Eric Kirk
    February 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  20. What Now
    February 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Proof once again that in politics as in reality, gold sinks to the bottom and shit floats to the top.

  21. Anonymous
    February 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    no,no.no=== shit to the top is Cheesebro

  22. Eric Kirk
    February 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The video of the proceedings is up. They begin somewhere around 5:45 and end somewhere around 6:05 with regard to the at-large rep pick.

    I think Mark is right to criticize the vote on the grounds that the at-large rep should be based on a consensus if possible. Each Supervisor appoints his/her own Commissioner to reflect particular, yes, agendas. The at-large pick should be one they could agree on, and it looked like Denver Nelson would have been a possible consensus candidate.

    I do think that Lee’s jab was unnecessary and counterproductive, though it is a little bit of a let-down after all the hype. Mark had made a good effort to voice his objections diplomatically, and Lee should have taken the opportunity to offer a branch.

    I’m still not entirely clear that Ryan abstained simply because there were no candidates from McKinleyville. He did name two candidates he could support, including Lee.

    And Estelle did name John as her second choice, as did Mark. I wonder if John also could have been voted in by consensus.

    Here’s the link.


    Final thoughts – perception of partisanship is almost as much of a concern as substantive partisanship. Again, I think you have to choose your public role – are you a partisan advocate, or are you a consensus builder? There is no shame to the former role. It plays a very important role in the process. But in a politically charged climate as this one, I don’t believe that Lee was the best candidate. I say this as someone who likes Lee. Whether he deserves it, he is a polarizing figure.

    Can he overcome that and reach out to the Arcata crowd, Healthy Humboldt, EPIC, etc.? Well, let’s see what he does. But he should have thought it through before sniping at Mark. That’s not a good start.

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