The laissez faire side of local politics had their way yesterday. You will have four votes to one on whatever you want to pass (or maybe 3-2 if it means regulating urban people).
And if the Democratic Central Committee results are any indication, come fall you will have total, absolute control of Eureka. That gives you two years to clean house and remove all that anti-business guano to bring real jobs to Humboldt County. You’ve got Walmart at the Bayshore. You should have no problem landing a Home Depot on the waterfront. Lowes at the old mill site in Fortuna. You can clean up all that red tape at the Planning Department. Declare rural parcels (and potential rural parcels on TPZ) as inventory so that the housing element gets stamped and filed by the state. Rake in all that state money to fill the potholes (ignoring the recomendations of the clueless and pesky staff, whom you can replace anyway). No more cultural elite to hamper the posting of billboards. No more impediments to wind power…., well, we aren’t quite sure about that one, are we? No more smart growth development proposals which might set the wrong precedent. And a train to Redding! Good plan. Have at it.
As I said earlier, my own participation is going to be pretty limited for the next two years. Let’s see what you can do with near absolute political power in the county, outside of that dark region of Arcata (somehow, it’ll be their fault if it all doesn’t pan out I’m sure).
Anyway, seriously. Congrats to the vitors. But there are no excuses now.