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I just really don’t know what to say, except that politics in this county are really just getting to be ….. pathetic.

Addendum:  Ryan’s NCJ coverage of the same meeting.

Second addendum:  Ryan will be on my show tonight to discuss the matter.  15 minutes away.  KMUD of course.

The Times Standard is covering it, so I guess it’s a story, though if every such complaint filed was reported as news there wouldn’t be much room for anything else.  It seems to me a stretch a conflict of interest arises because his apple orchard is located near the tracks.  The argument is that the value of the property, already next to a major freeway, will decline in value with the presence of a train, or more specifically, the “rail banking” proposed by Chris Weston and his group would, I don’t know, increase the value?

But I’m biased.  Maybe you have some differing thoughts.

A couple of the conservative blogs are all over it.


Humboldt Mirror

Generally speaking, I think it becomes a story if the FPPC actually calls a hearing.

Addendum:  Hank is on the story as well.

Second addendum:  Clif was interviewed for the KMUD news this evening.

Thanks to Heraldo for bringing my attention to the first video.  Youtube had a few more.

And here’s a video of the Humboldt delegation to DC to nab some transportation money.

All three videos were posted on Youtube by someone going by the handle coastoak.

I missed this one.  Thanx to Heraldo for covering it.

Considering that he has been skeptical of proposals to revive the Eel River Valley passage, it’ll be interesting to see what he can do with the position.

Times Standard story.

But others cautioned that the authority was setting itself up for more legal troubles. Patty Clary with the Californians for Alternatives to Toxics said a recent preliminary ruling in the Novato suit suggests the authority violated the California Environmental Quality Act by not performing an environmental analysis of the whole rail line. Approving the application to the transportation commission would be like approving a project without meeting CEQA standards, she said.

”If you approve this application today, you’ll be breaking the law — again,” Clary said.

The authority’s legal counsel Christopher Neary said he didn’t believe that to be the case.

The Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District is scheduled to take up the matter tonight at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chambers in Eureka at 7 p.m.

What a universe it would be if 104 additional Sohum progressives had bothered to come to the polls last November.

Addendum: More TS coverage of the meeting.

EUREKA — People turned out in droves on Wednesday to tell the North Coast Railroad Authority that they believe trails have a place beside rails. With few exceptions, Humboldt County residents who turned out at the meeting believe the two disparate modes of transport are indeed compatible in the Humboldt Bay area. Some, however, said the existing — but not operating — line should be forfeited for the time being and made into a trail, at least until reopening the tracks is feasible.

Addendum: Capdiamont has the video of the whole thing. I’m giving him credit because he sat through the whole thing.

Hank has the details.

Addendum: Meanwhile, the Times Standard is covering the railroad repair funds application.

From Greenwheels:

Hello Sustainable Transporters,

Please come to Thursday’s (Dec 20) hearing on the Circulation Element of the Humboldt County’s General Plan Update. It’s at the county courthouse in Eureka in the Supervisor’s Chamber at 6pm.

The way this plan is written has the potential to direct our county toward sprawl and automobile dependence, resulting in frustrating congestion, dangerous streets, crumbling roads, inequity, and more burdensome transportation costs for everyone.

Green Wheels written comments describe how to put the plan on the right track, and a show of public support will be critical to get the planning commission to see that planning for balanced transportation choices is a mainstream idea. Let’s come together for a better outcome than what wesee in Santa Rosa, Fresno and Orange County.

Our comments are available at:
The various chapters of the plan are available at:

Even if you can’t make it to the hearing, you can strengthen our position in these matters when you become a member-supporter at As our membership grows, so will our influence in advocating for balanced and sustainable transportation. Also, we very much need your financial help to continue and develop our work and organization, which has been 100%-volunteer powered thus far.


Chris Rall
Executive Director
Green Wheels: a project of the NEC

Addendum: The photo of last Saturday’s “Rail-trailblazers” event is from the Arcata Eye with the story.


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