PRA Odds and Sods

Hank Sims / Thursday, May 19, 2011 @ 4:42 p.m. / What Did We Learn Today?

Some random nuggets from the big e-mail dump. Eric Kirk and I will be talking about this (and more, hopefully) on his KMUD show “All Things Reconsidered” tonight at 7 p.m. KMUD: 91.1 & 88.3 FM, streaming online at at kmud.org.

– Not everyone relishes the fight. HumCPR honcho Lee Ulansey – a fierce critic of the general plan update – offered condolences to Supervisor Jimmy Smith when the Salt River Restoration project was momentarily delayed last month. The two got into a bit of back and forth about politics in general, and Ulansey was quick with a self-critique:

“With respect to the polarization of our community in general I agree that we would all be far better off with constructive discussion and negotiation than with the further escalation of political battles. Unfortunately I think all the respective camps see the stakes as being so high and the process moving so relentlessly forward that they are afraid take a deep breath lest they lose a perceived advantage be it real or otherwise.”

“I see a profound need to let tempers and passions subside and I don’t see anyway that happens without some kind of intervention. Moreover, it should be abundantly clear to all of us, that we all, collectively, have a major problem.”

– Hey, this looks like a pretty high-powered book club! Supervisors Clendenen and Lovelace, planner Michael Richardson, developer Dan Johnson, former congressional aide Liz Murguia, Arcata City Councilmember Alex Stillman, Elizabeth Conner, Connie Stewart, Sheila Steinberg, Ann Lindsay … the list goes on.

– Damn, but Healthy Humboldt’s Jen Kalt and planning staff sure write each other a lot. See here and here and here and here and here and here and here, for starters. Most of it seems to be Kalt requesting certain documents or forwarding others on as an FYI.

– Rob Arkley threw a house party/strategy session when state government decertified Humboldt County’s Housing Element. In addition to familiar names from the real estate and development sector, Arkley – rather magnanimously, actually – invited Community Development Services Director Kirk Girard, Deputy Planner Michael Richardson and Supervisor Cliff Clendenen. There was a bit of peevishness when Clendenen indicated he couldn’t make it.

– Supervisor Mark Lovelace did a little bit of Coastal Commission appointment-strategizing with Scott Greacen (then of EPIC, now of Friends of the Eel). Should he seek the Eureka City Council’s endorsement? “Don’t bother,” Lovelace told himself. (H/T “Guest”.)

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