Some group, using some old study, got the Board to do something for some reason.
The North Coast Journal reports that something peculiar happened at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting yesterday. It’s sort of a head-scratcher at first glance.
The resolution, which was prepared by an amorphous citizens committee called the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group, is nearly identical to one that’s been making the rounds of local city councils, with vocal support from east-west rail advocates. It is being brought to the board by First District Supervisor Rex Bohn and Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass.
As we reported back in August, the document cites figures from a 15- (now almost 16-) year-old report by the late U.C. Berkeley economist Dr. John Quigley, who had been hired by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District to analyze the financial impact of a variety of port development projects. These included deepening the harbor, which has since been completed. At the time the report was written, the north-south rail line through the Eel River Canyon was still up and running.
Even when the report was released in January 1997, Quigley’s rosy projections of our harbor’s economic potential were deemed by many to be unrealistic.
Ryan Burns, who wrote the story, joined Lost Coast Outpost’s Hank Sims today on KHUM to explain.