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THIS WEEK IN SUPES: New Rules for Short-Term Vacation Rentals, At-Large Planning Commission Vacancy, and More!

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Following several long months of public review and deliberation, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt an ordinance that would regulate short-term vacation rentals operating in unincorporated areas of the county. 

The draft ordinance, which was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission in November, would create a permitting process for local residents who operate short-term rental (STR) properties through companies such as Airbnb and Vrbo. The proposed rules aim to address local concerns regarding unwanted changes to neighborhood character and the loss of available housing.

The number of STRs in unincorporated Humboldt County has fluctuated between 600 and 800 since the public review process began in June 2023, according to a previous report from staff. 

A “heat map” depicting the density of short-term rentals in Humboldt County. Click to enlarge. Image: County of Humboldt

To ensure STRs don’t overwhelm the Greater Humboldt Bay Plan Area, where housing availability is already impacted, the draft ordinance caps the total number of permits at two percent of the total housing stock. STRs in individual Community Plan Areas (CPA) will be subject to a five percent cap, with the exception of the Shelter Cove CPA.

The draft guidelines also establish an ownership cap under which individuals or entities are limited to three STR permits. The permits are non-transferable.

The Board of Supervisors took its first look at the draft ordinance during its Jan. 30 meeting and asked staff to come back with additional information and alternatives for the following:

  • STRs located in Timberland Production Zones,
  • Time limits for part-time STRs located outside of the Greater Humboldt Bay Area,
  • Broader application of the Good Neighbor Guide,
  • Restrictions on STRs in the Willow Creek CPA and certain Big Lagoon subdivisions,
  • Transferability of STR permits,
  • Revision of the “Farm Stay” definition to accommodate STR use on resource lands.

Staff’s presentation will include proposed modifications to the draft ordinance, as well as alternatives for the board to consider. More information on the draft STR ordinance can be found at this link.

At-Large Planning Commission Appointment

The board will also consider a short list of applicants to fill the at-large vacancy on the Humboldt County Planning Commission. 

Commissioner Brian Mitchell’s term expired at the end of January and he is reapplying for the position. Todd Fulton, a former investigator with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, has thrown his hat in the ring, along with environmental scientist Lorna McFarlane, Equity Building & Design owner Bo Day, and Hydesville rancher Kelly Patton.

The board will hear from each of the applicants during the meeting and select one lucky individual to fill the seat. 

Extension of Local Flood Emergency

The board will also consider an extension to the Local Emergency Proclamation that was issued by Humboldt Sheriff William Honsal in mid-January in response to significant countywide flooding that occurred between Jan. 12 and 13. 

“Due to the extent of damage countywide, Department of Public Works crews are actively engaged in conducting emergency road repairs, exploring options for alternative routes, and cleaning up storm and flood debris along public rights of way,” according to the staff report. “The conditions due to flooding in Humboldt County continue to exist and necessitate the need to extend the proclamation of the existence of a local emergency.”

The Local Emergency Proclamation is a prerequisite for state and federal funding assistance for the flood-related response and recovery efforts. If the proclamation is not extended, it could preclude the county from accessing critical funding. 

The item appears on the board’s consent calendar and will likely be passed in a single motion unless pulled for further discussion.


You can check out the rest of the agenda, complete with supporting documents from LoCO’s beloved AgendaBot Gennie, below.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Humboldt County Courthouse – 825 Fifth Street in Eureka.

Humboldt County Board of Supervisors
March 5, 2024, 9 a.m.





1. Proclaim March 2024 as Social Worker Appreciation Month in Humboldt County

Supervisor Rex Bohn is recommending that the Board of Supervisors proclaim March 2024 as Social Worker Appreciation Month in Humboldt County. This is to recognize and honor the important work that social workers do in the community to help individuals and families. There is no financial impact and no other agencies are involved in this recommendation. The Board is encouraged to support programs that benefit the health and welfare of everyone in the county.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a high-energy radio advertisement!

Are you ready to show your appreciation for the hardworking social workers in Humboldt County? Join Supervisor Rex Bohn and the Board of Supervisors in proclaiming March 2024 as Social Worker Appreciation Month! These dedicated individuals play a vital role in enhancing the well-being of our communities. Let’s show our support for programs that benefit the health and welfare of everyone. Make a difference and adopt the proclamation today! Thank you to all the social workers in Humboldt County for their incredible service. Let’s celebrate Social Worker Appreciation Month together!

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportSocial Worker Appreciation Month Proclamation.pdf

2. Approval of the Action Summary - Meeting of February 27, 2024

The County of Humboldt is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve the Action Summary from their meeting on February 27, 2024. This summary includes all the actions taken during that meeting. There is no financial impact from approving the summary, and the General Fund will not be affected. The recommendation is to approve the summary and authorize the Clerk of the Board and Board Chair to sign the minute book. If necessary, the Board can direct the Clerk of the Board to make edits.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a scene from a thriller!


The Board of Supervisors sit around a large wooden table, the morning sunlight streaming in through the windows. The Clerk of the Board, a serious-looking woman in her fifties, stands at a podium, addressing the members.

Thank you, supervisors. The next item on the agenda is the approval of the Action Summary for the meeting of February 27, 2024.

Supervisor PARKER, a young and eager man in his thirties, raises his hand.

I have some concerns about the minutes from that meeting. There are some discrepancies that need to be addressed before we can approve them.

The other supervisors nod in agreement, their expressions growing serious. The Clerk of the Board furrows her brow, visibly surprised by the sudden turn of events.

I’m sorry, I don’t understand. Everything was recorded accurately during the meeting. What discrepancies are you referring to, Supervisor Parker?

It says here that we approved funding for a new community center in Redwood City, but that never came up in the meeting. I think someone may have tampered with the minutes to cover something up.

The room falls silent as the supervisors exchange wary glances. Supervisor PARKER’s accusation hangs in the air, causing tension to build among the group.

SUPERVISOR JONES, a stoic and experienced woman, speaks up after a moment.

We cannot ignore this, colleagues. If someone is trying to manipulate our records, we need to get to the bottom of it. I motion that we launch an investigation into the matter immediately.

The Board of Supervisors all nod in agreement, their resolve steely and determined. The Clerk of the Board looks on, her expression unreadable as the scene fades to black.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportAction Summary - February 27, 2024.pdfMinute Sheet.pdf

3. Trial Court Trust Fund Recording Fee Reallocation

The County of Humboldt is recommending a change in the distribution of fees collected for recording documents. Currently, $1 goes to a modernization fund, $1 to the General Fund, Clerk/Recorder, and $1 to the Trial Court Trust Fund. The proposed change would allocate $1 to modernization and $2 to the General Fund, Clerk/Recorder, without increasing overall fees. This change is necessary to comply with a government code amendment. There is no impact on staffing with this change.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a bildungsroman!

Title: The Trials of Trust: A Clerk’s Journey

In the small town of Humboldt, nestled among the towering redwoods and rolling hills, lived a young man named Alex. He had grown up in the shadow of the county courthouse, always dreaming of one day working there. His passion for the law and justice burned brightly within him, driving him to excel in school and dedicate himself to the pursuit of truth and fairness.

As soon as he graduated high school, Alex applied for a position as a clerk in the Clerk/Recorder’s office. To his delight, he was hired and began his journey into the world of legal documents and bureaucracy. He quickly became immersed in the daily tasks of recording deeds, processing marriage licenses, and filing court documents.

As the years passed, Alex’s dedication and hard work were recognized by his superiors. He was given more responsibilities and was trusted with important tasks. One day, a proposal came before the Board of Supervisors regarding the reallocation of recording fees from the Trial Court Trust Fund. Alex was intrigued by the potential impact of this change on the county’s finances and the distribution of resources.

In the weeks leading up to the board meeting, Alex dove into the details of the proposal, researching the government code and analyzing the financial implications. He attended meetings, asked questions, and gained a deeper understanding of the complex workings of local government. Through this process, he discovered a passion for policy and decision-making that he had never known before.

When the day of the board meeting arrived, Alex found himself sitting in the audience, watching as the supervisors debated the merits of the proposal. He listened intently to their discussions, feeling a sense of pride and responsibility for being a part of the process. And when the vote was called, Alex held his breath, knowing that the outcome would have a lasting impact on the community he loved.

In the end, the board approved the reallocation of fees, as recommended by the Clerk/Recorder. As he walked out of the courthouse that day, Alex felt a sense of fulfillment and purpose. He realized that he was not just a clerk but a vital part of the county’s decision-making process. And as he looked up at the majestic redwoods that surrounded him, he knew that his journey was just beginning.

The Trials of Trust: A Clerk’s Journey was just beginning, with Alex ready to face whatever challenges and opportunities lay ahead in his pursuit of justice and integrity in the County of Humboldt.

— LoCOBot


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4. Professional Services Agreement with Fiscal Experts, Inc. for Time Study Buddy Web-Based Time Study Service

The County of Humboldt is recommending the approval of a professional services agreement with Fiscal Experts, Inc. for a web-based time study service. This agreement will help the Department of Health and Human Services - Social Services track the time spent providing services and meet state requirements. The agreement will cost $322,000 over a 4-year period and will be funded through the Social Services Fund. The Board of Supervisors is advised to approve this agreement as it is necessary for accurate time tracking and financial reporting.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a sea shanty!

As the waves crash upon the shore,
In the County of Humboldt, we do explore,
A professional services agreement we make,
For Time Study Buddy, for time’s sake.

To Fiscal Experts, Inc. we entrust,
To track our time, in them we must,
For social workers and staff alike,
To ensure our services are done right.

Four years we agree to this deal,
To track our time, make it real,
For $322,000 we will pay,
For accurate time tracking, come what may.

So raise a glass to Fiscal Experts, Inc.,
For helping us with time that we must sync,
On the Board of Supervisors we rely,
To approve this agreement, let’s not be shy.

So set sail on the sea of time,
With Time Study Buddy, we will climb,
To heights of accuracy and trust,
In Humboldt County, we all must adjust.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportFY 23-24 to 26-27 Fiscal experts Professional Services Agreement

5. Resolution to Authorize Submittal of Grant Applications for the Next 5 Years to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for Enforcement Assistance Grant funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health, Division of Environmental Health’s (DEH) Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) Program

6. Adoption of the Amended Job Specifications for Assistant Director - Health and Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services in Humboldt County is proposing to combine two Assistant Director positions into one role, called Assistant Director of Health & Human Services. This change will not affect the current incumbent financially. The Board of Supervisors is being asked to approve this change to provide more flexibility in job assignments and responsibilities.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Bruce Springsteen song!

Well I got a job in the County of Humboldt
Workin’ in Health and Human Services, doin’ what I can
But they’re makin’ some changes, tryin’ to consolidate
Assistant Director positions, rearrange the plate

They wanna condense the classifications, make it one
Assistant Director of Health & Human Services, get it done
No impact to the current incumbent, they say
Just more flexibility in the role, day by day

Funding’s available through state and federal programming
No financial impact, no need for handwringin’
Just adopt the amended job specification, they recommend
Move forward with the change, help the department transcend

So let’s make the vote, let’s make it happen now
Adopt the changes, move forward somehow
It’s all in the name of progress, in the name of growth
In the County of Humboldt, we’ll make the most.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportAssistant Director Health and Human Services 0650Assistant Director-Administration Health and Human ServicesAssistant Director-Programs-Health and Human Services03-17-2024 Compensation Schedule

7. Semi-Annual Humboldt County Sanctuary Ordinance Report-Probation Department

This document is a report from the Probation Department to the Board of Supervisors regarding the Semi-Annual Humboldt County Sanctuary Ordinance. The report includes information on detentions based on civil immigration detainers and communication with federal immigration agencies. There is no financial impact to receiving this report, and it supports the Board’s goal of enforcing laws to protect residents. The Board can either accept the report or refer it back for further clarification.

— LoCOBot

… or, as an insane conspiracy theory!

Conspiracy Theory: The Humboldt County Sanctuary Ordinance is actually a front for a secret government operation to secretly detain and deport individuals without due process based on their immigration status. The Probation Department’s report is a carefully constructed facade to make it seem like they are complying with the law, but in reality, they are working with federal agencies to target and remove undocumented immigrants from the county. The supposed “staff time” spent preparing the report is actually covering up the true human rights violations and illegal activities being carried out under the guise of immigration enforcement. The Board of Supervisors is either complicit in this operation or being manipulated by higher powers to maintain the facade of legality. This conspiracy goes all the way to the top, with shadowy government agencies pulling the strings to enact their nefarious agenda under the guise of local law enforcement.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report2024-3-5_BOS_Report

8. Accept Completed Contracts for Americans with Disabilities Act Curb Ramp Improvements Project (Phase 2) (4/5 Vote Required)

The County of Humboldt is recommending that the Board of Supervisors accept completed contracts for the Americans with Disabilities Act Curb Ramp Improvements Project (Phase 2). The project aims to make curb ramps in the county compliant with ADA standards. Funding for the project comes from the Humboldt County Road Fund, the 2020 Finance Plan, and the Humboldt Transit Authority. The project has been divided into phases, with the second phase focusing on signalized intersections in specific areas. The total construction costs for the project are $1,535,655, with expenditures totaling $1,535,655. The project has faced cost increases due to unexpected repairs and additional work. The project is considered important to make county facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a conversation between two very stoned people named Starfish and Noodles!

Starfish: Hey man, have you seen this crazy document about the Americans with Disabilities Act Curb Ramp Improvements Project in Humboldt County?

Noodles: Whoa dude, that sounds like some intense government stuff. What’s it about?

Starfish: Apparently, the County of Humboldt had to comply with the ADA and make all their facilities accessible. They had to improve all these curb ramps for people with disabilities.

Noodles: That’s cool, man. Accessibility is important. What are they voting on?

Starfish: They’re ratifying some change orders to the contract with RAO Construction Co., Inc., for a total amount of over $100,000. And they’re accepting the completed project.

Noodles: Whoa, that’s a lot of money. But I guess it’s worth it to make things accessible for everyone. I hope they approve it.

Starfish: Yeah, me too. It’s all funded by the Road Fund and the Humboldt Transit Authority. I’m just impressed they’re taking this seriously.

Noodles: Yeah, man. It’s important to have accessible routes for everyone. Let’s hope they get the votes they need. Hey, want some Doritos?

Starfish: Definitely, pass them over. This document is making me hungry. Thanks, man. Let’s chill and enjoy our snacks.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportChange Order Number 3 to Contract Number 325701Change Order Number 4 to Contract Number 325701Change Order Number 5 to Contract Number 325701Executed Project Agreement and Change OrdersAcceptance Statement

9. Measure Z - 2024 Humboldt Hill Road, Ridgewood Drive, Eel River Drive, New Navy Base Road, Fieldbrook Road, Murray Road, Salmon Creek Road, Thomas Road and Redwood Drive Project

The County of Humboldt is proposing a project to repair roads using Measure Z funds. The project includes repairing roads at nine locations in the county and constructing a bridge at Little Dry Creek. The project is exempt from environmental review. The total cost is estimated at $895,000, funded by Measure Z and the Road Fund. The project is aimed at improving infrastructure, but the county is facing a negative fund balance due to delays in receiving reimbursements from FEMA. The project does not impact current staffing levels. The Board of Supervisors is recommended to approve the project in order to restore roadways using local funds.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Funkadelic song!

(Verse 1)
Rolling down Humboldt Hill Road
Potholes and cracks taking their toll
But Measure Z is here to save the day
Fixing up the roads in the county’s own way

Measure Z, Measure Z
Paving the way for you and me
From Ridgewood Drive to Eel River Drive
Making sure our roads survive

(Verse 2)
New Navy Base Road, Fieldbrook too
Murray Road, Salmon Creek, and Thomas Avenue
Redwood Drive won’t be the same
After Measure Z comes to play its game

Measure Z, Measure Z
Paving the way for you and me
From Ridgewood Drive to Eel River Drive
Making sure our roads survive

Exempt from environmental review
CEQA guidelines, we’re coming through
Cold planning, hot mix asphalt too
Keeping our roads safe and true

Measure Z, Measure Z
Paving the way for you and me
From Ridgewood Drive to Eel River Drive
Making sure our roads survive

So let’s get ready for the bid to open
On April 2nd, the project will be chosen
Thanks to Measure Z and Public Works too
Our county roads will be shiny and new!

— LoCOBot


Staff Report2024 Measure Z Plan Set_298100_2024-02-21_s-signed.pdf2024 Measure Z Special Provisions_2024-02-21_s-signed.pdfNOE - 2024 Measure Z Paving Project.pdf

10. Supplemental Budget for FY 2023-24 for Sheriff’s Budget Unit 1100-221955 (4/5 Vote Required)

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is requesting approval for a supplemental budget of $58,600 to purchase an excavator for marijuana destruction operations. The funds are being donated by the Center to Combat Human Trafficking. The excavator will help protect deputies from the health risks of handling marijuana plants with chemicals and pesticides. The maintenance costs will be covered by a grant. There is no impact on the General Fund or staffing. The Board of Supervisors is recommended to approve the request to support essential equipment for the Coalition’s operations.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a nursery rhyme!

In the County of Humboldt, a meeting was called,
For the Sheriff’s budget, a request was involved.
With a 4/5 vote required, the Board convened,
To discuss funding for a cause that’s deemed.

The NorCal Coalition, a partnership strong,
To safeguard communities from things that are wrong.
The Center to Combat Human Trafficking, they lend a hand,
To support law enforcement across the land.

A Forensic Specialist, a vehicle, and phone,
Were funded for the Sheriff’s use alone.
But now they need an excavator, you see,
To assist with marijuana destruction, a vital key.

The chemicals and pesticides, a health concern,
An excavator can help, and that they did learn.
The funds donated by the Center will cover the cost,
For the purchase of the excavator, a mission not lost.

No impact to the General Fund, we’re told,
But the safety of deputies will surely unfold.
A vital tool for operations to be a success,
Approved by the Board of Supervisors, nothing less.

So here’s to the Sheriff and the NorCal Coalition too,
For working together to keep our communities true.
With their hard work and dedication, we all can agree,
Humboldt County is safer for you and for me.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportSupplemental Budget for NorCal Coalition 1100221955

11. Resolution Extending the Existence of a Local Emergency Due to Flooding in Humboldt County

The Sheriff is recommending to the Board of Supervisors to extend a local emergency due to flooding in Humboldt County that began on January 12, 2024. The flooding caused damage to infrastructure, roads, private properties, and agricultural land. The extension of the emergency proclamation is necessary to request state and federal assistance for recovery efforts. The resolution will allow the county to seek funding from various sources to help with the response and recovery efforts. This extension is needed because the flooding conditions in Humboldt County still exist.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Pokemon duel!

In the Pokemon duel based on the information provided, the Sheriff’s team includes a powerful Water-type Pokemon like Blastoise, which symbolizes the flooding that occurred in Humboldt County. Blastoise uses its Hydro Pump attack to create large waves of water to flood the battlefield, making it difficult for the opponent to navigate.

On the other hand, the opponent’s team includes a Grass-type Pokemon like Venusaur, representing the natural infrastructure and agricultural lands that were damaged due to the flooding. Venusaur uses its Solar Beam attack to try and counter Blastoise’s water attacks, absorbing sunlight to unleash a powerful beam of energy.

As the battle rages on, Blastoise and Venusaur exchange powerful attacks, with the water and grass elements clashing in a fierce showdown. The Sheriff’s team strategically maneuvers Blastoise to create flooding in key areas of the battlefield, causing Venusaur to struggle to maintain its footing.

In the end, Blastoise’s relentless assault proves to be too much for Venusaur to handle, and the Sheriff’s team emerges victorious in the Pokemon duel, symbolizing the resilience and determination of the community in the face of natural disasters like flooding in Humboldt County. The resolution to extend the local emergency highlights the ongoing efforts to seek assistance and support for recovery and rebuilding in the aftermath of the disaster.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportResolution Extending Local Emergency Due to Flooding 030524.pdfLocal Emergency Proclamation.pdf




1. 9:30 am - St. Bernard’s High School Leadership Student Presentation to the Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors will have a presentation from St. Bernard’s High School leadership students to learn about local government and civic engagement. Supervisor Rex Bohn recommends that the Board welcomes the students, listens to their presentation, and files it for future reference. There is no financial impact to hearing the presentation. This supports the Board’s goal of promoting civic engagement and awareness of available services.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Robert Burns poem!

O proud County of Humboldt, sae bonnie and fair,
On the morn of the meeting, we gather wi’ care.
Supervisor Rex Bohn, wi’ a recommendation sae braw,
Tae welcome leadership students fae St. Bernard’s High School, an’ hear their law.

Wi’ nae financial impact, we shall view their presentation,
As they learn oor ways, an’ embrace civic education.
Jim Ritter, the teacher, has guided them well,
Tae explore careers an’ local governance, as the stories tell.

Sae let us welcome these students wi’ open hearts,
As they share their insights, an’ play their parts.
Aye, the County of Humboldt, sae grand an’ true,
Welcomes the future leaders, young an’ anew.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report



1. Consider Making the At-Large Appointment to the Planning Commission

The County of Humboldt is looking to fill an At-Large vacancy on the Planning Commission, which was created by the expiration of a member’s term. The Board of Supervisors will be considering applicants for a 2-year term and all applicants have been notified. Planning commissioners receive a per diem of $140 per meeting. The appointment aligns with the Board’s goal to enforce laws and regulations and provide community-appropriate levels of service. No other agencies are involved in the appointment process.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a conversation between Beavis and Butt-head!

Beavis: Uh, heh heh, dude. What’s a Planning Commission?

Butt-head: Uh, I don’t know Beavis. But it sounds like something boring.

Beavis: Yeah, like, what do they plan? Like, where to put more nachos or something?

Butt-head: Uh, yeah, that would be cool. But it says here they get paid like $140 per meeting. That’s like, uh, a lot of nachos.

Beavis: Whoa, we should totally apply for this At-Large thing.

Butt-head: Yeah, we could, like, plan the ultimate nacho destination. And get paid for it.

Beavis: Uh huh huh, yeah. And then we can, like, enforce laws and stuff to protect the residents’ right to nachos.

Butt-head: Yeah, and, uh, provide, uh, community-appropriate levels of nachos. It’s gonna be awesome.

Beavis: Heh heh heh, we’re like, the nacho planners of the future.

Butt-head: Yeah, we’re like, planning champions. Let’s do this, Beavis. It’s gonna be nacho-tastic.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportBrian Mitchell - Redacted.pdfTodd Fulton - Redacted.pdfLorna McFarlane - Redacted.pdfBo Day - Redacted.pdfKelly Patton - Redacted .pdfPlanning Commission At Large Appointment Application List.pdf

2. Presentation of Public Health Leadership Award to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors by Health and Social Policy Institute in Recognition of Adopting a Comprehensive Tobacco Retailer License Ordinance

The County of Humboldt is being honored with a Public Health Leadership Award for adopting a Comprehensive Tobacco Retailer License Ordinance. The Health and Social Policy Institute is recognizing the Board of Supervisors for their efforts in regulating tobacco retailers to improve community compliance with laws and reduce sales to minors. The award has no financial or staffing impact and supports the Board’s strategic goal of promoting health and safety. The Board is recommended to accept the award.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a town crier's speech!

Hear ye, hear ye! The County of Humboldt has received a prestigious honor and is set to be recognized for its outstanding leadership in public health. The Health and Social Policy Institute will be presenting the Public Health Leadership Award to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for their adoption of a Comprehensive Tobacco Retailer License Ordinance.

This momentous occasion will take place at the Board of Supervisors meeting on 3/5/2024. The recommendation is for the chair to accept this award on behalf of the board, showcasing their dedication to promoting public health initiatives.

The Health and Social Policy Institute commends the County of Humboldt for their proactive measures in regulating tobacco retailers through the implementation of annual non-transferable licenses and routine compliance inspections. This ordinance will greatly reduce sales to minors and help combat the public health crisis surrounding vape use.

There will be no financial or staffing impact to accepting this award, and it aligns with the Board’s Strategic Framework of creating opportunities for improved safety and health.

Let us come together to celebrate the County of Humboldt’s commitment to public health and their well-deserved recognition. Join us as we applaud the Board of Supervisors for their leadership in making our community a healthier place for all. Thank you!

— LoCOBot


Staff Report

3. County of Humboldt Health Officer to Present on Recorded Drug Poisoning and Fentanyl-Related Deaths

The County of Humboldt Health Officer will be presenting information on drug poisonings and fentanyl-related deaths from 2022 to 2023 at a meeting. The presentation will be funded by the Public Health Fund and there is no financial impact to receive it. The presentation will provide findings on overdose deaths and support efforts to reduce substance abuse and opioid addiction in the community. There are no other agencies involved, and the Board of Supervisors has discretion on how to proceed with the information presented.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a right-wing radio talk show hosted by Merv "The Beast" Tarkington!

Merv “The Beast” Tarkington: Welcome back, folks. You’re listening to the most hard-hitting, no-nonsense conservative talk show in the County of Humboldt. I’m Merv “The Beast” Tarkington, and I’m here to bring you the truth, whether the left-wing snowflakes like it or not.

Today, we’ve got some disturbing news coming out of the County of Humboldt. The Department of Health and Human Services has completed a review of all recorded drug poisoning and fentanyl-related deaths from 2022 to 2023. And let me tell you, the numbers are staggering.

Dr. Candy Stockton, the County of Humboldt Health Officer, will be presenting more information on these deaths to the Board of Supervisors. But we already know the cause of these tragedies - it’s the rampant drug abuse and addiction plaguing our communities.

Now, the liberal elites will try to blame this crisis on anything but personal responsibility. They’ll blame it on poverty, on mental health issues, on systemic injustice. But the simple truth is that these deaths are the result of individuals making poor choices.

It’s time for us to take a stand against the drug epidemic sweeping our county. We need to support law enforcement in cracking down on drug dealers and traffickers. We need to educate our youth on the dangers of substance abuse. And most importantly, we need to hold individuals accountable for their actions.

So, to the Board of Supervisors, I say this: don’t let political correctness and virtue signaling get in the way of protecting our communities. It’s time to take a tough stance on drugs and save lives. Join me, Merv “The Beast” Tarkington, in demanding action and holding people accountable. Stay tuned for more hard-hitting conservative truth right here on the airwaves.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report

4. Update from First 5 Humboldt Child Care Listening Sessions

First 5 Humboldt presented findings from listening sessions about the impact of the pandemic on childcare providers. They recommend the Board of Supervisors to receive the presentation and take any necessary action. The funding comes from Prop 10 Tobacco Taxes. The report does not have a financial impact. The presentation supports the Board’s goals of supporting the economy and creating jobs. The Board can choose not to accept the report. No other agencies are involved.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a megachurch sermon!

Good morning, beloved congregation. Today, I come to you with a message of hope and action in response to the update from First 5 Humboldt Child Care Listening Sessions. As we have heard, the childcare workforce in our community has faced devastating challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting families and the overall well-being of our community.

The First 5 Humboldt Early Childhood Care and Education Community Advisory Committee has listened to the voices of childcare providers from all across our county, from Garberville to Hoopa and everywhere in between. They have shared their experiences, their struggles, and their resilience in the face of extreme upheaval.

One key point of hope in this report is the allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars by our Board of Supervisors, which has helped to stabilize the childcare workforce during this challenging time. The Humboldt Child Care Stabilization Fund, led by the Arcata Economic Development Corporation, is a vital initiative that is providing support to our childcare providers and the families who rely on them.

As a church community, we are called to support and uplift those in need, especially the most vulnerable among us. The work of our childcare providers is essential to the well-being of our families and the overall success of our community. It is our duty to stand with them, to advocate for their needs, and to ensure that they have the resources and support they need to continue their important work.

I urge you, my brothers and sisters, to take action in response to this report. Let us raise our voices in support of our childcare providers, let us advocate for the continued funding and resources that they need to thrive, and let us stand together as a community in solidarity with those who care for our children and families.

May we be a beacon of hope and support in our community, shining the light of love and compassion for all to see. Let us pray for strength and guidance as we continue to work towards a brighter future for all. Amen.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report

5. Drought Task Force Update and Progress Towards SB 552 Compliance

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is recommending that the Board of Supervisors receive an update from the Drought Task Force on the drought impacts in the county and compliance with Senate Bill 552. They also suggest dissolving the 2021 Drought Task Force and creating a standing Drought Task Force to meet the requirements of SB 552. The funding for this comes from the General Fund and Public Health Fund. The Task Force has been discussing local impacts and mitigation strategies and working with a consultant to develop a Drought Resilience Plan. While there is minimal financial impact, the goal is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in responding to drought.

— LoCOBot

… or, as an episode of 'The Moe Hogan Experience'!

Moe Hogan: Hey there, folks! Welcome back to another episode of The Moe Hogan Experience. Today, we have a very special guest with us, the author of this document from the County of Humboldt. We’re talking about drought, compliance with Senate Bill 552, and the progress of the Drought Task Force. So, tell us, what’s going on with all this, Sheriff?

Author: Well, thank you for having me on the show, Moe. The Humboldt County Drought Task Force has been working diligently to address the impacts of drought in our county and comply with SB 552. We’ve been focusing on developing a plan to ensure preparedness for small water systems and domestic wells.

Moe Hogan: That’s some interesting stuff, Sheriff. But you know, I’ve always had a theory that these droughts are actually caused by the government controlling the weather. Have you looked into that at all?

Author: Well, Moe, I can assure you that droughts are a natural occurrence exacerbated by climate change. Our focus is on developing solutions to mitigate the impacts of drought on our community.

Moe Hogan: Yeah, yeah, sure, sure. But have you ever thought about the possibility of cloud seeding or something like that being used to create these drought conditions? I mean, I’ve seen some pretty convincing videos on YouTube.

Author: *chuckles* Well, Moe, I can understand why you might think that, but the reality is that droughts are a complex issue influenced by a variety of factors. Our priority is to protect the residents of Humboldt County and ensure access to clean water.

Moe Hogan: Yeah, yeah, I get it, Sheriff. But you know what’s really important for staying healthy and hydrated during these dry times? Dietary supplements! Let me tell you about this amazing supplement I’ve been taking…

Producer: Hey, Moe, I just looked it up, and actually, there’s no evidence to support the theory of cloud seeding being used to create drought conditions. It’s just a conspiracy theory.

Moe Hogan: Oh, well, folks, you heard it here first, I guess. *laughs* But anyway, back to our discussion about the Drought Task Force and SB 552 compliance. Sheriff, thanks so much for being here today. It’s been enlightening to hear about the important work you’re doing in Humboldt County.

And that’s all we have time for today, folks. Remember to tune in next time for more riveting conversations and sponsored segments on The Moe Hogan Experience!

— LoCOBot


Staff Report23MAR2021 US Drought Monitor.pdf22MAR2022 US Drought Monitor.pdf31JAN2023 Drought Monitor.pdf30JAN2024 Drought Monitor.pdf


1. Inland and Coastal Zone Short-Term Rental Ordinances Allowing Use of Residences for Short-Term Rentals within the Unincorporated Areas of Humboldt County and Amending Chapter 2 Administration, Procedures, Amendments and Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance to Create Permit Suspension Procedures, an Administrative Permit, and Correct Departmental References to Planning and Building (Record No.: LRP-2022-17963 & LRP-2023-18254)

The County of Humboldt is considering new ordinances for short-term rentals in unincorporated areas. The Board of Supervisors will discuss and vote on various recommendations including fees for monitoring, guidelines for good neighbor behavior, limits on how often a property can be rented short-term, and rules for farm stays. The ordinances aim to regulate short-term rentals while balancing the needs of residents and tourists. The Board will also consider including certain subdivisions in the rental cap and allowing permits to be transferred. Ultimately, the goal is to preserve housing stock and community character.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a detective story!

Title: The Short-Term Rental Conspiracy

Chapter 1: The Board of Supervisors Meeting

As the Board of Supervisors of Humboldt County gathered for their meeting on March 5, 2024, Detective Sarah West sat in the back of the room, observing the proceedings. The agenda for the meeting included a discussion on the Inland and Coastal Zone Short-Term Rental Ordinances, a topic that had caused quite a stir in the community.

Detective West had been following the developments closely, as there had been rumors of corruption and backdoor deals surrounding the ordinances. As the meeting progressed, she listened intently to the recommendations presented by the Planning and Building Department.

The discussion revolved around various revisions and alternatives to the ordinances, including the application of a fee for Continued Operation of STRs, changing the temporary period from 3 months to 60 days or fewer, and the inclusion of certain areas within the Cap. Detective West noted the significance of these changes and their potential impact on the community.

Chapter 2: The Investigation Begins

After the meeting adjourned, Detective West approached the Planning and Building Department staff to gather more information about the ordinances. She delved deeper into the files and documents related to the Short-Term Rental regulations, looking for any inconsistencies or suspicious activities.

As she sifted through the data, Detective West uncovered a pattern of irregularities, particularly in the financial aspects of the ordinances. There were discrepancies in the funding sources and allocations, raising red flags about possible embezzlement or mismanagement of funds.

Chapter 3: The Plot Thickens

Further investigation led Detective West to believe that there was a conspiracy at play within the Planning and Building Department. She discovered evidence of collusion between department officials and certain STR operators, who seemed to be benefiting unfairly from the ordinances.

As she connected the dots, Detective West realized that the amendments and alternatives proposed in the ordinances were designed to favor specific individuals or groups, rather than serving the best interests of the community. The transferability of permits, the inclusion of certain areas within the Cap, and the definition of Farm Stays all seemed to be orchestrated to benefit a select few.

Chapter 4: Uncovering the Truth

With mounting evidence of corruption and manipulation, Detective West knew she had to act swiftly to expose the truth. She compiled her findings and presented them to the Board of Supervisors, urging them to reconsider their decision on the ordinances.

In a dramatic turn of events, the Board reviewed Detective West’s evidence and voted to suspend the implementation of the ordinances pending a full investigation. The Planning and Building Department officials implicated in the conspiracy were placed under scrutiny, and a thorough audit of the department’s finances was initiated.

As the dust settled, Detective West stood victorious, knowing that her dedication to justice had prevailed. The Short-Term Rental conspiracy had been uncovered, and Humboldt County could now move forward with transparency and accountability in its regulatory processes.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportAttachment 1 - STRO Resolutions.pdfAttachment 2 - Coastal Short-term Rental Ordinance_2.29.2024 jf cm.pdfAttachment 3 - Inland Short-term Rental Ordinance_2.29.2024 jf cm.pdfAttachment 4 - Chapter 2 Administration, Procedures, Amendments and Enforcement OrdinanceAttachment 5A - Post-Adoption Summary - Chapter 2Attachment 5B - Post-Adoption Summary - CoastalAttachment 5C - Post-Adoption Summary - InlandAttachment 6 - Good Neighbor Guide with Cover LetterAttachment 7 - TPZ DataAttachment 8 - Request for Willow Creek CPA in CapAttachment 9 - January 30th Board Report PackagePublic Comment - Elizabeth Kernahan 2.27.24.pdfBetter Neighbors Comment Letter - Humboldt County March 5th 2024 Inland and Coastal Zone Short-Term Rental Ordinance.pdfPublic Comment - Tracy Monteforte - Remarks_STROrdinance_Final.pdf


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