The regressive "Progressive" agenda steams ahead.
◼ BOS TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009 agenda
3. Appointment of Linda Atkins to the North Coast Railroad Authority.(Supervisor Clendenen and Supervisor Neely)
RECOMMENDATION: Approve the appointment of Linda Atkins to the North Coast Railroad Authority.
Question: Who else applied? Where does Linda Atkins stand on the railroad? With the shut-it-down crowd? And if so, WHY would you appoint someone who may have no intention of seeing things work out for the railroad? Is it the intention of the Board of Supervisors to sabotage any efforts to make PROGRESS with the railroad efforts?
◼ Railroad Fanboys Dissed Again The Journal
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is poised tomorrow to deliver yet another slap to the cadre of railroad dreamers who have been hoping against hope, year after year, to restore freight service along the 10-years-dead Northwestern Pacific Railroad line and so develop the similarly stagnant Humboldt Bay into some kind of entrepot in Pacific Rim international trade.
On the agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting is an item that would appoint new Eureka City Councilmember Linda Atkins to the seat on the North Coast Railroad Authority currently held by über-railfan Charles Ollivier. Ollivier, a former longshoreman, represented the McKinleyville area on the board of the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District until 2007, when he was handily defeated by fish biologist Pat Higgins in what amounted to a referendum on the wispy harbor-railroad scheme.
The staff report for tomorrow’s item notes that three candidates submitted their application for Ollivier’s seat — Atkins, Arcata City Councilmember Michael Winkler and former state senator, Arcata City Manager and ncra Executive Director Dan Hauser....
Obviously, the two Supervisors who put this on the agenda do not care about qualifications.
Note: supporting documents on the County website, for this item are incorrectly posted, what you get are the docs for the parenting item.
Note - In response to mresqaun in comments below: This is not necessarily about Linda Atkins = has there been any discussion about this matter in open session? Has the Board discussed this appointment? And made a public decision on this appointment? Has the public provided input?
Or did two - or three? - supervisors decide, on their own who was to be appointed?
Perhaps someone just made a mistake in writing this thing up - and these two Supervisors were just making their preference known ahead of time, and an underling made this error.
◼ Supes appoint Linda Atkins to North Coast Railroad Authority