Monday, June 22, 2009

Elections have consequences

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

12 comments:

  1. You get the RR docs from the "parenting" item. Somehow they got crossed up and when I was looking for the background on the RR and discovered the parenting stuff posted there I just went to the parenting and the docs are all there.

    I was surprised that with Hauser's experience with the RR that he was the person chosen. Atkins wants trails and supposedly rails but with the trails on them. I understand that some of the easements granted to the RR state "trains" which would not include trails and the property might be able to revert to whoever granted the easement or the business or person that currently owns the property. I think the mill property across from Harpers is one of those properties. Shouldn't be hard to look up in the Recorder's Office.

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  2. Hauser was never a State Senator. He served as Assemblyman.

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  3. Rose,just curious as to why you are attacking Linda?Perhaps the 2 supes consider her experience dealing with transportation issues as one reason amongst others to have her serve.

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  4. Attacking her?

    Leaving aside her affiliation with the "Progressives" - mresquan - has there been any discussion about this matter in open session? It's not about her.

    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.

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  5. Holey Moley!

    She worked a road crew.

    The only transportation issues she ever dealt with was which shovel to lean on that day.

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  6. Softball - re: Assemblyman - we'll hafta tell Hank.

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  7. Elections have what(?). Not only do you get the poor quality reps you get their lousy appointments. Many of these elected O's only got into office because good citizens didn't bother to turn out and vote. This is the SHIT result. Richard Marks,if you support this crap and Bonnie in the next election then you are a fool.

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  8. 5:17
    Looks like the secret is out. Yes, Richard is a fool. A nice, well meaning one, but a fool none the less. It takes gullible people for the progressives and former pulp mill operators (is it 4 in the last 10 years) to be able to convince them to follow, even though common sense should tell them to steer clear of these promises that only lead to dependence on the government for a measly handout.

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  9. ...even though common sense should tell them to steer clear of these promises that only lead to dependence on the government for a measly handout

    Hey, leave the bar pilots out of this.

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  10. To bad this rail road job got out. heraldophony won't even touch it. They think they have pulled a fast one, Now that's justlike the libs,if their lord obama can do it why not the obamatons. If the shoe were on the other foot Cobberaldo would be screaming bloody murder.

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  11. Just in - watched this. The Bon Bon and little Clif got together as did little Marky Mark and decided on Atkins who is an huge trail supporter to refill the seat by the existing member Olivier. It was transparent that they had serially met and discussed this. There was absolutely no discussion of all of the candidates qualifications or their philosophy on anything.

    The Brown Act violations are in your face on this one. Bonnie thinks she is untouchable. Mark was so disingenous it was almost laughable if not so sad.

    I think the whole thing is just disgusting.

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