CUE VI, a subsidiary of Security National, purchased the Balloon Track property in 2006 and is proposing to build a mixed-use development anchored by a Home Depot, which will include an 11-acre wetland reserve and space for office, retail and light industrial uses. Very shortly after the property was sold, an opposition group formed, dubbing itself Citizens for Real Economic Growth (CREG) and naming Glass, who had not yet been elected to the council, as its spokesman.
◼ Council moves Marina Center EIR forward
Some members of the public also expressed concern over Glass's vote on the issue.
”There is a councilperson who has made this Marina Center a personal issue...You have a clear conflict of interest and should recuse yourself from voting on this issue,” said Eureka resident Susie Gaxiola. In the past, Glass has had personal conflict with Security National owner Rob Arkley.
Glass said his concern lies with the EIR document.
”I'm flattered that people want my vote for this,” he said about the comments. “You got a big hill to climb to get there. You could get there, but not with this document.”
Atkins agreed, saying that she did not think the document was adequate for her to base her decision on.
”I have major objections to being characterized as an obstructionist. I want to see jobs, I want to see the Balloon Track cleaned up as much as any of you out there,” she said.
Representatives from the local Sierra Club and Humboldt Baykeeper said there has not been enough opportunity for the public to comment on the document. Baykeeper's Pete Nichols said the EIR contained “blatant inadequacies” and needed more public circulation and discussion.
Wasn't the clear conflict of interest that Best Buy was reported to be one of the businesses planning to locate in the Marina Center - clear competition for The Works.
As for predatory litigious "Baykeeper," we all know their motivation here. Sue the deep pockets.