Politics and Community

Politics and Community

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Last September, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors directed the County Planning Department Staff to create a draft Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance (MMLUO) that would be in compliance with existing state and county requirements. In October, that completed draft was forwarded from the Planning Department to the Humboldt County Supervisors. On Nov 5, the Supervisors then sent that draft on to the Planning Commission for review. After a series of around ten meetings, the Planning Commission made numerous significant changes to the October draft and sent their revised draft back to the Supervisors on December 3. In a letter accompanying the revision sent to the Supervisors, Planning Commission Chair, Robert Morris, described the process as: “…long and complex with public testimony voluminous and varied.”  The Supervisors also received a letter, dated Dec. 3, from Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Noah Levy, explaining why he was unable to vote to recommend that the Supervisors approve the MMLUO as it had been amended during the course of the Commission’s hearings.


The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will begin hearings on the revised draft ordinance in their meeting on Jan 5, 2015. Use the links below to view or download copies of:

1) Original (Oct.) Planning Department Staff, Draft;
2) Planning Commission Revised (Dec. 3) Draft (Morris Letter on pp 5-6; Ordinance starts p.10)
3) "Red Line" version - showing the changes the Commission made to the original draft;
4) Letter from Commissioner Levy.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Workshops review GPU Land Use Maps

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A series of workshops and meetings are scheduled to review the Land Use Maps in the Humboldt County General Plan Update. According to a press release from the county, "The workshops offer an opportunity for community members to learn more about what is proposed to change and what will remain the same in their local area.  In addition to the workshops there are three public hearings where the Board will hold formal meetings about the maps and accept public testimony."

The press release also states, "Owners who have land-use changes will be receiving a courtesy notice, with the proposed changes, ahead of the meetings so that they can attend a meeting in their area.  In order to have time to answer phone inquiries the notices will be released over a three week period.  Affected owners will be getting their notices between May 30 and June 20."

The workshop schedule and a previously aired story on the workshops appear below.

Additional information can be obtained at:
(707) 268-3795 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshop Schedule (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015: Willow Creek Community Services District-135 Willow Road, Willow Creek
Tuesday, June 9, 2015: Azalea Hall -1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville
Monday, June 29, 2015: Garberville Veterans Hall - 483 Conger Street, Garberville
Monday, July 6, 2015: Winema Theater - 125 Main Street, Scotia
Monday, July 20, 2015: Redwood Acres - 3750 Harris Street, Eureka

Board of Supervisors Public Hearings (11:00 am – 7:00 pm)

Monday, June 22, 2015: Board of Supervisors' Chamber - 825 Fifth Street, Eureka
Monday, July 13, 2015: Mateel Center - 35 Rusk Road, Redway
Monday, July 27, 2015: Board of Supervisors Chamber - 825 Fifth Street, Eureka

Use the SoundCloud player below to hear a report on the Land Use Map Workshops by Daniel Mintz, previously aired on the KMUD local News.


Southern Humboldt residents met last evening, Thurs., Jan. 15, 2015, in the Redway Elementary School Gym to hear panel presentations by law enforcement and the D.A.'s Office regarding re-staffing to increase Sheriff's Officers' presence in the southern part of the county and to discuss community involvement in helping keep residents and property safe. The meeting was facilitated by Second District Supervisor, Estelle Fennel, and the panel included Garberville-Redway Chamber of Commerce Director, Cinnamon Paula, and a number of the Chamber's Board Members.

Thursday's meeting, designed to focus on solutions, followed a previous Town Hall meeting, held last June, where a huge crowd gathered to express concern about the lack of police presence and response to crime in the Southern Humboldt area.  


Tune in to KMUD this Monday, Jan. 19 from 8 - 9 am, for more information about the meeting.

Use the audio players below to hear the full audio from the Thurs. meeting.


First Hour:

Second Hour:


Congressman Jered Huffman offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which would have provided an additional $52 million earmarked to aid in drought relief in California and other western states. However, according to a press release received by the KMUD News Department, the amendment did not pass. The press release appears below as does a video of Huffman speaking on the House floor about his amendment.

Press Release, dated July 10, 2014:
Huffman: “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) to provide relief from the historic drought facing California and many other western states. Huffman’s amendment would provide an additional $52 million for water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, offset by a reduction to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy account, which provides funding for research into non-military nuclear power plants. The amendment was defeated.
“The California drought is the most extreme drought that many of us have seen in our lifetime, and we either believe it’s a national crisis and a national priority or we don’t,” Congressman Huffman said. “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”
Specifically, Huffman’s amendment would direct $52 million to the Bureau of Reclamation for Title XVI water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, which support municipalities, farmers, fish and wildlife, and recreation. This amendment reflects one program funded by Congressman Huffman’s drought bill, which he introduced in March. In June, nearly 80% of California was under extreme drought conditions, and 36% of the state was in an “exceptional” drought, the highest category on the U.S. Drought Monitor.


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