Release from the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group:

“Eureka City Council Ward Candidates in an Economic Development Forum”

EUREKA—Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group hosts the Eureka City Council Ward candidates in an economic development forum focusing on ideas for job creation leveraging the Port of Eureka and the waterfront. Candidates will share their vision based on the City’s 2015 City Economic Development Strategic Plan involving the waterfront and harbor development for job creation.

The plan is for the candidates to introduce themselves and share their goals, and then answer these questions:

  1. What is your vision of the City’s strategy for the development, use, and maintenance of the Harbor?
  2.  As a member of the City Council, what will you do to advance this strategy?

The Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group believes the Harbor portion of the Bay is a viable economic opportunity in that it is underutilized and can be better used to provide jobs.  The City of Eureka’s Strategic Plan for Economic Development echoes the Working Group’s goal.

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th. The luncheons are at the Samoa Cookhouse and are a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30 and may go to 2 p.m.

Chicken Parmesan will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  To RSVP please contact 707-441-1974 or email:  Charles.Bean@Yahoo.com



Here’s the latest from that indefatigable Harbor group .

“A vision of a working Port of Humboldt Bay”

EUREKA—The guest speaker for this month’s Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group luncheon will be presenting a vision of the Port of Humboldt Bay as a working, international shipping port.

The speaker, Mike Marsden, is with Pacific Northwest Railroad (PNR).  The group has identified existing markets that would move their containerized shipments through our Port rather than other Ports. At the Harbor Working Group’s last luncheon in June, Marsden gave an overview of what that portion of containerized goods might be.  He pointed out that the Port of Humboldt Bay is an ideal location for handling a portion of the containerized goods now going through the Port of Oakland. Oakland is the seventh busiest container port in the United States.  It handles more than 99% of the containerized goods moving through Northern California, and three-quarters of that trade is with Asia.  

Marsden’s group has formulated a plan for renovating the Port of Humboldt Bay into a modern international shipping port to meet this need. Marsden will present this plan and answer questions about it.

The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25. The luncheons are at the Samoa Cookhouse and are a “no host” event. Lunch starts being served at noon; and the presentation starts around 12:30.

This presentation is the fourth in a series on “The Development of the Port of Humboldt Bay as an International Seaport.”  The next few Luncheons will continue to be dedicated to envisioning our Harbor as an international seaport.

Barbecued Ribs will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12.  To RSVP please contact 707-441-1974 or email:  Charles.Bean@Yahoo.com

Harbor Group To Meet Wed July 26 on Samoa Development

Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group (HBHWG) welcomes Dan Johnson, President & CEO, of the Danco Group. Mr. Johnson will present information on the proposed plan for the “Town of Samoa – A New Commercial & Residential Development” project. This forum is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26th, at Samoa Cookhouse with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m. followed by the presentation from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Meatloaf will be served for lunch at $16 and soup and salad is available for $12. To RSVP please contact 707-441-1974 or email:  Charles.Bean @ Yahoo.com.    Click HERE  for more information about the proposed project! 


The Power of Showing Up, Lost Credibility and Railroad News

The Power of Showing Up-Have you ever been to a school board meeting? I hadn’t until the special meeting on July 11, ostensibly to discuss the “Future of the Eureka High School Automotive Program.” I learned a few things.

One thing I learned is that NO ONE SHOWS UP at the typical school board meetings, at least the Eureka City Schools board meetings. There were about 70 people in attendance; typically they get half a dozen. Another thing I learned was that the ECS officials in attendance (Van Vleck, Olson and Eagles) had no intention of engaging in a real discussion. Van Vleck presented a PowerPoint show to convince the crowd that the current curriculum could not be sustained. He was so desperate to make his point that he actually presented the results of a KINS telephone poll in support of his position. I learned that there is a vast range of competence and conscientiousness among the five members of this particular board.

When it came to community input, we were limited to three minutes each. The speakers included graduates of the program, and representatives of many local dealerships. As it got close to 10pm, it seemed that the tide had turned, the Board members were making plans for a followup meeting on the next Friday and I went home. The only two elected officials in attendance, Marian Brady and Rex Bohn, stayed until the bitter end, bless their hearts. You could have knocked me over with a  blackboard eraser when I read in the next day’s  paper that the Friday meeting was off and a 3-2 vote had been taken to close the program. I don’t know who did what to who to finally end up, a couple of days later, with a compromise that essentially saved the program but I learned a third valuable lesson:  DON’T LEAVE EARLY.  The bureaucrats have all the time in the world and they can wait till the wee hours of the morning if need be, to get their way.  You’d think I would have learned by now.  I should mention that Mr. John Fullerton was consistently clearheaded and effective in moving things along. Let’s hope the message has been received that the taxpayers, stakeholders and students want the program. As Woody Allen says, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”  If that crowd hadn’t shown up,  the program would be gone for sure. 

Lost Credibility-  “Reputation is a bubble” as the saying goes, or maybe a balloon that, once popped, cannot be reconstructed.  Just about everyone in the County has weighed in on the Dan Johnson debacle. I expect to hear any day now that the President, both Popes and Jay-Z have issued statements. The point is that NO ONE is defending Mr.  Johnson’s actions. The best that his friends can do is point out that he has made charitable contributions, as any major businessperson in the county does. Well, good for him. However, the idiocy he demonstrated in believing that he,  and only he, could read and recall a letter that was published in Newsweek and probably a dozen other publications is profound and calls into question his basic judgment. It takes a certain type of megalomania to do what he did.

I thought of that during the Healy Brothers Building block party: Mr. Kramer celebrating another excellent project, Mr. Johnson hiding from his constituents and issuing snarky non-apologies.  We need maturity in our civic leaders. Please consider running for the school boards in your area. Our kids need you.

The Train –as you probably know the $20K study by the folks in Washington state concluded that the EastWest route(s) are not viable and would cost over a billion to construct, even if a clear strategy for its use were developed.  This brings us back to where we were in the beginning, with the North-South route costing somewhat less but more importantly, offering transportation for the cargo we know is available- tourists. Tourists to fill our hotels.  Tourists to rent cars and go on tours and excursions and swing around in the treetops. As anyone who has ever ridden the train down to San Rafael will tell you, the train ride through the Eel River Canyon could easily be one of the major tourist attractions on the West Coast. A different aspect of the rairoad issue will be the subject of the Harbor Working Group’s July meeting, which takes place Wednesday noon at the Samoa Cookhouse and will feature a talk on the possibility of shipping between here and Stockton. (Click on “Community Forums”.)  These meetings are always interesting. ‘Nuff said.