Development and growth should take place in our core areas, not resource lands on the outskirts of the county. For the 4th District, this means areas such as Old Town, downtown, and Henderson center; as well as parts of Myrtletown, Fairhaven and Samoa. Investment in these areas will benefit 4th District families. To achieve this, it means having the courage to stand up to powerful special interests like Hum CPR, who seek to subdivide our resource lands. Chris Kerrigan will stand up to these groups because it’s in the best interest of the 4th District and Humboldt County.
Timber and agriculture lands must remain in production so that future generations can continue to reap the benefits. Protecting resource lands keeps our rivers healthy and stocked with fish, which benefits our fishing economy. If you talk to a Humboldtonian from prior generations they will tell you about the days the salmon were so thick you could walk across the river on their backs. Smart planning and resource management can help us return to those days.
We must shift from resource extraction to resource management. Our timber, aquaculture, and agricultural products are examples of how we can do that. Instead of simply exporting raw logs we must manage our forests by selectively and sustainably harvesting timber; manufacturing finished timber products such as solid wood doors, specialty moldings, and trims; and using the waste generated from this production to create composite wood decks and fencing. Furthermore, when these products are sold outside the county, they infuse money into our local economy, creating an economic multiplier effect that we all benefit from. The Headwaters fund provides us a great resource to make this happen. Cold storage facilities and commercial kitchens are two more examples of how investment and infrastructure can assist Humboldt County’s entrepreneurs and workers.
The Planning Commission is trying to abandon the smart growth principles in the General Plan in favor of dispersed development and relaxed permitting in rural areas. This will not help economic development in the 4th District and it threatens the the health and beauty of our natural resources. This type of development is supported by Virginia Bass’s appointees on the Commission. Moreover, her direct appointee has yet to develop his own blighted property in Eureka, the Downtowner motel.
The 4th District needs a supervisor who will work for the people of the 4th District. Chris Kerrigan will fight for smart growth and smart economic development, and will appoint planning commissioners who will work in the community’s interest, not for special interests.