Tag Archives: Board of Supervisors

New McK smoking rules backed

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – Mack Town’s advisory committee is urging the Board of Supervisors to adopt a smoking ordinance, but with some caveats. At its Feb. 22 meeting the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee voted 5-1, with member Kevin Dreyer dissenting, to recommend that supervisors approve an ordinance to protect people from second-hand

County’s road damages may reach $20 million

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved a new storm-related emergency declaration for February as the cost of road damages surpasses the $15 million mark. This winter’s storms and the damages they caused continue to challenge the county. Approved at the Feb. 21 supervisors meeting, the new declaration

Lovelace honored as term ends

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – At the close of his second and last term, Third District Supervisor Mark Lovelace is being described as a hard-working public official who gained strong support and admiration within and beyond his district. Lovelace was honored at the Dec. 13 Board of Supervisors meeting – his last meeting

Services hub stalled over concerns about homeless people

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – Fearing an influx of homeless people, some McKinleyville residents are speaking out against a proposal to locate a social services hub in the middle of town. Opposition to what’s being called The Center at McKinleyville spurred some residents to go door to door last week and encourage fellow

County supervisors: Emergency response fixes lack funding

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors agrees with a Grand Jury finding that the county’s headquarters for disaster response is “housed within a Cold War bomb shelter that was never intended for use as an emergency operations center” but funding is an obstacle to addressing it. Responses to the

Supes, commission to fix ‘adversarial relationship’

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Disagreement over how to address homelessness has strained communication between the county’s Board of Supervisors and Human Rights Commission but the two entities are working on closing the gap. Ways to fix a disconnect between the board and the commission were recently discussed at a supervisors meeting. A

Traffic impact fees bounced to commission

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT –  After pulling consideration of a traffic impact fee program from the Planning Commission, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has agreed to have the commission finish the work it started. At their Aug. 9 meeting, supervisors unanimously voted to have the commission advance recommendations on traffic impact fees. The

Reining in aggresive panhandlers

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – A county ordinance that restricts “aggressive and intrusive solicitation,” including pushy requests for money, is on track for approval by the Board of Supervisors. Support for the ordinance is not unanimous, however, as Board Chair Mark Lovelace has said the proposed law needs to be broadened to make

Budget policy voided to cover deficit

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Despite revenue increases – including $6.5 million in new Measure Z funding – the Humboldt County budget for the upcoming fiscal year has a $4.9 million deficit. Supervisors have approved waiving a balanced budget policy to cover expenses. A proposed budget deficit that is more than double what

Supes settling on ‘Housing First’ approach

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County and the City of Eureka have agreed to jointly implement a so-called “housing first” approach to addressing homelessness, with both approving resolutions to that effect. A joint resolution to support a housing first homelessness reduction plan from the Sacramento-based Focus Strategies firm was approved by the