Jarred by a recent active shooter incident in McKinleyville, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved a previously postponed $295,000 Measure Z funding request for an armored rescue vehicle.
A letter from the owner of a business that seeks to provide “educational and fun cannabis-themed tours of the Emerald Triangle” has motivated the county to explore how such operations should be licensed.
A series of departmental re-organizations was proposed when supervisors considered this year’s budget. One of them — to re-institute the county’s General Services Department — was rejected at the Aug. 23 supervisors meeting.
After recent approval of a mobile home rent control ordinance for the November election ballot, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has advanced further help for mobile home owners by extending eviction notifications and requiring relocation assistance.
At their Aug. 9 meeting, supervisors unanimously voted to have the commission advance recommendations on traffic impact fees. The commission had already taken up the issue on its own, triggering a letter from the board stating that supervisors should have discussed it first and then referred it to the commission.
Most people locally are familiar with the Garberville-Redway Area Chamber of Commerce, now known as the Southern Humboldt Chamber of Commerce.
The same cannot be said of another business organization that has emerged of late — the Humboldt County Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.
The outfit made a splash last week, or tried to, when it released a detailed press release blasting Humboldt County’s plan to place a cultivation tax on medical marijuana grows on the November ballot.
About 60 people showed up at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland Friday for the latest public meeting aimed at providing cannabis farmers with information related to county and state permitting programs that are either already in place or will be soon.
Sponsored by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project, the meeting was facilitated by Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell.
Humboldt County supervisors have rescinded a ban on new medical marijuana dispensaries and will consider changing a dispensary regulation ordinance to allow onsite marijuana use.
At its July 19 meeting, the Board of Supervisors rescinded the ban and made minor changes to the dispensary ordinance approved last year. Supervisors also agreed to consider further changes — including making room for onsite consumption — in the ordinance, which will be activated with the lifting of the ban.
Over the objections of small-scale marijuana farmers, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved an excise tax rate for a ballot measure that’s headed for a vote in the November election.
The marijuana excise tax’s ballot measure statement and an ordinance setting tax rates based on grow types were approved by supervisors at their July 19 meeting. Supervisors will vote on approving placement of the measure on the November election ballot on Aug. 9.
The county’s first permit approvals under its commercial marijuana production ordinance will allow of six acres of new outdoor cultivation on a 600-acre site in the Honeydew area. Six conditional use permits for medical marijuana cultivation were approved for the Ferndale-based Honeydew Farms LLC at the county Planning Commission’s July 7 meeting.
A small-scale marijuana farming group’s lawsuit challenging the county’s commercial marijuana production ordinance has been settled and includes a $35,000 payment for the group’s legal fees. But the chair of the county’s Board of Supervisors believes the settlement doesn’t change anything because its main aspect — a commitment to re-do the ordinance under a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) — was promised before the legal action was taken.
Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to place a countywide transportation sales tax measure on the November ballot, with the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) administering the revenue.
At their July 5 meeting, supervisors unanimously supported a plan to have HCAOG be the lead agency in advancing a 20-year, half-cent sales tax that’s estimated to generate $10 million a year in revenue for road repairs, trail and transit infrastructure maintenance, providing local matches for state and federal grants and retaining airline service.
County Agricultural Commissioner Jeff Dolf updated the Board of Supervisors at its June 28 meeting on a pilot program that will use software to track the weight, distribution and characteristics of medical marijuana products.
Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors is aiming to place a commercial marijuana cultivation tax measure on the November election ballot — a move that has some growers concerned about the cost of doing business legally.
The costs, effects and benefits of asking voters to approve a local marijuana cultivation excise tax were analyzed at the June 21 supervisors meeting. Ultimately, supervisors agreed that a tax should be pursued at rates below those recommended by county staff.
They also agreed that the measure’s language should include trails and transit infrastructure maintenance as eligible uses, along with local matches for federal and state transportation grants and retaining commercial airline service.
With dissent from one of its members, Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors has approved notifying the Planning Commission that it needs to go through the board to agendize discussions on issues out of its purview.
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 and supervisors have approved waiving a balanced budget policy to cover expenses.
Humboldt County Public Health staffers have told the Board of Supervisors that the county is seeing a “frightening increase” in the Hepatitis C infection rate and a needle exchange program aims to control it.
The report to supervisors described Humboldt County as having one of the highest Hepatitis C rates in the state. With over 7,000 documented cases, at least 5 percent of the county’s population is affected.
True, the county as a whole went for Sanders big time, by a margin of 68 percent to 31 percent for Hillary Clinton. No other county in the state backed Sanders by such a large margin in the Democratic primary.
“I am honored, humbled and very happy for such an resounding show of support from my community,” Fennell said on Wednesday. “I see this as a vote of confidence and I look forward to working with my community to make Humboldt an even better place to live.”
Everyone agrees that rezoning the Southern Humboldt Community Park to allow for athletic fields is going to significantly increase the amount of water the park draws from the South Fork of the Eel River for irrigation.
An 852-page Draft Environmental Impact Report that came out in April evaluates a number of proposed land-use designation changes at the 405-acre park — including one that would allow for the staging of public festivals. But the massive document has not settled the irrigation issue.
The Garberville Sanitary District (GSD) board of directors considered whether to write any comments about the Southern Humboldt Community Park (SHCP) board’s proposed land-use designation change and looked at the district’s draft budget for the next fiscal year at their regular meeting on May 24.