You may have read about the recent Grand Jury report on the state of the Arcata-Eureka Airport – soon to be known as the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport.
(Interestingly, the acronym CRCHCA is also a short hand name for a rare, flesh-eating disease caused by smoking the mutated pygmy marijuana plants common to certain Brazilian rainforests – smoke Humboldt grown if you’re gonna smoke, kids! Tell your parents Uncle THC said so.)
Anyhow, since I’ve made it a life goal to skip out on jury duty for, like, forever – Civil Service? Ha! If our elected officials don’t feel obligated to serve the citizenry, then why the hell should I? – I will try to remedy that now. Readers of the Consequential are hereby treated to my one-dude version of a Grand Jury indictment.
So, let’s skip the arguments and get straight to the mud-slingin’. Supervisor Virginia Bass, THC finds you guilty on all counts of incompetence, idiocy, and indecent exposure of the Humboldt Public to your tax-heavy suggestions.
The airport has been mismanaged. Service sucks. Hobos get caught in the engines of planes in Humboldt like geese get stuck in Canada. Yadda yadda yadda.
All this is no surprise (except to the pilots who have to call in transient-induced maydays). Of course, it’s not surprising that Ms. Bass thinks that the answer to our airports problems is *gasp* more taxes!
In this NCJ article (I’m sorry in advance for sending you to them), Virginia proudly announces a plan to give control of the Aviation Division, which runs the airport, to another special district like the Harbor division (because the harbor division has done wonders in their own areas of expertise…oh, wait). And then – get this – she suggests that we “could fund airline subsidies and airport operations through voter-approved property assessments, for example — putting the brunt of public flying costs onto those more likely to utilize the service.”
On one hand, that means raising taxes for everyday people, people who generally don’t use the airport service anyway. When was the last time you flew out of the ACV? Yeah, I can’t remember either.
On the other hand, that means charging the people who actually DO use the – and are the only ones who keep it running as a semi-viable service in the first place – even higher rates for the privilege of almost single-handedly keeping afloat an enterprise that Bass says is integral to future of Humboldt’s successful economy.
Bass couldn’t even get that last part right. The airport is NOT crucial for our economy’s growth. On top of that, she is so damn wrong in thinking that she can use the pockets of taxpayers as a piggy bank to fix the problems that our government created through a lack of foresight. Us poor peons at the bottom of the tax pile can’t afford more tax hikes, and charging the people who actually can afford to fly out of ACV is a sure way to further discourage the businesses that rely on travel in our county to find other options.
Congratulations, Virginia – even if you are guilty, you still actually might be the smartest elected official we’ve got.
Excuse me, I’ve got to catch the Greyhound to SFO now.