If you should hear a sudden burst of fanfare from trumpets and wing’d cherubs around 5 o’clock in the evening on August 14th, don’t be alarmed. It’s not the rapture.
It’s just Jacqueline Debets getting the hell out of Humboldt. And THC couldn’t be happier.
Granted, we aren’t the first on the Humboldt blog scene to announce Debets’ long-awaited departure. But, over the past few months, we have definitely been the most vocal about what a terrible job she was doing around here. Or not doing, seeing as she accomplished basically nothing.
When THC first heard the news, we almost patted ourselves on the back. We said: “She finally flew the white flag after caving in to our witty and poignant rhetoric!”
But then we came back to our senses, and realized that she probably just got tired of raping any business that tried to get a foot hold here in Humboldt County. Maybe she needs a new victim – good luck, Placer County!
As noted on the LoCO, Ms. Debets did sponsor a series of love stories on Youtube. Sorry, would-be-business-owners, you can’t set up shop here – but go ahead and check out these Youtube videos. What a f****** waste of our tax dollars, and what a f****** insult to people who wanted to establish a business here.
But fear not, our Debets rant is not a phenomenon unique to THC. One of our favorite THC participants, Sammy, had this to say:
“Also saw on the Lost Coast Outpost that none other than Jacqueline Debets is leaving. Economic Development Department my patootie. In concert with the Girard-Neely no-growthers, as the author of the Economic Development element of the general plan Jacquie single handedly added so many new regulations onto new businesses that start-ups or small businesses have found other areas to be more friendly business locations than Humboldt. Fear not, Jacquie and company think of shutting down Humboldt a victory.
Here’s to her finding her new digs in the Sierra to be hot, dry and snake infested. She’ll be right at home.”
Well said. But the ire doesn’t stop there. Though we hesitate to send you there for the sake of your personal safety/sanity, just check out the Thunderdome conversation on the LoCO’s article about Debets’ departure.
This tells us three things: first, everyone knows how ass-backwards Debets’ feeble attempts to nurture our economy were. Second, the Board of Supervisors had zero oversight over her inaction, and took zero responsibility upon themselves to encourage growth here. (So much for the Board being beholden to business interests – they didn’t do shit for them.) Third, there are a lot of THC-minded folks out there who are really pissed off about Humboldt’s economy and governance.
Truth is, we’re glad to hear it. Since we clearly can’t rely on our elected or appointed officials to save Humboldt, we all better start working on ways to do it ourselves. Suggestions, THC fans? Let us know.