!Update! Ghosts of Steven Kirk Girard: County Staff wagging the dog?

 

Jeez Louise, THC-heads, we sure had a mix up on our last post! Thanks, by the way, for your kind understanding. But, since you must know, we were all correct – each and every one of us. Below, we’ve provided official documentation that should settle the issue.

And also shed some light on the background of one of Humboldt’s most polarizing figures: Steven Kirk Girard.

girardbirth certificateLook at those itty bitty baby feet! How cute!

Of course, mom and pop Girard had no way of knowing those tiny feet would one day grow large enough to trample all over public process, professional integrity, and the greater good.

It’s hard to tell, we suppose.


 

No matter where you stand on the marijuana policy being crafted by the County, THC sure hopes that you can appreciate when things at public meetings get a little more entertaining than usual.

Now, heated meetings and expansive and idiotic public comments can be expected in a lot of regular meetings. The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are usually a good source, and lots of the time the stupid comments come from the Supervisors themselves. The Arcata and Eureka City Council meetings are generally sure-fire bets to provide some sort of moronic sound bites. Especially the Eureka Council meetings on homelessness.

It came out of nowhere, in THC’s mind, when a friendly little tipster told us to check out the recording of the County Planning Commission’s January 7th meeting. We watched, and we sure wish we had made some popcorn first! Click here for a link to the video, and skip past the boring first 2 hours and 8 minutes to the point of the meeting where Planning Chair Bob Morris begins to talk about the Commission’s “housekeeping” duties.

What a hoot! Aside from feeling a little bad for interim Planning Director Rob Wall, THC just couldn’t be more pleased with the buffoonery going on here. It’s a darn public sideshow!

What was your favorite part? Was it County Counsel Jeffrey Blanck back-pedaling like a pro to avoid a major violation of the Brown Act? Was it when County Planner Michael Richardson turned tail and ran out of the meeting because he couldn’t take the heat? Or was it the numbskulls sitting up on the dais trying to figure out how to raise their hands together all at the same time? What a joke!

Aside from the entertainment factor of the Planning Commission Circus, THC finds the parallels between the accusations of the Commission and the fairly recent history of the Planning Department under the direction of Steve Girard disturbing.

Girard was a P.O.S. Let’s all just agree on that here and now, please and thank you. For quite some time, Girard wielded the Planning Department as a means of forwarding his own personal agenda without regard for the needs of the public, and with a complete lack of respect for the process in which the Planning Department, and government in general, operates in.

If the Planning Commission’s accusations are true – that County Planning Staff deliberately misrepresented the work of the Planning Commission, and deliberately ignored direction given to them by the Planning Commission – then all of Humboldt County should have their hackles up. The mess Girard created for Humboldt via his manipulations of the GPU process are going to impact the County for a long-time coming. If staff is, once again, ignoring the direction of their superiors in order to achieve their own desired results, then THC has to imagine that the effects of the marijuana policy are going to be the same.

According to a few of the folks that THC contacted on this issue, we shouldn’t be surprised when a couple of Planners – namely Steve Lazar – for the County are asked to leave should Director Rob Wall find evidence to back up the Planning Commissioners’ claims.

If that’s the case, maybe the County will look into finding some planners who actually do their well-paid jobs the next time around.

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19 Responses to !Update! Ghosts of Steven Kirk Girard: County Staff wagging the dog?

  1. Marc Delany says:

    Are the elected officials going to get together and decide which staff that has exceeded authority, and ignored public process is going to get sacked, as an example? Or will the un elected staff just continue to dictate to our elected officials what they will and will not do? I have never seen anything like this is 30 years in local government. There is a system… we elect representatives, they are assisted by staff to manage local affairs and choices based on the direction of the locally elected representatives… Here in HC, the staff tell the people how it will be, and ignore direct requests by the elected officials… Voters need to remind our elected officials that we voted for them, not for the staff… Any staff that insist they are running the show have to be terminated. This is not how our government is suposed to work.

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    • MOLA42 says:

      Marc Delany:

      Well, it’s like this. It’s the Staff’s job to assist the local government elected officials to run the show. However… what if the elected (or appointed, in the case of the Planning Commission) officials don’t know what they are doing?

      As professionals, it’s their duty to point out where they are running things off the tracks. And frankly, with the complex legal, social and environmental issues involved in the MJ ordinances we can’t expect elected officials to know all about everything.

      That’s why they hire Staff and that is what Staff is doing, their jobs. The Board of Supervisors are free to ignore Staff recommendations to their little heart’s desire.

      Or for that matter, ignore their Planning Commission when they go nuts.

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  2. Esther says:

    Well, atleast Kirk did a commendable job pissing off Arkley on a daily basis. Anybody who makes it to the top of his hit list is a hero in my book!

    But otherwise, he did suck donkey balls.

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  3. I remember one night during the Housing Element of the GPU last year, Commissioner and Chair Hubert Morris told the staff with all their fancy lernin’ that they just didn’t understand what affordable housing is. (Morris’ idea was that we build new fancy homes then people will move-up from the fancy homes and leave the cheaper homes on the market. Maybe we could consider this the Lexus-Camry-Corrola theory of real-estate.)

    That is what this whole thing is about. It’s about gutting professional planners, our commons. Our hand-picked group of 5 of 7 very interested agenda-driven commissioners are going to shift reality and thus governing to do what they want to be done, not what we as a people need to be done.

    And it is all sold with this story with this villain who many may find analogous to Sparky Vader…

    Girard was a P.O.S. Let’s all just agree on that here and now, please and thank you. For quite some time, Girard wielded the Planning Department as a means of forwarding his own personal agenda without regard for the needs of the public, and with a complete lack of respect for the process in which the Planning Department, and government in general, operates in.

    An opinion and/or narrative so uninformed that they can’t even get the main antagonist’s first name right. And that is just the very tip of the unformation this narrative is selling.

    “Or will the un elected staff just continue to dictate to our elected officials “

    By elected officials don’t you mean those we had our friend’s elect by contributing large sums of money? At least Stupidburg had the good sense to nominate his campaign manager and former GPU-head activist DeShaun Sheppard to the Planning Commission amiright? Could you imagine the ruckus if he had have considered Jen Kalt? Omg. There isn’t a noun in the English language too obnoxious to nominate him for if he had.

    And let me ask you this very basic question. Why can’t or shouldn’t Jen Kalt or any person whose interests begins with the long term for all species be on a commission with the name “planning” on it?

    The same reason THC and it’s readers don’t like the “planning” staff and are now going to continue attempting to remake the staff in their image. Just as the bought-and-paid-for BOS did to the Commission itself.

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  4. sandserat says:

    “Why can’t or shouldn’t Jen Kalt or any person whose interests begins with the long term for all species be on a commission with the name “planning” on it?”

    LMoB do you live in a vacuum?
    Jen Kalt is a enviro sell-out and has been since day one. The reason that you have no idea where you coastal wetland delineations are, is due to poseurs in responsible positions doing gymnastics
    to make certain that you remain stupid.
    Here in whoreville Humboldt the coastal wildlife and wetland losses are staggering while Kalt, Lovelace and Woolley bury delineations, turning the coastline into a frigging desert with a never ending supply of ‘yes’ wienies providing a foil.

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    • sandserat. Are enviros non-citizens? Do their well documented, well researched and well explained views not count? Should we simply take the word of those with the largest political conflict-chests and their supporters as to the best path forward for our county?

      But it’s not even enviro’s we are talking about here. We don’t even have any neutral
      Commissioners on this board outside of Eddy Edmonds – and even he seems to be a pretty consistant vote for the contractors (Bill Bongio and Frank McKenny) and property rights advocates (Sheppard, Morris, Ulansey).

      This Commission is intentionally rigged and they don’t take kindly to a county staff doing it’s job.

      It’s why it was so important to neuter the GPU’s Guiding Principles

      http://www.northcoastjournal.com/NewsBlog/archives/2013/10/09/the-countys-guiding-principles-in-time-lapse.

      By the way. Uri and I missed you Saturday. It was a beautiful walk. Thanks for the original invitation.
      – Dimwitted smartypants on bike.

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      • sandserat says:

        LMoB, science is predictable and repetitive.

        ” Are enviros non-citizens? Do their well documented, well researched and well explained views not count?” ????

        The results that we have on the coastline were neither predicted
        nor Permitted. As the failure unfolded Kalt and the rest didn’t even
        register. When the Fore Dune blew-out Kalt didn’t know, neither did Pickart
        nor Van de Meer. The County found out through a citizens report. Wake-up,
        Staff was unaware and once made aware they absolutely were deer in the headlights,
        had no idea of what to do.

        Why are you calling these folks enviros? They are completely out of the scientific
        loop and not much more than profiteers, yet here you are AGAIN singing praises.

        Yes, stick to GPUs guiding principles! NO EROSION.

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  5. You blow says:

    You are a fucking creep. A shitty blogger and a gross creep. His birth certificate, really? With his baby footprints?? And you publish that shit? Disgusting.

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    • MOLA42 says:

      You blow:

      Actually, a Birth Certificate is a public record. There’s nothing unethical about printing a facsimile of one. Before Social Security Numbers and Driver’s Licences, most people used them as basic I.D.

      And the little baby foot prints are kinda cute…

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  6. SAM says:

    LMAO: S. Kirk Girard was born 6/6/66 ???????? So all of everyone’s references to the Devil Kirk Girard are TRUE.

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  7. Sandersat – Is David Ther…. Science predictable and reproducible?

    He is the guy whose science you would rather buy into rather than that brought to us by our state workers. People like Andreas Pickart. (We’ve typed this to death in the “Uri” thread.)

    Look I now know very little about who you are based on what Uri shared. I will not share that out of respect for your privacy, but I can’t continue this debate if you are only going to tell half the story – even if that half is largely based on denying what environmentalism and science are about. (hint – they probably don’t involve connections to Hitler)

    In the case of the Dunes, change is the constant and that is natural. That is the bottom line. That is why we planted European Beachgrass to do what we can to stabilize the natural changes in the dune/beach ecosystem. It’s difficult to understand why we would do this if you want to protect infrastructure like a water-line in Uri’s case or human-made artificial wetlands in your case (that is all you have mentioned).

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  8. sandserat says:

    You are the wrong guy to be debating this issue, you seriously haven’t a clue
    as to what the questions are, nor what the ‘experiment’ was. You are unaware
    that these projects were introduced as an experiment NOT science.
    ” but I can’t continue this debate if you are only going to tell half the story ”
    LMoB;
    1. Have you found the federal wetland determinations?
    2. Have you located the Permits? Local Coastal Plan? Long- Term Management Plan?
    3. Do you understand that the Manila Dunes were collateralized by the Fed EPA and State
    Water Boards? For what?
    4. Are you familiar with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?
    I figured you to be a jerk when you said you would be OK if you had hired someone to remove weeds and found your trees dead. If this is the way you feel, all I can say is stay the hell away from the coast with your self-interested criminality causing damages and erosion to
    precious and rare habitat.

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    • It is true that I don’t have a clue about your perspective, largely b/c it is well couched in uniformation and anonymity.

      Let’s try one at a time and with specific resources or links and specific grievances and I’m more than willing to have this discussion with you if you are game. Let’s start with 1? Maybe you can find and link to the federal wetland determinations and tell me what they mean to you. While you are at it please explain why we are considering a human-made wetland on a naturally endangered ecosystem worth protecting rather than the rare habitat itself? What about focusing on natural wetlands?

      I’m interested in this conversation as long as you are (until we’ve gone though all your supporting evidence) because Uri and I (and I assume then you and i) disagree on what is and isn’t worth protecting. At the edge of a two differently managed habitats, the one that had removed the Beachgrass I saw beauty and complexity. Uri looked in the opposite direction and saw the same thing (beauty and diversity) as he looked over a landscape of dunes covered with European Beachgrass. (we had to go hunting in the underbrush for the diversity)

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      • sandserat says:

        LMoB, have you been to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park?
        That area was once known as the ‘Badlands,’ moving dunes that were stabilized
        by planting and watering with windmills built specifically to vegetate the formerly moving dunes.
        Today that same area hosts an assemblage of wildlife that includes 387 vertebrate species,
        53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 11 species of amphibians. There are over 80 rare or special status wildlife species currently identified as permanent or seasonal residents of the park, or dependent upon park lands and waters for migration. Of these, 12 are listed as federally endangered, and 12 are federally threatened.
        That is the goal of the State Water Boards and the FedEPA who collateralized the Manila Dunes
        in 1988.

        Manila had accomplished the stabilization with wetlands and wildlife that were thriving and growing until the delineated wetlands and buffers were violated by well-meaning know nothings, with a continual chorus of defenders equally ill-informed.
        If you want to argue that a moving dune has more bio-diversity than a coastal wetland, go ahead
        but realize, it’s blatant BS.
        If the Badlands of SF had not been stabilized, the Sunset District would not exist, there would be no where to host migratory birds, an obligation since the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
        in 1918.

        ” please explain why we are considering a human-made wetland on a naturally endangered ecosystem worth protecting rather than the rare habitat itself? What about focusing on natural wetlands?”
        Try not to be a myopic, your question is so overloaded with ignorance and misrepresentation that it makes it difficult to have a discussion. You want to cause erosion?
        then state so on your Permit. You want to drain wetlands? Then state so on your Permit.
        You want to impact wildlife? Then state so on your Permit. Otherwise you are just another hooligan posing as someone who gives a damn.

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      • Dexter says:

        If you’ve spent anytime at Golden Gate Park, you’d quickly realize that the dunes have been covered with topsoil to grow non coastal species. The only presence of sand is when the heavy equipment comes out to do some earth moving.

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  9. Just Watchin says:

    Looks like jonboy is in a pissing match with an empty bladder….

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  10. Sandserat you wrote this…

    LMoB, have you been to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park?Then this Today that same area hosts an assemblage of wildlife that includes 387 vertebrate species,53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 11 species of amphibians.

    (from wiki) Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres (412 ha) of public grounds.

    Think about how that much area could host 53 species of mammals. It doesn’t. When I thought to simply Google your unattributed sentence. When you do you find out they are speaking about not Golden Gate Park but the NPS’ Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

    It’s a big difference as you probably now know. It would be like taking that beachgrass dominated foredune Uri and I were looking at when we took a walk on the Manila beaches a couple of weeks ago and then comparing it to the once denuded area just north of it by saying –

    Sandserat: Lookit, we know there are some plants growing in that area where the beach grass was removed. We can see them. But lookit at how much MORE grass is growing over here *motions back to unmanaged beach-grass landscape*. That is a lot more and if you look closely you can see other plants growing that would not even be there b/c this fore dune might not exist. NOW, I also want you to consider that in all of Humboldt County there are 53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles etc protected in part by our stabilized plover-invested badlands.

    Jon: Damn!

    ****************************

    Basically, Sandersat and Uri, your environmentalism might be branded with “Wetlands of Dreams: If you stabilize it, species will come”. That is not environmentalism as we define it once we’ve understood ecology as a people. It is better categorized as part of an old-old school open space or conservation movement that has very real merit for it’s own sake, and if it is what you believe, that is the argument you and Uri should be making.

    Personally, and the informed electorate agrees in Manila, I don’t think we need to start thinking about arguments like ceasing public and private efforts to return natural habits to create new stabilized real-estate until we finally DO lose all of our natural habitats. An argument, btw, you and Uri are doing your best to make even if it takes unformation.

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    • sandserat says:

      I speak for myself not for Uri, he has his own mind.

      Jon, you give liberal a bad name.
      If it isn’t asking too much, when you and your friends seek Permits to do work on the coastline,
      try honesty. If you intend to induce erosion, cause fragmentation, drain or fill wetlands, impact flora and fauna, then say so. You’ll be stopped dead in your tracks before you begin to cash the checks.

      As you bs on and on we reveal that you don’t even know what the project was intended to do,
      what the issues are, what the Zoning requires,
      what the Permit allows or what the Regulations DON”T allow.
      Stay on your bike, keep your lazy mind occupied somewhere else please and for God’s sake stop killing trees. Liberal my ass.

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  11. OK Sandserat. I try to deal with specifics whenever you deign to present them. Let’s skip one and go to 2 since this seems to be your current concern. One by one we’ll get things done.

    “2. Have you located the Permits? Local Coastal Plan? Long- Term Management Plan?”

    Which permits, are there no links? Who is saying exactly that there are permits required if there are none? Is there any link to a conversation (either in writing or video from a public meeting) from those who say that there are permits required and those apparently simply disregard simple environmental steps.

    At any time you could speak for yourself you know. Uri does know who you are and mentioned you have a history in this process. Do you want to provide any specifics?

    If you intend to …impact flora and fauna, then say so. Yes. The plan is to restore, through management certain areas in public and private land to it’s natural habitat. It’s pretty clear in the statements by the 3 candidates who ran for and won seats on the MCSD. Here is a repeat of one of their statements.

    “I am not a specialist in this area, but according to scientists who have done extensive work in this field, the practice of removing beach grass to permit native species to repopulate the dunes is a legitimate, beneficial one. Biologists have confirmed this with specific reference to the Manila ecosystem. We have allowed a vocal minority to obscure the fact that our past efforts have been positive, “blown-out dunes” notwithstanding. We must resume restoration work.”

    It’s pretty well known by most what the intentions are. I guess with the possible exception of a vocal minority. I’m wondering to whom that reference might refer. Do you have any ideas?

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