Quick! Who believes in whimsical mythical creatures and that the Humboldt County financial forecast for the next 5 years is looking rosy?
If your answer is the vertically challenged Humboldt County Supervisor Mark Lovelace, than you nailed it! Although, we guess we kinda spoiled the surprise in the title.
The tape from the County Supervisors’ regularly scheduled meeting of February 2nd, in which the Board received a report from the County Interim CAO regarding the five year financial forecast, shows Supervisor Lovelace expressing his belief in both the existence of unicorns and a County fund balance that isn’t completely depressing.
We’ll remind you right now – the forecast is f*cking grim. Even the frickin’ NCJ couldn’t find a way to twist the facts to make it look good. The so-called “moderate” forecast – which Supervisor Sundberg described as maintaining the “status quo” of the currently shitty and out of control spending done by the County – had the County nearly going bankrupt in the near future.
Guess how long the worst forecast gave the County before going bankrupt? Next year.
Which is why THC found it especially funny when Supervisor Mark Lovelace said the forecast was full of “sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns.” Really funny, Mark. Even funnier is how both the public and private sectors in Humboldt have circled further down the drain while you’ve been one of our leaders. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Generally, THC thinks Lovelace to be one of the more intellectually gifted Supes around. Faint praise, we know. Guess all those chromosomes went to his head rather than his height. But we wonder: is Lovelace really so delusional with regards to the budget, or has he completely thrown in the towel when it comes to giving a shit about his participation in Humboldt leadership.
We all know he is vacating the Supervisor role next term to try his luck at bigger and better things, but the rest of Humboldt is still going to have to deal with the County’s tragic financial position. THC would actually much appreciate if Lovelace either pulled his head out of his ass, or at least stopped laughing about the financial hole he helped dig.