Humboldt laughs as County Planning staff whines about having to work

There’s nothing that can bring Humboldt County together like the big fat joke being played on us by County Planning Department staff. Apparently, they have pot applications coming out their rears. So should we feel bad for them?

Absolutely fricking not! Are these people kidding? Here’s a link to the letter, submitted by Rob Wall and others in the Planning and Building Department.

In case you don’t feel like reading the letter, we’ve taken the liberty of providing a synopsis via quotes from the letter:

  • Following this initial surge [of pot related questions and applications], it is vitally important that we establish realistic expectations regarding institutional capacity in order to effectively absorb and process cannabis projects. This strategy must be guided by data driven decisions. The Board of Supervisors and the Planning and Building Department need to work jointly to triage and manage this challenge.
  • “We are, at times, failing to meet state-mandated deadlines” (THC note – like you have with the damn GPU??)
  • “Customers are expressing anger and frustration related to non-cannabis permit delays, as well as anger and frustration from incomplete cannabis procedures.” (THC note – because people have just now begun complaining about the shitty service and processing time of the planning department?)

This next one is our favorite, in which the Planning Department compares their ridiculously unfair workload to military service:

  • 90 Day Stand Down: In the military, units conduct temporary stand downs to address issues and ensure longterm operational readiness and effectiveness. A 90 day stand down should be implemented as soon as possible.

The letter from Wall and the chain gang that took time from their busy, busy schedules to write this tragedy of a letter also says that 792 hours of staff time were spent “providing general cannabis information to customers” and that “an additional 825 hours have been spent on program implementation.” For those of you counting, that’s 1,617 hours. 1,617 hours to begin processing 42 actual applications. Just how much work would that really require?

Consider this. According to the County budget page, there are 35 full time employees. How many hours of work, assuming a 40 hour work week, should 35 people account for? 1,400 hours.

Sorry, we jumped ahead and finished that math problem, because we were afraid that some of you readers might work in the Planning Department and would be unable to compute that. So, to recap, a full 40-hour work week for all Planning staff amounts to 1,400 hours – and these idiots are expecting sympathy because they spent 1,617 hours working on cannabis stuff over a 90 day period?

Just in case you were wondering, one 8 hour workday from the department’s 35 staff members should be 280 hours per day. We understand it’s tough when you get to take a shit ton of days off for “sick” days and holidays (that no one else gets to take off!), but there should still have been ample time to accomplish their normal work as well as the cannabis.

Especially when you consider that the number of non-cannabis permits that this department has to handle has dropped significantly over the past couple of decades, and the trend doesn’t seem to be changing. Check out this chart a friend made for us:

permitsyearThere’s been a nearly 50% drop-off in these permits from 10 years ago. Keep in mind, that’s only residential permits, too. You’d think County staff would be freaking excited about the cannabis related work because they’d finally have something to freaking do!

All in all, don’t let whiny County staff let you think that the cannabis ordinance spells doom and gloom for the department. It just means they have to work more than the half of the hours they’re being paid to.

(To be fair, the Planning Staff isn’t the only department in the County that apparently has too much work. See,

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20 Responses to Humboldt laughs as County Planning staff whines about having to work

  1. Common Core says:

    You’re using old math. Common Core math for government workers gives a much different answer. There are 8 hours in a work day, take away 1 for lunch, another .5 for breaks, an hour for surfing porn sites, 1.5 hours for gossip/bullshitting/complaining and it leaves 4 hours in a workday. Add in vacation, sick, personal, “professional development”, travel, holidays, detox, flex schedules and other time off and we can cut the number actually working at any given time by about 2/3 yielding about 12 people at work. If 1/3 of these are supervisors, we’re down to 8 people working 4 hours per day for a total of 160 hours per week of actual work.

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    • Henchman Of Justice says:

      Funny,

      And for the simple men and women who work:

      A) two paid fifteen minute breaks
      B) 1/2 hour lunch, not usually paid
      C) or 1 hour lunch (job type/options)

      Viola, a work day is usually no less than 7 – 7.5 hours. (Owners are nonemployees and are not applicable to labor standards)

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  2. LMOB says:

    That’s right government workers. Sure the right-wing will say they are for smart cannabis regulation. They might even imply to their constituents or readers it’s the wrong path and blame this whole deal on environmentalists.

    Truth is (and you might consider this making you mad), when the THC had a chance to change the County leadership he balked.

    Nope Rex and Estelle is the status quo THC wants. (He would have liked to have gotten rid of a Lovelace enforced candidate – you know why not make it 5-0?)

    This is not about government workers, but like anonymous commenter Common Core and THC will have you believe, government workers are the scapegoat in an attempt to minimized the effectiveness of government. In this case the job of making sure permitting of our coming green rush is not rushed.

    What these good workers are telling you is they are working through an impossible situation. They are not able to do their job, which happens to be exactly what Rex and Estelle want. They literally removed the “protect” as an action word in the County’s GPU and this is just the latest example of their philosophy of reducing government effecaciousness in protecting our natural resources.(1)

    Land owners, property rights advocates may say they are skeptical about our green rush, but we should all know by now that they are not. This is exactly about laissez-faire policies and the ineffectual permitting that helps promote this when and where there actually may be some actual restrictions that need to be addressed on this or that piece of property.

    But no matter. Let’s get the green rush going to boost land values. What about the externaities? Environmental degradation? Poor land-use planning including a societal foot-print even worse than exurbs? A direct path to higher crime rates including rewarding those very people who are STILL breaking federal laws? No worries! We can pass more regressive sales taxes to tax the counties workers who will largely now be retail and hospitality workers and trimmers. Our good workers will gladly fall in line and pay higher sales taxes to support the very basic necessities of a beefed-up Sheriff’s department as the bottom line of our wealth continues to grow.

    And Government Workers, it’s your fault. Yours, the environmentalists and the damn government education you idiots all had. Suck it up, work through your child’s sick day or find a damn baby-sitter and permit those blanking cannabis gardens. We have property to buy and sell!
    _____________________________________________________________
    “County planners face ‘catastrophe’ due to cannabis workload, memo states”
    http://www.times-standard.com/article/NJ/20160525/NEWS/160529900

    (1) Google “Guiding Principles in time lapse”. You should get a NCJ article form 10/9/13 by Ryan Burns. See #7.
    Was “Protect natural resources, especially open space, water resources, water quality, scenic beauty, and salmonid habitat.”
    Became: “Support individual rights to live in urban, suburban, rural or remote areas of the county while using a balanced approach to protect natural resources, especially open space, water resources, fisheries habitat and water quality in cooperation with state and federal agencies.”

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    • Shak says:

      I commend them for including the homo-sapiens as a part of the natural environment. For without this important species there would be no veterinarians, rescue teams or firefighters, to name just a few of the important fields of balance.
      As far as lack of governmental over reach, I implore you to dig deeper. The work overload excuse is more than likely just an excuse. You see, that despite their attempts to achieve a beautiful balance between all of nature’s creatures & habitats, they are still at the mercy of the God you love, aka government. The city, like all cities across America, accepted the HUD program, long ago when they were deemed a non corrupt organization. Today, cities have to make serious choices. Do we keep HUD or do we loose full control of community sovereignty. If you’re not up to date with the HUD & their new AFFH rules, it’s understandable. If you are up to date & still blame lack of governmental control, I don’t know what to tell ya.
      Do things the community way as we’ve always tried to do, & be sued by HUD for not abiding by their non elected regional board rules, or do things regionally & wait for the next orders from headquarters.
      If anyone is interested, Lord Moncton has informational seminar discussions about this loss of community Sovereignity through the new AFFH law Obama passed.

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      • Henchman Of Justice says:

        Obama, Mr. “Communities should have local control.”

        See how the two party system lies repeatedly to voters faces and voters just believe as if Jesus of Nazareth healed their blindness.

        Pity the fools!

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      • Shak says:

        HOJ, Hussein didn’t specify which community .. your own community or his UN global commie communities. Language conundrums.

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      • Henchman Of Justice says:

        Shak,

        Well, for example, when it is “transgenderism”, it is clear Obama means “in America at all local control levels”.

        What is clear is that many citizens believe they are being lied too, betrayed, misled, etc…..

        When kids, the age of 11, are mentioning if they could vote, they would not vote for Trump or Hillary is……….eyeopening amd humbling.

        Politicians are not stupid when it comes to acting away the barometric reading of political pressures promulgated by people of ordinary and reasonable senses.

        Politicians stay quiet amap so as to not set off a firestorm of pitchfork raking.

        America is………..

        ONE BIG CONSPIRACY.

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  3. Henchman Of Justice says:

    “Apparently, they have pot applications coming out their rears. So should we feel bad for them?” ~ THC

    Response:

    Apparently, undersheriff Honsal was quoted 2 weeks ago +/- that,

    A) there are a known 8,000+/- commercial grows

    B) Only 50 or so applications.

    Honsal was accurate as the numbers suggest.

    Honsal never mentioned REGISTRATIONS or REVIEWS.

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  4. Henchman Of Justice says:

    The letter from Wall and the chain gang that took time from their busy, busy schedules to write this tragedy of a letter also says that “792 hours of staff time were spent “providing general cannabis information to customers” and that “an additional 825 hours have been spent on program implementation.” For those of you counting, that’s 1,617 hours. 1,617 hours to begin processing 42 actual applications. Just how much work would that really require?,” ~ County Of Humboldt, Planning Department OR IS IT Community Development, BECAUSE NOWHERE is the Building Department complaining

    * Suggests permit delays are “certain kinds of special permit processes”, not something already resolved by planning or not under its perview.

    * Suggests that this “micromanagement” of hours is a backdoor to justify increasing development and permit fee schedules ACROSS THE BOARD again.

    * Suggests that Planning tracks staff hours on McKinleyville’s new Redwood Teen Center, or the new school gymnasium, or the new BMW addition, or the newer CVS drug store after Figuerido’s complex demolition, or the various major and minor subdivisions of land, etc……..

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  5. Henchman Of Justice says:

    But no matter. Let’s get the green rush going to boost land values. What about the externaities? Environmental degradation? Poor land-use planning including a societal foot-print even worse than exurbs? “This is not about government workers, but like anonymous commenter Common Core and THC will have you believe, government workers are the scapegoat in an attempt to minimized the effectiveness of government. In this case the job of making sure permitting of our coming green rush is not rushed.” ~LMOB

    Response:

    Reading the comment as a major contradiction to the whole made by a guy who seeks to become an elected official.

    Ought to fit in well with local community grass roots pro stance gubbamint, affiliations aside.

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  6. Just Watchin says:

    ….”Truth is (and you might consider this making you mad), when the THC had a chance to change the County leadership he balked.” WOW…..I didn’t realize THC was so powerful….. or that someone running for public office could make such a dumbass statement.

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    • Gotta admit we were pretty honored and impressed with our new found power. We’re working on a new priority list for Planning Staff right now. It starts with showing up for work before 10:30, not being stoned, actually having something accomplished each and every day, taking more than three calls a week. We doubt these are attainable goals for most of the current staff but it would be good to have the list in place for after all the existing crowd goes out on disability from having to spend 2 1/2 hours a day actually working.

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  7. LMOB says:

    Just saying. Not word one on either coronation in the 1st or 2nd, but boy howdy were you ready to jump on any legit competition in the 3rd.

    Yes, we all have this power to help choose our representatives. From all the complaining THC does about County leadership you think he might have said word one. He didn’t.

    There is an obvious disconnect there.

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  8. Andy says:

    I believe it was cleared up that the letter was not written by Interim Planning Director Rob Wall (as originally noted in other local media sources), but rather submitted to him, and others.

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    • Howdy Rob or is it “Andy”,

      Actually it appears that the original draft was from Wall and was then amended to remove his name. This could be for lots of reasons, one of which is that Wall did in fact draft the letter and then realized how bad that would make him look. This would be consistent with many of the other moves Wall has made during his tenure. The truth of this matter is far from established.

      Just sayin…

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      • Henchman Of Justice says:

        Reads like somebody is used to schoolyard tactics – buying off or bullying a fellow student to do the bully’s homework for him, but the bully puts his name on it afterward, but when realizing he (the bully) needed to be less noticeable, so the bully “laundered the document to another name”.

        Hopefully, the commenter on Hamblin (Wendt blog post comments) better understands how gubbamint employees operate.

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      • Sammy says:

        Nope, Rob did NOT write the letter. Ask anyone who has experience with that department since Girard came on board and you KNOW it was written by none other than the Biggest Rat still in the boat: Steve Werner. One also can easily surmise the instigator was/is Steven “I know better than you” Santos; hired by Girard years ago to help on the “permit streamlining” effort, a.k.a. keep impossible to develop in this county no matter what. Both Steves are wasting good oxygen.

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