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:
There’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,