An article posted on Humboldt Baykeeper’s website describes their threatened lawsuit against the owner’s of ACE Hardware in McKinleyville, as a result of the property owners doing some work that impacted a “protected wetland”.
Baykeeper’s article touts how awesome they are for championing the fight against such wanton destruction perpetrated by a business owner. Yawn. Meanwhile, back in green rush land, where is Baykeeper?
Of course, the unfortunate and inadvertent violation only happened after ACE Hardware’s owners were given the green light by County Planning and Building Staff, who kind of have the job of ensuring that these things don’t happen in the first place – both for the benefit of the environment and the private sector.
Maybe staff was just too darn over-worked to catch it? Of course, we joke about staff’s workload. At that time, it could only be chalked up to incompetence.
Of course, when it comes to that big environmental boogie man (cannabis!), Bay Keeper is relatively mum. Just like the rest of ’em!
Baykeeper at least has a webpage devoted to “Marijuana Impacts and Regulation,” but it sure must be getting lonely – it hasn’t been touched since January! Meanwhile, it’s been very important for big, bad ACE Hardware to get a rap on the knuckles via legal threats. We especially liked the part of Baykeeper’s article that complained about ACE cleaning up the site without a permit, and without the oversight of agency biologists (whoever the frick that is!).
Baykeeper probably just wanted ACE to wait to clean up until they got whatever “oversight” Jen Kalt was talking about so that they could continue trying to find some possible grounds for actually filing a lawsuit, rather than only threatening one with the hope of filling Jen Kalt’s pockets. And they could have kept harassing the hardware boogieman for another couple of years, not to mention all the pats on the back they could give themselves. (THC thinks that as long the clean up was accomplished, Baykeeper should be happy. Clearly, protecting wetlands is not the only thing on their agenda.)
THC must point out, once again, that although Baykeeper does call out County Building department for screwing up and not applying due process to the project – which “should have triggered an environmental review,” – please note that it is a respected and long-standing business that is taking the fall for both County staff’s alleged ineptitude and the “righteousness” of our area’s “benevolent” environmental groups.
Anyhow, way to go, Baykeeper. Now how about you stop attacking legitimate business – don’t you have bigger fish to fry? Oh we forgot – free passes to industries that support you, and for issues that you’ve got a soft spot for.
By soft spot, we mean, where the f*** was Baykeeper when people were pissing and shitting and dumping trash in the bay? Looking over their buddy Jen Savage’s shoulder while she wrote Op-Ed’s about it? As Jen Savage herself puts it, the environmental degradation of our bay made her feel sad, and despite an alarming environmental hazard, she opted to keep on walking. Jen Kalt, and Baykeeper, apparently followed suit.