We’ve left the Supervisors alone for a fair while, mostly because it’s exhausting to keep up with all of the idiotic crap they do. But our ol’ buddy Mark Lovelace recently pulled the most callous move we’ve seen from the County since they sold Humboldt out to the growers.
Stupidvisor Sundberg, to his credit, actually tried to do something beneficial for his community instead of just looking out for the Rancheria’s interests. (Surprise!) As described in this lovely article from the Mad River Union, Supervisor Sundberg has been “scratching and clawing” to secure funding to improvements to a stretch of McKinleyville Avenue that is extremely unsafe for the school children who regularly traverse it.
Sundberg pointed to the high probability of a vehicle-vs.-pedestrian fatality along the dangerous stretch of road as a prime reason to divert a mere $70,000 of the $1.5 million Measure Z funds allotted to the Department of Public Works towards fixing problems with roads. Let us remind you, in case Measure Z hasn’t plagued your nightmares like it has ours, that Measure Z funds are to be used specifically to address issues of public safety. Sounds like a perfect match, right?
Supervisor Estelle Fennell, that wily ol’ Scot, agreed, saying that the $70,000 “interim project “fits within the scope” of Measure Z and said waiting until 2020 for a Safe Routes to School grant is “a long time to keep our fingers crossed.” Good call Estelle – why wait until 2020 to fix a dangerous situation when there’s at least a cheap, quick solution that will greatly reduce the potential of a child being killed on the way to school?
Let’s note that Sundberg, in his appeal to the rest of the Board, highlighted an incident in which a kid was struck by the side view mirror of a passing truck on this very stretch of road, leading to a serious injury and hospital visit. Who could possibly justify sitting on their hands and waiting another 4 years to rectify the issue.
Why, 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace, of course! You see, Lovelace decided that protecting kids really isn’t something that Measure Z funds should be applied to. Guess Humbold’t future leaders (at least, you know, they could be leaders) isn’t worthy of Humboldt’s tax dollars.
Not only did Lovelace favor letting the situation remain as is, he also felt that the very discussion of it was “beneath the board level.” Which makes THC just say ewwwww! What a gross asshole. With that kind of attitude, THC is glad he’s high-tailing it out of the 3rd District, and we sincerely hope that Mike Wilson will be an improvement.