As reported in the Mad River Union, Humboldt’s DHHS is set to open a social/health services hub in McKinleyville to better serve the folks up North County way.
Of course, the hub itself is old news. THC reported on it nearly six months ago, and even had a nice email exchange with then-new DHHS Director Connie Beck about the facility forwarded to us by a THC fan.
But the recent article in the MRU uncovered another ridiculous part of the plan to open the shop, and one that THC has harped on before: the amount of rent the County will be paying for the space.
According to the MRU, the County will pay $2.16/square foot in rent every month! For a $13,400 square foot building, or $28,944 a month or $347,328 per year. And they even have the potential to go higher via increases that correspond to the CPI.
Let THC say here and now that those payments are astronomical not only in Humboldt, nor only for the already high rents the County is accustomed to paying, but for all across the state. You can find commercial space for lease at less than what the County is paying in L.A., San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, too.
Just what are these people thinking? What a waste of money! And before you go saying that lots of DHHS’ money comes from non-county sources, let us remind you that state and federal monies for DHHS come out of your pocket, too. And just think…the County wants us to pay more taxes when
Here’s a refresher on just what the County is paying in rent for commercial spaces, who they are paying it to, and for how much space: