A recent Times-Standard article delved into the failure of Measure U, the 20-year sales tax targeted towards fixing roads, and how Supervisor Sundberg – who helped create the Measure – totally knew it wasn’t going to be passed by voters. Here’s a link to the article: Humboldt County weighs options after road tax flops
In it, our wise and powerful 5th District Supervisor discusses how voter tax-fatigue and a lack of understanding – by the voters – of where the money generated by Measure U would be spent were what led to the Measure’s failure to pass. (We should note here that the Measure didn’t just fail, it got clobbered.)
It’s a really neat trick of Sundberg’s to blame Measure U’s failure on the ignorance of the voting populace in Humboldt. Way to keep it classy, Ryan. It actually seemed pretty clear to everyone that only about half the tax was going towards repairing roads, while the rest would go towards hiring even more County workers, airport security, and trails. Not to mention that, following Humboldt’s track record with taxes and in particular with Measure Z, that there’s simply no sense among the public that our money will be well-spent.
Let’s put it this way: contrary to Sundberg’s opinion, it wasn’t because voters are stupid that the tax didn’t pass, it’s because we’ve lost our faith in Supervisors like Sundberg using our tax money in responsible and productive ways.
By the way, did you catch that interview with Mark Lovelace in which he blames his failures as a Supervisor on him being way smarter than the rest of his colleagues? Superiority complex runs pretty deep with our Supervisors, apparently. (More on Lovelace this weekend.)
It’s no surprise that Sundberg, the Supervisors, and County Staff are at a loss of how to fill the void of the Measure U funds they so coveted so greedily – as of yet, the only real solution to the problem they’ve come up with is potentially putting the Measure on the ballot in 2020, the same year that Measure Z is up for re-approval. While THC shudders to think about that many over-bearing taxes in once cycle, we’d relish the chance to shoot them both down in the same year. How about you?
We also really appreciated how Sundberg, in reference to the possibility of new funds for roads coming from a Trump-led $1 trillion dollar appropriation for infrastructure, said: “That would definitely trickle down to Humboldt County.”
At least it’s encouraging to know that Sundgerg is consistent – consistently uninformed, consistently out of touch with reality, and consistently unaware of the wants and needs of the 5th District and Humboldt County at large.
You see, according to an Associated Press article that appeared in the Times-Standard on Trump’s infrastructure plan, it’s pretty clear that we can’t depend on Trump’s initiative as a source of revenue: Will Trump live up to his infrastructure promises?
If the Times-Standard has got the scoop on the possibility of potential sources of funding before one of our County Supervisor does, well…let’s just say it’s not a good look for him.
If Sundberg took a little more time to understand what is important to people living in Humboldt, than he wouldn’t need to cover his ass by telling the Times-Standard that he “did not expect [Measure U] to pass” after he helped create the Measure and lobby on its behalf. Not to mention that he voted in favor of putting the Measure on the ballot.
So what’s worse, wasting County resources and abusing the trust of County voters by pushing a Measure that you think won’t pass? Or, after the fact, telling anyone who will listen that you knew it wouldn’t pass in order to save some face? We’re not sure, but we hope you’ll let Ryan know one way or another how you feel.
At this rate, he’s got potential to repeat as Humboldt’s Biggest Asshole for 2016.