“It would seem that the district wants the public out of the loop when receiving controversial reports.”
Eureka Reporter
Published: Sep 19 2008, 11:46 PM · Updated: Sep 20 2008, 12:32 AM
Category: Opinion

Dear Editor,

The last Harbor Commission meeting was on Sept. 11. Did you know the agenda? I didn’t either, except at the last minute. I’m on their e-mail list. I usually get plenty of time to read the agenda, sometimes weeks in advance. This time, I was received the notice at 10:05 on the morning of the day of the meeting.

This last meeting was very important. Allan Hemphill, chairman of the North Coast Railroad Authority, gave a status report on the NCRA and discussed and answer questions about the railroad. We all want to know about the death/existence of the railroad. Having a working railroad is necessary for the industrialized port.

Hemphill basically said, the port has to come in first. No rail until the deep-water port is built. The problem, of course, is that no one will build a port unless the rail is there first.

Previous meetings have been packed with the majority of people commenting against the industrialized port.

Because public notice was not given according to practice, a large crowd was not expected and so the venue was Woodley Island. It seems obvious that the Harbor District did not want a large turnout.

Some clerical error in noticing the community or some dirty trick to ensure a low public turnout?

It would seem that the district wants the public out of the loop when receiving controversial reports.

What will the district pull out of its hat next? A port, a railroad or just a rabbit?

Jessica Puccinelli
Fortuna

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