Apr 6, 2017
Just who is the good ole boy network in Humboldt?
Some of it is because certain "investigative" local media have no clue or real knowledge of anything happening behind the scenes. Some of it is they don't care. They do what those that fund their paycheck require, screw the community.
Eureka developer Kelly Martin is on the City of Eureka Development Commission. He owned the building on Fourth and Commercial that burned down last July. He owns a lot of properties in Eureka.
Is that his qualification for being on the Commission? That he is a developer and owns a lot of buildings? In comparison to his investments and wealth, how many jobs per year has he created and how many employees does he have?
Martin like, many, who own land in Humboldt or buildings are cashing in on the cannabis real estate "boom." So what, if non cannabis related businesses have to make way for the new "green rush."?
Screw those non cannabis businesses that paid taxes for years and employed people.
I don't have a problem with Kelly. There are others who make a lot of money from the City, the County, get most local contracts yet do not invest back in the community with the jobs they should; they just keep getting wealthier and then keep anyone they want from competing.
Kelly is just one obvious example of how certain local media ignore and pick who they cover, who they demonize, and as long as you fit into certain criteria, making money is okay.
Only the TS and North Coast News reported on non cannabis businesses being replaced for pot related operations or businesses.
In Humboldt, the good ole boy network includes more than just conservatives and more than just men. It definitely includes certain apathetic media that could care less about real investigating or take on those in power.
I sure with all this projected income from cannabis, Humboldt's homelessness and joblessness and revenue problems will disappear and if you believe that, I got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
People who don't live here and people who are respected in media, politics and businesses nationally, read this blog. They like the insights, get it, and they are paying attention. It has been affirming to get that feedback.
If Humboldt hasn't changed, has problems, and is economically depressed, it is because those who have no vision, no talent, no business sense, create no new jobs, keep being in charge. Mediocrity reigns because some either inherited and grew rich or play both sides, criticize weed while profiting from it or marry into it. Others hand over businesses to their children because that is the only job they know their kid will get. Never mind that they run the family business into the ground.
You have a few local businessmen and women and elected officials trying to make a difference in a difficult situation.
Those are the ones that get attacked, be it anonymous blogs or certain clueless "media."
Media is there to provide information, not cater to the polarizing left and right and their agenda. Nationally, voters get it. In Humboldt, who is watching out for the people? Change will happen only if local media exposes the real issues and those keeping Humboldt just the way it suits them and their pockets.