The Tomales Bay Oyster co is being asked by Marin County to scale back it's operation. They might have to turn away 500 people per day! Humboldt Bay Harbor CEO Jack Crider did a report a few months ago about the concept of a Humboldt Oyster Restaurant and we have drafts of what it would look like. I say lets move this project forward on Woodley Island!
is a consortium of California harbors, ports and marine interest groups. The
mission of CMANC is to optimize California maritime benefits by providing
advocacy for the maintenance and improvement of California harbors, ports and
navigation projects. CMANC works with the California legislature and
congressional delegation to make sure that California maritime interests are
supported by the federal and state government to the greatest extent possible.”
was nice to hear other ports issues and how they came up with solutions. CMANC
is helping lobby for Humboldt Bay harbor dredge budget to be raised from 3.1
million to CMANC’s recommendation of 7.8 million. Dredging spoils were discussed in the morning
and challenges for beneficial reuse projects. Duck’s Unlimited representative
Steven Carroll spoke to the need of mud in the bay area in a place called
Cullinan. The issue is off loading the mud to the area. Consultant Ellen Johnck
outlined a potential South Bay Salt Pont restoration project at Eden Landing,
near the Port of Redwood City. Dr. Michael MacWilliams explained how the tide
marshes will not be able to keep pace with sea level rise. Dredge spoils are
targeted to use 40% in reuse purposes in the San Francisco bay. The problem?
There are no off loaders available for reuse. No contractors are willing to take
a 10 million dollar risk investment so this is a real problem for the future.
the afternoon Joe Calara of the United States Army Core of Engineers (USACE)
explained that 40% of all imports comes through California Ports and
International trade represents 40% of the state’s economy. Dredging represents 400 billion in US
commerce. US Marine transportation
represents 2 Trillion dollars in commerce and employs 13 million people! $953
Billion Dollars in Freight flows in Northern
County Transportation Commission Executive Director pointed out 33% of all jobs
in Alameda is goods movement related. His organizations budget is $320 million
dollars. Oakland is the 5th largest Port in the US.
Harbor boss Chris Miller spoke to their harbor’s eel Grass issues. Their goal
was to develop a more effective useful maintenance dredge permit approach;
Independent on ecosystem based approach for eel grass management. They are going
to use Regional General Permits that are developed to avoid unnecessary
regulatory control over activities that do not justify individual control or
which are adequate. So for the 11 to 15 ft that are being proposed as individual
dredge projects combined stay at 16.8 acres, they will only have to mitigate or
replant .84 acres. And each parcel owner can use their own plans for replanting
the eel grass.
of Oakland Principle Assistant to the Executive Director Jean Baker gave a
summary of opportunities and challenges of their port and how they are handling
bigger ships that need longer berths, deeper channels and higher cranes. Even
though updates on under carriages for trucks and better road ability, there is
still congestion with ships backing up because of a shortage of labor. The port
and their contractor PMA agreed with the hiring of 150 more longshoremen and the
ability to have the “gangs” at full working capacity. (There are currently 423 “casuals.” That will
help the turn time for terminal operators. The Port Efficiency Task Force is also looking
into open on Saturdays. (Currently the port only operates Monday through Friday
7am to 5pm.) The Howard property next to Jack London square is being considered
for a new sports arena. The transportation of coal through Oakland is looming in
the future even though the coal industry is stagnant currently.
Short Sea Shipping project or the Maritime Highway 5 project was less than a
success with only 40 containers actually moved and the project being subsidized
by Stockton. There was also the issue of strange floating vegetation that was
several feet deep and causing problems in the waterways.
I heard third hand about an assault and robbery in Trinidad
today at one of the beaches. This lady had been going to the same spot for
years and there were hikers and other beach enthusiasts around. She was knocked
down from behind and held with a knife as the assailant took her handbag. The
assailant demanded her to take her to her car and she totally refused. The
person then just walked away. The victim called the Humboldt County Sheriff’s
Department and was told that wasn't their jurisdiction and to call a county park
ranger. They did and were told by the ranger they had had multiple robbery complaints
lately and said people should not walk alone. I hadn't heard of any problems
recently. What is going on!
At yesterday’s North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) meeting the
Directors had an update on Rail with Trail projects in both Eureka and Arcata.
We actually granted the License permit for the City of Eureka so looks like we
have progress in moving forward. Arcata’s
request for license will be forthcoming in January it looks like. Any progress
is good progress.
Local builder Kelly Martin came forward with a pre-proposal
to renovate the old NCRA office at the Balloon Tract and lease it out. Right
now it is just blight that has been ransacked inside by vagrants and has been a
home to feral cats.
We had a discussion about a rail spur at the old Palco
Fortuna property. Seems there might be a manufacturing outfit that wants to do
business there and they just want to make sure the NCRA does not own interest
on the property. (We don’t)
Director Paul Kelley from Sonoma County shared a newsletter called
the Western Railroader from 1956. Some highlights: Passenger rail service between
San Rafael and Eureka resumed after 4 month interruption by winter floods slides
and washouts. Daily overnight passenger
service between Eureka and San Rafael was replaced by triweekly daytime
service. Rates from San Francisco to Stockton were raised from $1.62 to $2.12.
There are more players from Las Vegas on the CR football team than there are from Humboldt County! Why? Got me. I watched their games this Saturday and was shocked to see no fans in the stands. Why? They have been condemned! So they put some stands up near the west side end zone. I walked up and down the track following play close behind the CR bench. At the beginning of the game it seemed CR was totally unorganized, but they seemed to find a stride and even some momentum and led 28-14 going into the 4th. Then they fumbled at around the 14 minute mark and the wheels just fell off. I left with about 3 minutes to go and Monterey was winning 42-28. This team needs to find hero's soon or this season will be a long one.
The North Coast Rail Authority (NCRA) property committee that I am part of moved to recommend adoption of licensing agreements to the City of Arcata and the City of Eureka for their trails projects! This is really happening! An update in the form of a presentation by the City of Arcata will be on the agenda for May 9th at the BOS chambers at 10:30am!
Actual quote by Humboldt 1st District Supervisor referring to California Cannabis Voice Humboldt's (CCVH) effort in creating county land use ordinance to allow Cannabis cultivation. CCVH was present at the Board of Supervisors (BOS) chambers to announce the closing of the 45 comment period they had gone through collecting input. CCVH is now targeting Sept 15th for completion of a "8th Draft" to bring before the BOS.