Dear Kathryn Lobato, Executive Director, Southern Humboldt Community Park;
So I listened to your interview on KMUD with Tom & Charlie on the HUMCPR show and I am trying to understand why you keep making a point that Tooby Memorial Park is zoned AE and it was a County Park for 50 years while zoned AE and then think its funny that the County used it as a County Park while zoned AE. I don’t get it, what is your point?
How come you don’t tell the public you only need the rezone and change in land use classification because of your Conditional Use Permit Application to have events, aka, commercial concerts, festivals and private boogie parties? When Tooby Memorial Park was apart of the County Park system (1967-2004), it was only open from sun-up to sun-down and no overnight parking or camping, no open fires pits, no amplified music, no commercial use and no alcoholic beverages, which is why it was never rezoned. Which is the complete opposite of what the Park Board is requesting and why you need the property rezoned and re-classified for land use! The County has already told you this many many times, going back to 2001, that because of the magnitude and scope of the public assembly and commercial events the Park Board is proposing, you would need to rezone the property accordingly. If all you wanted was low impact activities and impromptu recreation that was allowed at Tooby Memorial Park when operated as a County Park, none of this would be required, but you don’t tell the public these facts, do you?
And lets not forget that it was the Park Board that wanted to take over ownership and operation of Tooby Memorial Park from the County in 2004, not the other way around. In fact, the Tooby Family objected to it! I did attend those meetings in 2004 and I can send you the documents if you want…
It would seem the Park Board does not want to disclose these facts, only what you think the community wants to hear or use alternative facts to make your case. These were all the same issues the community had in the beginning, back in 2001 when Dazey & Mateel tried to move Summer Arts down to the Park, nothing has changed, you are still the same secretive organization you were back in 2001. Think about it, you are a private/self appointed not-for-profit public benefit and public charity tax exempt organization, how oxymoron is that?
The other sad part of this discussion with Tom & Charlie; was the hypocritical way Tom talked about the process, which as Tom knows and wrote “This document was written in the back room with no real input from the public”. He is quoted here from many letters he sent to the Planning Department concerning the County GPU and DEIR. Let alone the amount of letters from HUMCPR asking for the same thing. I guess asking for “real input from the the public” is out of the question when it comes to the Park Board? Do as I say, not as I do???
I had thought HUMCRP was formed for the following reason:
“The Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights is dedicated to preserving the rural lifestyle that has been the historic tradition of Humboldt County. We will aggressively pursue the right to allow all members of our community a broad choice of alternatives for living, working, and recreating in our beautiful rural home. HumCPR will actively monitor and oppose actions that erode property rights or diminish the economic viability of our community.”
I guess this statement is only for some property owners, not all, is that right?
Kathryn, add up all the closed door meeting you have had with the County since 2010, all the private backroom deals you have had with Planning Directors, Staff and Supervisors, all the phone conference meetings and emails the Park Board has made outside of a public meeting and then add up all the public meetings you have had concerning the GPA/CUP/DEIR and let me know what you come up with…
Here are the facts; from September 2010 to today, the Park Board has never had a public board meeting open to the public, and only once back in 2009 (Redway School Meeting) had a meeting open to the public to openly discuss your GPA/CUP/DEIR.
What are the “Guiding Principles” of the Southern Humboldt Community Park? And why do you ignore over 600 people in the community that do not want this? If you want this, your going to work for it every step of the way, And unlike the Park Board I am trying to protect the river, open space, habitat, wetlands and eco-systems from becoming a private Rent-A-Park and development scheme.
See you on March 28th,