The GREG Poll
Kudos to the Times- Standard for publishing the questions the Citizens for Real Economic Growth included in their public opinion poll on what the future of the Balloon Tract should be.
I wondered about that and, while I'm not saying the questions were necessarily skewed to acheive a given result, they could create a false positive or negative response simply because of the variety in the way people think about the question and choices offered.
I told Eureka Chamber of Commerce head honcho, J. Warren Hockaday, I might well fall into the group of people who think the Marina Center is not the best use for the Balloon Tract, despite being a supporter, if anything, of private development over government. Surprised?
Here's the list of the choices GREG offered in their poll:
The site could include...
A park with restored wetlands and trails?
A community pool and fitness center?
A convention center?
A shopping mall or large retail development?
Residential housing and apartments?
(Remember that one of our commentors here suggested the Balloon Tract be turned over to the Eureka Housing Authority and redevelopment agencies, being the pet of local councils and supes makes it a good bet that the Eureka Redevelopment Agency might get involved.)
-that makes it five out of six of the choices offered being government projects. Has anyone considered another private option; Perhaps light or heavy industry?
That's why I might well say Marina Center might not be the best use for the Balloon Tract. I'd much rather see some sort of industry using at least some of the Balloon Tract. Problem is, that's highly unlikely to happen given the political climate in this county.
I'm probably missing some other potential non- government uses of the Balloon Tract. But, as I've pointed out before, this whole battle isn't about the environment, it's about those who prefer government as the major player in this county opposing those who prefer private solutions.
If the Marina Center is the most viable private solution to cleaning up the Balloon Tract, then I'll go with that one. Then again, I've said here before I don't have a problem with having a few empty lots around town, either.