Thursday, September 21, 2006

Scrap Any Balloon Tract Plans

Well, I guess that's it. Since David Cobb explained to us in his My Word piece today we can't extend Waterfront Drive south to the Balloon Tract, the Balloon Tract will just have to stay as it is for eternity.

He mentions traffic congestion already being a problem down in that area and suggests any development on the Balloon Tract will only make it worse. Well... he specifies big box stores as what would make it worse, but we all know that increased congestion is inevitable no matter what is done with the Balloon Tract, assuming whatever's done attracts people.

Sorry to those of you that want affordable housing, government offices, or even a multiple use commercial center there. David Cobb has told us the way it is. Damn! I thought we had something going here.

He's does make a point about the wasted money, but I'd say that's a problem with government, not private development of the Balloon Tract.


At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel all warm and fuzzy now that David Cobb has explained it all to me. Where's the kool-aid?

At 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He makes an interesting point. Why does the City continue to pursue something that they have been repeatedly told will not pass Coastal Commission scrutiny (among many other challenges)? Many hundreds of thousands of public dollars on a dead project?

Whether you like Cobb or not this is still a concern.

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Cobb's column should be suspended til after the election.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Fred said...

He's got as much right as anyone to pontificate(?) on local issues.

At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's creepy though.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scorn on the Cobb

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

When you look closely at any artice written by a lawyer, you have to watch out for key phrases. "I believe", "We are looking into" and "thinking about filing".

I believe it is because the Big Box proposal simply cannot be built unless Waterfront Drive is also extended. This is yet another fatal flaw in attempting to build a mega-shopping retail establishment on the former railroad yard site.

I did not know that David Cobb also had a degree in roadway engneering. When will he stop his politics of fear and misinformation? Commerical street could be repaired and could handle the flow quite easy, in my opinon, after all, Target is fed by two small feeder inlets and very basic traffic controls. Heck if they wanted to go all out, they could put a traffic light on the corner and make it a three way right there.

Please support David Cobb and his merry band of Humboldt County Carpetbaggers!

At 1:55 PM, Blogger mrsb814 said...

It is the opinion page afterall-and so is this blog for that matter...A Waterfront Drive Extension was in the works for 'years' before Marina Center was even a glimmer on the radar.

City staff gets paid to relieve traffic congestion. Hwy money has also gone into reviewing traffic studies-so what? Part of the 'process'. Do you have something against the process David Cobb?

Another solution albeit an expensive one would be to 'Manifest' the businesses along Broadway and put another lane in-oh taxpayer money!

And if you use Bob's Fine Cars as a valuation model...appraised at $400,000 but he'll sell it to Security National for Three (3) Million plus relocation fees...OHHHH taxpayer money!

What would be the David Cobb bright idea for relieving traffic congestion on Broadway?

1. Let this town die. (Remember-do nothing is always an option)

2. Think of something else...Revitalize the Economy (No, people keep coming up with these far flung ideas and we have a Think Tank somewhere close by-possibly called Local Solutions that can handle most of these with their 'fact machine')

3. ?? Fill in the blanks because there's always a 'smart' answer out there somewhere.

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are partially correct Fred in that, "He's got as much right as anyone to pontificate(?) on local issues."

Charles (no longer in charge) Winkler refused to give me a weekly "My Word" column.

Yet Con on the Cobb gets a free weekly column to spout lies and propaganda.

When reading his headline I thought Cobb was going to take the County Supervisors to task for wasting $500,000 of our tax dollars.

Wrong. Just another attempt to slam the Maria Project and the Eureka City Council (except Kerrigan).

Get your on blog, Cobb.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger Anon.R.mous said...

Just did a check, the area has two feeder roads, Commerical Street and Washington Street which has a stoplight already. They could get away without even touching the already widened Waterfront Drive. and connect Washington and Commerical on their own land.

Nothing major. Hell, when the Blue Lake Casino was being built they added a roundabout to the main inlet.

At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The fact that you discuss David Cobb so much is pathetic. He is a small time politician that couldn't become a big one so he did the only thing he could to save his political delusional political career, move to a small community.

His weekly columns full of half truths are a joke. Today's column is perfect example, water front drive has been talked about for years and years. Maybe he should go down to Cal Trans and ask to talk to a planner, but I guess the truth hurts. Also Cobb couldn't read a traffic report if it was written in crayola, do you think any professional, city or Cal Trans traffic engineer is going to approve anything on a high profile project that will jeapordize their career.

Cobb doesn't know that Cal Trans and the City has this neat little thing called "Traffic Mitigation" fees which means Arkley gets to pay for any upgrades to Broadway. Let the pros do their job, the new Myrtle Ave and Broadway intersection rocks, I think they can handle this too.

I am now proud to say my subscription to the Times Standard is cancelled

At 8:02 AM, Blogger mrsb814 said...

I wish I had your cancel my TS subscription. But its always good to know what 'people' are saying (stomp them down if nec) or point their readers to the places where they can find better information such as government websites where legal docs are on file.

In this small community-so isolated from the rest of the world in many ways, it takes a little effort to find factual information. And most people are too busy to bother unfortunately.

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh you "johnny-come-lately's".

Does anyone remember when logging and chip trucks were so packed on 4th and 5th and Broadway that they proposed a freeway bypass? That is, until they ran out of money to do it? We survived that.

You know, when they punched in Harris Street from Broadway, OhmyGod, we almost turned into Santa Rosa....especially after Ernie Pierson built the Eureka Mall.

It reminds me of the folks who tried to stop the "Speed & Greed" Freeway through Arcata. I'm sure you would enjoy having 101 go through Arcata today.

Vote David Cobb for Dog Catcher in 2010.

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, 8:21 a little global perspective is needed.

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE the sarcasm, Fred!!

At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Process"...when it suits Mr. Cobb (and others) to stop progess they throw the "public-process" in our face. When they're afraid the information gained from the process might prove a project is actually worthwhile they say we are wasting our time and we ought to stop the public process. I say the public has a right to know all the facts all the time...not just some of the time when Mr. Cobb decides it is okay.

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:30am- How can we think globally when we can't even act locally.

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Public Process" - that for which our military have given their lives.

At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:19...Droz again.


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