What is it about trains?
The topic seems to get normally rational citizens and elected officials to go completely bonkers?
In two local communities this week the specter of train service to the mythical “deep water port” of Humboldt Bay was on the agenda for votes of support.
In Fortuna they approved a letter that offers support for the North Coast Railroad Authority Humboldt Bay Division’s application for a TIGER grant. The grant according to NCRA would help with evaluating the social and economic benefits of fixing the North-South railroad. A vague enough mission to waste lots of public funds.
In Weaverville the Trinity Supervisors voted to apply for a $300,000 Tiger Grant for a feasibility study of a East-West route that would bisect Trinity County, a strange move for a County that is broke, and stands not too gain from such a project, but actually to suffer.
Then, there is this disturbing news from FOER;
Friends of the Eel River (FOER) and Californian’s for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs) have filed final reply briefs in our appeal of a Marin Superior Court ruling that would allow the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) to ignore California environmental law and rebuild the failed rail line through the Eel River canyon without regard for impacts on fisheries. The NCRA already took tens of millions of California taxpayer dollars to rebuild, promising in return to comply with California environmental law. The NCRA and the politically connected private operator, the Northwest Pacific Railroad Co., changed their minds after FOER and CATs pointed out in court that the NCRA did not actually follow the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Now the railroad takes the position they need not follow any state environmental law at all.
Mola:42 would probably blame this on the Lunar Eclipse back on the 15th or the Assyrians.
We here at the Examiner blame it all on Ozzy.