During the September 30th Humboldt Harbor District Commissioner Forum sponsored by the Humboldt Bay Harbor Working Group, Nick Angeloff laid out his 10-year vision for Humboldt Bay. Nick stated he would increase shipping traffic on Humboldt Bay by bringing agriculture products from the Central Valley to Humboldt Bay via truck. In fact, Nick stated he had personally contacted central valley agriculture interests to see if they would divert their rice and other agriculture products from the Ports of Sacramento, Stockton and Oakland to the Port of Humboldt. Nick believes he can secure 5 million tons of Ag products that would be trucked to Humboldt Bay via highway 299. Nick said that trucking over highway 299 was feasible today because highway 299 had been straightened out. Nick’s vision would add 200,000 trucks/year or 548 trucks/day (5,000,000 ÷ 25 tons = 200,000 ÷ 365 days = 547.9 trucks) on 299. The empty trucks would return to the central valley for reloading. So here you go Absentee Voters… if Nick Angeloff is elected to the Harbor District, highway 299 will have increased traffic of 1,096 trucks per day and rice and other products will be loaded….Oh, Nick left that part out!
Nick, every elected candidate deserves public gratitude for running for public office, and for subjecting yourself to the scrutiny your vision is about to receive from me. So let me start by thanking you for your desire to serve your community. With that said, your vision won’t work. In fact, if the current Harbor District vision were abandoned in favor of the Angeloff vision, the value of Humboldt Bay property would be greatly diminished and the Harbor District would be bankrupt as fast as you can say HumCPR. For this reason, I pray that voters see through the Leo Sears/Bill Bertain politically driven lawsuit and re-elect Greg Dale as Harbor Commissioner. Greg Dale understands what I am about to explain to you.
Nick, central valley growers sell to aggregators i.e., ADM, Cargill and others. These aggregators own or lease infrastructure, such as warehouses, silos and railcars. The silos and warehouses are located on the mainline of the Union-Pacific Railroad. When rice is received by the aggregator, generally via truck, the rice is unloaded and placed in silos. When the aggregators receive orders, the rice is loaded in railcars and moved to the Ports of Sacramento, Stockton and Oakland for shipment overseas. Each of these Ports has existing infrastructure to receive, handle and load rice in to ships and containers. They also have an existing ILWU labor force that allows them to load 24 hours per day when needed. Let me spare you the suspense Nick, none of these aggregators will re-direct their products to the Port of Humboldt Bay because the economics don’t work.
Bob Simpson – Registered Republican