The January 7th meeting of the Humboldt Planning Commission proceeded routinely, up until the very end that is. Then the Planning Commission Chairman Morris brought up an item which was not on the agenda. That item was the staff report of the Planning Commission that had been delivered to the Supervisors on the proposed Humboldt County Commercial Medical Marijuana Ordinance at the last BOS meeting. At least three of the members expressed their “outrage”(Morris) over the “deliberate bias” (Ulansey) and “their agenda”(Bongio). Commission Chair Morris went even further and fumed that the report was “totally unacceptable”. Chair Morris tried several times to get a vote of “no trust” and “no confidence” in the planning staff to move forward.
What was stunning about this was the complete rewriting of history or amnesia sweeping over the Commission. We followed these hearings closely and one way or the other we watched on TV or were in attendance at all 10 meetings. What we can tell you is the first two meetings actually went fairly well with little or no grand standing. Meeting number three is where Ulansey took off the gloves and went after staff. He tried to humiliate them and bully them in front of the public. In our view was eventually successful in intimidating staff and legal counsel. What we saw was that staff tried to keep the Planning Commission from going completely off the rails, but that’s exactly where Commissioners Bongio, Morris and Ulansey wanted to go. After the withering diatribes of Ulansey one can hardly blame these staff members from becoming less vocal.
Bongio, Morris and Ulansey seem to us, to represent Weed INC. on the planning commission. While Morris and Ulansey are reportedly not growers themselves they are directly reaping the financial benefit of the green rush through their investments. These guys want to create a second even bigger “Green Rush” so that they and their buddies can cash in. Well, we should say cash in EVEN MORE than they already have!