Relief over Mercer-Fraser Co.'s withdrawal of its permit for a marijuana refinery near the Mad River water wells may be premature and praise for Ryan Sundberg's "behind-the-scenes" assistance, by himself and others… unwarranted.
Ryan Sundberg claimed that he never supported the Mercer-Fraser marijuana refinery next to our Mad River water supplies. But Mercer-Fraser had the permit request in by 2015, and it depended on exactly the re-designation of the land that Ryan supported in the GPU 20 months later.
Steve Madrone has been around for a long time and has been a quiet and steady mover in much that has happened in Humboldt County. He has demonstrated the ability to work productively with people from different perspectives because he is willing to take the time necessary to consider varying points of view.
Mercer Fraser’s permit for a cannabis extraction plant on the Mad River is not dead. It can come back to life any time the political climate is right and the Board of Supervisors chooses to rezone the land from Agriculture to Industrial.
Steve will help change and balance those County plans and policies that have resulted in boom/bust business cycles, unemployment and resource depletion. Steve’s background in environmental stewardship (watershed restoration), infrastructure development (Hammond Trail), teaching at HSU (fisheries) and raising a big family has taught him to take the long-view on issues…
“Steve Madrone has the strength to stand up for what’s right and the wisdom to search for common sense solutions that benefit our entire community. We know he’ll be a strong and effective advocate for working families in Humboldt County,”
One of the strengths of a democracy is that it provides for the periodic turnover of people in positions of authority. Unlike a king or a dictator an elected leader does not stay in office indefinitely. That limits the influence of special interests, acting behind the scenes.