I was hoping that Estelle Fennell’s term as supervisor would begin with moderation and restraint, giving me a break from the painful exposure as her critic. Believe me, I don’t derive any benefit from the stress that comes from criticizing one who has earned so much respect.
But I don’t agree with what she has stood for with HumCPR. I think that organization is a Trojan horse full of developers and large landholders who want to speculate on real estate development. They have fooled a lot of people into thinking that what they mean by "rights" and what the small landowner means are the same. They are not.
The first thing supervisor Fennell did when she took her seat as second district supervisor was to appoint the Coalition for Property Rights treasurer Bob Morris to replace Mel Kreb on the planning commission.
Lee Ulansey, the founder, director and major funder of HumCPR, and Estelle’s former employer and campaign groomer, sees no conflict between Morris being involved with two lawsuits against the county and his being a county planning commissioner. No conflict of interest? They are suing the county to get what they want and are now buying their way into seats of power by financing candidates.
Scott Greacen, former director of EPIC (Environmental Protection and Information Center) and current director of Friends of the Eel River agrees. "It’s hard to say there’s much of a worse choice.” Given the impeccable history of those two organizations’ efforts to protect our environment I find his opinion a significant milestone from which to begin analyzing Estelle’s performance as supervisor.
It looks as though Estelle plans to create jobs by allowing speculative building projects. We need jobs, but it would be better if we worked on building some sustainable industries first so the people moving into the houses can have jobs.
That depends on approving the General Plan so businesses can know what they are getting into. And the plan as it exists now is full of well thought out standards that protect the wildlands values and keep sprawl from polluting our water and overreaching the capacities of our infrastructure. Also known as the R word, Regulations, which speculators just cannot stand. Thus, Ryan Sundberg and Rex Bohn, and now Estelle’s monkey wrench to stall the G.P., now 14 years behind schedule.
I’m sorry. I can see it coming from a mile away and only time will tell if our community can stand to challenge someone we all love so much. Estelle has never responded to us in any way to explain her rationale for associating with people who clearly have ulterior motives to profit from their action. I wish she would.