This story was too good and potentially too relevant to our area not to bring to everyone’s attention. We know this already, of course, but Coos County is not alone in being run and manipulated by small cabals of development ideologues who consistently and persistently conflate self-interest with the public interest.
Fed up, two members of the governing board have decided to bail while the getting is good and the last one included a resignation letter that with a couple of name changes could probably be sent to the Port of Coos Bay.
Anyone who even casually follows the exploits of the North Coast Railroad Authority has seen a particularly absurd example of government folly — a state agency led by a cabal of evangelical cargo cultists with an unfunded mandate to resurrect an insolvent rail line.
In recent years, two members of the agency’s board of directors have tried tactfully but persistently to suggest that the emperor is starkers. One of those, Humboldt County representative Bill Kier, resigned from the agency in May. The other, Marin County representative Bernard H. Meyers, announced yesterday that after six years on the board, he won’t be seeking reappointment. His resignation letter and an accompanying Q-and-A are, in a word, badass — the epistolary equivalent of this.
Among the charges alleged in the 7,000 word resignation letter are that the railroad is on the verge of bankruptcy, has cut deals with the operator that will never show a return to the taxpayer, is black hole for taxpayer money and (drum roll) hides details of its contracts and leases not only from the public but from the board.