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George Williamson inside district 3 May 12, 2019, 5:29 PM

How important is it that Humboldt County's local governments implement programs and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Very important


How would you like to see Humboldt County's local governments prioritize the following GHG reduction strategies? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



How concerned are you about the future impact in Humboldt County of the following potential climate-related hazards?



In terms of priority, how would you rank the following strategies to reduce emissions from energy consumption in Humboldt County? To show your priorities, rank your most important strategies from top to bottom. Click and drag to change.
Encouraging local wind energy production, Making buildings more energy efficient so they use less energy


How can Humboldt County's local governments promote solar panel installation? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



What have you done (or want to do) to reduce energy use at your residence?



What are some barriers that would keep you from completing energy upgrades?



How can Humboldt County's local governments reduce emissions from vehicle trips? (1 = Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



What would encourage you to use public transit (check all that apply)
Nothing


What would encourage you to ride a bicycle more often?
More bicycle lanes and trails, Safer bike lanes


Of the many benefits resulting from GHG reduction, how would you prioritize the following outcomes?
Improved public health, Saving money from lower transportation costs

Name not shown inside district 3 April 30, 2019, 5:55 PM

You've got 5 dots to 'spend'. How would you spend them on these services?
1.3 Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and implementation of trauma-informed care (p 8) (2), 1.4 A reduction in substance abuse and opioid addiction in our community (p 10) (1), 2.4 Foster healthy forests, wildlife, and watersheds, thereby creating healthy fish population, through responsible management of our local lands and watersheds (p 14) (1), 3.3 Utilize innovative technology (e.g. energy independence, sustainable biomass management, and transpacific cable (p 18) (1)


Did you attend any of the Roadshows?
No - I did not attend any of the Roadshow meetings

Star Mohatt inside district 4 April 29, 2019, 2:01 PM

You've got 5 dots to 'spend'. How would you spend them on these services?
1.3 Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and implementation of trauma-informed care (p 8) (3), 2.4 Foster healthy forests, wildlife, and watersheds, thereby creating healthy fish population, through responsible management of our local lands and watersheds (p 14) (1), 3.1 Improve the economy of Humboldt County (p 15) (1)


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of Healthy and Safe Community?
Anything that helps to lift people up will help all of us in the long run. I appreciate the work done in the area of youth diversion and problem oriented policing as well as movement in the direction of helping people rather than just arresting them in a revolving door kind of scenario.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
I am so glad to see the concept of adverse childhood experiences becoming a part of the mainstream conversation and awareness. I would like to see it continue to move to the forefront in terms of priorities and funding, because preventing ACES and intervening when children are young is actually more cost effective, and certainly more effective and kind, than dealing with the results of those experiences in a person's later life.


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of A Healthy Environment with Robust Infrastructure?
I can take my dogs to a clean and safe beach or forest, I can eat fish and crabs from our bays, I can drive on mostly safe and non-congested roadways for my daily commute and longer trips, I can breath clean air and enjoy shopping in many thriving local stores.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
I love the trails that are going in and I am excited to hear of possibilities of more competition in air travel, thus making it more affordable to fly in and out of Humboldt. I would love to see public transportation expanded, and more done to encourage businesses to stay here. (Fire and Light, Thule)


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of A Resilient and Thriving Economy?
I may have written some of this answer in the last question - I spoke of thriving local businesses


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
Why are gas prices higher here than even in Hawaii? I'm not sure if there is anything that can be done about this...
I think we need more affordable housing. Humboldt county has had many booms and busts over the years and now it is Cannabis' turn and as it goes down, it will affect all of us, so needs to be supported.


Did you attend any of the Roadshows?
Yes - March 27 in McKinleyville


How well did the Roadshow achieve its desired outcomes?
5 - Achieved its desired outcomes


What is one key takeaway from this workshop?
That the county will listen to its citizents


What worked about this workshop?
small groups with a chance to focus on specific issues


How could this workshop be improved for future public processes?
Facilitators at tables could try to get everyone's input by specifically asking - I sometimes found it hard to get a word in edgewise!

Danielle Anderson inside district 3 April 29, 2019, 12:23 PM

You've got 5 dots to 'spend'. How would you spend them on these services?
1.3 Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and implementation of trauma-informed care (p 8) (5)


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of Healthy and Safe Community?
By the county prioritizing primary prevention, early childhood, and the reduction of ACEs and promotion of resilience, I have witnessed the community's attitudes about the impacts of trauma on lifelong health and wellbeing begin to shift. Communities throughout the county have invested in prevention activities that aim to heal and prevent childhood trauma in order to strengthen the community as a whole.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
Healing the long-term, intergenerational impacts of ACEs and trauma is a long process that will take time. Continued investment in ACEs prevention, trauma-responsive practices, and resilience promotion/family strengthening is necessary for the changes we all hope for in various facets of community health.


Did you attend any of the Roadshows?
Yes - March 13 in Eureka


How well did the Roadshow achieve its desired outcomes?
4 - Somewhat to Achieved


How could this workshop be improved for future public processes?
There was a lot of information to take in for such a small amount of time, which reduces the amount of time for actual community input and engagement.

Danielle Anderson inside district 3 April 29, 2019, 12:04 PM

I appreciate that the County works to be transparent in their budget process, and prioritizes community input in the structuring of budget goals and plans. The community has continued to show up for children and families, and the County response is reflected in the budget.

Mary Ann Hansen inside district 1 April 27, 2019, 6:21 AM

I live this tool and really appreciate Humboldt’s efforts to be transparent and engage residents in the process!

James Hilton inside district 5 April 21, 2019, 12:51 PM

How important is it that Humboldt County's local governments implement programs and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Very important


How would you like to see Humboldt County's local governments prioritize the following GHG reduction strategies? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



How concerned are you about the future impact in Humboldt County of the following potential climate-related hazards?



In terms of priority, how would you rank the following strategies to reduce emissions from energy consumption in Humboldt County? To show your priorities, rank your most important strategies from top to bottom. Click and drag to change.
Encouraging solar panel installation on buildings, Encouraging local wind energy production, Supplying renewable energy to buildings so they use cleaner energy , Making buildings more energy efficient so they use less energy, Encouraging local biomass energy production


How can Humboldt County's local governments promote solar panel installation? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



What have you done (or want to do) to reduce energy use at your residence?



What are some barriers that would keep you from completing energy upgrades?



How can Humboldt County's local governments reduce emissions from vehicle trips? (1 = Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



What would encourage you to use public transit (check all that apply)
More frequent bus service, Free bus service, More bike racks on buses


What would encourage you to ride a bicycle more often?
More bicycle lanes and trails, Safer bike lanes, More bike racks on buses


Of the many benefits resulting from GHG reduction, how would you prioritize the following outcomes?
Increased resilience from climate change and natural disasters, Reduced reliance on fossil fuels, Creation of green jobs, Improved public health, Saving money from lower utility bills, Saving money from lower transportation costs, Reducing waste sent to landfills


Please share any additional ideas or comments about how Humboldt County's local governments can reduce GHG emissions in the region.
Create comprehensive messaging campaign promoting benefits of simpler living (with examples), lowering consumerism, reduce, reuse, recycle, backed up by visible examples of county improvements. Subsidize electric bike and auto purchase, with improved charging infrastructure, and clean energy production. Promote composting and personal food production.

Name not shown inside district 5 April 20, 2019, 12:13 AM

You've got 5 dots to 'spend'. How would you spend them on these services?
1.1 Increase affordable housing stock (More detail is on pg 7 of the Strategic Framework Document) (1), 1.3 Reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and implementation of trauma-informed care (p 8) (2), 2.1 Improve transportation network to be multi-modal and energy efficient (e.g. roads, trails, public transportation and commercial airline) (p 11) (1), 2.3 Improve communications infrastructure (p 14) (1)


Did you attend any of the Roadshows?
No - I did not attend any of the Roadshow meetings


How could this workshop be improved for future public processes?
More of them and better advertised.


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of Healthy and Safe Community?
I haven’t.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
According to the US Census, Humboldt County is near the top in the entire US for number of homes that heat with wood. This is a significant public health issue in our region, but has been left out of the discussion. This also ties into housing issues, as it relates to heating insecurity and fuel poverty.

Researchers elsewhere have estimated that the average externalized health-related costs of each wood stove can average around $3,000 a year, and that over a whole community the externalized costs of wood heating can reach several million.

Neighbors of wood-burning households have been shown in research to experience air pollution levels that can be 100 times higher, or more, than what is reflected by community air monitoring.

Many people here also use their wood stoves as a trash disposal method, which adds additional carcinogens to the air we breathe. NCUAQMD makes it clear that they will not enforce regulations against people burning garbage in wood stoves. Among other things, we need to make garbage service mandatory throughout the county.

A recent peer-reviewed study found that people who heat with wood, as well as their neighbors, are more likely to develop dementia (in agreement with several other studies on fine particle air pollution more generally). Wood smoke pollution from wood heating has also been linked to increased heart attack risk in seniors. Combustion-derived fine particle pollution has been linked to neurodevelopmental harm in children in multiple studies. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Fine particle air pollution has been compared to lead pollution — there is no harmless level of exposure. Even low amounts that are considered "safe" under current regulatory standards have been linked in numerous studies to serious health effects and premature deaths.

We will never make much progress towards a "Healthy and Safe Community" without confronting our wood burning problem. A 1995 draft report by the NCUAQMD stated, "The need for improved wood burning regulations is necessary to protect human health." Yet no action has been taken on this in the nearly quarter of a century since. When will this become part of the discussion?


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of A Healthy Environment with Robust Infrastructure?
Perhaps by improvements in broadband infrastructure, but more work still needs to be done in this area.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
Item 2.1: I’d like to see more paving of our unpaved roads, which would improve air quality.

Item 2.4A: It is clear from the language used here that the county plans to push more biomass under the guise of climate mitigation. Science does not support this.

In regards to item 2.4B, implementing the targets in the CWPP: The CWPP target to promote more wood heating in Humboldt County needs to be discarded. It is frankly irrational from a fire safety point of view, and would be extremely damaging from a public health point of view.

The impact on neighbors from residential wood heating is increasingly being seen as an environmental justice and human rights issue, analogous to forced exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. A modern EPA-certified wood stove used with perfectly dried wood in laboratory-perfect, controlled conditions (which are virtually impossible to replicate in real-world settings) emits the fine particle pollution equivalent of the exhaust from 18 modern diesel cars, or 6 diesel semis. The county should not be encouraging this kind of harm for more people, based on misguided reasoning that is not supported by evidence.


How have you been helped by the county's progress towards its vision of A Resilient and Thriving Economy?
I haven’t.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
Please, more work on recruiting and keeping doctors in our area, and on developing a better medical infrastructure in general (Item 3.1).

A comment about the strategy to increase biomass locally (Item 3.3): Just as coal mining regions in some parts of the country are being expected to transition away from coal burning to a modern, clean energy future, so must we when it comes to biomass. All solid fuel burning for energy is highly polluting, and the two Title V facilities currently supplying RCEA’s CCA are no exception. We can create well-paying jobs developing a modern, non-combustion-based energy infrastructure focused on genuinely clean energy technologies — and we must do this, if we truly care about improving public health and mitigating climate destabilization.

Name not shown inside district 2 April 18, 2019, 7:21 PM

How important is it that Humboldt County's local governments implement programs and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Very important


How would you like to see Humboldt County's local governments prioritize the following GHG reduction strategies? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



How concerned are you about the future impact in Humboldt County of the following potential climate-related hazards?



In terms of priority, how would you rank the following strategies to reduce emissions from energy consumption in Humboldt County? To show your priorities, rank your most important strategies from top to bottom. Click and drag to change.
Encouraging local wind energy production, Supplying renewable energy to buildings so they use cleaner energy , Making buildings more energy efficient so they use less energy, Encouraging solar panel installation on buildings, Encouraging local biomass energy production


How can Humboldt County's local governments promote solar panel installation? (1= Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



What have you done (or want to do) to reduce energy use at your residence?



What are some barriers that would keep you from completing energy upgrades?



How can Humboldt County's local governments reduce emissions from vehicle trips? (1 = Low Priority, 5 = High Priority)



What would encourage you to use public transit (check all that apply)
Nothing


What would encourage you to ride a bicycle more often?
Nothing


Of the many benefits resulting from GHG reduction, how would you prioritize the following outcomes?
Saving money from lower utility bills, Increased resilience from climate change and natural disasters, Creation of green jobs, Reducing waste sent to landfills, Improved public health, Reduced reliance on fossil fuels, Saving money from lower transportation costs


Please share any additional ideas or comments about how Humboldt County's local governments can reduce GHG emissions in the region.
maybe look into hydrogen power ,make hydrogen out of rising sea water, or using the ocean tides to create energy

Name not shown inside district 2 April 18, 2019, 6:49 PM

You've got 5 dots to 'spend'. How would you spend them on these services?
1.1 Increase affordable housing stock (More detail is on pg 7 of the Strategic Framework Document) (1), 2.1 Improve transportation network to be multi-modal and energy efficient (e.g. roads, trails, public transportation and commercial airline) (p 11) (3), 2.3 Improve communications infrastructure (p 14) (1)


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
better roads, none of the other services are worth much if we cant get there.


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
better roads


What additional progress would you like to see in this theme?
better roads


Did you attend any of the Roadshows?
No - I did not attend any of the Roadshow meetings


How well did the Roadshow achieve its desired outcomes?
3 - Somewhat