Humboldt County “Parking Crater” Lawsuit Settled

The Collector

July 24, 2020

Editor’s Note: We’re taking a summer break next week, but we’ll be back! The next edition of The Collector will be published on Friday, August 7.

Humboldt County “Parking Crater” Lawsuit Settled
Readers of The Collector may recall that back in January, CRTP joined a lawsuit to force Humboldt County to provide relocation assistance to residential tenants who would be displaced by its actions – in this case, a now-canceled plan to demolish a bunch of apartments and other buildings in downtown Eureka to make way for a big parking lot. We’re happy to report that the lawsuit has now been settled. The county will pay current residents to help cover their relocation costs, and will develop a plan to ensure that we never end up in this situation again. Among other things, the plan will ensure than any future residents displaced by county actions will receive assistance to relocate somewhere with equivalent access to public transit and other transportation amenities.

What Can You Do About Climate Change?
The climate crisis requires fundamental changes in the way we live, including our transportation system. But that’s a hard sell for a lot of people. So what can we do to convince folks to take meaningful action? Register for this webinar with Dr. Connie Roser-Renouf – co-sponsored by CRTP – to get some ideas.

Eureka Tax Measure to Be on November Ballot
If it’s approved by voters, some of the money will go toward streets and roads – one of the city’s major expenses.

Billboard Drama Continues
It’s telling that high passions are aroused over the fate of big signs designed specifically for people to see while driving.

Got Social Media Skills? CRTP Needs You!

CRTP is looking for someone with great social media skills and a passion for responsible transportation to serve as our volunteer Social Media Coordinator. If you’re a savvy user of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms, this could be you! For more information or to apply, email

Caltrans Project Could Threaten Old-Growth Redwoods
No, not Richardson Grove. This one is on Highway 36. But like in Richardson Grove, the part of the project that would cut down the big trees is to benefit big trucks and seems suspiciously unnecessary. Our friends at EPIC are keeping a close eye on it.

Weigh in on County Airport Land Use Plan
Airports are some of the most impactful components of the transportation system. Air travel contributes more climate emissions per passenger-mile than any other mode. So what should the county do about land uses around its many airports?

Another Local Restaurant Puts Tables in Parking Spaces
Why does it take a global pandemic for us to prioritize outdoor socializing over car storage?

Fires Close Highway 96
It’s that time of year again – the time when it’s impossible to ignore how vulnerable much of our road system is to wildfire. Those impacts will only grow as the climate continues to warm.

Reminder: Make Your Street Story Reports
If you see or experience a hazard, near-miss or collision on the street, make your Street Story report here. CRTP uses reports to advocate for change, and local agencies use them to apply for grants and prioritize improvements. Your reports are important!

Wheel People, Wheel Information
The latest edition of the Humboldt Bay Bicycle Commuters Association newsletter is available.

CalBike’s Call to Action for Bike-Parking Bill
A bill that would make housing cheaper and more bike-friendly should be a no-brainer, right? Let your elected officials know what you think.

Redding: The North State’s Most Bike-Friendly City?
The fascinating story of how that unlikely claim is getting closer to becoming a reality.

Public Input in the COVID Era
During the best of times, public meetings about land use planning are often hijacked by privileged local residents, while those with the most to lose (or gain) have little say. These inequities have been heightened over the past few months as public processes go online – or disappear entirely.

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