Amid Allegations he Violated Environmental Laws, a Planning Commissioner Resigns


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Humboldt County Planning Commissioner Kevin McKenny has resigned his post after revelations that he has been cited for violating state and federal environmental laws, according to reports in the Lost Coast Outpost and the Times-Standard.

The alleged violations took place on a property McKenny owns in Eureka and he conceded in an interview with the Lost Coast Outpost that he "made a mistake."

Humboldt County Fourth District Supervisor Virginia Bass, who controversially appointed McKenny to the commission in 2014 amid an outcry over the long-dilapidated Downtowner Motel McKenney owned in Eureka, announced the commissioner's resignation yesterday. (Months after his appointment, McKenny sold the property to Danco and it has since been rebuilt into a senior housing project called The Lodge.)

After the Lost Coast Outpost first reported on the allegations last month, a number of local environmental groups have called for his resignation.

For more on the alleged environmental violations and McKenney's resignation in the Times-Standard and Lost Coast Outpost.

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