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