Arroyo Taps Lonyx Landry for Planning Commission Post

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Fourth District Supervisor Natalie Arroyo (left) with her appointee to the Humboldt County Planning Commission, Lonyx Landry. - SUBMITTED
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  • Fourth District Supervisor Natalie Arroyo (left) with her appointee to the Humboldt County Planning Commission, Lonyx Landry.
Newly seated Humboldt County Fourth District Supervisor Natalie Arroyo has announced she plans to appoint Lonyx Landry, a STEM advisory at Cal Poly Humboldt, to the county Planning Commission.

"Lonyx brings a fantastic skillset to the Commission, with a strong background in education, watershed science and community development," Arroyo said in a press release. "He is a citizen of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation, a leader within Cal Poly Humboldt’s Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program, and a Councilmember with the Northern California Indian Development Council."

According to Landry's Linkedin page, he is also the former social services director for the Wiyot Tribe and worked in the Hoopa Valley Tribe's education department for three years.

Landry is poised to replace Commissioner Mike Newman, who Arroyo's predecessor appointed to the commission in 2018 to represent the Fourth District. Newman also ran against Arroyo and former Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel in a three-way race to replace Bass, who opted not to see re-election after three terms on the board.

"I wish to sincerely thank Mike Newman, the current Fourth District Planning Commissioner, for his years of service in this capacity," Arroyo wrote in the release.

Landry's appointment is slated to come before the board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Read the full press release from Arroyo copied below:

From the desk of Natalie Arroyo, Humboldt County Supervisor, District 4:
“I am pleased to announce my selection of Lonyx Landry for the Humboldt County Planning Commission District 4 seat.
Lonyx brings a fantastic skillset to the Commission, with a strong background in education, watershed science, and community development. He is a citizen of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation, a leader within Cal Poly Humboldt’s Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering Program, and a Councilmember with the Northern California Indian Development Council.
Lonyx has an educational background in biology, Native American education, and natural resources, and conducted his post-baccalaureate research in soil science. Lonyx has a robust and diverse employment history, having worked for multiple local Tribes and community organizations as a teacher, a social services director, an advisor about Tribal community needs, and a mentor to youth and adults pursuing education and work in the sciences. Additionally, Lonyx volunteers his time to planning the California Indian Big Time and Social Gathering and is an active community member in and around his home of Eureka.
Lonyx shared that he looks forward to bringing his strong grassroots values, local knowledge, and indigenous perspective to the Planning Commission.
After careful consideration, I asked Lonyx to serve in this capacity because of his depth of knowledge about local issues, his ability to draw from multiple wells of knowledge in the sciences and use an analytical approach to issues, and his incredible warmth of spirit and strong relationships. It’s an exciting time for Humboldt County, and I believe Lonyx will serve the 4th District very well and bring a fresh perspective to planning-related matters.
This appointment will be part of the Board of Supervisors’ agenda on January 24th, 2023. I wish to sincerely thank Mike Newman, the current 4th District Planning Commissioner, for his years of service in this capacity.”



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