When Change Is Not Graceful

A district attorney symbolizes a battle between new and old visions in rural Humboldt County, California.
August 4, 2003, 5am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"In a region once dominated by the timber, mining and fishing industries, the political balance may be tipping with the arrival of retirees seeking real estate bargains and of eco-sensitive young families attracted by the liberal milieu surrounding Humboldt State University... 'What's going on in Humboldt County,' said Steve Hackett, economics professor at Humboldt State, 'is indicative of what is going on across the West — a transition from logging, agriculture and mining to more diversified, service-type economies. It is not so much that the attitudes of people here have changed as it is that attitudes of people who are moving here are different.' "

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Published on Sunday, August 3, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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