North Coast People’s Alliance Endorses Erik Rydberg for McKinleyville Community Services District
At its general meeting, September 15, the North Coast People’s Alliance enthusiastically endorsed Erik “Yahmo Ahqha” Rydberg for the McKinleyville Community Services District.
Rydberg is of Kashaya Pomo and Chamorro descent, and he is following in the footsteps of his family, who have been advocating for clean water [and] ecological restoration for generations. He is running to bring renewable energy, a town center, and city status to McKinleyville. “There is projected growth in McKinleyville,” Rydberg said. “We need to get ahead of that and plan for it.”
Part of Rydberg’s vision for McKinleyville involves the construction of a renewable energy plant. “There is a $2.5 million matching funds grant for a renewable energy plant at the airport that could provide a lot of the district’s energy. I would like to see that go through.” As a former organizer with the Office Professionals and Employees International Union (OPEIU), Rydberg would work to ensure that all of the jobs at the solar plant are union jobs. “I witnessed first hand what the working class of America looks like sitting with shop stewards, AFL-CIO leaders and laborers in California and Montana,” Rydberg said.
“Rydberg’s commitment to dignified, high-paying union jobs, balanced with environmental stewardship, makes him the obvious choice for our endorsement,” said NCPA Treasurer, Mike Hetticher.
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