An interesting ideal from Fred's Humboldt Blog:
Anthony Oaul said...
As for the recent push to create a "legal campground" for the homeless, while the city/county make long term plans to help them out? There are 2 city owned lots between the Warfinger Building and the Lumber Yard; one bare vacant lot, the other a fenced, old boat storage lot. If we are going to spend monies on creating a campground, why does it need to be a "throw-away" campground? Spend the monies to improve these 2 lots for camping, and when the homeless are finally housed, use the same location as a city owned public camp/RV area; Parks & Recreation Dept could collect fees from travelers, once it is open for business. The marina office at the Warfinger Building could manage the Camp/RV park. Also, while the lots are used for homeless camping, we solve the problem of putting the "temporary campsite" too close to residential or Old Town, yet still close enough to Social Services offices.
At least the monies would not be permanently tossed down the proverbial toilet; Eureka would have a city-owned Camp/RV park that would generate fees. These properties would be easily, and quickly, developed with shower/toilet facilities and even cooking facilities; facilities that a future Camp/RV Park would be able to use. Also, these properties would be easy to patrol; law enforcement officers routinely fuel up only blocks away at the commercial fuel station.
Once Mr. Arkley removes the toxic material his offer would be wonderful. As it is, his motives seem a bit suspect.
It is a challenge. Change is. But transparency is worth it.
I understand your skepticism.
But I find skepticism so debilitating and I hate being a victim, so I just try to do what I can where I can...
By the way, I used your photo in https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-uTx6Hua…
I have an addition to this proud list of assemblies, though it probably maxed at about 25 brave souls. In 2003, after a few months of weekly Women in Black vigils in front of the Fortuna Vets Hall we were asked to leave and told the police might be called to arrest us for trespassing. I called the Police Chief. He nicely asked us to decide we had been there long enough. I stood one last time by myself, just to say no, we haven’t.
According to the current draft agenda memo on April Fools Day Human Rights Commission Policy Statement and Recommendations is on the Board of Supervisors' Agenda to discuss and take appropriate action, if necessary. Before insisting on a copy of the draft I thought it was there only for discussion, because that is what I had been told.
I was at the meeting when the draft came out of five months of private meetings last August. A new Commissioner asked about the phrase, "usually without incident." She was told the only incident was Occupy Eureka.
The Board order sent this to the Human Rights Commission to "further review of Ordinance 2477." There is no review of the ordinance. No mention of Occupy Eureka, the first weeks of peaceful assembly, two months of raids, police and then staff imposed restrictions, a winter without shelter, or months of confiscated signs.
Unspecified “health and safety” issues are mentioned. But no mention of Occupy Eureka’s offer to provide a nighttime toilet, the ban on any rain shelter, or the evening and weekend closure of the public toilet in the jail lobby. The ad hoc committee indicated last October there wasn’t time to review the “complaints” justifying this “health and safety” ordinance.
They might have found that 18 of the incidents involved the taking of demonstrators’ signs, 6 involved a “tent,” “structure,” or “kiosk.” Zero incidents involved food, tables or presence on the grounds that interfered with the flow of pedestrians. All of these are restrictions applied to Occupy Eureka by fiat first by the Eureka Police Department, then by County staff, and then in the "health and safety" codes.
They would have had to insist on getting a less edited version to know that one fine fellow who enjoyed the attention was involved in 32 incidents like drunk in public, kicking things, and being involved in a disturbance. Another loud and sometimes angry woman is in 21 incidents. Sixteen people who I talked with about issues of public policy were involved in those sign and temporary shelter incidents and 12 other incidents, mostly sleeping or camping incidents.
And as for the fine fellow and loud woman, I bet they had something they wanted to communicate. I felt threatened only twice. Once it was just an aggressive posture and the evil eye. As it seemed to me the person was angry because my quest for water on a warm afternoon had ended with a locked jail bathrooms, this silly do-gooder just moved out of the way. The other was when a bunch of police arrived at 11:30 at night to remove the canopy over the table. Realizing I was witnessing armed robbery I left them to it and took pictures of license plates.
But I am very glad that the Commission is again recommending repeal.
The policy statement will neither protect rights nor avoid future misuse of law enforcement resources; it isn't necessary and could do more harm than good.
and wonderfully satirical
I spent some time at Occupy Eureka. First there to join with others to raise awareness of the growing income gap that is threatening to destroy us.
Then I tried to assist those trying to meet and work with the County to protect our First Amendment rights. Part of that involved taking some late night and early morning shifts.
I wish I had had a camera the morning Officer Goodale walked by. At first I was glad to see him, because pacing about, looking and sounding agitated, was a frequent neighbor in front of the courthouse.
Officer Goodale appeared just as I heard a crash over by the newspaper boxes. Instead of dealing with this obvious destruction of property by a man taller and stronger than I, he points a finger at me, says "great protester you have there" and walks on down the street.
I wish I had though quick enough to get a picture the night he came, cut my "Dear Peace Officer" sign off the fence,then scurried away, too busy to stop and explain his actions. He had been there all day keeping an eye on a special gathering. When they ventured off the landing to take signs he put his knife away when he noticed the other officer untying a sign. During the day he and the other officer returned the signs, leaving them at the table. His demeanor that night was much different.
I wish I had not been on the other side of the plaza sweeping the morning Officer Goodale came and took a large banner off the fence then walked over and threw some homeless person's possessions off the bench by the stairs. As he left he yelled "that is for sitting." Jack was already getting the stuff out of the walkway when I arrived to help.
I admired the spunk and tenacity of Verbena but she and I disagree on one thing, I saw some EPD Officers who seemed uncomfortable, almost apologetic, when they came to take the signs or shoo the homeless from the cover of the landing in the middle of a rainy night. But sad to say, some almost seemed to enjoy it.
I never filed a complaint against Officer Goodale. The one I filed against his superior received a quick and dismissive response.
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