It's all too easy to dumb down a discussion of local politics. I wish more of it were on issues myself, but it's become more tribal and divided. Whoever ends up on the council and board, they are going to have their hands full. As I have written elsewhere, thanks to every one of them for running.
Up until the 1970's, Eureka's politicians tended to be merchants and professionals with close ties to a then very dominant forest extraction industry. About the time the logging industry began it's decline, disclosure laws made it mandatory for candidates to share personal information with the public. Some potential candidates, tending to be wealthier business people, will not run for office because of the disclosure laws, the net result being candidates who are less capable than those of the sixties, but act as stand-ins for The Local Establishment. The result: not so good.
I'm with Andrew. Make some change happen with Kuhnel, Glass and LaVallee.
The motel was built in anticipation of a freeway exit that failed to materialize. The block was vacant for years and used by downtown employees as a parking lot, which is probably still the best use for the near future. How about tearing down the eyesore and restoring the parking lot?
I took a copy out of the rack by Loleta Market on my way in to the bakery. My first thought was negative, but I admit my second thought was to show it to the first people I saw. Bob and Elaine, I apologize.
Hank did a very nice job encapsulating the state of the Eureka electorate. It's too bad so many won't read his column because they won' get past the sensationalist "free speech" cover.
Maybe it's time to support a constitutional convention.
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