I presented a 3-page analyses to the city council describing in minute detail why the Marina Way location presents health and safety hazards to the homeless, and why it goes against the original intent expressed in the General Plan, ordinance No. 5-201, the Industrial/Coastal Dependent zoning designation,and so on. Also noted are significant hazards presented by Dock B, flooding, lack of safe "back door" (exit) from the end of a pocket street, noise pollution from the next door logging operation, not to mention the loss of many parking spaces for visitors. Also, cars, pedestrians and wheelchairs wouldn't be allowed to go the whole stretch of Marina Way. Some think that Marina Way offers more privacy than other sites, but that is an illusion promoted by those who don't know the street very well. In addition to it being the coldest and dampest place in Winter around here, the Coastal Commission advised the Eureka City Council on Monday to scrap this location. Good!
I hope the Marina Way location isn't chosen. Regular visitors and tourists are being told to sacrifice a recreational public right of way to a minority. Furthermore, the street is covered under public safety ordinance No5-201 and is zoned Industrial/Coastal Dependent. It's not suitable for human habitation and isn't near any services at all. Bad choice all the way around.
The police have had all the facts for some time, and if they haven't made an arrest by now there has to be a problem. Once an arrest and charges made, we need to know why all of this took so long.
It almost seems that her lawyers are complicit in the deaths as they play cat and mouse with the police and could be held liable for obstructing justice.
Facts are (according to police reports thus far), that the Jeep came from one of the victims' homes at Becker Lane. The driver fled the scene of the crime, drove home and parked the vehicle in the backyard. Police located the Jeep and spoke to the suspect. An investigation is underway. A couple bloggers want to put a lid on discussing this horrific event, but based on what we know, an assumption or two can be made; it appears that the drivers' actions were deliberate. Exactly who the driver was and what their motivation was remains to be seen.
In Eureka and in general, most of Humboldt County's coastline is inaccessible to just about everyone, disabled included. So, while it's a thoughtful gesture to feature the disabled in this article, the basic geography of the area doesn't lend itself very well to open and unfettered access to the ocean in very many places. Exceptions include the Samoa peninsula, Clam Beach, Centerville beach and Trinidad. Strange in a way that the largest population centers on the coast (Eureka, Fortuna, Arcata) have limited or zero access to the coast. Promotional material gives outsiders the false impression there is great access to the coast when there is little.
So what then are those "potentially mitigating and aggravating factors" that include "Tree’s criminal history and the facts of the case at hand"? Just curious.
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Jan 12, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 2
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