I must say that the most damaging blight on Arcata I have seen in my short time here is the overwhelmingly aggressive, drunk and drug addled transients who come here with the sole intent and purpose of begging on Arcata streets.
Arcata has become a marked destination for panhandling--and around that, even more so than the marijuana trade, has risen violent crime and a general feeling of fear among the locals. Just try walking on the plaza after dark... I'm not a small guy, and I get worried most times.
Even if Ord.1399 isn't the right answer, something must be done to curb this tide.
We're not talking about families or individuals who have lost their homes due to the financial crash--these people intentionally recreate themselves into violent, aggressive, dirty, anti-community, anti-social miscreants for the sole purpose of living without jobs and feeding their addictions on the coins and dollars of productive members of our society.
Seems to me like this is an area that needs far more immediate attention than places like Richardson Grove...
How about, instead of CalTrans doing unnecessary road widenings, they spend more time making sure slide prone areas like this are safe for us?
Those responsible for sacking those who have just be sacked, have been sacked...
Your NOAA hyperlink is broken.
I like how this is titled "LOW Tension" but Elan's letter states, clearly, there is "NO Tension".
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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