Come and watch Eureka locals piss and moan about the homeless and get policies and ordinances passed that punish the poorest most vulnerable men, women and children.
Eureka's police chief will graciously allow you to peacefully exercise rights that do not require his permission.
And just in case there's any problem....
Eureka Takes Police Video Fight to the Supreme Court
"Eureka's ....board (council) majority continuously shift(s) from one side to the other." (Kimberly Wear).
NOT TRUE Kimberly!
Can you recall the last time there was a majority of candidates that won without the support of the usual development industry donors? Atkins, Bergel and Arroyo are the first majority I've seen in 40 years and it's probably been much longer.
There's plenty of caring and intelligent adults that would run if we had public financed elections for seats that paid meaningful compensation.
Putting our community's most vulnerable elderly at risk is a major public health threat that requires immediate intervention by officials to take these facilities through eminent domain and let the courts figure out later what the fair market value is for the land and structures... since this business has been "losing money" and is worthless.
The first duty of government to to protect the powerless from the powerful.
This is an unacceptable and avoidable tragedy with deadly consequences.
However, our representatives typically only respond out of fear and loathing, it's how industries and their lobbyists get what they want.
We might need to occupy the lawns of Chesbro, Berg, McGuire and Wood too.
Eureka has a history of inviting lawsuits, whether it's poorly trained police, the mayor's official "Prayer Breakfasts" or the city manager's decision to hand a former police chief "six figures" to leave less than a year before his contract expired...it's not their money, they are not held accountable, and this case is no different.
This is what it means to run government like a business...Top-down loyalty, secrecy, fear, and favor.
They think that spending tens of thousands of dollars to muzzle public access might save the city millions in future lawsuits and liability from more unbridled abuse by untrained, unfit police. A similar battle raged for years against FOIA and the CPRA.
"The first duty of government is to protect the powerless against the powerful." (The Code of Hammurabi, The World's Oldest Legal Code 1700 B.C.).
The days that all police cars were emblazoned with the words, "To Protect and Serve" are long, long gone.
"For the record, I have not been involved in partisan politics in over 15 years."
Well...except for his name appearing as a donor in every republican candidate's campaign for election in Eureka and Humboldt County. Mr.Fullerton's letter reads like a seasoned politician...half-truths and serious accusations WITHOUT A SINGLE example....can't refute that!
Fullerton justifiably lost his seat on the school board after they closed 3 elementary schools. Jefferson school was fully attended. He claims he tried to keep them open, but never explains what actions he took to do so.
Unreported in the media is the deceit Mr. Fullerton's campaign has already engaged in with his advertised sponsorship of the recent "non-partisan" event at Eureka's Sequoia Park called a "Block Party" attended by every right wing politician. His opponent, healthcare professional Austin Allison was either not invited to be a sponsor or not allowed to have a booth at this poorly attended event where Fullerton worked the crowd.
It's a sign of desperation when a candidate tries to blame his opponent for unsubstantiated "inaccuracies" allegedly appearing in letters to the editor.
"Humboldt County 4th District Supervisor Virginia Bass refers to challenges Chinn's outreach faced from local business owners and the city of Eureka as a 'dark time in our recent history.'"
Local business owners are still fighting the tools that get affordable housing and SRO's built, ie, policies, ordinances and fees that make temporary group shelters obsolete.
Celebrating a temporary shelter while fighting humane policies and turning independent motel housing into boarded-up firetraps is reprehensible.
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Oct 20, 2016
vol XXVII issue 42
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