Unemployment and income figures are notoriously skewed by chronically discouraged people that stopped looking for work in 2008 and beyond, and the thousands of households that don't earn enough to file taxes where statistics are generally derived, respectively.
Compare average local home prices with average income to better understand why nearly every Realtor in Humboldt County is also a rental property manger, something we NEVER saw 35 years ago.
Excellent reporting and first to list all the names.
Crony capitalism is what you get when right-wing ideology dominates a community forever. Dozens of other restaurants can't even get small bank loans and Poor Eureka, lacking adequate services for children, homeless, mentally ill, and sound infrastructure, dishes out $250,000 for another restaurant, $750,000 for a bigger brewery, zone changes for more big boxes, all done on pure ideological faith in discredited "trickle down" economic Voodoo.
Not one media source is willing to question the actual costs and benefits, or whether Eureka's public money is better spent elsewhere.
Both Kim and Natalie can thank Measures "P" and "R".
Even the slightest turnout of voters for these measures is all that's needed in Eureka.
If a majority of voters ever decide to turnout, we might even begin to join the rest of the civilized world with affordable housing, walkable streets, funded infrastructure, youth services, Mobile Response Team, compassionate, responsible policing, holding polluters accountable, community development planning, Smart Growth, manufacturing incubators, industrial parks, and start putting AB32 into practice by taking every opportunity to move toward a Green Economy.
I'm surprised that Mr. Emenaker's report, while informative, is framed in the same old "positive, feel good, happy talk", a sad prerequisite to appeal to media's narrow ad-sale sensibilities and another reason for an uninformed populace.
For example, Emenaker writes, "...37% turnout in H.Co. isn't that bad....and it might even be 40%."
No, it's not "that bad" unless you reveal its proper context. 40% turnout means that only 20% of the eligible voters voted and only 11% are needed to win, a tiny turnout easily manipulated by the campaign ads that make our media the LAST place to read about our illegitimate elections!
Placed in proper context, "not bad" becomes a DISGRACE, and a common criticism reserved by the U.S. against those "rogue nations" defined by their illegitimate, low-turnout elections and requiring a good bombing into "democracy" from time to time.
It's great to have so many solutions being effectively practiced in literally every other industrialized nation...just like the high-paying Green Economy jobs enjoyed around the globe that lawmakers keep fighting in the U.S. on behalf of Big Oil...(disappeared headlines means more disappeared voters).
To Emenaker's credit, painfully few academics offer their broader community any additional insight, nor do many parents for their children. (Maybe this article will challenge local media to actually interview local non-voters and ask them why they don't vote. A random phone call gives you a 70% chance of speaking to one. Make sure to include a few questions about important local facts and where they got their answer).
Note: Not long after imposing nominal fines for "Failure to Vote", Australia enacted universal healthcare.
Despite 5(?) citizens deaths at the hands of law enforcement in as many years, and despite the Ferguson riots, you'd think they'd wait until the investigation is completed in the Tommy McClain killing before promoting the officer in charge!
Shame on local media for regurgitating police claims that the shooting was "justifiable" weeks before the investigation is complete. Where's the headlines of the witnesses' statements contradicting police claims? Where's the reporting of the cumulative costs of so many killings that are, at best, avoidable, and at worst, unjustifiable?
Duane Flatmo has contributed much to our community, but this project, (and the fire-breathing dragon), deserves a special recognition for drawing attention to the unrelenting frivolity of our culture's inexplicable waste of rapidly dwindling resources, especially "cheap" oil, causing climate change and extinction rates far more rapid than scientists first calculated.
Imagine what is possible if Flatmo and other average citizen's imagination and ingenuity were channeled into developing and distributing sustainable community energy and food sources.
Thank you Dwain!
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