Holy Crap Batman! The Eureka City Council finally actually did something! Sorry to be so slow with this update but after staying up way past our bedtime watching the Council meeting on TV we slept in this morning. Not that the celebratory case of Mike’s Cider had anything to do with our slow morning or anything. Believe it or not but late last night, before a totally packed and overflowing crowd the City Council voted 3 to 2 to finally take some kind of action to clean up the drug infested, crime ridden hell hole behind the Bayshore Mall. On top of that Linda Atkins, hold on to your hats, is the one who made the motion to approve the clean up plan recommended by staff. Of course Melinda Ciarbellini’s hand picked replacements for Mike Newman and Chet Albin continued to vote against anything involving common sense. Natalie Arroyo sorrowfully told us how much sleep she was losing because her beloved campers (read bums) have no where to go and advocated for someone to find a better home for them before taking action to curtail the crime ridden infestation that has infected our community. Damn Natalie, try doing something other than kicking the can down the road for once. We really wish she cared as much as our children who are petrified to walk our streets. Kim Bergel was even better as she sobbed her way through yet another meeting and yet another vote against any kind of progress that doesn’t include a ‘parklet’. We think it’s great that Kim cares so much about our bums but jeeze, get a grip. Maybe all the extra emotion is simply the result of way too much Zanax? We also have to wonder if Linda’s vote for a crackdown was more motivated by the fact there has been a huge migration of homeless into her Cooper Gulch neighborhood. Even Linda acknowledged her issues with her new neighbors after it was brought up by many members of the public. Another topic that came up over and over again was just where Eureka P.D. is going to herd these “campers” after they push them out from behind the Mall? Since Mom’s house isn’t far from Broadway this really got our attention. We’ve already had several shootings and a murder nearby and we know that the homeless really have a fetish for Mike’s so we’re particularly concerned that they might sniff out our stash and attempt to storm the basement. We think that Ukiah might be a good stopping point but no answers seemed forthcoming on this one so we’re heading out now for more ammo. Much more on our homeless situation to come soon but for now check out our original post on this fiasco here.
Lastly, a big shout out to a really cool fella named Bob Bartley. Bob spent his three minutes at the podium pointing out Humboldt Area Foundations role in all the shit stirring in many of our communities. See what has Bob and thousands of others so concerned here and here. Thanks Bob!