A friendly THC reader asked us today why a fence has been installed surrounding parts of the Cooper’s Gulch Park and greenbelt area. We, too, were curious why such a fence would be erected.
You see, it’s disturbing to us that rampant transient camping occurs in the City of Eureka’s environmentally sensitive greenbelt areas. What’s even more upsetting is the thought that a fence has been erected to keep the general public out, while the area’s homeless are allowed to camp willy-nilly and wherever the hell they please.
So we did a little digging, and discovered the culprit leading the charge to create a safe haven for the homeless in Eureka residents’ backyards, in areas that are supposedly off limits. Of course, we are talking about the same Eureka Councilwoman who is leading the push for a sanctioned tent city, and successfully led the push for declaring a state of shelter crisis.
We mean none other than Linda Atkins. And you see, she has invested a ton of time ensuring that housed folks stay out of her precious homeless zones,and has also done a lot over the years to ensure the place looks nice for them, too. See this clip, from News Channel 3, to get an inkling of what we mean. (The segment in question begins at 6:03.)
Did you catch the part where Atkins wants to extend the Cooper’s Gulch trail all the way to Eureka High School? Great, so our county’s kids have an even more direct route to join the homeless brigade down in the greenbelts. (Not to mention the general economic malaise that already puts our youth on the hobo fast track.)
Hooray! Who else can’t wait for the elevated pedestrian walkway leading straight to the Devil’s Playground? THC is certain that’s included in Atkins’ trails vision.
We guess we shouldn’t be surprised, considering Atkins’ dedication to carving out a nest for the homeless via her tent city and homeless parking lot pet projects. The real shame is the lack of a long-term solution – but to Atkins, a satisfactory solution is a homeless camp in the people of Eureka’s backyards, or in front of their businesses.
Just so long as the camp for the homeless doesn’t go into Cooper’s Gulch, Linda’s backyard. You see, that’s why she had the fence erected. So she could force the homeless into a sanctioned camp in someone else’s neighborhood, while merrily kicking the homeless issue down the road for someone else to figure out.