You’ll remember a very, um, suggestively worded LoCO post regarding the City of Eureka awarding the Mercer Fraser Company the construction contract for the water front trail. (In case you don’t, you can read it here:
Hank Sims details how those evil people at the City of Eureka got together with those similarly evil folks at Mercer Fraser to create a racket by moving homeless out of the Palco Marsh and then giving the same company who “generously” housed the homeless the contract to build the trail through the Marsh.
Well, it gets worse! The City of Eureka just awarded Mercer Fraser another contract – this time to mess with Eureka’s water supply! Or something. Check it out, from Tuesday’s City Council agenda:
While we jest, and couldn’t resist the urge to poke at the honorable Hank Sims, there is a serious underpinning to go along with the LoCO’s somewhat under-handed post: Why did the City of Eureka all of a sudden give two shits about the homeless down in Palco Marsh?
Well, THC will tell ya: it’s because some grant money for a trail magically appeared, and it gave them an excuse to get out from under the rock they were hiding under (hiding from liability lawsuits, that is). That’s it. Throw any compassion for the homeless argument out the window and fahgeddaboutit.
In other City Council news, Eureka just approved an $80,000 payment to a consulting firm to explore switching up the bus routes in the City. From a circle to a straight line, apparently. We don’t know what that effect would really have, as we’ve never ridden the bus through Eureka. (Don’t lie – neither have you!) Guess it’d be a good thing if it increases the amount of people that use the bus – but don’t count on it.
The point is, the City of Eureka never met a consultant they didn’t want to pay for pointless work. Remember the housing first plan they paid Focus Strategies for? Since they haven’t done a damn thing about increasing housing stock or making housing more affordable in any way, shape, or form, well, it’s easy to bet they won’t do a damn thing with the report on the bus line. And since when did changing the bus route become such a priority in Eureka? THC is stumped.