There’s a harsh truth that the proponent of Measure P aren’t telling you about. And it’s that they want to put the fate of the City in the hands of very, very few people.
As it stands, in a town with an estimated population of 27,017, Eureka gets roughly one-third of those to turn out and vote. So, in any given election, about 9,000 people show up to the polls. (Hopefully those numbers go up, especially considering it’s a big election year.)
In any case, if one were to divide that total number of voters equally by Eureka’s 5 wards, that means you’ll get about 1,800 people voting per ward. That’s 1,800 people deciding on a leader of the City who, for four years, will be completely unaccountable to the rest of the populace.
Right now, Eureka residents get five votes for five Council members. For those of that can count, we can all easily recognize that – should Measure P pass – Eurekan’s will lose four out of the five votes they currently able to cast.
Got a problem you need to talk about? Well, “F*** you and go find your own Ward’s representative” will be the answer you’re going to get from 80% of the City Council. THC, and most people in general, probably like the number of “F*** you”‘s they get from elected officials to hover around the 50% mark
In THC’s mind, 1,800 people having such an enormous impact on a city of 27,000 isn’t wise, nor politically fair. We are all for the minority vote, and appreciate that Measure P’s advocates (may) actually want to represent minority voters better through True Ward voting. THC – and anyone who’s thinking honestly about it – realizes that there really isn’t a “minority” that isn’t being represented in Eureka, and there certainly isn’t one that will be better represented by
THC does kind of laugh when Measure P-er’s try to appeal to the City of Eureka’s exposure to a legal battle due to not having a True Ward system. Because A.) that’s straight out of the “righty” playbook!, and B.) they sure seem to be the people who file the lawsuits instead of attempting to “protect” their City and their neighbors from them. But oh well.
Another point that P-er’s try to dismiss is the difference in population between Eureka and other places in California – like Los Angeles – which employ the . Let’s be clear on the difference: Los Angeles, and other large municipalities, do
have vastly different populations that are generally more concentrated in certain areas. It makes sense.
Of course, like Los Angeles, Eureka already has too much crime, drugs, and homelessness – THC doesn’t think Eureka needs to get infected with their political system, either. Look where that’s gotten them.
And look where it could get us – at a place where one neighborhood and a couple hundred votes could swing the entire future of the City in a direction that way more than half the population does not want.