Turns out that THC isn’t the only one a little concerned with the new DHHS center going in to McKinleyville.
In fact, it turns out that the Social Services hub in McKinleyville went through with little to no input from the surrounding community. The post linked below, which will take you to McKinleyville Community Watch’s Facebook page, delves into some of the many serious concerns that the community has regarding the proposed facility:
Looks like the McKinleyville Community is in an uproar over the fact that, until about a week ago, they had no frickin’ clue this was coming.
Here’s one of our favorite quotes from the Facebook post:
“The key players in this project seemed to dance around the real concerns and try to play them down as if they were not a REAL possibility.”
Say what?? Humboldt County’s elected officials and staff aren’t paying attention to the concerns – and are in fact actively avoiding addressing those concerns? THC is shocked. Shocked, we tell you.
Here are some more highlights:
“The project committee had no REAL answers or facts to support their “belief” that the project wouldn’t bring more problems to the community. The tried very hard to paint a bright, optimistic, and happy picture. One of the people in attendance called them out and made it clear that they have not addressed the POTENTIAL problems associated with these services. There were discussions about Koster Street in Eureka and the container housing. There were discussions about the attempt that Arcata made to provide assistance, which failed. The Committee downplayed all of these discussions.”
“Many people in the group asked repeatedly about the Committees openness about this project. The Committee claimed to have involved the “McKinleyville Community” but the people that were involved all appeared to be those who support this type of service. There have not been any open “Community Meetings” where the average, non-government citizen or business owner can express their concerns or ask questions. Many people in the room had just recently (a week ago) heard about this project. Have YOU heard about this project?”
If you’re a Facebook-er, you’ll be especially interested in how our petulant 5th District Supervisor goes on the offensive against the community for not being involved in the public process – while THC takes the stance that it is an elected Supervisor’s job to ensure that his constituents are informed of critical decisions and developments that will affect them. Rather than, you know, brow-beating them and calling them ignorant for not knowing the ins-and-outs of a pretty complicated proposal.
Here’s more from THC on the Social Services hub:
Note that the flyer posted in the McKinleyville Community Watch thread finally addresses THC’s question about the reimbursing employees for travel to and from McKinleyville – it only took nine months!
On that note, McKinleyville residents can take solace in the knowledge that their government takes the responsibility of responding to the community seriously – it’s just that the answers won’t come until next year, long after the decisions have been made.