Police Chief Mills divides the city along racial and economic lines
At last Tuesday nights City Council Meeting, Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills gave a report regarding the direction he wanted to take Eureka. In the report, he spelled out key parts to the “New Direction” he will be taking EPD. For background information, refer to this previous post:
Part of Mills’ “New Direction” is splitting the city in half, with a Police Captain assigned to each half of the city. Sounds fair, right? Wrong. According to Mills he spoke with “Stake-holders” in the community, and the good ol’ boy-girl City Council, and has come up with the boundaries to split the city. Not surprisingly, it’s split between the haves and the have-nots.
The first half includes all the area north of 14th Street and west of California Street. That’s the Westside, Old Town, the entire waterfront, Highland Park, Bayshore Mall, St. Vincents Soup Kitchen, The Eureka Rescue Mission, DHHS (welfare office), etc. Looking at Zillow house prices or just driving down the streets in these areas and you can clearly see that this half of the city includes the overwhelming majority of economically challenged citizens.
The second half includes all of the area east of California Street and south of 14th Street. That’s Lundbar Hills, Sequoia Park, St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Eureka High School area, etc. Pretty much all of the most expensive neighborhoods to buy a home in with the income level’s to match.
Now we’re sure that Mills will tell you that all of Eureka will get the same level of service. And we believe that’s probably true. If you’re a lower income citizen, you’ll get treated poorly whether you live in the Westside or encroach into the Sequoia Park Neighborhood.
Dividing the City by income level is nothing new to Eureka. It’s just sad that the right wing Council and their new surrogate, Chief Mills, are so blatantly putting their boots on the necks of the poor. Jager must be proud and Murl Harpham must feel satisfied knowing that the City is in the hands of someone so close in mindset.
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