If the stars align just right, and the Mercury retrograde doesn’t have a negative effect, than the Town Downer might actually become an asset to the community, instead of the dilapidated cesspool that’s been an eyesore in Eureka for far too many years.
On Tuesdays Eureka City Council Meeting, representatives from DANCO communities and City Staff presented the council with plans for low income senior housing that could become a reality, if the federal and state grant funding is allotted to the City. This housing is costly, over 8 million dollars, which works out to about $161,000 dollars per unit. However, the project would serve a critical need to the City. All of the units would cost between $500-650 per month, and would only be rented to low income seniors for at least the next 50 years.
What did strike us as amazing is that the city isn’t touting this project as one of the reason’s they’re asking for a continuation of Measure ‘O’. This project, which on it’s face seems like a good investment, will cost the city quite a bit of money. On the front end, Eureka will be contributing $800,000 dollars to the construction. That money won’t be paid back. Also, the City will be loaning DANCO $1,000,000 at the very reasonable rate of 3% interest.
If the project ends up being what it’s being sold as, the Examiner is very supportive of this new housing. However, why won’t the city be truthful about where the Measure ‘O’ funding will be spent? If it’s for project’s like senior housing, infrastructure, and public safety, then why not be transparent when asking for the funds?
The irony of this councils meeting and discussion wasn’t lost on Examiner staff. In this meeting the council voted in favor of arguments supporting the tax extension, because without the money the city would be in “uncharted waters”. The meeting also touched on the fact that all departments have been directed to lower their budgets by 10%, even though Measure ‘O’ funds are still coming in.
This council, in one meeting, failed to;support a minimum wage increase (besides Atkins), supported the continuation of prior tax increases (Measure ‘O’), supported spending money on new housing, supported an across the board decrease in funding for all city departments of 10%, supported cutting (actually getting rid of) positions in the police department, and supported not getting new gloves or wearable gear for firefighters.
WTF kind of vision does this bunch of Klowns have for the city?