Breaking news (sort of)….
The “Yes on Eureka Q” Committee will officially kick off its campaign to support the city’s (so called) public safety tax, Measure Q, Tuesday at noon in front of Humboldt Bay Fire Station 3, at the corner of Henderson Street and Ocean Avenue.
The Examiner has been pretty rough on the City for their handling of Measure ‘O’ funds. We have complained about the lack of accounting, transparency, community involvement, and failure of this council to address the waste of funds in various pet projects (ahem…Zoo, Retirement Perks, pipeline to Cutten, etc.).
But the fact is that probably most, if not all of the city council candidates (silence so far from the challengers) don’t want to face a Eureka that’s spigot with $4 Million in tax dollars pouring out every year suddenly turned off.
We’re nothing, if not realists. So why shouldn’t we just jump on the bandwagon and sing the Measure Q praises?
Simple. It isn’t so much a tax or the rhetoric about the tax being for public safety that bothers us. It’s the lies. This humble little blog’s continued questioning was the only reason the city ever put out information to the public about how (they claim) the money has been spent:
We would love to hear from all the city council candidates about how they are going to ensure real transparency, fiscal accountability, and independent auditing. So far, we haven’t seen much in the way of debate over the way this $20+ Million will be spent over the next 5 years. The current clowns just smirk and tell us that any legitimate concern about where the money goes is just foolishness. We’ve heard from Mike and Chet how they feel about the city’s excellent and “transparent” handling of the tax, from their time on the council.
So……where do Natalie and Kim stand on the (mis)management of Measure ‘O’, and the upcoming Measure ‘Q’? Even if the candidates don’t want to make this a campaign issue, too bad…..it already is with the voters!