Who is challenging Chet Albin for the 5th Ward Council seat?

Natalie Arroyo

Natalie Arroyo yard sign


Natalie’s Statement:

I have devoted my adult life to helping people thrive, finding solutions for complex problems, and restoring a balanced relationship with our resources here on California’s incredible north coast. I am a new first-time homeowner and live in Eureka’s 5th ward. My area of expertise is in public engagement and hands-on project implementation, which includes everything from technical planning to successful fundraising to challenging physical labor! I have experience working closely with local tribes, rural landowners, government and public agencies, local businesses, and individuals from all walks of life. I have served our community as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, as a non-profit project leader with Redwood Community Action Agency, as an AmeriCorps member, and in numerous volunteer roles in support of the arts, clean healthy watersheds, and leadership development. I am a proud Puerto Rican American. I love Eureka for its bountiful natural recreation areas, historic architecture, cultural diversity, endless things to do, delicious local foods and the sense of possibility that reminds me that I can be a meaningful part of our community’s future.

The Issues:

Issue: Housing

Homes for seniors, veterans and families

With roofs over their heads, our residents can focus on contributing to their community.

My priorities:    Supporting our City’s plan to house the folks in greatest need first, thereby minimizing impact to our taxpayer-funded public resources,

Exploring innovative alternatives for longer-term housing,

Working closely with service providers and agencies that work with at-risk populations to fill gaps.

Issue: Infrastructure

A beautiful, functional Eureka

Prioritizing upgrades to our infrastructure and beautifying Eureka have a direct impact on the lives of residents and visitors every day.

My priorities:    Complete essential upgrades to our sewage infrastructure and drinking water facilities,

Connect our waterfront trail, providing a safe route alternate route of travel, a free fitness activity for families, and an appealing destination for tourists,

Ensure that the “gateways” to Eureka on Hwy 101 clearly show motorists they are entering the City, calm highway traffic, and provide a beautiful welcome,

Support appropriate use and management of the McKay Community Forest as an asset for the greater Eureka area,

Upgrade infrastructure for greater safety along and adjacent to our roadways.

My skills for the job: I have worked collaboratively with local government, engineers, planners, contractors, environmental advocates and residents to analyze complex infrastructure issues and focus on solutions. I have a track record of helping regular folks understand technical information and how it impacts them. My work has included tree-planting along our City’s roadways, facilitating meetings to get plenty of perspectives, planning for disaster management and response, dealing with complex regulatory requirements to make improvements to our City a reality, and years of experience supporting development of local trails.

Issue: Politics

Fair and informed decision-making

As a community, Eureka needs the voice of our residents to inform our future.

My priorities:   Actively engaging our residents in planning for the future,

Making progress on our City’s General Plan and implementing our Strategic Vision,

Treating our residents with dignity and respect,

Demonstrating respect for the expertise of City staff and the process by which our City functions.

My skills for the job: I have a background in community organizing, listening to people’s personal experiences and searching for the common values that will bring people together to solve the greatest problems. I have been taught the value of respect for experience in my close-knit family and through my military service. These two very different perspectives – the grassroots approach and the authority-based approach – have given me the ability to operate effectively using a direct understanding of both. My experience working closely with local government staff also provides insight into what they do and how much training they have under their belts to do it. I am a planner by “trade”! My job requires me to compile information and create a feasible plan for the future, based on the real limitations that exist. That is exactly what our City needs.

Issue: The Economy

Building on our economic strengths Eureka is uniquely poised to grow and provide opportunities in expanding markets.

My priorities:    Supporting growth where we have existing strengths – specialized services, locally made products, skilled trades, and tourism,

Attracting entrepreneurs and providing support for them to succeed,

Supporting our local arts community,

Laying the groundwork to attract industrial and manufacturing businesses, including land use solutions that expand opportunities to host these businesses within City limits,

Advocating for healthy and productive fisheries and aquaculture,

Standing with workers to ensure they are fairly paid and treated,

Making our City more functional and appealing, which will benefit everyone and increase opportunity.

My skills for the job: I am closely connected to a network of vibrant entrepreneurs and creative thinkers who are succeeding as business owners in today’s economy, right here in our region. My background in fisheries and resource management helps me understand the relationship between our raw materials and their economic potential. I spend my time working, and my community of loved ones all work for a living. I comprehend the need for better-paying jobs on the most basic level because it affects me and those dear to me – young working people making a sincere effort for a better future, right here in this City with such incredible potential. As a musician who is highly involved in the arts locally, I have first-hand knowledge of the value of the arts to our City. I am in the process of reaching out to more industries and business representatives to get their input about other ways to diversify Eureka’s economy.

Issue: Public Safety

Safe streets. We can improve safety for all types of transportation and use proactive strategies to achieve our public safety goals.

My priorities:   Improving safety for all modes of transportation, particularly along Broadway, between communities, and at dangerous intersections,

Actively supporting closer-knit neighborhoods, community centers, neighborhood watch groups, and more methods of communication to deter crime,

Supporting our City’s Police Department in its efforts to modernize our policing approach, involve the community more, and utilize accurate data to understand the “big picture” when it comes to public safety,    Designating safe places for at-risk residents to live without fear.

My skills for the job: I have years of experience working on projects to make our region’s roadways safer, while getting community involvement to make good decisions. I have a track record of being respectful, incorporating input from experts, and working in a collaborative atmosphere to use very scarce resources in a highly effective way. We need this approach to tackle our greatest public safety concerns, so we can move on to bigger and better things!

Support Natalie – Donate here https://www.democracy.com/VoteArroyo/donate.aspx?amount=5#form

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23 thoughts on “Who is challenging Chet Albin for the 5th Ward Council seat?

  1. N Arroyo certainly seems like someone who would do a better job than the incumbent.

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  2. Very nice to read a positive approach towards our city. I won’t miss “Pill Poppin Chet” calling community members assholes and telling them the City Council does not want them in THEIR city. She seems like a nice person and a breath of fresh air which we really need.

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  3. She has a very different type personality than Chet or anyone on the Council.
    A refreshing change!

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  4. Two thoughts. I bet Arkley just broke out in hives, and N Arroyo would probably just take an Advil if she hurt her hand.

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  5. “Ensure that the “gateways” to Eureka on Hwy 101”
    are devoid of the horrible slum hotels.

    My sister just came to visit and was appalled. There has got to be a way!

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  6. She is on record as favoring Measure R. HCAR said they may have to shut down if it passed, and the senior programs are gearing up to cut nutrition and transportation programs. God only knows what is about to happen to Parks and Rec and other programs relying on seasonal teen help. I wonder what Natalie has to say to all the seniors and disabled folks on fixed incomes who will crushed by her Measure. All of those programs have over 25 employees and all are on shoestring budgets with no more money coming.


  7. Chet is a bully. How can you trust a guy who pushes people around and never says he’s sorry for his mistakes. Take some more meds Chet and do what you’re told.

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  8. EurekaJIM, You are misinformed. Non-Profits only have an 180 month amnesty, which is nothing. Also, are you aware that some of the corporations with the most egregious management and use of money are non-profits. HCAR is a good non-profit, but they are definitely affected. As are many private businesses doing public service now like Eureka Dial-A-Ride and several of the after school programs. Natalie was asked this question and had no good response. Failure to look beyond Target and Walmart. Tunnel vision.


    • Also hugely affected, Eureka Senior Resource Center, Eureka Adult Day Healthcare, Tri-County Independent Living, The Blood Bank. The list goes on. Measure R is also going to cripple for local businesses who already can’t compete with Walmart and Target. It will be horrible seniors who will see prices go up while they already can’t pay their bills. This is a bad Measure for the people of Eureka.

      Daly’s Bistrins, et al all went out businesses because these large corporate stores have huge purchasing power and can dissipate these expenses over many stores. Pierson’s can’t afford the wage increase, but Home Depot can. We are becoming a corporate town who doesn’t care about our elderly courtesy of people pushing this measure. Do the boneheads supporting this really think our minimum wage should be the highest on California and second highest in the Nation??


    • You are the one who is sadly misinformed, Pierson’s won’t have to change nearly as much as Wal-mart, Target, Home Depot and their ilk will. That’s why Pierson’s has so many long time employees!


    • Don’t waste any time concerning yourself about Dial-A-Ride. This is run by City Cab and they are doing just fine, thank you very much. This is exactly the type of business that will have to figure out change their current business model, but believe me, there is a great deal of opportunity for paying their employees $3 more per hour if they chose to.

      If you want to understand first hand the battle between labor and capital – spend some time at City Cab. You’ll understand how powerless labor is without labor protections.

      Jon Yalcinkaya former employee. Not disgruntled, I enjoyed my time there and left on my own accord- I just know first hand how they run a business on both their Ambulance and City Cab/RCRC/Dial-Ride side.

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  9. Add North Coast Children’s Services to the list. They said they won’t be able to meet their federal matches if this passes. Safeway is loving this. They are across Harrison and out of the city limits, so only Winco will suffer. Time to apply at Safeway, Target or Walmart. They will be the only places who survive. Kiss the local businesses goodbye and a whole lot entry level jobs.


    • Work at a McDonalds in Denmark and make $45,000 a year. That’s $21 per hour.

      BTW $12/hr works out to be only $25,000 per year. We are not talking about the big time.

      I think we can step away from the right wing lunacy at this point and start to pay our workers living wages.

      RoughDay, if you are really concerned about Safeway being outside of Eureka’s borders, just sign the petition to have the $12 wage passed over the entire county.

      That’s what is called “concern trolling” on the intertubes.

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  10. Jon, who are you to say City Cab is doing just fine? Have you seen their books? P/L statement? What is wrong in making money if you take the risk to invest your own savings, your own home in a business? No one is there to cover the losses, no one will reimburse the owners if their business fails. They risk everything to start a business, to grow a business and here you are, Jon, judging them from afar, saying they can afford it. I’ll tell you who can”t afford it and that is Grandma who is on a fixed income. Or the the retired couple down the block who needs help getting groceries delivered. Jon, please point me to one businessman who has a successful business in Eureka who favors a $12/minimum wage…tell me one, please. It seems to me if it would grow the economy as promised it would be easy to find some. Give me a name and a business.


  11. George Clark, Kyoto restaurant which he did quite well at, thank him very much.

    First of all, I refuse to call you DireWolf, you are arguing with the self interest of a Lannister, not the common Northern brotherhood or integrity of a Stark. 😉

    GoldenLion I can’t type much now, but your questions will be answered tomorrow. Meanwhile you might want to take in this CAL and U of I study.


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  12. How fascinating that each of Natalie’s platform issues are positively impacted by Measure “R”, yet, Measure “R” isn’t mentioned!?

    Also interesting how the critics, who on any other day, might care less about HCAR, or Home Health Services, haven’t read the text of Measure “R”!

    If an organization with 25 or more employees feels a $3/hour increase is impossible, there’s a provision that allows them to collectively bargain with their employees for an alternative minimum wage that accounts for other considerations, like benefits, but must match or exceed the state minimum.

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  13. DireWolf, or more appropriately GoldenLion,* (spoilers)

    If you would read what you wrote in the other thread how certain employees “who have contracts”. They have contracts because they are unionized. Most large local businesses here and nationwide have worked mightily and not always ethically to all but rid our nation of unions. I’m sorry but you are the one drinking the right wing Kool-aid and you are trying, anonymously btw, to make sure the public does as well.

    Here are the promised answers….

    What is wrong in making money if you take the risk to invest your own savings, your own home in a business?
    Absolutely nothing – make a fortune proudly and I’m 100% your efforts. Straw man.

    Jon, who are you to say City Cab is doing just fine? Have you seen their books? P/L statement?

    This is a great question. Do you know any business that will open their books? This is one of the objectives of unions, “their books” are a tightly held secret. Why is that?

    Look, I’m not for all businesses opening their books, but let’s try to be fair here. You can’t use that argument unless you do want to allow businesses to open their books. This argument coupled with the “hey, look how much that CalTrans worker or DHHS manager (read government (not private) worker) makes is one of the ways the right has tilted the scales to the “job creator” class at the expense of the middle class resulting in the arguably criminal wealth distribution currently in the US.

    Generally speaking – how I know about City Cabs books is a) I saw turnover, nepotism, capital expense, and a fierce anti-union environment where employees were literally frightened for their jobs to even discuss unions. Thus no real discussion was occurring – thus preventing the all important collectively bargained “contracts” you mentioned in the other thread.

    Wash, rinse, repeat this unit of capitalism nationwide hundreds of thousands of times over the past 30 years and you get one of the reasons we are where we are.

    You are right about the Kool-Aid, you are just wrong about who is drinking it.

    Unions and minimum wage are probably the most important example politically where conservatives have bought into the extreme free-enterprise vision of Ayn Rand etc. We’ve lost the mainstream political conservative party who should by all rights be fighting for the middle class, not just wealth. They should be fighting for unions and fair contracts so their Chamber of Commerce members’ employees don’t have to depend on public assistance to survive. (see above quote)

    DireWolf, you and Freakazoid are two loud and anonymous commenters concern trolling about Measure R. I would be very interesting to find out what is behind your passion on this issue.

    Thanks for the discussion, and I’m happy to continue. I would like to end this by saying this is a thread for Natalie I encourage anyone who made it down here to read this profile. She will make a wonderful City Councilwoman and will brighten our City’s future.

    * Spoilers – R+L=J y’all. Just saying.

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  14. Jon, You really think a union is going to agree to an exception to be below the minimum wage? Puleeaase. You are deluded.


  15. Do you really think that Eureka’s minimum wage employees working at one of only 25 organizations effected by Measure “R” would actually leave their negotiated $10/hour job they’re trained in, for a $12/hour job every over-qualified parent from Rio-Del to Trinidad is applying for?

    You are deluded.


  16. You are wrong Julie, any word can be used as a form of mockery, as you see here.

    However, on your other point you are correct. Allow me to rephrase:

    Employees effected by Measure “R” that negotiated a $10/hour minimum wage, can also apply to work at other effected or non-effected businesses paying $12/hour….or $50/hour…

    However, the $12/hour minimum wage will attract a massive pool of over-qualified (and desperate) applicants from the entire county which effectively changes the game of low-wage workers merely switching jobs, like it used to be.

    Nevertheless, as the higher wages improve Eureka’s economy, employment and wages will rise anyway, especially when Measure “R” goes countywide.

    But, you are right, a minimum wage employee that negotiated a $1.50 raise should consider themselves highly fortunate to be able to leave IF they are offered a $3/hour raise elsewhere.

    A huge “IF”, but not impossible.

    My bad.


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