Natalie Arroyo clearly out shined them all. She looked good, spoke well and she was very prepared. That said, over all, we were pretty discouraged and unimpressed. There were differences between the candidates, but it would be a stretch to say that any of the candidates painted a clear picture of why Eureka would be a better city with them on the Council.
The part that is so particularly upsetting, there was only one question which even touched on the murder of Tommy McClain. A caller asked if the candidates supported a civilian review board, given the recent officer involved shooting. That was it. The answers were even more disturbing. Newman, Albin and Bergel spoke about how impressed they were with Chief Mills handling of the killing. WTF?
Arroyo didn’t comment about the shooting. Newman equivocated and Albin and Arroyo spoke in favor of “possibly” having a review board. In the stunner of the evening Kim Bergel said in effect, things were fine as they are, and I don’t support a review board. Again WTF?
What was lost in this “political circus” was that a young man was murdered in his front yard by the police. Questions still linger. What is known points to this killing as not only unjustified, but completely preventable. On top of that, Chief Mills is promoting Stephens, the Sergeant in charge, who was responsible for orchestrating the fiasco that wound up with Tommy McClain dying!!
Where is the outrage? Where are the questions? The local media hasn’t stepped up and apparently the Eureka politicians are afraid or don’t see fit to ask the tough questions.
Despite Bergels pitiful performance last night, we know she’s better than that, and we could never support Newman. Albin did well in the discussion last night, but Arroyo is the best hope for Eureka.
Eureka is a dangerous place. Even more dangerous now that no one in power or potentially in power seems to care about the senseless murder of a young man standing in his front yard. A young man who had been celebrating with his family and was contacted by police even though no one had called them.