Where does that leave the citizens of Eureka? Holding the bag, so to speak. Here’s why…since 2010, just 4 years ago, Eureka (and their insurance agent REMIF) have spent over 1.5 million dollars a year average in legal costs and settlements. Some of you might scoff at this number! But do the simple math yourself.
Martin Cotton II family was paid 4.5 million plus legal costs. Tawnie Hansen was paid in excess of 250 thousand dollars, plus legal costs. Police Chief Garr Nielsen and Sergeant Adam Laird were given large undisclosed amounts of money and cost the City in lawyer fees. These are just from the Police Department.
In the future, Eureka is facing the potential payment for the murder of Tommy McClain. They are facing potential payment for the wrongful death of Daren Borges. Apex drilling has a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the city. The families of several people killed in the unsafe intersections of Eureka are also suing! How long can the City of Eureka’s Insurance Carrier keep paying these huge claims before the bean counters pull the plug?
What does this “perfect” storm mean? It means that even with the passage of Measure Q and extra millions that it will bring in, the city will need even more than those revenues to cover its losses. That leaves the poorest Eurekans to have to pay and pay, indefinitely, for the misdeeds of the city.