We don’t agree with Chet Ablin’s politics. He is Tea Party conservative turned Democrat(?) for the appointment to the Eureka City Council. However, we have to give credit where credit is due. Even when we didn’t agree with him, Chet always asked questions and stayed involved. In fact there were times in council meetings, especially regarding budget issues, where Chet asked tough questions of City Staff while ALL of the other council members stayed silent.
In watching this past Tuesday’s meeting, the two outgoing council members (Newman and Albin) gave their exit speeches to the people of Eureka. Newman was his usual self…unimpressive and completely smarmy. We think it’s pretty tacky to advertise for the business you work at in your exit speech, but we guess the guy’s gotta make a living.
Albin, however, took the chance to apologize for some of his mistakes and spoke about the projects he had worked on, and that he hoped would be continued in his absence. Albin came across as…..genuine. That’s not the norm in politics these days, and has been especially lacking in Eureka City politics.
We are excited about Natalie Arroyo coming on board and are looking forward to some new ideas and ways of doing business. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t give a tip of the hat to Chet as he leaves office. Even though we didn’t agree on many things, Chet’s forthrightness and involvement are needed on the Eureka City Council, and we hope that both Natalie and Kim can follow Chet’s example in questioning City Staff and genuinely trying to push forward their ideas.