Dear Residents of Eureka,
With all of the attention to crime in the Eureka, especially in regards to the “crime” of panhandling, a group of concerned Citizens of Eureka has been meeting regularly to come up with constructive and new ways of approaching the real problems facing the city.
First of all, we would like to thank the group “Eureka Citizen” for opening this dialogue. Our group, who we like to refer to as “Eureka Residents”, has studied your proposals. We are a diverse group which includes all walks of life in Eureka, including 6 Ingomar club members! Some of our members have been to prison, and some of our members are card carrying libertarians.
At this point, we don’t want to be too detailed on all the areas we are working. However, you can rest assured that we have financial backing and have been in contact with both the City of Eureka and the County of Humboldt. We have a huge funding stream, and our ideas will make the city a better place for all of us. You can take that to the bank!
Our first order of business is an important one. It really was put into the spotlight with the recent panhandling permitting process being purposed by “Eureka Citizen”. Fingerprinting of panhandlers and the wearing of obvious approved licenses for permitted panhandlers got us thinking…..do business license holders have to get their fingerprints taken to get a license in the city?
We contacted City Hall and learned that business owners aren’t fingerprinted. This was shocking, given that volunteering at a public school generally requires someone to be fingerprinted, but not a candy store owner? What about someone who owns a toy shop or an arcade? Nope, those folks don’t get looked into by the police. Not only should business owners have to be fingerprinted and approved by the Eureka Police Department, but we would encourage the City to require all business licensees to submit their DNA for approval.
Over the past several years, we have seen that local business owners sometimes sexually assault customers and employees. The statistics for rape in Eureka are on the rise according to the 2014 statistics, and it would be good to have the peace of mind that our local business owners aren’t secret serial rapists or murderers.
Obviously, we know that many people on the local left and right will try and say that such requirements for business licenses are unconstitutional and an invasion of privacy. As a group with over 700 members, we would counter this argument with a pretty straightforward question:
“If you’re afraid to give your fingerprints and DNA to the Eureka Police Department in order to get a business license, what are you really hiding?”
The time is now Eureka. Your children’s lives may depend on it.