While we applaud the City of Eureka going after despicable, bullying, thug slum lords like the Squires and shutting down these unlivable cesspools. However, it’s counterproductive to just cast the residents out on the street. We can remember when this campaign started with the council in 2007, with then City Attorney Sheryl Shaffner. At that time, every effort was made to have housing replacements already lined up before evictions took place. Residents should also be compensated for prepaid rent and deposits. Unfortunately, a large number of people are forced into living in slums due to financial and other constraints. There needs to be some safety net for them, when the City shuts the slums down.
After the city is done with all the Squires properties Let’s not forget all the rest of the many slumlords in this town. There are a lot of absentee landlords, along with the well connected locals who prey on the poor with these substandard rentals. The city needs to go after them as well as the Squires.
Then we hope someone can figure out a way to go after all the phony so called safe and sober houses. It’s time for this city and county to accept that people need to live in………surprise…….livable conditions.