Just over a year ago, a group of us were sitting down at our favorite watering hole. These weekly meetings had been going on for some time, and our group was beginning to get disheartened. Watching the political pendulum swing and bring with it a conservative, development backed majority to both the Eureka City Council and the Board of Supervisors had been wearing down the group’s ability to look toward a positive future.
What were we to do? Donate huge sums of cash to the candidates they support? Not likely, since our group didn’t include people with a lot of disposable income. Protest? Write letters to the editor condemning the Brady Bunch and the BOS gang of four? All possibilities were discussed. But alas, the group wasn’t excited about these options and wasn’t convinced they would make a big difference.
One of our group made a very poignant observation; “If the Humboldt Herald was still going, these folks would have a lot to answer for.” With that, the collective light bulb went on. Humboldt was lacking a progressive source of information that spoke truth to the moneyed interests.
With that, our group was off and running toward operating a blog. Of course, the road was a little bumpy. None of us were professional writers, and no one had ever run a blog. With gumption, elbow grease and a little duct tape the Tuluwat Examiner was created. Today marks our first year!
We’ve seen some signs that things locally are improving, even if the improvements are coming at a snail’s pace. For instance, Eureka has an all female, left of center majority on the City Council.
DINO Virginia Bass is no longer a member of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee (the Examiner would like to believe we had a small part in that).
Heartfelt and sometimes intelligent conversations are now taking place regarding addressing the huge lack of services for the county’s house less population.
Mayor Jager is no longer using city resources to further his religious evangelism.
For a while, our group was blessed with the very humorous, well written and intelligent posts from our much respected ally Mola:42. We were not only thankful for his contributions, but we laughed our asses off whenever we got to read his posts. We miss picking out zany pictures to go with them. Thanks again for all your help, Mola.
Things haven’t been all milk and honey, though. While initially excited about a new Police Chief for Eureka, from out of the area, his actions and the department’s continuation of doing things the “same as always” has left us disappointed and saddened. Tommy McClain was gunned down in his front yard, and the Chief has done everything possible to keep the public in the dark regarding the tragedy. Violent crime is up, and last year’s murder statistics plainly show that you are more likely to be murdered in Eureka than in Los Angeles. Are we hopeful for some improvement with the police? A little, as long as the progressive Eureka City Council makes clear, that things need to change at EPD.
Our blog couldn’t have made through the year without the absolutely wonderful readers and fans. Your comments have (minus a few trolls) been thought provoking and intelligent. The tips from community members and insiders working for the City, County and in other areas have given us the ability to bring forward posts that no other media is covering locally. Thank you.
The Examiner staff is very happy pleased with the work that has been accomplished so far, and we are looking forward to doing much more. Although in the beginning we expected to have hundreds of comments, we’re actually very happy with the high quality of comments we do get. The vast majority of our viewers don’t comment, but having thousands of daily regular readers that visit our site, tells us that we are fulfilling an important role.
Thank you readers, we hope to continue questioning those in power and moving forward progressive ideas and shedding some light on the hidden areas of power in Humboldt.