Floyd and Betty Squires have been doing battle with the city of Eureka for decades they are seasoned veterans. City Councils, Managers, Police Chiefs and City Attorney come and go and apparently so does any institutional memory about how to successfully go after Floyd and Betty Squires and the many illegal slums that they own.
The Examiner certainly applauds the City moving against Floyd and all of his properties; In fact its way over due. To ignore the lessons of past attempts and lost court battles with the Squires is folly.
We pointed out in our post “Eureka takes a good first step, but……….”
Simply evicting the residents without well prepared and executed plan to re-house them was counterproductive. Well, it was not only counterproductive, but sets up a path for the Squires’ to strike back at the city. No doubt using the same bottom feed lawyer Bradford Floyd they always use.
The failure here seems to us to be the usual very weak link at the City again; the incompetent City Attorney spewing out consistently bad legal advice and strategy. We’ll have to wait and see how the numerous claims against the City regarding this eviction will play out. Whatever the case, Eureka will have to pay for another one of its City Attorney’s bad calls.
Remember the Late councilperson Lance Madsen’s, dying-declaration?
On June 13th last year the Examiner said : “Time to show The Eureka City Attorney the emergency exit!”