Chief Mills certainly has gotten quite a discussion going surrounding Homeless issues in Eureka. People are getting excited about the potential for change, and it appears that many want to support the plans that they know very little about. This support reminds us of the blind support given to the recent internet troll “Eureka Citizen” who fooled many desperate municipal leaders and Residents with fake plans and funding to solve homelessness in Eureka. Is this a similar set up?
We aren’t sure at this point, but we urge a lot more healthy skepticism. After going over a lot of the available information, and talking with people in local/county government, it seems that there’s a lot of ideas and smoke, but not much in the way of practical planning or execution.
This is troubling, given how much of Chief Mills supposed plan that rests on having safety nets and programs in place. Are Chief Mills and his staff so eager they’re jumping the gun a bit, or are they just laying out goals that could take years, if ever, to realize? Whatever the case, he’s been very successful in one area…..he’s got the conversations regarding Eureka’s over whelming crime problems centered around Eureka’s favorite “whipping boy” the “homeless problem” and directed away from other areas of more serious concern.
For instance, when was the last time you saw any media about the 2 unsolved gang related murders from last year in Eureka or the wave of under reported home invasions and assaults?
We understand that in the early days of Chief Mill’s term at EPD, he directed officers to scale way back on enforcement of laws behind the Bayshore Mall. Obviously, Chief Mills isn’t the most up front individual in the City of Eureka, so we doubt if we’ll ever know for sure whether this was true. However, it does make for some interesting thoughts about the size and scale of the current problem behind the mall. In Sunday’s TS a homeless man was quoted as saying the population behind the Mall has tripled in recent times.
Was it allowed to happen to make a case for really addressing the problem, or was it done so that the most vulnerable population in Eureka could become the scapegoats and poster children for all the ills in the City?
Most confusing for the Examiner is…notable rightwing hacks Marion Brady, Melinda Ciarabellini and John Fullerton Publicly attacking Mills for this plan. Setting up a head scratching political conundrum. This is leaves your staff here at the Examiner almost feeling sympathy for chief Mills. (gasp!)
We don’t have the answers yet….remember this; temporary solutions are the status quo.
We hope everybody in Eureka doesn’t get so distracted by all the homeless chatter from the City that they forget there is a much larger unaddressed crime wave in Eureka which is ugly, violent, and getting much worse….