Despite Arkley’s fever dreams of Trojan House homeless camp on his seriously polluted Balloon Track that’s not going to happen, nor will the City be able to use the two sites it owns, at least not without going through a very lengthy process.
According to a story by the Times-Standard, the property at the far north end of the Bayshore Mall parking lot is probably the only prospective site that’s zoning rules would allow a temporary legal homeless camp. From the Times-Standard:
“Referencing the four proposed sites’ relative locations to municipal coastal zoning maps available on the city’s website, only one site — the Bayshore Mall lot — has any indication that it could allow a temporary homeless encampment. Labeled as a Community Commercial zone and leased to the mall by the city, the lot site has a vague conditional use of allowing “temporary, short term uses.””
While the Bayshore Mall might not be happy with that use of land, the site actually makes some sense. Firstly, people are already camping in the area and have been for decades. Moving their belongings wouldn’t be such a burden and many of the more able bodied might help clean up the trash from the illegal camps that would be moved. Secondly, that portion of city owned property extends all the way to Vigo Street, which has an already existing walking trail. That would allow people to access the camp, using Vigo Street, from Broadway without interfering with the Mall property.
The City and Chief Mills have been speaking a lot about “rapid re-housing”. That’s a good idea, but where would that take place? What type of building wouldn’t engender the “Not in my neighborhood” type of response? We have and answer for that. Right on the corner of Vigo Street and Broadway! Many readers have seen the dilapidated building which has been “For Lease” for years and years. That building continues to degenerate, and remains empty. The City could use “eminent domain” to convert the building to public use. How convenient would it be to have housing within walking distance of the temporary campground, so that people could transition more smoothly.
Now we can already hear the cries from some people on the right and left, who would say that the City or County seizing this property and compensating the owner is unfair, and over reach of government, etc., etc. We’re not going into all the facets of “eminent domain”, but the government does have the right to to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.
This particular property has been sitting for years, unimproved and has been a draw for trespassers. The owner of the property is a slumlord, and an all around despicable human. We can hear the cry “The Examiner hates the owner because he’s rich”. Wrong. It’s because it’s accused child molester Randy Cook. If you want to defend this fake “Christian”, alleged child molester, Ingomar Club Member, and all around slime ball, then go right ahead. But his being rich is not even on the list of why the Examiner doesn’t hold him in high standing. If you want more information about Cook, check out John Chiv’s blog:
Even though most of the time we would quibble with Mr. Chiv, we give a tip of the hat to him for being on top of the deviant Randy Cook stories. This is a hugely important tale for Eureka and Humboldt, and it’s been basically ignored by the “mainstream media”. Good job Chiv!