Enough blight is enough, tell the City Council, no more!

We’ve made our sentiments very clear on billboards in the past:



A regular commenter to the Examiner “Re:pete” pointed out this LTE in the TS the other day and thought it was very timely and important that voters let their City Council know, so here it is:

electronic billboard

Your recent editorial concerning electronic signs on Broadway (“Sparkling signs would be least of city’s woes,” Times-Standard, April 26, Page A4) seems somewhat illogical. Adding yet another tacky element to an already chaotically tacky stretch of highway through town does not make sense to me. Why would you think adding more distraction and ugliness to our environment won’t be noticed or won’t make matters worse than they are? Are your senses so dulled that you no longer see electronic signs? Or any of the other hundreds of examples of distracting and jarring signage along Broadway?

Have you driven down 101 to Fernbridge lately and seen the enormous electronic sign that Bear River Casino has installed? Does it not bother or distress you? At night it can be seen for miles, its messages glaring amidst the roadside’s woods. And full sunlight during the day doesn’t lessen that insulting electronic sign’s impact whatsoever.

If you are in agreement with the argument that businesses have every right to advertise to drivers no matter how ugly and environmentally insensitive the advertisements may be, then your editorial makes a point. But otherwise, and frankly, for poor Eureka’s sake, as it attempts to make tourists think better of arriving at our portals on 101 but then requires them to drive along Broadway and Fifth Streets through town, all I can say is enough blight is enough. We don’t need any more.

Jere Bob Bowden, Ferndale

Please send an email to the Eureka City Council Members now, as they are about to rule on allowing more of these:

Marion Brady 1st ward: mbrady@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Linda Atkins 2nd ward: latkins@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Kim Bergel 3rd ward: kbergel@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Melinda Ciarabellini 4th ward: mciarabellini@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Natalie Arroyo 5th ward: narroyo@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Frank Jager Mayor:   fjager@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Pam Powell City Clerk: cityclerk@ci.eureka.ca.gov



5 thoughts on “Enough blight is enough, tell the City Council, no more!

  1. Excellent editorial and very well written. I feel the same way. One thing can be done is to enforce the existing sign ordinance. It would be a good start.

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  2. “all I can say is enough blight is enough. We don’t need any more.”

    That about sums it up in my opinion. Nicely written. Thanks Jere Bob Bowden and the TE.

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  3. Anybody who has ever traveled to a city with an active restricted sign ordinance will appreciate the lack of distracting signage, the giant pole signs and the curbside ones as well.

    Letting anyone put up almost whatever signage they can pay for says to anyone coming here: ‘nobody here who gives a dam.’

    The excuses always include grandfathered in crap signage just down the street etc, That does make those regulated after enforcement very mad, and that goes with trying to stop the blight, but it’s a real cost and a real frustration and cause for much citizen anger at government.

    There is no snap of the fingers but a long sales job to make it work.

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  4. They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway,
    They say there’s always magic in the air,
    But when you’re walking down that street
    And you ain’t had enough to eat,
    The glitter rubs right off, and you’re nowhere.


  5. Hi, Tuluwat Examiner and readers,
    On Monday of this week there was a truck with an extension ladder on the back of this casino sign. Yesterday and this morning (Wednesday) the casino sign is completely dark. On my way north today I noticed a small Caltrans truck on the side of the north lane of highway 101 just below the sign. Not sure what is up, but I thought I would share my observations.

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