Seems to us the Eureka City Councilmember’s were struck deaf when the public showed up in mass to object to drastic cuts in Public Safety. Looking over the most recent budget proposals, you’d have to wonder what was the point of having any public hearings on the budget at all? We guess it’s that they’re required to by law and the council can say they have complied.
The public was emphatic in saying “No Cuts to Public Safety”. The Council was not moved. The City is making a bunch of noise about shifting some moneys around, but the fire stations are still closing and 9 PSO positions are disappearing. This Council seems to be like all councils before; doing the City Managers bidding.
Oddly missing from the discussion was the Eureka Police Officer’s Association (EPOA). Even more strange is that the PSO’s are members of the EPOA!!! Are the majority of voting union members (that would be cops) so afraid to cross the Manager or Mills that they remained silent? Were they told that the current wage negotiations would go poorly if they didn’t keep their mouths shut about PSO’s being fired? Very strange indeed.
The Firemen spoke out and were roundly attacked. Sparks’ hatchet man Miles Slatery from Public Works went on the attack speaking for City Hall, apparently while on the clock! The Humboldt (Mirror) Consequential echoed Slatery, claiming the fire personnel were being paid a million dollars to sleep.
Strange also is cutting from the Visitors and Convention Bureau while mandating they waste $250,000 on guarantees for the failing commercial air business.
Then there is the sacred Zoo…..Woe unto anyone who shall question the Lord’s favorite Zoo!!!
Yup, it seems that’s our “progressive” council practicing their version of the “same old, same old” Eureka politics. In fact, it seems to the Examiner that this current council, which was supposed to oust the “Brady Bunch”, has in fact warmly embraced those voting records and is now the new face for the Brady Bunch.