Chief Andy Mills comes off to many as quite the innovator. He has seen the problems with houselessness facing Eureka and he has a plan. In fact, as Mills professes to be moving his department forward he is adopting tactics to deal with the houseless behind the Bayshore Mall. What is this strategy? What is the enlightened direction he has gotten for our first supposedly progressive majority on the City Council? What could all his years of training and studying the issue of houselessness have led him to decide?
Do the same ol’ despicable shit Murl Harpham did. That’s right, Mr. Progressive Mills is doing EXACTLY the same failed thug processes that Murl Harpham followed; conduct raids and “evict” the unlawful campers including tearing up and destroying all their belongings. A barbaric tactic that has worked so well for the past 50 years. Not!
What in the hell is he thinking. Does he think he has a magic wand that will cause all the houseless and downtrodden people staying behind the mall to completely disappear? Well we all know that’s not gonna happen, these folks have to go somewhere so they are going to move to the nearby spot where they can camp.
Yup, those folks who are kicked out will move to the vacant house, or greenbelt, or the forest near your home. They aren’t going to leave, because they have nowhere to go. The City and County haven’t gotten together the necessary structures so that there is emergency housing or outreach available for the people they are evicting. Instead, Mills EPD is telling them to move on….and that means moving on to your nearby green belt, vacant field or house.
The more Mills preaches about change the more he keeps things exactly the same. Or in this case, take us back to the by-gone days of the 1950’s style dealing with “the hobos”.