The complete polarized dysfunction of the City of Eureka and it’s elected Council was showcased Tuesday evening. The Chief Mill’s inspired vigilante shock troops were there in force demanding that their dehumanized “scapegoated” targets be run out of town; threatening to use a “shotgun and a shovel” to solve the problem.
Civility was in short supply at this meeting. From the very beginning, Mayor Frank set the tone by shutting the mike off on James Decker who was alerting people watching at home what he felt was actually transpiring at the evenings meeting. “Verbena” Kim Starr followed that transgression with one of her own calling the Mayor an “asshole”. Well that’s how public comment started and it seemed to devolve from there.
There is a serious problem with crime in and around Eureka. We’ve been at the forefront of calling that fact out. The problem is proper recognition of the source of Eureka’s crime wave. We find little evidence that Crime wave is being driven by the increase numbers of Houseless residents. Let’s be clear there are parolees, thieves and worse mixed in with the homeless throngs and we won’t dismiss that fact.
Let get real though. The crime wave roots originate in the numerous flop houses, so called sober living houses and motels that have spread throughout the greater Eureka area.
This misdirection of the public’s anger has been carefully orchestrated by City Manager Sparks and his Chief of Police Mills. For example, the news media has been forced to be listening to police band radios (scanners) in order to find out what’s going on crime wise in our area. Even that picture is skewed by the increase reliance on cell phones by officers in the field. The net result is social media and the rumor circuit that is inadequately filling the void.
Back to the City Council meeting; Last year we whole heartedly endorsed Natalee and Kim for City Council. We still think that they are better the Newman and Albin, but where they have fallen short is they are too naïve and politically unsophisticated to be trying to spar with Mills and Sparks. The Manager and the Chief are seasoned political animals and they have clearly doomed these two elected Council Members efforts at every turn. Our advice to Natalee and Kim would be this: the city council should be directing city staff, not city staff directing the council.