Mills goes all “San Francisco” on guns and “Sandi Arabia” on nudity
Mills and the City of Eureka look to further criminalize homelessness and divert your attention.
We have to give it to our master of “smoke and mirrors” Chief Mills yet again. Eureka PR ace is (quite predictably) trying to divert the people’s attentions away from what’s really wrong in Eureka. He’s given us the salacious “gun and nudity” legislation ready to distract our attention for this next Tuesday’s Council Meeting. The good citizens of Eureka should be up in arms over the recent wave of gang related crimes and violence.
But before we get into Mills new sneaky legislation diversion to further harass the poor and houseless, we’ll take a quick chance to tackle his new gun law (or solution without a problem as Fred Mengels would say). Chief Mills is pushing forward a municipal code that would dictate how firearms are to be stored in the home or at a business. Firstly, the ordinance seems completely unenforceable on the face of it. How are you going to know how people store their firearms? The police can’t just randomly search your house(yet), so it seems to us that the only ones who will be speaking to the police about firearm storage are the folks who report their guns stolen from their home or business. In that case, what does the law accomplish besides reminding people that if you don’t lock up your guns (or any property) someone might steal it from your home during a burglary? But that’s enough about that issue. Even though Mills is trying to distract people from all of the GANG violence (4 unsolved murders in 2 years), we think that the second amendment adherents in Eureka will probably take this distraction on in court.
However, the proposed nudity law really irked us. Not just because the law is blatantly sexist and wrong (a six year old boy can run shirtless in a park but a 6 year old girl would be committing a crime), but because we think the real purpose of this law is to criminalize people who don’t have regular access to a bathroom. You see, merely “exposing” your genitals (including any portion of your “areola”, the ring of pigmented skin surrounding a nipple) will now be a crime if you “expose” yourself on any “Park, building, street, sidewalk, bike path, alley, parking lot, plaza, park, playground, pool, beach, or adjacent waters, or any place open to the public”. The law gives some exemptions for things like being 5 years old or younger, and breastfeeding. However, the law doesn’t take into account people who live on city property (like behind the mall) and would thereby criminalize people going to the bathroom in those areas. Without city provided bathrooms, hundreds of people a day will be violating this law by simply fulfilling a human need to poop and pee. Criminalizing this human need is Mills true goal with the code.
According to Mills public nudity is perfectly legal in Eureka, and there needs to be a law to prevent it. Now is the time to show that Mills continued war on the poor and stamping out of free speech is not going to be tolerated. We are wondering if local human right advocates are going to Let Mills get away with this. Specifically are James Decker and Verbena going to show up unclothed at the City Council meeting? We are encouraging citizens of Eureka and Humboldt (naked if you want) to attend this Tuesday’s City Council meeting.