Witnessing last night’s Eureka City Council meeting proved to us that Eureka’s dysfunction and denial has become complete and total.
Linda Aktins, the council person who has served the longest and has the most experience was completely out maneuvered by staff and the City Manager last night. She got little or no support from Arroyo or Bergel and was full on attacked by Ciarabellini and Brady. Aktins had asked several times at the last Council Meeting to have “Shelter Crisis Declaration” put on the agenda. What actually showed up on the agenda was a report with staff recommendations, but nothing to take action on. This was clearly designed by the Manager and Staff to prevent a vote on a Shelter Crisis Declaration. So Aktins wrote up her long form resolution and attempted to make it as a motion. That’s when the knives came out. Brady and Ciarabellini were spittin’ mad. Brady called Atkins attempt to get a vote a “bully move” and claimed that she was trying to shove it down their throats. Atkins simply made a motion to vote on a shelter crisis which was seconded by Arroyo who then sabotaged Aktins by going to the incompetent City Attorney Day-Wilson to ask if it could be voted on. Day-Wilsons authoritative answer was “I don’t believe so”. Aktins objected and Brady accused her of having a fit.
Bergel: I’m so proud, so proud of Eureka and all of the progress Eureka has made on the homeless!
In a complete break with any form of reality Councilperson Bergel repeatedly said she is so proud of the City Council accomplishments. Ciarabellini joined with Brady to express their great pride in all that the City of Eureka has accomplished. Lots of patting each other on the back over all they’ve accomplished. WTF!
All the success with the homeless problem????? What alternate universe do these clowns live in? All that’s happened over the past year is “homeless musical chairs”. What accomplishments could any of them see as being positive?
After the meeting was over, the council members went home to their houses. On the other hand, the houseless folks who so bravely spoke at the meeting went back to their cold and wet tents in the bushes. What did the council accomplish last night? The only accomplishment we could see was making it painfully clear that Eureka is going to continue to kick the poorest of the poor when they’re down.
Mean while Ciarabellini and Brady will be lining up their allies to defeat Linda at the next meeting.
Oh ya, don’t forget to take The Mayor up on his offer to call him up at home and let him know what you think! He said his numbers in the book……………………