Asked whether City Councilwoman Kim Bergel was ready to deploy police to clear out the area, she took a long sigh and said, “Yes … BUT.”…….The “BUT” is that they want to create as much political cover for each other as possible, claiming that having social workers in the camp everyday is somehow the equivalent for supplying a safe shelter.
It’s no secret that police Chief Mills is “chomping at the bit” to unleash a military style assault on the estimated 250 to 300 people camping at the Palco Marsh. This will be a very unproductive and potentially very dangerous move. We here at the Examiner can see how this plan will go wrong on every level. Running these folks out of the Palco Marsh is going to send them deep into Eureka’s neighborhood greenbelts. We hear there will be organized resistance to this military style police action and no can be sure that people won’t be injured.
Unfortunately, with Mayor Frank Jager teasing the idea of an actual sanctioned shelter everyone’s hopes were raised, but don’t be fooled; they will never willing allow a real sanctuary homeless camp. Their plan is just to move them out of the way of the trail construction; they don’t give a damn if these human beings with no place to live end up in our neighborhoods. In fact it’s clear to us that the City does not value these people’s lives at all.
If you care at all about this crisis the time to act is now! Demand sanctioned camps in Eureka for these unsheltered human beings!