When the top police officer for your counties largest
municipality (About 27,017 down from 28,600 in 1990!) makes an opening
statement during a “Community Leadership” panel at Cannifest, “Eureka is more
violent than New Orleans!” It tends to get your attention quick. When he says, “Santa
Rosa had 5 homicides compared to our 22.” You are forced to listen. And you just become
downright concerned when he points out that 125 weapons were confiscated last
year. When he states that the Cannabis
community should get more involved with solving the crime issues by standing
firm and united and points out they need to say “enough is enough” in a
singular voice against the criminal elements, maybe, just maybe it is time for
the cannabis community to listen to his message of hope.
But his disgust was evident when talking about sneaking BHO
labs around Eureka and the bad cannabis players. And where is the deterrence leverage when someone has been
busted twice for over ¼ pound of Heroin with weapons in a year? Mr. Mills feels
part of the solution lies at the feet of the cannabis industry that is
compliant and pays taxes. How long does the cannabis community wait until it
engages? Maybe the time is now.
in Support of Senate Bill 149 the “Presidential Tax Transparency and
presidential candidate’s income tax returns provide voters with essential
information regarding the candidate’s potential conflicts of interest, business
dealings, financial status, and charitable donations;
whereas, President Donald
Trump’s refusal to release his income tax returns departed from decades of
established political tradition, denying voters the opportunity to fully
evaluate his fitness for the office of President of the United
And whereas, transparency should be the optimal goal in evaluating all
candidates for the highest office in the United
Therefore, be it resolved that the Humboldt County Democratic Central
Committee supports Senate Bill 149, the “Presidential, Transparency and
Randy Weaver, a North Coast Labor Market Consultant, did a Humboldt
Housing Affordability presentation to the Redwood Region Economic Development
Commission (RREDC) this week and some of the quick observations were pretty
interesting. There has been very little growth in Eureka over the last umpteenth
median price for a home in Eureka is $250,000. $317,000 in McKinleyville and
….$459,000 in Redway!
Rental Vacancy rates in Eureka are at 3.4%. Fortuna has 9%
Renters represent 61% of Eureka Housing.
of all houses in Eureka were built before 1959! 32% of them were built before
2% of the houses were built between 2000-2009. From 2010 to present there has
been less than 1%.
23% of residents can afford to buy a house. In 2007 it was only
businesses are looking to relocate the most important criteria for such moves
Rate: Not good that Eureka has a crime index rate of 1. Only 1% of all cities
are as unsafe as Eureka.
Facilities: Cost of Living index rate for healthcare is 119 compared to 100 for
the US. Not good.
Only 82% residents of graduated High School. Average student test scores are 24%
less than national average. Student to teacher ratio in Eureka is 19:1 compared
to 16:1 for the nation.
about every living index is greatly higher than the national average. And we
have one of the highest Homeless per capita rate in the nation also. These are
what businesses take into account when they decide to grow into a community.
Invariable if you see "House Poor" encampments in Humboldt County such as the one above just north of the slough bridge, there is lots of garbage. I don't plan on being homeless in the near future, but if this ever happened to me I would at least keep things in order. It makes you wonder how these people would live if they were re-housed. Would they then just keep the same habits and blight neighborhoods? I just don't have the answer.