Arcata City Council; still the worst in the county.

Peace be with you

If you go to speak at public comment during the Eureka City Council meeting, then you will only be there for an hour or so.  If you go to speak at the Humboldt Board of Supes, show up at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and you’ll be through in fifteen minutes.  But go to the Arcata Silly Council meeting and it could be days before you are allowed to speak.   Why is Arcata, the supposed liberal town, so hell bent on stifling dissent?  Simple they aren’t liberal at all.  In fact with Alex “the plaza landlord” Stillman and her girl friday, officer Mark Wheetly, on the council it is safe to say Arcata is probably the most fascist city in Humboldt County.

I went to Arcata’s silly council meeting last night to participate in public discussion, and I still haven’t been allowed to talk yet. Though they spent two and a half hours discussing a “building project” that has not even gone before the planning commission yet, they didn’t have time to follow the law and allow open public comment as outlined in section 54954.3(a) of the Brown Act. If the adjournment and continuance of a regularly scheduled city council meeting prior to public comment doesn’t show a complete disregard for the law, it certainly shows a complete disregard for the residents it inconveniences.

It always seems to raise my ire when so-called public representatives care more about their comforts then they do about their constituent’s. I guess it’s time to start vocally criticizing the policies, procedures, programs, services, acts of omissions, and yes even employees and council persons, as federal law allows, every first and third Wednesday evening at the Arcata City Hall.

I tend not to like dealing with the Arcata City Council as I find them about as professional as a kindergarten student council, but they’ve become rather full of themselves. Power to the people will only come from the people. See you there.

love eternal
tad

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3 Responses to “Arcata City Council; still the worst in the county.”

  1. FIG Says:

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    I think the headline is inaccurate, race-baiting,
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    In Santa Paula, ??????? a white minority ???????
    blames the poor for the town’s problems

    By Scott Gold
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    August 22, 2008, FRIDAY,

    Andrea Merritt carries her daughter, Cara, 7, at Mill and Main streets in Santa Paula, where about 400 people signed a petition asking the City Council to approve a moratorium on low-end housing. More photos >>>

    Many people in Santa Paula, when asked what they do for a living, respond with the name of the fruit that they pick: “Naranja.” “Fresa.” Orange. Strawberry.

    The fields have long defined Santa Paula, literally and culturally. In tidy rows,
    they stretch 10 miles to the east and west along the floor of the valley in

    Ventura County. The workers tie little pieces of foil on some crops to scare off the birds. On sunny days, there are thousands of reflections; it looks like they’re harvesting jewels.

    In the middle is a sweet, tired town of roughly 35,000 people, three-quarters of them Latino and more than half considered low-income under county standards.

    For several years, there has been a tide of sentiment that Santa Paula has missed out, that it has become a dumping ground of sagging roofs and 99-cent stores while neighbors like Moorpark and Camarillo have prospered. And some critics — many of them members of the white minority — have decided that the poor are the problem.

    This summer, about 400 people signed a petition asking the City Council to approve a moratorium on “low-end” housing until it represents less than 15% of the housing stock in Santa Paula. Moratorium supporters say it would take 50 years to achieve that goal — which would mean a 50-year ban on the construction of low-income housing.

    “What we want is a balance,” said Larry Sagely, one of the leading voices in town calling for a moratorium. “Let the free market run.”

    Of particular concern, said community activist Richard Main, 70, is government-subsidized housing. Those apartment complexes, several of which have been built in recent years, are typically not subject to property taxes.

    “They’re a dead drag on the economy,” Main said. “And if your revenues aren’t covering your costs, you’ve got a problem.”

    Main and the other moratorium supporters have not been shy about introducing race
    and ethnicity into the debate; they have registered their offense, for instance, when
    some of those who have asked for additional affordable housing have needed an interpreter to speak in front of the City Council. And all sides agree that a
    moratorium would affect Latinos and, in particular, farmworkers and their
    families, more than anyone else. But those who support a
    moratorium say they are not racists.

    “All of us,” Main said, “came here from someplace else.”

    Latinos have been a significant portion of Santa Paula for more than half a century, many of them drawn by the county’s $1-billion annual agricultural industry, and they have largely sustained Santa Paula, particularly after the exodus of the oil industry in the 1970s.

    The council appears unlikely to approve the moratorium. City officials have concluded that it would be legal only if it could be shown that such construction would have an “adverse impact upon . . . public health or safety.” That would be a difficult bar to surpass, said City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, even if the council was interested in pursuing a moratorium.

    But some of those pushing for the moratorium have pledged to take it to a ballot if they cannot persuade the City Council to approve it.

    Many in town are aghast at the possibility.

    John Nichols has long lived on a hillside overlooking the valley floor. That’s how it worked here for years; whites lived in the hills, overlooking denser Latino areas.

    In recent years, things have changed. Among other things, Nichols said, 25 farmworkers are now crammed into a single-family house on his street — a common occurrence here, and not one that is welcome in many neighborhoods.

    Still, Nichols said he can think of a host of things the city could do to try to improve its lot, including asking people to spend their money locally rather than driving to the malls and the big-box stores in Ventura and the San Fernando Valley.

    What’s more, he said, the timing of the initiative doesn’t make sense. It was true that Santa Paula development was long stagnant, but in recent years developers have proposed building 4,000 homes — in a city that has fewer than 9,000 homes today.

    The largest development proposal, in an area known as Fagan Canyon, was rejected by voters, but hundreds of those proposed homes are on track for construction in coming years.

    Many would be marketed to upscale buyers and would presumably help achieve the housing “balance” that critics are looking for.

    “Some people just don’t like to see a Mexican boot shop on Main Street because it looks like Tijuana,” Nichols said. “They’re just trying to wave a magic wand. But they would be doing nothing to build community. It’s social engineering. It’s a war on the poor. I can’t find another way to look at it.”

    When Irma Ortiz moved into a Santa Paula apartment, she inherited a table and three chairs. That would have been fine except that she had no money and no additional furniture — and there were four of them, including her husband, a farmworker, and two teenage daughters.

    “The ones who were more hungry would get the chairs,” Ortiz, 37, said with a laugh. Then her voice turned to a whisper: “The floor was soft. It used to bend when we walked. There were holes in the wall where rats and mice came in.”

    In 2007, her family moved into a government-subsidized apartment building called Vista Hermosa, the type of development that would be banned under a moratorium.

    The Ortiz family had been paying $1,000 a month for their apartment; Augustine’s salary from the fields was $1,200 to $2,000 a month, depending on the season. At Vista Hermosa, they are asked to pay 30% of their income.

    The building is clean and new. They keep rosebushes next to their front door and porcelain angels on the windowsills. It is the first time her daughters have had their own bedroom.

    Each apartment comes with its own computer; both daughters have taken to the computer quickly and their grades are rising.

    “Agradezca a dios,” Ortiz said, her hands folded on her lap. “Thank God.”

    Advocates for the poor say the complex demonstrates that there is a need for more affordable housing, not less; there is a waiting list of 135 families and there are just 24 apartments, each occupied by a family that includes at least one farmworker.

    Back in Ortiz’s old neighborhood, past corrugated metal shacks and dusty, barren lots, Maria Jimenez, 35, was outside on the walkway of her apartment building, stroking the hair of her 4-year-old daughter, Yessenia.

    She and her husband and their four children, as well as another family — 10 people in all —
    share a two-bedroom apartment.

    They pay $500 a month. He earns $1,200 a month picking fruit. Inside, there were
    bunk beds in the living room. A picture of the Virgin de Guadalupe was
    glued to the door.

    “Es dificil,” Jimenez said. “It’s hard.”

    scott.gold@latimes.com
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    Radio’s Dr. Drew defends Aurora Las Encinas Hospital

    By Rong-Gong Lin II
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    FRIDAY, August 22, 2008

    Celebrity physician Drew Pinsky on Thursday defended a Pasadena psychiatric hospital that has come under scrutiny for the unexpected deaths of three patients and the rape of a teenage girl in the last five months. “It’s an excellent hospital,” said Pinsky, the co-medical director of the chemical dependency program at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital, a favorite of Hollywood celebrities.

    State health inspectors have investigated and faulted the hospital’s care in the first two deaths, which occurred within two days in April. The patients, who were being treated for drug abuse in the chemical dependency unit, both died of apparent drug overdoses, according to county and state records. The third death, a suicide, and the rape occurred elsewhere at the facility.

    Pinsky co-hosts the syndicated radio show “Loveline” and anchors a reality TV series on VH1 that follows celebrity patients in rehab. Pinsky was responding to comments made Thursday by Arline Clyburn, whose son was found dead on the floor of his room in the chemical dependency unit April 14.

    Arline Clyburn said Pinsky shares some of the blame for her son’s death.

    “When they assume positions of leadership, that’s their responsibility — to make sure the level of care is medically appropriate, safe and competent,” said Clyburn, a registered nurse.

    Pinsky said repeatedly that that he was not a doctor in any of the reported cases.
    He also expressed sympathy for the families of the patients who died.

    “My heart is broken about these cases,” Pinsky said.

    He said his position as the co-director of the chemical dependency program does not mean he can be held responsible for the care given by other doctors, nurses or healthcare workers.
    “I’m not being investigated for anything,” he said.

    Alex Clyburn had entered the facility after taking large doses of OxyContin and Xanax.
    A state investigation found that a mental health worker did not
    check on Clyburn every 15 minutes as ordered; the worker was subsequently fired.

    Arline Clyburn said she and her husband, Ronald, took their son to the
    facility not only because of professional recommendations but
    also because of Pinsky’s TV show, “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.”

    Alex “showed it to us and said, ‘Look, he’s so successful,’ ” said Arline Clyburn, whose family is planning to sue the hospital. “He has a reputation of being the expert in his field. And we figured if he was an expert, he would direct the care of his program to be competent.”

    Pinsky said Thursday, “It’s not my hospital,” adding that he thought it was a “bizarre misconception” that people associated him with Las Encinas.

    “We make a point of not promoting the fact . . . that we work there,” Pinsky said.

    When told that he is the only physician with a photo on Las Encinas’ website home page, Pinsky said he was unaware of that. Pinsky’s affiliation with the chemical dependency unit of Las Encinas is also advertised on VH1’s website.

    ron.lin@latimes.com
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  2. Samoasoftball Says:

    Vote and support Shane Brinton for positive movement in Arcata.

  3. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you

    Shane is just another bought and sold democrat. He’ll zieg hiel anything put in front of him, just like all the others. He will compromise anything. We’ll need a big fat check if you want to advertise your product here.

    love eternal
    tad

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