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.