Eureka welcomes Bill Panos as new city manager.
First, good luck to Dave T on his retirement. Dave has been a mixed blessing for Eureka. With a bit more imagination and some different friends, he could have been an A or A-. Since it’s Eureka, he still gets a B-, but that’s more of a comment about his predecessors than about him.
Second, good luck to the new guy. CYA, dude.
Having watched the parade of previous City Managers I’d have to say Tyson did a damn good job and took a lot of politically motivated abuse. That is however the deal with being City Manager and Mr. Panos hopefully will take it all in stride. Good luck Mr. Tyson.
He doesn’t need to…….
If Tyson gets a B-, I’d like to hear why you think deserves such a reasonable grade. He and Kevin Hamblin’s (former longtime City of Eureka Community Development Director and now Humboldt County Community Development Director) key legacy project was their successful plan to attract drug and alcohol halfway houses to the West Side of Eureka as the centerpiece of their “redevelopment strategy.” Why do you think there are so many tweakers and druggies walking our streets? Why does that make Tyson a “B-” City Manager, 11:19? Also, over his fifteen year-plus tenure, Tyson neglected Eureka’s sewage infrastructure to the point that water bills had to double or triple for average citizens in the last five years, much more than they should have following the closure of the pulp mill. Not the work of a city manager with reasonable foresight and planning skills, IMHO.
A big part of Eureka’s problem is that the coterie of good ol’ boys who have lived here for generations expect that their city manager should be at their personal beck and call and his focus should be to maintain their personal stranglehold on the city’s wealth. Tyson has done an admirable job at this and this is why all these people hold him in such high estimation. If you doubt this for a second, just look to Arcata, which has demonstrated for the last thirty or so years to their benighted neighbors to their south that a different way is possible. Their city council and city managers have systematically done the things that attract business to their city in a sustainable way. I ask you: why have Eureka’s larger industrial and service businesses fled Eureka for Arcata’s Giuntoli Lane area? If Tyson is as great as his supporters say he is, do you think this would have happened?
Political Watcher asks a damned good question. Arcata seems to be much better at planning for the future than Eureka. Another example is the Foodworks Culinary Center, which has launched lots of small businesses, (oh, and it pays for itself). They are currently adding a freezer building so that frozen foods can be produced in large quantities and stored. I’d love to see some imagination of this sort in Eureka in the post Tyson era.
Oh, Keep in mind I grade on a curve. DT got this job largely because he was local, and not some imaginative, creative, trouble-making out-of-towner. If that’s what you wanted, he gets an F.
Well said. The audacity of them pesky out-of-towners!
I wonder, has any city hired Garr yet? Does anyone wonder why no city will touch him with a ten foot pole?
Garr was replaced by a chief that no other city in this nation would touch with a 20 foot pole.
Political Watcher is right.
To be fair, Tyson did the same job as his predecessors….ignore the skyrocketing public liabilities caused by the infrastructure impacts of his friends and allies: the land- attorneys/developers/ speculators/Realtor/property managers that call the local political shots.
Tyson kept his mouth shut, as will Panos.
Tyson’s unprecedented 4-vote council majority required to terminate the city manager won’t protect Panos!
Safe to say that almost all those in decision capacities have mucked up this town big time. Watch out any out of town newcomer that tries to make any positive changes here. You will have a big fight on your hands and finally get the boot. Like Neilsen!
David Tyson has been a shameful excuse for a human being attempting to be a city manager. And his recent hiring of Murl “Bull Connor ” Harpham is criminal.
That Ms Starr is using oxygen that real people might need in the future, that’s criminal.
Eureka has the reputation of being one of the most corrupt city’s in California. Good luck to those that try to make it a better place.
#12 does make one wonder. If I remember right Garr demoted Murl and Murl is now Chief.
Verbena sounds like such a pleasant person.
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