Donated bikes (seen at right) are already arriving following an 8-bike heist at Alice Birney Elementary School. Info below on how to give if you can.
By Natalie Arroyo and Melanie Williams.
Let’s turn this bummer of a situation on its head! Have any kids bikes to donate?!
The Alice Birney Elementary bike program just suffered a huge blow…the 8 bikes that the students have been working on all semester were just stolen. The kids were set to ride these bikes in the Rhody Parade, Tour of the Unknown Coast, Bike to School Day and Alice Birney Bike Rodeo.
Brad Albee and Melanie Williams have been working with the students all year to prepare for these events and prepare their bikes. Alice Birney and the Public Health Branch also wrote a successful grant to support the upcoming bike rodeo and bike to school day event. This school bike program has been the most inspiring and effective youth bicycling program in the County – with dedicated students, teachers and community members supporting.
They are looking for donations of kids’ bikes to keep the students able to participate in all the programs for which they have trained. Specifically, geared 20” and 24” bikes, with hand brakes, in repairable condition.
If you have such a bike to donate please take it to Adventure’s Edge (650 10th Street Arcata, CA 95521 – 707.822-4673) so that it can be made street ready.
Monetary Donations can be sent to:
Alice Birney Bike Program
c/o Alice Birney Elementary School
717 South Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503
Eureka Police and Fire departments may be forced to trim their already tight budgets after the city council refused to draw a line in the sand at its last meeting.
Councilman Frank Jager said he wanted “everything on the table” when considering where to drop the ax, but Councilman Larry Glass said he plans to “fight for every penny” to remain in public safety coffers.
Mayor Virginia Bass agreed with Jager, but Councilwoman Linda Atkins didn’t buy Bass’ rambling explanation as to why.
Back in July, the council voted unanimously to safeguard public safety from budget cuts. “People really want public safety funded,” Jager said at the time. “I don’t care where the money comes from.”
Apparently times have changed.
Budget talks will continue at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
A sting targeting unlicensed contractors netted an elder abuse suspect and a registered sex offender in Eureka Tuesday. Below is a press release from the Contractors State License Board.
SACRAMENTO – A man awaiting trial in Butte County for felony theft from an elder and misdemeanor unlicensed contracting was one of 14 suspected unlicensed contractors nabbed during a Contractors State License Board (CSLB) Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) sting in Eureka this week.
The undercover operation in cooperation with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office (DA) was held in a Eureka home on February 2, 2010. CSLB and DA investigators also conducted sweeps of construction sites on February 3 and 4, 2010, to ensure projects are being undertaken by licensees with the proper workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
Car campers and other delinquents are causing trouble in Arcata’s Valley West area. No one at Wednesday’s Arcata City Council meeting disagreed.
Property owner Jim Dunsing said the number of cops in the area could fit “in the head of a thimble,” and complained that someone smeared human feces on his car door handle while he was policing the area himself.
The topic arose during on-going discussion about the Zanzi project that would allow residential, business and park areas on a 31-acre property. But Dunsing said the ne’er-do-wells will take over the parks without more police protection.
City staff agreed the area is under-served by police, and said 50% of calls in Arcata concern the downtown area. But the city hopes to put more police presence — and eventually a substation — in Valley West.
Staff also blamed current laws for creating a game of “cat and mouse” where police struggle to contact street-side car campers whose vehicles can’t be considered “abandoned” when they are regularly moved to comply with city ordinances.
Arcata’s fleet of curbside buses and RV’s are a focus of the Arcata Can Be Better blog.
Councilwoman Susan Ornelas said the Zanzi project will make the area more walkable and will help abate current woes.
Councilman Shane Brinton said police are doing the best they can with the resources they have.
Action on the Zanzi project was continued to February 3rd.
Two men are dead from separate events in Eureka Friday.
The first incident involved a suspicious death on County Lane where Eureka Police found a deceased male, identified as David Phillip Rogers, 56, in the living room of his residence. The death is being investigated as a homicide.
An opinion piece by Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen garnered some controversy on the Times-Standard website last night when a nearly identical op-ed was discovered in the Fresno Bee. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer’s op-ed was published on Dec. 8 while Nielsen’s piece hit the T-S on Dec. 16.
While some are accusing Nielsen of plagiarizing Dyer’s op-ed, it appears both chiefs reworked a template distributed by the California Police Chiefs Association — which was the purpose of the distribution. Chief Nielsen is a CPCA board member.
I wish to clarify any confusion that may have arisen from the opinion piece published earlier this week in the Times-Standard. This was a position piece adopted by the California Police Chiefs Association. The editorial was distributed to regional directors to be modified for local media and presented as a position supported by local chiefs. This is a common practice that is intended to distribute a consistent position.
I apologize for any confusion this may have caused regarding the authorship of the piece. There was no intent to claim it as original, but rather reflect consensus of opinion of California Chiefs.
Crime info is uploaded nightly to CrimeReports.com, according to a press release by the Eureka Police Department, and will be emailed to users who provide an address to focus the reports. The alerts will include incident type, date, location, distance from citizen’s address, event identification/case number, and a brief description of the incident.