Code enforcement meeting draws 600
KMUD reports that 600 people packed the three hour code enforcement meeting at the Garberville Vets Hall Friday afternoon, and just like when Bill Clinton came to Eureka, not everyone got in. The meeting was streamed live on KMUD and can be heard in their audio archive at kmud.org.
The standing room only crowd was fired up to show support or displeasure at revelations from the CLMP-sponsored meeting. Attendees learned that code enforcement warrants are easier to get than criminal warrants, like those used in drug enforcement. The confusion over what exactly is being enforced by the raids are due to lines being muddied by those doing the raiding and warrant writing.
There are some bad cops in Humboldt County. They wander outside the bounds of the warrants they operate under, and they point guns at young women holding babies on their hips. Worse yet, they appear accountable to no one. There was a lot of finger pointing but, for the most part, no claiming of responsibility.
Apologies were issued to the woman from Yee-Haw, who was forced out of her home at gunpoint while holding her child by a thug with a badge who didn’t come to the meeting. Code enforcer Jeff Conner and District Attorney Paul Gallegos were sorry, but there were no good answers to her question of how this situation will be prevented in the future.
Second District Supervisor Roger Rodoni was equally fired up at the meeting, calling for everyone to show up at next Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting at 9am to confront the County Counsel and Planning Department. CLMP will make a presentation to the Board about code enforcement issues at 9:30 am.
Good job to moderator Eric Kirk for keeping focus on code enforcement and not conflating the TPZ and General Plan Update issues.
UPDATE: You can watch highlighted parts of the meeting on YouTube, thanks to Garth.