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Jefferson School purchase approved

The Eureka City Council voted unanimously to move ahead with the purchase of the Jefferson School property at Tuesday’s meeting. The vote was followed by applause from supporters of the purchase, who turned out in force — again — to urge the city to approve the purchase.

Councilman Frank Jager said the city owed it to the citizens of the West side to approve the purchase.

More details to follow.

  1. Ron Kuhnel
    September 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I had to leave for a campaign meeting after I was through with my remarks but this is wonderful.

    There is a lot of hard work ahead, but I am confident this citizens of this neighborhood are up the task. When all is said and done we will be able to look back at this as a watershed positive moment in Eureka’s future.

  2. anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    There were some very well thought out comments from those involved in this rather long process. I has taken a lot of twists and turns but it will now happen. The folks that have worked so hard have found real community support and the council saw it. It would have been hard for any one of them to have voted any other way. Great job, all of you, and the sense of community was nice to see at city hall. Lets see those doors open soon.

  3. High Finance
    September 7, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Plain Jane is on the Times Standard blog criticising Larry Glass for this boondoggle today?

  4. Plain Jane
    September 7, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Not me!

  5. Anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Taking bets. September 7, 2020 — Jefferson School is bulldozed after lying dormant for a decade, making way for an office building complex.

  6. anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I didn’t say the above. Too many Anons. It will have proved itself to be a vibrant addition to the neighborhood by 2020. If the building is bulldozed in 2020, it will be because of their great success. They made it pay and had enough for a new building.

  7. Anonymous
    September 7, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Riiiiiight, so when the city says the building will be mothballed, it must mean the *other* definition of mothballing, the one that means restoring a building to vibrancy.

  8. Neal Latt
    September 7, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Seems like all the naysayers hate the idea of a neighborhood banding together and making a positive and constructive improvement in their immediate community. They must be the same folks threatened by the appearance of new faces at council meetings who were willing to speak up and say NO! to business as usual, conducted by and for the Good Ol’ Boys.

    A new day is dawning for Eureka!

    Bravo to the Westsiders who made it happen!

  9. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Neal, there are real and very serious financial implications in the city taking on millions of dollars in debt (the amount required to make the building legally habitable).

    Mothballing is not the naysayer’s opinion. Mothballing was expressed by a city official who supported the purchase (using that exact term — mothball) and it was reported in the Times-Standard. Do you even know who said it? Are you informed on this issue at all?

    Until you are willing to be honest about the building, we cannot have an honest discussion.

  10. September 8, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Neal, there are real and very serious financial implications in the city taking on millions of dollars in debt (the amount required to make the building legally habitable).

    Agreed. This is not good.

  11. Decline to State
    September 8, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Do you suppose the City of Eureka is intending to pay for the purchase of Jefferson School with the missing funds that were earmarked for the Community Services District?

  12. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 7:28 am

    DtS, it’s easier for the city to whine that developers in Cutten should pay for the things the city has been collecting money for all this time. Tee hee!

  13. Neal Latt
    September 8, 2010 at 7:55 am

    For you to begin by saying that it will cost “millions” to renovate the buildings at Jefferson indicates that you are not being honest about the costs or the solutions proposed for the site. As I stated in my comment on a previous thread, the $2 million price tag bandied about by CR was their estimate to bring the buildings up to a standard for state-of-the-art multimedia classrooms akin to those they want to abandon at their site at 7th and K.

    Why don’t you address the ongoing solutions in flux that are being proposed by the neighborhood for the site? Or do realistic approaches that involve actually working with the neighborhood and the city truly frighten you?

    It’s funny to me that this seems to be the same folks who charge neighborhood activists as being “anti-everything”, against all development at any cost. Pot, kettle, black?

  14. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Neal, the building needs a minimum of $1 million in ADA and basic upgrades alone. No high tech. The city has indicated it will “mothball” the building. These are facts.

  15. Living In Eureka
    September 8, 2010 at 8:42 am

    This project has come through some very rough times. The commitee has had to overcome much criticism & many roadblocks. Yet, they never gave up.

    Larry Glass has been there with them from the beginning. His faith in this group would never waiver. He rolled up his sleeves when a problem was presented & helped to find a solution. As corny as it sounds, this is City Hall working with a neighborhood to build a better community.

    The perseverance & determination will serve this group well as they now move forward with is project.

  16. The Monitor
    September 8, 2010 at 9:12 am

    The council made it clear that they were only purchasing the property. Listen to Mike Jones at council and you will see the city’s position. $600,000 is a steal and can be sold later on for much more if this doesn’t fly. Sometimes you people don’t listen. No, actually you try to muddy the truth. Wait an see what this group can do.

    The strange one last night was the city buying 5 new police cars when they already have five new ones waiting to be fitted. Let’s spend, spend, spend when we already have brand new cars that aren’t being used yet. Tyson logic!

  17. another anon
    September 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I just hope there will be a suitable space for a Polling Place. Crnich has been trying for years to find one in our ward.

  18. taxed
    September 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    That was strange hearing that there 5 brand new cars that have been sitting unused for a year. How does it figure that we need 5 more?

  19. armchair watcher
    September 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Glad it was not the real Plane Jane on the TS bashing Larry.

  20. Anonymous
    September 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    “taxed says:
    September 8, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    That was strange hearing that there 5 brand new cars that have been sitting unused for a year. How does it figure that we need 5 more?”

    I believe those cars are not sitting they are being set-up to handle all of the technical tools that Eureka’s finest uses. Where are the kudos… this is the same “motor pool” that just made the miracle save on the EFD’s ladder truck.

    By the time the new vehicles are order, built and arrive the shop will have the new police cars in service and can work on the next batch. You probably don’t realize that on any given day a police car can be in an accident and end up in the “motor pool”.

  21. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 9:00 am

    This is an example of the Eureka city council at its worst.

    The other “Plain Jane” on the T/S blog put it best. Something like “purchase the site without funds, a tenant, a business plan, or citizens opinions.”

    The $2 million rehab price is a minimum. Remodel costs estimated by government is always lower than the final bill. Handicapped rules alone will be astronomical. Even Larry Glass himself was quoted in the Times Standard as saying the building will be “mothballed” for years.

  22. Jefferson committee
    September 9, 2010 at 9:21 am

    “Mothballed” was only a fall back position of the Jefferson School Committee, with so much community support it won’t be necessary. Thanks for your concern Mr. High Fi

  23. A-Nony-Mouse
    September 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

    There are many funding sources for rehab that the Committe is actively seeking. The city will not end up paying for the rehab but will have a great asset.

    Note: The voting place for the West Side has been changed to the Wharfinger building. Not much of an improvement but maybe a little. Fool ’em all and get your application in for an absentee ballot. It can be mailed in or turned in (completed) at any polling place. You can even take it to YOUR precinct polling place, surrender it, and vote in the regular way. NO EXCUSES!! Make sure your vote is counted!

  24. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    “many funding sources”

    Why hasn’t the city found them after two years of dragging their feet on this purchase? For that matter, why not this “citizens group”?

    This is all pie in the sky talk & it has been going on for two years with no results. Shouldn’t Larry Glass & the city council nail that down before spending six hundred thousand taxpayer dollars?

  25. Hi Fi Watcher
    September 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    As usual HI FI shows his incredible ignorance and bias, which doesn’t seem to slow him down much.

    It was very difficult to find “funding sources” when the City School owned the property.

    And while these are taxpayer dollars, they are redevelopment dollars. By just calling them taxpayer dollars you make it sound like the general fund.

  26. High Finance
    September 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Looks like the creepy stalker is back.

    No Watcher, nobody spends $600,000 on a building and only then look for sources of money to rehab it. You don’t run your personal finances that way & we shouldn’t tolerate politicians that do.

    If you weren’t so in love with Larry, you would admit that after two years it is strange that none of these possible sources has been named. It is all wishful pie-in-the-sky dreaming.

    That is why Larry Glass admitted publicly that the building will be moth balled until some point in the future. He is hoping something turns up.

  27. Anonymous
    September 11, 2010 at 9:57 am

    $50-100,000 just to board up the windows so they won’t have to be replaced later. Maybe Ron Kuhnel can take care of the painting since he’s already over there mowing the lawn.

  28. Westside
    September 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

    9:57 you and HiFi are pulling that out of your rear ends!

  29. Anon
    September 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Guess again.


    September 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Neal Latt,

    Maybe, probably the same type of people who burn down vacant homes/neighborhoods for “new development projects”?


    September 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    HiFi @ 4:35 PM,

    NO, many people would rather purchase homes (personal financing) for which its value IS over-valuated and super-inflated, and for which the buyer decides to believe that a job will exist in perpetuity.

    So, who again more than just tolerates this type of poor decision making – politicians.

    So, it seems that for some people, it is never ok IF the politicians directly finance but that it is ok if politicians force private citizens or business to do the same thing when it subsidizes and lines the pocket of the people who feel it is never ok that politicans do it themselves – the leave it for me mentality.


  32. AnonymousX2
    September 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    They have funding commitments from local businesses and individuals for some of the work and grants are being written as we speak for larger projects. No matter what future costs are incurred, it won’t be done be the city. Jones and Glass agreed on that at the last session. RCAA will be making commitments, as well. It will get done without offending hifi’s sensibilities too much. Who knows, if his blog name is for real, he might kick in some money. Also if the neighborhood group can’t do the project for some reason, CR is waiting in the wings. Let us give it a little time. Also the property is worth far more than the $600,000 paid.

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