Let the games begin
New City Council members in the City of Eureka were sworn into office Tuesday night.
The first order of business for the new council appears to be an attack on the purchase of Jefferson School, which was unanimously agreed upon by the last Council. Councilwoman Linda Atkins, the only hold-over from the last council, signaled opposition to a change of direction.
“If this is the way it’s going to work, you will hear me objecting,” she said. Atkins said she didn’t understand the delay of the purchase. “I could buy four houses in the time this has been in escrow.”
Supporters of the purchase would be wise to prepare for the December 21st meeting where the issue will be brought up for action by the new council which is clearly opposed to the project.
UPDATE: The move to keep Dave Tyson as city manager despite his resignation and the city’s hiring of a firm to find a replacement is also underway. Former Mayor Virginia Bass spoke during public comment to support retention of the city manager. Tyson is at the center of a major lawsuit settlement by the city after he failed to uncover and stop an internal campaign of harassment between employees in the Eureka Police Department.