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Westsiders host movie fundraiser Saturday

  1. Anonymous
    February 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, does all of Westside belong to Democracy Unlimited or something? You’d get greater attendance with punch and pie.

  2. February 25, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I doubt that church will be big enough for everyone that shows up for this extravaganza!

  3. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

    A living room in someone’s house would be a better sized venue. Food is a right? Ummmm, OK. Less political speech might draw more people.

  4. February 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I liked how todays TS article brought up the fact that ECS wanted to move adult-ed to the Jefferson site and the ‘westsiders’ whined and threw a fit over that as well.Their way or nothing,I guess.

  5. skippy
    February 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Good idea– an opportunity to support the community and meet many fine folks, enjoy some food and a take in a movie. What a wonderful endeavor. Thank you.

    On a related note, the stalwart Allison White of the Times-Standard reported on the “CR Committee Tours Vacant Halls of Jefferson Elementary School” today.

    Allison writes: “The facility committee is scheduled to discuss the tour at its Monday meeting, and CR’s board of trustees will discuss the Jefferson School site in closed session on Tuesday, under the agenda item of a conference with real property negotiators. Outgoing CR President Jeff Marsee is listed as the college’s negotiator.”

    More of Allison’s article
    for interested readers can be found here.

  6. Living In Eureka
    February 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Democracy Unlimited is a great group but have nothing to do with this event.

  7. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    February 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

    “Food is a right”

    just as much as

    “the ability of a humanoid to go search for that food”.

    Other than that, starvation sucks, but what else is gonna occur when over-populations run rampant. Good thing for food banks and those charitable outfits, aside from just good, common folk who donate their extra home-grown food.

    If food is a right, then there sure exists a lot of parents abusing their children and breaking their rights. Just sayin’, once the train of rights and priveleges starts choo chooin, it is hard to stop civily.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  8. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    February 25, 2011 at 8:28 am

    On a lighter, less food for thought note,

    Good Luck to the neighborhood and its fundraising efforts – farming is wayyyyyyyyyyy good!

    JL

  9. A-Nony-Mouse
    February 25, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Boy, the NoNoDoNothings are out in force this morning.
    A great meal, good company, and a chance to actually LEARN something sounds like a good deal to me. This has NOTHING to do with politics (except for HiFi). It is another chance to develope ‘community’ and, for some, to learn about growing some of our own food. Would you prefer Welfare? Anonymous and Smoke Monster, I think you’d like to live in cement boxes and eat packaged processed crap. Come and learn something new. You can only grow from the experience.

  10. Rhonda
    February 25, 2011 at 9:25 am

    They misspelled concessions.

  11. High Finance
    February 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

    “Food is a right”

    I will attend this event and I am demanding free Filet Mignon please.

  12. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Awesome point. If food is a right, then the food at this event should be free. But wait, why are “proceeds” from “concessions” going to the neighborhood association?

    Since when do we have to pay cash for our human rights?

  13. Plain Jane
    February 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Most people have the sense to understand that what they are saying is that growing food is a right. And then there are those who don’t.

  14. tra
    February 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    It’s also possible to take the view that in a society with as much material wealth as ours, all members of the society should have the “right” to a basic food security safety net. This safety net could take various forms, and some of the existing forms include programs such as Food Stamps and WIC.

    And let’s not be silly — advocating for a “right” to a food security safety net is not the same as advocating that all food be free, all the time. That’s a moronic argument. Sorry, but it is.

  15. February 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My posts had nothing to do with free food. My first post was actually laughing at this idea of them raising money to buy Jefferson from this event and my second was about this westside group that wants Jefferson being a group of wannabee elitist snobs in denial.

  16. PLUTO
    February 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Elitist snobs? How can you say that with any honesty. Our neighborhood has been purposely turned into a ghetto by the city. Everything that is undesirable has been dumped on this neighborhood.

  17. PLUTO
    February 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    SmokeMonster you should take your share of the shit that has been forced on this neighborhood.

  18. High Finanze
    February 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    There is no more a “right” to food than there is a “right” for speculators to take the public’s infrastructure to build higher-profit homes that 75% of the public cannot afford to own, or rent.

  19. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Isn’t there a “right” to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Are you telling me food is not integral to “life”? I thought we had a society ethic that did not allow people to starve to death. I guess HiFi would be pleased as punch to go back to the world Steinbeck wrote about in the Grapes of Wrath.

  20. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Be fair Pluto. Most of Eureka is a ghetto. That’s why the county planners are exporting high density poverty housing to McKinleyville, Cutten and elsewhere. Their motto: If we can’t be happy, nobody can be happy.

  21. Sylvia Scott
    February 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    OK, This event will not buy Jefferson. The WCIA is a lot more than Jefferson. We are also about living in a great community.

    I live on the west side of Eureka & I wouldn’t want to live anyplace else in the world. Yes, I’m upset about some of the things that happen in this city. But NOTHING will change sitting at home & bitching about it.

    Come on out & enjoy the good food & a movie. Come meet your neighbors & the the people across town. Community is something you work on & build – it doesn’t just happen!

    Hope to see all of you there!

  22. February 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Pluto,pull your head out of Uranus- I lived on Clark and C, California and Clark and b and 15th when I was growing up and going to college,so what would you like to talk to me about? BTW There are far worse areas so give me a break….My elitist,snobs,comment goes like this,tell me why a charter school and kitchen for businesses would be better than adult ed? When I was in college I worked as an aide with adult ed in their ESL classes,there is something awesome about seeing a 60 year old couple from India taking classes to better communicate with their community,when truthfully they didn’t have to.But no this group thinks they are too good for adult-ed,why? Stereotypes of ‘adult ed-ers’ I believe so

  23. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    SmokeMonster,
    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but…
    The adult ed issue may be similar to the CR issue. CR’s biggest enrollment downtown is between 6pm and 10pm. This is likely to be the case with adult ed. To be safe, you’d need a lighted parking area. If I lived across the street I’d be a opposed to parking lot lights on until 10 or 11pm. So, it may not be about thinking adult ed is any better or worse than educating kids.

  24. February 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Okay that would be the PC response.The TS states ‘late night traffic,lack of parking,and other issues’. While later in the article a neighbor complained of LACK OF PARKING WHEN JEFFERSON WAS THERE,daytime! As for late night traffic,I have personally seen EPD do over 60 down B right past Jefferson,leaving headquarters,lights and sirens blaring at all hours of the night more times than I can count,so can you go into the ‘other issues’?You wouldn’t want lights on until 10/11,only 10 houses or so would be affected by lighting at the most,and if I’m not mistaken good lighting is usually a crime deterrent,if the neighborhood is so bad you’d think the residents would want more lighting! So I’m not buying that excuse

  25. High Finance
    February 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    If Pluto thinks the Jefferson neighborhood is a “ghetto”, then Pluto has never been in a real ghetto. What an incredibly naive small town thing to say.

    Do you followers of Heidi really want the county to think your neighborhood is that terrible ? Maybe that is why Heidi moved out of the area and into Cutten, because your neighborhood is so awful ?

    Talk about driving housing prices down !!

  26. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    If more Americans actually visited the nation’s worst ghettos, they would demand our troupes come home to fight the war on terror right here!

    We moved out of the West Side ASAP, and support EVERY effort to improve this part of Eureka. Not one of our family vehicles escaped attempted thefts and break-ins. In 2007, I read that Eureka has twice the state, and 2.5 times the national average of property crime, per capita.

    Bring more poverty-wage big box jobs and building more homes these folks can’t afford (in the name of “freedom” ha ha ), and you can bet this statistic will worsen.

  27. skippy
    February 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you, WCIA, Westside community, Tra, Sylvia, and Plain Jane, and others. You get it. Yours truly supports it this event and your community cohesiveness.

    Let’s not rehash the same issues that have previously been run into the ground ad infinitum and ad nauseam.

    Hi-Fi, someday upon crossing paths perhaps you’ll be treated to that filet, gratis.

  28. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Not one of our family vehicles escaped attempted thefts and break-ins.

    Everyone’s lives would be measurably improved if this sort of petty crime included increasing levels of jail time. Why? Because it’s the petty criminals who do the most offending. They do the most damage to the most people on an everyday basis.

    Oh, but we don’t want to hold people accountable. We pretend we can rehabilitate drug-addled lowlifes who view you and me as prey. And so the West Side remains in squalor, criminals infesting neighborhoods otherwise filled with good people.

  29. tra
    February 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Let’s not rehash the same issues that have previously been run into the ground ad infinitum and ad nauseam.

    But, but, but…then what’s left to talk about!?!?

  30. PLUTO
    February 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Anonymous 1:17 your right on.

  31. skippy
    February 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Yeah, you gotta point, Tra. It’s Friday night. Have at it, carry on, full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!

  32. Anonymous
    February 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Nothing wrong with CR but this quiet residential neighborhood is not the right place. Lighting in a parking lot late at night so we cannot see the stars or have peace and quiet, car doors closing, the sound of ignition, car alarms being set and unset, cars accelerating, car radios, parking on the street so residents cannot park, traffic day and night, hearing conversations-these old neighborhoods have small lots and the houses are close together so the sound comes right into our houses, the janitors arriving early and leaving late which maker it longer than 8 am-10 pm. People standing around smoking and throwing the cigarettes on the street like they do at the downtown campus. We love our QUIET RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD. These are some of the reasons we don’t want CR. Put it someplace else.

  33. Dose of reality
    February 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    5:56, you haven’t visited any of the instructional sites, otherwise you wouldn’t have written an absurd doomsday scenario. Change your handle to Chicken Little. Or maybe throw some tanks in your propaganda leaflets.

    How about this take? A crime-ridden neighborhood filled with good people, but also a good share of bad people, suddenly is infused with upstanding citizens trying to better themselves. A small, but important number of new eyes lower crime by their mere presence during the day and evening. Better, a lit parking lot adds an informal sort of street lighting that also deters crime. And, don’t forget the new playground. All around, the neighborhood is better off with this new neighbor, and a building doomed to a fate of demolition has been saved.

    It’s all in how you swing your bias. My swing can be supported by facts and research, the same research progressives use to assail Wal-Mart in favor of mixed retail, the key benefit being an increased public presence that deters crime. CR will infuse a new life into this neighborhood, and you’re fighting it out of sheer ignorance. I’m sorry, but if the neighborhood succeeds in pushing CR away, I have no sympathy and no support for anything that comes afterward. Make your bed and sleep in it.

  34. across the street
    February 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Hey dose of reality!!!!!!! you obviously don’t live in the neighborhood-so shut up and mind your own business!

  35. Dose of reality
    February 25, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Ouch. Facts hurt, huh 7:09? The progressives’ own research is against you on this one. CR will bring many benefits to the neighborhood. You based your original statement on pure fantasy, your worst fears that have no foundation in reality. Grow up.

  36. Down the Road
    February 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

    At Clark and California 5 years ago there was a parolee
    living in an apartment that had been convicted for
    rape by force. He and his friends would stand on the
    corner, drink beer and make obscene gestures. We got
    him evicted and out of the area. We also got rid of
    Willie who every afternoon would yell obscenities in
    the middle of the street. We threatened to sue the landlord that had rented to a whore, whose pimp would
    drive up honk his loud horn to have her bring his money. The whore would send her children out when
    a john showed up. The last drug house on the street
    was just busted at the end of the block. Yes, this
    is all true. Check with Murl Harpham. We have worked very hard. The goal is to have a walking
    city. CR is not a fit. A school for children is
    and the West Side Improvement group is trying to
    obtain that.

  37. skippy
    February 26, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Nice job, Down the Road. Keep up the good work. This is what happens when good community residents pull together turning back a neighborhood from completely sinking into a downtrodden and abysmal pit of negligence, complacency, and Hell.

  38. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    February 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Down The Road,

    Thanks for elaborating on the disgusting parents’ behavior – Pffft, so drugged-up that the parent(s) use their children as economic slaves and tools to do illegal things………..; and, the stupid drug cartel Pimp/John that draws attention to the illegal conducts by putting on notice all those neighbors who can hear a honking horn. Follow the line of stupid people and that is where society can clean itself up and turn things around for the better. Afterall, it is just about as easy as watching the sun rise and then set. Stupid people are like a “bulls-eye” – they can be targeted anywhere becasue they soooooo easily “stand-out”.

    JL

  39. Heidi
    February 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Down the road. Here Here! I spent 2 years renovating the 2 notorious dope houses on B street. They had been the pit of drug sales and prostitution for as long as I can remember. They were fit to be bulldozed, cock roach infested, flea infested, abandoned, backed up sewers leaking roofs and a burn. I have had nothing but an out pouring of support from the neighbors and the community. There are still 2 dope houses close by, the problem with both of them are landlords that are not engaged and do not care about the community. Eureka is my home. My heart is in the Westside. I invest in my community and am proud to be apart of it. Thank you for being part of the effort to restore safety and dignity to the Westside of Eureka. See you all tonight (oh and hi fi, no filet, but maybe prime rib, and one thing I can say about the WCIA is Man can we COOK!!!!!!!!!)

  40. Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Hey Dose of Reality-we have worked very hard to make our neighborhood safe and quiet. With the help of the police we have turned this neighborhood around. It is now a QUIET RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD. We don’t need the traffic, noise, car exhaust and so on.

  41. Annonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What the hell? Anyone who wants a school full of children in a awful neighborhood like the one Down the Road told us about must be crazy!

  42. February 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Let’s see a sign up sheet for all of the WCIA members willing to do a park and playground sweep for used needles,used condoms,etc. every morning before the school children that you will accept into your,residential,in a city neighborhood show up each morning.Nevermind ‘the last drughouse’ was just busted they live in mayberry now! after that and a described mental patient removed from yelling in the street,a ‘whore’ of a mother( that was being taken advantage of by a predator.no mention of the ‘pimp’ being arrested,or cps being contacted,just ‘threats to sue a landlord’) being evicted,forced onto another neighborhood.Did any of you go over,introduce yourselves and offer help to this poor woman?or just peek through your blinds,phone in hand.You all are naive to think you are alone living like this,or that it will ever stop,same problems will be in that are as much as they are now in 5 years.To say the city has dumped on your area is laughable.Go drive around old town up to Target,areas from Pst down to your beloved westside are as bad basically from the foot of the bay to the eureka city limits north and south all deal with the same issues,but you want to cry poor us,give it a break.Quit being scared and go say something to the people you have a problem with that’s what we do in our neighborhood,no retaliation worries either,you cant live scared.
    As for Jefferson,why talk about it,they are still $2,080,000.00 or so shy of money needed,counting all pledges.

  43. Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Annonymous 11:59, did you intentionally spell anonymous wrong or are you really just that dense? Hey, I’ve got just the gig for you; how ’bout city council, you’d fit right in?

  44. Heidi
    February 26, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    “Quit being scared and go say something to the people you have a problem with that’s what we do in our neighborhood,no retaliation worries either,you cant live scared.”

    Smoke Monster, You obviously do not know the WCIA, We Handle It! AND we happily cleaned landscaped patrolled monitored and removed graffiti and raised funds to repair the windows. Then were told not to trespass. Then when given the opportunity to ask the union for permission to maintain the land, we were told the volunteer request form is no long available.

    I guarantee if WCIA had been allowed to “be who we are” the roof would have been repaired at the first sign of a leak,, the inside of the building would be spotless and EVERYONE in the community would benefit.

    So for the naysayers above. We are rich in things many of you would never even understand. Commitment to our community and selfless service.

  45. Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Repaired with what? That roof & windows would have cost you at least ten thousand dollars.

  46. Heidi
    February 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    We raised the money (with 3 competitive local eureka window company bids) over a year ago to fix the windows. We were not allowed access to the building. It was closer to 3,000 for the windows. Some of us are actually in the assessment and renovation business. Fixing leaking roofs, broken windows, deferred maintenance, restoring dignity, investing in our community is what we do. Not to mention, there are a lot of us! Is it really so hard for people to fathom that community members are willing to give of their talents, their craft, their time, passion and money to benefit the community? Is that concept so foreign?

  47. Goldie
    February 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    There will be no coming late to this event. By 6 o’clock it is standing room only! The place is totally packed!

  48. Down the Road
    February 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Smoke Monster: This woman had a history. Her father
    had long ago given up. Her children had been taken
    from her and then given back. She had a major drug
    habit and yes the police were informed. She was not
    a priority. Why, would any of us think about having
    her for tea? This neighborhood has been cleaned up.
    Thanks to the help of the new police chief and Murl
    Harpham. Back to Jefferson Elementary School.
    The West Side was entitled to reasonable expectations
    when they were told the city would buy the property.
    A new council does not alleviate that expectation.
    It is a given that some of the previous council that
    voted yes on this had conspired because of the upcoming election and the West Side is part of V. Bass territory. I find this disgusting and if
    something is introduced to the neighborhood that is
    detrimental to my property, I will challenge the city
    and those involved.

  49. February 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    “Dose of Reality” is anything but.

  50. Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Smoke Monster and Dose of reality are making assertions and assumptions that show their ignorance, obviously they have no connection to the neighborhood.

  51. February 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Bingo, Anonymous 8:43.

  52. Heidi
    February 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I highly recommend that film. I am still in shock. By the way, there was somewhere around 80 people packing the little church. The film was subtitled in Spanish and a Hmong translator translated for her table. This was an inspiring event with a broad spectrum of community support. Thank you Helen L’Annunziata well promoted, well attended and unbelievable content!

  53. Dose of Reality
    February 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    That’s true, I don’t live in the neighborhood. I base my commentary on something called research. I’m sorry that facts scare you, but anyone who has fought Wal-Mart can tell you about the benefits of increased positive vehicle and foot traffic in a neighborhood (positive in this sense meaning CR students there for a legitimate, safe purpose, not, say, drug dealers). Everything I said was true and backed by evidence.

  54. Heidi
    February 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    When I was a student at HSU (and a civic minded one at that) I knew parking was gnarley on campus so i drove to Arcata. Parked a few blocks away (usually 4 to 5 blocks off campus)in the first conveniently located spot in front of someones house, grabbed my backpack and ran to class. Then I ran back wiped the chalk off my tire and ran to my next class. There were always a host of other students doing the same thing. We inundated all of the neighborhoods east of the highway and south of campus. I doubt if those homeowners considered us “positive vehicle and foot traffic” or just a negative externality associated with a college campus being located in a residential neighborhood. The CR campus out on Beatrice was designed to be a college campus and has a parking lot sized accordingly.

  55. Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    9:18 If you bothered to walk or drive thru our neighborhood you would notice that it is quiet and their are not a bunch of drug houses anymore. Here is something you probably don’t know – many of us own our homes and have worked hard to make it a good place to live. We are succeeding. A college shoehorned in would institutionalize OUR neighborhood. If CR is so great take it in your neighborhood.

  56. taxed
    February 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry Dose of Reality there is nothing desirable about automobile traffic. We do not want the noise and pollution the college would bring. Our property values would fall and we would not be able to pick leave and we shouldn’t have to leave. Those that rent will have an easier time moving but still be inconvenienced. Maybe you live in a tent under a bridge and can’t understand this. Who are you trying to kid, traffic and strangers clogging up your neighborhood is not desirable, it sucks.

  57. tra
    February 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Well I’ve lived in several communities where residential neighborhoods grew up around college campuses, and for the most part this can work just fine. It can certainly be better for the students than a college campus that is located all by itself out at the periphery, with the students rather isolated from the rest of the community. But for the non-student residents of the neighborhood…well it can certainly be a bit of a mixed bag, with both plusses and minuses.

    Better still are those cities where one or more colleges or universities are located right in the heart of the downtown area, with a mix of academic, commercial, professional and residential uses, all very walkable and with the students creating lots of cultural and economic benefits to the life of the city.

    If it wasn’t for the fact that so much infrastructure already exists at the site of the main CR campus, I would say that the ideal location for the main CR campus would be in or very close to downtown Eureka. Eureka is the transportation hub of the county, has the most services and amenities, has the largest population, including many who don’t have cars and for whom the logistics of getting a city bus in one part of Eureka, taking that bus to another location, waiting for a county bus and transferring and riding that bus before finally getting to class at the main CR campus — and then having to do the whole thing over again, in reverse — is really quite a transportation hassle, can add up to hours each way and often is just not at all realistic for someone who is working and/or parenting. It’s nice that the main CR campus has all that lovely parking, but that sprawling expanse of pavement also reflects unfortunate reality that its location, well outside any population area, makes it a very auto-dependent campus.

    However, in the communities that I have lived in where a college campus was surrounded by (or blended with) a residential neighborhood, it was the college that was there first, so the later homebuyers knew what they were getting into when they bought their house and presumably they thought the benefits of the college campus in the neighborhood, or the benefits of the neighborhood in general, outweighed the downsides of the college campus being present.

    But in the case of a potential CR campus being created at the Jefferson school site, the homeowners are there first, and apparently many of them strongly oppose having a college campus as a neighbor. So I guess if those of us who don’t live in the neighborhood want to try to tell the homeowners and other residents that we know better than they do about what is best for their neighborhood, and what is in their own best interests, well, we can try to do that. But that’s always a pretty tough thing to persuade someone of…often for good reason, since people are usually pretty acute observers of their own neighborhoods and pretty sharp defenders of their own best interests.

    Maybe the neighbors of Jefferson School are aqctually wrong, at least in part, about the impact that the CR campus would have on their neighborhood — maybe it would be a net-positive for them overall. Personally I tend to think they’re right about some of the negative impacts, and right to at least be skeptical about the touted positive impacts — but just for the sake of argument, let’s say that on balance the neighbors are more wrong than right: Be that as it may, I really don’t think these neighbors are going to be persuaded by the I-know-what’s-best-for-you-better-than-you-do approach, and I don’t think a CR campus ought to be muscled in there without their approval.

    The best place for a CR facility in Eureka is somewhere right in the heart of downtown (close to amenities and accessible from the HTA bus line with out a need to transfer to a city bus), so I hope that they can continue to have a campus downtown either in their current building or in some other suitable downtown location.

  58. taxed
    February 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    One more thing on the list of things we do not want brought into the neighborhood. The dreaded BUS.

  59. tra
    February 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Well the city bus already goes up and down Harris, right? I suppose if there was a CR campus at Jefferson there would be more ridership for those buses, and therefore there might have to be more city and/or HTA buses running that route, and maybe a CR shuttle bus or something like that, so yes, there might end up being more buses. Of course the expanded bus service might make use of the bus system more attractive for other folks besides the students, which might reduce car traffic a little bit…but realistically, probably not that much.

    At any rate, the optimal-for-bus-transit argument really favors a downtown site, not a site at Jefferson school. A downtown site allows Eureka residents to take a city bus directly downtown without necessitating a transfer (and the time-wasting waiting that involves) to a county bus, as a trip to the main campus now involves.

    And for those students who live elsewhere in the county, but within reach of the main HTA line (and also for those coming from the main CR campus) the downtown location allows them to take an HTA bus directly to downtown Eureka to within walking distance of the downtown campus, rather than having to transfer to (and wait for) a city bus to get over to Jefferson School. From the point of view of convenience for most students and potential students, a downtown site wins hands-down.

  60. tra
    February 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Oops, I guess that would be up Harris and down Henderson? Actually I’m no longer familiar with the routes in that area as I haven’t lived in Eureka for a number of years now — but obviously they can’t go “up and down” a one-way street. At least I hope not!

  61. skippy
    February 27, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Skippy’s Take: What did the WCIA do tonight? They put the unity back into community. Their presentation well attended by individuals, families, and different nationalities alike, well-fed with an array of deliciously wholesome food, treats, and desserts, and under the historic roof of the beautifully mysterious 1906 Sons of Norway building– once the Normana Hall Literary Society in earlier days– everyone enjoyed a delightful and friendly evening with one another.

    The 2008 documentary film about LA’s 14 acre community garden, “The Garden”, was shown. This story is about one the most blighted neighborhoods in the country growing their own food, feeding their families, and creating community in an urban jungle. A struggle between the farmers, the City of Los Angeles, and a powerful developer evicting them to build warehouses develops focusing sharply on the workings of local government and politicians, opposing court battles, and some underhanded dealings. Bulldozers eventually scrape the garden oasis down to an empty field. It remains unused to this day.

    Not a happy story. Relevant? Yes.

    Hats off to the WCIA and CAN association, Lane, Helen, Linda, John, Heidi, Tim, Richard, Ruth, Chris, Sylvia, and the 90 other neighborhood residents for their fine presentation, food, and a splendid evening enjoyed by everyone. Thank you.

  62. Xandra Manns
    February 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    A very sad and moving movie. Moving because of the wonderful garden that brought a community together. Sad because it was a lose-lose. The community lost and the owner lost. Lessons? build better bridges when it can be a win-win. This one could have been win-win.

  63. Anonymous
    February 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Ha, the bridge builder herself!

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