Newman’s big head
Eureka City Councilman Mike Newman seems to think Eureka voters carried him to city hall on a golden chariot in November. But he forgets that he won the election despite a majority of voters going against him.
As noted in a recent guest editorial in the Times-Standard, the city council lacks a mandate for some of its recent actions:
The Eureka City Council is made up of one council member who was appointed, one council member who ran unopposed, one council member who won the seat with less than a majority of the voters, and just two members who were elected by a majority of the voters. This is not a council that has a clear mandate to make drastic changes to the course of our city.
When the Council voted Tuesday to send a letter to Humboldt County Supervisors seeking to halt the 13 years-in-the-making General Plan Update, Newman said he’d been to one — count ’em, one — Planning Commission meeting and felt he wasn’t heard.
That’s strange coming from someone who ignored comments from his own constituents — who worked for years on the Jefferson School project — and stuck to his ill-informed talking points.
Perhaps the Board of Supervisors should vote to send a letter to city hall requesting a stop to city proceedings until Newman gets a clue.