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Westside group wins bid for Jefferson School

The Eureka City School Board accepted the only bid put up for Jefferson School at its special meeting this afternoon, and it came from the Westside Community Improvement Association (WCIA).  The bid was for $610,000.

This is great news for the grassroots neighborhood group that has overcome monstrous obstacles in pursuit of a community center to benefit the residents of Eureka’s battered west side.

“Now the real work begins,” said WCIA president pro tem Heidi Benzonelli. “It’s a happy day.”

  1. Dancing
    April 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations. Dreams do come true for those who do the hard work. Best Wishes!

  2. April 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Mozel Tov to Heidi Benzonelli and all of the Westside group! Their heroic efforts are well on the way to paying off. I for one will be happy to honor the modest pledge I made to help fund this and I know many others of greater means then I have made very generous pledges.
    Contact Heidi at if you want help them in their cause.

  3. anonymous
    April 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    What a remarkable group of Eureka Citizens! Congratulations! Let’s all pull together and get this done!
    For the first time in a long time, I’m proud to be a resident of Eureka!

  4. Julie Timmons
    April 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    This is great news. Richard said it well. Looking forward to spending the best money I’ve spent in years. Heidi, you are amazing.

  5. April 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks West Side! I still believe in people at the grass roots level. What an inspiration for this city.

  6. stingerhawk
    April 6, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Congratulations to WCIA they deserved to get it they have worked very hard to get to this point!. Now comes the hard part getting it ready for use but its most likely full of asbestos and that will cost big money to take care of.Also Congratulations to the humboldt herald for scooping the Times standard AGAIN!!!!

  7. Plain Jane
    April 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    This has been a pretty good day for liberals. WCIA won their bid, Wisconsin elected a liberal state supreme court judge, and it was announced the Glenn Beck is leaving Fox.

  8. Randy G
    April 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve been told there is Dioxin under the Jefferson playground. Have fun with Baykeeper progs!

  9. Mitch
    April 6, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    This has been a good day for community.

    Congratulations, Heidi and everyone in WCIA.

    When you’re done celebrating, let those of us who have pledged know where to send the pledges. And thank you for all your efforts, you’ve been an inspiration!

  10. April 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Randy G, there’s probably dioxin under your pillow, too. Causes birth defects and retardation, we’re told.

    Kudos WCIA. That’s the most incredible community effort I’ve ever seen. The next steps are more hands-on creative and will be immensely satisfying. Onward!

  11. April 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    The address for contributions that Heidi gave in the previous post is:
    WCIA, Inc.
    P.O. Box 5315
    Eureka, CA
    95502

    Should work. And thanks, everyone, for your overwhelming support and generosity.

  12. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    April 6, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats :-)!

    Special Note: ONLY ONE BID.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  13. April 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Some good news, just in time. Congratulations to the WCIA.

  14. Anonymous
    April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    How soon does the WCIA have to pay the money?

  15. 06em
    April 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, Randy G, that was a true low life comment. Congrats on being a total dick.

  16. Heidi
    April 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Margaret Mead said: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

    But she never said it was going to be easy! Whew, what a rush, plenty left to do though.

    This community is so incredible the level of support is just immense, in the last week my phone rang constantly with people offering support. The deal with Jefferson is, we are going to put this thing together as a community effort, no gift, time, talent or money too small or too large. We are going to have to do this together. We just incurred over $550,000 worth of debt(and a priceless future for our community!)

    I am truly overwhelmed with all of the kindness, prayers and support for our community. Westside Community Improvement Association may be an “official California non-profit Corporation” but what we really are, is us, all of us. We are the Community and this Community is incredible! We would not be this far without every one of you
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And Yes Anony the address for donations is

    Westside Community Improvement Association Inc
    P.O. Box 5315
    Eureka, CA 95502

    God Bless and Godspeed, Heidi

    oh and ps (I am going to sleep for a while :)… maybe :)

  17. Decline To State
    April 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Congrats WCIA…well deserved and an unexpected win for us “little guys.” We are all stronger for your efforts. Thank you.

  18. tra
    April 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Wow. Very impressive! Congrats to all the WCIA volunteers and everyone in the community who “put their money where their mouth is” and pledged financial support to make this possible.

    And while Heraldo is apparently too modest to mention this, I believe it was on this very blog, immediately after the setback at the Eureka City Council meeting, that people were expressing interest in helping WCIA raise the money without the City’s help, and where the pledge drive was first publicized.

    Now I’m sure the naysayers will be out there saying “well, O.K., they came up with the money to buy it, but they’ll never come up with the money to remodel it and it will just sit vacant forever…” (which I believe is what our pal HiFi has predicted in the past). But I think that actually their fundraising will be much easier going forward, as the purchase of the property makes the whole thing much more “real” and people will be excited to help it move forward.

    I know that financially it’s going to be tougher to do this thing without any help from the City, but then again, given the unreliability of the City Council, I actually think WCIA will be better off not having to answer to the Council as they go forward.

    Again, congrats to everyone involved, and best wishes for a speedy remodel and many years of success in providing an important community space in that neighborhood.

    Cheers!

    – tra

  19. tra
    April 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Looks like somebody gloated a little too soon. How’s that foot tasting?

    Anonymous says:
    April 6, 2011 at 9:18 am
    This will be delicious irony. The neighbors scared away a prospective neighbor who would have saved the building, created a playground and decreased neighborhood crime with better street lighting and more upstanding eyeballs on the street during the day and early evening.

    The neighbors made their bed and they’ll be sleeping in it for the first time tonight. I’m not sorry to say, I’ll be laughing when I hear who won the bid. This was community activism at its worst, and now it’s all come tumbling down.

    https://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/jefferson-school-up-for-bids/#comment-137776

    On the other hand, lots of pro-WCIA commenters on that same thread were assuming the worst (insider-influence from a developer or developers who were circling like vultures, just waiting to pick the carcass). It sounds like there was just one bid, so apparently there was no developer ready to pounce.

    Of course it’s possible that one would have pounced, if the WCIA was not there to make that bid, and that the developer(s) just didn’t want to deal with the opposition they would have drawn from the neighborhood (and others) if they had outbid the community group and then tried to carry out development plans that were not to the liking of the neighborhood and the community at large.

    Anyway, I must admit that I’m enjoying the fact that the “delicious irony…it’s all come tumbling down” commenter had to swallow his/her obscene gloating, mid-crow, and it’s also reassuring to see that the worst fears of some of the other commenters fail to materialize.

  20. longwind
    April 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Good things do come to good people! It just sometimes takes so damn long . . . Thanks for keeping faith with Margaret Mead through thick and thin.

  21. Anonymous
    April 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    That’s alot of money and a big dream from what seems to be a lot of people. Good luck with your project WCIA.

  22. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

    There, don’t you all feel better now? You lost your minds thinking of extreme outcomes, yet all any of you did was complain on a blog, and everything turned out all honkie-dory.
    But for the future, remember this, sitting around and typing erroneous accusations on a computer, you need to actually DO SOMETHING!

  23. April 7, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Some of those people may have done something.

  24. Curley
    April 7, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Congratulations West siders!

  25. High Finance
    April 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

    I don’t want to be a wet blanket BUT nothing has happened yet except Heidi spent $61,000 of SOMEBODY’S

  26. hi finance low morals
    April 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

    You never spend others money right?

  27. 06em
    April 7, 2011 at 7:31 am

    That’s right, HiFi, we shouldn’t be happy for the community and the westsiders for more than 12 hours because … well … because … harumph.

  28. High Finance
    April 7, 2011 at 7:32 am

    oops, somehow I hit the return button.

    Anyway, all that has happened is Heidi spent $61,000 of SOMEBODY’s money.

    There is the small matter of coming up with another $549,000 JUST FOR THE PURCHASE. Then there is the matter of getting another $2,500,000 to fix it up proper or it will become a disaster area.

    Isn’t anybody even curious as to her secret donor ? Who is he and why did he donate that much money ? What does he expect in return ? Could he be this evil developer that Mitch was referring to yesterday ? Could he be planning on foreclosing & putting in low income housing later ? Why the secrecy ?

    Don’t any of you know the impossibility of getting the rest of the money ? No responsible banker or lender will touch her ideas with a ten foot pole.

  29. Living In Eureka
    April 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

    For the first time in months, many of the homes on the west side turned their lights off early last night. This journey has been long, difficult, frustrating, & extremely emotional. Without the unwavering support & dedication of 100s committed people, the out come of this project would have been much different.

    Jefferson has grown bigger than our little community. It has grown to be an icon on to itself. Jefferson was the heart of our neighborhood. We took this for granted until it was ripped away from us. Thanks to the hard work & dedication of many people, we will NEVER take this beautiful old building for granted again!

    For all of the individuals that turned your backs on us, that voted against us, & even ridiculed us;
    NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE!

  30. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    11:47, if all anyone did was complain on blogs, WCIA wouldn’t have collected the donations necessary to make their dreams a success.

  31. April 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I’m mailing my check today. From what little I’ve had time to follow on the news about this, it sounds like College of the Redwoods may be wiling to join forces with the WICA. I would imagine that would bring a lot of resources to the table. I hope after Heidi gets some rest (I think I have some idea of how exhausted she must be after this campaign), she’s let us know what they are offering to bring to the table. In the end, I suspect this will be an investment that will pay off well for the community. This should be the role of government, but absent the leadership from elected officials, the people of Eureka (with support countywide) stepped up on their own. I often hear people say that government should be run like a business, well smart business invest in their long term development and in the future. Job well done.

  32. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

    And how do you know all this HiFi (7:32)? What gives you the expertise to judge whether bankers or lenders will be willing to lend? You huff and puff a lot, but what are your credentials?

  33. High Finance
    April 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Because 8.02am, I have in this field what you don’t have. Experience.

    Why aren’t you, why aren’t any of you curious about Heidi’s secrecy ????????????

    Where is your “sense of smell” Mitch ??

  34. Mitch
    April 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Dear HiFi and others,

    My suspicions were unfounded. Indeed, it appears from the bidding that Eureka had no evil developers ready to pounce on the property by outbidding the WCIA.

    I will never know whether that might be due to the publicity surrounding the sale, and I don’t care.

    I’m very happy for Eureka and the Westside.

    HiFi, old chum. Why not take a few deep breaths and wait 24 hours before telling the WCIA about the further failures that await it down the terribly mistaken path it’s taken? Just a suggestion.

  35. Reality Check
    April 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Smells like Hi-Fi is a little sore-loss of one of your idols on tv, Glenn Beck, a community group followed the law and was successful in their quest, your precious Marina Center still sits toxic, polluted, and in lawsuits.
    Maybe you should focus on what positives you can bring to your community instead of demonizing the successful work of the Westside Community Group.
    Congratulations to Heidi Benzonelli, and to the entire community! Your work will benefit Eureka for decades to come.
    Thank You!

  36. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Ditto, Mitch. Sometimes public warnings about shady dealings are all that is required for them to back the F off.

  37. Lodgepole
    April 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Bitchin’ Westside, totally fuckin’ bitchin’.

  38. High Finance
    April 7, 2011 at 8:53 am

    As I have said before, Glenn Beck is a crazy charlatan.

    Now, again I ask, why are there no questions being made of the secrecy behind the group that bought Jefferson ?

  39. Carla Baku
    April 7, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Bravo to Heidi B. and everyone involved who worked so hard to realize a dream. I wish you all good things as you move forward.

    HiFi, one has to wonder what sort of hole you have in your life that you so consistently hang around trying to pick fights and generally be a negative, naysaying blowhard. You have your bailiwick and you are welcome to it. If your way of life and your mode of thinking is so satisfying and CORRECT, why not just pour yourself into it and call it enough?

  40. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    What secrecy, HiFi?

  41. Eric Kirk
    April 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

    and it was announced the Glenn Beck is leaving Fox.

    I don’t know PJ. What’s good for Fox is generally bad for liberals. They’ll put somebody in who doesn’t make for as good liberal fund raising letters.

  42. Percy
    April 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

    There’s going to be some teary eyed realtors once they hear this great news. Oh no, I’m feeling that tourettes kicking in again, GFYS hifi, Randy G, and the delicious irony anonymous poster from the other thread!

  43. Teacher
    April 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Congratulations to everyone who pulled together to get this done for the Westside community. I love seeing community go out, put in work, and achieve. This is a model for all of us who spend our time on a computer advocating change. These folks went out and actually inacted change.

  44. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Looks like somebody gloated a little too soon. How’s that foot tasting?

    TRA, you’re the one gloating too soon. How much of the $610,000 is comprised of promised donations? How many individuals? How many promises made by e-mail?

    We’ll see who has a foot in his mouth when it comes time to pay up.

  45. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

    And… that’s not to mention the millions still needed to make the building legally habitable again. I foresee the building laying unused for many years, or a long, litigious history if they try to use the building.

  46. Mitch
    April 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I’ve got to say that this new meme — that people who put comments on blogs don’t ALSO work for change in more substantial ways — is a little offensive.

    Some people do both, not necessarily on the same issues. The new meme sounds suspiciously like a new phrasing of “shut the f up.”

  47. Mitch
    April 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Oh, and “Teacher”? Not to be too pissy, but it’s enacted not inacted.

  48. skippy
    April 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

    ” …Spokesman Larry Glass said the organization put an additional $10,000 on top of the minimum bid of $600,000 in anticipation of another bid being made, as one other bid packet had been picked up at the district office.
    ‘This shows the power of community organization,’ Glass said…'”

    More in Allison Edrington’s Times-Standard article here.

    In other news, College of the Redwoods looks likely to lose a cool couple of million dollars by Donna Tam’s report, “Grim State Budget Projections Forecasts $2.5 Million in Cuts for CR.”

    HSU is also looking at a whopping $13-17 million in cuts, it was reported today.

    Congratulations to this Little Group That Could.
    Now the hard work begins after this exhilaration ends. Get some rest, folks. You deserve it.

  49. tra
    April 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Anon 9:17/9:23,

    Hope you’ve got enough room in that big mouth of yours to accomodate your other foot!

  50. Reality Check
    April 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    They have purchased the property-and will have to deal with the upgrades. If they were so committed to go through with the purchase, what evidence have they given to show they won’t follow through with the upgrades.

    They might not have tons of money, but they have proven that they will make this project happen.
    Arkley, on the other hand, has tons of money and is still trying to avoid his responsibility in cleaning up the balloon track. He’s trying to make his project happen by changing the law to fit his needs, by creating false community groups, by financing politicians that favor his form of wreckless development, and by creating lawsuits that delay the process so that he may buy more seats and more politicians.
    Which group seems more community oriented, and which seems greedy and self-serving?

  51. Down the Road
    April 7, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Could this mean that the Redevelopment Agency in
    Eureka is not needed? The West Side group in Eureka
    prevailed, despite the sleazy conduct by the new
    council members. Good job Heidi, Lisa, Silvia,
    Lorene, Ruthie and all the rest.

  52. Teacher
    April 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Way to bring it back to Arkley Reality Check. Can’t we just congratulate the community group without getting into this argument.
    For your information, Arkley’s project was estimated to be around $300 million. A little bit different than $610k. I’m not sure your comparison works here. A better comparison might be the $2 million he donated for the boardwalk or the money he has put in to revitalize Old Town. I think those are examples of a businessman making business transactions while sitll benefitting the community. You are talking about a non-profit group pooling money together to benefit their neighborhood. It’s apples and oranges.

  53. Nadia
    April 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations to the Association. They deserve to be very proud of themselves. To raise this kind of money in the economy is most impressive.

    Regarding Randy G.’s comment, I think it should be given its due consideration.

    If, indeed, there is dioxin on this site, Humboldt Baykeeper would show its hypocrisy by looking the other way and ignoring it. But since Larry Glass is in the political bed with them, they’ll probably come up with some statement that lacks credibility about their not wanting this site cleaned up.

  54. Teacher
    April 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Nadia, will you elaborate? I haven’t heard what Randy said.

  55. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 9:54 am

    If Randy’s comment, “I heard there might be dioxin under the playground” were given its due consideration it would be deleted.

  56. tra
    April 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Unless the Jefferson school property was an industrial site before being a school, it’s extremely unlikely that there are “dioxins under the playground.”

    Looks like the naysayers are becoming increasingly ridiculous in their desperate attempts to somehow discount this impressive victory for WCIA.

    Such painfully ridiculous contortions are a common side effect of head-up-your-ass-and-foot-in-your-mouth disease.

    Get well soon.

  57. Mitch
    April 7, 2011 at 10:17 am

    It’s a pleasure to see even the “reasonable” anonymous managing to appear ever-so-slightly disgusted with the naysayers.

  58. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Give him time, Mitch. Soon he’ll be as disgruntled as you and, in a few years, as disgruntled as me. Disgruntlement is a condition that worsens with repeated exposure to head-up-your-ass-and-foot-in-your-mouth disease, but even limited immunity is better than the mind ravaging effects of the disease itself.

  59. Beth Wylie
    April 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Well Done!!!! I am so excited to hear the news. Your hard work will benefit many. Cheers!

  60. Random Guy
    April 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Well shoot, I’m happy to eat my words on this one. I woulda swore the WCIA was all talk and the property was going to be like what we see happening to McKinleyville’s open spaces right now.

  61. Thirdeye
    April 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations, WCIA.

    HiFi – Why are you so worried about the viability of WCIA’s plan? Those concerns are strictly for those with skin in the game. It’s not like the City’s money is involved.

  62. stingerhawk
    April 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Dioxin under the playground thats a nightmare that the WCIA does not need or deserve and i pray is not there but it is more likely that there is asbestos in the building to deal with and that is big money to deal with just by itself.

  63. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    There is no credible reason to worry about dioxins under the playground. Someone posting on a blog that they “heard” it is no reason for concern. In fact, if the school knew there was dioxin under the playground and didn’t disclose that highly relevant fact, they could be sued. Who would know more than they do about it?

  64. Suspicious
    April 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    What about those questions about this group. Why the secrecy. Who is giving them the money and why not name them. I thought non profits had to disclose records.why is nobody asking these questions.

  65. Reality Check
    April 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    It’s been less than 24 hours since their bid was accepted. Why the need to jump to such suspicions? Give them time to disclose, and let’s celebrate their accomplishment!

  66. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Nonprofits have to report their donations over a certain amount to the government, Suspicious. They don’t have to report them to the press or bloggers. After they have filed their financial reports, the information is publicly available. Now aren’t you suspicious of HELP, Sunshine for Humboldt, or any of the other pro-development groups who have been around for years but whose membership and funding is secret because they aren’t non-profit?

  67. Living In Eureka
    April 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    There has been a school on the the Jefferson Site for more than 130 years. I doubt that Dioxins will be a problem. But if there is a problem, we will take care of it. We will follow whatever rules the state sets forth for us to follow – this is NOT THE MARNIA CENTER PROJECT.

    Like all non-profits, our financial statement will be made public when we make our report to the government. This is a private matter & will remain that way until the information is required.

    I believe that WCIA has been very transparent with our actions & goals. Many people allover this country have helped us on this journey. Some very publicly & some very privately.

  68. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Jane @ 6:46. Sort of hard to call a victory in Wisconsin with a 204 vote margin. Seems like this morning the other guy is ahead by over 7500 votes. Hmmm.

  69. FoxStudio
    April 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Congratulations WCIA! It’s nice to see the good guys win one once in awhile. Best of luck to you all.

  70. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Wow — did you hear that there’s nuclear waste and unxploded WWII ordnance under the playground? And that they’ll find Jimmmy Hoffa’s body too?

  71. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    That is unfortunate, 6:01. But Wisconsin Democrats just finished collecting 150% of the required number of signatures to force a recall election of Republican, Randy Hopper and polls give a generic Democrat a 25% lead in a recall.

  72. Anonymous
    April 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I would hazard a guess that %80 percent of the people who posted on here did not so much as donate a small sum. How many people here really just ran right out and gave all they could spare for this? Go on and say so if you did. So far all I see is people saying that other people may have done something. Once again, I doubt that anyone with a comment on this page did, save for a very select few.

  73. Plain Jane
    April 7, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I pledged and have already mailed my check. I’m not going to say how much I donated because I don’t want to be identified when the list of donors is made public. Obviously a lot of people donated or they wouldn’t have been successful.

  74. High Finance
    April 8, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’ll bet you’re surprised that I did NOT donate.

    Those that did are throwing their money down the drain because there is not a prayer in the world that this will succeed.

  75. April 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Why would that surprise anyone, HiFi? You’ve been on the warpath against this project from the beginning.

  76. Mitch
    April 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I’ve sent in my modest pledge.

    Hi Fi, I’m sure you’re helping to motivate anyone who hasn’t sent theirs in yet. You’re like a biohazard symbol on a door, pointing out the direction in which people should not go.

  77. Mitch
    April 8, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Please don’t hesitate to post a comment here if you decide to donate because HiFi is against the project.

  78. Plain Jane
    April 8, 2011 at 8:51 am

    If I hadn’t already I would Mitch. Everything HiFi supports is bad for the majority and what he does support is good only for him and his buddies at the Chamber.

  79. High Finance
    April 8, 2011 at 9:18 am

    “A fool and his money are soon parted”

  80. skippy
    April 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    “A fool and his money are soon elected.”
    Will Rogers (1879-1935)

  81. Sylvia Scott
    April 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

    HiFi, you’re just an ass. Failure is not part of our vocabulary. If it was, we would have given up this project a few years back. Have you achieved so little in life, that you can only feel good about yourself by putting others down???? So sad for you.

    We know that there is a great deal of hard work ahead of us. From the start, nothing about this project has been easy. But we have the money to purchase Jefferson & we will get the rest of the money to open our community center.

    We have people lined up to help us with material, labor, & donations. We have experts in this community & across the country to help us with fund raising & grant writing.

    We are taking back our neighborhoods. I admit, sometimes it seems like it is one square inch at a time, but it’s working. Houses are being painted, trees & gardens are being planted, & alleys cleaned up. We are informing the police about drug activity & criminal are going to jail. We are constantly working on graffiti removal.

    Now with just a little more effort, the children of the west side will have a decent place to play.

    HiFi, we have done all of this without so much as a single dime or kind word from you…….you are welcome! Now tell us, what have you done lately for your community besides bitch?

  82. High Finance
    April 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    What I have done is my little part to keep them from throwing their money away on your project.

    You haven’t accomplished anything yet except make a lot of big promises and spent $61,000 of other people’s money.

    So Sylvia, why the big secrecy of who gave you the money for the down payment ? What is it that you are hiding ?

  83. Sylvia Scott
    April 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    HiFi, We have the down payment & we have the complete purchase price. If we couldn’t afford the price tag, we wouldn’t have put in the bid! Secrecy? This coming from someone who hides his ID on a blog – what are you hiding????? There is nothing that is secret with a non-profit. But if it really bothers you, look it up when we file with the feds!

  84. High Finance
    April 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    So the name is ……….

    Sylvia what are you and Heidi hiding ?

    Could the big money guy be a disreputable person or have you borrowed up to your eyeballs with payments that will be impossible to meet for long ?

  85. Not A Native
    April 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Fi, you’re in a meltdown, grasping at straws.

    You’re desperate to validate your worldview that average people are catagorically unable and incapable of cooperating and completing a project that requires way above average capital.

    I sense your shock and horror. How can this be? Aren’t greed and selfishness of profit seeking the only constant human qualities?

  86. High Finance
    April 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I’m amazed at your lack of curiousity NAN !

  87. Plain Jane
    April 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    The only reason people want to know who Heraldo is to shut him up if they can. HiFi doesn’t care who the “Bugs” are because they share his views. That these vindictive people are putting so much effort forth to discover H’s identity proves how effective he is. If no one read his blog, they wouldn’t care.

  88. High Finance
    April 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Uh, did you post on the wrong topic PJ ?

  89. Not A Native
    April 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Dunno, Hi Fi, Your attempted witchhunt for the culprits behind the WCIA is remarkably similar Marks’ taunts to expose the culprits behind H.

    I’m curious to know the identities only of those who’ve displayed predatory and mean spirited attitudes that I may need to protect myself from, not anonymous benefactors who do beneficial things.

    And BTW, when you assume WCIA backers must be ‘disreputable’, do you mean they aren’t a member of the Chamber or Rotary?

  90. Mr. Arkley
    April 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    HiFi! What did I tell you about speaking. I didn’t sanction this. Go back to filing my paperwork. I will deal with these Westside community members, again.

  91. Down the Road
    April 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Hi-Fi: Frankly, my dear, it is none of your business
    where the money came from. I do believe your pea-green
    with envy.

  92. Anonymous
    April 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Sorry, DTR, if this is a non profit org, then we have every right to know; unlike HiFi, I am hopeful this group will succeed, but I fear that they will soon be upside down on this if this goes through.

    I cannot imagine any lenders financing this project, but I hope there is a white knight out there somewhere.

  93. High Finance
    April 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I am amazed at your total lack of curiosity there Down the Road.

    You can swallow the kool-Aid like a good little lemming, but nobody can answer the question. Why the secrecy still ?

    And Sylvia Scott, if you guys have the money already why isn’t there any announcement about the papers being signed ? Why the delay ?

  94. Not A Native
    April 12, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Gee Hi Fi, its been six calendar days since the board met and you expect a sales agreement to be completed and escrow to open and close? I thought you claim deep experience in matters financial?

    If your post is sincere, you’ve only revealed, for all to know, your deep ignorance of property transactions. Especially for this type of transaction from a public to private entity which has zoning and regulatory considerations.

  95. High Finance
    April 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

    That is one possibility NAN.

    However, Sylvia said they already had the money. I don’t expect escrow to close but I did expect it to be opened and funded by now. Instead all we have is silence.

  96. Plain Jane
    April 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

    They are probably still waiting for all the checks to clear, HiFool.

  97. Plain Jane
    April 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Yep, mine hasn’t gone through yet.

  98. Not A Native
    April 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    And Hi Fi, exactly why do you think every minute detail of this sale merits publicity? Should we agonize over whether a title report or survey has been completed and the terms being included into a deed of trust?

    Methinks Hi Fi is really, really upset over the prospect of this transaction being successful. So he’s giving it rapt attention.

    When it closes, it may become inspiration for similar transactions. Just imagine what that would mean for the business plans of local real estate speculators! It would have an effect equivalent to a wooden stake driven into Hi Fi’s chest.

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