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No voicemail for Eureka city workers

The Times-Standard this morning:

Voicemail services for city of Eureka employees are down indefinitely…City employees can still be reached via email.

Eureka Mayor Frank Jager in January:

I’d like to notify the public that I’m not an email person. I’d prefer not to use email.

  1. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

    How can you be a public official in 2011 and be “not an email person”?

  2. June 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Oh my God… outstanding! Indefinitely?

  3. June 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I can see a person “not being an email type of person.” I know several very intelligent individuals who are all respected for their thoughts with difficulty in using the Internet and it new technology. The use of the Internet and enail is not something that comes nature to many young and old, it really depends on one’s background. This strenthens the need for computer use in our schools!

    The mayor’s comment just provides his constituients with a better way to communicate with him, “face to face” or my short letters using snail mail.

  4. June 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Corrected version for some of those that need to nit pic:

    I can see a person “not being an email type of person.” I know several very intelligent individuals who are all respected for their thoughts with difficulty in using the Internet and its new technology. The use of the Internet and email is not something that comes natural to many young and old, it really depends on one’s background. This strenthens the need for computer use in our schools!

    The mayor’s comment just provides his constituients with a better way to communicate with him, “face to face” or by short letters using snail mail

  5. June 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

    As much as I am an “e-mail type of person”, e-mail does have its own inherent problems. The simple fact that it requires a functioning electronic device being one. Also, things like an e-mail getting mixed in with spam and possibly missed altogether being another one. As easy as it can seem to use, I question its effectiveness as a reliable form of communication, especially for important things.

  6. insider
    June 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

    The Tyson dysfunction continues at city hall, that phone system was outdated ten years ago, the city pays big bucks for it every year. But Tyson needs it so he can spy and eavesdrop on his employees.

  7. What Now
    June 17, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Having seen Frank Jager’s work as a county employee i can attest to his admission.
    He’s more of a chiseled rock, clay tablet and cuneiform stylus type of guy.

    He IS extremely adept at grunting, beating his chest, pointing and doing back flips while whooping and has always been held in high regard by others who prefer that particular mode of communication. Just ask High Finance.

  8. June 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

    And if Frank had been around in 1911, he would have said “I’m not a telephone person”.

    Gee, Fred, I’ve used it for all my important communications for over ten years, including advertising and juried show contracts. At this point there is no other viable option for my business to business needs since that’s what everyone else uses. I prefer it to phone calls since it gives me an automatic record of what was said. Of course, that presumes that one doesn’t mind there being a record of what one said.

    And I simply check my spam filter a couple of times a day, pull out anything real and delete the rest. It’s not rocket science, but it is occasionally amusing.

    Email is starting to be replaced by direct messaging on sites like Facebook, which I find to be faster and much more convenient for communicating with people who are also on FB, which are now almost all of my artist colleagues and most of my important business contacts.

  9. The Big Picture
    June 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Frank and Lance, haven’t changed. I remember when they voted to stop the investigation of their friend and fellow republican city councilman Jim Worthen who cost the city a $1 million state housing grant after Worthen allegedly had the application rewritten to benefit a speculator-friend. (Times Standard 4/9/93).

    These dinosaurs are back because they get ‘er done for the deepest pockets. They could care less about public communication.

    Corrupt to the core.

  10. Curley
    June 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Yow- what a vitriolic thread!

  11. Mitch
    June 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Incoming paper can be trashed, or responded to in phone conversation or, if highly sensitive, in face to face conversation.

    Incoming email, on the other hand, lives forever and can be FOIA’d, so you lose deniability as to having been told something. Respond by email and you’ve left a record of your response.

    I don’t think ignorance or luddism is necessarily the issue here.

  12. Decline To State
    June 17, 2011 at 11:49 am

    My one and only encounter with Frank Jager leads me to believe that beside “not being an e-mail kind of guy” he isn’t a “speak to you in person kind of guy” either. I ran into him at a local restaurant as he was entering and I was leaving. I exclaimed “Why, it’s Frank Jager, our new mayor!” He looked at me coldly and shouldered his way right on by. Some sort of acknowledgement would have been nice. That’s really no way to treat a constituent.

  13. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I’ve known Frank for several years. He is not corrupt. He is a good person, a good worker. I don’t always agree with his point of view but hey that’s the way of the world.

    But !!! These days you have to keep up with technology to a degree. Especially as a public servant. And email leaves a paper trail in case someones memory goes astray.

    Come on Frank, get with it.

  14. SNaFU
    June 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What about sexting?

  15. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Insider needs to find a blog like the now defunct above the law blog to spew his or her hate.

    The woman the supposed “insider” mentions is a friend of mine, and I am stunned that someone would post something so hurtful and untrue.

    Heraldo, I respectfully request you remove the post from “insider” at 9:57. It sinks to the lamentable standards of the late ATL blog. This blog is mostly above that crap.

  16. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    How can you be a public official in 2011 and be “not an email person”?

    Step 1. Don’t click your e-mail program.

    Step 2. There is no step 2.

    If he says he doesn’t own a cell phone, I might just move to Eureka to vote for him.

  17. Joel Mielke
    June 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    With enemies like What-Now (10:14), who needs friends?

  18. Anonymous
    June 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Geez, nasty comments. That said, I can’t respect or support any public official who refuses to use email. Just too out of touch in a way that screams laziness (or avoidance) to me.

  19. Lizard
    June 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Somewhat similar I think.

  20. June 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    WhetherSound or electronic, it is communication and usually desirable. Edicts in opposition can lead to no good

  21. Down the Road
    June 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

    With all the problems Eureka has I continually marvel about the fact that
    Frank or Lance were voted in again. Obviously they were incapable of
    succeeding before. Extending employment for Tyson proves what an
    inept people they are.

  22. Anonymous
    June 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Frank? That’s just pitiful.

  23. High Finance
    June 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Any pitiful excuse to attack one of the conservatives on the city council eh ?

    Next thing you’ll go after is whether Frank or any of the others don’t have DVR’s or GPS.

  24. The Big Picture
    June 24, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Supporting another big box development in a city already saturated in them is ideologically radical… like publicly funding the Chamber of Commerce, trusting their finances, while voting to end street sweeping services.

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