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$3 Million grant for Jefferson School

Hot dog!

Press release below.

$3,305,560 for Jefferson

In August 2010 the Eureka City Council voted unanimously to pursue the conversion of Jefferson School into a Public Park and Community Recreation Facility as a Redevelopment project. With the future of State Redevelopment Agencies so unsure, the City was not able to risk continuing with the plan.

In April of 2011, Westside Community Improvement Association, formally, the City’s Jefferson Committee became the successful bidder for the School site.

In June of 2011, Bill Rodstrom, Senior Planner for Redwood Community Action Agency contacted Heidi Benzonelli, President of WCIA and said “look at this funding opportunity, it looks like it was written for your project, I think we can write this”. With less than 3 weeks ‘til deadline, Bill, Heidi and Richard Evans, Vice President of WCIA, pulled out all the stops and were able to utilize the City’s investment in planning, engineering, community scoping meetings, and develop the community’s wishes for this site into a proposal for the Jefferson Park and Community Recreation Facility.

In July 2011, escrow closed and Westside Community Improvement Association (formally the City’s Jefferson Committee) was able to secure the land.

Redwood Community Action Agency agreed to partner with the budding non-profit and help pursue the goals of preserving this 2 acre site for public use, revitalizing a neighborhood in blight and restoring common ground to the Westside.

A series of site visits and complicated grant and budget revisions ensued and once again the community came together. Songmi Sweet of Umpqua Bank, Praj White of Manhard Consulting, Marco Luna from the Humboldt County Sherriff office, Linda Atkins of Eureka City Council and actually, everyone who was asked, came to the school to show their support and offer their expertise to see this project to success. Senator Noreen Evans and Assemblyman Wesly Chesbro both wrote letters supporting our efforts. The Office of Grants and Local Services was clearly  impressed and agreed with Bill Rodstrom, this funding was meant for projects just like this.”

And on March 28th, 2012 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program awarded Westside Community Improvement Association $3,305,560 to create the new Jefferson Park and Community Center in the City of Eureka through the acquisition and development of the 2 acre parcel. Plans include a playground, garden, walking paths, basketball courts, bocce courts, a public park, restrooms and parking and renovate the existing north building and portables for a community resource library, multi-purpose room, infant/toddler center, community recreation room, kitchen and restrooms.

The grant application states “parks are unique places where children can play, people can exercise, families can bond, seniors can socialize, youth can be mentored, cultures can share and celebrate their differences, and everyone can connect with nature. For these reasons, vibrant parks funded by this program will be a cost-effective means of creating humane, livable communities.”

We can not agree more!

Please join us for a press conference and community celebration beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday April 13th at Jefferson School, 1000 B Street Eureka.

  1. What Now
    April 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Excellent news!
    Congratulations to the Westside Community Improvement Association.

  2. Gil Yule
    April 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    How incredibly cool! I love these people! They deserve everything good that can happen to them.

  3. Not A Native
    April 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Very diplomatic wording concerning the decision of the Eureka School Board and Eureka City Council’s decisions.

    The truth is that both believed public investment in the West Side is tantamont to throwing good money after bad. They preferred to regard that area as a place whose highest value is rental income for landlords of unfashionable, old, rundown houses. A low rent, low public services place with a concentration of marginal, minority, and low income people worthy only of pass-through Federal and State public funds. People with no legitimate claim to the local government general funds collected from ‘hard working good people’.

  4. What Now
    April 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Good point, NAN.
    And those same regressive officials were cheered on by those who complain about government wastefulness but appeared to be poised to grab the facility at fire sale prices for their own profiteering.
    WCIA is a good example for other community projects.

  5. Carla Baku
    April 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Bravo and congratulations to our community!

  6. JJ Katri
    April 11, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    To Not a Native: Some of us who have worked hard and were able to buy a property in that neighborhood have done a wonderful job restoring and providing a wonderful place to live for renters. Maybe you should drive through the area and take a look and see that there are some landlords who care.
    To the rest of us – This is awesome! What a great thing for the neighborhood!

  7. JJ Katri
    April 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    My apologies NAN, I missed the point when I read your comment the first time. Sorry.

  8. What Now
    April 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    JJ, I believe NAN was voicing support but I’m hesitant to get involved.
    Apparently my name in association with any side here is enough to rally the opposition.

  9. RKA
    April 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    As a home owner two blocks from the site I cannot express how great this is for the neighborhood. We live here and are willing to work to improve the area, this project is a great opportunity for those who rent or own to be involved in community development.

  10. Goldie
    April 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Good work neighbors! This is great news. I am so happy to hear that the Jefferson Project will have funds they need to bring the building up to code and get a playground going again. People working together can get so much accomplished.

  11. tra
    April 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Great news! This should give the project quite a jump-start. Congrats to everyone involved.

  12. April 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations!

  13. Mitch
    April 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    This is fantastic news well beyond the west side of Eureka. It’s proof that hard work, diplomacy, and a focus on what matters can make things happen, even when naysayers say it’s impossible.

    It can be a model for other projects, and an inspiration to everyone working to make things better.

    RCAA and the WCIA deserve everyone’s thanks.

    Congratulations!

  14. Plain Jane
    April 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Congratulations to the Westside neighborhood whose hard work and perseverance is paying off, great news.

  15. Neal Latt
    April 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This is freakin’ awesome. What an utter vindication for the vision, perseverance and community-mindedness of the Westside Community Improvement Association.

    Just as an aside, we studied the topics of Growth Management and “smart growth” this week in the Land Use Regulation class at Golden Gate University School of Law. Neighborhood centers, like what Washington School will now become, are acknowledged by planners as critical elements for bringing families back to a walkable, livable city core.

    This grant will be a critical part of revitalizing some of the most precious and historic housing stock in the City of Eureka, helping to reverse the blighting trend imposed by too many rehab houses sited intentionally on the Westside.

    Bravo WCIA!

  16. 1st District Voter
    April 11, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    This is wonderful news and is good for the community. Jefferson would be proud! :)

  17. Goldie
    April 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    WCIA and all the neighbors are making another place to say ‘Hello’ to each other. It really is going to be wonderful.

  18. skippy
    April 11, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Ditto. They said it couldn’t be done and yet it’s being done, one step at a time, led by a group of committed people who refused taking ‘no’ as an answer. Wow is an understatement and $3.3 million is a serious improvement.

  19. April 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks to all who put so much effort into making this project happen. Truly a very committed neighborhood.

  20. Anonymous
    April 11, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    I have to agree with NAN.

    The diplomatic language of this announcement could have been authored by Marion Brady parroting the excuses for reversing the city’s vote to purchase Jefferson. As a redevelopment project, it would have been Grandfathered-in before the agency was eliminated.

    The current council will claim they are vindicated since it shows what communities can accomplish without city assistance.

    The current council would also claim vindication had the project failed.

    “See, we warned you it was not feasible”.

  21. 69er
    April 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I have nothing but good to say about this happening. My only negative comment is to say how disappointed I am to see all of the negative rants from those who are only able to spew bitterness and negativity.

  22. Jon Brooks
    April 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    And, $3.3 M into the local economy should be a good thing. I’m glad to see a few of my tax dollars (April 15 is on my mind) coming back to our community. Good luck and congratulations to WCIA.

  23. little train that could
    April 12, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Will “High Finance” eat his ascot at the opening? Everyone come out and support your Community!

  24. April 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

    So the taxpayers pay for this after all.

  25. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Fred, are you still receiving government assistance? Who pays for that?

  26. Smart 5th Grader
    April 12, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I knew eventually some /$%&·”! would go negative about beautifying Eureka.

  27. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

    In 2006, 54% of the voters approved Prop 84. There were many other propositions on the ballot and all except “Jessica’s Law” went down to defeat.

    Prop 84 authorized billions for clean water, parks, and coastal protection, statewide. California decided to distribute funds for parks by inviting grant proposals. WCIA and RCAA worked long and hard; as a result, $3.3 million of that money comes to Eureka rather than going somewhere else — it would have been allocated no matter what.

    So, yes, Fred. The voters chose to allocate money for parks, and WCIA was able to bring $3.3 million of it to this area. Would it have been your preference that it go to Berkeley instead? It wouldn’t have changed your tax rate.

  28. High Finance
    April 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Congrats to Heidi !

    But let’s be honest here, she (and Eureka) dodged a bullet. If this grant had not been given the property would have been foreclosed on. The faceless bank from the East Coast would then have sold to the developer with the highest bid.

    The city was still wise to pass on the purchase. They would not have been eligible for this grant.

    Is this a good thing for Eureka ? It all depends on Heidi and her hand picked group spending the $ 2.7 million thats left after paying off the mortgage wisely.

  29. Smart 5th Grader
    April 12, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Is that a backhanded compliment (from Hi Fi)?

  30. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I’m really glad Heidi and the rest are taking the high road with this, and I’m glad to see HiFi offering congratulations.

    Before HiFi’s latest bit of attempted misinformation spreads and becomes conventional wisdom, though, I’d just invite the curious to look at the list of grantees, here, to see what types of entities the grants were awarded to:

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/1008/files/spp%202-list%20of%20grants.pdf

    That concludes this public service message. We now resume the celebrations.

  31. Sunny
    April 12, 2012 at 8:13 am

    “The city was still wise to pass on the purchase. They would not have been eligible for this grant.”

    From Mitch’s link, it appears that roughly 90% of these grants went to cities. If the City of Eureka “would not have been eligible” it would be because they wouldn’t have bothered trying.

    And Hi Fi, if you are who you are rumored to be, when are you going to have your crew finish painting the old Gospel Outreach church you bought on California Street? It was well cared for before you bought it but has featured lots of primer and piecemeal PT wood for a couple of years now. All the responsible neighbors on the block who are working to improve our neighborhood would thank you!

  32. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Yes, Sunny. But, really, I think everyone would be wise to follow the lead of the WCIA and RCAA in this. It’s a time for celebration, coming together, and moving forward.

    I don’t like people to slip misinformation in, but once it is revealed, let’s move forward. Everyone needs to work together to make this an even more beautiful place (but we need to work with one another with honesty).

  33. L. Dunaway
    April 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Congratulations to Heidi and the whole group. Heidi’s boundless energy is a very large part of this Grant award. On this post; thanks also to Mitch for quietly taking on folks like HiFi and Fred and slipping in the actual facts. It’s been a long road; happily, it’s time to celebrate.

  34. Down the Road
    April 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Don’t forget how hard Larry Glass worked for this group. He was
    our city council person when this first began. I own rentals within
    two blocks of this site. I am one of the good landlords and have
    fought with the city for 10 years to enforce their ordinances regarding trashy properties. Obviously, I haven’t gotten far.
    Good for the group working on Jefferson Elementary. I know some
    of them have worked very hard.

  35. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 8:58 am

    This is great news, for the neighborhood and Eureka! Fortunately, those lacking in vision weren’t able to kill this thing.

  36. High Finance
    April 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Isn’t it interesting that the state cries poor little us and say we MUST vote for the tax increases in November.

    Otherwise, they say, they will have no choice but to have more rounds of cuts to mental health, public health, schools, public safety and colleges on top of all the cuts they just passed.

    And yet, according to Mitch’s link, they found money for another $150 million or so in grants for parks and rec ?

  37. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

    The voters authorized that money in the 2006 election, for the specific purpose of parks, clean water, and coast. That’s why it is available, even though the state is broke.

    A person could have a profitable lifetime career following you around and collecting a penny every time you say something that is misleading, HiFi. I don’t know why that floats your boat, but it certainly seems to.

  38. Roger That
    April 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Yeah Hi Fi its kinda like the City of Eureka spreading fiscal fear and asking the taxpayers to pass measure O while finding $750,000 to fund Arkley’s Zoo.

    How much has zoo funding increased in the last 5 years?

  39. April 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The voters authorized that money in the 2006 election, for the specific purpose of parks, clean water, and coast. That’s why it is available, even though the state is broke.

    And some would argue that’s part of the reason the state is broke.

    Yeah Hi Fi its kinda like the City of Eureka spreading fiscal fear and asking the taxpayers to pass measure O while finding $750,000 to fund Arkley’s Zoo.

    This coming from the same folks who wanted the City of Eureka to spend that money, and more, to buy Jefferson School.

  40. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I’m happy, even thrilled, for WCIA and the neighborhood. I imagine something close to 100% of Eureka is happy and thrilled, too.

    I wish HiFi and Fred well.

  41. Former Humboldt Resident
    April 12, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Hi Finance,

    Pls. educate yourself before posting. Thank you.

    This money does not come from the state’s general fund. This grant is funded by a bond authorized under Proposition 84.

  42. Percy
    April 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Doesn’t matter FHR, say it enough times and it becomes fact. Congrats to those who had to circumvent their elected officials to get something done. I’m sure all the job creators on the Eureka city council will be running on their opposition to this project next time around.

  43. April 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    This grant is funded by a bond authorized under Proposition 84.

    And bonds essentially double the actual cost to taxpayers because of the interest paid.

    Let’s not fall for this BS about it not coming from the general fund, either. The money still comes from taxpayers.

    It doesn’t matter where the money comes from when you pay me for something. Whether it comes from your checking or savings account or a credit card (which would be bonds?), you’re still spending money.

  44. Percy
    April 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

    And please city council job creators, keep up your efforts at trying to throw those hard earned tax dollars at that railroad feasibility study.

  45. High Finance
    April 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Where do you think the money comes from to pay the bonds off Mr Former ?

    It all comes from the taxpayers, left pocket, right pocket it really doesn’t matter.

    But you are an example of why California government is going broke. Easily persuaded for any cause you just don’t understand the basic fundamental financial cost of bonds.

  46. Goldie
    April 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

    The mention of Larry Glass, who did put in much effort for the Westside and the continued life of Jefferson School reminds me of the many years this project has been a topic for the city and for the neighbors. Hundreds of citizens came forward at one time or another to help. Within the many setbacks there were finally some victories, This grant is wonderful validation for the dream and efforts of the members of our communty. All of them and all of you who stepped forward and showed up made a difference.

  47. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

    HiFi,

    The money from the bonds would have been spent on other projects elsewhere. We can all be happy that thanks to the hard work that Goldie refers to, some part of it will be spent here, so that our local taxpayers can see a local benefit from their taxes.

    I’m sure you agree.

    And the bond issue won by a 54-46 majority, while most of the other propositions on the ballot were voted down. Isn’t democracy remarkable? The majority of voters statewide thought parks were important, so money was allocated and parks are being built. And thanks to the hard work of WCIAA, RCAA, and all the people who have helped, one of those parks will be right in Eureka!

  48. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Don’t you love HiFi – Congratulations; but I could have been right and then this site would have been foreclosed on.
    In other words, even when I’m wrong, I’m still right.

  49. A-nony-mouse
    April 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to the WCIA. Let this be a shining example of what neighborhoods can do if they pull together. All the best to all concerned.
    HiFi, go suck a lemon! with Fred

  50. High Finance
    April 12, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Mitch, I am glad that once the bonds were approved that some of them are being spent here.

    My comments about the bonds is that too many voters (for example see Mouse above) vote for them not realizing the damage they do to our economy.

    And 11am, Heidi rolled the dice and won the lottery. Looks like the results may turnout OK but it was still reckless nevertheless.

  51. Former Humboldt Resident
    April 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    High Finance,

    You complained the “state cries poor little us and say we MUST vote for the tax increases in November” yet “found money for another $150 million or so in grants for parks and rec”

    These two items have nothing to do with each other. The revenue increase the governor is seeking to make the wealthy pay their fare share is to cover general fund shortfalls. The money for parks grants to fund such projects as the Jefferson Community Center comes from Proposition 84, which has nothing to do with the general fund and can’t be used to for general fund expenditures.

    If the phone company wants to raise its rates, would you complain it should instead borrow money from the power company? As someone who claims to understand finance it’s odd that you don’t get it.

  52. TimH
    April 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    “The money for parks grants to fund such projects as the Jefferson Community Center comes from Proposition 84, which has nothing to do with the general fund and can’t be used to for general fund expenditures.”

    Where does the money come from to pay back the bond if not from the general fund?

  53. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Most people understand that the California budget is a disaster. It can be blamed, depending on your politics, on the legislature’s majority disbursing too much money or on the legislature’s minority refusing to allow taxes to be raised.

    In the case of this (and any) bond proposition, a majority of the voters of California wanted money spent on the specific purpose of the bond, as outlined on the ballot. Bonds pass with a simple majority, but taxes require a 2/3 vote in the legislature since Prop 13. In other words, they can be blocked by a minority. There has been majority support in the legislature for higher taxes, but a majority is not enough. At some point, the bill will come due.

    Mostly, the strategy that all sides seem to be using is to flee the restaurant after dinner, expecting the grandkids to pick up the tab.

    At least this time, the grandkids will have parks to show for their indebtedness. And thanks to the WCIA, one of those parks will benefit the local kids and grandkids.

    Yes, it’s a crazy system.

  54. tra
    April 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Or, HiFi, perhaps the WCIA’s estimation of the odds of success were just a lot more accurate than yours, and the decision to go for it was not “reckless” at all?

    At any rate, the “won the lottery” analogy is just completely wrong, because unlike lottery players, organizers of a project like this have the opportunity to increase their odds of success through hard work, which is exactly what the WCIA folks did.

    Continuing to insist that this project was a bad idea because it might not have worked out, even though in fact it did work out, reeks of self-justifying sore-loserism.

  55. High Finance
    April 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Mitch, the state is going bankrupt because it is spending more money than it is taking in.

    The State Legislature is firmly in control of by the Democrats. They are happy to raise taxes at any time. And yes, the 2/3 requirement allows the Republicans to stop most tax increases.

    But whether the 2/3rds requirement thwarts the will of the people by stopping tax increases or protects the will of the people ? I guess the elections in November will show us which.

    But my point is, people are too happy to pass bond measures. Just as too many people are charging up too much debt on their credit cards. They don’t fully understand that bond measures cost us all tomorrow for today’s spending orgy.

  56. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I think people are too happy to have trillions of dollars diverted to wars and corporate subsidies.

    All of us see some taxes spent in ways we do not approve of.

    I’m glad to see $3.3 million coming to Eureka to build a park and rec center. That’s not an orgy, just a light kiss on the cheek. Military R&D is an orgy.

  57. Eric Kirk
    April 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    So the taxpayers pay for this after all.

    In this case, it’s money well spent!

    I’m not a big fan of bond initiatives either, but this type of thing is precisely what it’s set up for – projects involving construction that often can’t be paid for all at once by communities. Quite frankly, projects like these are more of a priority to me than filling in potholes so people can speed on roads without jeopardising their suspension systems. I’m for filling in potholes mind you, but it’s lower in priority than spending for kids.

  58. Eric Kirk
    April 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The State Legislature is firmly in control of by the Democrats. They are happy to raise taxes at any time. And yes, the 2/3 requirement allows the Republicans to stop most tax increases.

    And yet the Republicans wouldn’t even allow the tax increase measures on the ballots.

  59. Jack Sherman
    April 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    “The city was still wise to pass on the purchase. They would not have been eligible for this grant.” (High-Liar”).

    Liar.

  60. High Finance
    April 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Military R&D is not an orgy, it’s survival.

    Jack, you’re not very smart. You might want to be seen and not heard until you grow up.

  61. Eric Kirk
    April 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Actually HF, it’s an orgy. We’ve had military programs financed that the Pentagon said it didn’t even want, because the military industrial complex has so much clout,and accounts for so many jobs, that Republicans and even some Democrats were willing to finance them even if it meant shoving them down the Pentagon’s throat.

    The term “military industrial complex” was actually coined by a Republican President, but it really took off under Reagan when Cap Weinberger proclaimed fraudulently that the Soviets possessed military superiority. It was the Reagan stimulus plan as he jacked up military spending which generated a deficit by 1984 which had exceed all prior deficits dating back to George Washington – but it created jobs so he paid no political price even to fair weather deficit-oriented voters.

    Anyway, we can spare a few million to spruce up a struggling neighborhood and generate something which will be of use and pride to Eureka for generations to come. It’s the best way to spend the money, in a local economy which can really benefit. And without neighborhood opposition to boot!

  62. Eric Kirk
    April 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Now if only Heidi would run for City Council. Unfortunately, the best of us often select themselves out.

  63. Happy as can Bee
    April 12, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I want Heidi for President!

  64. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    How would that work Eric? Heidi doesn’t live in Eureka, she lives outside city limits. Congrats to the group I am happy for them and I am also happy the city did not spen 600 k that it doesn’t have. I also think they should sell/privatize the zoo.

  65. Howard Jarvis
    April 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    “Mitch says:
    April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Most people understand that the California budget is a disaster. It can be blamed, depending on your politics, on the legislature’s majority disbursing too much money or on the legislature’s minority refusing to allow taxes to be raised. ”

    Thats half of it. But what generally happens when we have a budget surplus is that the republicans cut taxes (not without participation by democrats, turns out everyone likes to cut taxes). Remember Arnold cutting the Grey Davis DMV fees? The idea is that a surplus by definition means taxes are too high and money should go back to the taxpayers. The problem is, when times are bad, theres no budget carry over to ride it out, and tax increases are blocked.

    Bush did it too, with a surplus in hand. Rather than pay down debt, believing that surpluses are caused by unnecessarily high taxes, we got the BUsh tax cuts. And now republicans in congress block any attempt to raise any taxes.

    Our system institutionalizes budget deficits and crises. Gradual decline of our public infrastructure and programs is the only way for states to get by, via cuts in spending. Then when times are good again and there is a surplus, by definition it is again time to cut taxes. And then when times are bad, cut spending. And then when times are good again, cut taxes. etc etc.

  66. HUUFC
    April 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    $3.3 million that we don’t have, great. Yea I’m grumpy.

  67. April 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    But what generally happens when we have a budget surplus is that the republicans cut taxes (not without participation by democrats, turns out everyone likes to cut taxes)….

    What you forget to mention is they also increased spending, including hiring 20,000 new state employees, back during the 2000-2001(?) budget- the one where it all went to poop afterwards.

    Then State Senator, Ray Haynes, pointed out in a newsletter at the time, if they’d simply increased the budget to account for population growth and inflation, they might well have ended up with up to a 10 billion dollar surplus. The rest is history.

  68. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    HiFi somehow changes the subject to:

    “Military R&D is not an orgy, it’s survival.”

    Military R&D is survival for Raytheon, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Boeing, etc…, not for local kids and their parents.

    Survival for civilization in Eureka looks more like parks and recs.

    Congratulations again, and thanks again, WCIA and RCAA.

    Despite the odd way that some commenters insist on changing the subject, you’ve done a magnificent job of doing exactly what you promised you’d do. You said the closed Jefferson School would become a jewel of a resource for the Westside neighborhood, and you’ve made it happen. You said a united community’s work would make it happen, and a united community united worked and made it happen.

    Incredible! Thank you!

  69. Just Watchin
    April 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Thank you Howard Jarvis…… I was wondering whern someone would blame George Bush for something !!

  70. Mitch
    April 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    How’s the weather in Florida, JW? Sorry you’re still so bored. That line about George Bush is just a knee-slapper. It cracked me up the first fifteen times or so.

  71. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Mitch…you of all people giving people shit for posting on blogs, lmSao.

    Can you alert us when you post something original?

  72. Heidi Benzonelli
    April 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Ta da :)

  73. What Now
    April 12, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    WELL DONE, Heidi!
    Thank you for your perseverance and for making a positive difference in our community.

  74. Amy Washburn
    April 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Congratualtions to Heidi and the Westside Community Improvement Association! Thank you for always believing and finding a way to make it happen. This is fantastic for our community. As a citizen of Eureka and a member of the Open space Park and Recreation Committee, I am very happy to see a park, playground, walking paths, bocce courts, basketball courts and restrooms being added to our community. This project will enhance the quality of life for those who use it which will benefit Eureka as a whole. I also look forward to community events and recreation programs at Jefferson. Thank you.

  75. In the know
    April 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    FYI folks: Heidi Benzonelli has a residence on B a few blocks down from Jefferson School. So she can run for Eureka City Council.

  76. TJ
    April 12, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Want to support The Jefferson Project even more? Come to the Springo Bingo at the Eureka Inn on April 28th, hosted by the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Here’s a link for more information:
    http://www.eurekasisters.org/Home.htm

  77. Anonymous
    April 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Of course she has a residence on B street, ITK, she has several rentals. She does not, however, reside there. She lives outside city limits.

    Nothing to stop her from moving into the city, to a particular ward, ala Larry Glass, or from one ward to another ala Mike Newman.

  78. Heidi Benzonelli
    April 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    How flattering, but, my plate is a little full :)

  79. Harold Knight
    April 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    “The city was still wise to pass on the (Jefferson School) purchase. They would not have been eligible for this grant.” (“High Finance”).

    90% of these grants went to cities:

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/1008/files/spp%202-list%20of%20grants.pdfLiar.

    “High-Liar” is a more acurate moniker.

  80. Anonymous
    April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Finally, a positive subject on this blog that the entire community can agree with!

  81. Eric Kirk
    April 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Finally, a positive subject on this blog that the entire community can agree with!

    Apparently not. Read the thread.

  82. Matt
    April 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “Heidi rolled the dice and won the lottery. Looks like the results may turnout OK but it was still reckless nevertheless.”

    “Fortes fortuna adiuvat” — Good fortune favors the bold.

  83. Mitch
    April 13, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Eric,

    99.9%’s pretty good.

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