Tuesday meeting: supes to discuss restricting use of county properties by the public
The Board of Supervisors will be hearing a report tomorrow, Tuesday, on a proposed ordinance to deal with restrictions on the use of county properties. The Board meeting starts at the courthouse in Eureka at 9 AM; this is agenda item H.
This is an opportunity to let the Board know how you feel about the urgency ordinance that created a curfew at the courthouse and prevents the laying of signs on the ground or the provision of a card table for literature. There’s still time to sign a petition asking for the Board to repeal the ordinance.
This would also be a good opportunity to ask the Board how much it is spending to defend the ordinance against Janelle Egger’s constitutional challenge. Egger, along with two Korean/Vietnam era veterans, was arrested for remaining present at the courthouse after 9:30 PM. She has filed suit against the county.
County Chief Administrative Officer Philip Smith-Hanes has prepared a report at the Board’s direction. One interesting comment from the report:
“…the Board might reconsider its prior direction to prepare an ordinance regulating use of county properties. While staff believes that it is advisable to have clearer guidelines for dealing with property uses in the future, it has been suggested through meetings with various stakeholders that the County’s time could be more productively spent addressing topics which underlie various social concerns. These include but are not limited to homelessness, availability of public restroom facilities, regulation of the banking industry, political campaign finance reform, mental health issues, adequate enforcement of existing laws, provision of a space for exchange of ideas.”
The report is available at: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/board/agenda/questys/mg218423/as218468/as218470/ai222222/do223405/bosagendaitem.pdf
It includes letters in opposition to the ordinance from the Human Rights Commission and other groups.