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Emergency Shelter?

From Bill Holmes:

Wet and Cold Winter Storms Coming to Humboldt County!

Let us remember the men, the women and the children, our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters who are huddled under a bush shivering in the rain.

Please join me in contacting Eureka Mayor Frank Jager and requesting that he use the emergency powers vested in him to open an emergency shelter in a city facility for our homeless during this rainy period, and during the rainy periods to come this winter.

Mayor’s Office: (707) 441-4200

Mayor Jager Email: fjager@ci.eureka.ca.gov

It is the responsibility of our government to care for the vulnerable among us. Until the mid-1980s muncipal facilities in Eureka were routinely opened for humanitarian purposes during bad weather events. What have we become?

please forward this email to anyone who cares!

  1. Yep
    October 31, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Don’t forget the aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces.

  2. anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    And the dogs and shopping carts.

  3. Reads a Lot
    October 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    It is Ferndale’s turn

  4. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    The school system could use the student, and they could live at the fairgrounds! YeeeHaw.

  5. anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Ferndale would be perfect.

  6. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Why don’t you asks the mayors of other towns to take them in. Or maybe you Bill Holmes should raise funds to send these travelers back where they came from. Eureka has been over saturated with this burden long enough. We who live and work in Eureka are sick of being used as a holding tank and destination for the homeless, addicted, and mentally ill.

  7. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Better yet, why don’t we ask Mitch, Eric, Heraldo to take them in?

  8. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Does St. Vincent de Paul plan on operating their emergency shelter (with very specific criteria for emergencies) again this season?

  9. Yuro
    October 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    It’s the govs job to take care of them? Your taxes can go to helping those too high to help themselves but I’ll gladly take the “…wait until this happens to you” approach.
    Bad choices.

  10. October 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Did the County last year get a grant for homeless housing? Also, does the County and City work together in providing funding to house individual this time of year in local motels?

    With Chinn’s homeless Daycare, are there not resources there (Maybe it has not completely opened yet)?

    The Eureka Rescue has how many beds, 60 to 80?

    Not looking fo an argument, just looking to see what resources are already in place, many not taking advantage of them because they do not follow rules or destroy the property. I know two mote operators that after many have checked out, it cost more to do the repairs (I am sure some of this is blown-up and being used to charge more), but it is something to consider.

  11. Plain Jane
    October 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    It’s shameful that with so many empty buildings there are people without shelter from the storms.

  12. October 31, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Just got a note that the Winter Shelter program starts around the middle of November

    Shelter provided is designed to provide short-term lodging in local motels throughout the county of Humboldt to homeless persons who fall into one of the following groups:
    • Families with minor children
    • Families with adult children who have special needs (physical or mental)
    • Pregnant women
    • Other family groups such as legal guardians or grandparents raising children
    • Elders or dependent adults.

    Just need an exact date when this begins.

  13. Reads a Lot
    October 31, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    While I do feel bad for people who have legitimately fallen on hard times,
    I don’t care what happens to the substance abusers, bums, hobos or
    any other miscreant. The great state of California paid out over 70 billion
    in welfare in 2011. Humboldt County through poor leadership has allowed
    non-profits and the county health services to make a business out of
    welfare and/or troubled people. People are arriving here from all over.
    The County and City of Eureka (MAC) subsidize a huge work force that
    is dependent on grants and tax money. They invent new problems for
    job security. But, there are no jobs for the people drawn in here unless
    you call collecting welfare a career.

    Betty Chinn’s new endeavor is another example of redundancy. She
    and her group are abettors. They have solved nothing.

  14. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    If Eureka didn’t feed them there wouldn’t be a problem. Like feeding stray cats. Feed one and next thing you have ten more to feed.

  15. October 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Application of your logic 432 implies that raising the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour should bring a flood of highly qualified and motivated employees moving to Eureka. Right? Right?

  16. Bolsa
    October 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Reads a Lot :
    Humboldt County through poor leadership has allowed
    non-profits and the county health services to make a business out of
    welfare and/or troubled people.

    So your position is that homeless people should be punished for the failures and incompentence of county government? Please explain.

  17. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Build it and they will come Bolsa. If the leaders would have been competent the city would have more going on than just attracting welfare recipients and homeless. Eureka continues to make it attractive and easy for the homeless and their caretakers. The over abundant homeless are a product of an incompetent county and city government.

  18. October 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    eurekaworker :
    Application of your logic 432 implies that raising the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour should bring a flood of highly qualified and motivated employees moving to Eureka. Right? Right?

    That might be an apples vs. oranges comparison.

    Then again, I read something in one of these blogs that when some place in Washington State started some living wage thing, employers had people moving to the area and lining up outside the door applying for jobs at fast food restaurants.

    As I pointed out then, I don’t know that it’s in the interest of minimum wage workers to have all the low wage type folks coming from hundreds of miles around competing for their now “living wage” jobs.

  19. Plain Jane
    October 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    At least the people who get the jobs will make a living wage Fred. With the way you look at things, minimum wage workers would be better off if they made less because they’d have fewer competitors for their jobs.

  20. Plain Jane
    October 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Of course, if minimum wage was the same every where, that wouldn’t be an issue either.

  21. October 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    The problem represents the failure of capitalism. Capitalism is for the favored few. Capitalism doesn’t educate. Capitalism steals from millions of people so that a couple of dozen can eat off gold plates.
    Capitalism is not “Free Enterprise.” It is a game rigged for the aristocracy. They have no allegiance to any one country. Capitalists are super-citizens who profit off the misery of the Earth.
    Yeah, yeah.

  22. Reads a Lot
    October 31, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Incompetent government has made social services in Humboldt a priority.
    Not to help the poor, but to bring money into the area to support the
    of Phil Crandall. Remember every grant that is received to help support
    some cause is subject to administrative cost.If people don’t like earning
    minimum wage, they have the opportunity to go to school. They can learn
    new skills. Staying in a depressed area such as Eureka is a choice.
    There are a lot of states that are doing very well right now. Idaho
    is one of them. In fact, Southern Ca. is doing very good.

    I learned early on that some jobs simply are not worth more than minimum
    wage.What raise is being asked for? After you take FICA, tax the earnings,
    and other cost a raise in minimum usually amounts to about a dime an hour.

  23. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Ferndale fairgrounds has showers and electricity. There are all the exhibit buildings. Come on Ferndale step up to the plate and take your fair share. We are full up in Eureka.

  24. Ponder z
    October 31, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Aside form the mentally ill cases in Eureka, the whole county is full of vagrants this year, because the dope growers did not hire them to trim. Maybe this rain will encourage them to head back to where they came form. You could follow PJ.

  25. Jack Sherman
    November 1, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Imagine the look of disbelief and horror on the faces of the miscreants that are busy here disparaging the destitute….when The Big One hits…. and they suddenly understand what it feels like to be on the receiving-end of a community that never bothered to plan or distribute evacuation and emergency shelter locations to every Eureka community!

    One major blink of nature would see these dimwits first to rush into homeless camps with guns to extract a little food and shelter to survive….an old American tradition…just ask a Native American.

  26. notafan
    November 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

    A large part of the problem Just add PJ, Mitch, Towmby, adn Millers group a the picture becomes clear.

  27. November 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Jack, quite a good and serious novel released recently which illustrates what you say — and not from the cheapest seats, as it carefully acknowledges.

    ‘Slow Apocalypse’, by John Varley

  28. Jack Sherman
    November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I enjoy your writing Narration, and hope your name will not appear in quotes on Heraldo.

    I am amazed at the plethora of apocalyptic books and movies flooding shelves. At least one teacher at HSU is compelled to focus on the phenomenon in the Religious Studies dept. (Steven Jenkins).

    “There are no problems, only solutions” (Gandhi). We need to start reaching-out to educate and register our fearful neighbors to vote…all our other (fearful) institutions failed them.

  29. Red
    November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Only if the people without a home have at least one kid and don’t do any drugs. Otherwise, fukem.

  30. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Reads a Lot :
    It is Ferndale’s turn

    No public transportation to Ferndale.

  31. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Anonymous :
    Ferndale fairgrounds has showers and electricity. There are all the exhibit buildings. Come on Ferndale step up to the plate and take your fair share. We are full up in Eureka.

    How about Redwood Acres? Isn’t there public transportation to Redwood Acres? Might be a good idea – think outside the box. :D

  32. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, Rex, aren’t you on the board of Redwood Acres? You could set it up! How about that, Rex?

  33. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Did anyone ask Rex about homeless issues when he was running for supervisor? Betty Chinn endorsed him, so I imagine he will go along with her. It’s Virginia’s district, anyway. I know! How about out by Betty’s house?

  34. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Rex and Virginia have their noses up Betty’s ass and vice versa.

  35. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Measure O money for bus to Ferndale. Redwood Acres good idea too.

  36. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Bet Rex would like it in his neighborhood. As I think about this now I realize that all those in support of this shelter either work for the government in some capacity or have an employer. They do not own a business and don’t know how hard it is to run a business and the risks involved. They don’t know what it is like to take the risks all on their own as a business owner does. They are used to a monthly paycheck without thinking of the bottom line. They don’t seem to see the downside of locating another homeless shelter in a business district. This is part of the anti business attitude in this town of Eureka. Small town incompetents run this city and this is why it is such a mess.

  37. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Most of the city council – and the mayor – are retired government people.

  38. Plain Jane
    November 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Is there anything at the old Zoe Barnum now? They was a big kitchen and cafeteria as well as a classroom full of kitchens for home ec. They have bathrooms and showers, 2 huge gyms for dormitories as well as lots of rooms for families. I drove by there the other day and it looks like its all boarded up and falling into complete ruin.

  39. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    The old Jacobs Jr. High? Aren’t they going to tear it down?

  40. November 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    And voting is the solution? Vote for what? Some people just NEVER learn. There’s a solution taking place all across the world, but I seriously doubt the lunatics are going to let it come to happen. Just look a the 47% that’s trying and the other 47% trying to stop them.

    Jack Sherman :
    I enjoy your writing Narration, and hope your name will not appear in quotes on Heraldo.
    I am amazed at the plethora of apocalyptic books and movies flooding shelves. At least one teacher at HSU is compelled to focus on the phenomenon in the Religious Studies dept. (Steven Jenkins).
    “There are no problems, only solutions” (Gandhi). We need to start reaching-out to educate and register our fearful neighbors to vote…all our other (fearful) institutions failed them.

  41. Plain Jane
    November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

    I don’t know, #39, but it would theoretically make a pretty good homeless shelter.

  42. November 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I often wondered why riots (rioters) ended up burning businesses they needed. Kind of like voting against your own self-interests, like most people making a measly $24 a year voting Republican. This comment explains why. You would think that business people would learn that putting business BEFORE people is a lose, lose situation. But then, when they can’t or won’t pay a fair wage people can live on, what do you expect? What business person in their right mind would ever invest in such a community?

    Anonymous :
    Bet Rex would like it in his neighborhood. As I think about this now I realize that all those in support of this shelter either work for the government in some capacity or have an employer. They do not own a business and don’t know how hard it is to run a business and the risks involved. They don’t know what it is like to take the risks all on their own as a business owner does. They are used to a monthly paycheck without thinking of the bottom line. They don’t seem to see the downside of locating another homeless shelter in a business district. This is part of the anti business attitude in this town of Eureka. Small town incompetents run this city and this is why it is such a mess.

  43. Fact Checker
    November 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    #39 RE: “old Jacobs Jr. High” The tractors appeared there in the past 48 hours, they are near Allard surrounded by chain link fencing. Another school gets plowed under in America.

  44. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Should have gone in the old Safeway building on Harrison and Harris. In Rex and Virginia’s neighborhood. Let the East side of town take their fair share. Quit ruining Old Town and Down Town.

  45. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Rex and Virginia’s Eastside neighbors would be thrilled to have it in their part of town.

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