Residents petition against Arcata End...

Residents petition against Arcata Endeavor's new site

There are 82 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Mar 11, 2008, titled Residents petition against Arcata Endeavor's new site. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

Concerned residents in Arcata are collecting signatures to petition against the Arcata Endeavor's move to a proposed site near the Janes Meadow housing complex, citing the safety of children in the neighborhood ...

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Bernard Fokke

Newark, CA

#1 Mar 11, 2008
Here come the Nimby's
Anonymous

Edmond, OK

#2 Mar 11, 2008
Our wayward brothers and traveling friends deserve a place to rest and clean up on their cosmic voyage. Pure hatred, bigotry, and ignorance is the problem with the people by L.K. Wood.

We need to open up and embrace our distant brothers and sisters with loving arms, let compassion and care be the word of the day, not excuses or hypothetical 'what ifs' to rule by fear and create a almost criminal like activity.
The Real Bubba Joe

Rohnert Park, CA

#3 Mar 11, 2008
We will have Blue Lake Police Chief David Ray Gundersen to protect us from the rapist, thieves, and druggies -- wait...
Dhrama

Antioch, CA

#4 Mar 11, 2008
Send 'em to Eureka!
Jonathan Speaker

United States

#5 Mar 11, 2008
Thats right Bernard, here come the people that dont want this in their backyards, like me, I dont need any lunatics on the grass... Why is the city kicking them out of their current location? why Bernard? why dont you go look at the police reports and civil servants complaints and you will see why. Go talk to the head of transportation down at the bus stop by the shelter and ask to see the drug deals on tape. This was meant to be slipped in under the radar, we were give 48 hour notice, and limited seating to discuss this issue. Lets leave the endeavor where it is, or try one of the 150 locations the city had vetted out, which this is not one of them. The school board did not even know about it.. look at the map, the trails go right up to the school playground. Be happy there are concerned and active citizens in this town.
Jonathan Speaker

United States

#6 Mar 11, 2008
Bernard Fokke wrote:
Here come the Nimby's
Why dont you educate yourself on the matter.
YesEyemANimby

San Martin, CA

#7 Mar 11, 2008
No no no: Jerry's kids go back to Jersey, and everywhere else you came from. The bus does not stop here anymore.
Duh

Sonora, CA

#8 Mar 11, 2008
Kicked out if its home neighboring a parking lot/bus stop and a baseball field that is used 2 months out of the year.

What makes anyone think people would want to live next to it every day of the year?

As Jonathan points out, the proof is in the police reports. Arcata cannot afford this money drain. Homeless services belong in the county seat, Eureka. Endeavor, go back to Eureka where you belong.
Duh

Sonora, CA

#9 Mar 11, 2008
Wait wait wait... I think Bernard is volunteering his home. It sounds like he wants to make his neighborhood "lively." Please propose this to the city council Bernard. Put your life and liberty where your mouth is.
unanonymous

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#10 Mar 11, 2008
the trails are and will become toilets for the homeless.
Eureka Res

United States

#11 Mar 11, 2008
Back to Eureka? Homeless services belong in the county seat? What a putz you are.

Let Arcata feel the joy of having dozens, or hundreds, of homeless roaming around. I think any place in Arcata is a good place for a homeless shelter. And don't forget to post it on the web so others can come from all over to enjoy the services.
Anonymous

Millbrae, CA

#12 Mar 11, 2008
I don't think these people should be in anybody's backyard. It's one thing to need help getting back on your feet, but it's completely different to be a leach sucking the life out of a tiny little town and scaring people when they get off the bus on their way home from school. A lot of people choose to live outside of society, and that's fine, too, but these people aren't outside of society, they're right in the middle of it stinking it all up.
Longtime Arcata Nimby

San Martin, CA

#13 Mar 11, 2008
"And don't forget to post it on the web so others can come from all over to enjoy the services."
The word has been out for more than 10 years. Why do you think we Arcatans have such a problem???
Funny how homeless (oh excuse me houseless by choice) have laptops/cell phone nowadays ain't it.
Just some thoughts

San Jose, CA

#14 Mar 11, 2008
So it seems that the downtown business owners trump residential neighborhoods. How is it economically feasible to relocate the Endeavor, especially with the down turn in the economy? The entire infrastructure that currently exists downtown will have to be rebuilt at the St. Louis location. At what cost? The plazoid problem will not be resolved by simply relocating the Endeavor. Plazoids thrive on the plaza.

If the finance is available to relocate the Endeavor why not look into the Arcata bottoms as a site. Imagine a working farm where the residents learn how to tend to the land and reap the benefits of their efforts. This could potentially be a self-sustaining proposition.
Hum-dumb Heaven

San Jose, CA

#15 Mar 11, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
A lot of people choose to live outside of society, and that's fine, too, but these people aren't outside of society, they're right in the middle of it stinking it all up.
This makes more sense than 99% of the arguments I've heard. This is Arcata, these are not people who've fallen on "hard times," this is a LIFESTYLE CHOICE made by these people. However, they shouldn't be allowed to just squat wherever they feel like it. And, anywhere within blocks of the current endeavor location, you will find human feces, food, bottles, etc. all over the place. Yeah, real nice for children to see! I've always been an advocate for those in need in society, but this, this has gotten out of hand and needs to STOP.
Frequent Flyer

Edmond, OK

#16 Mar 11, 2008
I think this is a poor location. There are areas on the south end of town that seem like a better fit for this service. I also think there needs to be a time limit on the services; i.e., get it together or get out. The homeless issues in Arcata (and Eureka, for that matter) suck up a disproportionate amount of our tax resources that need to be used for our safety and education.
Jonathan Speaker

United States

#17 Mar 11, 2008
The city is granting the endevor 10,000 to size up the site, then Larry Oetker is going to lead them to a " will be the lead staff person that will be working with the Endeavor to prepare and submit a $1,000,000 CDBG grant application. "
neighbor with kids

Newark, CA

#18 Mar 11, 2008
City of Arcata,
I'm writing to express my absolute frustration and anger at the hole-ing away, out-of sight / out-of-mind, of the Arcata Endeavor, Inc. at the
south end of St. Luis Road.
That location is tucked amongst several neighborhoods that with out question will be negatively impacted given several reasons, the lack of appropriate access to police services (one way in), several footpaths out(in different directions), and many semi-natural settings lending to increased encampment use (already an issue at some locations, ask the mill), and the public endangering uses that follow encampments.
A few of the natural settings, like immediately nearby in the Janes Creek subdivision, where I live, are played in by children. The Arcata Endeavor, Inc. is a worthy and difficult cause, and I support their efforts. But, this particular site is not the location for it.
My personal opinion is these types of services should be located in an urban setting, nearby to police, fire, and emergency and medical services,
not in residential neighborhoods, and especially logistical nightmare settings such as this one.
I realize the location is not a choice of the City of Arcata. But with a "conditional-use" location such as this, I'm questioning why they entered into an agreement to purchase before conditons that would make this location appropriate for operation, for which there are none, where identified?
Additionally, the consideration of the City to include Arcata Endeavor, Inc.'s proposal for a CDBG grant before identifying "conditions" and
thoroughly examining the actual logistical use of this site, makes no sense to me. How can this be?
Hidden away out of site, and because the Arcata Endeavor,Inc. found a seller, is not planning, nor is it appropriate conduct by them or the City
to consider such a location.
Houseless-need2l eavehere

San Martin, CA

#19 Mar 11, 2008
Hum-dumb Heaven wrote:
<quoted text>
This makes more sense than 99% of the arguments I've heard. This is Arcata, these are not people who've fallen on "hard times," this is a LIFESTYLE CHOICE made by these people. However, they shouldn't be allowed to just squat wherever they feel like it. And, anywhere within blocks of the current endeavor location, you will find human feces, food, bottles, etc. all over the place. Yeah, real nice for children to see! I've always been an advocate for those in need in society, but this, this has gotten out of hand and needs to STOP.
You hit the nail right on the head, brother!
me_too

Eureka, CA

#20 Mar 11, 2008
Lemmings...

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