More cops, please
Note: The following letter was received by the Arcata City Council. – Ed.
City of Arcata,
I’m sure you all have your hands full and it’s probably like “preaching to the choir” but please help us out. As a citizen, father, landlord, voter, and Arcata business owner; we need to clean up the downtown! As always, I am more than willing to do my part.
Now more than ever I feel like the climate of extreme tolerance is hurting our business community, and putting the public in real, as well as perceived danger. The criminals that operate day and night, out in the open spaces of our community send a message and create the feeling that we don’t enforce our laws and will not protect our streets and people. My friends and neighbors are sick and tired of it, people want to move away. I’ve considered it myself. This is so bad for our community on so many levels.
I understand that this is a complex issue with a lot of moving parts. I don’t think any action from the city will be fixing the worlds problems, nor am I implying that we need to fix all of the substance abuse, homelessness, entitlement program abuse, mental health etc.
However, I do think there are some things that we can do ... can we please increase police presence and police department staffing budget to have that presence around the clock all year at a level that really sends a message that we mean business about public safety. We can find the money, the downtown business community can be more successful and prosperous, and we can change that terrible reputation that Arcata has developed.
If you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance, please call me anytime!
Protect habitat and wildlife
September 12, 2017
Mr. Jerome Perez, California State Director, California State Director Bureau of Land Management
2800 Cottage Way #W1834
Sacramento, CA 95825
Dear Mr. Perez,
As representatives of businesses and community leaders in Northern California we are writing to you to ask you to protect unique places within the combined Redding and Arcata BLM Field Offices Resource Management Plan (RMP) revision process.
As you know, this combined RMP, the Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan (NCIP) includes 396,000 acres of diverse and spectacular landscape, and provides recreational opportunities for our communities and hundreds of thousands who visit this region to explore our vast and spectacular public lands.
In this region, the BLM manages lands from the North Coast to the Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These lands include isolated redwood groves, oak woodlands, pristine rivers and streams, and are home to bald eagles, marbled murrelet, western snowy plover, salmon and steelhead and sandhill cranes.
Millions of people visit California every year to experience our magnificent public lands— from the Sacramento River Bend Area to the spectacular King Range of the north coast.
These tourists play a critical role in supporting our local economy. In fact, in the Outdoor Industry Association’s report on our nation’s recreation economy, California generates $85.4 billion in outdoor recreation consumer spending, which is more than any other state in the country.
When narrowed down to just BLM lands, ECONorthwest found in 2016 that there were 4.9 million visits to California’s 15.2 million acres of BLM lands in 2014 to enjoy non-motorized (or “quiet recreation”) outdoor activities alone.
This resulted in $329 million in overall spending, and $244 million of that was in direct spending on quiet recreation visits within 50 miles of recreation sites.
We as business and community leaders experience this economic benefit first-hand by locals and tourists alike buying gear, purchasing local products, frequenting our restaurants, visiting our towns and countless other positive impacts on our local economies.
We are asking you to protect these places because we value them personally and because we see the direct local economic benefit to our communities.
We choose to run our businesses, raise our families, and give back to our communities in Northern California because investing in the future of this region of our state will mean a better life for all who call it home. We urge you to make this same investment in the future of Northern California by protecting the most pristine places within your NCIP planning area.
We know it is critical that the final combined RMPs strike a balance among many of the uses of public lands, including development and recreation.
As you work to achieve this balance, we urge you to please take all appropriate measures to conserve the relatively few places that remain in a pristine condition – for our future, for our children, and for our local economies.
N. Anderson, Owner, Caravan of Dreams Arcata
Sara Dodd, Manager, Smugs Pizza Arcata
Nelson Fagundes, Manager, Murphy’s Market Trinidad
Bill Chino, Owner, Tux Inc., Moonstone Grill, Abruzzi, Plaza Grill Arcata
Joellen Clark-Peterson, Executive Director,
Arcata Chamber of Commerce Arcata
Dante DiGenova, Owner, Northtown Books Arcata
Sara Dodd, Manager, Smugs Pizza Arcata
Cal Ferris, Owner/Chef, Humboldt Hot Sauce Arcata
Larry Glass, Former Owner, The Works Arcata
Meridith Maier, Co-owner, Six Rivers Brewery McKinleyville
Jens Hanson, Owner, Mad River Tackle Arcata
Cassandra Hesseltine, Commissioner, Humboldt and Del Norte Film Commission Eureka
Gene Joyce, Owner, Arcata Exchange Arcata
Paul Fitzgerald, Owner, Larrupin Café Trinidad
Julie Fulkerson, Owner, Fulkerson and Associates Trinidad
Michelle Greenway, Owner, Coffee Break Arcata
Chris Hollen, Owner, Folie Douce Arcata
Michael Kauffmann, Owner, Backcountry Press Arcata
Gregg Foster, Executive Director, Redwood Regional Economic Development Commission Eureka
Amber Madrone, Marketing Director, Wildberries Marketplace Arcata
Jeff and Cassandra Hesseltine, Co-owners, Black Lightning Motorcycle Café Eureka
Jackie Keegan, Co-Owner, Beachcomber Café Trinidad
Jodie Marynowski, Owner, JB Maryn Arcata
Steve McHaney, Engineer, GHD Arcata
John O’Connor, Owner, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center, Oyster Beach Eureka
Michael Kraft, HR Consultant, Sequoia Personnel Arcata
Travis May, General Manager, Los Bagels Arcata
Katie McCreary, Store Manager, Eureka Books Eureka
Sue McIntyre, Owner, Belle Starr Clothing Arcata
Bob Lawton, Owner/Broker Humboldt Mortgage Arcata
David Mays, Owner, Dave’s Computer Arcata
Julia McFarland, Manager, Crazy River Ranch/The Front Porch Arcata
Talia Nachshon, Co-owner, Six Rivers Brewery McKinleyville
Steve O’Meara, President, Kokotat Arcata
Aaron Ostrom, Co-owner, Pacific Outfitters Arcata
Terra Pearson, Bodyworker, Wholistic Bodywork Arcata
Joshua Solomon, Owner, Japhy’s Arcata
Pritesh Patel, Owner, Super 8, Comfort Inn & Suites, Days Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn Arcata/Fortuna
Conny Pena, Owner, Café Phoenix Arcata
Tony Smithers, Executive Director, Eureka/Humboldt Visitors Bureau Eureka
Ryan Stanoszck, Lead Supervisor, Eureka Natural Foods McKinleyville
Mike Reinman, Owner, Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals Trinidad
Justin Sochouka, Bigfoot Construction Arcata
Martin Swett, Senior Lender, Summit Funding Eureka
Tamra Tafaya, Manager, Brio Bakery Arcata
Alice Vasterling, Co-Owner, Beachcomber Café Trindad
Kara Williamson, Manager, Mazzoti’s Restaurant Arcata
Sean Tetrault, Owner, Revolution Bicycles Arcata
Krishna Zapkovic, Supervisor, StreamGuys Arcata
Brance Brance, Owner, Kayak Zach’s Stone Lagoon
Emily Trutt, Event & Marketing Coordinator, Glory Bound Services, Arcata
Melissa Zarp, Co-Owner, Beachcomber Café Trinidad
[Plus numerous other signatories from businesses throughout Northern California]
cc: Alan Bittner, District Manager, BLM Northern California; Molly Brown, Field Manager, Arcata BLM Field office; Jennifer Mata, Field Manager, Redding BLM Field office