The second round of public hearings on the proposed code enforcement system went more smoothly than the first.
Although the crowd at Redwood Acres was almost as large as the one that met in Eureka High School earlier that month, it seemed eager to dispel any lingering impressions of rowdiness.
”If I don’t disturb my neighbor, what I do is really my business,” said one participant, and the theme of an independent lifestyle recurred throughout the evening.
Questioning whether the planning department was aiming regulations at “people representative of a life-style they just don’t like,” William Meagher told the planning commission, “we have no silent majority here, the loud voices at the last hearing didn’t come from some misfits.” They came from veterans, workers, woodcutter, ranchers, farmers and fishermen, he said, and noted that the county would be poorer without them.
”This autocratic, expensive proposal should be scrapped,” he said.
The idea of throwing away the entire proposal, as well as firing planning department staff for putting it together, was a popular one.
Ed Denson, representing the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project, called on the grand jury to investigate the planning department and on the county to hire a special prosecutor.
”The thinking behind this proposal is morally deficient,” he said.
”The scope is stunning. It creates a whole new class of criminals - people who own their own homes.
”It creates a new police force, more powerful than ... any in the United States, including the FBI and the Secret Service,” a response he said is justified only by a crisis or natural disaster.
At the Southern Humboldt Unified School District board of trustees meeting local residents expressed concern about Southern Humboldt High School, also known as Continuation High School. A member of the Southern Humboldt High School parent/teacher organization said there were a variety of problems at the alternative high school that needed to be addressed by the school board.
To vividly illustrate her point about the poor quality of the water available to students at the Miranda facility, the speaker brought a jar of discolored water that she said was the best it had looked in some time.
She said structural problems, such as dry rot, a broken dead bolt that can lock students in from the outside without their being able to get out, space problems, lack of physical education activities and other problems necessitated the need for the district to abandon the facility.
The speaker asked the board to appoint a committee to look into the problems. The trustees agreed to form a committee to look into the problems.
Assembly member Dan Hauser (D-Arcata), frustrated by industry opposition to his plan to provide health insurance and long-term care insurance to all Californians, decided to take the measure to the voters of the state.
Hauser, author of AB 2020, which would have established the California Health Insurance Program to provide affordable health insurance for all Californians, introduced Assembly Constitutional Amendment 60 which, if passed would have placed the issue on the November ballot of that year.