The Arcata City Council adopted a firearm ordinance regulating firearm storage at its meeting Wednesday.
In an email, Councilman Brett Watson said the ordinance “is the same as current state law with the addition of requiring firearms to be locked up when you aren’t home.” Previous meetings saw resistance from pro-gun supporters who questioned the legality, enforcability and morality of the previous version of the ordinance, which required firearms to be disabled with a trigger lock, locked away, or on a person. At the Oct. 17 council meeting however, language allowing for firearms to also be kept at arms length. No one from the public commented on the ordinance Wednesday night. The council voted 4-1 to pass the ordinance, with Councilwoman Susan Ornelas dissenting.
Jacqueline Ramirez was appointed to the Economic Development Committee for a term ending Sept. 30, 2021. Michael Reinman and Julie Vaissade-Elcock were appointed to the Planning Commission for terms ending in Mar. 31, 2020 and Mar. 31, 2023. All three were appointed by a unanimous council vote.
Help with housing
Humboldt State University Off-Campus Housing Liaison Chant’e Catt presented the council with an overview of the work she is doing to address some of the housing issues experienced by HSU students. Catt said she is a case manager for students looking for off campus housing, adding that housing someone often involves components like finding financial aid, mental health services and more.
“When it comes to housing, it’s intersectional,” she said.
Catt is currently organizing a “Town Hall Meeting” on Nov. 30 which is open to “all concerned community members,” which will kick off a “landlord and tenant educated renter program.” The program is a way to address a lack of communication and education, a problem shared by landlords and renters, Catt said. She said one of the most common problems she encounters on both sides is that properties appear to be neglected, by tenants and landlords. The curriculum Catt is using for the program will be adopted from similar curriculum shared with Catt from the University of Colorado and California Polytechnic State University. Catt said the program has been well received, with 45 people set to attend the event on Nov. 30.
Catt said the event, is, “awesome for people to come together to be heard and create action around our housing inadequacies.”
The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall above the College Creek Marketplace on the HSU campus.
Philip Santos can be reached at 707-441-0506.