HSU Pres Wants Arcata Takeover?
I referred to this earlier on, but I'll have to say I have a less than favorable opinion of HSU President, Rollin Richmond. Related to the discussion Richmond is having with Arcata over law enforcement jurisdiction is Rollin's dislike of Arcata's Medical Marijuana Policy. I read a more detailed story in last week's Advocate newspaper on the subject, which doesn't publish its stories online (at least last I looked). I see Charles Douglas' Humboldt Sentinel has run a story on the issue but, as with many of the links on his page, the link to the story on Rollins is dead.
Anyway, Rollins is upset with Arcata's marijuana policies and feels that they're affecting enrollment to HSU as he feels students are avoiding enrolling at the University because of its reputation as a drug haven. I can sympathize with that but, as I mentioned earlier, seems to me a lot of the problems on the Plaza grew, at least in part, because of the presence of HSU, not the other way around. HSU is a liberal "college town" and certain types of people are attracted to college towns.
What gets me is the attitude I perceive coming from Richmond. Maybe I'm just getting the wrong impression but it seems to me he is of the mind that Arcata owes much of its economy and whatever other values Arcata has to HSU and, that being the case, Arcata should fall in line with the wishes of the university on matters of crime and everything else.
HSU certainly is a major, if not the major, economic player in Arcata. That doesn't mean the City should run lock step behind HSU. A lot of bad things came to Arcata along with HSU as well as some good. President Rollins should keep that in mind. I don't know that Arcata really owes him or HSU all that much, if anything.