Arcata vs. Business
I'd never thought too deeply about the supposed anti- business atmosphere in Arcata, at least in regards to smaller businesses . I guess I still haven't spent much time on the issue but I was struck by two comments made in two separate articles in today's Times- Standard:
From a story on Rita Pimentel, owner of the popular Rita's restaraunts in Eureka:
"Pimentel considered opening a restaurant in Arcata, but found permitting too daunting."
From a story on Mike Levy, of Bio- Vehicles International:
"Levy said he has owned a Redding location since April of last year, but securing permits for an office in Arcata has been difficult at best."
Hmmm...even with something as politically correct as bio- diesel? Maybe it's true what they say about Arcata being hostile to business? In fairness, I wonder how Arcata's policies compare to Eureka, Fortuna and some of the other towns around Humboldt?