Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stop The Jefferson School Sale!

When I first heard it suggested that the City of Eureka buy the old Jefferson School (at West Clark, between A&B Streets), I didn't think it was a good idea. I understood the sentiment behind it but I didn't think it a good idea for the city to acquire yet another liability.

After reading a story on the progress of the sale in yesterday's Time's- Standard I'm firmly convinced it's a bad idea, especially since it looks like it will cost millions to retrofit the building for further use.

It is rather odd that one of the bigger proponents of this sale, Larry Glass, supports full funding of the police department, the closing of Sequoia Park Zoo because it's unaffordable, and yet wants to put the city in the position of being millions of dollars in debt on a building that is of questionable value.

Addendum: Nice letter to the editor in the Times- Standard today on this issue.


At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, none of this is about money.

The Zoo is about ideology. Some lefties hate the idea of zoos.

The police budget isn't about money. Some people have businesses in Old Town and they'll support their own self interests (more cops).

The school building isn't about the millions of dollars in legally mandated upgrades that no one (except College of the Redwoods) has the money to cover. The neighborhood represents votes, and there is an election coming up real quick.

By the time the neighbors realize they've stuck themselves with a dilapidated building to be infested with homeless people, drug addicts or criminal elements, hey, the cheerleader who led them to this fate probably won't be in office anymore.

At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Addendum: I'm not saying Larry is intentionally shafting the neighbors. I'm saying he is not thoughtful in his deliberation of issues and does not consider how all sides will be affected in the future based on his decisions made today. It's a problem most people have, especially the people we elect to lead us. They allow a single concern to override all other concerns in their decision-making.

At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


You do not have your facts straight. Larry Glass has never ever suggested closing the zoo. You should not be passing on election season lies.

And if you think you can understand what is going on with the Jefferson School project from the as usual poorly researched and written Times Standard article think again. While this project has some major hurdles to jump over, it is basically a good project for the city.

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear Larry Glass supports the zoo. That's why, as the T-S reported on 2-15-2010, "Eureka City Councilman Larry Glass placed an item on Tuesday's agenda to put the zoo's funding on the ballot..."

Yes, he supports the zoo. He just has faith that the zoo can operate without city funding, you know, the lifeblood of a city zoo.

You were being deliberately deceptive with your claim Anonymous, weren't you? Don't shovel **** here, please.

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I CANNOT stand Larry Glass. I can handle every other slimeball politician in this town, but I CANNOT STAND LARRY GLASS.

At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, if those who have "blogged" - posted so far are representative of the communities they live and vote in we are all trouble. You run for Council, you get involved, educate yourselves, you obviously have no reality perspective beyond sources like... blogs and the Times Standard which seems to be a Q6 holding these days. Blog on that. Debra


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