The Eureka Trail
I always find it interesting that a state supposedly broke still has millions of dollars to throw around. Now Eureka is getting a million dollars to finish the trail along the bay.
No. I'm not opposed to "nice" things like this, but I do think it's just another one of those things that might well come back and bite us in the ass later on. Kind of like those nice cement benches the city put in Old Town years ago. They became a magnet for the bums and the city ended up going through the added expense of having them removed.
And so it will likely be with this trail. The area planned for this trail is already the site of homeless encampments. I'm guessing the homeless folks will take full advantage of any facilities built to support the trail and, eventually, those facilities will end up having to be removed.
I don't think that the expected just- under a million dollars for developing this trail will be money well spent.