City of Eureka Goes After Floyd Squires Jr.
Disclosure: I rented my first place up here from Floyd Squires Junior's parents back in the '70s after moving up here. Floyd Jr. used to hire us to work on his properties, painting and whatever. They always treated me nice enough.
The Times- Standard reports on an escalation in the ongoing feud between the City of Eureka and rental landlord Floyd Squires Jr. They finally went ahead and condemned one of his properties on G street that was the scene of a recent shooting:
"“Collectively, the conditions we found there were, in my opinion and the fire marshal’s opinion, immediately dangerous,”
Let's not fool ourselves into thinking this was done in the interests of Squires' tenants. It was done more in the interests of the neighbors. No, those tenants aren't at risk of a house fire for now, but they face the risks of living their lives on the street, assuming they can't find somewhere else to live, and most will admit the Squires rent to people other landlords would rather not.
This seems akin to me to people calling animal control about an animal they think is neglected or abused. Animal Control comes out, removes the animal and takes it to the dog pound. If a home for that animal isn't found soon enough, that animal might be euthanized. And we feel like we're doing that animal a favor by calling Animal Control.
Same sort of thing with the Squires' tenants. We try and make it sound as if we're acting in their best interest by throwing them out on the streets. I'd be surprised if the tenants feel that way.
How to appease the neighbors that might be fed up with both the conditions of the property and the tenants? I don't know, but I recall reading of a landlord of a property down near 8th Street that was sued by neighbors over conditions there and he finally cleaned up the property. Whether that's been tried with the Squires and whether it might work, I don't know, but when Squires' tenants are thrown out, where will they be sleeping next? In your front yard?