By Jack Durham
Driving through Eureka the other day, I was thinking about how the best solution to the permanent pigsty in front of the courthouse should come from the Occupy protesters themselves.
It’s a naive idea, and overly optimistic. But that would be the ultimate solution. Maybe, just maybe, they would decide amongst themselves to keep things nice and tidy and be respectful to their fellow community members. I know, that’s a lot to ask for. But dare to dream.
Not only would this alleviate community complaints, but it would give the Occupy folks some credibility, which is something they’re missing.
That would be a far superior solution to any sort of ordinance, which on paper looks kind of draconian, while in reality doesn’t do anything at all. (The only impact of the current “urgency ordinance” appears to be economic stimulus for lawyers.)
I was thinking of this pie in the sky idea when I received an email from Janelle Egger, who filed a lawsuit against the county over the urgency ordinance.
In her email she writes “Occupy Eureka has left the Courthouse to work on a Eureka Fair Wage initiative.”
Holy crap! Is this true? Maybe the pigsty is over and we can go back to enjoying the Stalinesque architectural wonder known as the Pink Palace.
In the meantime, the Board of Supes meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday to discuss a “public assemblage” ordinance. Maybe they could just table the item and move on?