Eureka adds parks to camping ordinance that bans sleeping in certain places – Times-Standard

Eureka City Council approved an amendment to add wording including “all city parks” to the list of prohibited places under the city’s camping ordinance.

The objective of the amendment is to correct an oversight that omitted the intention to ban overnight camping in all municipal parks by adding such wording to the list of prohibited places to sleep at night.

As noted in a staff report, the ban is in line with city policy which closes access to parks at night to all users.

The amendment also added a severability clause to the ordinance, recognizing that section 93.02 of the ordinance exists in a complex and changing area of ​​law.

“The article could be partially upheld and partially invalidated if a court adopts a certain point of view. The severance clause allows this type of shared outcome to occur so that valid provisions remain in effect, ”said the staff report for the meeting.

City attorney Bob Black said the clause was nothing out of the ordinary.

“It’s a pretty standard clause, but in this particular case, I thought it would be very beneficial for this order as there is definitely the possibility of it being challenged,” Black said.

In public comments on the article, Calder Johnson, general artistic director of the North Coast Repertory Theater, expressed opposition to the city’s entire camping ordinance.

“We are all doing our best to navigate an extremely complex, delicate and very difficult and heartbreaking situation for everyone, for business owners, for the homeless, for the city. … I’m afraid it’s sort of a cart-before-horses problem that we live here, where we are, albeit with a delicate touch, analyzing roaming without first providing really really meaningful solutions.

The article was carried 4-1, with board member Leslie Castellano casting the only dissenting vote. Board member Natalie Arroyo moved the motion, seconded by board member Scott Bauer.

Before the vote, Castellano explained the reason for his dissent.

“I don’t see it as solving the problems that people come to me with and it’s, you know, where people poop and where is it going and, if anything, I just see this as potentially pushing it into more ecologically fragile areas. … It does not answer (specifically) the difficult questions and problems that we are trying to solve, ”she said.

The city passed its current camping ordinance in early February.

Charlie Bean honored

Eureka City Council issued a proclamation in recognition of Charles “Charlie” Luther Bean Jr. for recognizing his service to the benefit of the residents of Eureka and beyond during his lifetime.

As detailed in the proclamation, Bean was born on September 12, 1956 in Eureka and was a proud member of the Yurok tribe. He graduated from Hoopa Valley High School in 1974 and served in the United States Army after graduation.

A motorcycle accident in 1975 cut off his spine, leaving him in a quadriplegic condition. However, that didn’t stop him from serving others and living a fulfilling life.

Bean was a strong advocate for improving accessibility for everyone, regardless of their ability or state of health. He was the Executive Director of California In-Home Support Services and worked with Tri-County Independent Living, a community-based non-profit organization that advocates and works to improve the lives of people with reduced mobility.

Bean has also volunteered with various local organizations, including the City Appeal Board, Transportation Safety Commission, Housing Authority Board, and Sequoia Park Improvement Project Steering Committee. .

Bean died at the age of 64 on July 16 with his wife Carolyn.

Carolyn Bean speaks to City Council after the publication of a proclamation honoring the work of her late husband Charlie Bean. (Screenshot)

She shared a few words of appreciation after the proclamation was released.

“Everyone Charlie touched will be sorely missed throughout the state of California. Due to the hardships he endured from the age of 18, he was able to relate to all people with disabilities and c ‘was his goal, to help them get the help they needed. And if he couldn’t do that, he would work tirelessly to find someone who could put them in touch with this. So thank you, thank you very much. , he would have really liked that, ”she said.

Mario Cortez can be reached at 707-441-0526.

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