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Complete Streets! Hallucinogens! The Budget! All That and More at a Jam-Packed Eureka City Council Meeting Tonight!

Photo: Andrew Goff.

Looks to be something of a big-picture, deep-thing Eureka City Council meeting tonight, with specific projects and items taking a back seat to broader policy matters.

Not entirely, though. On the consent calendar is an item relating to the future of the Crowley property, which is along the Hikshari Trail, near Hilfiker. As you probably remember, the site has long been intended to host some sort of tiny house village kind of thing, to be based around a bunch of old trailers PG&E had donated to the city and to be run by Betty Chinn.

Then, last summer, those trailers were burned, which put a dent in things. But now the city is proposing to spend $1.2 million in grant dollars with a company called BOSS Cubez to set up 28 of their portable units at the site, which can house about 40 people. The money will come from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Now, for those big-picture items! Probably the most consequential of these is the “Complete Streets” policy that the city will consider. If adopted, it will codify the city’s commitment to making all forms of transportation safe — motorized and non-motorized alike. This commitment would guide future development in the city. You can read the entire proposed Complete Streets policy at this link.

The council will also consider sending a letter in support of Senate Bill 58, a bill from San Francisco legislator Scott Weiner that would decriminalize certain hallucinogens (mushrooms, DMT, mescaline and ibogaine). The proposed letter states, in part:

It is time that California stop criminalizing possession and use of substances that have immense medicinal potential. It is time for California to thoughtfully regulate legal use of these substances. SB 58 is an incremental measure that relies on a more modern understanding of psychedelics, and provides space for California to start a more sensible conversation about how we really ought to treat people who are using psychedelic substances for personal and medical purposes.

Near the end of the meeting, city manager Miles Slattery will talk budget — how last year’s was, and where next year’s looks to be going.

The Eureka City Council meets at 6 p.m. at Eureka City Hall (531 K Street). Remote viewing/participating instructions at this link. Full agenda with bot-written summaries below.

And remember — you can always look at upcoming meeting agendas of several of the most important local governmental bodies on the Outpost’s AGENDIZER page. For instance: Down at the Fortuna City Council, which meets the same time as Eureka, they’re going to be appointing citizens to their planning commission and sending representatives to various other boards and commissions, and also talk about rates the city charges for rental of the River Lodge and other city-owned buildings. Find that here.

Eureka City Council
Jan. 17, 2023, 6 p.m.


1. Proclamation

2. Home for the Holidays Award


1. Tobacco Retail Licensing

This presentation discusses the development of a consistent regulatory framework throughout Humboldt County to enforce state and local tobacco sales laws. It includes background information about the use of tobacco products, the California legislative action to eliminate the sale of flavored tobacco, and the public health best practice of a Tobacco Retail License policy. The Public Health Law Center has created a model policy which includes provisions to prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, prohibit issuance of a license near schools, cap the total number of tobacco retailers, and prohibit tobacco advertising. A Tobacco Retail License fee just high enough to support and sustain local administration and enforcement will be assessed, and local grant-funded projects are available to provide merchant education and technical assistance, and to conduct merchant and community policy education and TRL compliance audits.

— LoCOBot

… or, as an episode of Scooby-Doo!

The scene opens with Scooby, Shaggy, and their friends walking into a town-hall meeting in the city of Eureka. As they walk in, Scooby notices a colorful display of tobacco products and various flavors. “Like, why are these here?” Scooby asks Shaggy.

“Maybe they’re trying to encourage people to quit smoking?” Shaggy guesses.

The group takes a seat and the meeting begins. After introducing himself, the presenter explains that he is there to discuss developing a consistent regulatory framework throughout Humboldt County to enforce state and local tobacco sales laws. Everyone in the room nods in agreement, but Scooby and the gang remain puzzled.

The presenter goes on to explain the background of the issue, including the youth vaping epidemic, the implementation of SB-793, and the need for local regulatory oversight. He then presents the model Tobacco Retail License policy, including elements such as prohibiting the sale of most flavored tobacco products, capping the total number of allowed tobacco retailers, and prohibiting tobacco advertising and product placement in kid-friendly locations.

The meeting then takes a break and Scooby and the gang use the opportunity to investigate. They sneak around the back of the building and find an open window. Inside, they spot a strange figure dressed in a trench coat and fedora, who is quickly stuffing packages of tobacco products into a bag. The figure notices Scooby and the gang and makes a run for it!

Scooby and the gang jump into action, following the mysterious figure through the back alleys of Eureka. Finally, they corner him in an alleyway and unmask him to reveal he is the local tobacco shop owner.

The owner admits he was trying to take advantage of the increased demand for flavored tobacco products and make a quick buck. He was afraid that the new TRL policy would hurt his business and didn’t want to wait for it to be enforced.

The police arrive and arrest the owner for attempting to evade regulation. Scooby and the gang are thanked for their work and Scooby even gets a reward for uncovering the mystery.

The gang then heads back inside the town-hall meeting and cheers when the TRL policy is adopted. They know that this policy was necessary to reduce the accessibility of tobacco products to young people in the city and they feel proud to have been part of the solution.

— LoCOBot


TRL Report EurekaTobacco Retail License Policy OptionsHow TRL Works EurekaProduct Placement and Ads Increase Youth Tobacco and Nicotine Use





1. Council Meeting Minutes

2. Wharfinger Parking Lot Stormwater Modifications - Award

The Eureka City Council is considering awarding a bid to R.A.O. Construction for the Wharfinger Parking Lot Stormwater Modifications Project. If approved, the project will involve replacing native materials with LID materials to help retain stormwater, removing four parking spaces and installing atrium drains back to the storm drain system. The City Council is also considering allocating $124,000 for the project, which includes a contingency.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a conversation between two very stoned people named Starfish and Noodles!

Starfish: Hey Noodles, did you hear about the Wharfinger Parking Lot Stormwater Modifications Project?

Noodles: Not really, what’s going on?

Starfish: Well, the City of Eureka has to test the effluent discharge from the Elk River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Between July 1, 2017 and September 30, 2022, there were limitation exceedances and the Regional Water Board allowed the City to use up to $90,000 to implement the SEP.

Noodles: Wow, that’s a lot of money! What’s the project?

Starfish: The project consists of modifications to the Wharfinger Building Parking Lot with low impact development (LID) facilities. It includes replacing native materials in the existing vegetated areas with new LID specific materials, removal of four (4) parking spaces, saw-cutting gaps in the curbs around vegetated areas to allow stormwater to pass into the newly created LID facilities, and installation of atrium drains back to the storm drain system.

Noodles: That sounds really complicated. Who’s doing the work?

Starfish: R.A.O. Construction was the low bidder and they’re going to do the work for $105,414. The city is also approving $124,000 for the construction contract plus contingency.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report

3. Destruction of Records

AGENDA DATE: January 3, 2023
ITEM NO. _____

The Eureka City Council is considering a resolution to destroy certain records from 2001-2015 that are no longer useful. The records include Hold Harmless agreements, Rental Agreements and Contracted Classes, Incident and Accident Reports, Correspondence Forms, and Vendor Insurance Forms. The resolution will be reviewed and approved by the City Attorney, City Clerk/Information Services, Community Services, Development Services, Finance, Fire, Personnel, Police, and Public Works departments.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a bildungsroman!

It was a chilly winter morning in Eureka, California, when Sarah Praszker walked into the City Council meeting. She was there to present a resolution to the council regarding the destruction of certain records in the Community Services Department.

Sarah had been working in the department for the past year and a half, and had become familiar with the City’s records retention policy. She had worked hard to compile a list of records that were eligible for destruction.

Although Sarah had grown up in Eureka, she hadn’t been to a City Council meeting since she was a kid. She was nervous about presenting her resolution to the council, but she was determined to do her best.

After a few minutes of discussion, the council members voted unanimously in favor of Sarah’s resolution. Sarah was overwhelmed with emotion and pride as she left the meeting. She had come a long way from the shy and timid girl she’d been a few years ago.

The experience of presenting her resolution to the council had been a powerful reminder of how far she’d come. It was a reminder that Sarah’s hard work and dedication had paid off.

From that moment on, Sarah knew that she had the power to make a difference in her community. With each new challenge she faced, Sarah grew in confidence and ability.

Sarah’s bildungsroman was just beginning, but she was already well on her way to becoming a leader in her community.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportResolution

4. Teleconference Public Meetings Pursuant to Assembly Bil 361

The Eureka City Council is considering a resolution that would allow them to continue to hold public meetings via teleconference for the next 30 days. This would be in accordance with Assembly Bill 361, an act that allows cities to continue to meet remotely during declared states of emergency. It also outlines additional steps the City Council must take to ensure that the public’s rights are protected.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Funkadelic song!

Verse 1:

We gotta come together and devise a plan
The people need a way to make their voices heard
So we’ve got Assembly Bill 361 in our hands
To keep us connected, so our voices are heard


Gonna keep it virtual, gonna keep it legal
Gonna keep it real, gonna keep it true
Gonna keep it virtual, gonna keep it legal
So we can make our voices heard, yeah

Verse 2:

We can register, we can comment in real time
Teleconferencing is the way we survive
The future’s uncertain, we must stay sublime
We’ll keep our freedom, so long as we comply


Gonna keep it virtual, gonna keep it legal
Gonna keep it real, gonna keep it true
Gonna keep it virtual, gonna keep it legal
So we can make our voices heard, yeah


The people are the power, and for them we must strive
So we can continue to stay connected and alive
We come together, and we will survive
We’ll keep our freedom, as long as we’re alive


Gonna keep it virtual, gonna keep it legal
Gonna keep it real, gonna keep it true
Gonna keep it virtual, gonna keep it legal
So we can make our voices heard, yeah

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportResolution_AB_361

5. Crowley Property Community Development Project Award

The Eureka City Council is considering awarding a contract to a company called BOSS Cubez for the Crowley Property Community Development Project, which will provide modular housing units to approximately 40 people. The City has secured grant funding from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness to help cover the cost of the project. The contract is for $1,085,852.00 and the City will also approve $1,200,000.00 for the purchase and delivery of the modular housing equipment.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a scene from a thriller!


The Eureka City Council meeting had gone on for hours, and the Crowley Property Community Development Project was the last item on the agenda for the day. As the council members discussed the project, tensions were becoming evident among the group. Some were in favor of the proposal put forth by BOSS Cubez, while others were skeptical about the lack of information on the company.

The City Attorney spoke up, “We have gone through the details of this proposal, and it seems that BOSS Cubez is the best fit for this project. I recommend that we approve their bid and move forward with the project.”

The Mayor then spoke up, “We have to consider the financial implications of this decision. We need to make sure that this project is going to be a success, and that we will not be running over budget.”

The City Clerk then spoke up, “We have done our due diligence, and I believe that this project is a sound investment. We have the grant funding from Cal ICH, and the work that has been done by Mercer-Fraser Company has been donated, further reducing the cost to the City. We need to move forward with this project and make a decision now.”

The council members looked around the room, each of them trying to come to terms with the decision before them. Finally, the Mayor spoke up and said, “Let us vote on this. All those in favor of awarding the bid to BOSS Cubez, please raise your hands.”

The council members slowly began to raise their hands, until all of them had voted in favor of the proposal. With a unanimous decision, the Crowley Property Community Development Project was approved.

— LoCOBot


Staff Report



1. Complete Streets Resolution and Policy

The Eureka City Council is proposing to adopt a Complete Streets Resolution and Policy to make streets safer for all modes of travel, including pedestrians. The proposed policy would help to define and focus future development of the City’s transportation network. The Council is considering adopting a resolution to declare the importance of Complete Streets and the policy. No additional funds are needed.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Pokemon duel!

The City Council of Eureka was in debate over their new Complete Streets Resolution and Policy. Mayor John, who was a strong proponent of the resolution, decided to challenge Councilman Paul to a Pokemon duel in order to prove the importance of the resolution.

Councilman Paul accepted the challenge and the duel began. Mayor John chose his powerful Charizard to battle against Councilman Paul’s Machamp.

The two Pokemon exchanged powerful blows, with Charizard using its Fire Spin attack to overwhelm Machamp. As Machamp was about to succumb to the flames, Councilman Paul activated Machamp’s Dynamic Punch, which knocked Charizard back and allowed Machamp to win the duel.

The City Council of Eureka unanimously voted to approve the Complete Streets Resolution and Policy, recognizing the importance of providing safe transportation for all modes of travel.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportReso_2023_City of Eureka Complete Streets 2023City of Eureka complete Streets Policy

2. Lundbar Hils Southwood Unit #6 Development Agreement

The Eureka City Council is considering a Development Agreement for Lundbar Hills Southwood Unit No. 6 that would extend the time to develop the project for 10 years and make changes to the Development Agreement to clarify traffic impact fees and add a condition requiring coordination with the Community Services Department on naming and adding signage to Lundbar Hills Park. Staff is recommending the City Council waive full reading, read by title only, and adopt the Bill.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a Bollywood song!

Verse 1

We’re making a deal, at Lundbar’s Hills
For Southwood Unit No. 6
Let’s read the title, and take the action
So the map won’t be expired


Eureka City Council, come on let’s go
Let’s waive full reading, and just read by title
We’ve got a goal to maximize the stock
Development friendly, and housing for all

Verse 2

We’ve got to extend, the Vesting Tentative
To prevent the expiration
The agreement is set, for a period of ten
To make sure it’s in compliance


Eureka City Council, come on let’s go
Let’s waive full reading, and just read by title
We’ve got a goal to maximize the stock
Development friendly, and housing for all

Verse 3

We heard the testimony, of one against
And one for the project
The Council requests, to modify the text
So no fees are collected


Eureka City Council, come on let’s go
Let’s waive full reading, and just read by title
We’ve got a goal to maximize the stock
Development friendly, and housing for all


The Community Services, will make a plan
To name and add a sign to the park
We’ll get the job done, and everyone
Will benefit from this spark


Eureka City Council, come on let’s go
Let’s waive full reading, and just read by title
We’ve got a goal to maximize the stock
Development friendly, and housing for all

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportAttachment 1 - Bil No. 1024-C (Revised)Attachment 2 - Development Agreement (Revised)


1. Letter in Support of SB 58 - Decriminalization of Certain Halucinogenic Substances

The Eureka City Council will be discussing SB 58 and directing staff to write a letter in support of it. This item has no fiscal impact and has been reviewed and approved by the City Attorney and City Manager.

— LoCOBot

… or, as a high-energy radio advertisement!

Hey, this is your local radio station, and we have some exciting news to share! City Council is discussing a letter in support of SB 58, and it could mean great things for Eureka City! This would be an important step in the right direction for our city, and we encourage everyone to get involved and show their support. So get out there and make your voice heard! Show your support for our city and for SB 58. Together, we can make a difference!

— LoCOBot


Staff Report20230117_Letter in Support SB 58

2. Coastal Land Use Plan, Review Session 5

The Eureka City Council is having a review session for the Coastal Land Use Plan in order to receive feedback and comments on the draft Coastal Zone Hazards Chapter. The plan contains policies for land use and coastal resource protection in the coastal zone. The council will discuss the draft chapter which includes sections on seismic and geologic hazards, tsunamis, flooding and erosion with sea level rise, and hazardous material contamination. They will also review Coastal Commission comments on an earlier version of the chapter.

— LoCOBot

… or, as an Elizabethan sonnet!

My mind is in a state of dread, for nothing can this plan impede,
The Coastal Element of twenty-forty must, for the Coastal Act, succeed.
Hazardous materials must be contained, and the coastline must be free,
For the public access and recreation, the city has a duty.

Though seismic and geologic threats may come, they can be thwarted,
The introduction of tsunamis must be stopped and thwarted.
For flooding and erosion, with sea level rise, we must be prepared,
And the updated LUP must be certified, as the Coastal Commission has declared.

The City Council has worked hard, and their feedback has been so grand,
For the Coastal Zone Hazards Chapter, they have given a helping hand.
The reviews have been conducted, and the public has been consulted,
Now the updated LUP must be certified, and the Coastal Act, be consulted.

Though the fiscal impact may be zero, the City’s goals remain so high,
The Strategic Initiative, for the Coastal Land Use Plan, we must apply.
For the City of Eureka, this plan, must be our pride and joy,
For it will be the coast of the future, when we all deploy.

— LoCOBot


Staff ReportAttachment 1 - Draft LUP Hazards ChapterAttachment 2 - Coastal Commission Comments on Earlier Draft

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