FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve come a long way in the last three months and now we’re approaching the Fourth of July. So, I want to take this time to share some reminders: We’re not having a public fireworks show or display this year, but families are allowed to have private fireworks. For many non profits who have had to cancel regular activities and events this year, their firework stand will be an important fundraiser. If you’re going to buy fireworks, consider purchasing them from an organization that is important to you. Family or household picnics to celebrate are fine at home or nearby, but social gatherings with friends are still prohibited.
We expect that the holiday weekend will draw more visitors to our area and we are asking you to remember to wear your masks when you’re in public. We want to keep our friends and neighbors safe and it is up to us to demonstrate this simple and important act of kindness to people that come from outside of the region.
One of the advantages of living here is that we have plenty to see and explore in our neighborhoods. If you’re looking for something new to do over the weekend, don’t forget that City of Eureka Snapchat Scavenger Hunt is available. Check out your favorite city locations and look for our hidden geotagged Snapchat filters. And as more places and businesses are opening up, remember to shop local and help our community rebound from this challenging time.
We are also officially on summer vacation for schools. Parents who have been struggling to juggle home-schooling, changing availability of child care providers and a lack of extra-curricular activities are able to lean into vacation and spend some time enjoying their kids. But, child care providers and educators remain hard at work strategizing for the next year. There are a couple things I wanted to highlight at this time.
First, I was happy to work with First 5 Humboldt and the Humboldt Area Foundation during discussions about increasing child care capacity in Humboldt County. Child care will be a crucial component for economic resilience as we come out of this crisis. More than half of our local facilities have been closed since the shelter in place order in March. First 5 Humboldt and the Humboldt Area Foundation have gotten together to invest $120,000 dollars as financial incentives to local child care providers to help them reopen or stay open. Protective public health measures have reduced the number of children each provider can take care of, making the finances of these small businesses very difficult. Incentive payments are currently set at $500-$750 for each eligible child care facility.
Additionally, First 5 Humboldt and Changing Tides Family Services recently distributed critical supplies for Humboldt County child care providers caring for the children of essential workers and vulnerable populations. The deliveries included boxes of 3-ply masks, disinfectant, children’s books, wipes, non-contact thermometers, and packs of diapers.
While researching the Eureka Children and Families Strategic Plan that was adopted by the city last year, Access to Childcare and Support for the Child Care Industry were both identified as areas of focus before COVID 19. Throughout this crisis, I have been meeting with a local child care task force – as have representatives from our Community Services Team – to identify ways to help families through this difficult, and still uncertain, transition. We are fortunate to have a collaborative team of advocates for children and families in our community.
As always, and in addition to our video updates and social media posts, you can find regular updates at the City of Eureka’s website, which is ci.eureka.ca.gov, as well as links to other important community resources.
Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. We’ll talk agai