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City of Eureka
531 K Street
Eureka, CA 95501-1165

Phone: (707) 441-4144


10/2/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 20200925
Subject :

Mayor Seaman PSA - September 25, 2020
Contact : Pamela Powell, City Clerk, Administration    7074414175
    ppowell@ci.eureka.ca.gov
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Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to work tirelessly to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. This week marks the 6-month anniversary of doing these addresses, and I want to note that it appears we’re doing a pretty good job of flattening the curve and keeping our new COVID-19 cases under control. I notice myself, and hear from people in the community, that people are really committing to wearing their masks. If we all keep it up, we can make a huge impact on keeping us all healthy. In Humboldt County we remain at a moderate risk, which allows most of our businesses to remain open. Your attentiveness to monitoring your activities are responsible for that. Those of you who are following good COVID-19 practices are helping create a healthier community and to sustain our economy. Thank you – and, Keep it up! Those caring actions are the activities of a Good Neighbor – and as it happens – Sept 27 through Oct. 3 is Eureka Good Neighbor Week. This is the second year we have celebrated the importance of our relationships with our neighbors for emotional connection, or the ability to advocate for a geographic area, or to work together to be resilient in the face of a disaster. This year, despite the lack of events to bring neighbors together, the City of Eureka has something extra special to offer. The Neighborhood Investment Mini Grant program was approved at the last City Council Meeting in an effort to encourage and support neighborhood initiatives. The $500 grants can be used to foster neighborhood pride and sense of belonging; develop stronger relationships among neighbors and neighborhood groups; improve the quality of life for residents; increase equity, resilience, opportunity, and leadership; and build capacity for long-term change by neighbors working together. The funds can be used for a variety of projects including communications, like a neighborhood website, newsletters or bulletin boards. It can be used for ‘New Resident’ welcome packets or meeting information signage. Funds can also be used for physical improvements like sidewalk planters, little free boxes, community gardens, or public art. And, when we can safely return to it, funds can be used for special events like neighborhood block parties, cleanup events, beautification events, and kids’ play days. The list of possibilities is long, and the City is excited to hear about your ideas. Visit the City of Eureka website at ci.eureka.ca.gov to get more details. The program is open now and will remain open until the funds are used. For the more immediate celebration of Good Neighbor Week, we should consider the toll COVID-19 restrictions may be taking on our neighbors. You may not be able to visit at the kitchen table like before, but a nice handwritten note or some homemade baked goods could go a long way to letting your neighbors know you’re thinking about them, even if you don’t see them as often as you did before. Even something as simple as sitting on your front porch in the evening and waving as people walk by is a good way to introduce yourself to neighbors you may have not yet met. As we continue to move through what is a very difficult year, our ability to find friendship in our immediate surroundings is a simple pleasure that has a profound effect on the resilience of our community as a whole and on us as individuals. 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. And, happy Good Neighbor Week! We’ll talk again soon.





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