FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9
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 has been a good week, and because of those of you who have been following mask protocol, practicing social distancing, and avoiding crowds, Humboldt County is at Overall Alert Level One, or “Yellow” on the statewide metrics map. This is the strongest position for us to be in at this time. It means that COVID-19 cases are somewhat sporadic, and contact tracing can be used to control the virus. These alert levels change as our situations change, but if we continue to follow safe habits, we will be able to keep our friends and family healthy, our hospital beds free and our businesses open.
We have also been able to open our playgrounds – like this one here at Hammond Park. Like the rest of us, our kids have been making lots of adjustments to life during a pandemic and we’re happy to be able to provide families with more options for kids to expend some of their pent-up energy. Please follow COVID-19 and park guidelines – and limit visits to 30 minutes if others are present – but most importantly, have fun.
This week there has been a lot of talk about elections. But, beyond the Presidential Race, there are many races and ballot measures that will have a big impact on a local level. We are fortunate that we have several organizations who have been reaching out to talk with our City Council Candidates in Wards 2 and 4, so voters have lots of opportunities to get to know more about them. Look for candidate forums and candidate questions in a variety of video and written formats through the League of Women Voters, the Eureka Chamber of Commerce, the North Coast People’s Alliance, local media, and more. With eight candidates running in two Wards, there’s a lot to learn. We also have a number of ballot measures and propositions to consider. Two of those are specific to the City of Eureka. One is Measure C – to consider using Ranked Choice Voting in future elections; and Measure H, which will enact a one and a quarter percent sales tax to address important community functions like public safety, road repair, youth and senior services, and more.
This year, everybody in California has the option to mail in their ballot, but polling places will also be open for those who want to cast their vote in person. To learn about your voting options, you can visit the Humboldt County Elections page (humboldtgov.org/2535/Voting-Options).
While we’re all working individually on adapting to changes posed to us this year, our local organizations continue to face the challenge of funding to do the important work they’re doing. Here are a few organizations to consider supporting this week.
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is being held virtually on October 10. The Promise Garden is a tradition during the event where flowers are placed in a garden to represent those who have had the disease, are caregivers, or simply support those who are dealing with the effects of Alzheimer’s. There will be gardens throughout the County this year, but the largest will be at Kamisu Park in Eureka. If you drive by, take a moment to honor those folks who live or work with people who have this disease. You can reach out to donate, as well, at act.alz.org.
Today is also the kick-off for Food for People’s Capital Campaign for a new facility. Every year, we have far too many people who are food insecure and rely on Food for People. This year, it has become apparent that we are a disaster away from all being dependent on the important work they do. If you are able, I do hope you will find a way to help them in their efforts.
Also, this is the time of year when PTAs have their membership drives, a challenge with distance learning. As an organization, the PTA is there to serve the needs of all families. For less than $10 a year, you can become a member of your local school’s PTA – even if you don’t have a student attending. Schools and students are facing challenges like never before. If student success is an issue important to you, reach out to the District President at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can become a member.
Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate everybody’s commitment to keeping us safe and helping us achieve our current low risk rating. Please continue to be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. We’ll talk again soon.