Another non-bomb prompted a massive response last week, this one tying up City Hall for hours.
The house is located next to Cahill Park, through which Arcata Elementary School students pass every morning and afternoon. A steady stream of Humboldt State students living in the neighborhood’s rental homes walked and biked past as officers dismantled the drug labs and laid items out on a tarp in the front yard.
A package dropped off last Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Northtown FedEx Kinko’s bore multiple signs of being something less benign than the bicycle light it turned out to be.
Mendosa has been a City of Arcata employee for the past 30 years. He began his career as a bus driver for the Arcata & Mad River Transit System in 1980. He became a sworn police officer in 1982, and police chief in 2002. He was named acting city manager over a year ago, taking over when Arcata’s then-City Manager Michael Hackett went on medical leave. Mendosa was appointed Interim City Manager in March, 2009.