Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – All was calm, all was relatively bright under a 59 percent waning gibbous moon New year’s Eve 2015/2016. That is, until a man unlikely to be described with either of those first two terms chugged furtively down the alley connecting H Street to I Street. His uncertain…
We need the community to want something different. We need businesses and the people living around the Plaza to want something more favorable. It will still be loud, but it will be managed. It will still be messy but it will be cleaned up without the support of your tax dollars. It will be a ton of work, but work that absolutely can be accomplished. It will be expensive that is why we will not attempt it unless we have your support.
Having kept public injuries and damage to the Plaza to a minimum with the tactics last New Year’s Eve and on Halloween, Chapman said the same approach will be used this New Year’s Eve.
So, while arrests were down from last year, the Plaza wasn’t trashed and no one fell off of or got peed on from McKinley, “I can’t say it was successful,” Chapman said. He ballparked the cost to the City of the additional enforcement at $3,000 to $4,000.
Humboldt Mediatrion Services has released its compilation of ideas aired at last week’s Plaza scoping session on how to abate excessive behavior on Halloween and New Year’s Eve. These include initial thoughts of attendees – responses to “What would you like to see accomplished by this meeting?”, reports from the five subcommittees and a synopsis of ideas expressed at the Jan. 24 meeting.
Most citizens skirted the square entirely, evidently assuming by the massive police presence that it was on “lockdown,” as one passerby was heard to mention.
While plans won’t be finalized until this week, it looks like the Plaza’s inner core will be made off-limits so as to prevent people climbing up McKinley.