ARCATA – Take a quick disco nap and down a couple of espressos after OysterFest, as official and unofficial after parties put forth some delectable musical offerings the evening of Saturday, June 15. Yogoman Burning Band with Motherlode at Jambalaya In case you missed the OysterFest or want more of the headlining bands, PC Productions…
If you can’t pony up the admission fee, there’s always Bebop and Brew, Lumberjack Days or Hempfest. Just kidding – those events didn’t evolve, and as you may have noticed, are no longer with us.
Within hours of the Thursday announcement, Arcata Main Street Director Jennifer Koopman and her board had been reviled as greedy, incompetent, dishonest, self-interested and even anatomically mutated. “I don’t know where your head is, but it’s not on your shoulders,” one caller to Main Street said in a voice mail message. Some online commenters wove the news into a broader narrative about the dysfunctional hellscape of oppression and ruin Arcata has become.
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.
Blake Broderick, 18, of Redlands was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for a violation of penal code section 245(a)(1), Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
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.
There are many alternative events for adults to enjoy on Halloween, from live concerts to dancing. The APD encourages people to act responsibly, respect the community, designate a driver and have fun.
The investigation determined that the driver had become involved in a domestic dispute at a bar near the Arcata Plaza. In leaving the scene of that dispute, he collided with a number of vehicles. One of those collisions caused injuries. He drove recklessly through the downtown area and then fled when officers attempted to detain him. He was taken into custody following a lengthy struggle with Officers. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman said, “The destruction that occurred last Halloween cannot be tolerated. We will be actively enforcing all laws and have zero tolerance for any violations. The safety of the citizens and officers as well as the protection of property will be our top priority.”