Monday, May 02, 2016

Goodness and mercy (UPDATES)

A Morning Emergency in the Palco Marsh - Linda Stansberry/North Coast Journal

Kim Bergel is doing something to help.

A whole lot of people are trying.

And now Devil's Playground is being cleaned up - again:

Fires Break Out, Things Explode as Palco Marsh Evictions Begin - LoCo is UPDATING
UPDATE, 10:43 a.m.: Interview with Betty Chinn

Tireless homeless advocate Betty Chinn tells the Outpost‘s Andrew Goff that she was very worried about this morning’s operations, but after spending time on the scene she feels “hugely relieved.” The Eureka Police Department, she said, is handling things “really, really well.”

As for the availability of housing, Chinn said that there are enough beds for everyone who wants to go. “I love this community,” she said. (Audio interview at LoCo)
Some Transition Into Shipping Containers, Others Prepare for Conflict Hours Before Palco Marsh Exodus - LoCo

Setting of the scene and the human face of the Palco Marsh evictions this morning, not through words but photos - John Chiv/Words Worth
So far, no issues at the Palco Marsh, except for a handful of protestors; one from Arcata yelling, "What is your capacity,officer?" - John Chiv/Words Worth
Are there people at the Marsh discouraging others from moving out? If so, who and why? If people felt safe, I could get answers - John Chiv/Words Worth
"Where specifically in the record is there evidence of this contention?"; Judge White asked Peter Martin and the plaintiffs - John Chiv/Words Worth

Marian Brady reports: The new shelter at 3rd and Commercial is ready for tenants. Betty is here greeting people who have registered.
At least 21 individuals made the transition to the new shelters yesterday according to Betty. I hope more choose to move their belongings and live at the new site. The city is also storing belongings so that the displaced campers can stay at the other designated sleeping sites knowing their stuff will be safely locked up until they are ready to claim it again. At the Commercial St. site, people with dogs are welcomed and a kennel area provided for the day; animals stay with their owners at night in their rooms. As a friend said, this transition facility offers a Chance for a Choice.

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