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Posted on: December 6, 2023

Wiyot Tribe opposes the Eureka Housing for All and Downtown Vitality Initiative.

Signed - Tribal Letter of Opposition - Eureka Housing For All_Page_1

 

It is the opinion of the Wiyot Tribe that the Eureka Housing for All and Downtown Vitality Initiative is a dishonest initiative being promoted as pro-housing, when it in fact is pro-parking lots


It is the intention of the Wiyot Tribe to make public and clear to the citizens, City Council, and Mayor of the City of Eureka that  this ballot initiative does not support the housing needs ofthis community, and is in fact pro-parking. While the Eureka Housing for All Initiative specifically exempts the two parking lots, Sites 4 & 5, recently awarded to the Wiyot Tribe for the Parking Lots to Affordable Housing Plan, the exemption would not apply to any future sites. In fact, the initiative brings additional legal challenges to the City's Housing Element and use of the Surplus Land Act, which could have the effect of severely increasing the time and cost incurred by the Wiyot Tribe in moving forward with our proposed development.

The Wiyot Tribe was never consulted about this plan, nor did we request for our project to be excluded from the Initiative. The Initiative was written to appear to be in support of the Tribe, however, its backers are simultaneously working 'behind the scenes' to further their own agenda. Specifically, Eureka City Manager, Miles Slatterly and Rob Arkley have attempted to broker a deal in which the Tribe would relinquish one of the two parking lot sites we were awarded in July in exchange for a different site that would be subject to the Initiative's Off-Street Public Parking ("OSPP") Overlay.

It is the opinion of the Wiyot Tribe that the Eureka Housing for All and Downtown Vitality Initiative is a dishonest initiative being promoted as pro-housing, when it in fact is pro-parking lots. Its leaders are marketing this Initiative in a way that is tricking the citizens of Eureka to believe that these changes will  improve the Downtown community and business district, and supports the efforts of the Wiyot Tribe. We believe these claims to be false. The Tribe supports the City's continuation of developing surplus lands into affordable housing in culturally and environmentally conscious ways to improve the health of Eureka's citizens, and of us all.

View the Signed Letter Here: /DocumentCenter/View/3686

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