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The latest in a series of meetings in Garberville focusing on the problems and issues surrounding houseless people in Southern Humboldt took place on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 PM at the Vet's Hall in Garberville. Attendance at the meeting was diverse and was estimated at about 100 people which included Humboldt Sheriff Mike Downey accompanied by a Deputy Sheriff. The meeting was facilitated by local Attorney Eric Kirk, and co-facilitated by Paul Encimer. Audio from the previous meeting (Oct 7) can be played and downloaded here.
On Friday, October 7th, community members met at the Garberville Vet's Hall, from 6 - 8 PM to address homelessness issues in Southern Humboldt. Friday's meeting was the most recent public forum in a series of meetings hosted by different groups, to address this issue. Problems and concerns that have been voiced at these meetings include:
- lack of a public bathroom in Redway or Garberville
- littering, including trash and feces
- alleged drug dealing at the Vet's Park in Garberville
- transient loitering
- perceived lack of respect from the community toward transients and vice versa.
According to a Press Release from multiple Klamath Stakeholder groups, dated 9/21/11:
- The most probable estimate for dam removal and associated mitigations is $290 million (in 2020 dollars). Partial removal would cost $247 million, this assumes leaving some structures in place such as old powerhouses and selected abutment structures. Note that $200 million would come from ratepayers (who would otherwise foot the $500 million plus price tag for dam relicensing) and the balance would come from California.
- The one-year dam removal project is estimated to result in 1,400 jobs during the year of construction.
- Commercial fishing jobs were estimated in five Management Zones. Estimated jobs stemming from improved fishing conditions range from 11 average annual jobs in the KMZ-OR Management Area to 218 average annual jobs in the San Francisco Management Area.
- Dam removal would immediately alleviate massive blooms of toxic algae that plague the river each summer and pose health risks.
- Salmon dependent Tribes would benefit from increased abundance of salmon and improved water quality.
- Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges would receive additional water and for the first time in more than 100 years, receive a certainty of water delivery. This water supply could improve hunting and wildlife viewing, which could attract more visitors to the refuges. There would be an estimated additional 193,830 fall waterfowl and 3,634 hunting trips over the 50-year period of analysis.
On Friday, August 26, 2011, at 7 pm, Cindy Sheehan spoke and answered questions at the Vet's Hall in Garberville. Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. This tragedy prompted her to speak out against the wars and in early August 2005 to organize a protest camp outside President George W. Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch, just outside Crawford, Texas. She was also one of the nine founding members of Gold Star Families for Peace an organization that seeks to end the US occupation of Iraq and provides support for families of soldiers killed in Iraq. Cindy Sheehan is still active in both anti-war and environmental issues and is traveling on the "Peace Bus" to advocate for "Revolutionary Communities."
Community Journalist, Kelly Lincoln, covered the event for KMUD News and recorded the session. The audio for the entire event was split into four parts- use the players below to hear the audio.