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City of Eureka General Plan Update/CAP EIR Public Scoping Meeting

The community is invited to attend a Public Scoping Meeting (see the meeting flyer HERE) to learn about and discuss the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) being prepared for the General Plan Update and Climate Action Plan (CAP), with the City on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Wharfinger Building, located at 1 Marina Way in Eureka.


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Click on the link below for the October eNewsletter!!!

Click here

( October eNewsletter!! )


Please join the Hikshari' Volunteer Trail Stewards on Saturday, September 10th, between 9 and 11am. We will meet at the sanctuary parking lot at the end of Hilfiker Lane at 9am. 

We will do our usual clean up and landscaping. Please bring your own water. We have some gloves but bring your own if you wish. New volunteers are always welcome! Rain or shine, we'll be there! For more info contact Wanda at wnaylor@humboldt1.com

City of Eureka Block Party "Spirit of the Northcoast" PSA
2nd Annual City of Eureka Block Party to be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 in Sequoia Park. Watch below:

City of Eureka Block Party Invitation Video

City/County launch 30-60 Housing First Campaign

The City of Eureka and County of Humboldt are launching a campaign that's goal is to house 30 homeless people in 60 days.

"We've been working on this for quite a few months," said Eureka City Manager Greg Sparks.  "We're very excited to continue to partner with the county to reduce the barriers for people who need housing."

The 30-60 Housing First Campaign comes from a recommendation by Sacramento-based consulting firm Focus Strategies which specializes in helping communities develop a systems approach to end homelessness.  The city and county commissioned the firm to assist in coming up with a plan for the Eureka area.

In March, the Eureka City Council and Humboldt County Board of Supervisors passed a joint resolution to collaborate on reducing homelessness and adopting a Housing First model.

Housing First is an approach to homeless assistance that prioritizes rapid placement and stabilization in permanent housing and does not have service participation requirements or preconditions such as sobriety or a minimum income threshold.

"Without a safe and clean place to live, it's difficult for people to address barriers like substance abuse and mental health issues or to pursue employment," said Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services Director Connie Beck.  "Housing First is rooted in the belief that having a permanent place to live is a precondition for recovery."

The event will take place on Monday, August 8th from noon to 1 pm at Eureka City Hall, 531 K Street in Eureka.  Refreshments to be provided.

Housing First Summit

Keynote Speaker:

Sam Tsemberis, Ph.D.

Mr. Tsemberis was featured in the Washington Post as the outsider who accidentally solved chronic homelessness.  He is the founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing and developed the Housing First Program which has proven results across the Nation.

The summit will also feature education and training led by HomeBase, a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to ending homelessness.  If you're interested in learning more about why Housing First is the most effective model for addressing homelessness, please join us.

Organizations that wish to promote their efforts to reduce homelessness with displays and other informational materials are welcome to do so as space allows.

Space is limited and registration is required.  Please RSVP by emailing:


ASL and Spanish will be available.  Please communicate any access needs in your RSVP.

Please click HERE for flyer.

City Ballot Measure Arguments Recieved
Arguments in favor of and against Measures O and P have been filed with the City Clerks office.  Rebuttals against these arguments are due to the City Clerks office by 5 P.M. on August 14, 2016.  You can review the filed arguments below:

Argument in favor of Measure O (Low Income Housing)
Argument in favor of Measure P (True Ward System)
Argument against Measure P (True Ward System)

City Council Places Two Ballot Measures on November 8th General Election Ballot
At the July 5, 2016 regular Council meeting, Council voted to place two ballot measures on the November 8th General Election Ballot.  Council also voted to establish priorities for groups and individuals who would like to submit arguments for or against these measures.  The ballot questions are as follows: 
     Shall the 250 limit on dwelling units for living accommodations for low income persons and families and for the blind, elderly and disabled to be developed, constructed or acquired by public bodies within the City of Eureka be amended to provide that the number of low income rental units authorized shall be limited in any year to three percent (3%) of the total number of housing units existing in the City of Eureka during that year?

     Shall Section 210 of the Charter of the City of Eureka be amended to allow voters to elect a City Councilmember to represent them form the ward in which the residents are registered to vote?

Deadlines for Arguments for or against these measures will be accepted at the City Clerks office from individuals or groups through 5 P.M. on August 3, 2016.  All arguments must be submitted with a "Form of Statement for Authors of Arguments" and signed by those authoring an argument for or against these measures.

Notice of Deadlines to Submit Arguments
Form of Statement for Authors of Arguments

City Council Nomination Period
The nomination period for Ward 2 and Ward 4 Council positions opens Monday, July 18th and runs through August 12th.  The General Election will be held November 8, 2016.  Please contact the City Clerks office (441-4175) if you live in either of these wards and would like to serve your City as a Council member. 

News Image Local Officials to Attend FEMA Training

Disaster preparedness and response professionals of the Humboldt Bay Area have been accepted into FEMA's community specific "Integrated Emergency Management Course"(IEMC).  The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) accepts only twelve communities nationwide annually to participate in the IEMC.  This week long course will be held at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, May 16 - May 19, 2016.


Palco Marsh - May 2nd Exit Date
Listen to the PSA by clicking HERE for information regarding the vacation of the Palco Marsh on May 2, 2016. 
Those individuals needing assistance should contact the following service providers:

  • North Coast Veterans Resource Center: 707.442.4322
  • Alcohol Drug Care Services (DETOX): 707.445.3869
  • Serenity Inn: 707.442.4815
  • Open Door Clinic: 707.443.4666
  • Redwood Community Action Agency:  707.445.0881
  • Food for People:  707.445.3166
  • Eureka Rescue Mission:  110 2nd St. 707.445.3787
  • St. Vincent de Paul:   35 West 3rd St. 707.445.9588
  • North Coast Resource Center 35 West 3rd St. 707.442.5239
  • Street Outreach Services:  707.441.2000
  • Humboldt County Mental Health:  707.268.2945
  • Betty Chinn Day Center 7th and C Sts. 707.407.3833
  • Crossroads Treatment Center:  707.445.0869
  • Humboldt Recovery:  Women 707.443.0514 Men 707.444.6262
  • Arcata House/Night Shelter:  707.822.4528
  • Sequoia Humane Society:  707.442.1782

New City of Eureka Panhandling Ordinance
The City Council adopted the new Citywide Panhandling Ordinance at its March 15, 2016 meeting.  Enforcement will begin on April 14, 2016.  Listen here to learn more about where panhandling is prohibited.  Panhandling PSA

Eureka Waterfront Trail
An overview of the Eureka Waterfront Trail, Phases A, B and C can be viewed by clicking on the link below.


Eureka Homeless Services RFP
On March 18, 2016 the Eureka City Council established a deadline of May 2nd, 2016, to remove all encampments in violation of the Eureka Municipal code 93.02. It was determined that the elimination of camping in the vicinity of the Waterfront Trail construction was necessary due to public safety, environmental concerns and for the health and welfare of those camping  illegally in the area. In addition to the May 2nd, encampment vacation, the City Council also determined that the City would release a RFP, for the purpose of determining if there was interest in the community either from a non-profit organization, religious institution or other interested parties to provide a temporarily- not greater than six months sanctioned camping facility within the City limits.

Click to view RFP

( Eureka Homeless Services RFP )

Notice to Vacate Issued to Illegal Campers
The City of Eureka has issued a "Notice to Vacate" to all individuals illegally camping behind the Bayshore Mall, the Palco Marsh and pole shed properties. Trail construction is set to begin mid May 2016 and in order to protect individuals, the area must be vacated. In addition, the City is very concerned about the environmental degradation that is taking place not only in the mash areas, but also to Humboldt Bay.  The City has been notified by several state agencies that the City needs to address the issues surrounding the homeless encampments or notices of violation could be issue.  All illegal campers must vacate these areas by May 2, 2016

Click to view notice
( Notice to Vacate )

Focus Strategies
Homeless Strategy and Implementation Plan -Phase 1 
( Focus Strategies Report )

The Cooper Gulch Trail Stewards are having a workday on December 16th from 9am to noon. Meet at the 10th and R Street parking lot (next to the Eureka Skateboard Park) in Eureka. Please bring gloves and eye protection if you have them. For more information contact Linda at (707)498-8086.

News Image Food Truck Public Workshop
The City of Eureka is hosting a workshop in order to gauge public opinion on mobile food vending in anticipation of an upcoming update to the Municipal Code. From food trucks to food carts, from produce wagons to bicycles-powered coffee carts, were seeking your input on the future of mobile food vending in Eureka.

Where: The Wharfinger Building
             1 Marina way
When: January 7th, 2016, 6-7:30 PM

For more information: Contact Brian Heaton
 at 268-5265 or bheaton@ci.eureka.ca.gov

( View PDF )

A Better Left Turn Signal

The City of Eureka will be retrofitting some City-owned traffic signals with new flashing yellow left turn arrows. This signal has been demonstrated to be safer and more efficient and has been used successfully for a number of years in other states. The City will install the first flashing yellow left turn arrow signal in Humboldt County at the Harrison Avenue and Buhne Street intersection in November during the week of Thanksgiving. For additional information on the new left turn signal, please click the link below

A Better Left Turn Signal

Red Panda Escape
One of the Red Pandas from Sequoia Park and Zoo has escaped.  The panda is NOT a danger to humans.  Staff is concerned about the safety of the panda.  The panda was last seen in the forest behind Sequoia Zoo.  Please do not approach or try to capture the panda, but call Zoo staff at 499-3668 or EPD Dispatch at 441-4044.  

News Image November eNewsletter!!!!
November eNewsletter!!!

News Image Veteran's Day
Veteran's Day
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HEADS UP Pedestrian Safety Campaign Final Report

The City of Eureka has wrapped up it's HEADS UP pedestrian safety education campaign. The goal of the campaign was to reduce pedestrian collisions by improving pedestrian and driver behavior. The campaign was funded by a $100,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The attached HEADS UP Pedestrian Safety Campaign final report summarizes the campaign, its accomplishments, and provides lessons learned for future traffic safety campaigns.

To view report click here.

Street Re-Surfacing Work
A Contractor for the City of Eureka will be re-surfacing Myrtle Avenue between Harrison Avenue and West Avenue on Friday, October 23rd and Monday, October 26th. There will be controlled traffic and lengthy delays.  West Avenue/'S' Street between Myrtle Avenue and Buhne Street will be closed to through traffic on Saturday, October 24th for street re-surfacing. This work will occur between the hours of approximately 7:00am and 6:00pm, please use alternate routes.

City of Eureka Rummage Sale
The City of Eureka will be holding a rummage sale on Friday, August 25, 2015 at the Municipal Auditorium from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Hope to see you there! 

General Plan Update Meeting September 8, 2015

City of Eureka
General Plan Update
Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting
September 8, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Land Use and Zoning Designation Changes

 As part of the City of Eureka’s General Plan Update process, the City will hold a joint City Council/Planning Commission Study Session on September 8, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of City Hall.  As part of the process to prepare the Preferred Land Use Plan, Staff has identified and will present recommendations regarding the following:


RFP- The Lodge at Eureka 2015 State Home Program Grant #15-HOME-10093

The City of Eureka is soliciting Requests for Proposals for administrative subcontractor consulting services for the 2015 State HOME Program Grant #15-HOME-10093 - The Lodge at Eureka, a new rental construction project, and will receive proposals in the Development Services Office, Third Floor, City Hall, 531 K Street, Eureka, California, 95501, up to the hour of 5:00 PM, Monday, September 21, 2015.

For RFP click HERE

For Addendum click HERE

Clean-Up Areas Marsh Maintenance Program
As a part of the City’s new weekly marsh maintenance program, on Thursday, September 3, 2015, crews will be cleaning Section 2 and 3 of the below map. All four areas on the map will have routine maintenance including trash and invasive vegetation removal on a rotating basis every Thursday.


EPD has provided not less than 72-hour notification to illegal encampments in Section 2 and 3 and will be present to ensure compliance during the clean-up. Illegal campers must remove any personal belongings while the area is cleaned. No personal belongings will be discarded during this clean-up. During the initial clean-ups, a front loader will be used to remove trash for efficiency. Heavy equipment will not be used to remove any living vegetation. Living vegetation removal will be limited to invasive species only (pampas grass, fennel, non-native berries, spartina, hemlock, etc.) using a weed whacker.

This routine clean-up program is not for criminalizing houseless or solving our homeless issues. This program is designed to address the City’s responsibility as a property owner. Those illegally camping on City property will now be on notice that every Thursday is the day routine maintenance will occur and to pack up all personal belongings during this clean-up period. Parks and Recreation is responsible for maintaining the greenbelts and will be the lead on illegal dumping abatement and encampment remnant clean up. EPD presence is just to insure compliance with the notification process and make sure order is maintained.

( Map )

The City of Eureka wants to hear from you!
From May through August, the City of Eureka hosted a pedestrian safety campaign called "Heads Up" to reduce pedestrian collisions by increasing awareness and improving pedestrian and driver behaviors. The City is now inviting residents to take a five-minute survey to share their thoughts about the campaign.  Respondents will be eligible to win one of many prizes, including a $50 North Coast Co-op gift card, day passes to the Adorni Center, or pairs of passes to Muni Skate.  The survey and raffle will be open until Friday, September 4th.
Take the survey here:  www.surveymonkey.com/r/EurekaHeadsUp

Thank you for sharing your opinion!

CORRECTED Request for Proposals Blue Ox Strategic Plan Bid #: 2015-09

NOTE:  The RFP released Monday, July 27 was an incorrect version.  The corrected version has been posted, and you can find the corrected document at the link below.  We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

The City of Eureka is soliciting Requests for Proposals for the Blue Ox Strategic Plan.

The Blue Ox Strategic Plan will create a Strategic Plan which demonstrates the financial, regulatory and cultural pathway to the development of a sustainable historic village site and school structure for the Blue Ox Historic Village and School as part of a larger vision for the shoreline of the City of Eureka.

Please see the corrected copy HERE.

C Street to F Street Design Charrette

The City of Eureka is embarking on a process to gather public feedback regarding concepts for development for the area behind the boardwalk, between C Street and F Street. The project area is encompassed by the boardwalk on the north, the C Street Market Plaza on the west, Waterfront Drive (1st Street) on the South, and F Street Plaza on the east. The C Street to F Street Design Charrette will be occurring during the last week of July.  The week includes multiple public workshops, which are summarized below.  Please help spread the word.

View the Press Release HERE 

View the Flyer


The Community Development Department is seeking volunteers!
The City of Eureka is seeking volunteers to assist with data entry on the City’s historic preservation website. Volunteers will utilize existing source material to input information regarding Eureka’s over 800 historic buildings. Background or interest in historic preservation and/or Eureka history is preferred. Interested persons may contact Robert Jensen at rjensen@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

This addendum is issued as supplemental information to the RFQ EUREKA PARKLET PILOT PROGRAM BID # 2015-23.  This addendum includes the following points of clarification: 

1.      Setback Guidelines
2.    Insurance requirements for individual Parklets
3.    Defining "easy removal"


News Image City of Eureka July eNews!

July Edition of the City of Eureka eNews

Click Here

( City of Eureka eNews! )

[Updated July 2, 2015] Coming Monday July 6th! Medical Cannabis Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

On May 5, 2015 the Eureka City Council directed staff to release a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for businesses that are interested in opening one of two potential medical cannabis dispensaries in Eureka.  The RFQ is prepared, and will be released on Monday July 6, 2015.  Responders will have until August 14, 2015 to put together a response to the RFQ.  Please check back Monday for a link to the RFQ. 



We Need Your Help!
  • No watering landscapes or grass on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays
  • No using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways
  • No runoff when irrigating with potable water
  • Do not use hoses without shutoff nozzles to wash cars
  • Do not use potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water
  • Cannot use outdoor irrigation during and 48 hours following measurable precipitation
  • Restaurants and other food service establishments can only serve water to customers on request
  • Hotels and motels must provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily

The City of Eureka is soliciting Proposals from building owners, businesses, non-profits, and other organizations within the City that may be interested in creating a parklet, which is a mini-park that utilizes a parking space. The City will receive proposals in the Development Services Department, 531 K Street, Eureka, California, 95501, no later than 5:00pm, Friday July 24, 2015.

Given that Friday July 3rd is a city holiday, the Parklet addendum will be released the morning of Monday, July 6th.

RFP Click here

The City of Eureka is soliciting Proposals from qualified firms to design and install new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA) systems for the Wastewater Collection and Wastewater Treatment Divisions of the Public Works/Engineering Department.

"If an Addendum is necessary, it will be posted here by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2105."

RFP Click Here

Pedestrian Safety Campaign
Click here for more information

Addendum #1 C To F Street Design Charrette RFQ # 2015-10
This addendum is issued as supplemental information to the RFQ City of Eureka Bid#: 2015-10 C To F Street Waterfront Conceptual Master Plan Design Charrette.

Click Here
( View PDF )

April 21, 2015 Regular Council Meeting
The April 21, 2015 Council meeting is available in its entirety at Access Humboldt.  Click here.

The City of Eureka is soliciting Requests for Qualifications for conceptual master planning services to assist the City with a project entitled "City of Eureka C Street to F Street Waterfront Conceptual Design Charrette," and will receive Qualifications in the Community Development Office, 531 K Street, Eureka, California, 95501, up to the hour of 12:00 P.M. (NOON), Friday, May 15, 2015

Click here for RFQ

City of Eureka eNewsletter for April
Welcome to City of Eureka eNews, a monthly e-newsletter to communicate City events, activities, and department information to our residents.  Click on the link below to view the second issue of COE eNews.  You can sign up to receive COE eNews directly by e-mailing ctyson@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

  April eNews

Eureka Business Readi! Study Bid# 2015-08 Addendum #1
This addendum is issued as supplemental information to the RFP Bid#2015-08 EUREKA BUSINESS READI! STUDY.  

Addendum #1

City of Eureka Cold Storage Feasibility Study
The City of Eureka is currently studying the feasibility of a regional cold storage facility and related services such as ice, blast freezing, frozen storage, etc.  To determine the demand for such a facility, the City is distributing a survey.  In order to truly understand the actual or potential demand, we need the survey results to cover a broad range of potential users.  Accordingly, please distribute this email as needed to reach any other potential future users.

You may participate in this survey in one of three ways:
    1.  Click on the following link and complete the survey on-line
    2.  Print the attached PDF, complete the survey, and then mail it to: Eureka Cold Storage Survey, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. 983 Osos Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
    3.  Go to the Community Development Department at Eureka City Hall.  Ask for a survey and complete it there on the spot.  Or mail it to the address above.

( View PDF )

Hilfiker Lift Station Reconstruction Project Bid No. 2014-5
The City of Eureka Engineering Department is currently accepting bids for the Hilfiker Lift Station Reconstruction Project.  For the Notice to Contractors click HERE 

Plans and Specs must be purchased from the Engineering Department on the 3rd Floor of City Hall at 531 K Street. Please contact engineering@ci.eureka.ca.gov or call 707-441-4194 for more information.

Deadline for submittal of proposals is April 9th, 2015 at 2pm.

RFP for Eureka Business Readi! Study
The City of Eureka is accepting Requests for Proposals for consulting services for planning and technical assistance associated with a Community Development Block Grant for the "Eureka Business Readi! Study."

The RFP can be accessed HERE, or a copy may be requested from the Community Development Department at 707-441-4160 or by e-mail at
Deadline for submittal of proposals is April 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Housing Authority Opens Wait List

The Housing Authority of the County of Humboldt will be opening their Section 8 Wait List for affordable housing on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Redwood Acres Only.  Hours will be 10:30am to 4:30pm on Tuesday and 8:30am to 3:30pm on Wednesday.  Preliminary applications will be given and accepted at this event. For more information, please call the Housing Authority at 707-443-4583 Ext. 210. 

For more information click here.

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2015 Stormwater Survey
The North Coast Stormwater Coalition (NCSC) invites all community members to participate in the 2015 Stormwater Survey.  The NCSC works collaboratively with Humboldt County and city governments to reduce Stormwater pollution and protect local watersheds.  The Coalition will use the survey to gauge the public's knowledge of stormwater issues, including the impacts of urban run-off and other harmful discharges into local waterways like Humboldt and Trinidad Bays and their tributaries.  Based on the survey responses, the Coalition will improve our regional stormwater pollution prevention education and outreach program.  Your input is invaluable.  Please participate in this anonymous survey on line by following the link above or in hard copy at Eureka City Hall. 

Transportation Safety Commission Meeting Cancelled
                        The Transportation Safety Commission Meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 13th 2015, has been postponed to February, 10th 2015 at it's regularly scheduled time. Please contact the Engineering Department at 707-441-4194 with any questions or concerns.  

Addendum #2 Cold Storage Feasibility Study RFQ #07-06-07096

This addendum is issued as supplemental information to the RFQ #07-06-07096 COLD STORAGE FEASIBILITY STUDY.  This addendum includes answers to questions that were submitted by consultants via email following the conference call that occurred on December 18, 2014.  All questions asked prior to and/or during the December 18th conference call were addressed in Addendum #1.  Two follow-up questions were submitted via email, which are addressed in the addendum.

Addendum #2

Addendum #1 Cold Storage Feasibility Study RFQ # 07-06-07096

This addendum is issued as supplemental information to the RFQ #07-06-07096 COLD STORAGE FEASIBILITY STUDY.  This addendum includes the following points of clarification:  

Addendum #1 

News Image San Francisco Giants World Champions Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America

The 2010, 2012 and 2014 San Francisco Giants World Series trophies will be on display at the Adorni Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. Stop by and take your picture with these special trophies!

The Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Junior Giants program, in partnership with the City of Eureka Parks & Recreation, is hosting this stop on the San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour, which is being presented by Bank of America.

A $2 donation is recommended to support Junior Giants in our community. Don't miss this exciting opportunity!

Click here for more information.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Free drop off will be available at Humboldt Waste Management Authority’s Transfer Station, 1059 W. Hawthorne St. through Sunday, January 11. Call (707) 268-8680. Recology offers tree pick up for $5 in Eureka and surrounding County on January 2 and 9. Call (707) 442-5711 for appointment.

Additional recycling sites are being offered in Arcata, Blue Lake, Ferndale, Fortuna, McKinleyville, Rio Dell and Trinidad. 

Click here for more information.

Pre-RFQ Submittal Conference Call/Meeting

Consultants that are interested in submitting a statement of qualifications for the Cold Storage Feasibility Study (Project number 07-06-07096) are encouraged to participate in a Q&A meeting/conference call with City staff at 1:30pm on December 18, 2014.  Consultants must be prepared to ask questions of
City staff regarding the RFQ.  Consultants may attend the Q&A meeting in person in Room 207 at City Hall or may call in to the meeting with the following information:

  • Call:  866-390-1828
  • Code: 937733

If you have questions regarding the upcoming meeting, call Maggie Gurley at 707.441.4160.

Cold Storage RFQ 

Pedestrian Safety Education & Outreach Campaign

The City of Eureka is soliciting proposals from qualified firms for services related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of a Pedestrian Safety Education and Outreach Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to reduce pedestrian fatalities and injuries, through increased awareness and improved behavior by informing, persuading, and motivating a target audience. The project is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The final project completion date is September 30, 2015, and the total contract cost shall not exceed $90,000.

A complete project scope of work, and submission requirements are available from the City of Eureka Engineering Department, 531 K Street, Eureka, CA  95501, or on the City of Eureka’s website. If you have any questions or require more information, please call Sheila Parrott in the Engineering Department at (707) 441-4194. Proposals must be received by 2:00 P.M., November 13, 2014.

2014 Strategic Visioning Plan
The Mayor and Council met in special session in June of this year to update the City's Strategic Visioning.  The summary and action items that were created at those meetings can be view by clicking on the links below:

Strategic Visioning Executive Summary
Action Agenda
Performance Report

California Tax Credit Workshop for Businesses
The County of Humboldt in collaboration with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting a workshop on the new California Competes Tax Credit.  The workshop is free and in one hour learn how to apply for the credit.  Join us on Tuesday, September 30th at 4 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatics Center. (Register Now)

Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this new tax credit program available from the State.  The California Competes Program provides upwards of $151 million in tax credits during this fiscal year for businesses of all sizes that want to expand or relocate to California.  Come and learn how your business can apply for millions in available new tax credits.  The workshop and the program are both free and available to businesses of all sizes. 

Waterfront Trail Phase A

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15072 & 15105, the City of Eureka is providing notice of an “Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact” for the Phase A Eureka Waterfront Trail Project. The City has prepared an Initial Study for this project, and proposes to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration.  A copy of the Notice of Intent and Initial Study can be found by clicking HERE.

Measure Q Information
Please click on the link below for information regarding Measure Q that will be on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot.  Measure Q will extend the existing 1/2 cent sales tax. 

Measure Q Information
Measure O/Q Information

( Measure Q Brochure )

West Avenue Improvements Project
The City of Eureka will be grinding and paving West Avenue between Myrtle Avenue and 6th Street beginning Monday September 1st through Friday September 5th. This work requires lane closures and detours and will be performed in the evening between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. nightly. Please drive carefully in the vicinity of this and all work zones.

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Participate in a Study Session on Eureka’s General Plan Update

The community is invited to attend an informational joint study session with the City Council and Planning Commission on the General Plan Update on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 4:00 pm in the Council Chamber located at City Hall, 531 K Street in Eureka.  Join the City to learn about two documents that will inform the General Plan Update: the Draft Planning Issues and Opportunities Report and the Homelessness Policy Paper. The Draft Planning Issues and Opportunities Report identifies key physical, environmental, economic, cultural, and social assets, issues, opportunities and objectives that may be considered as part of the update. The Homelessness Policy Paper presents short-term, medium-term and longer-term strategies the community can take to begin to reduce homelessness. This study session will present an overview of both documents and the process by which they were developed. For more information, visit the General Plan Update website at http://www.eureka2040gpu.com or call Lisa Shikany at (707) 268-5265.

Emergency Water Conservation Resolution
The Eureka City Council at their August 5th meeting adopted a Resolution implementing Water Shortage Emergency Provisions. 

"Get Out & Play Day" July 26th

Saturday, July 26, is “Get Out & Play Day” in Eureka! From the park to the bay, there will plenty to do for the whole family from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. Just a few of the highlights of “Get Out & Play Day” are “Zumba in the Park” at Sequoia Park, interpretive walks along the Hikshari’ Trail, a “Kicks & Tricks SK8 Fest” at Cooper Gulch, kids FREE Day on the Madaket, Wine Down at the Adorni After Party and much more.  Your couch just met its match!

Click here for a complete schedule of "Get Out & Play Day" activities & events or call 707-441-4248 for more info.

2014-2015 Community Park Clean-Up Series
 Join the City of Eureka’s Parks & Recreation Department for the next event in 2014-2015 Community Parks Clean-Up Series!  Come to Sequoia Park on Fri., July 25th from 10am – 12pm and help us clean-up the park. 

Activities following the clean-up include: recycled art, “Trash Talk” Teen Poetry Slam, community raffle, food, music & more! 

Call 441-4244 for more info or click here.

DRAFT Transportation Safety Action Plan

The Transportation Safety Commission has completed another draft of the Transportation Safety Action Plan & supplemental Neighborhood Traffic Calming tool and is asking for public input and comments. The purpose of the plan is to improve safety for all modes of transportation in the City of Eureka and to provide local neighborhoods opportunities to resolve their traffic safety concerns through use of traffic calming countermeasures.  You can view the drafts by going to the Engineering Department, Traffic/Signals, Transportation Safety Commission and you will see the draft link or see more below.

Please submit comments through the Engineering email at engineering@ci.eureka.ca.gov through July 31, 2014.



Eureka Police Department Releases RFP
The Eureka Police Department is requesting proposals for a Police Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Managment System.

The Eureka Police Department currently uses an outdated legacy database as its Computer Aided Dispatch and Records Management System. As such it is inefficient, incapable of advanced crime analysis and cannot be used for field reporting purposes. To correct the systemic inefficiencies, Eureka will upgrade or purchase a new CAD/RMS system to meet its future and growing needs.  

Click here to review the RFP.

RFP for CDBG Homebuyer with Rehabilitation Program First Mortgage Lender
The City of Eureka is seeking a first mortgage lender to enter into an Agreement with the City of Eureka to provide first mortgage loans to low to moderate income eligible homebuyers within the city limits of Eureka.  This program is funded from a grant award from the State of California Community Development Block Grant and will provide second mortgage, deferred (no monthly) payment loans, up to $100,000.00, due upon sale or maturity of the first mortgage loan, or in 30 years at 1.5% interest.  The deadline for proposal submittal is Friday, May 2nd, 2014, at 5pm.  For a copy of the proposal, additional information, or to be added to the City’s Homebuyer Program waiting list, please contact Melinda Petersen in the Housing Division at 707-441-4214.

Supplemental Transaction & Use Tax
Eureka voters approved Measure "O" on November 2, 2010 which was a 1/2 cent Transactions and Use Tax for General Fund services.  Since the passage of Measure "O", the City of Eureka has relied on this locally-controlled revenue source to fund essential local municipal services.  The Eureka City Council received a report on Measure "O" funds in January 2014, followed by an annual report from the Finance Advisory Committee chair on March 4, 2014.  Supplemental Transaction & Use Tax information can be obtained by clicking here:  2010 TUT Measure

City Manager Announcement

The Mayor and Council are pleased to announce that Greg Sparks of West Des Moines, Iowa has accepted the position of City Manager with the City of Eureka.  Greg comes to the City of Eureka with a great deal of experience and knowledge as a City Manager.  Mr. Sparks is currently employed by the City of West Des Moines as their City Manager and oversees a staff of 415 employees and an annual budget of 113M.

Previous experience:  Greg served as the Town Manager of Mountain Village, Colorado.  Mountain Village is a resort community adjacent to Telluride, in southwest Colorado.  He managed a staff of 146 employees that offered a variety of traditional and non-traditional services to meet the needs of full and part-time residents, as well as a diverse visitor base.  Prior to Mountain Village, Greg served as City Administrator in Owatonna, MN from 1995 to 2007, and as City Administrator of Worthington, MN, from 1988 to 1995. Greg began his city management career as an intern in Reno, Nevada in 1978, and has worked in management positions in Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, and Minnesota. 



CDBG Homebuyer with Rehabilitation Program - First Mortgage Lender

The City of Eureka is seeking a first mortgage lender to enter into an Agreement with the City of Eureka to provide first mortgage loans to low- to moderate-income eligible homebuyers within the city limits of Eureka.  The CDBG Homebuyer with Rehabilitation program is funded by a grant from the State of California Community Development Block Grant and the City of Eureka will provide second mortgage, deferred (no monthly) payment loans, up to $100,000.00, due upon sale or maturity of the first mortgage loan, or in 30 years at 1.5% interest.  An orientation meeting will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2013, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber on the 2nd floor at 531 K Street.  The deadline for proposal submittal is Monday, March 24th, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.  For a copy of the proposal, additional information, or to be added to the City’s Homebuyer Program waiting list, please contact Melinda Petersen in the Housing Division at 707-441-4214.

News Image HELP PLAN EUREKA'S FUTURE - General Plan Update

First Community Workshop and Virtual Town Hall

The first General Plan Update Community Workshop was held last night at the Wharfinger Building.  This was the first of four planned workshops with the next workshop anticipated in late summer.  We would like to extend a big “thank you” to all who attended and received an overview of the City of Eureka’s General Plan Update process.  Attendees also participated in interactive stations and provided input on various topics such as Annexation, Homelessness, and residential and commercial development.  The input received last night will be included in the Key Issues and Community Objectives Report, and will help inform the Community Background Report as well as the Issues and Implications policy papers addressing key issues for the General Plan Update.

If you were unable to attend last night, you can still provide input during our first Virtual Town Hall, which runs through February 24th.  Virtual Town Hall’s are a web-based avenue you can use to provide input on the General Plan, and the issues that were included in last night’s Workshop are the topic of the current Town Hall.

Please visit the Virtual Town Hall HERE.  The General Plan Update website can be accessed by clicking the General Plan Update button on the left or at http://www.eureka2040gpu.com.  Please call Lisa Shikany at (707) 268-5265 if you have questions.

Request for Qualifications for a restaurant/cafe

DEADLINE Friday, Jan 31st, 5PM

Please click HERE for more details.

The City of Eureka invites Eureka area high school aged students to apply for the newly created Ex-officio Student Member of the Transportation Safety Commission
 At the suggestion of the Transportation Safety Commission, the Eureka City Council recently amended the Eureka Municipal Code – Transportation Safety Commission 33.121 to allow the Mayor to appoint an ex-officio non-voting high school student to the Commission for a term of one school year.  The upcoming term will begin January 2014 and expires on June 30 2014. 
The Transportation Safety Commission is charged with advising the City Council, the City Manager, and city staff in all matters pertaining to transportation safety as it relates to all modes of transportation including but not limited to, accessibility, bicycling, pedestrian, senior, student/academia, transit, healthy living and quality of life in the City of Eureka.

Eureka Chamber of Commerce Adopt a Block Program
The Eureka Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have come together to create a means for organizations to help clean up and maintain the city of Eureka. You can participate by adopting one of the areas the Adopt-A-Block committee has designated as needing special attention. Several of these areas have already been adopted. But many are still available. Adopting an area means you will take responsibility for an intial clean up and ongoing weekly maintenance for 1 year. Click on the Adopt a Block link for more information.

General Plan Update Stakeholder Interview Questions

Please take a Stakeholders Survey to provide background information regarding the City and surrounding community for the City of Eureka's General Plan Update. 

For more information and to take the survey, click on "Information and Survey" below:

Information and Survey

Responses to this survey may be provided through December 15, 2013, and will be included in the Stakeholder Summary Report.  Responses received after December 15 will be accepted as public comment, but will not be included in the Summary Report.  A website dedicated to the General Plan Update will be launched in mid-December, and will provide additional opportunities for comments, questions, and input into the General Plan Update process.


News Image Eureka Waterfront Trail - Connecting the Trails
Redwood Community Action Agency developed a video to endorse the City of Eureka’s efforts in relation to the Waterfront Trail. The Eureka Waterfront Trail video, developed in Spring 2013, highlights the newly implemented 1.5 mile Hikshari' Trail in south Eureka within the context of the greater planned contiguous 6.5 mile Eureka Waterfront Trail. Through interviews, on-site footage and maps, this video portrays the benefits of this unique coastal corridor and outlines the remaining segments needed to complete the vision.

Eureka Waterfront Trail Video

Transit Needs Survey

Do you need bus or dial-a-ride service that is not available?
What is your transit need?
by November 30, 2013

City Council Vacancy - Ward 5
Councilmember Lance Madsen will be resigning his seat on the City Council representing Ward 5 in the City of Eureka. The City Council elected to appoint a replacement for the Ward 5 Council position through the Mayor's recommendation. Mayor Frank Jager is now accepting applications for the Ward 5 seat until 5:00 P.M. on November 18, 2013.  Anyone interested in applying for this position is invited to complete the application and return it to the City Clerk's Office by the November 18th deadline.  Please contact the Clerk's office with any questions at 441.4175.

Live Streaming Unavailable
The Granicus server that allows the City of Eureka to webstream  City Council meetings live, is unavailable for the next 72 hours.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Eureka City Council meetings are available on Public Access, Channel 10.

The City of Eureka is requesting Bid Proposals from State Licensed Contractors for the rehabilitation of a single family residence at 2315 Pine Street in Eureka owned by the City of Eureka Housing Successor.  The rehabilitation of this property and subsequent sale to a low income household will further the City’s desire to improve the existing housing stock and to increase affordable housing units within the city. 

2013 Strategic Visioning Plan
The 2013 Strategic Visioning Plan Executive Summary is now available for download and review.  Please click on link:
Strategic Visioning ES

Sequoia Park Zoo Closed Monday August 26th

The Sequoia Park Zoo will be closed all day Monday, August 26th due to unavoidable construction requirements of the Watershed Heroes project. The Zoo plans to reopen Tuesday morning as usual unless unexpected developments are encountered on Monday.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.For questions regarding this closure, please contact Gretchen Ziegler, Zoo Manager by email or at 441-4227.

News Image Volunteer Trail Stewards at Elk River Access Area-Hikshari' Trail

Please join us for orientation and information August 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building in Eureka. Volunteer trail stewards will help monitor, pick up litter and assist with restoration events along the Hikshari' Trail. For more information contact:

Jane:    jstock@humboldt1.com
Susan:    susanpenn60@gmail.com
Miles:    mslattery@ci.eureka.ca.gov or (707)441-4184

News Image Zootini at the Sequoia Park Zoo
On Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 5-9 p.m., join us for our 7th annual Zootini gala–a benefit to support the Sequoia Park Zoo. Funds raised at this 21 & over only event will go towards the new Watershed Heroes project--scheduled to break ground this summer--which will bring otter, salmon, and bald eagles to the zoo in 2014. These projects are made possible with the generous support of our community. We look forward to seeing you at Zootini!

News Image Groundbreaking today !!!
Groundbreaking today at the Sequoia Park Zoo for our new Watershed Heroes exhibit!

12:30 is the time ... the Zoo is the place. Look forward to seeing you there!

Upstate RailConnect Summer Newsletter 2013
To view please click here:  Summer Newsletter 2013

Demolition and Reconstruction of Wendy’s Restaurant
On July 16, 2013, the City of Eureka Building Department issued demolition permits to Northcoast Environmental Contractors to demolish the vacant Wendy’s restaurant at 529 Broadway (6th and Broadway).
In November, 2012, a Conditional Use Permit was approved by the Planning Commission to allow the demolition and construction of a new Wendy’s restaurant, and in January, 2013, the Design Review Committee approved the proposed design.
 A Building Permit application was submitted to the City in May, 2013, and the Building Permit will be issued soon for the construction of the new Wendy’s restaurant.
The proposed single-story dine-in restaurant with a drive-through facility will be approximately 3,579 square feet.  The existing illuminated freestanding signs located at both 6th Street and Broadway frontages will remain, but will be refaced with the updated Wendy’s sign face.  Additionally, 5 new wall signs will be added.  

Detective Charlie Swanson Charlie Swanson Scholarhip

     The Eureka Police Officer’s Association has announced this year’s winners of the Charlie Swanson Scholarship Awards. These awards are given out each year in memory of Eureka Police Detective, Charlie Swanson, who died on duty in 1996 while apprehending a burglary suspect. 
      From St. Bernard’s High School, the winner was Jared Guy. He will be attending College of the Redwoods and is interested in a career in law enforcement. 
     From Eureka High School, the winner was Andrew Kime. He plans on attending Humboldt State University, where he will study graphic design. 
     Each student will receive $1,000 for the college they will be attending next year. 

City of Eureka Awarded $53,374.28 in Motion for Attorney's Fees
The Humboldt County Superior Court has granted the City of Eureka's Motion for Attorney's Fees against Floyd and Betty Squires. The Honorable Bruce W. Watson, ruling from the bench, awarded the City $53,374.28 in attorney's fees. The City requested reimbursement of the fees it had incurred when it was forced to defend a lawsuit filed by the Squires against the City claiming that the City and City staff had no basis to enforce code violations for substandard housing at numerous properties owned by the Squires.

Residential Appliance Rebate Program
The City of Eureka is offering a limited number of rebates to City of Eureka residents for the replacement of older toilets and clothes washers with high efficiency units. 

City of Eureka Accepting Letters of Interest From Non-Profit Organizations
The City of Eureka is currently accepting letters of interest from non-profit organizations seeking funding through the City's 2013-14 budget. The deadline for letters of interst is June 30, 2013.

Apology to our Customers
A billing error has occurred while implementing winter averages into our system resulting in a corrected bill showing an additional amount to pay from last month.  If you are one of our valued customers who received a corrected billing, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  All penalties will be reversed on these accounts.  If you received a late notice and/or notice of disconnection of service, we apologize and all measures will be taken to ensure continuity of service to those that were a direct result of the billing error.  

Staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding this billing error.  Please contact the City of Eureka Water Department at 441-4267.   

Budget Workshops Set for June 11th and 13th

City of Eureka to participate in nation-wide project!
The City of Eureka has been selected as a candidate for Benjamin Moore's "Main Street Matters" campaign.

Benjamin Moore is going state-to-state to provide a color paint makeover for store fronts in the main commerce areas of North American towns. The hope is that it will have a revitalizing impact on the towns, the merchants and the families that live there, as well as the visitors that come by.


Street Sweeping Route Schedule

In an effort to increase street sweeping efficiency, the Public Works Department has developed an interactive map to inform residents and businesses of their street sweeping schedule so that an effort can be made to park off-street when the sweeper is scheduled to be in the area. Street sweeping in commercial areas occurs twice a month. Street sweeping in residential areas occurs once a month.


Statements of Qualification Requested for General Plan Update
The City of Eureka is initiating a two-part Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to select a qualified multi-disciplinary consulting firm or team for a comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan/Local Coastal Program (GPU).  The GPU also includes completion of a Housing Element Update, a Climate Action Plan, an Annexation Feasibility Study, and an Environmental Impact Report.  The City is currently soliciting Statements of Qualifications as part one of the RFQ process.  Only selected candidates will be asked to submit proposals in response to part two of the RFQ.      

News Image 7th Annual Mayday Community Clean Up
The City of Eureka is inviting local residents, community service clubs and similar organizations to join them in the 7th Annual City of Eureka Mayday Community Clean Up on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Eureka is a beautiful place to live and work, and this day reminds us of the beauty of this community and the people. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate our community commitment of working together for the common good of the environment. It is a day for celebrating community pride, and a day to clean roadways, sidewalks and parks along our waterfront.

For more information and to register click here...


Council Member Mike Newman and City Manager Bill Panos Attend League of California Cities Legislative Action Day in Sacramento
Eureka - Council Member Mike Newman and City Manager Bill Panos joined 200 city officials from throughout California on April 24 for the League of California Cities' Legislative Action Day. The annual event brings city officials to the state Capitol to meet with their legislators to discuss issues of importance to California cities

EPD and District Attorney Complete Criminal Investigation into Alledged Officer Misconduct

April 17, 2013 -- Investigators of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office served an arrest warrant on Eureka Police Department Sergeant Adam Laird today for violations of PC 149 (Assault Under Color of Authority) and PC 118.1 (False Police Report).
The warrant service was the culmination of a joint criminal investigation conducted by Eureka Police Department Detectives and Investigators of the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office. The joint investigation was conducted after information had been received from a Eureka Police Officer about alleged criminal misconduct perpetrated by Sgt. Adam Laird. Sgt. Laird had his police powers suspended and was placed on administrative leave since incident was reported.
The investigation was initiated at the direction of Chief Murl Harpham. In accordance with inter-agency protocol, the Eureka Police Department notified the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and formally requested its assistance. Since this is an ongoing investigation no further information is being released at this time so as not to compromise the integrity of the process.
Sgt. Adam Laird was booked into the Humboldt County Jail and was released after posting bail.Further media inquiries should be directed to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.

Chief District Attorney Investigator, Mike Hislop


Fair Wage Act - Minimum Wage Ordinance
Eureka residents James Decker, Kimberly Starr and Don Swall filed a Notice of Intent to Circulate a “Fair Wage Act” Petition on July 25, 2012. The ballot title was designated as the “Minimum Wage Ordinance”
Proponents submitted the necessary paperwork, filed notices and were authorized to begin collecting signatures. On February 7, 2013, the proponents filed 2651 signatures with the City. The County of Humboldt Elections office then verified those signatures and has certified 1,635 signatures as valid. 
10% of the registered voters in Eureka were necessary for the proponents to qualify for the next regular election or 1, 370 valid signatures and 2,054 signatures were necessary to qualify for a special election.
Pursuant to Election Code 9215, Council could receive and file the Certificate of Sufficiency of Initiative Petition and take one of the following a actions:
1. Adopt the ordinance, without alteration at this meeting; or
2. Submit the ordinance, without alteration to the voters at the next regular election to be held on November 4, 2014; or
3. Order a report to be prepared by staff and present to council within 30 day as which time Council would have to adopt the ordinance without alteration or submit the ordinance without alteration to the voters at the next regular election.
At the Council meeting of March 19, 2013, the Eureka City Council elected to place the measure on the ballot for the voters to decide this issue.
Minimum Wage Ordinance

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Tall Ships Visit


The Eureka community will host the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain for their annual visit to the city’s waterfront near the Adorni Recreation Center from April 11-17. The ships will present sailing and dockside education programs to area K-12 students, walk-on tours, and public sailing excursions, including a value-priced sail on April 17.

Additional information is available online at www.historicalseaport.org or by calling 800-200-5239.

Change in Access to City Hall
Effective April 1, 2013 citizens coming to conduct business at City Hall will need to enter City Hall through the K Street entrance to the building. The doors on both 5th Street and 6th Street will be Exit Only doors. These changes are being implemented to provide citizens entering the building with assistance in locating necessary departments or services and to address safety concerns within the building.

Please remember on future visits to City Hall that you must enter the building on K Street. When leaving the building you will be able to exit on 5th Street, 6th Street or K Street.

24 Hour Job Information Line
The City of Eureka continues to maintain its 24 hour recorded job information line to assist job seekers and all potential applicants with information on current job openings in the City. The number to call is (707) 441-4134, and the Job Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Truesdale Vista Point Aerial Elk River Access Area - Hikshari' Trail
The City of Eureka is proud to announce the opening of the new Elk River Access Area-Hikshari' Trail. The trail is a 1.5 mile multi-use trail from Herrick Avenue to Truesdale Street along the Elk River and Humboldt Bay. The trail provides amenities for recreation, wildlife viewing and non-motorized transportation.


                          Before - After Project Pictures

News Image Power to the Pedalers!
Riley Topolewski, GIS Senior Planner, says, “Power to the pedalers!” as he works with the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) to update the Eureka portion of the Humboldt Regional Bicycle Plan map. HCAOG’s goal is to “create the safest conditions for bicyclists by providing bikeways and improving roadways to eliminate barriers to bicycle travel.”  The Humboldt Regional Bicycle Plan update helps establish eligibility for Bicycle Transportation Account funding from the State.

Eureka to Hold Community Meeting on Police Chief Selection Process
     The search for the City of Eureka's next Police Chief is underway, an City residents are being asked to participate in the process.  To solicit input, a community Town Hall meeting will be held to provide residents with an opportunity to share their thoughts directly with Eureka City Manager Bill Panos.
     The Town Hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Eureka City Hall.
     Participants will be asked to share their thoughts or ideas on what qualities they would like to see in the next Police Chief.  Particular focus will include:
     1. What do residents see as the major law enforcement issues facing our City?
     2. What type of experience is important for the next Police Chief?
     3. What personal skills and characteristics should a Police Chief process?
     4. How would Eureka residents like the Police Chief to be involved in our community?
     The City Manager will be facilitating the meeting and listening to citizens concerns and ideas.  Information received during this meeting will be provided to the City of Eureka's recruitment firm to include in their recruitment advertisement, and during the selection process.
    Citizens who are unable to attend the Town Hall meeting are encouranged to send their comments to the City of Eureka using the "Citizen Comment" feature on the City's web page.  Written comments can also be dropped off at the meeting, in the lobby of City Hall or by mailing to:  City Manager, 531 K Street, Eureka, CA  95501.

Samoa Field Airport Hanger List
The City of Eureka is creating a list of prospective tenants for T-Hangars at Samoa Field Airport (formerly Eureka Municipal Airport).  Although the City does not have any hangars available at this time, as hangars become available they will be filled based on the established list. Please contact the Property Manager, Lisa Savage for additional information at 441-4186 or 441-4194.

2-1-1 Help Line Now Available
The much anticipated launch of 2-1-1 Humboldt has now begun, providing Eureka and County residents with access to free 24/7 referrals to hundreds of community, governmental and social resources. 2-1-1 Humboldt is a neutral and confidential source of help and support in any non-emergency situation by phone via a three-digit phone number (2-1-1) or online at http://www.211Humboldt.org.

The City of Eureka will be performing underground utility work at the intersection of Grotto and E on Sunday, January 13, 2013, with traffic control enforced.  The City is asking drivers to use extra caution in this area.  Work will begin at approximately 7:00 a.m. and will continue throughout most of the day.

News Image Congratulations Fire Chief Ken Woods!

November 30, 2012, Chief Ken Woods was announced as the Ronny Jack Coleman Fire Chief of the Year by the California Fire Chiefs Association during its annual conference in Sacramento.

This prestigious award puts him in an elite group of fire chiefs who have made a significant impact on the California fire service’s ability to meet the unique risks and challenges that are present within California. 

Winter Storm Tips from Humboldt Bay Fire
Humboldt Bay Fire would like to give the public tips for preparedness in light of the approaching winter storm. The single most important item to consider is being prepared.

Please review this list of important items to be aware of during a winter storm.

CPR for cat with smoke inhalation Pet First Aid and CPR Course

Humboldt Bay Fire is pleased to announce we are now offering a Pet First Aid & CPR course. This course is designed to teach students useful skills for caring for their pet during a wide range of pet-related emergencies. Properly applied First Aid can save your pet’s life, reduce recovery time and be the difference between temporary disability and lifelong disability. This program concentrates on basic emergency care as well as some common illnesses and other problems that your pet may be exposed to.  For more information, please call Humboldt Bay Fire, (707) 441-4000.

When: Saturday November 17th, 2012
Hours: 8am-12pm
Location: HQ classroom 6th & C. Street, Eureka
Class size: 25
Cost: $30

Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Moratorium
On November 1, 2011, the City Council approved Bill No. 837-C.S., Ordinance No. 770-C.S., an urgency ordinance adopting a 45-day moratorium on the establishment of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in the City of eureka.  The moratorium ordinance directed the City Manager or his designee to suspend the processing of applications pending, or receive, for "Medical Cannabis Dispensaries" in the City of Eureka.
On December 20, 2011, the Council approved Bill No. 843-C.S., Ordinance No. 776-C.S., an urgency ordinance extending the moratorium for an additional ten months and 15 days. City staff has issue a report (Click Here) in conformance with Govenment Code Section 65858(d), which requires the City to "issue a written report describing the measures taken to alleviate the condition(s) which led to the adoption of the ordinance" ten day prior to the expiration of an interim urgency ordinance.

New Customer Service Counter Hours in Finance Department
Effective October 15, 2012 the Customer Service Counter in the Finance Department will be open 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday (except on holidays)

Proposition 37 - The Right To Know
City Council recently received information on Proposition 37 - California’s Right To Know
In November, California voters will decide if they want genetically modified foods to be labeled.  The California Right to Know Initiative for GMO labeling, if passed, would be the first law in the United States requiring labeling of a wide range of genetically engineered foods.  

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Humboldt Bay Fire Open House October 6, 2012
Humboldt Bay Fire is looking forward to hosting our annual Open House Saturday, October 6, 2012, during National Fire Prevention Week.  We will provide live fire and antique fire apparatus demonstrations, tours and activities, and have displays provided by community safety groups.  Our 2011 Open House was the first time the Eureka Fire Department and Humboldt Fire District #1 joined forces to provide the best activities from each agency.  Due to the consolidation of both agencies, this year we are proud to present the first ever “Humboldt Bay Fire” Open House.   

Please join us Saturday, October 6, 2012, between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, 533 C Street, Eureka.

City Manager Recruitment

The City of Eureka is currently accepting applications for
City Manager

To apply for this outstanding career opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter electronically to:

Peckham & McKenney
Resumes are acknowledged within two business days. Call Phil McKenney toll-free at (866) 912-1919 if you have any questions regarding this position or recruitment process.

Eureka Pier Hotel EIR Public Comment Period Begins Today
The Eureka Pier Hotel EIR public comment period begins today, Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

Back to School - Traffic Safety

The Eureka Police Department and the City of Eureka would like to remind you that school is back in session and to slow down, be alert, and watch for pedestrians.

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No Drugs Down the Drain or in the Trash
In 1999 the United States Geological Survey conducted a study where waterways downstream of areas of heavy urbanization and agriculture were tested for a broad variety of pollutants. The study found that many chemicals including pharmaceutical wastes such as durgs, steroids, hormones, and personal care products were present in the water.

Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study
At the January 17, 2012 Eureka City Council meeting, Council approved Resolution 2012-02 supporting the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study to evaluate an alternative (eastern) rail route to connect Humboldt Bay to the national rail network. Council also directed Staff to develop a mechanism to acquire funding and technical support and to meet and coordinate with other jurisdictions along a conceptual route to insure the success of the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study.

Learn more about the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study.

Notice of Election
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Eureka, on TUESDAY, the 6th day of NOVEMBER, 2012, for the following officers:
    Council Member, Second Ward  Full term of four years
    Council Member, Fourth Ward    Full term of four years

Filing dates for nomination papers are July 16, 2012 through August 10, 2012, at 5:00 P.M.  Nomination papers will be available at the City Clerks's Office Room 208, City Hall, 531 "K" Street, Eureka, Beginning July 16, 2012 at 8:00 A.M., and must be filed with the City Clerk no later than the August 10, 2012 deadline.

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 8 P.M. on November 6, 2012.

Pamela J. Powell
City Clerk

HBF presents "Bark in the Park" Benefit 5K Walk/Run

Humboldt Bay Firefighters are proud to announce we will be hosting our first annual dog-friendly 5K Walk/Run on October 14, 2012.  The event will take place in Sequoia Park and will benefit a local non-profit animal charity, with this year's pick being the Humboldt Spay Neuter Network.  It is our goal to raise money for this organization through business sponsors, donations, and race participants.  All proceeds will be donated directly to the benefiting animal charity.

For more information, please call Humboldt Bay Fire, (707) 441-4000.

DUI/Drivers License checkpoint Planned this Weekend
     Eureka, CA – Eureka Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday June 29th,  at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.  DUI checkpoints are a proven enforcement tool effective in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.  Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily.     
     Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

News Image Measure Y - June 5, 2012 Election

Sections 22710 and 9250.7 of the California Vehicle Code authorize the establishment of the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Authority (AVA), as well as the imposition of a fee on all vehicles registered in Humboldt County. The fee, which is referred to as the AVA Fee, is charged at a rate of one (1) dollar for every vehicle registered in the County, and an additional two (2) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in the County. The AVA Fees are collected by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and are then dispersed to the Humboldt County Abandoned Vehicle Authority. The fees may only be used for the abatement, removal, and disposal of any abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or vehicle parts, located on private or public property within Humboldt County. The AVA Fee must be renewed every ten (10) years.

A YES vote would authorize the DMV to continue collecting the AVA Fee in the amount of one (1) dollar for every vehicle registered in Humboldt County, and an additional two (2) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in Humboldt County, for a term of ten (10) years. 

A NO vote would mean that the DMV would stop collecting the AVA Fee.

The AVA Fee will not be renewed, and the AVA Fee will not be collected, unless the measure is approved by sixty six percent (66%) of the registered voters voting on the Measure.


Cassette Recording of State Voter Information Guide
The City Clerk's office cassette recording of the State Voter Information Gude for the June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election.  The cassettes include information about Propositions 28 and 29.  The cassettes are beep-tone indexed and playable on any commerciall available recorder, as well as on Talking Book Recorders.  The Cassettes are available to check out at the City Clerk's Office, 531 K Street, Eureka. 

Voicemail Services Currently Down

Voicemail services for the City of Eureka are currently down.  We are working with AT&T to resolve the problem and apologize for any inconvenience the outage may cause. 

Email addresses for many City departments may be found on the department contact pages of this site.  Alternately, you may choose to call back during regular business hours.


Police Chief Recruitment
The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for the position of Police Chief.

For a complete job description and application packet (including supplemental questionnaire), you may either:

1) call our Job Line at (707) 441-4134 to request that one be mailed to you; or,
2) contact our Personnel Department

City of Eureka Personnel Department
Eureka City Hall
531 K Street, Eureka, CA  95501

Office:   (707) 441-4124 
FAX:    (707) 268-1838
E-mail:  jschoonmaker@ci.eureka.ca.gov

Police Chief Job Announcement

We will be accepting applications until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2012.

The Proposed Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study
Last month, the Eureka City Council passed a Resolution supporting the Humboldt Bay Alternative Rail Route Feasibility Study after the issue was brought to the Council’s attention by several local citizens at a Council meeting in late December 2011.    At the Council meeting of December 20, 2011, Council heard a presentation by several citizens that were speaking in favor of conducting a study to determine the feasibility of an alternative rail route connecting the port facilities in Humboldt Bay to the national rail system.  The presenters explained that this so-called “east-west” route was not a new idea, but one that actually had its origins in the late 1800s.  The “Humboldt and Eastern Railroad” was in the process of acquiring financing and obtaining easements to build a rail line from Humboldt Bay area to the Sacramento Valley when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire made the competing north-south rail line necessary to supply materials to rebuild the City.  Within a few years, the eastern route was shelved, but not before the route was scouted and mapped.

Earthquake at 1:07p.m., Monday, February 13, 2012
Northern California experienced a 5.5 earthquake at 1:07p.m. today. Details can be found at the following link:
                                                 Click Here
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Fisherman's Terminal Building Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Bldg Certification

Fisherman’s Terminal Building Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

Media Contact: Angi Sorensen

February 3, 2012, (Eureka, CA) -- The City of Eureka announced today that its newly opened Fisherman’s Terminal Building has been awarded LEED® Gold as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

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News Release- Sandbags/Sand available
BE PROACTIVE WHEN PREPARING FOR WINTER STORMS!  The City of Eureka is making sandbags and sand available to City residents who may experience flooding during winter storms.   Sandbags and sand can be picked up at the City's Corporation Yard, 945 14th Street, during regular business hours (8:00am-4:30pm).  For additional information and to make arrangements to pick up the sandbags, please call Frank mathes at 441-4253.
For after hour flooding situatins, please contact EPD's non-emergency number at 441-4054.

City Council Public Hearings Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The City Council of the City of Eureka will hold three public hearings on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss Text Amendments relating to Secondary Dwelling Units and Setbacks for Historic Structures

Click the "More" link below to access links to the Text Amendments.



The City Council of the City of Eureka will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, to introduce an Ordinance  Amending Title 15 pertaining to Emergency Shelters and Special Needs Housing.

The proposed Ordinance would codify changes in the Eureka Municipal Code to achieve compliance with Senate Bill 2, and to satisfy Implementation Measures 2.11 and 2.32 in the City of Eureka’s 2009-2014 Housing Element.  The proposed Ordinance can be viewed here.


City of Eureka Waterline Break
The City of Eureka Public Works Department has completed repairs on one waterline break and is nearly complete on the 2nd line repair.  Residents who experience discoloration in their water should let the water run for a short while to flush out pipes.  The City's water supply is safe to drink and use.  Thank you for your patience while City crews worked to repair the lines.

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News Image Invitation - Eureka Fire Department Open House, October 15, 2011

You are cordially invited to attend the Eureka Fire Department’s Open house on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.  Enjoy refreshments and free raffles for great prizes for all ages. Please come and meet your firefighters and fire staff, go on a tour to see the headquarters station house, the fire apparatus and equipment your fire department uses everyday. See demonstrations of emergency equipment and procedures, meet our area partners in emergency preparedness and see their informational booths, and much, much more.


Eureka Redevelopment Agency
Please click the following link to view the Enforceable Obligation Payment Schedule, pursuant to Part 1.8 of the Redevelopment Law approved by the Eureka City Council acting as the Sucessor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency on February 21, 2012.

Schedule Link

Eureka Seeks Community Input Into Police Chief Search

Eureka, Calif. – The search for the City of Eureka’s next Police Chief is underway and City residents are being asked what they would like to see in Eureka’s Police Chief. To solicit this input, two community meetings will be held to provide residents with an opportunity to share their thoughts directly with City officials.

Meetings will be held:

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fire Training Facility at Harris and L Streets

Participants will be asked to share their thoughts or ideas on this important topic. Topics of particular focus will include:

  1. What do residents see as the major law enforcement issues facing our City?
  2. What type of experience is important for the next Police Chief?
  3. What personal skills and characteristics should a Police Chief possess?
  4. How would Eureka residents like the Police Chief to be involved in our community?

The City Council has asked professional facilitator, Mary Gelinas, to assist the City with these community meetings which will be designed to gather input regarding what qualities are desired in the City’s next Police Chief. The Mayor and City Council members will participate in the meetings as listeners and table hosts for small group discussions.

In addition to the community meetings the City will be soliciting input from various community groups, as well as individual citizens through the use of an online survey placed on the City’s website.


Fire Chief Recruitment

The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for the position of Fire Chief. To apply online for this outstanding career opportunity, click here

Application materials are available from:

City of Eureka
Personnel Department
531 K Street, Eureka, CA 95501-1165
(707) 441-4134 (24 hour job line recording)

Final filing date is June 30, 2011.

View Fire Chief Job Announcement

City Attorney Recruitment
The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for the position of City Attorney. To apply for this outstanding career opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter to Peckham & McKenney or by email to Apply@peckhamandmckenney.com.

Please do not hesitate to call Phil McKenney toll-free at (866) 912-1919 if you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.

Final filing date is June 30, 2011.

View City Attorney Job Announcement

Opportunities for General Contractors and Consumers

Last year there was a lot of information regarding forthcoming energy efficiency incentives and financing opportunities.  Well, they are here!!! Now there is help to prepare the construction community to deliver these benefits to consumers as well as expand business opportunities. 

  • CHF financing 3% for Humboldt up to $1950 grants on each project 100% total project cost.
  • Up to $4000 incentives from PG&E for energy efficiency improvements.


On May 3, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. the City Council will consider adopting modifications to the Medical Cannabis Ordinance.

The proposed Medical Cannabis Ordinance (updated April 25, 2011) may be viewed by clicking 

On April 18, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider draft amendments to the adopted Medical Cannabis Ordinance.

The draft amendments may be viewed by clicking 

Spring Energy Tip
Energy Efficiency tip for the month: Spring Cleaning

News Image Giants Trophy Tour
    The San Francisco Giants will be visiting Eureka during their public tour of the World Champoins' trophy.  The trophy will be in Eureka at the Wharfinger Building, #1 Marina Way, on February 8, 2011 from 4:30 P.M to 6:30 P.M.  Viewing is on a first come, first served basis.  There is no charge to attend the Trophy viewing.  Fans will have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with the trophy and can purchase those prints on-line.  
    The "Crab Grass Band" will be on hand to welcome San Francisco Giants fans and the trophy to Eureka. The City of Eureka welcomes all fans to the Wharfinger Building for this exciting event.

Over-the-Counter, Prescription and Narcotics Collection Event

Humboldt Waste Management Authority is sponsoring a collection event for over-the-counter, prescription and narcotic drugs on Saturday, January 15th. Flushing drugs down the toilet or disposing them in the trash is not the proper way to dispose of them. Wastewater treatment plants and landfills do not remove the contaminates from the drugs, and they end up polluting the environment. Properly disposing of these drugs is critical in maintaining good water quality in our local waterways and a healthy environment. If you're intersted, more information is available in the following file:    Event Flyer

4th Ward Councilmember Vacancy
Applications are being accepted by the Eureka Mayor's office for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Eureka City Council in the Fourth Ward, for a term ending November 6, 2012.  All applicants must be residents and registered voters within the fourth Ward of the City of Eureka.  Applications are available at the City Clerk's office, 531 "K" Street, Room 208, Eureka.
Completed applications must be returned to the City Clerk's office by 5:00 P.M. Monday, December 13, 2010.

For more information, please call 441-4175

The City of Eureka is circulating a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) inviting submittal of a business plan and qualifications from persons, collectives or cooperatives interested in establishing a medical cannabis facility within the City of Eureka.


To view the RFQ, please click HERE

November 30, 2010.  Please note the RFQ has been revised to reflect that the deadline for the City to receive RFQ responses has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010.  Except for the change in the deadline date, no other changes have been made to the RFQ since November 4, 2010.

November 4, 2010.
Please note the RFQ has been revised to require submittals for distribution of medical cannabis to include the information listed in section 5C


Energy Tip for October
Changes are coming as PG&E begins installing SmartMeters in your home or business beginning in October. SmartMeters will provide the technology necessary for consumers to learn new energy habits.

California Voter Information Guide on Cassette and in Large Print
The Eureka City Clerk’s office has received a copy of the cassette-recorded version of the Official California Voter Information Guide for the November 2, 2010, Statewide General Election.  The audio cassette was provided by the California Secretary of State’s Election Division and is being made available, free of charge, to persons who are blind or visually impaired. A large-print version of the Voter Information Guide is also available for public review.

California Residential Code Fundamentals Seminar
On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the City of Eureka will be hosting a California Residential Code Fundamentals Seminar, sponsored by the California Building Official (CALBO) Training Institute.
( Registration Form )

Ridgewood Village DEIR Technical Comment Letter Submitted
The City of Eureka's Technical Comments for the Ridgewood Village Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) have been submitted to the Humboldt County Community Development Services Department.  To review the comment letter and attachments, click the links below.

Comment Letter w/Attachments (5.73 MB)
Comment Letter Only (3.18 MB)
Attachment A (1.49 MB)
Attachment B (608.8 KB)
Attachment C (478.8 KB)

An August 12, 2010 memo was inadvertantly not included in our comments and has since been submitted to the County.

August 12, 2010 Memo (69.5 MB)

City Council Comments on Ridgewood Village DEIR

The City Council of the City of Eureka sent a letter to the County Board of Supervisor’s Chairman, Clif Clendenen, enumerating the major concerns the City Council has with the County of Humboldt’s Ridgewood Village project and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).

The Council’s concerns include the size of the development; the substantial impact the project will have on the City’s public services, infrastructure, and citizens; and the failure of the DEIR to fully study those impacts and provide required mitigation. Additional issues raised in the letter include the use of a fundamentally flawed traffic model, the connection to Lundblade Drive and traffic issues for Lundbar Hills and other City neighborhoods, as well as identifying mitigation measures, or the lack thereof, both within the City limits and involving the State’s facilities without consultation with either agency.

Finally, the letter also addresses the Council’s concern over the lack of communication from the County regarding the project.  The Council concludes by asking the Board of Supervisors to take as much time as needed to properly evaluate and respond to the comments regarding the project and the DEIR, instead of rushing through the project.

To view a copy of the letter, click HERE.

Safe Routes to School
Your are invited to "Step Into Safety". 
Dont miss this fun event for all ages and learn how to get kids to and from school safely at the Back To School Family Fun Day, Saturday, August 28th, from 9am to noon at Washington Elementary School.

More information provided in the Flyer link below

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The Eureka City Council has voted to adopt an ordinance regulating secondhand smoke, prohibiting smoking in certain public places and amending the Eureka Municipal Code.  The ordinance, which goes into effect on August 23, 2010, limits public exposure to secondhand smoke in public areas.  Eureka is now one of more than 33 jurisdictions in California with a comprehensive smoking ordinance to limit public smoking in areas such as:
Dining Areas, Entryways, Public Events, Recreation, Areas, Service Areas, Sidewalks & Worksites.

Below are links for additional information:


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Proposed Water Rate Increases
The City created a Utility Rate Task Force which was comprised of 11 citizens of Eureka to review the water and sewer funds and work with City staff to develop new rates which would be based on projected costs of the systems for the next five years and be fair and equitable to all residents of the City. Using the California Rural Water Association’s recommended methodology for calculating water and sewer rates which are fair to all users of the system, the Task Force and Staff developed and recommended to Council the proposed water rate increases which were noticed on August 1, 2010 to all property owners and rate payers in the City.

Last Day to File Nomination Papers is August 6, 2010
The nomination period for Eureka Mayor and Council Wards 1,3, & 5 is July 12, 2010 through August 6, 2010.  Nomination papers must be filed with the City Clerk by 5:00 P.M. August 6, 2010 for the Mayor and all Council seats.  Please contact Pam Powell, City Clerk at 441-4175 for additional information.

Ballot Measure Designation Letters and Argument Timeline
The City of Eureka will have three Ballot Measures on the November 2, 2010 General Election.  Please see the attached notice announcing the argument time-line and ballot measure designation letters.

Public Notice
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The City Council has placed the Marina Center Local Coastal Program Amendment Ballot Measure on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot. If approved by the voters the ballot measure would amend the City’s adopted and certified Local Coastal Program consistent with the amendments detailed in the certified Environmental Impact Report for the Marina Center Mixed Use Development Project, with the addition of a Q Qualified Combining zone to restrict the allowed uses on the property.

For a summary of the ballot measure please click the "More..." link below
To view the full ballot measure, click HERE (then scroll down to the Marina Center Local Coastal Program Amendment Ballot Measure section)


Monthly Energy Tip

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s)

 Replacing an incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb can help save the planet.  Almost 20 pounds of CO2 can be avoided each your by simply replacing a 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a 20-watt compact fluorescent bulb.  This is based on only 2 ½ hours of usage each day.  Just think how much CO2 can be avoided by replacing all of the incandescent lamps in your house.  And, you will reduce your utility bill by about $5.00.  Not bad for a $2.00 bulb.



Pedestrian Safety Training

Community Pedestrian Safety Training 
 Monday, April 26th from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm
At the Wharfinger Building, #1 Marina Way

The City of Eureka will be hosting a free pedestrian safety training workshop. This training teaches basic pedestrian safety best practices, includes a walkability assessment, and small group discussion. Come share your experiences, learn about options for change, and hear about what the City of Eureka is doing to facilitate pedestrian safety.

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On February 2, 2010, the City Council opened the public hearing on the draft Housing Element and received public testimony. The City Council took action to continue the public hearing to Tuesday February 8, 2010 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall.  

To access the draft Housing Element and the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration initial study please click the links below:

    Housing Element        Maps

    Initial Study


City of Eureka Damage Assessments teams are finding dangerous damage in chimneys and appliance vent pipes.

In many cases the damage caused by the earthquake is not readily visible.  Inspectors have found cracks in chimney flues could cause a fire in your house.  Leaks in vents from gas appliances such heaters, water heaters, dryers or stoves may release dangerous carbon monoxide.

 The flues and bricks of a chimney are designed to protect your house from heat from a fire in your wood stove or fireplace.  The earthquake caused noticeable damage to chimneys city-wide.  City inspection teams have also found damage that is not easily noticeable.  This damage includes cracks in bricks and linings and dislodged chimney insert pipe. 


Second Community Workshop to Discuss the Regulation of Medical Cannabis

On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 the City of Eureka will be hosting a community forum to be held in the Council Chambers at Eureka City Hall.  The purpose of the forum is to provide information to the public related to the proposed ordinance  and the regulation of the cultivation of medical marijuana and formation of medical marijuana collectives. The ordinance is not intended to interfere with a patient’s right to medical marijuana, as provided for in California Health & Safety Code Section 11362, nor does it criminalize medical marijuana possession or cultivation by specifically defined classifications of persons, pursuant to state law. 

click here to view proposed ordinance (Updated 3/5/2010)

The City of Eureka is collecting information about earthquake damaged property. If your property has been damaged by the January 9, 2010, earthquake please call 441-4164 or email planning@ci.eureka.ca.gov  

Please provide the following information:
    ~ Your name
    ~ The address of the property damaged
    ~ Your phone number
    ~ The type of property (e.g., residence, commercial, etc)
    ~ The type of damage
    ~ The estimated cost of the damage
    ~ Whether you have Earthquake insurance, and
    ~ Whether you are the owner or a tenant of the property.

The Eureka City Council will hold a special meeting to consider certification of the Environmental Impact Report for the Marina Center project. The City Council will meet on October 27, 2009, at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, in the Council Chamber, Second Floor, Eureka City Hall, 531 “K” Street, Eureka, California.

Rental Housing Ordinance

The proposed ordinance and amendments to existing code provisions to create a Rental Housing Program can be accessed at the link below.

Agenda Summary

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Annual Review of Service Rate Adjustment for Solid Waste Collection
At the July 7, 2009 Council meeting, Council postponed a decision on this year's rate adjustment to further assess the rate proposals and provide additional opportunity for public comment.  Please click on the item below for additional information. 

Item 5

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Historic Preservation Commission meeting postponed
The July 1, 2009, regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission has been postponed to July 15, 2009.

Oversized and Recreational Vehicle Parking Permits

Oversized and Recreational Vehicle Parking Permits are now available for NO COST from Eureka Police Department.   

Examples of Oversized or Recreational Vehicles would be any motor vehicle over 25 feet long, any motor vehicle over 96 inches wide, any motor vehicle which is designed, used or maintained as farm machinery, any non-motorized vehicle, such as a semitrailer, trailer, trailer coach, utility trailer, two or more axle camper, or a one-axle camper which has been detached from its drawing vehicle and any recreational vehicle over 20 feet long.


Rental Housing Improvement Program
Item #13 the Rental Hosing Improvement Program will be removed from the April 21, 2009 Agenda.  The proposed ordinance has been pulled from the agenda to allow for additional community review and discussion before the official introduction of the ordinance. 

The proposed oridinance is available be clicking the link below.

Proposed Ordinance
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Dial-a-Ride 24-Hour Advance Reservation System
In an effort to make Dial-A-Ride more efficient, a new computer aided dispatching system is being implemented in the near future. The amount of passengers utilizing the Dial-A-Ride service has outgrown the capabilities of the current paper and pencil dispatching system. The new dispatching system will help improve the Dial-A-Ride service by shortening the amount of time the passenger has to wait for their ride. This system will also make it easier for the dispatchers to get the passenger to their destination on time.

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Police Department Community Survey
Eureka Police Department has developed a Community Survey. We are asking community members who live, work or frequent the City of Eureka to take a few moments to tell us how we are doing, what their needs are and what we can do to further assist them. The Eureka Police Department holds their partnership with the community in the highest regard. We want to provide the highest quality of police services. Community input is needed to meet this goal.


City of Eureka Sales Tax
The voters of the City of Eureka approved a one-quarter percent retail transactions and use tax in the November 2008 General Election (Measure D) and a one-half percent retail transactions and use tax in the November 2010 General Election (Measure O).

Businesses within the City limits must impose the statewide sales tax of 7.5% plus the City's use tax of .75%, for a total of 8.25%. Click here for a listing of addresses within the Eureka City limits by street name. For information about applying sales tax to delivered sales, please review the Board of Equalization publications listed later.


Maltese Cross Fire Services Report Provides County-Wide Snapshots

Jessie Faulkner/The Times-Standard
Posted: 02/11/2009 01:15:21 AM PST

North Coast volunteer firefighters spent 136,863 hours at reported incidents in 2008 and spent more than 50,000 hours in training, both snippets included in the first-ever Humboldt County Fire Services Annual Report presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

( Humbolt County Fire Services Annual Report 2008 )

Marina Center DEIR Comments
The comments submitted on the Marina Center Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) can be viewed by linking to the Marina Center webpage

Mel Sample pictured with the fire crew who were on scene the dayof his heart attack. CPR Survivor

On a Sunday afternoon in early December 2008, Mel and his wife Judy were competing in a dog agility meet at the horse arena in Redwood Acres.  At the same time, Eureka Firefighters were at Redwood Acres for their annual toy drive.  Capt. Chris Emmons, Engineer Mitchell Mills, Firefighters Jason Campillo and Donald Penn were collecting toys for the annual toy drive, when they were dispatched to a medical aid call at the horse arena.  When the fire crew got to the Mr. Sample, bystanders were performing CPR.  The bystanders turned out to be a physician and a nurse. Mr. Sample had no pulse and was unable to breathe on his own. The fire crew applied the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to Mr. Sample in an attempt to get his heart to start a normal heartbeat. The AED was administered twice and a normal pulse was regained.  By the time Mr. Sample got to the hospital, he was awake and talking.


Eureka Police Department Accepting Applications for Citizen's Police Academy
The Eureka Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen's Police Academy through January 30, 2009.  The course will be presented Tuesday evenings for seven weeks from 6 pm to 8:30 pm beginning February 17, 2009.
( Citizen's Police Academy Application )

Draft Design Review Guidelines
The Public Review Draft Design Review Guidelines for the City of Eureka are available for review and comment.

Fish & Game CEQA filing fees to increase
The Community Development Department advises that effective January 1, 2009, the Fish and Game filing fees for projects subject to CEQA will increase.

Secondary Dwelling Unit Ordinance Amendment Scheduled for Public Hearing before City Council
On November 4, 2008, the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider amendments to the existing Secondary Dwelling Unit Ordinance (Eureka Municipal Code § 155.200 et. seq.)

News Image Universal Garbage / Recycling Collection

On June 3, 2008, the Eureka City Council voted unanimously to amend Eureka’s existing Solid Waste ordinance to enable a mandatory/universal garbage and recycling collection program in Eureka.  The ordinance was adopted to assist the City in meeting State recycling/waste diversion mandates and reducing illegal disposal and public health concerns in Eureka.  The ordinance enabled the following services:   

  • Universal Curbside Garbage Collection
    • Starts December 2008
  • Universal Curbside Bulky Item Collection
    • Starts January 2009 
  • Voluntary Curbside Greenwaste Collection
    • Starts January 2009
  • Universal Curbside Recycling Collection
    • Starts July 2009

This program applies to all improved properties within the City of Eureka.  For more information about the program, click here for More...

Street Sweeping Schedule Change

Starting September 1, 2008, the City of Eureka will be reducing the frequency of street sweeping in the residential areas of the city.  Due to budget reductions, residential areas previously swept weekly, will now be swept on a monthly basis.  The monthly sweeping will occur the first full week of each month, with different routes being swept between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, click on the "Street Sweeping Map-Day Route" or "Night Route" for the scheduled daily sweeping routes or call the Public Works Department at (707) 441-4203.


To increase the effectiveness of street sweeping in your neighborhood, please follow these simple steps:

Remove your vehicles from the street during scheduled street sweeping days.

Keep the street path clear of lawn and tree trimmings; trash and debris; illegal driveway approaches such as concrete, metal or wood ramps.

Do not pile or stack leaves in the street. Whenever possible, leaves should be removed completely and placed in green waste containers.

Leaf Season
If we try to sweep over a pile of leaves or debris, our equipment can become plugged. Please do not rake leaves into piles in the street. The months of October through February are our heavy leaf season. Please note that there may be delays in our schedule during this season.

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City Seal Strategic Visioning Update and Economic Development Plan
The 2007 Strategic Visioning Update and Economic Development Plan are now available on line.  The City Council met with staff earlier this year to review the Strategic Visioning document and Economic Development Plan. 

Click Here to View Reports
( http://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/civica/inc/displayblobpdf2.asp?BlobID=4802 )

Local Businesses Donate Funds to Save Eureka 4th of July Fireworks Show
The show will go on! Eureka City Councilman Mike Jones will hold a press conference on Wednesday morning to announce that the City has secured commitments from several local businesses to provide all funds necessary for the annual Eureka 4th of July Fireworks show.  The press conference will be held at 10:30 AM at the foot of F Street in old Town Eureka on Wednesday June 25.

The local businesses who have collectively committed to paying the full cost of the show include the primary funder Best Western Bayshore Inn.  Other include Chapala Cafe, Evergreen pulp Inc., Mercer Fraser Co., and the Pro Sport Center.

"I can't thank these businesses enough for their commitment and dedication to our community," said Councilman Jones. "Without their support and advocacy, this traditional Eureka event would not have happened.  It is through their generosity that we are able to keep this tradition alive, and allow our Eureka citizens and families to enjoy it again this year."

This year's show will cost approximately $30,000.  Once funding became available late last week, the City worked swiftly to complete all of the necessary permits and logistical arrangements needed to put on a successful show.  Local businesses, entities and citizens assisting with this logistical effort included Pacific Affiliates )offering use of their dock), Mercer Fraser Co. (barge), Mr. Leroy Zerlang (tug boat operator ) City of Eureka Harbor staff, and Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.

The fireworks show will start promptly at 10:00 PM on July 4 at the Eureka waterfront.

The Eureka Art & Culture Commission announces the first annual Recognition Award for "Eureka Artist of the Year"
The EACC wishes to honor artists who have contributed to the betterment of life in Eureka through their creative endeavors.

This is for individuals only, open to all artistic disciplines.  this will be a one-time honor to an artist currently contributing to the creative environment in Eureka.  Anyone can nominate, including self-nomination by submitting a cover letter of nomination that details the artist's accomplishments, resume and up to three letters of reference to:
    Eureka Art and Culture Commission
    Attn:  Gary Bird, Special Projects Manager
    Eureka City Hall
    531 K Street
    Eureka, CA  95501


615 Myrtle Avenue Eureka Redevelopment Agency "Presents" 615 Myrtle Avenue OPEN HOUSE June 5, 2008 3 - 5 pm
This home is a settlement era 1878 vernacular style 1,302 square foot home with two bedrooms, two baths, and an office area.  This home is located at the corner of 7th Street and Myrtle Avenue.  This homes has been completely rehabilitated by Will Adams Contracting. Features include: sunny private porch, new garage, new roof, paint, fences, landscaping, kitchen remodel, energy efficient windows and doors, bamboo floors, and more.

Boys & Girls Club
On June 9, 2008, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the Conditional Use Permit for the new Boys & Girls Club at Harris and "J" Streets. For more information please see "More..." below. The draft EIR can be viewed by going to the Community Development Department homepage and cliking on the Boys and Girls Club link. The staff planner is Sidnie L. Olson, AICP, Principal Planner, 441-4265.

City of Eureka “C” Street Projects Notice of Public Hearing
The City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday May 20, 2008, to consider the coastal development permit for the "C" Street projects. All persons are invited to comment on the projects in writing or in person at the pubic hearing.

Eureka is seeking a Personnel Director
The City of Eureka is currently recruiting for a Personnel Director committed to meeting our City's varied Personnel needs.

The Personnel Director should be knowledgeable, resourceful, perceptive, and responsive, and must be able to effectively utilize available resources to advise the City Manager and City staff, and to effectively represent the City on all personnel matters.




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We are looking for up to 350 volunteers to help build a new playspace on March 29th, in honor of Cesar Chavez Day.

Bring your entire family so you can say, "I helped build this park".  In  addtion to building the playspace, volunteers are needed to help with:

children's activities

building an edible garden

feeding volunteer, and

painting a mural to honor Cesar Chavez.
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City of Eureka Awarded CDBG Grant for Humboldt Senior Resource Center
The City of Eureka announced today that the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development Department has awarded the City a $564,000 grant from the 2007/2008 State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Over-the-Counter Component.

Eureka Receives Low Interest Loan
The City of Eureka has received a low interest loan from the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) at their July 24, 2007 board meeting.  The 2 million dollar loan is for the renovation of C Street between 1st Street and the Boardwalk, including the construction of a market square/public plaza, construction of a fisherman's work building and cafe, and a 41 space off-street parking lot.

City representatives traveled to Sacramento today to attend the I-Bank Board meeting where the item was discussed and approved.  City staff along with Mayor Virginia Bass attended the I-Bank meeting to present the C Street project along with the request for funding.  Mayor Bass stated "I am very excited for the C Street improvement project to proceed and I am elated that the I-Bank board supported this important project fo rthe City of Eureka".

This financing package will allow the city to move forward with the necessary waterfront improvements to accomplish the City Council's visioning goal for the development of a Fisherman's warehouse and work area. 


Eureka Police Chief Holds Town Hall Meeting
Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen will hold a coffee meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, from 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m at O-H's Town House in Eureka.  "It is my intent, in an effort to improve communications between the Eureka Police and the community, to hold periodic public meetings.  These meetings will afford the members of the community an opportunity, in an informal setting, to meet with me, discuss issues, and ask questions," stated Chief Nielsen.  " A vital component of a successful relationship is an ongoing dialogue.  It is a priority for me to have a police department that is responsive to the needs of the community and to accomplish that goal I need to have input."  This is a great opportunity for the citizens of Eureka to meet Chief Nielsen and talk to him about concerns and suggestions for the police department," stated EPD PIO Suzie Owsley.  "We'll even spring for the coffee."

News Image Fire Protection Standards of Coverage
The City recently hired the firm of Citygate Associates, Inc. to prepare an innovative Standards of Coverage study for our Fire Department.  Utilizing local data, national guidelines and computer modeling programs, the study is analyzing local infrastructure and geography, department policies, performance standards and other values in an effort to identify and increase local fire protection and efficiency measures. 
( SORC Final Report )

(L-R) Tom Rathbun, Rick Lahargoue and Captain Ramon Ocano Another Successful Toy Drive!

On December 19, 2006, Eureka Firefighters concluded another successful toy drive.  The toys were presented to Captain Ramon Ocano from the Eureka branch of the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army members will wrap and distribute the toys locally to needy children, “sharing the magic of Christmas”. 


Eureka Firefighters want to thank the community for their amazing generosity.      


Donated toys "Share The Magic Of Christmas"

The Eureka Firefighters and Salvation Army are kicking off the 58th Annual Christmas Toy Drive.  Eureka Firefighters will be collecting “new” toys at the Bayshore Mall, November 24 & 25, and at Redwood Acres Humboldt Artisan’s Craft Fair, December 1, 2, and 3, 2006.  The Salvation Army will distribute the toys to children in our community who may not otherwise receive a new toy for Christmas.


This event provides the opportunity for citizens to “Share The Magic of Christmas”.


Eureka's 150th Anniversary Wraps up with Time Capsule at Morris Graves

Eureka, CA ~ Eureka’s 150th Anniversary yearlong celebration of the founding of the town government, will be wrapping up the year with a ceremony on Saturday, December 2, 2006, with a presentation of the Time Capsule by Pam Service, director of the Clarke Historical Museum, and the City’s announcement of which building under construction will house the Time Capsule until it’s opened in 2056.



Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces Three Enterprise Zones in North State, 23 Statewide to Spur Job Growth, Economic Development
Eureka Enterprise Zone Designation Announced
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City of Eureka Sales Tax Update
The allocation from Eureka's spring sales quarter was 6.9% higher than the same quarter of 2005.
( Second Quarter 2006 Sales Tax Summary )

Regional Disaster/Hazard Mitigation Plan
Please help your community's disaster planning efforts and FEMA funding eligibility by completing a two page questionnaire and returning it to the Humboldt County Planning Department or the City of Eureka no later than January 15, 2007. 

Eureka to Hold Workshop on Universal Garbage and Recycling Collection

On Monday, October 23, 2006, the City of Eureka will hold a public workshop on the concept of a universal/mandatory garbage and recycling curbside collection system in Eureka.  The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Wharfinger Building at No. 1 Marina Way in Eureka.  All Eureka residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

City of Eureka Celebrates Coast Guard City Designation

Utility User Tax Information

For the past decade the residents of the City of Eureka have experienced reduced revenues for essential services due to the continued takeaway of local resources to “bailout” the State of California.  The State lawmakers have failed to recognize that the monies spent at the local level have the greatest impact upon citizens.


Eureka’s 150th Great Dates “On the Move”

Eureka, CA ~ As part of Eureka’s 150th Anniversary celebration, the Great Dates display boards are on view through August 30th at the Eureka Main Library on the second floor in the Art Gallery. View historic photos and peruse 150 years of important dates in Eureka’s past. From the founding of the town government, all the way to the present, there are a wealth of interesting facts and some compelling photos. Librarians report that the public really enjoys the exhibit.


Councilmember Chris Kerrigan to sponsor "Clean Up the Park Day"

Eureka City Councilmember Chris Kerrigan will host a Clean Up the Park Day and barbecue at Hammond Park, 14th and E Streets, on Saturday, August 12, 2006 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

News Image Eureka’s 150th Anniversary - Keeps on Keepin’ On

Eureka, CA ~ Eureka’s 150th Anniversary is celebrating the founding of the town government on April 18, 1856 and the ensuing 150 years of history in a variety of ways at various venues throughout the City.


News Image Councilmember Chris Kerrigan to sponsor “Clean Up the Park Day”
Eureka City Councilmember Chris Kerrigan will host a Clean Up the Park Day and barbecue at Sequoia Park on Saturday, June 25, 2006 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

150th Anniversary Poster Eureka's 150th Anniversary Poster

Eureka's 150th Anniversary commemorative postcards and posters are available for sale in the Mayor's office: $10 - poster, $2.00 - postcards.  Please call 441-4172.

Click here to view poster
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Chris Jelinek participates in 110th Boston Marathon Eureka Firefighter participates in 110th Boston Marathon

Utilizing the Boston Athletic Association’s website, Eureka Fire Department personnel were able to track Eureka Fire Captain II Chris Jelinek, as he ran in the 110th Boston Marathon, April 17, 2006. 


1906 San Francisco News Article Eureka Firefighters to participate in 1906 Great Earthquake Fire Expo 2006

The San Francisco Fire Department Historical Society will present the 1906 Great Earthquake & Fire Exposition on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 15, 16 & 17, 2006 on San Francisco's Pier 48. This free exposition will be the largest event of its kind commemorating the 100th anniversary of San Francisco's Great Earthquake & Fire. The three days of activities surrounding the exposition will include historical exhibits with vintage fire apparatus, historical artifacts & photographic displays, fireboat tours, safety & preparedness exhibits & displays.


Eureka Eureka's 150th Anniversary

~ Announcing Eureka's 150th Anniversary ~

A Yearlong Celebration 1856-2006

EUREKA, CA ~ As the New Year unfolds, watch for ongoing focus on the rich 150-year history of Eureka, California - from the time of first contact with the Native people to the founding of the town government on April 18, 1856, through one-and-a-half centuries of community innovation, toil, development, landmarks and landmark moments, to the present.
( Birthday Bash Schedule )

Training Firefighter receives training

A Eureka Firefighter recently attended a week of training on combating fires at flammable and combustible liquids facilities.  Some of the components included firefighting tactics, the thought processes of terrorists, effects of terrorist incidents on firefighters, and familiarization with refineries, pipelines, and transportation of the materials.  The training was grant funded training sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and was held at the University of Nevada-Reno Fire Science Academy in Elko, Nevada during the week of December 5-8, 2005. Seventy-two students from throughout the United States attended the training session.  The Department of Energy will continue the program into 2006.

Christmas Tree Christmas Safety

The Eureka Fire Department does not want to see anyone’s holidays ruined by a fire event.  The holidays should be a time of family thanksgiving and joy.  Please remember to think of safety in all of your holiday activities.


Statistically, there are twice as many candle fires in December as in any other month of the year.


News Image Licensing your dog in the City of Eureka has changed
No longer will your dog’s license need to be renewed only in June or July each year.  Following the example set by the County of Humboldt, the license will now be due at the same time of year that your dog received its rabies vaccination.

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