FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Hello. I’m Mayor Susan Seaman. As I’ve shared with you in my previous communications, the City of Eureka is continuing to support the health and well-being of our citizens, our community, and our economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was a big week for Eureka – featuring a new brand launch. It was developed with inspiration from our local natural beauty, stunning architecture and public arts scene. The new wordmark contains a lot of symbolism. You’ll notice the U & the R have been connected to symbolize the interdependence of our remote community. If you look closely you may also notice that each of the letters sit on a different plane to represent a diversity of perspectives and personalities that unite and share one wonderful home, finally, the R & the K dip down to represent our coastal location and laid-back lifestyle.
If you’re out this weekend, make a point to drive by city hall to check out the new banner. Then you may want to go see the two new 101 welcome signs that now invite and direct travelers into Eureka’s historic Old Town and Waterfront as they enter town from both the north and the south. There is also a new Snap Chat Scavenger Hunt available as well. Check out your favorite city locations and look for our hidden geotagged snap chat filters. See if you can collect them all! Finally, when you’re on your next videoconference, you can use Eureka’s new branded wallpapers as your next virtual background and further display your civic pride.
And, speaking of civic pride, you would be hard-pressed to find anybody who has more pride in Eureka than our Community Services Director, Miles Slattery. It was that enthusiasm – as well as his experience and innovation – that led the City Council to select him to serve as Interim City Manager. We would all like to welcome Miles to that position. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pam Powell for stepping up and serving as acting manager during this transitional period. She’s been a stalwart leader, and now she is anxious to start focusing on her City Clerk job preparing for the next election. Director Slattery will begin his term on July 1
With all of the happenings around the city, I want to remind everybody that while we are still in the middle of a pandemic, stores are opening, restaurants have more dine-in options, and Salons are cutting hair again. Beginning today, certified hotels, short term rentals and personal care services can also begin to open. Next week, the doors of City Hall will be unlocked and people will be welcomed in without an appointment.
But, and this is important, as we begin to do more business and move about in shared spaces, we must stay vigilant about protecting each other from COVID 19. Please always wear a mask when you’re around other people – it’s not just a considerate habit, it’s a state mandate. Wash your hands. Continue to social distance. By being mindful about our habits, we will be more successful and get through this more quickly.
And, we are all ready to get through this. If you’re like me, it’s hard to miss all of our regular activities this time of year. Many of them are still happening, but they look different. Friday Night Markets, which were joyful weekly gatherings have started up again, but they’re now virtual. Visit Eureka Friday Night Markets on Facebook and find a link to order gifts, food and other goodies between Saturday and Tuesday, then pick up your order from the Eureka Visitor Center on Friday nights. Supporting local has never been more important.
As always, and in addition to our video updates and social media posts, you can find regular updates at the City of Eureka’s website, which is ci.eureka.ca.gov, as well as links to other important community resources. If you want to learn more about our new brand, visit resilienteureka.com. If you want to see how the brand is starting to come to life, take a look at the recently reskinned visiteureka.com which now features more information than ever about things to see and do in our great city.
Again, I’m Mayor Susan Seaman, and I appreciate your attention to this message. Be safe, stay healthy, be patient with yourself and kind to your neighbors and family. We’ll talk again soon.