This beautiful baby still sits in downtown Eureka at 350 E Street. It is known as the Commercial Building and has much of her architectural detail still intact.
And I, through some wonderful stroke of fortune, will now be working in this building-albeit very part time. In an office with windows. And fresh air… (I love my co-workers at the DA’s office and feel incredibly lucky to be there-but that doesn’t change the fact that my office is a windowless closet and I have to walk to the end of the hall just to see if it is raining or dry. Daylight or dark).
Our office is collaborating with a group called the Homeless Task Force (a consortium of public and private entities) and the owner of the Commercial Building is providing office space in which to work. I will be acting as coordinator for the task force.
Once upon a time, Humboldt County residents took care of their own through the Indigent Fund, but this is a different world. During the settlement period this county was extremely isolated and I think this fostered a sense of community (among the white/non-indigenous folk, at least). The county took care of its disadvantaged and helpless.