Travis Turner: Let’s Start Now To Change The Halloween/New Year’s Eve Dynamic

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Halloween 2011. KLH | Eye

Halloween 2011 aftermath. KLH | Eye

Dear Arcata Community Members,

Sometimes when I travel I wish I could bring just a piece of Arcata to the rest of the world with me. Arcata’s grassroots community involvement and ideological diversity is so amazing.

We are problem solvers here. We are highly educated, opinionated and grounded with a sense of community cooperation. We care about progress more than any community I have ever lived in. We, fortunately, are not perfect. We have challenges that face us, just like every other community, and those challenges help us become even better, if we choose to solve them.

One challenge that has gone on in its current negative state, for far too long, is The Plaza on Halloween and New Year’s Eve. It’s a bit ironic that both of these days signify an end to the previous year. Halloween was originally the Celtic New Year’s Eve.

This year, my company, Venatore Media, along with Treehouse Music Entourage and Arcata Main Street, are hoping to change the dynamic of the Plaza to something positive on those celebratory two days. We hope to create a safe and community charged event that people can be proud of, not something that most of us hide from.

As most of you know, the Plaza scene has continued to deteriorate. Last year an Arcata police officer had a bottle smashed on his face. One man was walking around the Plaza with an AR-15 and a fully loaded clip in his pocket. To continue to step aside and make this a police issue is unconscionable and does not reflect the best of our community. To continue to make the Arcata Police Department mop up the aftermath of a free-for-all when there is an alternative would literally be the definition of insanity. To continue to let the city pay for overtime, cleanup and repairs when something better is available does not bode well for future problems.

This year we hope to harness the festive energy of the Plaza and make it a force for something great and finally get away from the chaos of the last several years. We want to turn this into an event that the entire community can get behind.

We can’t do it alone. We need your help.

We need the community to want something different. We need businesses and the people living around the Plaza to want something more favorable. It will still be loud, but it will be managed. It will still be messy but it will be cleaned up without the support of your tax dollars. It will be a ton of work, but work that absolutely can be accomplished. It will be expensive that is why we will not attempt it unless we have your support.

If you feel as I do and want to see something structured and safe we need you to send a message to the City Council and the city manager.

I can tell you, with your help, this year will not be like years past. Please send comments and questions to info@venatoremedia.com.

Best regards,

Travis Turner

Venatore Media Company

Arcata

 

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135 Responses to “Travis Turner: Let’s Start Now To Change The Halloween/New Year’s Eve Dynamic”

  1. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66318
  2. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66425
  3. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66431
  4. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66504
  5. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66557
  6. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66694
  7. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #66762
  8. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #67382
  9. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #67463
  10. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #67496
  11. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #68063
  12. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #68071
  13. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #68077
  14. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #68083
  15. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #68403
  16. JBad Er

    I'm working with HSU Student Affairs office to get volunteers together for event nights on the plaza to protect citizens from police brutality and keep the peace, maybe we could all talk.

    #68460
  17. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #65416
  18. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #65520
  19. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66024
  20. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66080
  21. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66135
  22. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66141
  23. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66319
  24. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66426
  25. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66432
  26. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66505
  27. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66558
  28. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66695
  29. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #66763
  30. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #67383
  31. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #67464
  32. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #67497
  33. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #68064
  34. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #68072
  35. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #68078
  36. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #68084
  37. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #68404
  38. I like the idea of preventing bad happenings on the plaza by creating good happenings. Make the Plaza a gigantic sculpture garden, with temporary plaster and wire sculptures, painted with tempera. Have a carnival, etc. Employ actors to entertain on the Plaza, etc.

    #68461
  39. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #65421
  40. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #65521
  41. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66025
  42. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66081
  43. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66136
  44. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66142
  45. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66320
  46. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66427
  47. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66433
  48. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66506
  49. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66559
  50. Nor Cal

    As long as the rich HSU students are around this will be a bigger and bigger problem they don't care there from the filthy rich,, there are far better communities in other state's without 28 billion in debt.. I just got thrown into the street into traffic 4 Mondays ago spit on by Lisa Simmons, s! here boy friend Dillon is a Coward,, so he called her.. this after Lisa harassed a mentally ill person I care for… named Theresa.. The police did nothing but, tell me get walking,, mind you I have lived there over 10 years,,,,, were as Lisa was a homeless bum…. I think most the bars should be closed Toby and jack draws trouble transients drunks,, not classy a drunk drug hole…. I.am in the process of suing the officers and the city,,,,, for allowing this felony to happen to a good to a citizen me….. I could have been killed. your wrong Arcata dangerous, unless you like brutal stupid police.. and I called the sargent of Arcata police back and still nothing.. I will get this done sick of Arcata your dead wrong here so my name is Russell,, are you going to do something?

    #66696

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