AS WE WERE TOLD when the City Council voted 3-2 not to support the Latino community against gratuitous harassment regarding immigration status, “We are a nation of laws. We have to abide by the laws. We cannot pick and choose the laws we will obey or enforce.”
This weekend may present an interesting opportunity to test that statement of legal commitment. Friday and Saturday nights at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds, a monster truck rally will be held.
There may be noise.
And if there is, a city ordinance (i.e., a law) is being broken.
The City of Ferndale ordinance says:
It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue or cause to be
made or continued, within the limits of the City of Ferndale, any
disturbing, excessive or offensive noise which causes discomfort or
annoyance to any reasonable persons of normal sensitivity residing in
Action: If you experience disturbing, excessive or offensive noise on Friday or Saturday night, call the police (and leave a message) saying as much. It might also be wise to also call and leave a message at City Hall (786-4224), just for, you know, back-up.
Here’s why we give a damn: the residents of the City of Ferndale were not included in the discussion or the decision to permit this kind of entertainment to occur within the boundaries of the city limits. This decision was made by a group of people who, save one, do not reside in the Ferndale city limits.
Secondly, if this event does produce disturbing, excessive or offensive noise, and the ordinance is not enforced, then — as Robert Pirsig writes, “….either the [ordinance] or the [police] has to be replaced.”
Because we cannot pick and choose the laws we obey or enforce.
So, if it’s noisy, call.
And if you are affected negatively by this type of event, plan to attend the City Council meeting at City Hall on June 21 at 7 p.m. A discussion and review of this ordinance is on the agenda.