Residents respond to the fate of McKinley Statue

Arcata, Ca., (KIEM) Wednesday, July 11, 2018 is the day the City of Arcata will decide the fate of the infamous William Mckinley statute. A statue that has been a subject of controversy for decades.

One Arcata local said he deems the statue should be left to stand tall in all its glory but should include a few additions.

“I think it should stay but at the same time,” said Vacik. “They should have a statue in front of him, with a Native American drawing a bow and an arrow pointed at him.”

Arcata resident, Ethan Frank, disagreed with James Vacik and said he would appreciate something that will uplift Arcata’s Main Street Plaza.

“I don’t like what the statue stands for at all” expressed Frank. “I think it goes against the Arcata vibe.”

Now it’s up to the Arcata City Council to make a decision and the options are as follows:

  1. Adopt the ordinance without alteration.
  2. Submit the ordinance to voters of Arcata at the general municipal election to be held on November 6, 2018.
  3. Direct staff to prepare an informational report to be completed by August 10, 2018 and thereafter take action as set out in 1 or 2 above.

The Arcata City Council will host its city council meeting Wednesday July 11, 2018 in the Council Chambers at 6:00pm.