Jan 11, 2018
"In general, bullying behavior doesn't get you where governments need to talk."
"Moving of the Lighthouse is symbolic in Trinidad of a new chapter," said Trinidad Mayor Susan Rotwein. "That chapter is moving forward with the tribal governments in a good and positive way."
I spoke with Mayor Rotwein this morning. She said, "Communication, problem solving and a collaborative effort" made the relocation of the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse possible.
She also spoke candidly about the challenges. "In general, bullying behavior doesn't get you where governments need to talk. This relocation occurred because governments were talking to each other; not because of disrespectful bullying."
"The City of Trinidad facilitated the Civic Club talking with the Cher-ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria and the Yurok Tribe."
"The ill feelings in the community have grown over time."
"There is a lot of misinformation; some of that put out by certain media. The City does not own the property. There are no grades on the Civic Club property."