Is this really happening in our little town of Astoria? We are in the middle of one of the largest pandemics in history, and the numbers are growing daily. The deadly COVID-19 virus is spreading like wildfire and, yes, it's in Clatsop County now.
The Astoria City Council is being asked to approve a request by Pacific Seafood to house 80 temporary international visa workers at the former Astoria Pointe drug treatment center. This is at a time when all coastal cities are telling visitors to "stay away."
The City Council itself has declared an emergency. Government offices are closing. Restaurants and bars are all closed. We are on a lockdown. Even Mayor Bruce Jones stated don't come to Astoria, "stay away." Residents are in panic over their safety and health. These are terrible and frightening times.
So right in the middle of all this, let's move and pack 80 temporary international visa workers into a tiny former treatment center and nursing home (designed for 30) in a sleepy residential neighborhood of Astoria where families, children and elderly people live. This is literally throwing gasoline onto the fire.
The City Council should deny this application for the concern and health of its citizens, who have elected them. It affects all Astorians. You are there to represent and protect us. I speak for my 19 neighbors, and we are asking you to do the right thing and deny this application.