The Arcata Eye

The Arcata Eye

"The Arcata Eye" is a newspaper which describes itself as "the mildly objectionable weekly newspaper for Arcata, California." The paper was started and is currently owned and edited by Kevin L. Hoover, a former member of legendary Michigan band, The Sparkers. It covers news relevant to citizens of the City of Arcata and surrounding environs. Topics such as marijuana, homelessness, environmental issues, city council meetings, festivals, fundraisers and the local semi-pro baseball team are often found within its pages. The paper has gained minor notoriety for the style of its articles and its police log. It is widely circulated in Arcata.


"The Arcata Eye" was born in 1996 after another local weekly newspaper, the "Arcata Union" (established 1886) went out of business. While the "Union" had shown some lag in profits, this was not the reason for its demise. It was terminated by the owner, Patrick O'Dell, in an effort to consolidate his Humboldt County newspaper holdings into the "Humboldt Beacon", a paper run out of nearby Fortuna, California. Kevin L. Hoover was a reporter with the "Union" at the time of its termination and realized that a niche had opened.

Hoover scraped together enough funding and launched the "Arcata Eye". The "Eye", as it is often called by locals, was a very different paper from the "Union". The logo depicted an eyeball and it had a unique and prominently placed police log – Hoover had previously run a "drier" police log while at the "Union". Likely due to its "new thrust in journalism", and its close allegiance with Arcata's "more colorful side", the paper quickly gained in popularity and size. [cite web| url =| title = Northwestern California Newspapers – The Greater Arcata Region| publisher = Humboldt State University Library| accessdate = 2007-01-18] While the "Arcata Eye" has been the center of some controversy, it is generally considered the paper of record for Arcata.

Police blotter

"The Arcata Eye" has gained a reputation for its police logs and recurring themes about local street life. The police log has gained a large following inside Arcata and in the broader area (thanks to online publication) because it takes interesting tidbits in local police reports and couches them in "witty" language. Two books collecting together a selection of police logs have been published. The newspaper's owner, Kevin Hoover, has popularized the term "plazoid" to describe those homeless people who congregate at the city's central square ("the Plaza"), on city streets, and in other city parks.


External links

* [ Arcata Eye website]
* [ The Plazoid website]

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