The below report came from the morning of April 20, before the police state pounced on the people en masse. Keep in mind that the Arcata police stalk people on a regular basis who are sleeping in the so-called "Community" Forest. And the yearly "Be-Bop and Brew" event is a huge ALCOHOL fest, permitted by the City, with the usual attitudes and risks of large groups of people drinking.
Smoke-Outs have been happening for years in Michigan, Washington DC and other places, long before 420 became a popular pot-related term and date in California. Arcata's city counsel (and John Shelter too) should move somewhere else if they don't like Arcata (which is in a county with its highest revenue in marijuana) or don't like the people who live and visit here.
More on what happened on April 20, 2010 will be posted at this site soon.
(See report below)
Redwood Park is set for a trap! Yesterday, on my late evenin woodsy stroll I came up to the park on the 14th st foot path and the redwood branches had been felled directly upon the trail. There were no warning signs, just large redwood tree branches felled along the path, making it hard to get in or out in the last 5 ft of trail up to the park. As I reached the park I saw they did the same to the large tree that people gather around every year on 420, making a ring of felled branches that prevents one from getting near the tree. Not wanting to believe this stupidity was done to stop the smoke out, I decided to hike out and leave the bad vibes when I realized it was a deliberate move in conjunction with the police force and the city to regulate the celebrations toady. The trails into the park had been blocked with branches as well, and there were 6 ft city fences lining the perimeters of the 12th and 13th st exits, completely locking you in the park, again with no warning signs about restricted access, and only signs that read "Marijuana laws shall be strictly enforced" everywhere along the fence, facing out to the sts, not facing into the park, again not giving the park goers any info on the situation! The only access they left open is from the parking lots by way of vehicle or foot traffic along there, I did not check the fickle hill exit. Be warned, regulations have begun with a days preparedness, this all seems to be a trap! And the trap has been set.
May you be safe and may we outsmart this police state soon enough!