Federal Stimulus on Muni; Federal Stimulus and Education; Santa Cruz Politics; Renters Day of Action; Captain Jimenez; Obama’s Pick of Sebelius …

by on February 23, 2009

To The Editor:

The Transbay funding has been removed from this stimulus proposal (transit funding portion), TransForm has posted a critique of the Oakland Airport Connector project and a call for reexamining a fare-free, rapid bus for a fraction of the cost of the current OAC proposal.

http://transformca.org/take-action/stop-fare-hikes

John Knox White


To The Editor:

This article is insulting and politically, not educationally motivated. Quotes like “Delusional Republicans who either don’t understand how to add up the basic costs of essential services …”

Just because some clear thinking voters CHOOSE to want to make government live within its means, doesn’t make us delusional. Anyone can spend more money. We don’t need higher taxes, we need sound fiscal management while educating our precious youth. It is a skill set few on either side of the
isle seem to have.

While I have done much personally to help the disadvantaged, I think we (society) sometimes, and the budget figures you expressed in this article endorse, loose site of the big picture. I know of no one seeking to put the homeless in a barren field or eat while they go hungry. With schools facing huge cutbacks fiscally, to allow the growth of charter schools, special interests and disadvantaged programs why good Core competency teachers are being terminated and class sizes grow to 40+, Shepard’s the few at the expense of the many.

Kelly Groth


To The Editor:

As expected, Randy Shaw makes a number of important and accurate points in this review. However, he is misinformed on a number of issues. While Santa Cruz has not enacted rent control (failed in three attempts in the 1970s and 80s), and neighborhood activists have often defeated projects that could have provided revenue for progressive city programs (although that too appears to be changing during the last few years), Santa Cruz provides far more social services for low-income residents and the homeless than other California cities and we are among the top cities in California in terms of the amount of subsidized, deeply affordable housing we have constructed during the past 25 years. At one point, we had the highest percentage of such housing within our housing stock of any city in the State.

As Domhoff and Gendron observe, there are certainly tensions between the neighborhood “use-value” activists and the more “socialist” oriented within the progressive movement in Santa Cruz, but the struggles within the progressive community are not always won by the neighborhood groups.

Mike Rotkin


To The Editor:

Arnold when running: “I don’t need your money, I have enough of my own”

Maybe this is why he can deny poor senior/disabled their renters rebate. That must have been the once a year bright spot for so many of us. I thought the poor houses were done away with, I go to the grocery store and see apples 2.99 a pound, I bought one. I am a person of lupus, vascular disease, and diabetes, and the poor nutritional foods put on sale cannot be passed over by folks like me.

I hear and read of Arnold staying at expensive penthouses, dining on expensive food,

Kathleen Presley


To the Editor:

Captain Gary Jimenez is an exemplar for a good police/community symbiosis. As Randy stated, he is a policeman first, and a community policeman second. He is like those teachers who have the gift of understanding the tough-case students and enlighten them into knowledge. Given the ethnic diversity of the Tenderloin, Mr. Jimenez knows how to strike the right balance to be a police officer for all.

Nafiss Griffis
San Francisco


To the Editor:

Remember that Captain Kevin Dillion told the community “like it is,” and he was summarily transferred from Northern Station, where he had been popular and successful in building bridges with the community and being open and honest. He was sent to being the floating night captain. He retired early shortly after that. It was a loss was for SFPD, The Northern District and the City. When you “tell it like it is,” you will invaribaly step on political toes. The cost of honesty and integrity in service? It shouldn’t be. Good luck to Capt Jiminez in being honest and talking opening and honestly with the community and the press.

John Thomas


To The Editor:

Maybe Captain Jiminez should be the next Chief of Police. A 56% reduction
in crime is fantastic! We need more leaders like him within the SFPD.

Mahmet Pinarbasi


To the Editor:

I, like many progressives, am very disappointed in the choice of Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health & Human Services. Howard Dean was absolutely snubbed when the new DNC chair was appointed and Howard Dean wasn’t even invited, and snubbed again, as someone far less qualified, and never in the medical industry, will be appointed instead of Howard Dean. As wonderful as Gov. Sebelius is for Kansas, this was a very poor selection on Obama’s part. Change we can’t believe in.

Michael Johnson


To the Editor:

You threw the die correctly when you suggested Kathleen Sebelius as a V.P. The turn of events brought her to a more important position. I guess after Hilda Solis, she will be the most important cabinet member from a worker’s perspective. And she looks so healthy.

Nafiss Griffis
San Francisco


To the Editor:

I personally wanted Dr. Howard Dean for this HHS job, and still do. There are massive efforts to get the FDA to rescind approval for Aspartame, particularly mine in the Hawaii Senate and the New Mexico Senate, with Resolutions and Memorials directed to Obama, the next HHS Secretary and the next FDA Commissioner. To learn how Aspartame was approved, google and read this: RUMSFELD’S BIOWEAPON LEGACY. The NM Memorial is on the NM Legislature webiste as Senate Memorial 9 and on the Hawaii Legislature as Senate Resolution 13.

I truly empathize with those victims and only tell you: PLEASE GET BUSY WITH YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS, and if enough of these start piling up on FDA and HHS desks in D.C., we can succeed in getting this monstrously cruel product off the market, before it damages another hundred million people with its inevitable metabolic byproducts of methanol and formaldehyde.

Truly,
Stephen Fox Political and Consumer Editor NM Sun News Santa Fe.


To the Editor:

Wow! This is SO wonderful! I had been “wondering” what had happened to the Sebelius for Commerce Secretary (since Richardson dropped out). I hadn’t even contemplated that she might end up as HHS (even BETTER!). SO glad to hear this. The overwhelming chorus had been on the side of how “wonderful” Daschle supposedly would be. But something didn’t “seem” quite right. SO glad to know that now the “Health” (Sickness) Care industry won’t be getting all it wants, but that something now can be done good for all. She will do a SUPER job!

Jeanie Rosenthalo


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