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Letters: Lacking experience | Bad actors | Flag ban | Utility tax | Climate-resilient schools | Nonviolent life

Letters: Lacking experience | Bad actors | Flag ban | Utility tax | Climate-resilient schools | Nonviolent life

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Price lacks experienced
prosecutors for cop cases

When Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price was elected, she promised she would reinvestigate six fatal police shootings and would have an answer as to an investigation and charges in 120 days.

That time has come and gone. Those cases were fully investigated during former District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s tenure, and she and other experts, real experts, who had years of experience, decided they weren’t chargeable because there was no evidence.

Now, Price does not have the veteran, experienced prosecutors to investigate and prosecute these cases should she want to reopen them. The defense attorneys will have a field day with the rookie prosecutors she’s hired.

Ninfa Wood
Walnut Creek

Bad actors must be
held accountable

Re: “Court: School district violated religious freedom” (Page B2, Sept. 15).

Given the egregious violation by Pioneer High School and the behavior of social studies teacher Peter Glasser, I hope the parties involved above are held accountable.

As long as people in positions of authority can behave this way with no discernable consequences, they are likely to repeat offend.

I’d like to see punitive damages assessed against the bad actors involved to discourage this sort of behavior in the future.

Kevin Hickman
San Ramon

Flag ban doesn’t foster
tolerance, inclusivity

Re: “Chaos in Sunol after flag ban” (Page A1, Sept. 14).

Every child counts and needs to feel accepted and loved in order to thrive emotionally and develop healthy self-esteem.

Showing and teaching respect for self and others is critical from an early age. As a former teacher for over 20 years and a licensed marriage and family therapist, I repeatedly saw the long-term impacts on children and their families when this encouragement does not occur.

Banning pride flags from the Sunol Glen school grounds does not lead to tolerance or convey inclusiveness.

Penee Field-Feinberg
Fremont

Repeal utility tax
provision in SB 205

Re: “PG&E’s customers facing big bill increases” (Page B1, Sept. 15).

The Sept. 15 article emphasizes PG&E and the California Public Utility Commission’s (CPUC) disregard for low-income ratepayers’ struggles.

PG&E’s rate increases (42%) over the last five years versus Bay Area inflation (13.5%) were highlighted. Now the CPUC has issued two new 2023 rate-hike proposals, costing customers between $24 and $28 per month if either passes. Let’s not forget that in 2022, the Legislature passed AB 205, which mandates utilities (including PG&E) to charge all ratepayers a new utility tax. PG&E will be charging the highest utility tax in the country, between $35 and $125 per month, depending on household income, upon state PUC approval in 2024.

While bills are going up for millions of people who live in apartments, condos and small homes, where is the proposal for PG&E to reduce their executives’ compensation, totaling $40 million in FY2022? Tell your legislators to repeal the utility tax provision in AB 205.

Sandy White
Fremont

Push to make schools
climate-resilient

As a primary care physician here in the East Bay, who is concerned about climate change, I’m calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign SB 394, which creates a master plan for climate-resilient schools. This bill will help craft our response to climate impacts like the climate-fueled wildfire smoke we are all breathing today. This bill passed the Legislature by a near-unanimous vote in each chamber.

Every new school facilities project is an opportunity to mitigate the effects on students and teachers of climate-related health hazards and disruptions, and to move the school closer to California’s target of net-zero emissions. Climate change is about health — this bill is a huge step in the right direction toward protecting our children’s health and future. Please contact Governor Newsom’s office and urge him to sign SB 394 to protect our kids.

Dr. Ashley McClure
Berkeley

The path to living well
is a nonviolent one

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here’s an excerpt from a treasured letter written to Action For Animals in December 1990 by Cesar Chavez:

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“Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people. Racism, economic deprivation, dog fighting and cock fighting, bullfighting and rodeos are cut from the same fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”

Words to live by. Si se puede.

Eric Mills
Coordinator, Action For Animals
Oakland