is no reason to celebrate
City leaders are celebrating a judge’s ruling that the 1970s Brutalist-style bank building at Park and Almaden can be torn down. This clears the way for the demolition of City View Plaza and the construction of a splendid new office complex.
I do not share the enthusiasm. I wonder why no one mentions the big carbon footprint associated with razing a city block and building something big and new.
The U.N. Secretary-General issued a warning that the world is at a “pivotal moment” where continuing business as usual could lead to “perpetual crisis” wrought by climate breakdown. (“UN chief: World is at ‘pivotal moment’,” Page A9, Sept. 12) Razing a city block to replace with new buildings just because they’re more desirable is business as usual.
I wonder what scientists would suggest we do with our downtown for the sake of sustainability. I wish we would consult scientists more and Chamber of Commerce types less for guidance.
California voters picked
more of the same
Congratulations California voters. You overwhelmingly voted to keep the current conditions of lack of drinking water, limited electricity, homelessness, crime, wildfires, high taxes, high gasoline prices and mixed messages regarding COVID-19.
It’s like watching a movie multiple times and expecting a different ending. It’s a fact, you get what you vote for.
right choice in recall
I thank and congratulate my fellow Californians for asserting democracy and good governance based on science, common sense and unity.
Gov. Gavin Newsom was the first governor in the nation to fully anticipate the fury of the COVID epidemic and in shutting down the state proactively much ahead of the CDC guidelines to do so. That action was prescient in saving tens of thousands of our lives. Today, California is the only state to have progressed away from being a red zone – thanks to Newsom’s leadership and the responsible behavior of Californians. If that had not been done, we would be like Texas or Florida.
Thank God and my fellow Californians for keeping Larry Elder away from the governor’s mansion. He would have taken us to the Dark Ages under the tutelage of his mentor Donald Trump. Yes, public safety trumps personal freedom in crisis situations.
needs an update
On the cost and value of this recall: It cost taxpayers more than the $276 million.
It cost us a chance to use that money in these ways: Use half of it to pay those firefighters who swung axes and held hoses a $1,000 thank you and put the rest into raises for them; use the other half for every single-parent family who has applied for rent relief during this horrible pandemic. Doesn’t that make a bit more sense than using it for this recall?
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Choosing a governor
shouldn’t be a game
Dan Walters (“Are changes to California recall system reforms or power grab?” Page A6, Sept. 15) seems to think that elections and democracy are games and that gaming the system is an excellent strategy to replace a duly elected governor with an unqualified candidate who could win with a small plurality of votes.
Taxpayers spent $276 million that could have been spent for education, housing, medical care, infrastructure projects, etc. The recall system definitely needs to be changed now.