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For the homeless,
community tops housing
Re. “East Bay homeless camp faces closure, but money to help residents is stuck in limbo,” Sept. 15:
Rydin Road is, primarily, a functioning community — 80% who are local residents — that considers their RVs their homes and who would be best served by being located on a parcel of land they could live on.
Issues remain, but the hotel room/shelter solution doesn’t work; it rips them from their home (the RV), their animals (a connection that only dog owners understand), and their partner. After their time allotment, they end up on the street in a tent. The “Community First” (RVs in community) rather than “Housing First” model (unavailable) is more likely to succeed.
The elephant in the room is ineptitude; the $12 billion in state funds spent on homelessness draws attention to the bottom line: the money invested in keeping the problem rather than solving it. This calls for a major forensic accounting and investigative journalism outing the greed and corruption, as well as the bureaucratic ineptitude.
Give Alfred Twu
chance to learn job
In your paper Sept. 11, you endorsed Joel Young for the at-large seat on the AC Transit board (“Three can lead AC Transit past financial woes,” Page 8). Please reconsider.
You cite he is more knowledgeable than his opponent, Alfred Twu. You skim over Young’s unethical behavior of which you made a point in his last two elections. If he has expressed any remorse for his unethical actions, it is only recently.
You say his opponent, Alfred Twu, is not as familiar with the district’s financial picture. How familiar was Joel Young when he first took office? I would hope that in the intervening 12 years he has learned something about the district. I believe that over time Mr. Twu will be as familiar with the finances.
Rules of road apply
to bicyclists too
Recently a car driver ran over a bicycle in Oakland during a Friday night ride of the East Bay Bike Party. The cyclist jumped off of his bike before the driver hit it and was not hurt himself.
East Bay Bike Party is a monthly event that celebrates cycling, which I think is a great idea. But we have rules of the road, for a good reason, where you drive on your side of the street and I drive on mine.
East Bay Bike Party participants swarm the whole roadway, many of whom deliberately approach car drivers in a threatening manner. This is a passive-aggressive form of bullying. If the cyclists had stayed on their side of the road, this would have never happened.
Respect is a two-way street, a concept that Walk Bike Berkeley participants seem to have forgotten.
Vote for leaders who
have climate solutions
Re. “Can California really transform its power grid to be completely green?” Page A9, Sept. 11:
I appreciate Dan Walters’ cautionary words about the challenges we face in reaching California’s climate goals. …read more
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