Re "Brown should not retreat from investing cap-and-trade money" (Viewpoints, May 22): I agree with Holly Smithson and Susan Frank that cap and trade funds should be used as intended -- to be invested in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction efforts.
California's climate change law specifically requires investments to be directed "toward the most disadvantaged communities in California and provide an opportunity for small businesses, schools, affordable house associations, and other community institutions to participate in and benefit from statewide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
Where I work in San Joaquin County, asthma rates among children and adults are above the state average. So is the unemployment rate. By investing this money in our communities and putting people to work in clean tech industries is both fiscally prudent and legally required.
-- Betsy Reifsnider, Sacramento