Letters to the Editor

Letters: Xavier Becerra acts, but won’t talk. Kamala Harris talked, but didn’t act

Why so quiet?

Are Exxon, Facebook in California's cross hairs? Top cop hints at investigations” (sacbee.com, April 11): It is almost encouraging to read about Attorney General Becerra hinting at an investigation into Exxon for public (and shareholder) deception about climate change. Hints, though, are not enough. If he’s investigating, why keep it secret? No danger of tipping off the target: Exxon is painfully aware that it has been under investigation by New York and Massachusetts. Worse, when Kamala Harris was California's AG, she publicly announced her office’s investigation into Exxon for fraud. Becerra moved into her job and just stopped talking about it. A public announcement would surely boost the cause.

Janet Cox, Oakland

All talk, no action

Battling ‘implicit bias’ among police ‘has to be a priority,’ Kamala Harris says” (sacbee.com, April 5): So U.S. Senator Kamala Harris visits Sacramento to speak at a community forum concerning the Stephon Clark shooting and calls for leadership in criminal justice and changing America's way of policing. Why don't we start by asking Harris for her contributions to that topic while she served as our attorney general? Just another example of all talk and no action – her legacy in California.

James Datzman, Lincoln

Not a ‘coincidence’

DA gets $13,000 from police unions – and more protests – days after Stephon Clark's death” (sacbee.com, April 6): Anne Marie Schubert’s re-election campaign signs have popped up all over Sacramento. They’re appealing. It’s clear the lady is a judicial stand out, but “shrewd politician” seems an appropriate descriptor as well. When Schubert calls the timing of a $13,000 donation to her campaign from two law enforcement unions “an unfortunate coincidence” because it was received just after the police killing of Stephon Clark, mystification ensues. One person’s coincidence is another’s sign of obvious truth. And here it is: Schubert cannot be tough, fair or independent when she’s slipped fat wads of cash by the very people she’s been entrusted to impartially investigate on behalf of the disenfranchised, poor and seemingly expendable members of our city.

Angela F. Luna, Fair Oaks

Lay off Schubert

After Stephon Clark, Sacramento got a lot right. Here's where things can still go wrong” (Erika D. Smith, April 9): Erika D. Smith is correct that Sacramento could become a model for change in policing practices as well as methods of handling protests. However, it is at minimum opportunistic for her to cast aspersions at our current DA, Anne Marie Schubert, over campaign contributions. Taking cheap shots at public servants who have rendered faithful, conscientious service to our community is a step backwards. Your editorial board endorsed DA Schubert in 2014. Is The Bee being unduly biased in this matter?

Elizabeth Guzzetta, Sloughhouse

Protest this

Here’s where and how California youths are most often murdered” (sacbee.com, April 4): Finally, an article that provides facts regarding the true genocide within the black community – black on black crime. Where are the protests and marches when black youths are nine times more likely to be murdered?

Joan Bach, Sacramento

Try more training

Two houses, one promise: a Capitol with more dignity” (sacbee.com, April 5): Regarding the op-ed by Toni Atkins and Anthony Rendon, a good start to improving the dignity of the California Legislature would be to require all members to follow the laws of the state of California. As a manager and supervisor, I am required by law to complete two hours of sexual harassment training annually. All members of the Legislature and their staff should also follow this requirement.

Thomas Watkins,


Don’t call 911

'It makes me never want to call 911 again,' neighbor says after Stephon Clark shooting” (sacbee.com, April 9): Citizens call 911, then disagree with the police action taken. In this case, Mr. Reiling armed himself with a baseball bat and chased the suspect down the street. Would Mr. Reiling have attacked the suspect with the baseball bat if he had caught up with him? If you don't want the police involved, don't call 911.

Vickie Linnet, Corning

National Guard

State is doing just fine without the National Guard on the border” (Editorials, April 5): California is not doing just fine. The border checkpoints are being overrun with drugs. ICE is under staffed. The National Guard would be there to assist. Immigrants who have been deported for illegal activities return again and again. Trump has not staged a war on immigrants; he’s enforcing a law that has been on the books for a long time. California needs to be sued for its ridiculous sanctuary state laws, which are endangering our citizens and not allowing our peace officers to do their jobs.

Dennis Kearney, Elk Grove

The tunnels

Gov. Jerry Brown urges 'yes' for both Delta tunnels. Will that sway crucial vote?” (sacbee.com, April 9): Gov. Brown needs to let the twin tunnels and the train go, and do something all Californians can benefit from. We will always be in a “state of drought” from now on with our growing population. Reservoirs would be an excellent use of our tax money, not tunnels and not trains.

Sandra Adair, Woodland

Coach Rollings

Before elevating Sheldon, coach pursued his passion for $12k a year in Navajo Nation” (Joe Davidson, March 23): It’s always encouraging to hear about someone with humble roots making it to the highest stage of competition in his career. It’s not hard to tell that Coach Rollings is dedicated to the players, and that he is always willing to go the extra mile for them. It’s always nice to hear about the impact of sports on young people’s lives.

Jack Hopping, Roseville