Thanking Prop. 69
Re “Relative’s DNA from genealogy websites cracked East Area Rapist case, DA’s office says” (sacbee.com, April 26): In 2004, Proposition 69 passed and DNA collection improved. This is the reason the Golden State Killer is in custody today. I am glad the conversation has turned away from Stevante Clark and back to the good work our police force, DA Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones do every day to keep us safe. It's baffling that people fought against DNA collection. It's the downfall of society when criminals have more rights than victims.
Kellie Randle, Sacramento
Priorities for pot
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Re “Want equity, Sacramento? Invest your cannabis taxes in Stephon Clark’s neighborhood” (sacbee.com, April 24): Sacramento has an opportunity to be a model for the nation and it should. All eyes continue to be fixed on Sacramento as it protests Stephon Clark's tragic death at the hands of local police. Malaki Seku Amen from the California Urban Partnership suggests that the windfall from marijuana taxes be used to rectify the devastation that old marijuana laws wrought in certain Sacramento neighborhoods. He's right. It’s only fair and it's long overdue. Do it, Sacramento. Then California, and the nation, can learn and follow.
Lori Dorfman, director, Berkeley Media Studies Group
Don’t limit taxes
“Soda, oil companies back initiative to limit taxes in California” (sacbee.com, April 23): Apparently the huge tax cut that corporations received last year wasn’t enough for them. At the federal level, they hope the resulting deficit will force cuts to social services. Now these corporations want to force similar reductions in state and local public services by hindering the taxing power of state and local governments. Our cities and counties are responsible for the welfare of many individuals who are vulnerable. Corporations only answer to their shareholders.
Kathryn Lewis, Sacramento
“Local tax limit is a soda industry play that goes too far” (Editorials, April 24): The City Council lied to Sacramento's residents when it promoted Measure U in 2012 as a “temporary” sales tax increase to help the city deal with budget issues following the recession. I voted for Measure U because, as a retired civil servant, I understand how budget problems can happen after an unexpected economic downturn and because we were assured that this increase was temporary. Now, we read that the city used Measure U dollars to fund 195 positions in city government. Anyone familiar with budgeting knows that you do not fund permanent positions with temporary dollars. Shame on the City Council. Rest assured that the proposal to make Measure U permanent will not get my vote this time. And I will be very wary of any further tax increase requests.
Sharon-Jane Matthews, Sacramento
HOV lane is lunacy
“Highway 50 drivers, your daily commute is in for a big change. Light rail users, you too” (sacbee.com, April 30): Extending the HOV lane as a method to increase traffic flow is insanity that is now accepted as logic. Coming from Folsom in the morning, the traffic finally speeds up at Watt Avenue because more people can use the far left lane. Punishing all taxpayers who pay for our roads to help a small percentage of drivers is lunacy. This is another means for the CHP to generate more revenue from tickets and will lead to more accidents and frustrated commuters.
Paul Reid, Folsom
Re “Jackson not returning as Trump's personal physician” (sacbee.com, April 29): Democrats are determined to personally destroy anyone President Trump nominates in an effort to prevent him from forming a government. Instead of cooperating to run our government for the good of the country, Democrats would prefer to resist everything so that the government cannot function. Everyone should be alarmed about this. Dr. Ronny Jackson is the latest example. Jackson received glowing praise for years from President Obama. According to Democratic senators, Jackson is suddenly a drunk who hands out prescription drugs like candy simply because he works in President Trump’s White House now. There is no proof of any poor behavior by Admiral Jackson, just more nasty slander by Democrats who want to destroy everyone associated with our president.
Deborah Hall McMicking, San Francisco
More than levees
Re “Buckle up, California. Some serious ‘precipitation whiplash’ predicted for the state” (sacbee.com, April 23): Dale Kasler’s article points out that levees alone will not protect us from the climate-change-related flooding. The multi-benefit approach adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board goes beyond levees, working with nature rather than fighting against it. Strategically setting back levees and creating designated overflow areas reduces flood risk by giving rivers room to spread out and slow down when waters run high. Other benefits include improving habitat for native wildlife and fish, increasing groundwater reserves and creating riverside parks. The American River Parkway and Yolo Bypass are both excellent examples of this approach, which will benefit residents throughout the Central Valley.
Curtis Knight, Mt. Shasta
‘Save The Bee’
I was quite upset to learn that The Bee will be firing about two dozen journalists – information not reported by The Bee. These journalists earn tens of thousands of dollars while Craig Foreman, the CEO of McClatchy, earns millions. The Bee has uncovered a number of important stories, from the behavior of the former chancellor of UC Davis to the wasteful spending of the Board of Equalization to sexual harassment at the Capitol. We need a strong, local newspaper and The Bee should be subsidized by citizens. This downsizing is a tremendous loss to the community.
Robert E. Humphrey,
In defense of solar
“Why California’s attorney general must stand up to solar companies” (sacbee.com, April 25): The Campaign for Accountability, in this op-ed, denigrates solar energy providers and calls upon Attorney General Becerra to launch an investigation. CfA is an organization that plays favorites and shadow funds sources. We don’t know who’s funding CfA now, but we invite them to stand up for themselves.
Solar works for nearly 2 million Americans. It gives Californians the power to choose the cleanest energy and cut costs. Our industry employs 250,000 workers. Like any industry, there are likely a handful of bad actors. Luckily, they’re rare exceptions. We know that without satisfied customers, our industry will not succeed. We have no tolerance for unfair sales practices. We’ve already acted to protect consumers at the federal and state levels. We’re working with California as it creates consumer disclosures that will make every solar transaction even easier to understand. No industry is perfect, but solar puts consumers first.
Executive V.P. and General Counsel
Solar Energy Industries Association, Washington, D.C.