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Misleading SVO mailers
exacerbate housing crisis
In addition to featuring an image of Black men on a street surrounded by clouds of tear gas entitled “Do You Really Want to Sign on to This?” the SVO Political Action Committee sent out a misleading mailer that implies that providing more affordable types of housing destroys single-family neighborhoods. These actions perpetuate fear-mongering that created segregated neighborhoods throughout the past century.
Instead of scare tactics, we welcome sincere, constructive dialogue about affordable housing in San Jose. The low blows of the SVO, the California Apartment Association, and the California Association of Realtors should be condemned.
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Ristow and Owens get
priority right in Los Gatos
Los Gatos Town Council candidates Maria Ristow and Heidi Owens grasp the danger of climate change and are ready to address it. They get it that it’s not just fossil fuels — it’s also animal agriculture that is fueling global warming.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Jobs, affordable housing, helping businesses and preserving town character are important — but if we don’t address runaway global warming, none of this will matter. Climate scientists agree that we have very little time left to address and reverse the greenhouse gas emissions accelerating global warming.
Maria and Heidi recognize the huge impacts to our climate from animal agriculture and agree that plant-based diets mitigate global warming.
These women are smart, focused and committed. They are deep thinkers, and they listen to and work with constituents. They are the right people to lead Los Gatos at this crucial time.
Joe Biden understands
climate change threat
In the last debate, Joe Biden stated the paramount truth that “climate change is the existential threat to humanity” and that therefore we must transition away from using fossil fuels by ramping up renewable energy production. President Trump seized upon this as if his opponent had just made a huge blunder that might cost him the election. Trump somehow thought it would be reassuring to emphasize that he has no such plans.
One man shared with the American public that he understands the top threat to the future of civilization and that he knows what to do about it. The other man doubled down on malevolent ignorance. Not only are Trump’s actions immoral, but they also won’t help him get re-elected. Only 28% of registered voters, polled the day after the debate, said they oppose transitioning away from the oil industry. The vast majority of Americans understand reality and are voting accordingly.
Don’t make teachers
beg for school funding
Please reconsider your position on Measure L in Santa Clara County. Rather than focus on the lack of a “sunset clause” in the parcel tax extension voters are being asked to approve, why not focus on the absurdity of asking voters to constantly reapprove piecemeal funding for public education?
Expecting our dedicated educators to waste precious time and resources continually going to the voters hat in hand begging for the necessary funds to provide smaller class sizes, safe classrooms, basic differentiated education and mental health support is foolish. Excellent public education is the critical foundation of our democracy specifically and our society generally and should be funded accordingly.
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