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As end of restrictions
nears, use caution
As COVID restrictions continue to be lifted, we need to take a moment to stop and think how far Santa Clara County has come since the beginning. We, as a county, did our best to keep our residents safe and even though other places around us opened earlier, Santa Clara stood strong to keep COVID deaths to a low.
Recently, the possibilities of music festivals and concerts are becoming more of a reality with vaccines being available to most of the population. Now, we must wait two months, until June 15, before jumping into a gamble of that scale.
The people have worked hard to lift the restrictions and we have come so far. The upcoming festivals, such as EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival May 21-May 23 in Las Vegas), put us at risk. Festivals of this caliber can launch us back into a full-blown, nationwide quarantine. I encourage individuals to stay cautious during these times.
Confluence project would
be new boondoggle
There is a proposal to build a 200-foot high light tower at the confluence of the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek, discussed in the Mercury News on April 11 (“Why San Jose should reconsider Urban Confluence project,” Page A12). The proposed tower would cost $150 million, along with unknown daily energy costs.
We have an estimated 10,000 homeless persons living along our creeks, under freeway overpasses, now even along the freeway embarkment of Highway 101 and 13th Street.
Our city has much greater needs than one more vanity project to join prior foolish boondoggles: The Grand Prix where for several weeks massive cement dividers crowed our downtown. The Quetzalcoatl proposed to be a 40-foot art piece was squatted to less than 10 feet tall.
Arena Green light tower
would be bad for wildlife
Re. “Why San Jose should reconsider Urban Confluence project,” Page A12, April 11:
Breeze of Innovation, winner of Urban Confluence, presents an inherent conflict. While attempting to demonstrate the importance of clean energy, this astronomical light fixture will instead be harming our night sky, wildlife and nature at Arena Green – the riparian confluence of the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek.
Other iconic city structures with bright lights have already had negative effects on wildlife. The Sydney Opera House’s lighting attracts hordes of local and migrating bird species, adding to the hundreds of millions of avian deaths caused each year by artificial light and man-made structures. We must recognize that this design is fundamentally contradictory: it strives to symbolize sustainability, but will actually cause lasting, anthropogenic harm to our already hurting environment and wildlife.
A monument aiming to symbolize sustainability should be acutely aware of its effects on the natural environment. To save our environment, we must avoid lighting this structure.
with being ‘woke’
What is so wrong with being “woke”? (Victor Davis Hanson, “What it means to be wealthy and woke in today’s America,” Page A7, April 9) The dictionary defines woke to mean aware, alert, conscious. Antonyms include unaware, benighted, ignorant.
Hanson identifies wokeness as a trait of the elite. This ignores the millions of weekday workers who gave up weekends over many years to march peacefully in support of civil rights, women, science and Black lives. It is overwhelmingly the elite with flexible schedules, financial resources and platforms who use their voices and influence in making a difference.
Elitism is neither disease nor sin. There is nothing wrong with wokeness. Without it, there would still be slavery, neither Blacks nor women would vote, the rich would exploit workers, and Hanson could slumber peacefully in the oblivion of his ivory tower.
pushing climate policy
Kudos to local legislators who haven’t forgotten the climate crisis during the pandemic. Assemblymembers Ash Kalra, Mark Stone, and Buffy Wicks, and state Sens. Josh Becker, Dave Cortese, and Scott Wiener, recently introduced or co-authored bills to promote climate justice.
SB 467 (Wiener, Limón), co-authored by Kalra, Stone, and Wicks, phases out dangerous drilling, mandates buffer zones between drilling and homes/schools, and provides steps for a just transition for fossil-fuel workers in California. SB 32 (Cortese) requires California cities and counties to plan for building decarbonization. SB 68 (Becker) reduces barriers to building electrification.
To succeed, they need you. If you’re among the 80% of Californians concerned about the climate crisis, urge your representatives to support SB 467, SB 32, and SB 68.
Want to learn more? Assemblyman Kalra and state Sen. Cortese will speak on Zoom with Mothers Out Front on April 14. Learn more at bit.ly/climatecta001.
In diverse nation,
hate has no place
As someone who identifies as part Chinese and Viet, reading about the recent cases of racial attacks on the Asian community fills me with shock and disappointment. Especially since many of these attacks target the elderly, it angers me that prejudice and hate are still prevalent in my community.
I lived in this Bay Area bubble where seeing Asians is the norm. This perpetuated belief that all Asians are at fault for this virus is ignorant. I used to think that social issues never concerned me unless they directly affected me, but now I know how wrong I have been. Businesses being vandalized, the elderly being assaulted – it’s not just those in the Bay Area that are suffering, but the nation as a whole.
Sadly still in 2021, our country’s pride in diversity is still undermined by these acts of racism.
After all of that geoFence blocks unwanted traffic and disables remote access from FSAs and that’s the real deal.