Immigrants enrich our society and culture, but not all can afford to go for citizenship. (Paul Sancya, File AP Photo)
Regarding Esther Cepeda’s column, “My mom finally became a U.S. citizen, thanks to President Trump”: Many immigrants come to the US with nothing, hoping to make something of themselves, the American Dream. Some come without any family or friends so that they can make money and send it back to their family in another country. Trump’s presidency might have increased the fear of deportation, but it doesn’t change the fact that some immigrants might not have the resources to become a citizen, such as being educated enough, speaking enough English, or the $800 needed to apply. The foundation of America is freedom. I think it’s important to consider these points because not every immigrant has it as easy as Esther’s mother had it. The issue is not that people don’t want to be naturalized, the issue is that they might not have the resources.
More than nine low-wage workers competing for each affordable home; 45,000 workers commuting into Santa Clara each day; thousands of new jobs expected. Without decisive action, the city risks turning its affordable housing crisis into a full blown catastrophe.
Thankfully, backed by recommendations from a cross-sectoral AdHoc Affordable Housing Working Group that included advocates and developers, Mayor Lisa Gillmor and the Santa Clara City Council directed staff to craft two new tools to stem the housing crisis: a housing impact fee and a commercial linkage fee.
We laud the AdHoc Working Group for striking a meaningful balance across the various perspectives and thank the city council for taking a leadership role in adopting the tools necessary to improve the jobs and housing balance for its workers and residents.
Deputy Director, SV@Home;
Member, AdHoc Affordable Housing Working Group
Democrats are supposed to support full disclosure
I read with interest the editorial, “Labor remains biggest obstacle to state campaign reform” (July 9). Democracy is strongest when citizens understand the workings of their political system, including the funding of campaigns. That’s why the platform of the California Democratic Party says Democrats will “support and implement full disclosure of funding sources for political advertisements.” Assembly Bill 249, the California DISCLOSE Act, will require that ballot measure advertisements clearly display the top three sources of funds that paid for the ads. We need Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to see that we pass AB 249 to strengthen our democracy.
Get over it. Just keep changing clocks
A legislator wants to change our way of keeping time by instituting Daylight Savings for the entire year. The benefit of increased evening daylight is touted, but the negative effect to our mornings is not mentioned. If passed, children will be walking to school in the dark, along with all the drivers going to work. Has anybody considered how many kids are going to get run over? Additionally, teenagers will be tortured by their Circadian Rhythms, getting up in the dark to go to school. All for what? Just to avoid changing our clocks and adjusting to the new schedule twice a year. Are we really that soft?
Lawrence V. Koepke
Fracking may be safe but global warming isn’t
Victor David Hansen’s column (July 7) points out the benefits of fracking: cheaper oil and gas, independence from foreign sources of fossil fuels, and if done carefully, limited risk of water pollution and seismic activity. But this ignores the greatest threat from fossil fuel production, and that is climate disruption. There are thresholds out in the future beyond which lie conditions we definitely would not choose to endure — conditions that could prove fatal for human society as we know it. Not knowing exactly how far out those thresholds are and exactly how serious the consequences, prudence says we should keep as far from them as possible.
That is especially wise, considering the benefits for jobs and the environment stemming from the transformation to carbon-free energy.
William H. Cutler
Build more housing? No, try adding more jobs
There are so many articles and arguments in favor of increasing the housing supply to make it more affordable here. Without addressing demand this will never work. Just try to buy a nice house in Hong Kong or New York City.
Demand can be reduced by not approving every massive corporate campus and by curbing foreign investment. If we refuse to discuss the demand side this housing crises will only get worse. Economics 101.