Trask was a leader and a role model
Amy Trask was not only CEO of the Raiders, she was also an incredible role model.
In March, Trask took time to speak, via conference call, to my high school women's studies class. She answered students' questions that drew upon her professional experiences as CEO of an NFL team, as well as experiences outside the Raider Nation.
While the questions and answers spanned almost an hour, Trask's impact has been lasting and profound on all who heard her speak. Our school is located in an agricultural community two hours from Oakland, yet Trask's openness, humor and candor made it feel like she was in the room with us.
Trask advised the students to live their lives with conviction, be true to themselves and follow their passion. While only Trask knows why she made the decision to resign, it would seem that through the end of her Raiders tenure, she exemplified these ideals, remaining true to herself and the lessons of her mentor.
Al Davis would be proud.
Paper must watch its contentions
Peter Delevett's front-page article, "Investors see less green in clean," starts with two false contentions that makes it appear he may not read the rest of the newspaper regularly.
His first sentence starts, "With fossil fuels scarce and global warming concerns on the rise ..."
However, the newspaper has reported regularly that fossil fuel recovery is significantly increasing because of technological advances including fracking.
The newspaper also has regularly reported that the intensity of public concern with catastrophic human caused global warming has been diminishing.
Obvious front-page misstatements weaken confidence in the claims made. How much of the rest of the story is also less than substantive?
Response to editorial on Delta
We are referring to the May 5 editorial, "Plan for Delta just continues to look worse."
It's disappointing the Bay Area News Group has taken a position on Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta water plan before key chapters of the plan are released and before the state has completed its economic evaluation.
The importance of this plan to the Bay Area's water supply reliability and to the health of the Delta ecosystem justifies a more informed assessment.
The editorial somehow concludes the Bay Delta Conservation Plan jeopardizes the Bay Area's water supply. In reality, the governor's plan aims to protect our Delta supplies, which comprise 40 percent of Santa Clara County's annual use and 80 percent of the Livermore-Amador Valley's use, while taking measures to recover and protect 57 species.
In the absence of any factual analysis, the editorial concludes that fixing levees, recycling and expanding reservoirs is the answer.
While we strongly support these actions as components of good water management, they do little to improve the reliability of our Delta supplies or restore Delta habitat. Expanding reservoirs does not help if they can't be filled.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the best chance to protect our Delta supplies, and it deserves a thoughtful and unbiased evaluation.
Duerig is general manager of Zone 7 Water Agency and Goldie is CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Protecting the environment
The California Environmental Quality Act is one of the dwindling tools left to protect the environment. It should not be compromised.
The argument that CEQA regulations are preventing businesses from creating jobs is resonating more these days, but it is not a convincing argument.
Clean air, water, sunshine and earth are essential to all of life. Flora and fauna diversity is equally important. Humans should use their ingenuity to solve problems that benefit all of creation, not just business interests.