Water program must be left where it is

AB145 (Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno), now before the Senate, proposes transferring the state's drinking water program from the Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Having dealt with both agencies as the manager -- now retired -- of both a public water system and a wastewater system, I believe the proposed transfer would be costly, disruptive and not in the best interests of the state's water consumers.

The department's mission is protecting public health. For decades, its drinking water program has been effectively protecting California's water consumers, assuring them of safe, healthful and potable water.

On the other hand, the state board's focus is protecting the environment -- fish, birds, mice, wetlands, etc. -- by enforcing the Endangered Species Act. In that endeavor, the state board and its regional boards have been quite effective.

But moving the drinking water program to them would create competing and conflicting priorities and the drinking water program would take a back seat.

In the interest of safe drinking water, ask your state senator to vote no on AB145.

Richard H. Hathorn

Richmond

BART leave program needs investigation

I'm surprised that the BART management editorial on June 13 didn't address how many of those large accumulations of vacation, sick, and holidays were fraudulent.


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It seems that BART's board of directors should talk to neighbors of these management employees who allegedly take very little time off to see if that is in fact true. They might also check their credit cards to see if they were out of town or far from the office when they were supposed to be working.

Maybe the BART board could put a limit on retirement for management employees and stop ripping off the BART riders. As for Dorothy Dugger's getting $420,000 the first year of her retirement, start investigating her.

Rob Evans

Walnut Creek

Please help find animal abuser

Several recent letters to the editor asked for help to find an animal abuser of a dog that was tortured and had to be put down by Oakland Animal Services.

It is important that the abuser be found. Many studies have been conducted that find that severe animal abusers become violent with people.

Please help find this abuser before more serious crimes are committed. If you have any information, please contact Oakland Animal Services at 510-535-5602.

Lesley Estes

Oakland

City caused many delays on skate park

The city of Fremont caused unnecessary hardships and delays by not putting the new skateboard park in the much better location near the teen center over two years ago.

Their inconsiderate actions caused many to miss out and present participants to lose acres of lighting that they would have had until at least 10 p.m. every night.

Far better resistance from earthquakes in this preferred location of Central Park would also have pleased everyone.

Bob Fifield

Fremont

It is vital for city to fund First Fridays

Oakland must fund First Fridays, and I'll tell you why:

Oakland is a permanent diamond in the rough. I am not a citizen of Oakland, but I lived there for 30 years and appreciate Oakland.

City leaders do not understand that to have less violence in the Oakland community, youth and cultural activities need to be ongoing to motivate an interest and care for the community. This also would:

1. Tell hoodlums this is not their town to trash and shoot up.

2. Give this diverse city something to be proud of and to celebrate.

3. Motivate income and revenue to improve city infrastructure, and more people will want to live in Oakland.

Oakland leaders must put funding into maintaining and providing security at First Friday, so that it can continue without the fear of danger. If people who do not live in the Oakland see this, why can't city officials get it?

Thought should be put into this before Oakland resident elect their next mayor.

Brenda Saucer

Hayward