Endangered Species Act is worth keeping

Our country enjoys diverse ecosystems of thriving plant and animal life, which require constant vigilance to protect in the face of rampant development and human overpopulation. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) passed in 1973 gets much of the credit for helping prevent extinction of some of our iconic wildlife, such as the California condor, least tern and southern sea otter. These and other threatened species have slowly increased their numbers because of the ESA and the dedication of environmental groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity.

Last year I photographed California condors on the Big Sur coastline. Without our 40-year-old ESA, I might never have seen a condor in flight. Wouldn't it also be nice to photograph condors free of the numbers on their 9-foot wings and toxic lead in their blood? Unencumbered Condors may not appear in my lifetime, but that's something to hope for as we defend the ESA against political attacks coming mostly from "conservatives" who often care more about conserving their own wealth than nature's awesome creatures.

Larry H. Thompson

Livermore

Don't hide truth about animal cruelty


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A bill pending in the legislature (AB 343) would require anyone who willfully videotapes or photographs animal cruelty on a farm to submit such material to law enforcement within 48 hours of the documentation.

This bill is supported by the California Cattlemen's Association. On the surface, the purported rationale of the bill is to protect farm animals, in that the farm manager could quickly act on the information. In reality, this is a smoke screen for its true purpose; to ensure Californians do not find out about cruelty to animals raised for food.

These "ag-gag" bills are sprouting up across the country, as the agriculture industry's response to ongoing documentation of mistreatment of animals on farms. Rather than devoting effort and energy to ensuring that farm animal cruelty is eradicated, the agriculture industry has decided it's easier to attempt to censor documentation of what happens to farm animals in California. Contact your Assemblymember and ask him to oppose AB 343.

Barry Kipperman, DVM

Dublin

Choose Miller for Pleasanton City Council

Please join me in supporting and voting for David Miller for Pleasanton City Council.

Pleasanton needs strong leadership as we move forward in challenging economic times and with outside entities trying to dictate unfunded mandates that are not in our best interest. David Miller will provide that leadership. He will stand up to outside interests and work to preserve Pleasanton's small-town charm.

With a strong business background, Mr. Miller understands the need to make Pleasanton a business-friendly environment. He will work to ensure that the city takes a common-sense approach to growth and resists efforts to force unwise projects that will have long-term negative economic and lifestyle impacts.

I would urge Pleasanton residents to visit David's website at votedavidmiller.com, especially the section on "What David Will Do." David very clearly explains what his priorities are and what he will do as a member of the City Council.

Patrick Carroll

Pleasanton

Pleasanton needs Narum

Caring, committed, concerned are words that exemplify Kathy Narum and are reasons to support Kathy for the vacant seat on the Pleasanton City Council.

For more than 10 years, she has served on planning and park and recreation panels and numerous task forces. She cares that Pleasanton lives up to its motto as the "City of Planned Progress." She is committed to demanding the best from developers seeking to build in our community and for the businesses that chose to make Pleasanton their base. She is concerned that, even with the financial constraints that all cities face, our recreation, parks and sports facilities continue to be developed and maintained.

Kathy is a realist who knows the city has to think out of the box and forge new partnerships in order to strengthen the city's fiscal sustainability. Continued and increased collaboration with the school district is critical for both organizations. She is committed to maintaining and enhancing downtown Pleasanton, which is the heart and soul of the city. She is also committed to the continued development of the Bernal property to serve all our residents. I urge you to join me in marking your mail-in ballot for Kathy Narum.

Christine Steiner

Pleasanton

Preserve town -- vote Miller

I love Pleasanton! Like most residents, I like the small-town feel of our city. I can travel from place to place within our city limits without it becoming a traffic nightmare. Our crime rate is so low it takes only a half page or less to report each week. Amazing, when compared to many other cities within Alameda County.

During the recent housing dip, our property values remained higher than many neighboring communities. Schools are a strong attraction to our incredible city. I've always ignored party lines on city elections and voted for candidates who promised to keep the quaint feel of Pleasanton by promoting sensible growth. I am very concerned that we are on the brink of losing the charm that drew us to this wonderful city. I ask each of you to investigate what the state and present City Council have slated for us. Then I urge you to join me in voting for David Miller.

Janis Mulhall

Pleasanton

Narum's caring, experience good for Pleasanton

Kathy Narum's qualifications to be on the City Council are outstanding. She began her involvement with city government several years ago, first on the Parks and Recreation Commission and then for the past six years on the Planning Commission. This experience has given her an invaluable knowledge of the concerns and interests of the residents of Pleasanton as well as an understanding of the working relationship between the city's commissions and the City Council.

During the 17 years Kathy has lived in Pleasanton, she has also been actively involved with the community through the Seahawks Swim Team and RAGE Soccer boards. In addition, she has served on six city task forces, including current co-chair of the East Pleasanton Specific Plan and formerly on the Downtown Hospitality Guideline Task Force.

Kathy's top priorities are the city's fiscal responsibility and increasing city revenues. She would work to update the Hacienda Business Park's plan to attract more business which, in turn, would enable the city to include more park area and recreational opportunities in the capital improvement budget.

Kathy's experience, community involvement and willingness to listen make her an outstanding candidate. Vote for Kathy Narum.

Barbara Hempill

Pleasanton