Quality of life will be destroyed by plan
The best kept secret in Newark is the general plan tuneup, given that name so the public will think the general plan is unimportant. The tuneup envisions a city with 60,000 residents, gridlocked traffic; multistory, high-density housing, limited public transportation, reduced public parkland and overcrowded schools.
The tuneup offers no protection for the library and community center, both built by an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. They could be demolished. The plan proposes a new city hall. The current one is closed two Fridays a month due to budget constraints. The city wants houses built on at least 14 feet of fill in a flood-hazard zone.
The city wants to develop the Dumbarton Rail area while stating there will be no train or public transportation. No provisions for students in the increased population scenario. No sites set aside for new schools.
Attend the City Council work session at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The time ensures low attendance. Email your council members and tell them the so-called tuneup will destroy our quality of life.
Oil and gas tries to confuse on fracking
There they go again -- the oil and gas industry is trying to confuse and mislead the public about fracking in California.
In Doug Oakley's well-written piece, "Chez Panisse owner Alice Waters rallies foodies against fracking," Sept. 26, the only argument Tupper Hull of the Western States Petroleum Association could muster is that it's "ironic" that chefs who cook with natural gas would be opposed to fracking.
Hull knows full well -- as does anyone who's been covering the fracking debate in California -- that the industry wants to frack the Monterey Shale for its estimated 13 billion barrels of oil; oil so heavy and carbon-intensive that the California Air Resources Board ranks it worse for the climate than the Canadian tar sands.
As these culinary experts understand -- fracking for California's oil is not necessary and it could destroy our food supply. This is the simple reason chefs are asking Gov. Jerry Brown to place a moratorium on fracking.
Northern California organizer Food & Water Watch Oakland
Don't need another disgraceful display
In response to the recent editorial, "Oracle becoming underdog? Now that was a miracle":
I, for one, don't see how this spoiled, rich man's extravagance should grace the editorial page. We know he can throw more money at a problem than most nations in this world.
In fact, we can't be sure that he didn't buy the cup in some underhanded way. We know he cheated once, did he do it again?
Do we need another round with these intruders into our bay serenity? He was able to buy his way into San Francisco's needy politics and put this disgraceful display of technology and human servitude before us as if it's a legitimate sport.
These are juvenile minds under the influence of power and corruption, and should be put in their place before the sickness spreads.
Cyberbullying needs scrutiny
I applaud California legislators and Gov. Jerry Brown for passing SB 568 into law.
While the bill has several provisions, its main purpose is to give minors a process to delete their own postings from social media. After all, a do-over is something we all need as we come of age.
However, I must address a glaring concern only briefly mentioned in the article describing passage of the bill. The law implies minors have sole control over the life span of their online posts. This is not true. As law professor Eric Goldman states, the law creates "the illusion of control."
We all know a post can go viral in seconds. All it takes is one repost and the removal right, a key piece of the law, is null and void. Also, while many youths post content about themselves, we cannot forget about youths who post content about their peers.
Cyberbullying's a serious issue, often resulting in detrimental physical and mental health outcomes for its victims. We cannot forget Rebecca Ann Sedwick, Tyler Clementi, and others who took their lives after their peers virtually attacked them.
Any law related to young people's use of social media should take cyberbullying into account.
Alaya Levi Salley