City's leaders must display leadership

I couldn't believe Fremont city leaders voted to proceed in a $205,700 sculpture being placed on the corner of Stevenson Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway.

That comes to a $41,140 vote per council member and paid by us taxpayers. When I drive through our city, I see so many improvements that need to be done. The top of my list: leaders need to lead the city and the city planning department. For sure that is not being done now.

I walk two miles a day in my neighborhood. I wish taxpayers and voters would walk our neighborhoods and look at our sidewalks. They are so damaged that a person in a wheelchair has to go out into the street to avoid these hazards.

Trees are doing the damage, the city knows it and couldn't afford to maintain the damage. So a couple of years ago, they passed an ordinance that the tree and damaged sidewalk now belongs to the homeowner. That is what I call passing the buck.

City workers are great, but city leaders need to rethink how they spend our money. Voters should be more informed when voting our city leaders into office.

Larry L. Darby

Fremont

Better explanation on primary needed

California's primary election is almost here, and 75 percent of independents still don't know they can now participate.


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Independent voters want a political process that is all about the people, not the parties. That's why they helped passed the top-two nonpartisan primary. It gave the power to run our elections to the voters. We used it for the first time in 2012.

Any voter -- regardless of party -- could vote for any candidate for office. The results were dramatic: eight incumbents were defeated (a record in the modern era) and six retired rather than face the new system.

Yet 75 percent of independents don't know they can vote in the upcoming primary. I have been working in my community to fix that with IndependentVoice.Org.

IndependentVoice.Org is working with county registrars of voters across the state to better educate independent voters. Major changes have been made to voter instructions and sample ballots.

More needs to be done. The media should cover this important issue and ask the secretary of state to do more.

Eunice Stronger

Oakland

Perhaps pope can do what others haven't

Readers must be getting very tired of the inevitable tit-for-tat letters to the editor regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue. We have all read the same arguments over and over again.

A leader is needed to appeal to both peoples' sense of a common humanity and fairness -- not eternal victimhood, anger and resentment for past wrongs.

Pope Francis, who seems to be universally admired, is scheduled to travel to the Middle East in May. Perhaps he can make a difference in the peace process, where so many other good people have failed.

Yvonne Byron

Oakland

Loophole will remain until we get serious

This paper reported that Richmond's Making Waves Charter School fired a suspected child molester who two months later was hired by the local school district.

In January, a new law went into effect requiring allegation of misconduct to be reported to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. It could be inferred from the story that had this reporting requirement been in place, the hiring school district could have checked with the CTC as to whether its hire had a record of misconduct.

However, until such time as the CTC, under Education Code Section 44030, actually fines administrators $500 to $1,000 for not filing allegation of misconduct reports with its office, I believe charter school and public school administrators will ignore their responsibility to file with the CTC allegation of misconduct reports.

That means, if the required reports are not forthcoming, the loophole that your reporters uncovered, that allowed the suspected Richmond charter school molester to be rehired, will remain open.

Jim Mordecai

Berkeley

Must choose words much more carefully

The headline of Tim Kawakami's April 19 column touched off one of my pet peeves. The headline was "Curry goes into superhero mode."

Superhero? Come on. Is there anything about being able to shoot a basketball, or making many millions of dollars yearly, that makes someone heroic?

I would surely accept the word superstar, as Stephen Curry of the Warriors appears to be in that category.

Ironically, just above Kawakami's column was an article about an athlete who definitely was heroic -- Pat Tillman.

I wish journalists would choose their words more carefully.

Jim Willis

Livermore