New Kaiser building ugly, lacks character

Who is responsible for allowing the design of the new Kaiser Permanente building on MacArthur Boulevard to be built?

I have seldom seen such an ugly building. It is nothing but a large, yellow, plastic box. It has no character, metaphor or aesthetics. It is an insult to the people who are going to have to look at this thing for the next 100 or so years. The city officials who signed off on the design should be held accountable.

I have one question for the architects: Why would you do this to Oakland? Oakland has a proud architectural heritage, it deserves better.

Michael V. Palmer

Oakland

EBMUD can be part of community choice

The East Bay's initiative to implement Community Choice Aggregation can still move forward ("EBMUD opts out of community choice," Dec. 14).

In fact, EBMUD's board president sent a letter on behalf of the district to offer continued participation by EBMUD staff in a CCA partnership that can be led by cities.

The article reported that the board decided not to commit funding for further study, but notably there was no mention of the important straw poll that displayed the interest of a majority of directors in EBMUD serving in an administrator role for a CCA formed by East Bay cities.

The mayors of Oakland, Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville have all expressed support for CCA, as well as additional staff and council interest in other cities.

As a board director supporting stronger initiative from EBMUD, I see the crises of climate change and local jobs as worth the investment to take institutional leadership. A CCA could empower communities to choose a faster transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency, create more than a thousand quality, union jobs, and attract clean technology businesses.

With more than 55 megawatts of renewable energy already developed, EBMUD is in a position to provide most of the technical services needed by a CCA that our cities do not have. EBMUD has offered to remain engaged in CCA partnership efforts, as cities determine how to proceed with implementation.

Andy Katz

Vice president EBMUD Board of Directors

Same-sex marriage is issue for states

The Supreme Court should not rule yes or no on Proposition 8, the proposition that prohibits same-sex marriage. The decision should be left up to the individual 50 states.

When the court decides on the legal aspects of Proposition 8, it will vote 5-4 to allow same-sex marriage. Then what will that mean?

Although I disapprove of a woman marrying a woman or a man marrying a man, the Supreme Court will rule that it is justified by a person's civil rights and also by the fact that today anything goes as long as your action or actions do not harm another person.

Like the Roman Empire, the United States will fall because morals are being corrupted.

I have little respect for the Supreme Court since it ruled that it was OK to burn the flag of the United States. I hope I never witness the burning of the Stars and Strips.

Robert V. Beaudreau

Fremont

Prop. 8 is a done deal, no say for courts

The people voted on Proposition 8, it's a done deal.

Can we take the election of President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court because we didn't like the outcome? I'm sick of the libs' never-ending whining. Geez.

Jerry Collins

Antioch

Examples of NRA fostered paranoia

Here are a couple of examples of the paranoia fostered by our friends at the National Rifle Association:

A Texas congressman, while being interviewed on the evening news, stated we must retain access to assault weapons to counterbalance "the tyranny of the government." Good luck to him.

Meanwhile, gun buybacks in Oakland and San Francisco got some 600 guns off the street. At the same time, people in California and other states flocked to stores to purchase thousands of new guns, based on fears the federal government will make gun ownership illegal.

Unfortunately, many of these guns will either be stolen or used against family members.

Very sad!

Tony Watkin

Walnut Creek