El Cerrito hardly green anymore

I received a green El Cerrito pamphlet recently.

El Cerrito is not green. Our residential neighborhoods are no longer full of beautiful gardens like there were 36 years ago.

Lawns are dry, very few flowers and new trees, trees are not pruned and many have been cut down.

Our green way has been closed off. Our main street did get new trees, but we planted ugly brown weedlike plants along San Pablo Avenue.

In front of our City Hall and the fire station, we planted ugly brown weedlike plants. We do not maintain plants on most of our center strips. Why? If I had the ugly weedlike brown plants in front of my house, the fire department would cite me for dangerous weeds.

We spent a fortune on the 184 silver, round, iron rings bolted to the sidewalk along San Pablo Avenue. Why? I've never seen a bike chained to one of them. What a waste. It was a government grant. The money didn't come from God. It was our tax money.

About 30 percent of our residential gardens look good, and our center strip on San Pablo Avenue is OK, but we can do a lot better. If we say green El Cerrito, let's be honest.

Ella Jensen

El Cerrito

Success and the growth of apps

This letter is regarding the recent article "Tech trends to watch in the coming year."


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I have owned a smartphone for well over a year and I've been amazed by the variety of mobile apps available and by their success.

With the increasing possession of smartphones, I believe the mobile app business will flourish in 2013. While mobile apps are relatively cheap, the large consumer population assures large profits as long as the app is addicting enough to catch the attention of the consumers.

Although, for every "Angry Birds" there are thousands of other apps that go unnoticed, and while Rovio has a pretty strong hold on the market, it won't be long before people get tired of tossing birds at precariously built towers containing pigs and, as happened to MySpace, Rovio is replaced.

Despite the difficulties of achieving success in the world of mobile apps, I strongly believe in the success and growth of apps in 2013.

Juan Hernandez

Richmond

Must be a better solution on bags

Being a 91-year-old woman, I have the common problem as others, which requires the use of a plastic bag for my dog.

What are we to do? Can we not get a card or something to be exempt for having to pay for bags? Talk about discrimination.

I still think that this new law is a bad idea in general. There should be a better solution to encourage people not to use plastic. I am afraid that we will see more garbage lying around Oakland.

Dolly Boele

Oakland

Department a service to entire community

Fremont's Department of Human Services is aptly labeled. It is, by all accounts, an agency that renders to Fremont residents services that are laudable and commendable.

Christmas is a season of giving, and this department exemplifies a service beyond that which words can describe.

Through its network of volunteers, seniors were recipients of baskets filled with goodies of all sorts. Baskets loaded with pet food and pet toys were also provided for seniors who have pets. Emphasis is placed on service to those seniors who are handicapped.

I commend all of those who, in one way or another, have contributed to this cause. In a special way, gratitude extends to Suzanne Shenfil, director of human services, the engine that is behind the movement; and Lis Cox, who took on the role of Santa Claus, personally delivering these baskets to the seniors.

I extend to each and every one of them my prayers and heartfelt gratitude.

Margaret Di Bari

Fremont