In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Antioch and Contra Costa County officials are hashing out a complex plan to annex 678 acres in the city's northeast, including the NRG Energy's 760-megawatt power plant, netting $1.2 million in new, yearly tax revenue. It also means, however, that residents in the rural area off Viera Avenue would become part of the city, some of whom are worried about the costs to connect to city water and sewer lines and about potential changes to their rural way of life. Do you think this swath of land should be annexed into Antioch? Why or why not?
IT IS WAY overdue that Antioch's, Contra Costa County's, etc., officials cease and desist being the "Big Brother" and tyrants to the common citizenry. The residential portion should not be annexed into Antioch's city limits.
The residents should be left alone in their chosen way of life, and the expenses involved in the annexation are too much anyway. Antioch can't even balance its books, budgets, or services to the current public. Unwanted and unmitigated growth in Antioch has repeatedly been a drain on all of the community, and a direct contributor to increased crime over the years, which myself and others predicted would happen. Antioch's negative reputation has increased as a result, and this just smacks more of continued predicted negativity increases. "Leave them alone!"
If the greater majority of those residents/owners want to annex, then and only then, should it be considered and voted on solely by the residents/owners alone if need be.
Ralph A. Hernandez
This week's question:
With above-average temperatures upon us this month, what are you doing to stay cool without breaking the bank?
Email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.