Miley, staff are doing good job
In response to recent articles regarding the supervisor race in Alameda County's Fourth District, what a shame that two respected candidates have been subjected to such critical statements.
I feel what's worse is the scrutiny Supervisor Nate Miley's aide, Bob Swanson, has endured. Swanson has been such an asset to the Fourth District community, working tirelessly to intercept any concerns or problems in our neighborhoods and commercial districts.
I've never called upon him when he hasn't dropped what he's doing to come and help with our needs, answer any questions or give us the right connection to solve our problems.
Supervisor Miley and his staff dedicate their time 24/7 to provide and protect the quality of life for all they serve. I, for one, am thankful we have them, because I sure wouldn't want their jobs. Keep up the good work, and I applaud Swanson for defending his beliefs.
Montclair 4-H has busy year
This year has been a busy one of fun and service for the Montclair 4-H Club and its 60 active members in the Montclair/Berkeley area. The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus: head, heart, hands, and health. There are more than 6.5 million 4-H members in the United States, ages 5 to 19. Though typically
Since October, Montclair 4-H has participated in many community projects such as the dish towel drive, the Whole Foods food drive, the Food Bank donations, the Reading Partners book drive and the Teens for Jeans. We recently finished our service year with a cleanup of Montclair Park.
Montclair 4-H also helped with other types of community service including making valentine cards for the Sunrise Senior Center, holiday stockings for a women's shelter and Easter baskets for Operation Dignity. In May we had a "Fabulous 4-H Family Fun Farm Field day" at the Oakland City Stables to help teach the community about 4-H.
Everyone now is busy to the 2012 Alameda County Fair, the culmination of our 4-H year. We are showing our goats, chickens, rabbits and pigs as well as reptiles and smaller animals. We also participate in contests for everything from gardening to knitting, cooking, rocketry, photography and artwork. We also work in the 4-H cake booth to raise money for the county 4H. This has been a phenomenal year for the Montclair 4-H club. Come see us at the Alameda County Fair through July 8. Check out the website for more details at www.alamedacountyfair.com.
Montclair 4-H Club
Plan shows that Quan is inept
The 100 Blocks Plan touted by Mayor Jean Quan as the best way to combat the endemic, overwhelming crime problem in Oakland has been disavowed by Quan through her spokeswoman Anne Campbell Washington while Quan was out of the country in Rio.
And in typical Quan fashion, the statistics and data used by Quan to formulate and defend this plan are no longer known to anyone in her office. Apparently this plan was drawn up by Quan in a fit of fantasy in which she deluded herself into the belief that if she presented a complete fiction as fact that nobody would invest the time in verifying her declarations.
Quan is prone to making things up in the absurd belief that if she says something is so it must be true. Nobody with a modicum of rational good sense would ever inform the public that in a city as large as Oakland that crime is best combatted by identifying 100 blocks as the source of 90 percent of our crime.
The absurdity of this declaration is such that one has to wonder about the lucidity and competence of anyone who would be so delusional as to present this plan to the public.
Running off to Brazil and then having her assistant tell the public that this plan was not based on any empirical data is cowardly and irresponsible. It is reminiscent of Quan's lame excuse for the police response to the Occupy Oakland disaster when she conveniently ran off to Washington, D.C., and then claimed that she didn't know what was going on. This mayor is not competent.
Jonathan C. Breault
New Blair Park vision a great idea
I was heartened to read the June 22 My Word piece by Sinan Sabuncuoglu. Finally, something good and positive envisioned for Blair Park.
As someone with a regional interest in Blair Park, I endorse the ideas which Sabuncuoglu projects for this beautiful, underappreciated and overlooked little gem of a park. I also like the idea of community input in achieving a healthy, vibrant open space which would incorporate ideas in tune with the environment, that are kind to wildlife and that comply with Bay Friendly landscaping guidelines.
I am super-impressed with Sinan's vision of the new plan trying to mitigate some of the existing safety issues along Moraga Avenue such as the uphill bike traffic and the current access point to the park.
It is my hope that the city of Piedmont will soon orchestrate the removal of the story poles and the dirt now being stored at the park under black plastic. Also, the poor neglected trees are in great need of care and trimming so they can be revitalized at very little cost now.
The Piedmont City Council should take advantage of the ideas, enthusiasm and volunteer labor that abound in the community right now to move forward with improvements that will truly make Blair Park a beautiful gateway to a beautiful city.
Mayor Quan is a good role model
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's participation in the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development speaks to the recent progress she has made in fighting for environmental justice in Oakland.
As the only mayor included in her particular panel on sustainable cities, Quan spoke with local, national and international government officials. Her inclusion came as no surprise to me, a youth delegate at Rio+20 and Bay Area resident.
Quan has designed innovative partnerships with the Oakland private sector in an effort to conserve energy. In the official negotiations at the conference, developed countries have failed to take aggressive actions toward supporting a more sustainable world.
The fact is many international delegates could learn from Mayor Quan's bold climate action plans.
Speak up to save vital women's policy
In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act passed unanimously in the 100-member Senate, and with three "no" votes in the 435-member House of Representatives.
In 2000, 2005 and 2008, the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized and even expanded by unanimous votes in the Senate and with negligible opposition in the House. It has been implemented effectively for more than 17 years.
In 2012, things are radically different as the Violence Against Women Act, like dozens of established, effective national policies, comes under partisan attack. On May 16, the House of Representatives passed HR 4970 to sharply restrict the act. Now the Senate must reconcile its own version, which maintained the law's protections, with the House's attack on the Violence Against Women Act. I hope the Senate will get all the support it needs for any actions it takes to protect women from violence.
Go to http://4vawa.org/ to learn more about VAWA and HR 4970.
Susan Bowyer, Directing Attorney
Immigration Center for Women and Children San Francisco