Take a page from N.Y.'s success story
Just recently I heard Gavin Newsom say California needs 1.5 million new jobs and lots of water to thrive again. Official unemployment is 8.1 percent.
We all need to tell Gov. Brown about a program in New York state called startup-ny.gov, which is also its website. Created by Gov. Cuomo, this program eliminates taxes for 10 years on businesses that move into New York state and create jobs. Not all locations are eligible for this program, and not all types of businesses are eligible. This program is very successful. See the website for details. This program is advertised on television. Gov. Brown has had success in bringing Amazon.com distribution centers to the Central Valley by waiving some taxes. California can duplicate New York's success.
For more water, tell Gov. Brown to stop wasting money on high-speed rail, and instead build desalinization plants powered by solar energy! You may write to him at: Gov. Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Universal preschooling not a solution
Recently, there was a proposal, SB 837 to enroll 4-years-old for universal preschooling. It would cost the state $1 billion annually, but proponents argue that those costs would be offset by savings later on.
There is no firm data that this is successful, only wishful thinking. Of course it is popular with the teachers union. Recently, I saw 10 students receiving National Scholarship Awards -- eight were Asians and the others unknown. Could it be a culture gap?
While our elected representatives have no clue as to how to improve our traditional education system, they continue to throw taxpayers' money at the problem, hoping to beat it to death with dollars.
I firmly believe that being able to read is the key to success in school and beyond. If you can't read, you can't write or do arithmetic. Reading must be enjoyable. It can start when children can relate sound with objects; a parent's lap is a good place to start. My two sons were reading at third-grade level by kindergarten. Later, they graduated with honors.
Livermore retired Livermore Lab division leader
Support effort via Congress against nukes
Activists from Livermore-based Tri-Valley CAREs were headed to Washington, D.C., in May to speak truth to power about effects of nuclear weapons in our communities.
This annual event is organized by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. Activists from around the country will attend about a hundred meetings with members of Congress and administration officials.
They will advocate to preserve nonproliferation programs, clean up nuclear weapons complex sites and stop dangerous, provocative nuclear weapons programs, including some planned for Livermore Lab.
Add your voice while they're in Washington by calling your representatives and senators. Tell them you support community members who are attending meetings with members of Congress about these issues.
Then attend the 7:30 p.m. June 19 meeting at Livermore library for a report back. Also, check our website (www.trivalleycares.org) and Facebook page for timely news of progress we're making.
Jo Ann Frisch
Crying foul on Feds' climate change math
Your May 7 front page on the federal climate report included a temperature map that is pure junk science, attributed to the National Climate Data Center, which should be disbanded for incompetence.
Figuring percent changes, one MUST use the entire original quantity as the divisor -- never a relative or offset number. Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales are relative to arbitrary zero points which are many hundreds of degrees higher than absolute zero.
For example, the top of Mount Shasta would have a mean temperature below freezing -- say -10 degrees Celsius, hypothetically -- which means 10 degrees below the arbitrary zero point, whereas the actual mean temperature would be 263 Kelvin (Kelvin degrees are Celsius degrees but Kelvin starts at true zero instead of water's freezing point).
Using Federal junk science, a two degree C increase in temperature at Mount Shasta would be a change of -20 percent (+2 divided by -10, as a percent) while the actual percentage change is +2 divided by 263, which is less than one percent.
No place on the planet has a 15 percent increase in temperature, which would be 41 Celsius degrees, or about 74 Fahrenheit degrees for a site with a mean near zero C. If you know of a site with a 74-Fahrenheit-degree temperature increase, please let the world know about it.
Furthermore, using percent changes in either Fahrenheit or Celsius will give different numbers since the two scales have different zero points. This brings all government proclamations about climate into doubt -- Piltdown science is what they do (or, Climategate: Part Two).
Until you can vet the obviously bogus climate junk science radiating from the federal know-nothings, you should cease printing their drivel entirely.
McGrail for Zone 7 water agency panel
Jim McGrail is the best choice for Zone 7 board of directors. Jim has a keen understanding of water issues and will serve the Tri-Valley in a diligent, responsible and proactive manner. Now, more than ever, we all understand the importance of water. For the third straight year we face extreme drought conditions and we need a strong voice on the Zone 7 board to ensure that the right decisions are made for long-term sustainability of water in the Tri-Valley.
We need someone on the Zone 7 board who will work with key stakeholders to ensure that the Tri-Valley has a drought mitigation plan in place for future years. Please join me in supporting Jim McGrail for Zone 7 board.
City won't talk about savings from drought
Well it looks like Pleasanton, like other surrounding cities, has found a way to fatten their coffers. While they pretend to be concerned about water usage, they have found a clever way to increase their income on the backs of ratepayers.
In all their explanations, there has never been any mention of how much they are saving in water pumping costs. The total savings would approximate the reduction in usage. Along with the savings, there is also a savings in the wastewater treatment plant pumping costs due to household cutbacks.
Hopefully, we'll hear some comments by the city regarding these savings.