Measure N is just another new tax
The city of Richmond is at it again trying to impose another new tax, keeping our city one of the highest taxed and consumer unfriendly in the Bay Area.
Measure N will not change consumption habits of anyone. It's just another attempt from our city leaders to try to extort more money from the residents and small-business owners of our fine city. They tried and failed (thankfully) to tax cigarettes.
If they are successful with Measure N, what's next ... potato chips, candy bars, beer and wine? The list will never end. These items are all legal and our local merchants profit from selling them. Let's stick together and send a strong message to our city leaders and soundly defeat Measure N.
Our motto should be: "Don't vote to tax my vice and I won't vote to tax yours!"
Wandry best choice for water district
I am supporting the re-election of Karl Wandry to represent eastern Contra Costa County as a board member for Division 5 of the Contra Costa Water District. I encourage residents of east Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood to support him also. Water issues in California are complicated and knowing Wandry for as long as I have, he has the professional and political experience in water issues needed to protect our needs and further represent our communities locally and on a statewide basis.
Since appointed to the CCWD board in 2003, he has proactively represented his division and supported projects to ensure safe and reliable water service, while keeping costs under control. I have seen CCWD wisely invest in its infrastructure while Wandry has been on the board. At the same time, under the watchful eye of the board, they have managed to keep water rate adjustments below the rate of inflation, even during our most recent drought.
Please join me in re-electing Karl Wandry to the CCWD board of directors.
We want to know what we're eating
Will Proposition 37 truly cost us?
Only the producer of the genetically engineered ingredient is responsible for the compliance, not the grocery store. Stores can make money on anything. It's easy for producers to substitute ingredients without a major price increase.
The only farmers who could be affected are those who grow GE seed crops, and they're not obligated to grow them. The proposal only requires animals "themselves" that are genetically modified, such as the new GE salmon, to be labeled, not cows because they "ate" a food with GE ingredients. Therefore, there's no inconsistency between products.
Because GE seeds are patented, only their producers can research their effects. Who is most opposed to this proposition, and if these foods are that "safe," why are they afraid to label it?
Will this labeling rule offer us "more" or "less" choice of food? No one is saying we can't still eat these things, we just want to know. Consider the long-term implications of food policy.
Pinole needs Ricco on the City Council
Ivette Ricco takes a leadership role; time and time again, she has created great ideas for business as well as for the city of Pinole.
Ricco is a go-getter who has passion and an enthusiasm for this city that is contagious. She created the West County Business Expo and also initiated the beautification of the Community Corner.
As an ambassador for the city, I have worked side by side with Ricco on many occasions. Her drive and determination are what I admire, and in a city as vulnerable as we are today, we need Ricco on our City Council.
I give her a huge pat on the back for all of her hard work, ambition and drive.
Langlois is good leader who will aid Richmond
Marilyn Langlois has been prominent in my mind as a humanitarian leader and a force for good, with the know-how and guts to withstand political manipulation.
I followed her activities from Diablo Valley League of Women Voters, when she lived in Moraga to Richmond after she moved. I was a member of the West Contra Costa County League of Women Voters for years.
With insight and knowledge of the issues, she works for the people. The least of her activities was standing through the night with the women of Richmond to prevent violence.
Langlois endorses Eduardo Martinez, whom she sees as a good partner to help Richmond.
Tax vote too critical to use as a message
The Times editorial about Propositions 30 and 38 being critical and deserving undivided attention is very true. However, sending a message to Sacramento by voting against these propositions is simply an empty fantasy.
The effect of voting no on Proposition 30 is real and its consequences are dire. Although schools will not receive any additional funding under Proposition 30, funding in the current school year will be reduced, if it is not passed. For the MDUSD, that amounts to $440 per student per year or an ongoing annual reduction of approximately $13.5 million. After so many reductions to school budgets, there is not much left to cut. For MDUSD, it is highly likely that the school year will be shortened by almost two weeks. Write to Gov. Brown or your representatives, but don't use this vote to voice your opinion on other issues.
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