Letters: Undemocratic choice | The right pick



Letters: Undemocratic choice | The right pick

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Council’s undemocratic
choice is concerning

Re. “It’s not too late to let voters pick councilmembers,” Page A8, Jan. 22:

The City Council in San Jose seems to have forgotten that we live in a representative democracy. This means that our government is elected by its citizens.

Over the strong objections of residents including those in Districts 8 and 10, the council decided to appoint new members instead of letting voters in those districts decide who should represent them.

So in order to save $11 million in a $6 billion budget, my City Council is chucking democracy by the wayside. One wonders if our City Council won’t find a way to slowly move away from democratic elections when we have a budget deficit or when it’s politically expedient.

Every citizen in this city has a right to decide who they want representing them in city matters.

Nina Seth
San Jose

S.J. council chose
right on appointments

As a resident of San José and someone who has worked closely with our communities, I know an appointment process to choose representatives for Districts 8 and 10 was the right choice. It assures continuity of representation for these districts as the fiscal year begins, and it is in fact more representative, transparent and democratic than an extremely low-turnout special election.

Across race and place, first-generation immigrants, renters, and low-income families showed up and voted for the candidates who make up our City Council today. We’re confident in the City Council’s ability to appoint representatives who are committed to the values of our city and can work with the community to advance our collective vision for equity in jobs, housing, safety and our democratic freedoms.

This week, let’s take this opportunity to choose councilmembers who care for the diverse people of San Jose.

Gabriela Chavez-Lopez
Executive director, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley
San Jose

Reform complicates
probation official’s job

Congratulations to newly appointed Chief Probation Officer Nick Birchard (“Probation chief draws on East San Jose roots,” Page B, Jan. 22). Unfortunately, the Legislature has made an already difficult job more so. Most misdemeanor defendants are limited to a maximum probation period of one year and most felonies to two years unless a statute provides for a longer period of supervision. The probation department provides life-saving services helping those under their supervision improve their lives and giving them hope. They are an important function of government and deserve our support.

Limiting the period of probation which used to be much longer, makes this mission much more difficult bordering on impossible. Furthermore, restitution to victims of crime is less likely as well.

Chief Birchazrd will need every bit of his “different lens” to help those under his charge.

Eugene M. Hyman
Retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge

Take holistic approach
to climate change

In two recent letters to the editor regarding climate change, one recommended personal action by reducing air travel (“End unnecessary travel to save the planet,” Page A6, Jan. 18), a second countered that the better solution was to pass a carbon fee (“Voluntary acts won’t stop climate change,” Page A6, Jan. 20). The point that is missing is that climate change is an incredibly complex problem, and there isn’t one silver bullet to solve it. We should applaud all constructive actions.

Action can be taken at different levels; individual/family, government, and business. Start with one area and expand over time. Each action makes a difference in bending the carbon emissions curve and you’ll feel better for it. Failure comes both from inaction and diminishing the constructive actions of others. Any criticism should be focused instead on those like Exxon, who have understood climate change science since the 1970s but have spent decades denying it.

Tom Calderwood
Los Gatos

Trump didn’t deserve
Warriors’ respect

Fan Jiao writes criticizing the Warriors for visiting the White House with Joe Biden in office but not when Donald Trump was there (“Warriors forgot to respect the office,” Page A6, Jan. 20). They say the team needs to respect the office.


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