The Livermore Project
A matter of justice
Re “City rejects request to block Livermore affordable housing project,” July 22:
The bad news is that if the referendum against Eden Housing is successful, the construction company will sue. And they will win. The California law comes down hard on cities trying to block affordable housing during the housing crisis. The company can then renegotiate the project and build a ten-storey tall Eden Housing.
The good news is that this will never happen because the referendum itself is illegal. Administrative decisions made by the City Council cannot be reversed. The referendum organizers knew this but still deliberately wasted everyone’s time signing outside supermarkets, both as a promotional stunt for Move Eden Housing and as a delaying tactic.
Neither can Eden Housing be moved. The city doesn’t have replacement land, and even if it did, trying to relocate affordable housing would delay it by at least half a decade. Housing is a matter of social justice, and justice delayed is justice denied.
Contra Costa overlooks.
Voters at their own peril
Contra Costa County is reviewing an environmental impact report for the Speaker’s proposal to develop Seven Hills Ranch land in unincorporated Walnut Creek as a dense high-rise and restricted area between neighborhood residences. The development has been strongly opposed by the community as evidenced by organized community action over a three-year period, numerous public rallies and a petition signed by over 4,000 people.
The latest community outreach to block Speaker’s development was an attendance at a Walnut Creek City Council meeting, standing-room only with community members opposed to Speaker’s plan.
Walnut Creek city and county supervisors should consider the Walnut Creek community’s opposition as the Spieker plan is reviewed, and be aware that the 4,000 people who signed the petition are active voters.
Democrats waste theirs.
Most Americans support most Democratic economic and social policies. Why can’t our party maintain a stable national majority?
A key answer is the party’s failure to focus on understanding the values that hold our society together, but rather on supporting the special demands of its allied classes.
We also need to look at the non-electoral institutions that the Democrats have come to dominate, whose mistakes are gravitating toward the party in the public mind: the media, educational, cultural institutions; Increasingly, even corporate leadership.
Instead of improving our collective lives, Democrats squander political capital behind democratically intolerable phenomena such as:
• Repeatedly redefining to people whether we are ‘them’ or ‘them’ (or ‘them’?);
Discrimination through preferential recruitment and promotion to achieve proportional group quotas;
• abolish police authority, effectively recognizing the ‘right’ to resist arrest;
• Making it a national policy to catch people who say ‘wrong’ things.
This is not the path to victory and defeating Trumpism.
‘Stop stealing’ staff
They are real thieves
How ironic is it that the call to “stop stealing” should have been aimed at President Trump all along? Joe Biden won, fair and square, and the groups insisting the election was stolen were trying to steal the election for Trump.
By January 6, it was clear to everyone who cared to listen that the election had been properly managed. In November 2020, Christopher Krebs, a Republican who led the federal government’s efforts to secure the 2020 election, was fired by President Trump, saying the election was rigged and fraudulent or interfered with. There were no signs of
And for Republican senators and congressmen who voted after the January 6 coup, continuing to object to the certification of state election results, knowing that the election was fair, they chose to put party before country. These were the people who were trying to steal the election.
Changing the world
One person at a time
So what can I do about all the divisions in our society? It seems hopeless.
One thing I’ve found I can do is say “hello” to everyone I meet. If I get a chance, I learn their names. I mean everyone. I might feel intimidated by someone or the Girl Scouts who would try to sell me cookies (scary). But what I have found is that they become name people. They could be Biden supporters, Trump supporters or anything in between. It doesn’t matter.
I bike through Montclair six days a week. If I see you, I will greet you. Maybe the person I’m changing is me. Try it for two weeks. If it doesn’t improve your outlook, I’ll double your money back.
Vote for the Democrats.
For necessary changes
How are Republicans in Congress faring? They are a minority. True, but only barely, and many things require a supermajority to pass. Also, they are working for the top 2%.
Although the ultra-rich are a minority, they may or may not have the financial power to make changes. It is not in their favor to act to stop or reverse global climate change. Nor social issues such as wages, affordable health care or equal rights.
Democrats want to force them to be more fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible. It costs money.
Alarm bells sounded decades ago. We can’t hit the snooze button anymore. Wake up America. Our democracy, society, health, financial well-being and planet all depend on voting for Democrats.