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“SMUD plans to reduce rooftop solar subsidies for Sacramento customers. Here’s why ”(sacbee.com, May 19)
The return of SMUD’s proposed reduction in solar credits is a pure cash grab with dire consequences for California’s clean energy goals. The reasoning claimed is that the current credits are a subsidy to predominantly wealthy homeowners who have installed solar panels. However, starting in 2020, all new California homes must have solar power. SMUD, PG&E and other utilities want solar customers to subsidize their dilapidated and inefficient infrastructure.
By offering to weigh in on solar customers, SMUD aims to worsen climate change and make homeownership even less accessible to Californians.
Protect the earth
“Have the Democrats in California abandoned leadership on climate change?” Of course, it looks like it ”(sacbee.com, April 21)
The Newsom government deserves thanks for its leadership in the global effort to protect at least 30% of land and water by 2030, enhancing the protection of sacred lands and waters that indigenous peoples have occupied and managed for generations. .
The North Chumash Tribal Council is leading a designation campaign for the Chumash National Heritage Marine Sanctuary off the central coast. Promoting the first national tribal-ruled marine sanctuary would set a precedent for Indigenous participation and cultural significance in state and federal government 30×30 efforts. The successful implementation and designation of the Chumash National Heritage Marine Sanctuary would protect marine abundance and sacred cultural sites.
Violet Sage Walker, Vice-President, Northern Chumash Tribal Council
“Forcing mental health patients into treatment?” Sacramento County accepts use of Laura’s Law ”(sacbee.com, May 19)
I oppose Mental Health Council Member Ann Arneill’s assertion that assisted outpatient treatment is “based on coercion” and “violates” a person’s “self-determination” in decision-making. treatment ”concerning his mental health. The AOT is legal in California and 46 other states because it does not violate civil liberties.
It is court-ordered compassionate mental health treatment that helps people with serious mental illnesses return to independent lives. For many participants, AOT is their last hope of escaping the revolving door of incarceration, hospitalization and homelessness. I applaud the Supervisory Board for voting in favor of Laura’s Law and I hope other counties will be inspired by their leadership.
Geoffrey W Melada, Director of Communications, Treatment Advocacy Center
Falls Church, Virginia.
“California Needs Extreme Wealth Tax, Says Multimillionaire” (sacbee.com, May 23)
California lawmakers are notorious for taxing promises, but spending the proceeds where they want it. Giving the state legislature $ 22.3 billion without strict rules on where and how it is spent is a path to great government and few effective solutions. Just saying “think about what we can fund with this: better public schools, more affordable health care and dramatically increased services for the homeless” does not guarantee that this will be where the money is. spent. If you really want to solve these problems, prevent politicians from deciding how these funds are spent.
“Sacramento Rabbi: I admire Mayor Steinberg, but his condemnation of Israel is dead wrong” (sacbee.com, May 24)
Rabbi Taff was wrong and I thank Mayor Steinberg for standing up. I am tired of our reluctance to criticize those with whom we align ourselves politically; turn a blind eye to one’s own moral failures in a Machiavellian strategy to win. Rabbi Taff seems willing to do so out of respect for the idea that Israel’s right to exist is a blank check. Rabbi Taff says Mayor Steinberg’s position ignores history, but Steinberg listed Israeli policies that ignited the recent violence while condemning Hamas’s actions.
The rabbi asks, “What is Israel supposed to do …?” Suggestions: Stop ignoring the humanity of the Palestinians and past agreements. Stop electing leaders who lead with nativism and hatred.
“See 47 sites across Sacramento considered for shelters, camps and small houses for the homeless” (sacbee.com, May 21)
I was deeply disappointed that I didn’t see the old Sleep Train Arena and parking lot on anyone’s list, especially Angelique Ashby’s. With the massive indoor capacity that not only accommodates thousands of homeless people, as well as offices to accommodate mental health, employment and drug rehabilitation services and parking that could provide countless opportunities for safe ground, it should be at the top of the list.
Why does Sacramento City Council keep thinking small in the face of a huge problem? The opening of the arena and adjoining parking lot could have an immediate impact on the situation and require very little or no infrastructure improvements or approval from government agencies.
James r smrekar
“Over 90% of California Capitol interns are unpaid by the legislature. Who is left behind? (sacbee.com, May 20)
Unpaid jobs are not viable for the financially disadvantaged. Doing many hours of paid work in parallel makes it difficult to do the best possible job as a new lawyer and stay competitive for the job. The government should at least pay a minimum wage for useful work.
Our UC Hastings Lawyers for America program offers another inexpensive way for government law firms to get extra help: fairly.