Appreciating Alameda County leadership
Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group (ITV) is led by business and community leaders committed to connecting the businesses, research labs, educational institutions and civic leaders in the Tri-Valley.
In alignment with all we have heard from the community as we develop the 2040 Tri-Valley Vision Plan, ITV has supported the Aramis renewable energy project. We have heard overwhelming support for green energy and an urgency for its adoption.
We appreciated the tough task the Alameda County Board of Supervisors faced in considering all sides of this green energy project in North Livermore. As there are few locations where renewable energy projects can be built, the county has taken a leadership role for our region.
We commend the forward thinking of Supervisor Haubert and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in addressing the energy needs of our region.
-- Steve Lanza, board chair
Lynn Naylor, CEO
Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group
'For the People Act'
I am a retired oncology nurse in Pleasanton. I am writing because I want my senators (Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla) to do absolutely everything it takes to get the "For the People Act" (HR1/S1) passed in the Senate and signed into law.
This act will strengthen our democracy by putting more power into the hands of everyday people. This act will reform and strengthen our voting, elections, campaign finance and ethics laws so that what matters to everyday folks, not corporate interests and the interests of the ultra-rich, will be prioritized.
The reforms in the For the People Act are driven by everyday voters (often with bipartisan support) and have passed in red, blue and purple states and localities. Hard-working everyday Americans are being shut out of the political process through voter suppression tactics and laws and barriers to participation in the campaign and election process.
Congress must take bold action to strengthen our democracy, that is meant to be "for the people," with solutions that are tried and true. Nothing, including the filibuster (which is a relic of the racist Jim Crow era), should stop Congress from passing comprehensive democracy reform to strengthen our elections.
Congress must pass the For the People Act (HR1/S1) and the "John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act" now.
-- Diane Martinez
Oppose airport proposal
The Livermore Airport Commission recently approved a company to fly Boeing 737 jets in and out of the airport (which must still be approved by the Livermore City Council).
The company claims there will be a "voluntary" limit of three flights a week. Of course, there is currently a voluntary limit to flying over residential neighborhoods, which is actively disregarded with respect to neighborhoods including and around Mohr Elementary School and other neighborhoods.
There are noise limits, which are actively disregarded. There is a safety concern, exemplified by the recent accident caused by a plane trying to land at Livermore Airport and hitting a car on Isabel Avenue.
Our property values are also at stake. It is time to not only stop expansion of the airport to large aircraft, but also time to implement laws that ensure planes flying into and out of the airport follow designated flight paths and noise limits.
I'm unfamiliar with the intersection of local, state and federal law on this topic, but by taking the steps below, we can persuade the relevant representatives to (a) prohibit the use of Boeing 737 and other large aircraft at Livermore Airport, and (b) pass laws requiring the planes flying into and out of the airport to follow designated take-off/landing routes and noise limits.
1. Sign a petition: Search Google for "Livermore Airport Petition" on change.org.
2. Send an email to: Livermore City Council, State Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan and Congressional Rep. Eric Swalwell.
-- Sunil Hariani
'Coming up roses'
What a wonderful story, "Everything is Coming Up Roses in Hansen Park." From catchy header to the very end, it captured the process leading to the planting. I know those who will be on their knees planting those roses will be spurred on to greater effort when they see the article. Of course, I will have several copies available at the site.
On behalf of the Livermore Amador Valley Garden Club, many thanks to you and to the Weekly for your continued effort to get the word out about the club and its effort to beautify our communities as well as to provide helpful gardening information at our monthly Zoom meeting.
Our members like to think gardening is good for us, good for the community and good for the planet. Again, many thanks for a great article.
-- Dolores Bengtson, LAVGC
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