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Orinda’s evacuation
plan wants work

Orinda’s Evacuation Evaluation should be redone. It assumed {that a} wildfire wouldn’t unfold. In fact, in that occasion, there could be no have to evacuate.

The hearth chief identified this flaw to metropolis workers final fall, saying that wildfire unfold ought to be modeled. Lawyer Normal Rob Bonta has stated the identical factor. Orinda workers didn’t relay the fireplace chief’s issues to the Metropolis Council, regardless that he requested workers to take action. The Evacuation Evaluation additionally had been promised to however failed to investigate the impact on evacuation by means of downtown of the deliberate 1,618 new housing items to be constructed downtown. That is troublesome as a result of many Orindans might want to evacuate by means of downtown, which is a identified pinch level.

Sadly, thus far, though the Orinda Metropolis Council has been made conscious of those points, there is no such thing as a indication that it intends to do something about them.

Nick Waranoff

Cash trumps
fireplace security for PG&E

Re: “Utility’s wildfire technique doubted” (Web page A1, Aug. 7).

PG&E decided that energy shut-off prices a lot lower than tree trimming. Consequently, the capitalist board determined to let wildfire gas develop close to energy strains and cease offering energy till some imprecise risk passes, solely to extend their buyers’ dividends. Not a second’s value of consideration was given to your prices, or the ache concerned — these hours that your electrically powered medical gadgets don’t function, or your refrigerated meals spoils, [disastrous if you own a restaurant], or heating/cooling that’s absent when and the place you want it, or any electrical necessity. Each time a query of individuals versus {dollars} arises at PG&E, foreign money all the time wins.

San Francisco was debating municipal energy within the Eighties, however PG&E defeated them at each flip. So ratepayers will all the time be on the mercy of PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Fuel & Electrical.

R Cote
Castro Valley

Urge state to not
problem reside permits

California’s Division of Fish and Wildlife yearly imports 2 million American bullfrogs and 300,000 freshwater turtles for human consumption. None are native to California, and all are diseased and/or parasitized, although it’s unlawful to promote such merchandise.

Worse, the vast majority of the bullfrogs carry a dreaded chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd), answerable for the latest extinctions of greater than 100 amphibian species worldwide.

Our state Fish & Sport Fee has twice voted to cease the permits, with hundreds of letters supporting the ban, together with two from former Assets Secretary Huey Johnson, to no avail.  Simple repair:  Cease the reside permits, permitting frozen frog/turtle merchandise solely.

The Fee meets in Fortuna (coastal Humboldt County) on Tuesday, Aug. 22; this problem is No. 13 on the agenda.

Eric Mills
Coordinator, Motion for Animals

Homelessness wants
options, not complaints

Re: “Homelessness could hang-out Newsom in DeSantis debate” (Web page A7, Aug. 9).

Dan Walters dedicates his column to stating the apparent: California has numerous homeless residents.

A reader would possibly marvel why some states and cities have extra homeless than others however Walters doesn’t even trace at any type of resolution to the issue. Might or not it’s there are none? And if not why carry it up? The place I grew up if you’re going to complain and level fingers you had higher have not less than one particular various treatment to supply. In any other case, all you might be doing is whining and we don’t want that from our political leaders or columnists.

Homelessness is a good political problem upon which to place up or shut up.

Tom McVeigh
Nice Hill

Biden administration
is doing good work

With all of the noise surrounding the alleged prison exercise of prior officers, it’s exhausting to listen to the excellent news. There are massive accomplishments of the present administration just like the infrastructure regulation creating good-paying jobs constructing roads and bridges, and the Chips Act bringing semi-conductor manufacturing to Ohio to construct chips right here.