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Real estate jargon
Referring to the Cambrian Plaza redevelopment (“Cambrian Village Project Approved,” page B1, August 12), San Jose City Councilwoman Pam Foley said, “It will activate a space, a large piece of land that has not yet been activated . It was long ago. It really needs a dramatic refresher.”
who talks like that Only people in real estate can “activate” and “refresh” the country. The activation to “make us a bunch of money” is real estate. Activating land means throwing asphalt, concrete, steel, glass and many more people onto it, moving away from an overflowing bank account that would allow them to be released to a place with less active land.
My core belief is that if you leave the land in its natural state, it will automatically become active in one way or another in plants, trees and animals. Leave the cute real estate jargon to us and give us back our land, minus your activism.
respect local websites
As a member of the Watsonville community, I particularly appeal to Verne Freeman’s question to various Asian American communities in Santa Clara County on the front page of his July 30 article Mixed Conclusions on My Proposal: “What Price Do We Have to Pay for All This?”
I’m a native Japanese from Iwata City, which has been Mountain View’s sister city since the 1970’s. My hometown has a history of several thousand years, with spiritual festivals and celebrations similar to many East Asian countries. Our ancestors did not commit horrific atrocities against the local population here in California like the Whites and Mexicans did. But I believe we have a responsibility to respect the religion of indigenous peoples and support them to protect their sacred sites like jurisprudence.
Let’s talk about this important topic for all of us.
Governors have failed
lead on the water
Our governor, Gavin Newsom, is a very good talker but does nothing when it comes to storing more water in new reservoirs or underground aquifers across our state.
We citizens issued a bond in 2004 to spend billions on building two new reservoirs and upgrading existing reservoirs.
But Governor Jerry Brown, Newsom and our Legislature have done nothing since 2004. And that’s because of the failure of both our governors to lead and outperform our legislature and state agencies.
Our lack of winter rain and snow will be permanent as global warming warms the Pacific Ocean and affects our weather, and this will continue for decades.
Ultimately, the only answer would be to build an aqueduct from the mouth of the Columbia River to the Shasta and Oroville reservoirs.
And that would require federal laws. Otherwise our future is a desert.
Fallow to save water
We all know that almonds use a lot of water to grow, 1.1 gallons per almond. What you may not know is that 70% of California’s almonds are exported. We are in a severe drought, so why are we exporting our water?
I think buying almond orchards is one of the easiest and most environmentally friendly things to do. No costly and energy-intensive desalination, no new dams that flood open spaces. Just buy almond orchards and then leave them fallow. Seems very easy to me.
Reconnection with the Iranian nuclear system
Important business for America
again. “Some Optimism Emerges for Iran Nuclear Deal,” page A4, August 17:
As an Iranian-American computer scientist, diplomacy with Iran is close to my heart.
With my personal experience of living during war, witnessing the eight years of the Iran-Iraq War and then other devastating wars, I believe that we, the whole world, must do our part to prevent wars through diplomacy . We should do our best and build trust and international cooperation. and understanding.
Rejoining the nuclear deal would be clear evidence that the United States is ready to move away from past foreign policy failures and instead work to restore its credibility on the global stage. It shows that we remain capable of addressing pressing global challenges diplomatically. It has never been so important.
again. “New law ensures energy savings”, page A1, 18.08.:
I would like to take advantage of the excellent value savings under the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, but I cannot because they only apply to people with a significant taxable income. Having been retired long enough, I no longer owe the IRS enough each year to qualify.
Tip: Have tax credits earned legally transferred within a family. We have three grandchildren in college right now and transferring my potential tax savings would go a long way towards paying tuition while helping to save the planet.