Four lanes for Olive Drive?

I attended one of the Nishi Gateway project planning presentations put on by the city and noticed that on each of the three map plans under consideration, Olive Drive is extended and connected to the main (seems to be a four-lane) road running through the heart of the project area. Given the size of the […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Honesty is alive and well

On Saturday morning while shopping at the Farmers Market, I suddenly discovered that my wallet was missing. It contained all of the usual things including cash, credit and debit cards. I searched the market and the surrounding area and could not find it, but had no reason to think it had been stolen. The following […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Don’t cap hours for in-home caregivers

By Mariko Yamada Rural Californians face challenges that differ from residents in urbanized areas. Along with beautiful views and wide-open spaces come limits in public transportation, fewer jobs and less access to health care providers. Contained in Gov. Jerry Brown’s January proposed budget is an item that deals another blow to senior citizens and people […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A vote for big corporations

I am doing my best to sort out all the noise in this June’s Assembly race, simply by researching who is behind the PACs paying for all these mailers. Opportunity PAC is funded university faculty, teachers, school employees, nurses and firefighters. Those are the groups supporting Dan Wolk. Supporting Republican-turned-Democrat Bill Dodd is “Fair PAC,” […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Vote for your future

If a year ago you had told me that this spring I would be engaging in heated debates about candidates’ intentions, party loyalty and the morality of smear campaigns I would have been certain the conversation would have been about the 2016 presidential election. That just goes to show I had no idea how important […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Munn’s a fiscal watchdog

In all organizations, associations, councils and governments, there is an underlined concept: “Follow the money!” If all fails, check and recheck the way money is used by these entities. John Munn has spent hours, days, weeks, months researching many issues to reach a point that he feels is the right path to fiscal responsibility of […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Politics and judges don’t mix

Why is a candidate for judge promoting the fact that he is supported by one political party? Shouldn’t we want judges who are nonpartisan? If he is elected, will he then ask you what your political affiliation is if you appear before him? Just as that is irrelevant, a candidate’s political affiliation should be irrelevant. We […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Ortiz walks the talk

After assessing the two candidates for Yolo County superintendent of schools, I have come to my conclusion who could best serve our schools. In making my decision, the biggest factor that is clear is who is “committed” to Yolo County and who can develop the partnerships that would benefit our children. That person is Jesse […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Just follow the money

Jesse Ortiz’s recently filed Form 460 discloses $25,000 in contributions from Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and those connected to him — and another $20,000 from the Cache Creek Casino Resort. At least the casino is in Yolo County and possibly some county educational services are provided to students that members of the tribe care about. […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Shouldn’t ballots be anonymous?

Fully risking sounding like a local crank, I have a question about the mail-in election ballot envelopes that were sent out. I finished my ballot in the nick of time so I don’t have to hand-deliver it this year, but I am puzzled by the outside of the envelope, where my name and address is […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Sign me up for that Nobel Prize: I’ve solved the space travel problem

Get Neil deGrasse Tyson on the phone! Stephen Hawking! Somebody from NASA! I’ve figured out how humanity can explore the universe, and on the cheap too. My inspiration came from a Discovery Channel “Atlas 4D” episode we were watching this week, about the birth of the Hawaiian Islands. They weren’t always the luscious tropical paradise […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

She wants it all; what does he want?

Dear Annie: After 20 years of living together, my partner informed me that she was in love with someone else and had been slipping off to his house when she told me she was visiting a girlfriend. “Lois” says there was no sex involved — just hugging and kissing, etc. I confronted this man, and […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t mislead the public

It’s refreshing to have a candidate who isn’t ego-driven, and who is not misleading the public by claiming to have “raised” a large amount of funds, rather than being truthful that the funds were lent by the candidate himself. Commissioner Janene Beronio doesn’t have to stretch the truth to show her commitment to our community. […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

She fails to lead by example

Freddie Oakley is not our choice for clerk/recorder/assessor. Effective managers lead by example. Freddie Oakley does not hold herself to a higher standard of conduct that effective managers employ. Her elitist attitude is demonstrated by the selfish choices she makes in the workplace, such as smoking in the non-smoking areas of the County Administration Building […]

June 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,