EDITOR: Every year since 2005, the Santa Rosa city manager's office has published a boards and commissions diversity report. It doesn't take a math major to figure out that our city's board and commission members have never been more than 1.8 percent non-white.
Without people of color on City Council, there will never be true representation for three-quarters of our city's geography and 30 percent of our city's residents. Three City Council applicants — Caroline Bañuelos, Curtis Byrd and David Rosas — would have changed that percentage dramatically. They don't need to “outreach” as the inclusion council suggests. They are already familiar with people of color in our community who are qualified for the various boards and commissions.
Droning on about drones
EDITOR: What's the difference between the commander-in-chief determining the target of a drone attack vs. the commander-in-chief determining the target of an attack by Navy Seals? Or the targets that ground troops are ordered to engage in combat? Kill lists are kill lists no matter whether they are from, drones or combat soldiers.
EDITOR: Did you notice the compelling juxtaposition of Tuesday's article about the Federal Communications Commission creating publicly owned super wireless networks and the local news about abandoning our Santa Rosa Community Media Center? Could our city staff and council members explore how to utilize the media center to partner with the FCC, Google and Microsoft to create a Santa Rosa super wireless network instead of throwing our valuable public option into the dustbin?
This is major new technology that is going to roll out in the next decade, improving public health and safety, reducing traffic accidents and congestion and reducing unnecessary energy consumption. It's a very big deal. Santa Rosa could be positioning itself to implement this ASAP.