Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Rent-free living

EDITOR: I read with slight amusement about the families whose homes were purchased by the city of Santa Rosa to allow buffer space for water treatment plant operations (“Two SR families living rent-free evicted,” Sept. 14).

Mark Bottini complained that his perfectly good home would be bulldozed and said he wanted to remain living there with a reduced rent. Maybe he should have brought that up when he accepted $650,000 for his home. In addition, he has been living there, as have occupants of a Walker Road residence, rent free for three years. Wouldn't we all like to live rent free for such a long amount of time?

Bottini said he feels the eviction is “more about embarrassment than prudence” because the city allowed him to stay for so much longer than planned. I think he owns the embarrassment for not taking his money and relocating. It has been in a buyers market for years in this county.

To look for sympathy for his daughter perhaps having to give up her dog and horse is shameful. She should be asking her dad why he let that happen. Now is not the time to have his complaints made public. He missed that boat several years ago.



Premature recall

EDITOR: The efforts by some of Supervisor Efren Carrillo's political opponents to recall him from office seem premature (“Carrillo recall efforts continue,” Friday). He has not been charged with a crime, nor indeed been convicted.

I am proud of Carrillo's accomplishments in my district and expect him to continue his good work, his embarrassing behavior on July 13 notwithstanding. He has acknowledged his drinking problem and is taking steps to improve.

The unfortunate remark by police that Carrillo's behavior “had the marks of some type of sexual assault” seems salacious innuendo, and that it is repeated in every Press Democrat article seems inappropriate.

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