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Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Too many delays

EDITOR: The Sonoma County National Organization for Women notes with dismay that the state attorney general requested a third postponement of filing of charges against Supervisor Efren Carrillo. Thus, after three months Carrillo has not been charged with any offense resulting from the July 13 incident involving prowling and burglary.

And, despite being suspected of attempting to break into a female neighbor's apartment, Carrillo continues to hold office, refusing to resign.

We are frustrated by the time it has taken to make a decision and worry that the delay is related to Carrillo's political position. We are aware that the decision to charge or not charge was transferred from the Sonoma County district attorney to the attorney general because of a conflict of interest and possible political repercussions.

Prosecutors must be aware of the public's interest and concern and of the implications for the woman and for Carrillo. These delays are disrespectful to both the alleged victim and the women's community at large and must result in a state of trauma and fear for the woman.

While delays are common in criminal court, we deserve prompt action from the attorney general. The next hearing will be held on Nov. 1. We expect resolution at that hearing.



Co-coordinators, Sonoma County National Organization for Women

Pepper alert

EDITOR: Michele Anna Jordan's praise for the wonderful Padron chile should definitely have contained a red-letter warning: Some are hot (“Padron chile easy to prepare, use,” Oct. 16). An unwary indulger may get a fiery surprise by chomping down on one. Since there seems to be no way to distinguish those that are hot from the more common mellow ones, each must be approached with a cautious nibble.


Santa Rosa

Saving species

EDITOR: While the recent decision by California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown to phase in a ban on lead ammunition for hunting is a step toward reducing lead contamination statewide and will assuredly and dramatically reduce the number of lead-poisoned wildlife, the poster child for this effort is clearly one of America's most iconic and threatened birds, the California condor.

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