EDITOR: It is often said that Santa Rosa is a most desirable place to live. That statement becomes very questionable when selfish people attempt to block (without merit) opportunity and safety for our young people.

Last year, I was able to help one young resident of Tamayo Youth Center secure her first job. Her radiant excitement will live within me for the rest of my life. She is young, coachable, responsible, focused and grateful. The young man who played the lead in the Santa Rosa Junior College production of "Les Miserables" is another example of energy, skill, and achievement. Would the NIMBYs opposed to the Dream Center deny our youth these opportunities to succeed?

They would not do it with their own children. Why are they intent on driving children who have not had the fortune of wealth and close families to the street life?

JIM WIESCHENDORFF

Santa Rosa

Upcoming meeting to explore 4G wireless technology

Santa Rosa and Verizon are holding a series of meetings in coming weeks to allay concerns about its network of 4G “small cell” wireless antenna equipment being installed on utility poles around the city.

The four joint Verizon/city meetings will take place:

— Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 637 First St.

— Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.

— Thursday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.

— Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave.

In addition the City Council is planning to hold a study session on the issue Tuesday, March 6, beginning at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.