Diversity lacking

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 Ba?elos, 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.


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Droning on about drones

<MC>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.



Partnership opportunity

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.


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Domestic violence

EDITOR: Your story about a Sebastopol homicide said "deputies had been sent to the home multiple times over the last few years for domestic violence matters where the daughter was the suspect" ("Sebastopol mom slain; daughter held," Tuesday).

Domestic violence cases occur at the rate of one in every four families in the U.S. It affects everyone regardless of race, religion, gender, rich or poor. The local YWCA gets about 3,000 emergency calls a year.

Tonight, the social action committee of Congregation Shomrei Torah has a film and panel discussion revolving around domestic violence. The film, "Crime After Crime," is the story of a woman in California who was jailed after a domestic violence situation and wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years. The film highlights two young lawyers who worked pro bono to get her released.

>Panelists include Madeleine Keegan O'Connell, executive director of the Sonoma County YWCA, whose mission is to assist women and children through their safe house program. Other panelists include Gloria Eurotas, executive director of the Sonoma County Family Justice Center; Yoav Potash, the movie's director, and Joshua Safran, one of the attorneys.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in Shomrei Torah's sanctuary at 2600 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.


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Extremists in control

EDITOR: I read with disgust Tuesday's article regarding the forced government closure of Drake's Bay Oyster Company ("Oyster farm's legal bid rejected"). This 70-year business did not harm the environment and provided a livelihood to 31 employees and their families. The cavalier arrogance of the Department of Interior is stunning.

This ruling comes on the heels of a California state law that banned production of foie gras. With this law, another small business was shut down — Sonoma Artisan Foie Gras. It is clear that the federal and state governments are controlled by environmental extremists who hold small business in disdain. From their perspective, business is a golden goose to be plucked for tax revenue. And if it doesn't suit their purposes, they are put out of business.

No wonder the national and state economies are in shambles.