The housing crisis
EDITOR: We are Santa Rosa homeowners who were fortunate not to lose our home in the fires. Even before the fires, Santa Rosa, and California generally, desperately needed more housing.
Our son, born and raised here and getting married in July, dreams of the day when he can afford a home in the Bay Area. One way that could be made possible is through state Senate Bill 827. This bill would require cities to increase height and density limits on land near public transit. By increasing the supply of housing in this way, cities would encourage the use of mass transit, and a lot more would be done to combat climate change.
We urge state Sen. Mike McGuire, who chairs the Government and Finance Committee, to show leadership and help get this bill passed. We also urge our local government leaders to support this bill and to step up and move ahead on their own to increase this kind of new housing.
The SMART train will never reach its full potential unless it has dense housing near its stations. Sonoma and Marin counties need that now more than ever.
CHRIS and ELLEN BOWEN
Democracy at stake
EDITOR: Enough already. How much more do we need to see? This president attacks our FBI as if it were some foreign entity to be stamped out. “An attack on our country” and “a witch hunt,” he says of the Justice Department’s legal search warrant and raid of his personal attorney’s offices.
This president, by any objective standard, has shown himself to be a demagogue and, at times, a degenerate, who, because of his unsteady leadership, represents a clear and present danger to our democracy. And one who may (if the Mueller investigation is allowed to proceed ) be shown to be a traitor as well.
My Republican friends wonder why I avoid their company these days. “Is this over politics?” they ask. For many of us, this has never been just about politics. In the case of this administration, it’s about a lack of morality.
Sinclair Lewis saw something dark and terrible brewing in American politics in the 1930s when he wrote “It Can’t Happen Here.” Well it has happened. Wake up, America. Perhaps nothing less than the fate of our country and, quite possibly, the survival of our planet is at stake. It’s time to pull the plug on this experiment gone awry.
No on toll hike
EDITOR: Your front-page photo of the daily backup on Highway 37 is the best reason to vote no on Regional Measure 3 (“Finding route to relief,” April 5). Why allocate $150 million for “pedestrian and bicycle segments” on the San Francisco Bay Trail and only $100 million for Highway 37?
Are walkers and cycle folk really more deserving than the literally hundreds of drivers who have to slog along the Highway 37 flats every week day? Or $30 million more than Regional Measure 3 would give to continue widening the Highway 101 narrows?
I guess nobody asked those who commute each day along either.