But even though the California Apartment Association did not get the 5,500 signatures they needed to put their deceptive initiative on the November ballot, they have not given up. They keep lying to the voters to falsely qualify for the 2020 elections. But again, in the end, with the brave support of the Voice and so many private people and community organizations and volunteers, the "Mountain View little David" personified by the tenants who need affordable housing the most and no unjust evictions will prevail over the "giant Goliath" personified by the greedy members of the CAA and its backers, who only go by the law of supply and demand.
Maintain honesty and integrity
Last week I stopped by the homes of 700 of my fellow Mountain View residents. My purpose: to hand out flyers warning voters not to sign a sneaky repeal of Measure V currently being circulated by paid signature gatherers. The flyer also contains a simple form that more than 300 Mountain View residents have filled out to remove their signature after realizing they had been deceived. Unfortunately, a group of corporate landlords has spent over a quarter-million dollars to trick voters into signing a petition that claims to support rent control but would actually repeal Mountain View's current rent protections.
Although I am not a renter, I, like many in our community, am concerned about corruption and undemocratic behavior at the national level. While it's hard to influence national politics, we can certainly fight to maintain honesty and integrity at the local level. Kudos to Mayor Siegel and to council members Showalter and Rosenberg for speaking out clearly against this sneaky repeal. If you'd like to join our volunteer effort, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-elect Ellen Wheeler
We are a group of parents from the Mountain View Whisman School District writing this letter to support Ellen Wheeler. We are actively involved or have previously belonged to different groups at various schools in the district during the past 10 years, including DELAC, ELAC, PTA and school site councils, just to name a few.
We strongly believe Ms. Wheeler should be re-elected to the school district board since she has a positive, proven track record addressing and solving community needs.
Ms. Wheeler is an active listener and is a hands-on person who goes far and beyond to solve problems in a fair and non-biased manner to benefit the majority of students. Ellen Wheeler is always involved and is present during local school and community events. She consistently listens to parent concerns and always does the necessary research to inform the parents with accurate information.
Ms. Wheeler has always had the genuine professionalism to be inclusive of all her constituents regarding their concerns and opinions.
On one occasion, Marilu Cuesta wrote a letter to the MVWSD board members, including the superintendent, to ask about how the school district would support the students through the transition to Common Core. Ms. Wheeler was the only one who quickly responded to her concern.
Ms. Wheeler's long-term experience within the school district and the community has equipped her with information and knowledge about the educational system. Therefore, we strongly believe that she should be re-elected as a school board member.
Azucena Castanon, Marilu Cuesta, Rosalia Gil, Olga Melo, Paula Perez and Maribel Virgen
Raise your voice
Separating children from their families and placing them in detention facilities is child abuse (as defined in federal law). Our federal government must not delay further in complying with court orders to reunite children, many under 5 years old, with their families — wherever they may be. Especially troubling is the deportation of migrant parents without their children.
As both common sense and scientific research tell us, removing children from their families leaves children vulnerable to trauma and lasting toxic stress, putting them at risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders. Volunteering in this field, we have seen firsthand trauma's lasting damage to children's development. Furthermore, childhood emotional trauma is strongly correlated with adult drug and alcohol abuse, illness, antisocial behavior, and criminality — and the attendant costs to society.
For families seeking asylum or held in detention, it is imperative that the government respect the right to due process guaranteed by our Constitution to everyone, regardless of immigration status. The children's rights must be honored — rights to speedy release to their parents, guardians, or relatives, and to family visitation regardless of immigration status, as required by the U.S. Supreme Court in the settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno and by various enforcement actions, e.g. Flores v. Sessions, 862 F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2017).
Please raise your voice with the many others who implore the federal government to hasten family reunification and to refrain permanently from family separation. Our government's actions in this matter violate myriad values that we share as Americans — justice, freedom, due process, equal protection, the sanctity of the family, the protection of children, and, above all, human decency.
Carol and Keating Rhoads
Take climate change seriously
In an amazing New York Times article, a beetle, stuck in amber 99 million years ago, was found to be covered in pollen from a cycad (an ancient tree/fern plant type). The ancient cycad depended on the beetle to fertilize it, and in turn provided the beetle with food. What I found most amazing was that this relationship has persisted to the present day. Australian beetles are still fertilizing modern cycads.
How beautiful that this mutually beneficial relationship has persisted across the eons.
How sad that our society's destructive relationship with nature will be lucky to last another century unless we start to take climate change seriously and change our environmental ethics to seek mutual benefit rather than greed and exploitation.
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