Letters for the week of July 8, 2015 

Readers sound off on the Warriors, eucalyptus trees, and police technology.

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The FAA does have rules that require best noise reduction practices. The jets have to take off into the wind. However, did you ever notice, for example, that at SFO they take off at first in a steep climb, but then throttle down and turn as they overfly populated areas? There is no perfect path. Do you want planes or do you want to drive to Atlanta?

Gary Baker, San Leandro

Thanks for the Well-Researched Story

As a longtime resident of the Santa Cruz Mountains, I see much anger and frustration up here over the FAA's NextGEN implementation for SFO.

Mountain living is a trade-off in lifestyle: We give up the conveniences and excitement of city life and accept long commutes in return for peace, quiet, and experiencing wildlife rarely seen in urban areas. The FAA is taking these from us. In the time it has taken to write this, six jets have flipped on their air brakes 2,500 feet above me.

Your article brings to light that animal communication and even survival are likely impacts, even beyond human enjoyment of the open spaces and parks. All to save the airlines a few million dollars in gas money.

Thanks again for the well-researched story, we are in this fight for the long haul.

Robert Eason, Santa Cruz


"Oakland Seeks 'Predictive Policing' Software," News, 6/24

How About Solving Crimes?

OPD needs to focus on solving the crimes they already know about. Then those criminals will go to jail, where they will be unable to commit new crimes. Voila! Less crime to "predict"! A very small number of people is responsible for most of the crime in Oakland. That is true everywhere.

Jan Van Dusen, Oakland

It's Hocus Pocus

That Oakland and its mayor would even consider this hocus pocus is clear evidence of how ignorant our police department and our elected officials are about crime. Wow! Hey, Schaaf! Human behavior cannot be put into a mathematical "box." You have been watching too much science fiction. This is pre-crime; it only works in the imagination. Get busy with the things that we know that work and expand them with that $100,000 plus.

Wilson Riles, Oakland

OPD Can't Even Use Nixle

OPD can't even figure out how to consistently and effectively use Nixle, which by all accounts is a rather straightforward affair. Thus, I'm at a loss as to how they might consistently and effectively use something like this, which is more complex and probably more expensive. Even more distressing is how quickly the "popo" and our illustrious mayor (little miss privilege) seem to latch onto anything that feels good in the moment. Then again, one could argue that in the end, we're getting what we deserve. SMH.

Jeffrey D. Cash, Oakland

How About Community Policing?

As a longtime Oakland resident, I completely disagree with using this type of technology. It will most likely target neighborhoods that are primarily minority. If there is no proven science, I would prefer to use the money toward proven tactics.

What we really need is what we have been promised for so long: Real community policing. Officers that know the people they are paid to protect. Community policing itself could also lead to a reduction is crime by increased presence of the police in the community.

I also wonder just how connected OPD officers are to Oakland? How many grew up here and/or live here? Do their ranks mirror the community they serve?

On another note, Mayor Schaaf has not shown so far that she has the capacity to understand the community she was voted to represent. With the more recent example where she called for banning night street protests, which I understand was in violation of a court order! I fear we are headed down the same failed mayorship road that Jean Quan took us down. It was a bumpy road for the community. It's time for someone to make contact with the community face to face to solve the problems.

Louie Butler, Oakland


"Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate," Eco Watch, 6/24

The Thinning Plan Won't Work

What is missing in the "thinning-only" statements is that a thinned blue gum eucalyptus stand won't stay that way. It denses back up.

That's the reason for targeted removal of some stands around or in the wind direction of vulnerable hillside homes. Also, big euc re-sprouts need to be prevented and the area can be replanted with lower-fuel, indigenous native oak, redwood, willow, or native bunchgrass stands. There will always be big blue gum in the hills, but if FEMA won't fund hazardous euc removal and native re-vegetation on the edges of Oakland, EB Parks, and UC wildlands, then we all should be concerned.

Jim Hanson, Richmond

Great Job!

Kudos, Sophie Ho, for an excellent article. The first I have read on this complicated issue that gets everything right — all the facts, all the different positions of the groups. And, she doesn't take sides. Refreshing!

Marilyn Goldhaber, Berkeley

Why Keep Any Eucalyptus?

Eucalyptus trees: the pigeons of the Oakland/Berkeley Hills. Why anyone would miss them — and the incredible danger they, and their detritus, pose — is beyond me.

John Seal, Oakland


"A Burger for the End of Civilization," Food, 6/24

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