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Trial surveillance program is wrong approach

There is something about the trial vehicle license plate reading surveillance program proposed for the Beach Flats that doesn’t make sense. Mainly it’s the numbers; 26% of all gun related assaults, 37% of illegal firearm arrests, and 46% of shooting into vehicles or homes occurred in the Flats. Averaged out, that means with 36% of those crimes committed there, 64% were committed elsewhere in the city. Maybe, the entire city should be under surveillance.

As it is, if a crime is committed, suspects are arrested and evidence is gathered. Anyone with their cell phone turned on is under constant surveillance and their location can be used as evidence in a court.

Does everyone who drives in the Flats need to be profiled with their data saved in The Cloud forever? Given the recent ICE raids and our current anti-immigrant Federal Government, I think this is the wrong thing to do.

— Sarah Ringler, Santa Cruz

Cabrillo College should find another way

After reading Mr. Ow’s letter in support of Measure R and seeing his $10,000 contribution in the name of his shopping center, I want to remind people to please donate money to Cabrillo College if you want to financially support them more that we taxpayers already do.

Maybe Mr. Ow and the wife of the Netflix creator (donated $49,000 to get this measure passed) would like to donate enough money to get their names on a building. Why not? Corporate donations make sense. Taxing the property owners for 32+ years is not the answer. And did you know that the college recently replaced the artificial turf instead of maintaining buildings? Life is all about choices and I choose to not support this additional tax. Please join the rest of us who don’t either. Enough taxes, find another way. We’re already paying for two Cabrillo College bonds.

— Kris Kirby, Aptos

Measure R supports public education

Cabrillo College didn’t exist in 1953. Santa Cruz County taxpayers paid Monterey County for my ’55 Associate Arts degree from Monterey Peninsula College, for which I am eternally grateful. The older generations, many of them World War II and Korean War veterans, provided for the youths of our Santa Cruz County with a community college, Cabrillo College, starting in 1958. Now, as one of the older generation, I am obligated to support our Santa Cruz County youths and community members. I urge you to vote “yes” for Measure R for there is no business, industry, or profession more important to our nation’s future than public education. Onward! — Mas Hashimoto, Watsonville

Santa Cruz’s recall is the most rude of all

As a past councilman, I am very concerned that members of the City Council, and all other elected officials, treat each other with respect.

So I was shocked to read Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty calling out other elected officials publicly as “a-holes” and “incompetent.” But that is typical of how this recall is rolling out. The tactic of a recall based on dislike of the personalities of two council members, has expanded the rude behavior out of the Council and into our entire community, including our usually respectful supervisor. All of us are to blame for transferring the toxic culture of national politics into our town. But the award for the most destructive, most divisive behavior, the one most likely to encourage name calling and personal attacks and class warfare and general acrimony goes to the recall itself.

Please vote “no.”

— Micah Posner, Santa Cruz

Recall mailer is expensive piece of propaganda

In the mail yesterday our home, as did thousands of others in the City of Santa Cruz, received an expensive piece of propaganda titled “Yes on Recall” from Santa Cruz Together.

It contains substantial misrepresentations about the findings of the outside consultant’s report commissioned by the City of Santa Cruz. All but two of the allegations against Councilmen Chris Krohn and Drew Glover were found to be unsubstantiated. It’s easy for every citizen to read the findings of the consultant report charge by charge, search for the “Rose Report” for the city. For example, the flier uses the word “bullying” in its headline. The report states that this charge is unsubstantiated.

Read the rest for yourselves.

— Natasha Fraley, Santa Cruz

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