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sj non resident voter
plan devaluation citizenship

again. “San Jose may ask residents to shift election cycle, let non-citizens vote,” Jan 11:


With the exception of councilwoman Deva Davis, the entire San Jose City Council recently voted to further study a proposal by council members Magdalena Carrasco and Sylvia Arenas to give undocumented immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections. .

Does anyone really think it’s a good idea to downplay the value of US citizenship? What’s next – issuing US passports to undocumented immigrants so they can freely transit between here and their country of citizenship? Is there a limit to our elected officials’ willingness to further denigrate the value of American citizenship? Based on the actions of our reckless city council, apparently not.


Nicholas Cochran
San Jose

Op-Ed Paints Precise
photo of silicon valley

I’m glad to see Jerry Seppos stand up for Silicon Valley (“Silicon Valley Culture Isn’t Responsible for Holmes’ Crimes,” page A6, Jan 11) because so many East Coast media outlets say that Silicon Valley culture “is fake. It’s ’till you make it.”

In fact, Silicon Valley dates back to a time when companies like Fairchild, Intel, HP, National Semiconductor, AMD, Nvidia, and many others continued to innovate and drive. Moore’s Law to unexpected heights. “The Valley” moved from silicon to systems with the advent of software companies such as Apple, Cisco, Juniper, and eventually Oracle, Salesforce, Google, and Facebook.


None of these companies “cheated” on the road to success by defrauding investors and customers. Silicon Valley has always been about technology advancement through disciplined hard work where competence and not cheating are the keys to success.

Bob Gropo
Sunnyvale

change in solar charges
will eliminate investment

I was stunned to see The Mercury News coming out in favor of PG&E, in favor of using more fossil fuels by encouraging a solar power tax. The proposal would make California’s rooftop solar the most expensive solar in the country. Solar users have invested above average $16,000 in their system; This will make their investment worthless.


It violates basic principles of regulatory fairness by changing the rules after families, businesses and nonprofits have already invested in solar power. We should have incentive programs to encourage rooftop solar; It provides clean power without the leakage that comes with transportation. Instead of eliminating it, we should put it in parking garages, in parking lots, on apartments and commercial buildings. Maybe we can rid ourselves of brownouts and PG&E fires.

Contact PUC today and encourage them to reject solar tax with rule changes that will destroy households’ investments.

Theresa Rivera
San Jose

church, community
Benefits of rooftop solar

On January 27, CPUC commissioners will vote to implement a new rate structure for rooftop solar that discourages homeowners and nonprofits from adopting rooftop solar.

The alternative to rooftop solar is the reliance on solar farms placed in the desert. Long transmission lines increase the chances of forest fires. In addition, solar farms threaten desert habitats.

More than 307 churches in California have installed solar panels to do the right thing, according to California Interfaith Power and Light, These congregations are responding to an ethical call to address climate change. These congregations are able to act as emergency centers in case there is a blackout or cold snap. Existing policies have made rooftop solar affordable.

If the new policy is in favor of for-profit utility companies, the prices of circles that installed solar last year under NEM 2.0 will be fixed. With renewable energy, these circles are able to meet the needs of the community.

queen fisher
South Bay Chapter of California Interfaith Power and Light
Sunnyvale