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urban neighborhood
no place for airport

Green Foothills supports calls for the eastern San Jose community to close Reed-Hillview Airport (“Small plane crashes after hitting utility pole,” page B4, July 24). These residents deserve the end of decades of injustice and re-use of the site for nature and other community-serving uses.

This airport is an inappropriate use in a dense urban environment. Noise, safety risks from plane crashes (with the most recent nightmare accident just a few days ago) and air quality are long-term concerns. One study found that lead aviation gas increased blood lead levels in children, yet the FAA and EPA have yet to end its use.

For more than a year, Green Foothills has partnered with residents of East San Jose to eventually repurpose 180 acres of Reed Hillview for a community-focused vision that includes parks and natural habitats. It is time for the federal government to take action to help achieve this.

Juan Estrada
Palo Alto

After the accident, it’s time
To close Reed-Hillview

It’s time to close Reed-Hillview Airport. Studies have shown that toxic lead from airplane fuel negatively impacts the health of children and families in eastern San Jose. As if that wasn’t enough, last Friday, a plane crashed next to Mayor Elementary in our school district, endangering lives and causing thousands of dollars in damage to school and residential property.

Sadly, this accident serves as another reminder of the dangers of locating an airfield in a residential area. Our families can’t wait another decade to make their children feel safe in their community.

East Side neighborhoods are important and essential to the economic and social health of our city. We need to find a safe place for pilots and programs at Reed-Hillview Airport, and it needs to be done now.

Hilaria Bauer
Superintendent, Alam Rock Unified School District
San Jose

stop climate change
to put out the state fire

again. “The state fire season started off wonderfully. The latest blaze may mean that fate has run out,” page A1, 25 July:

Like a lot of Californians, I’m sure, I expected this year’s fire season to be relatively mild, as described in this article. It’s encouraging to see the efforts California firefighters are making to keep us safe, as well as the new technologies they are using.

But now that oak fires are raging near Yosemite, I’ve had to rein in my hopes.

As Earth warms, we will probably see less mild fire seasons. In the short term, we can continue to support firefighters and better manage our forests, but they won’t solve everything. In the long term, we need Congress to act on climate change. Call or write to your members of Congress today and urge them to pass climate legislation. This fall, vote for the candidates who make climate action a priority.

alex leis
Sunnyvale

safe gun storage
keeps children safe

I congratulate the San Jose Unified School District for passing the Secure Storage Notification resolution unanimously in late June. The resolution means that more than 20,000 San Jose students and their families will receive annual letters about the importance of secure gun storage,

Responsible gun owners know that storing firearms safely — in a gun safe, unloaded and separate from ammunition — helps prevent gun deaths and injuries. If you have a firearm, please do so.

We all need to be preached about firearm safe storage. Tell your friends, neighbors, schools and local governments. Also give your support for AB 452, a California bill that praises the San Jose Unified Resolution, which requires schools to inform students and their parents about safe firearms storage.

Let’s keep our children safe.

Robert Manetta
San Jose

letter will not be considered
fix what is wrong with the country

Fred Gutmann’s July 24 letter (“Broken electoral system begs for new party,” page A12) has Henry Clay voted for him despite being dead for more than a hundred years.

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