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Choose Lopez
for EBMUD board

Corina Lopez is the best candidate for director, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Ward 7 (Castro Valley, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, parts of San Leandro and San Ramon).

Corina was a trustee for San Leandro Unified School District and serves on the San Leandro City Council. She serves several organizations that address natural resource conservation, energy, public lands and public waters policies. She has professional experience in fiscal management and software development. She recently completed a fellowship in water policy.

A public servant with elected experience is needed as a champion for EBMUD ratepayers. Corina’s expertise is needed to implement viable solutions to ensure equity in water quality and availability for EBMUD’s customers.

We know firsthand that Corina responds when a constituent has questions. Corina Lopez is the best candidate for director, EBMUD, Ward 7.

John and Maureen Forney
San Leandro

Thao is most qualified
to lead Oakland

We’re financial professionals and elected officials. It’s our duty to serve the taxpayers. We’re also proud supporters of Councilmember Sheng Thao for Oakland mayor because she’s the most qualified and effective candidate running.

We’re responding to false attacks that Sheng is somehow unqualified, an age-old tactic used against women candidates. Other candidates are perpetuating this false narrative.

We know from working with Sheng that her knowledge and experience will allow her to meet the needs of Oakland and get the city back on track. Sheng’s understanding of property taxation, finance and budgets is above and beyond most elected officials.

We’ve worked with Sheng on essential policy matters and funding related to public safety, housing, and street and park maintenance. Sheng’s collaboration with county and state leaders has secured millions to support affordable housing, homelessness services, and disadvantaged youth.

We encourage you to support the most qualified mayoral candidate: Sheng Thao.

Fiona Ma, state treasurer; Phong La, Alameda County assessor;
Melissa Wilk, Alameda County auditor-controller

Yes on Prop. 31 to keep
kids tobacco-free

The scent of a strawberry-flavored e-cigarette wafts to your nose as you open the door to the school bathroom. A group of students sees you walk in and offers you a vape. They tell you it will help you relieve stress and calm your nerves. You’ve been taught that smoking is bad for you, but it can’t really be that bad if everyone else is doing it, right?

Now, over 2 million high school and middle students use e-cigarettes and flavor is a key reason. In fact, 81% of kids who have ever tried tobacco started with a flavored product.

As a member of the California Emerging Leaders Council for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I’m urging voting yes on Proposition 31 because it will ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and prevent the next generation of Americans from becoming victims of tobacco addiction and disease.

Ananya Pinnamaneni
San Ramon

Prop. 30 will speed
electric car conversion

Your article – “Prop. 30 stumbling in new state poll” (Page A1, Oct. 27) – shows that Gov. Newsom is key. He claims that Proposition 30 is a power grab by Lyft. Well, Proposition 30 will make EVs more affordable to Lyft drivers, but also to all the other drivers in the state.

Gasoline cars are going the way of Kodak cameras. The only question is whether they will go away fast enough to avoid climate catastrophe. Of course, if you like gas cars’ noise, exhaust, slow acceleration, oil changes, auto repairs and high fuel costs, it’s your choice. Proposition 30 will help the rest of us go electric, and pave the way for clean air and a healthy future.

As for Gavin Newsom – he doesn’t want to rile up the billionaires who will be taxed under Proposition 30, and who he will need for his presidential campaign. We should ignore him and vote yes on Proposition 30.

Jack Fleck
Oakland

Song predicted our
struggle for democracy

In 1964 Simon & Garfunkel released a song that was prophetic, “The Sound of Silence.” Specific words in the song apply to Trump’s spineless supporters in Congress and outside of Congress: “Silence like a cancer grows” and “And no one dared disturb the sound of silence.”

Trump’s supporters don’t have the guts to contradict him (re: impeachment twice, false stolen election, the Jan. 6 attempt to overthrow our government). As a result, the “cancer” of hatred, lies and violence keeps growing.

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