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Support Prop. 28
to support art in school
Thank you for running “Voters should support prop. 28, support arts and music education,” (Page A13, Aug. 21) which shows how critical it is for California public school students to have access to a solid arts education. I urge all Californians to vote yes on Proposition 28 this November.
As an ardent education advocate and performing arts teacher, I’ve seen firsthand the impact arts and music have on students. But the reality is that in California, arts and music education remains inequitable and out of reach for millions of public school students.
By voting yes on Proposition 28, we can give millions access to the arts and music education they so desperately need. It would dedicate nearly $1 billion annually to arts and music for students without raising taxes.
If Proposition 28 is passed, it will be the largest investment in arts and music education in the country. I proudly support Proposition 28.
Four reasons to vote
for Chavez for mayor
I’m sometimes asked why I enthusiastically support Cindy Chavez as San Jose’s next mayor. Here are four reasons:
• No one’s better at creating ambitious goals and achieving them. The Children’s Healthcare Initiative secured insurance for 99% of the county’s children.
• Cindy brings diverse groups together with a united vision. The 2016 Measure A Homeless initiative has already helped secure housing for 14,000 people.
• Cindy doesn’t care who gets credit; she’s solely focused on serving our community. The rapid COVID response saved thousands of lives.
• Finally, Cindy deeply cares about people. She proved that again in August 2021, when she probably saved my Mom’s life after a charity walk, staying with my Mom for two hours.
As you consider the next leader for America’s 10th largest city, please consider Cindy Chavez.
Former CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Santa Clara County
needs Khamis on board
I recently attended a meet-and-greet for Sylvia Arenas. It was held in one of our centers in The Villages. She arrived approximately 20 minutes late. Her focus was equity, social services and that the root cause of everything is poverty. She was unsure to whom the Santa Clara County Sheriff reports and was evasive about construction of a new jail. She co-authored a memo on allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections.
Johnny KHamis’ background is finance and business. He understands the burden taxpayers carry. He knows how to budget. Johnny has a plan to reduce homelessness and crime. He has a track record of saving taxpayers money when he was on the San Jose City Council.
I trust Johnny Khamis to do the right thing for Santa Clara County residents.
GOP bungles economy;
Dems pick up pieces
About every four years the American voting public decides that the Republican Party is better able to solve America’s problems. But perception is not reality because the “Party of No” never delivers.
To see what course the GOP intends to chart just look at their 2020 party platform. Oh, wait, for the first time since the 1850s the GOP didn’t bother to write one. When given a chance in the past, however, they’ve had no answer for the immigration problem, recent presidents never balanced a budget and they’ve consistently rolled back any Democratic gains on the environmental front. If you listen to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the GOP’s three-headed strategy is to codify a national anti-abortion law, vote no on anything the Democrats propose, and, of course, prosecute Hunter Biden.
The good news is that in two years, the Democrats will be reelected to pick up the pieces. And so it always goes.
Negligent driving puts
more than driver at risk
Re. “San Jose now is at 25-year high 29 pedestrian deaths in 2022 with a newly classified case,” Page B3, Oct. 28:
After reading your article I was heartbroken to see that so many people are dying because of negligent drivers. As someone who was born, raised and still resides in San Jose I fear for the safety of my friends, family and loved ones.
I know that I cannot solve the problem myself, but I would like to ask for a call to action and put out the message to all drivers that when they drive negligently they are not only putting their lives at risk but they are affecting countless lives of people who care about them.