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Measure S parcel tax
questions compel no vote

The Independent Monitoring Committee is the Valley Water volunteer-citizen group most informed about parcel taxes. From December to February, the group reviews the district’s use of parcel tax funds for the prior year. Sessions are broad-ranging, robust and respectful.

Last winter, my sixth year sitting on that body, non-district sources passed along information that a parcel tax proposal was in development, to replace the existing 15-year tax after just seven years. The Committee requested an opportunity to give feedback on the measure, an opportunity promised but never provided. Now we see Measure S on the ballot.

Why bypass the committee? Why the urgency? Over six years, I recall no discussion that parcel tax revenue failed to meet goals. Why is an agency that receives substantial, permanent funding through water revenue and biannual property taxes abruptly converting the term-limited, voter-accountable tax to a permanent tax?

I will vote no on Measure S.

Eileen McLaughlin
Former Member, Independent Monitoring Committee
San Jose

Vote Ann Ravel to bring
ethics to state Senate

In the race for San Jose’s open state Senate seat, the choice between the two Democrats is clear, Ann Ravel. She is the fresh new voice we need in the California Legislature. Ann’s independence and integrity are needed more than ever in Sacramento.

Appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the Federal Elections Commission, following her appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown as chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, she repeatedly fought for transparency and ethics in politics. Her fight against “dark money” and its corrosive influence on our political system was hailed by both Democrats and Republicans.

As county assessor, I have known Ann for more than two decades when she served as Santa Clara County’s top attorney. She is a tenacious, smart and hard-working advocate for the most vulnerable in our community. She has never been afraid to take on powerful special interests.

Larry Stone
Santa Clara County Assessor

To support labor, follow
unions’ lead on ballot

This newspaper has rightly acknowledged the outstanding work of our firefighters, health professionals, EMT workers, hospital, medical and government support staff, as well as our safety personnel and other first responders.

Likewise, this newspaper has highlighted our electrical, construction, plumbing, roads, transportation, retail, maintenance and food workers, who deserve kudos for their tireless service while exposed to COVID-19 risks and wildfire smoke hazards.

To best thank and support the above workers and their future well-being, please vote for the candidates who have been endorsed by their associations, unions and professional organizations, when you cast your vote.


Catherine Alexander
Retired Santa Clara County Librarian

Walia brings necessary
gifts to Saratoga council

Tina Walia is an impressive candidate.

After I sat through the Sept. 9 Saratoga Planning Commission meeting, I discovered that Tina Walia was the only one who had read the document carefully and made very sensible alternative options to solve a controversial project of the Palm Villas Conditional Use Permit.

She is intelligent, diligent and fair to all parties. She tries to do the …read more

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