Letters for Aug. 22, 2019

Re: “Tenant turning point?” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, Aug. 15):

We’re not here to beg the city for scraps. We’re going to campaign for #RealRentControl, #JustCause and a democratically elected #RentBoard and the people of Sacramento are going to vote on it. The people demand it, and justice demands it.

Sacramento Tenants Union

via Facebook


Re: “Tenant turning point?” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, Aug. 15):

When doesn’t the city of Sacramento not circumvent the democratic process, and when do its leaders not negotiate deals that impact this city behind closed doors?

Victor Morales

SACRAMENTO / via email

Double standard

Re: “Hitting RESET on prostitution” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, Aug. 15):

There are no more sex workers who are victims than there are housewives who are victims of domestic violence. We do not treat victims of domestic violence the way sex workers are treated. The majority of sex workers do their work because it is the best option out of few or many. Treating them like victims or criminals or is so wrong!

Society needs to grow up and understand that women are sexual beings, and we do not need to be rescued anymore than the average housewife needs to be rescued. Decriminalization means that we could go to the police when and if we are victims, just like housewives can.

Norma Jean Almodovar

Los Angeles / via SN&R Extra

A disaster prep podcast

Re: “Prepping for disaster” by Tess Townsend (Feature, Aug. 8):

I loved the article about climate change and disaster preparedness. So many people are too often unprepared for emergencies large and small already, and climate change is only going to make disasters more common and more intense.

A few months ago my sister and I—both Sacramento natives—started a podcast to talk about exactly this issue. We call the show Heating Up. We cover disaster news, climate change headlines and try to offer advice for being more prepared and resilient in an increasingly disaster-prone world. You can find our podcast wherever you get podcasts, or on our website: heatinguppodcast.com

Derek Warnken

Sacramento / via email

No sugar daddies needed

Re: “Sharing the wealth” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Aug. 8):

This column lamenting Sacramento’s lack of a super-rich, 1-percenter to fund big projects has it exactly backwards. Sacramento does not need a super-rich sugar daddy to buy our goodwill with a patronizing donation of some small part of his or her ill-gotten riches.

What’s really needed are fewer super-rich people and more working folks receiving decent pay for their work. We need more public financing of public projects that we could take pride in and not have to name after some egotistical rich person. There is an old saying that money is like manure: Pile it up and it stinks, spread it around and it does a lot of good. We need fewer stinking piles and more spreading good.

jOHN C. reiger

Sacramento / via email