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Sunday's Letters to the Editor

A proper memorial

EDITOR: I think that the Andy Lopez memorial site ought to be made into a city-maintained park with a quality play area for children. As a real park, it needs to be identified with a large carved stone or a sign stating that it is Andy Lopez Park, with an inscription dedicating it to him.

The memorial structure and the toys for kids could remain, but why not put in a real playground and landscape the area? Give the people a park that can truly be to honor and support them.

As of now, I do not know how the children are expected to get to the toys with all the weeds encroaching, as nature does, unless it is maintained.

Or, perhaps if applicable, use donated land, so it can be made into a proper park by the community and dedicated to Andy Lopez with the proper ceremony. I do not know who holds title of that property or the proper procedures it would take to do this, but I believe this is the honorable thing to do.


Rohnert Park

Paying for SCP

Editor: In response to Michael Rofkar (“Clean Power costs,” Letters, Wednesday), Sonoma Clean Power's directors are elected officials appointed to our board by the participating cities and the Board of Supervisors. They do not draw a salary for serving.

Sonoma Clean Power is completely self-funded. Employees don't have pensions, and we use no tax money. In fact, all of our expenses are paid from income, even while saving residents and businesses money on their electric bills.

We can do this because, as a public agency, we do not charge extra to produce a profit.

Historically, PG&E has been the default power provider in Northern California, and customers were automatically opted in to PG&E because there was no alternative. Now there is a choice.

Because of the potential savings and environmental benefits, in 2002, state legislators passed California's community choice aggregation law, making community choice programs, including Sonoma Clean Power, the default service. This creates real competition and makes PG&E step up and try a little harder.

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