Homes for vets
EDITOR: I'm sure we're all tired of reading about the discovery of yet another rental property owned by the city of Santa Rosa (“SR reveals another no-rent property,” Aug. 23). Then we read they're being rented for little or no money under the premise that they're in need of repair, bordering on uninhabitable.
Many of these properties are worth $500,000-$700,000. The occupants are ex-city employees, city employees or friends of city employees. It is hard to believe these situations are nothing more than an oversight due to staff downsizing and budget issues.
I have an idea. I believe the city should evict the tenants who have profited handsomely for too long and rent to homeless veterans such as those featured in the Aug. 25 paper (“Vets' housing plight”). I bet those properties could handle multiple tenants and the veterans would be glad to maintain the land and structures. It's a win-win. What better way for the city to say thank you to those who have served.
Carrillo's day in court
EDITOR: The Efren Carrillo whom I know loves our diverse west county and has worked tirelessly to make our area better. I don't condone drinking and making poor choices, but we don't know all of the details. We only know what has been printed in the newspaper. I would want people to let me have my day in court, and I think that Carrillo deserves that respect from us. Let's wait until all of the cards are on the table before we ask him to fold his hand.
EDITOR: At a recent performance at the newly remodeled Well Fargo Center for the Performing Arts in Santa Rosa, we were seated near the edge of the balcony. I noticed that the wall at the edge of the balcony is less than three feet high; i.e., low enough that a person losing her balance or tripping, or a child scuffling, could fall over the wall to the seats and floor below.