Legal pot to risk Alameda public safety, health – California News

Legal pot to risk Alameda public safety, health – California News

I, for one, am not looking forward to legalizing pot in Alameda. I don’t like the smell. I don’t want to breathe it. I don’t look forward to drivers on pot.

We’ve spent decades trying to discourage drunk driving and now we’ll have to deal with drugged drivers? People will do it regardless of the law, but do we need to encourage it? We’ve spent decades discouraging smoking and now we’re going to facilitate it? It’s not healthy. See for yourself at the American Lung Association. Is this really what we want to do? I sure don’t.

Keith Nealy
Alameda

PG&E, area fire councils join forces to cut wildfire risk

The drought is over, but the damage has already been done. According to the U.S. Forest Service, between 2010 and 2016, more than 102 million trees died in California. In addition, the wet winter fueled the growth of a significant grass crop. The recent Grizzly Fire is a reminder that this combination may exacerbate this wildfire season.

That’s why Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is working with local fire safe councils for the fourth year in a row, providing nearly $2 million in project funding this year to reduce the threat of wildfires. In Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the Diablo Fire Safe Council will use $75,000 in PG&E funding to remove dead and dying trees, remove brush and fund chipping days in communities such as Canyon, El Cerrito, Kensington, Oakland and Sunol.

Each of us can do our part by maintaining defensible space around our homes, creating an evacuation and family communication plan and assembling an emergency supply kit. You can even download Cal Fire’s new Ready for Wildfire app.

Cheryl Miller
Diablo Fire Safe Council
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