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Stolen lemur just latest
problem at S.F. Zoo

San Francisco Zoo has impressive credentials (such as being the birthplace of Koko the gorilla). However, the recent theft of an endangered lemur (“Lemur discovered missing at San Francisco Zoo,” Oct. 14) shows that zoo authorities are incapable of protecting precious living treasures.

In 2000, two koalas were also stolen. In 2007, a Siberian tiger escaped its enclosure, killing a 17-year-old San Jose boy and attacking to other people before it was shot.

What is the root cause — insufficient staffing, poor security infrastructure or incompetent management?

We have some friends visiting us from Europe next summer (post-COVID) and their kids are keen about going to this zoo. I am going to ask them to go to San Diego instead.

Atul Salgaonkar
San Jose

O’Neill has interests
of Santa Clara at heart

As a longtime resident of the city of Santa Clara, I count Teresa O’Neill as one of the finest community members to serve our city in these many years. Teresa is honest, a woman of integrity, a negotiator for the rights of the citizens, and believes in fair play. She has served District 4 well.

A vote for Teresa O’Neill is a vote for truth, transparency, and a commitment to the citizens in our city. Teresa understands our high-tech, low tech, small and large business city. Teresa understands that the true art of negotiation is not just saying yes because it serves some interests, it is saying no when it doesn’t serve the best interests of all the citizens. That is why Teresa is endorsed by both the Santa Clara Association Political Action Committees of the Police and Firefighters in our city.

A vote for Teresa O’Neill is a vote for Santa Clarans.

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Kathy Almazol
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Vote Aftab, Paquier
for Saratoga council

I have been involved in Saratoga as a council member, mayor, and a planning commissioner. In that time, I have worked with many council members and have seen which have qualities that benefit the city. In Saratoga, where resources are limited, a council member needs financial knowledge and the ability to work well with staff.

Looking for those qualities, I recommend Belal Aftab and Renee Paquier for City Council. Belal is chair of the city’s Traffic Safety Commission and has worked often with staff. His background is in finance. Renee is chair of the Parks & Recreation Commission, where she has served for many years, in addition to serving on the board of the Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Commission. Renee is the dean of professional studies at West Valley College and has experience in managing programs and money.

Belal and Renee are devoted to maintaining Saratoga’s unique ambiance.

Joyce Hlava
Saratoga

Letter gets it wrong
on Sunnyvale project

In his Oct. 14 letter, Andy Frazer claims an economic slowdown is the wrong time for Sunnyvale’s Civic Center project (“Consider city finances in Sunnyvale votes“). He’s wrong — a slowdown is exactly the right time.

Frazer doesn’t understand how city budgets work. Downturns devastate …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News

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