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Save fire-damaged
building and its history

It is extremely unfortunate that the Lawrence Hotel Building caught fire and sustained moderate damage, and the typical knee-jerk reaction is that it’s completely unsafe, dangerous, a teardown (“City history went up in flames with Lawrence building,” Page B1, Jan. 10).

Having been involved in similar projects over time such as the Rispin Mansion and Jose Theatre I have been fortunate to gain unique knowledge and perspective and can assure you that there isn’t a good reason to tear the building down. An in-depth investigation by consultants that have experience saving damaged historic buildings and who make judgments by strength of knowledge, not of fear, should be engaged.

San Jose has lost so many historic structures and cannot afford to lose this one. I urge our leaders to take a pragmatic look at saving the Lawrence, an important piece of our history and fabric.

James A. Salata
Garden City Construction
San Jose

Reporting on VTA
spending only enrages

Last fall, VTA staff clumsily made public a half-prepared spreadsheet describing three categories of future Measure B spending, while insisting it was not a spending plan. Not a single VTA board member endorsed it. Some city officials assumed otherwise, however, expressing outrage at paying for BART expansion by sacrificing Measure B countywide projects to which the spreadsheet did not allocate funding. The Mercury News repeatedly parrotted that false assertion in articles and an editorial.

Last week, the paper identified a “new plan,” which was nothing more than a spreadsheet that reflects Measure B’s capacity to fund all of the voter-approved categories of projects. Please focus your coverage on engaging, rather than merely enraging, the public.

Proposed spending plans will be considered for the first time by the VTA Board at its Jan. 22 meeting, and we encourage public participation (see vta.org). I am confident the board will approve an actual plan that robustly invests in every voter-approved category of countywide transportation projects.

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Sam Liccardo
Mayor of San Jose

Sedition built on lies
requires accountability

The Republican Party has claimed it valued personal responsibility – until now. Those who publicly supported the violent overthrow of the government last Wednesday are now making lots of excuses. It isn’t a surprise that they don’t want to be labeled traitors.

Those who claimed without proof that the election was stolen are guilty of sedition – a serious crime.

Had there been credible proof of widespread voter fraud, it would have been presented in court instead of just talked about at news conferences and on the internet. There are penalties for lawyers, such as contempt, perjury and disbarment, who present patently false claims in court.

Elected officials from both parties certified local results. Even President Trump’s Attorney General William Barr declared that no evidence was uncovered of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the election. Other administration officials have concurred.

Those guilty must be held accountable.

Jane Power
San Jose

Campaign finance
reform key to healing

How very thoughtful of corporate America (Blue Cross and Citigroup) …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News

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