Thousands threatened by sea level increase

The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has shown us the significant threat that sea-level rise poses to the Bay Area. Thousands of homes, vital public infrastructure including highways and airports, and businesses including major employers such as Google and Oracle are in the BCDC-predicted inundation zone.

The agency is now adopting new land-use guidelines for these areas. It’s time for our leaders to determine how best to protect low-lying vulnerable areas, how to pay for it, and how to put our region back to work building levees and restoring protective wetlands.

In Redwood City, sea-level rise threatens thousands of homes, hundreds of businesses and potentially billions of dollars of infrastructure. Meanwhile, the proposed Saltworks redevelopment of industrial salt ponds and salt flats holds the potential of providing the needed protection from the rise of sea waters while creating 1,100 construction jobs and additional employment.

William Nack, Building Trades Council, Foster City

Santa Clara too far away

The greatest flaw for a proposed undersized Santa Clara football stadium site is not its inadequate parking, its distance from transit and freeway access or its lack of public safety personnel. The worst problem is its location 50 miles from The City the 49ers represent and its distance from 80 percent of the team’s fans.

Of the 27 NFL teams with city names, 22 play within the city of their name. Of the five that don’t, the distance from their named cities to their stadiums ranges from only 8 to 18 miles. Even four of the five other teams with state or regional names play in or very near the chief city in their region.

It’s time for fans to let the San Francisco 49ers ownership and the NFL know in no uncertain terms — “No move to Santa Clara.”

Michael Antonini, San Francisco

Chasing green fantasies

Thanks for your Tuesday editorial pointing out that the U.S. could be independent of foreign oil in the next decade if we would stop chasing impossible government fantasies of technologies that are not yet available. It is ironic that burning fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide, which encourages plant growth that helps the world turn green. Yet capturing heat from the sun using solar panels to generate electricity is called green technology, even though it fails to produce enough carbon dioxide to encourage the plant growth that makes the world green.

Robert Parkhurst, Redwood City

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