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Keep Tiny Houses Away
San Jose Parks

Re. “Do Tiny Houses Work?” Page A1, September 25:

I vehemently oppose the construction of tiny houses for the homeless near a school, library, daycare center or nature reserve, and I vehemently oppose the construction of mini-houses in our parks.

So guess what the citizens of San Jose: Now the city council doesn’t know exactly which of our parks are charter parks.

It is very important to consider why the San Jose City Council hesitates at all; why the city council even needs to debate or reconsider which parks are parks, unless they plan to use the park lands to advance their failing tiny house agenda.

Every sign at every entrance to Penitencia Creek Reach 2 reads, “Welcome to your neighborhood park.” It’s been a cherished park for generations, yet they play with us.

It could take years to determine if this is a charter park. We will not tolerate a long, drawn-out process.

Sandra Harrison Kay
San Jose

The article shows the complexity
homelessness issue

Thanks to Marisa Kendall and The Mercury News for their outstanding analysis of the successes and limitations of the “tiny house” model to address homelessness in the Bay Area (“Do Tiny Houses Work?” Page A1, 25 september).

I have been helping homeless people in San Jose for over 30 years, and the appreciation of the complexity of the problem in this article is both accurate and illuminating. In particular, it gives the lie to some of San Jose’s political newcomers who claim to have quick and easy solutions to homelessness, a problem that has plagued the area and across the country for some 45 years. A little humility would be in order.

They are right that the current situation is unacceptable, but there is no silver bullet, and their criticisms of Measure A and their calls for real reductions in spending on permanent and affordable housing are counterproductive.

The idea that Silicon Valley can’t afford to house its people is absurd.

Sandy Perry
San Jose

It’s time for a woman like
Chavez as Mayor SJ

it’s time to see what an experienced public servant and a woman-centered woman can do for San Jose. No offense to the last three male mayors, but maybe if there had been a female mayor, there would have been more police to keep the city safe.

Vote for Cindy Chavez for mayor of San Jose. Do it for yourself, your daughters and your granddaughters. San Jose needs a strong woman to stand up to all the private interest groups and other towns in Silicon Valley that take everything San Jose has to offer and give nothing but heartbreak in return.

Susan Briggs
San Jose

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