Letters to the Editor

LETTERS: neighborhood blight, local politics, code enforcement

Latest letters to the editor include thoughts from a resident on local political controversy and a response from a police commander regarding a previous letter about neighborhood blight.

If you don’t call, we may not know
[RE: “Homeowners in Citrus Heights need to clean up their yards;” Letters, Oct. 13]  The Citrus Heights Police Department appreciates our community and focuses on community engagement through events, Neighborhood Associations, and information sharing and gathering. The mission of the Department is to safeguard the people we serve and enhance quality of life by impacting crime with skilled policing professionals and community partnerships.

Throughout the years, we learn of problems that arise in neighborhoods, and work with residents to identify solutions and collaborate. Often times we find that residents are hesitant to call us to let us know of concerns because they feel they are wasting our time or that nothing will be done. On some occasions we learn of problems through a social media post, or comments from news articles. If you don’t call us, we may not know of the concerns you have. 

We also want to beautify the city, eliminate blight, and improve the quality of life in the city and neighborhoods. We encourage anyone who has a quality of life issue such as cars parked on lawns, neglected dead landscape, or fire hazards to reach out to us to see if we can work together to find some solutions. Our Code Enforcement unit can be reached at (916) 725-2845. We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween.
-Commander Jason Russo, CHPD

Candidate’s argument doesn’t make cents
[RE: “MORE LETTERS: Porsche Middleton, election controversy,” Sept. 6]  I’d like to opine on the controversy about Mrs. Middleton’s appropriation of the job title of Planning Commissioner in her election papers. I believe it’s a simple matter of math.

To qualify as an occupation, it needs to meet at least 20 hours of service a week. Mrs. Middleton claimed in court, under oath, that she works at least 20 hrs a week as a planning commissioner. That would equate to at minimum 86 hours a month (4.3 weeks x 20 hrs). Calculate that the stipend for a meeting is about $70 and the commissioner doesn’t meet more than 12 times a year, here’s what the math tells us: Mrs. Middleton is working for an average of no more than 82 cents an hour.

Does that make any sense? or cents? She may one of the most giving souls of all time, but this is far from a demonstration of business acumen, from a person who also promotes herself as a business owner.
-Michael Bullington, Citrus Heights

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