Beatrice — Vallejo
I believe that the LBGTQ+ community right now needs more funds and programs supporting our development and growth in areas of economy, arts, and business, because our current administration is really working to erode our protections.
So we need institutions and corporations to stand in their values and make space for us and provide shelter. Because our government cannot be relied on to do that and to protect us.
The other thing that I think our community needs right now is a means of building collective practices, stemming from our local communities, ways that connect neighbors to support each other.
And the third thing would be collective healing all over the country. Anything tied to the United States is in turmoil, from Puerto Rico to Santa Rosa, and we need to find ways to create some acknowledgement and collective healing.
Thank you very much.
Patricia — South Lake Tahoe
And I think my community needs — there are two categories.
One, spiritually I think my community needs opportunities for people from different perspectives to come together to listen to each other and to find ways of listening to each other.
And from a practical and public health/safety standpoint I think my community needs plans for increasing its energy resilience and independence and for managing our forests so that we don’t all burn up in the next couple decades.
There’s more than a hundred and thirty million dead trees in Sierra Nevada right now and while the Tahoe Basin … tends to be a more proactive in forest management than a lot of other places have the opportunity to do, we’re still at risk for significant catastrophic wildfires.
Maui — Los Angeles
Hi this is Maui Holcomb … And my immediate community, Los Angeles, in general, needs to find more affordable housing for the homeless. And the nation as a whole, that community, needs Donald Trump and Mike Pence to fade into obscurity and Al Franken to be appointed President of the United States. Thank you.
Kim — Salinas
I think, first … improve charity efforts. There’s a book called “Toxic Charity” that’s amazing. Our government and our people give much to people in need but does this “giving” help people people out of poverty or does it help them stay impoverished. This book challenged me, I would say, in the best of ways. It triggered a change in my mindset and moreover in my charitable actions.
Second, Monterey County has amazing but disjointed bike trails. That is, dedicated bike trails without cars. For example you can bike from Lover’s Point to Marina along the coast and then to great mountain bike trails in Fort Ord and Torro Park. So now, more bike trails would be wonderful if they could reach out to Carmel Valley and to River Road Wine trail. This would benefit both locals and tourists.
Thanks and this was a great questions. Bye-Bye.
Don — Eagle Rock / Los Angeles
My community specifically needs to deal with this f—ing homeless problem. I can’t believe that people are living on every goddamn slot of grass, under every bridge, on medians … I mean it’s ridiculous. And it’s a mental health issue, it’s a drug issue, it’s all of it. And it’s been swept under the carpet for way too f—ing long and we need to deal with it. So it’s just gonna get worse as it’s progressively gotten worse over the last, you know, four decades.
And the answer, which is nonpartisan, is we need the f—ing houses, people. There’s no other answer. These people are broken we need to house them. At least offer the housing.
I know that, you know, probably less than twenty percent would actually take it. But we need to offer housing — there’s no other way.
And this, this isn’t, again this isn’t a partisan thing. It’s just getting worse. It’s not gonna get better, we’ve got people, their entire house … out on the curb, living there with kids, and it’s completely f—ed. And people don’t want to spend their money helping people. It’s eventually gonna encroach on them. I don’t know how they don’t see that. This isn’t going away …
In general we need to practice more kindness and understanding, I know that’s, you know, a cliche. But in general people need to f—ing care about other people. That’s the bottom line.
And if this idiot, that’s our president, is preaching this complete f—ing garbage, it’s perpetuating everything bad in society … He’s been supportive of rich white f—ers, old f—ers … it’s [like] all he’s trying to do is help them, and it’s so clear, and it’s so frustrating, and so in a general sense we need to overthrow this f—ing government and blood needs to f—ing flow.
We need to look out for each other … we are crossing over into very volatile territory. And what I’m going to say sounds crazy but we are getting to the point where we can’t be lenient towards people who think in these utterly f—ed up, dog-eat-dog ways. We have to start bashing back. And if blood needs to spill, blood needs to spill. I don’t really mean that, but I do. I’m tired of catering to garbage ideology, and that’s my two cents.
Thank you very much. First time caller, long time listener. Bye-bye.
Josiah — Oakland/Berkeley
Buenos dias. My name is Josiah Luis Alderete … I’m calling from the borders of Oakland and Berkeley, on Alcatraz Avenue … [M]y community, and I’m a member of several communities, but my immediate community, the one where I live, prides itself on being a progressive community. A community that says that it faces racism and inequality and all of these things that other America doesn’t really face.
But for me, being a Latino in the Bay Area, in this progressive community, and being in these communities that claim to be progressive, I honestly see a lot of mistakes and misperceptions inside of our quote “liberal communities”.
And I think it is very, very important to address these issues in our community. Of these issues of inequality, of racism.
And when I am saying my community — I mean this liberal community that we are a part of. This community in the Bay Area that we consider ourselves so progressive.
But are we really that? Are we just inheriting some of these racist views and polishing them up and turning them into something else? I don’t know.
I think I gave you far more expansive answer than you needed. But hopefully this can help somewhat in the project.
So yeah, my community needs honest dialogue between its members.
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