Dickensian Fair is magical, but his racism must be fought


Regarding “Boycott at the Dickensian Fair” (Agenda, December 12): I was disappointed but not surprised to learn of the racism and sexism experienced by the volunteers and guests of the Dickens Fair and I am grateful to The Chronicle for its partnership with Represent Collaborative in the reporting on these issues.

The fair is a magical experience and I have always loved being transported back in time to Dickens’ England of the 1800s, but it should also be a safe place for performers and guests. The article brought to light that this is not the case. That also leaves the question: How many other people have had similar experiences but haven’t reported them because they know they will be fired, as seen in the statement by Red Barn Productions CEO Kevin Patterson that the problem is exaggerated?

Racism, gender discrimination, sexual assault and harassment are serious issues in our culture that often go unaddressed because people are afraid to speak out or because they are fired when they do. make. I am grateful to Londoners in the African Diaspora for speaking out, organizing and providing solutions to address these issues, and I sincerely hope that Red Barn resolves them before the Dickensian Fair 2022.

Claire Murphy, Albany

Carbon charges are the answer

On “Criticism of the Region’s Refinery Switch to Biofuels” (Front Page, December 15): Thank you for posting JD Morris’ excellent report on the Biofuel Conversion Debate in California. While it is promising to see refinery operators take a more forward-looking view of our sustainability imperative, their solutions are clearly half a step and will not by themselves lead to the decarbonization we need.

Carbon pricing measures such as the Energy Innovation Law and the House Carbon Dividend would quickly reduce emissions by pushing the country away from fossil fuels and redistributing the funds raised to our communities in an equitable manner. . With sufficient pollution charges, the free market can naturally solve our sustainability crisis. Instead of subsidizing half-steps, let’s support a holistic solution.

David Goodman, San Francisco

Vital solar for tenants

Regarding “Fix PG&E before rigiding solar” (Editorial, December 12): I completely agree that modifying the net metering rules for solar energy without taking into account all of the State’s objectives by solar energy, energy, climate and housing would be a terrible mistake for those who need it most. However, the editorial overlooked the fact that California is also using net metering to significantly expand solar power to tenants.

The Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing program is the latest program to harness the proceeds of the state’s cap-and-trade auctions, funding up to $ 1 billion for affordable solar power by 2030. That’s great public policy – big polluters fund solar power for low-income tenants. – and it produces tangible results. With ‘virtual’ net metering, current solar installations save dozens of EAH Housing properties about $ 1 million per year – money that funds new affordable housing and up to $ 50 per household into monthly savings for low-income families.

The utility net metering proposal would do away with all of that – in many cases completely wiping out energy savings and destroying the value we’ve created with 15 years of investing in solar. Why would the Public Services Commission let public services do this now to low income families, veterans and seniors?

Laura Hall, Executive Director,

EAH Housing, San Rafael

Put the responsibility on the men

Regarding “Avoid Unintended Pregnancies by Controlling the Source” (Letters, December 12): Jennifer Berry’s open letter to the Supreme Court was correct. The regulation of sperm is fair and reasonable. Needless to go into the centuries of behavior that allowed those of us born with wombs to take responsibility for managing the results of sperm-egg contact. Now is the time to remove many of the problems, moral and civil, that plague our legislative process with a logical solution.

Barbara Krings, Sacramento


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