"Bastion" was the perfect word choice for the subtitle of the story about R-1 zoning that appeared in the Feb. 12 edition print edition of the Weekly, which read: "R-1 Zoning, Long a Bastion of Suburban Neighborhoods."
"A fortification ... to allow defensive fire in several directions" is an excellent characterization of R-1 and the fight so many are waging to preserve the exclusivity of that zoning.
Monroe Drive, Palo Alto
Natural gas and electrification
In "City seeks new ways to fight climate change" (Palo Alto Weekly, Feb. 19), a city council member claims that "we all agree that climate change is the single biggest threat facing us at the moment." That's not true. The biggest threats are incompetent political leaders, misguided and destructive government mandates, ignorance and innumeracy.
I burn about 300 therms of natural gas per year for hot water and home heating. Each therm burned releases 12 pounds of CO2, so my annual CO2 emission from natural gas is 3,600 pounds (1.6 metric tons). In the California Cap-and-Trade Program, CO2 emission offsets are priced at around $17/ton, so I could offset my natural gas CO2 emissions for about $30/year.
The story says that some people "may be unable to afford electrification or unwilling to pay more than $15,000 to electrify their homes." Maybe they're too intelligent: What idiot would spend $15,000 to offset $30 per year?
Fulton Street, Palo Alto