Facing the Facebook

Hideous and likely deserving of swift action (“Squid makes startling discoveries on a local police chief’s Facebook page,” Sept. 14-20).

Colleen Gatliff Beye | via Facebook


Swift action for what? Having an opinion on a personal Facebook page? No policies/laws were broken. Oh no! An old man has a Facebook page and doesn’t know how to set it to private – shocking! Better fire the guy! 

Kelli Gordon | via Facebook


This has nothing to do with whether or not he knows how to use Facebook. It has everything to do with the fact that he’s a racist bigot, in a position of power, in charge of the Seaside police! You’re right that no laws were broken, but he sure lacks common sense and common decency. 

There’s no way he can do his job fairly. He should NOT be in charge of the Seaside police with that attitude.

Crissy Soares | via Facebook


100-percent unacceptable.

Samantha Cabaluna | via Facebook


There is no place for this kind of ideologies in our local police forces! Glad to hear this! (“Seaside Police Chief Robert Jackson resigns, effective Oct. 18,” posted Sept. 19.)

Daniel Vazquez | via Facebook


Just days before this article about Seaside Police Chief Robert Jackson’s racist and ignorant public Facebook posts, I shared my own concerns about the tone-deaf response of our local police chiefs to the conversations about school resource officers. 

Our data reflects the negative impacts of structural racism. While the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has decreased suspensions for African American students from 13 percent to 8 eight over the last three years, black children are still suspended at a higher percentage than any other subgroup.

Our police chiefs had several opportunities over three separate MPUSD board meetings to acknowledge and respond to very real fears and experiences shared by parents and students of color. Instead, they failed to acknowledge their own implicit bias and the urgent need for such training within their ranks.

Chief Jackson’s resignation and decision to return his moving allowance shows integrity and gives me hope that we can hold our public safety leaders accountable.

Wendy Root Askew | Marina

Editor’s note: Askew serves on the board of trustees of MPUSD. 


I trust Squid more than most city officials. What would we do without Squid?

Cheryl Robinson | via Facebook


Have you ever looked at [Seaside City Manager Craig] Malin’s “manifesto”? He posts anti-Trump stuff all the time. It’s on Seaside’s website. I’m no Trump fan but let’s share the wealth! 

Chris Veloz | via email 

Editor’s note: Veloz is a retired Seaside police commander. 

Saving Sushi

I’m confused by your article (“Edible: Major progress on the fight to conserve crashing bluefin tuna populations,” Sept. 7-13). I love Akaoni and Chef Shinichi. You’re right, he’s intense but he’s also a really nice guy who is challenged by language barriers and even cultural differences. My question to you is: Has anyone been able to convey the importance of sustainability to Shen in a way that he can understand, i.e. in his native language? You kinda hang him out to dry by rehashing an old story as told by Ted Walter but fail to follow up on whether Shen understands the notion of sustainability and changed his protocol? If he has, then retelling an embarrassing story verges on unkind. You make Cindy and Ted [Walter] into the good guys but seem to leave Shen out on a limb. 

Katherine Wenglikowski | Carmel Highlands

Sausage Juice

Juice. Why is this even a question? (“Juice v. Bacon: Katie’s Coldpress, PigWizard petition for key Monterey spot,” posted Sept. 15.) The business would do well outside of a fitness center, and we need to boost businesses that are part of the change instead of degeneration and sickness with recreational eating (a la America).

Kelli Breeton-Fairall | via Facebook


Too many juice places on the Peninsula. Need a pork place!!

Jackie Donangelo Garza | via Facebook


Rough spot to do business. I think the juice bar has a better chance of success due to the foot traffic.

Ted Ursino | via Facebook


Way to make people trying to take care of their families and follow their dreams into a partisan issue! I wish we could share the space, and I wish there were more spaces for fledgling food business, but the lack of available commercial water, coupled with high rent, make it a tough place to get started. As for us sharing, we have regulatory issues that would make it impossible for us to grow the way we both want using the same space.

Jonathan Christopher Roberts | via Facebook

Editor’s note: Roberts is the proprietor of PigWizard. 


Yeah, for anyone looking for drama, none here. Food business is tough and we all want each other to succeed.

Katie Raquel | via Facebook 

Editor’s note: Raquel is the proprietor of Katie’s Coldpress. 

Laws of the Land

It’s a great idea to put public land next to an “existing, real community,” as occupied human structures are an impediment to effective fire management policy (“A proposition to create more public land in Big Sur has some residents seeing red,” Sept. 14-20). We need ways to control development in fire country. Public land with restricted development is the way to avoid big fires.

Dan Jensen | San Jose 

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