“Residents must be white: no blacks, Mexicans, Hindus or Filipinos.”

Reversal of domestic discrimination

After decades of silence, the California Real Estate Association has finally apologized for its role in furthering the state’s racist housing policies.At a press conference Oct. 21, 2022 , leaders of several California real estate organizations came together to rectify years of discriminatory practices that have isolated cities, reduced their ability to build affordable housing, and promoted redlines. Focused on steps. In 1964, the association tried to block passage of the Rumford Fair Housing Act, which would end discriminatory practices in housing.

Evidence of racism in housing Reflected in Modest range. More than half of the lots in our area contained restrictions against actions that prevented people of color, especially blacks, from buying homes. Discriminatory practices are outlawed thanks to the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Discriminatory practices in the past have prevented people of color, primarily blacks, from owning homes. As a result, a black man has only 10% of a white man’s wealth.

Before I applaud the California Association of Realtors’ apology, I’d like to wait and see what the next steps are.

Sharon Yosiph Froba, NAACP Housing Commissioner, Modesto

make the most of the storm

“Re”Governor Newsom puts floodplain funds back into CA’s budget(Page 6A, Jan 26): Cheers to Adam Gray’s recent opinion piece. Harvesting water from storm runoff, especially the storms recently seen in California, and infiltrating that water into aquifers is a smart and economical way to provide water for agriculture and cities. Overdrafting valley aquifers and pumping out more water than can be replaced naturally has been costly to the environment for some time. With voluntary reductions in pumping, we need to find reliable ways to meet our water needs. Hydrologists know the best places to catch storm runoff with minimal damage to farms. Bee recently highlighted two. One is Barico’s farm and the other is Jemperle’s farm. Dos Rios Ranch is a prime example of a system that works.

With climate change, megastorms and subsequent severe droughts appear to be the double-edged sword of the Valley’s future climate. It can return water to where it is needed and return it to the aquifer.

Anita Young, Modest

Thank you Ellen Jun

“Re”President Stanislaus plans to retire in June(Front page, January 20-21): Since 2018, I am very honored to be a member of the CSU Stanislaus and Turlock Joint Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion (JTDI). Ellen Jun and former Turlock City Interim City Manager Michael Cook. Their peaceful leadership styles complemented each other and created a safe space for team synergy among task force members. JTDI and local student leaders have hosted many multi-generational educational events. These successful outreach events raised awareness about social justice issues affecting Stanislaus students and neighbors.

President Jun took care of CSUS students during the pandemic and facilitated their safe return to in-person learning on campus. She facilitated graduation ceremonies and took great care to honor students who missed their in-person graduations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ellen Junn is a great mentor and team leader. She leads with grace and generosity. She really misses her servant’s heart, kindness and friendship.

My grandson started studying at CSU Stanislaus this semester. I am delighted that he will have the opportunity to experience the kindness and inclusive leadership of Ellen His Jean before retiring in June.

Diana Lynn Keisen, Turlock

what will he say next?

It’s hard to understand why Trump supporters in Congress are having such a hard time finding committee quotas for New York State Rep. George Santos. You should aim for the chairman of the ethics committee. Play with your power.

Jack Heincius, Modesto

work as a team

In the spirit of the NFL playoffs, let’s see if we can help politicians a little.

In soccer, we have offense, defense, and special teams. All three do different things with different philosophies, but they all work towards the common goal of winning for their team.

In politics, there are Democrats, Republicans, and independents. All three do different things and have different philosophies, but they don’t seem to be working toward a common goal. It looks like they just want to turn the right camera and say the right things to win for themselves instead of trying to win for their country.

I didn’t hire (select) you for ongoing auditions for The Real Housewives of Modesto. Team, we hired you to win for America. Start working together and beat it in Showboat. Please sprinkle some sugar on top.

Tim de Lorimier, Modesto