Sandy Lydon’s recent articles on the Cabrillo College name change were informative and represented the voice of a majority of Santa Cruz County residents.
The Trustees mean well, but wow, $400,000 to $600,000 to change Cabrillo’s name when they have only raised $2,500 at this point? Trustee Rachael Spencer was quoted, saying, “I don’t think a Trustee can vote on something that doesn’t have the funds.” Those are words of a responsible trustee. Dr. Wetstein said there are some grants available for name changes. But will those grants provide enough for this enormous cost?
I attended the online forums in September 2021, and Mas Hashimoto, Watsonville High History teacher, attended as well. Mas, who endured a Japanese internment camp in WWII, spoke out firmly against the name change. He experienced racism and oppression, yet he felt that the Cabrillo name should remain and be used as an instrument of instruction.
Please express your view on the name change to the Cabrillo Trustees. Attend their meetings and/or, write to them before Aug. 7.