It is important to do your research this election. Three seats on San Mateo City Council will be decided, and 5 candidates to choose from. Big difference between the candidates in terms of experience, knowledge of our city, and exposure to citizens and businesses in our community. I strongly believe the two incumbents Robert Ross and David Lim are exceptional. Lim and Ross listen to the public, understand and care about our city, work hard and have exceptional experience. Both Robert Ross and David Lim will have the vote of those in our household. I still need to decide whether I vote for a third candidate or pass on that vote. The other candidates are Goethals, Hugg and Schmidt. Whatever your personal preference, the great news is there is choice this election, so do your research.
Another reason to vote is that a MAJOR School Bond Measure is on the San Mateo / Foster City ballot which would increase your property tax by a few hundred dollars per year (plus or minus depending on assessed value), and that means thousands of dollars of expense to each homeowner over the life of the bond issue (which means a tax to homeowners for many years to come!) I have always voted for school bond measures, but this time I for sure will be voting NO on School Bond Measure P.
The Yes on P folks do not tell citizens that there are still plenty of dollars left from 2008 Measure L for the Elementary/Middle School District to spend, $70 million of bonds still to be issued, which will increase our property tax bills for a very long time as the money is borrowed and spent! This $70 million was part of a $175 million bond measure approved in 2008; it is now over five years later and so many projects from that bond measure have not been started so not on our property tax bill yet; but the District now wants us to approve another $130 million to yet further increase our tax bills! The remaining $70 million is enough to build a large number of new LGI's, libraries, computer labs and do much more in our District. Demand that your 2008 Measure L projects be completed first, our tax dollars are precious.
The saddest part about Measure P for me is that the bulk of the funds, well over half, will go to less than 1/3 of the students in our District, and that is to Foster City. Foster City students have the highest State test scores on average in our District (vs. San Mateo overall), and BY FAR the lowest percent of financial need students (not even close to the financial need students in San Mateo). One big reason so much of the funds would be directed to Foster City is the Measure P plan to rebuild Bowditch Middle School in that City from the ground up. Bowditch is said to need more room, but so will Borel Middle School in San Mateo, which just like Bowditch is forcasted to become overcrowded. This even though Borel Middle School is two decades older than Bowditch; both Stem Academy and Abbott Middle School in San Mateo are also much older than Bowditch in Foster City. Taxpayers cannot afford to fund this plan...not many of us are tearing down and rebuilding our own homes from the ground up! Necessary repairs and well planned additions should be made to the schools in need, with Measure L funds, or a lesser bond proposal in the future once Measure L funds are nearing depletion.
Did you know that MUCH of the funding for the Yes on P campaign has come from architects, project managers, a cement company, attorneys and others from OUTSIDE Foster City and San Mateo...interesting isn't it?
Please research the candidates and Measure P. I think many of you will agree with me and many others and Vote No on P. Whichever way you choose to vote, just do it, your vote matters.