Tonight the San Mateo City Council will take care of a long list of regular business items. But at the very bottom of that list – Item 22 – the council will address a less regular issue: the upcoming election.
The Nov. 8 general election will give San Mateo residents a chance to ratify changes to city bylaws in order to better address affordable housing requirements. Also, the terms of two council members, John Lee and Mayor Jack Matthews, are up this year, and both incumbents will have to run to keep their seats.
Item 22 on tonight’s agenda reads: “Actions to Call a General Municipal Election for November 8, 2011, to Elect City Council Members and to Place an Initiative Measure on the Ballot to Amend the City’s General Plan and Municipal Code to Provide Alternate Means of Insuring Adequate Affordable Rental Housing, and Approval of Agreement with the San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer for Provision of Election Services.”
In other business, the council will respond to two different San Mateo County Grand Jury reports – one on the use and safety of Tasers, the other on cell phone towers.
Tonight’s regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 330 W 20th Ave., San Mateo.