Reflection #4: Real Estate


We often begin our meetings with a reflection which helps put our work in context and maybe even provides us with some hope and inspiration. 

The following reflection was read at our Secretary of Communications, Justin Alley, at our November 5th meeting.

Real Estate

by Amy Clampitt

Something there is that doesn’t
love a Third Avenue tenement,

Today is your last chance to vote for a San Mateo for all rather than just a few.


In these times, our society and our city are suffering from problems which we are tragically failing to address. The housing crisis rages on. Our current government, locally, nationally, and to some extent at the state level too, remains unwilling to respond to this crisis in the ways which it is morally imperative for it to do so.

Untold numbers of our neighbors continue to be displaced. The ranks of the homeless have grown to record proportions in our state. The extreme poor huddle in the shadows cast by extreme wealth. Inequality mounts upon inequality. 

Our Latino neighbors, in particular, live in a time when they are under threat nationally and locally. Latinos have been getting pushed out of our communities at disproportionate numbers. Similarly, landlords and immigration authorities have been preying on immigrant populations. Yet Latinos and other immigrant populations live, work, and stand beside us in making our community what it is.

As a result of the staggering inequalities looming over our society, we continue to see big money elect out-of-touch politicians who care most about the interests of a narrow few, to the detriment of us all.

In San Mateo, it is clear who the candidates are which the regressive big-money interests prefer. And it is equally clear to us at One San Mateo who are the compassionate and independent candidates who give us some hope of changing the course of this terrible tragedy: Rick Bonilla, Chelsea Bonini, and Charlie Drechsler.

It’s a cat-spiracy!


It’s a cat-spiracy, I tell you! But in all seriousness, don’t let the “fat cats” who really control San Mateo tell you how to vote. On November 7th, vote for independent and compassionate candidates who place the public good before private gain. Vote for a San Mateo for all and not just a few. Vote for Charlie Drechsler, Chelsea Bonini, and Rick Bonilla.
To locate a polling place where you can drop off your mail-in ballot or arrange to vote in-person, go to the following link:
https://www.shapethefuture.org/MyElectionMaterials/