One San Mateo’s position on the ballot measure to extend Measure P


One San Mateo is a local community group whose overarching mission is to increase fairness and inclusion in San Mateo. As part of our efforts to craft affordable housing solutions, One San Mateo has recently completed a months-long deliberative process addressing the proposed extension of Measure P. This involved presentations from both sides, numerous conversations, and a structured discussion that culminated in a blind vote. The outcome of this process is that One San Mateo has decided against supporting the extension of Measure P. Below is a statement of our rationale.

San Mateo’s current height and density limits have been in effect for nearly 30 years.  They were first introduced in 1991 as Measure H and were re-authorized in 2004 as Measure P. Much has changed since they were first adopted. Our city and region have experienced extraordinary economic growth, adding jobs at a rapid rate. In comparison, the production of housing has been minimal, and the resulting imbalance has caused rents and home prices to soar.

One San Mateo and the Community Conversation Around Whether to Extend Measure P


The City of San Mateo is regularly re-examining its policies, and One San Mateo is committed to playing its part in that process, steadfastly advocating for fairness and inclusion, with a particular focus on housing.

One issue that is coming up for increased discussion is the extension Measure P (you can read Measure P in its entirety here). One San Mateo is presently undertaking a rigorous process of deliberation on Measure P, including as it relates to San Mateo’s upcoming development of a new General Plan. We hope everyone will do the same in properly informing themselves and thinking deeply about these issues. 

In due course, we will arrive at an assessment as an organization and publicly add our voice to this important discussion.  We thank you for patiently and attentively walking alongside us in this process.

The Steering Committee of One San Mateo

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.