It’s not too late to raise your voice in favor of AB1506, the California Assembly bill to repeal Costa-Hawkins. Also, consider ways to participate in tomorrow’s committee hearing and future discussions. It’s long past time to repeal this corrupt law. Now is our chance!
Redwood City, CA – Residents of two apartment buildings near downtown Redwood City are protesting rent increases of up to and exceeding $800 imposed by their new corporate landlords. The twenty families living in the apartments received rent increases on the same day that the new owners informed the residents of the purchase. Many of the tenants have formed a tenants’ association and will demand that the new owners reduce the amount of the rent increases so they will not be displaced from their homes.
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, 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:
Each year the City of San Mateo prepares an Annual Action Plan that identifies activities that are important to the San Mateo community and can be funded with federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Planning is taking place for a new five year Consolidated Plan for 2018-23 as well as the Action plan for 2018-19. CDBG has several eligible funding categories including public service grants to non-profit agencies, affordable housing, and community development activities.
Please tune in tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. to KIQI 1010AM to hear a live interview with our very own Imelda Navarro. She will be talking about the ongoing housing crisis, how it has been affecting Latinos, and what Latinos can do and have been doing to fight for candidates and policies that will address the issues that matter to them.
The program can be streamed online here.
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