This month, San Mateo County and a handful of nearby local governments officially recognized what many of us already knew: Large rent increases and no-cause evictions are an urgent civil rights issue on the Peninsula. These practices, which thrive in the brutal rental market on the Peninsula, undermine the housing security of many — but they disproportionately harm African-American, Latino, Filipino and Pacific Islander renters. Left unchecked, the displacement crisis we now face will lead to a new era of housing segregation.
Now that the county has acknowledged the problem, it has a moral — and a legal — obligation to combat it.
The home is the center of life. It is a refuge from the grind of work, the pressure of school, and the menace of the streets. We say that at home, we can “be ourselves.” Everywhere else, we are someone else. At home, we remove our masks.
On November 7, voters in San Mateo will decide who should fill three out of five seats on the City Council. The stakes are high. Will these seats be filled by people who will work hard to address our city’s critical housing problems? Will these council members be leaders in our community who will listen and respond to the needs of all residents of San Mateo? After conducting a thorough review of each of the seven candidates, One San Mateo believes that Chelsea Bonini, Rick Bonilla, and Charlie Dreschler are best equipped to provide the leadership our city needs.
At our October 1st candidates’ forum (which you can read more about here), on top of asking the candidates 5 of our own prepared questions and 1 question selected from a stack of audience submissions, we pulled out a final audience question to be answered by the candidates electronically. Here is that question (thank you to the question asker, Luis A.!)
On October 1st, One San Mateo held its candidates’ forum. For us being new as an organization to the San Mateo scene, and for it being, therefore, our first candidates’ forum, we couldn’t be happier with how it went. Attendance was great. The crowd was the most diverse of any you will see at the San Mateo candidates’ forums.
For those who unfortunately cannot attend our candidates’ forum in person, there’s good news. You can still participate in a live stream of the event here on our Facebook page.
Out of the questions submitted by the audience at the event and any questions that people submit through the live stream, one will be selected to be asked and answered during the forum, and one will be selected to be answered in written form on our website.