Follow the money


“Follow the money” has been a pretty reliable measure when looking at where a candidate’s interests lie. Not all candidates for our little San Mateo City Council race are popping up in the margins of my computer as we speak, but there he is again, compliments of the National Association of Realtors Fund “not authorized by a candidate or a committee.”etc. etc.

Latino renter advocates go door-to-door with voter advice     


With less than three weeks to the November election, a team of Latino renter advocates took to the streets in San Mateo to encourage renters to vote.  They also offered recommendations about which candidates to vote for.

“There are seven people competing for three seats on the San Mateo City Council”, says Imelda Navarro, who was a member of the Latino team.  “Some of the candidates have proven to be much more sympathetic to renters than the others, and we wanted renters to know who they are.” 

The selling of San Mateo’s democracy


In a throwback to last year’s contentious debate over rent control when national as well as state apartment associations and Realtor groups raised more than $1 million to defeat two ballot measures in San Mateo and Burlingame, similar groups are again funneling thousands of dollars into the local election.

Money flows in San Mateo City Council race


As San Mateo voters near a choice for who they want representing them on the City Council, big money is flowing in from landlord and Realtor lobbyist groups.

Campaign finance forms are being submitted as the Nov. 7 election nears with seven vying for three seats on the San Mateo City Council. In a throwback to last year’s contentious debate over rent control when national as well as state apartment associations and Realtor groups raised more than $1 million to defeat two ballot measures in San Mateo and Burlingame, similar groups are again funneling thousands of dollars into the local election.