The city of San Mateo is currently in the process of setting its goals for the coming year. As part of that process, individuals and organizations may write to the council suggesting priorities. The following is the letter we have sent to the council setting forth the goals we think the city should place at … Continue reading Letter to the Council: One San Mateo’s Goals for the City
On behalf of One San Mateo, congratulations to Rick Bonilla and Noelia Corzo on your important victories last night! Carry forward the good work!
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:
Seven candidates are vying for three spots on the San Mateo City Council on Tuesday (Nov. 7), including two incumbents.
Those running are Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla, Councilman Joe Goethals, Planning Commissioners Eric Rodriguez and Charlie Drechsler, San Mateo-Foster City School District board President Chelsea Bonini, transit manager Rob Newsom Jr. and retiree Mark DePaula.
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.”