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March 12, 2015



Here is a letter to the editor from today's Daily Journal that gets to the issue:


I am in agreement with Bill Schwarz’s letter in the April 14 edition of the Daily Journal regarding the connection between development and the need for new classroom space (“Focus on supply versus demand may be unbalanced”). I grew up in a family that always supported education, however, in the recent election (Measure P), I voted no. The need for schools follows development. I am distressed by the rampant development that has taken hold of the Peninsula.

I would really like to see some indication that our elected officials and city staff have the best interests of the citizens at heart. So far, it seems that the developers are calling the shots. A shortage of classrooms might cause some to reconsider living here. Were this to occur, perhaps the developers would slow down their headlong race to fill every available lot with maximum square footage.

I really like Mr. Schwarz’s idea of tying the costs of adding classroom space in the city to the fees that are required from developers who profit from the out-of-control building that has gripped the Peninsula. In this way, the needed classrooms would be tied to new development and each would proceed in concert with the other.

I fervently hope that someone will pay attention to the concerns of many of our longtime residents before the Peninsula is so overcrowded that all charm and quality of life disappears.

Michele King

San Mateo

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