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December 04, 2020



After watching this Measure like a hawk, I was a few hours ahead of the DJ publishing cycle, but here is their take:

Those who campaigned against a measure to keep height limits as they are in San Mateo have no plans to ask for a recount after the San Mateo County Elections Office certified the election Thursday.

Ross said they didn’t ask for a recount because it would not change the divide amongst voters even if her organization won.

“It’s clear San Mateo is divided on how we want to move forward with growth. The only way forward is to work together,” she said.

The approval of Measure Y adds 10 more years of building height limits at 55 feet in most areas of the city but complicates building housing in San Mateo. Under Measure Y, the San Mateo City Council can propose increases in building heights and densities but can’t pass them without voter approval.


I love that bit about it "complicates building housing". Oh dear, the electeds can't just willy nilly approve exceptions on a Zoom call at 11:30 pm. Very "complicated".

Joanne P Bennett

There would have been more Yes votes had the opposing side not spent $1.6 million on sending out slick mailers every single week. Last count was 8 at my parent's doorstep. Kudos to the residents who worked so hard and against all odds to even get this on the ballot!

Handle Bard

Agree!! We may never know how much more than the $1.6 million was spread around unreported.


Uh-Oh. Could we see some censuring, fines or removal from office coming in San Mateo?

San Mateo is determining if any potential Brown Act violations occurred at a Dec. 9 Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County digital event attended by members of the City Council, with city staff presenting its report at the Jan. 19 council meeting.

The Dec. 9 event was put on by the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, a nonprofit organization working for more affordable housing in San Mateo County and the Bay Area. The focus was to thank those who worked on the campaign against Measure Y, a controversial building heights limit initiative that narrowly passed in November. All five members of the City Council attended the public event for various amounts of time, according to Evelyn Stivers, the executive director of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County.

Some of the hourlong event topics focused on thanking everyone involved with the no on Measure Y campaign, next steps for the housing organization....
Check this quote out!

Mayor Eric Rodriguez said he was at the virtual event for approximately 30 minutes and listened in to the call, but was not a participant.


Let's hope they get an outside investigation since "A member who attends a meeting where action is taken in
violation of the Brown Act, and where the member intends to
deprive the public of information which the member knows
or has reason to know the public is entitled, is guilty of a


Rodriguez has a real future in politics

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