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February 21, 2022

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Cassandra

Seems we’re losing more and more control over government…

There’s hope on the corner next to Peets Coffee. People have been soliciting signatures for two ballot measures.
to get on the November ballot.

One is to repeal and replace the one that keeps parents from giving their home to their children. You’ll recall the taxes prevent the parents giving their children the home unless one parent dies. The housing shortage can be helped by providing more moving pieces. Right now us old folks will stay in our homes until we pass away.

The other is for school choice; giving money directly to parents to choose which schools are best for their kids. This provides equity in school choice and lets the market pressure improve teachers’ performance through competition.

Look for these measures and sign up to strengthen families.

Cassandra

California Education Savings Account Initiative (2022)

Cassandra

California Changes to Tax Assessment on Inherited Homes Initiative (2022)

JP

I guess some voter suppression is OK with some people.

Joe

Belmont is headed in a slightly different direction if I am reading this right. They have a five-member city council like we do. They are moving to four district seats and an at-large mayoral seat which I assume would be a four-year seat like all the others. I don't particularly like that idea and am just posting it because it's interesting. Leaving the mayor designation with one person for that long seems like a bad idea:

https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/belmont-redistricting-process-in-final-stretch/article_ee9de8fa-99e9-11ec-9266-9b5e27ebe69f.html

My original idea of having the five district-based seats and two more at-large seats, thus growing the council and maintaining some sense that people get more than ONE vote is better. Alas, not gonna happen.

Phinancier

Since we are going to have five or ten thousand new residents in town why not expand the city council?

HMB

San Bruno is going to do the same as Belmont with district seats and an at-large mayor.

Joe

Here's today's news. 17+7 years is a long time, so lots of congrats are in order:

Longtime Burlingame Councilmember Ann O’Brien Keighran announced this week she will not seek reelection at the end of her current term, capping a public service tenure that’s included 17 years on the City Council and seven years on the Planning Commission.

Her retirement from the council will avoid a race between her and Councilmember Michael Brownrigg, who served since 2009. November’s election will be the city’s first to be held by-district, wherein voters living in one of five districts will vote only for a single candidate who must also live in the district. The city adopted a district map earlier this year.

While the map puts Keighran and Brownrigg in the same district based on their home addresses, Keighran said that was not a factor in her decision.

“The districting didn’t have any sway on my decision whatsoever,” she said. “If I decided to run again I think I would have had a really good campaign … I know there are plenty of people out there that want me to run.”

https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/burlingames-ann-o-brien-keighran-is-set-to-retire/article_81977674-d015-11ec-ba99-5f7bdde7712e.html?utm_source=smdailyjournal.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3F-dc%3D1652191214&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline

Paloma Ave

For those of us who appreciate common sense, we now only have one 'good' one left, instead of two.

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