Town Square

Post a New Topic

San Carlos Supermajority Vote Fails

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jul 1, 2014

Thanks to councilmembers Grocott and Grasilli, who voted not to override protests of residents, San Carlos avoided an election which would have allowed a simple majority of voters to turn sensitive parkland in a predominantly senior residential area into a school site.
Supermajority votes by public agencies have provided a means for allowing such elections where a simple majority of voters can pass measures which normally would require a 2/3 vote.
In 1992, San Mateo County lobbied for legislation which allowed the supermajority vote of the Board of Supervisors to place a 1/2% sales tax measure on the ballot which needed only a simple majority to pass. Fortunately, the measure, also known as the Best Schools Proposal, was defeated.
Supermajority votes of the public should be restored for all tax measures.

Comments (2)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Grocott Fan
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Matt Grocott is the Gold standard for what a City Council member should be. We are so fortunate to have a man of Grocott's common sense and integrity sitting on the San Carlos City Council.

Matt,

Thank you for looking out for San Carlos residents


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Michael G. Stogner is a registered user.

Matt Grocott has done it again looked out for the average resident, He knew this was wrong form the get go. Cart before the horse. Why some council members felt compelled to negotiate with the school district for a property zoned to be a park/open space. This is not the first time they got into rezoning first they took away the property rights of 101 owners who could no longer rent space to billboards on private property . Public property was a $200,000 a year different story, the City just happened to own a perfect little piece for an electronic sign once they got rid of the competition.

Thank you also goes to Bob Grasselli for your vote


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Grab a Bowl of Heaven soon in Mountain View
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 2,983 views

Don't fund the rape culture at my alma mater
By Jessica T | 36 comments | 2,889 views

Quick Check List for UC Applications
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 2,051 views

Palo Alto and Bay Area Election Facts and Thoughts on the Implications
By Steve Levy | 18 comments | 1,568 views

Fancy Fast and Fun!
By Laura Stec | 3 comments | 1,209 views