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Finally San Mateo County Voters get to VOTE

Original post made by Michael G. Stogner on Jun 27, 2012

You would think an issue like this would have been easier since we have a Charter Review Committee, a Civil Grand Jury, and citizens of numerous organizations who have spoke at Supervisor's meetings on THIS issue. Only 4 people have kept this vote from the people of San Mateo County. Carole Groom*, Rose Jacobs Gibson*, Adrenne Tissier and Mark Church ignored the Grand Jury report as well as the Charter Review and most county newspaper editorials.

Web Link

*These Supervisors were appointed! I think that they should have recused themselves from the vote since both of them benifitted from the appointment. It was not put on the ballot for the voters to decide.

The great news is... it only takes a majority vote to pass. LET's VOTE.

Comments

Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Charter Review Committee Results
Web Link

The Grand Jury Report
Web Link

Was it for the best interest of the voters that they ignored these recommendations? This has caused the lawsuit that was publicly promised at one of the Charter Review meetings. I was there. I wonder, how much has this cost the county in legal fees to date?


Posted by mickie winkler, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jun 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

What's wrong with this picture? In May, 2011 Dave Pine ran for San Mateo County Superivisor to represent District 4. He won. He got more votes County-wide than anyone else, but hey!, he lost in his own district.

He represented a district that rejected him.

The Grand Jury that recommended District-wide (vs County wide) supervisorial elections. The report can be read at Web Link. it's a good (short) read, and anticipates the law suit that finally got the supervisors to do the right thing.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

Mickie Winkler says,
"Dave Pine ran for San Mateo County Superivisor to represent District 4."
Factual check, Dave Pine ran for District 1.

"he lost in his own district."
It is true that Gina Papan received 310 more votes than Dave Pine for that district, but that is not important and not an issue at all with At-large elections. I am confident if it was just a district election, Dave Pine could have invested his $550,000 of campaign funds into District 1 instead of the entire county, and the results would have been different.