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Viewpoint - July 31, 2019

Letter: Support for Brownrigg for the state senate

With state Senator Jerry Hill termed out, several candidates have stepped forward to fill the seat. The district runs from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale.

On a recent weekend, I attended a two-hour group chat with Michael Brownrigg, a nine-year member of the Burlingame City Council. The candidate explained it was his 39th such chat already.

Mr. Brownrigg struck me as thoughtful and honest. Plus, unlike a corporate bigwig who has never held public office, Mr. Brownrigg had to grovel and listen to get elected and re-elected locally. I like that he has a record of public service — not just a pitch about what he might do.

And on an issue critical to Peninsula residents, he joined the Burlingame City Council in denouncing a proposed law (Senate Bill 50) that would empower developers to build high-density condos or apartments (their choice) — with little or no onsite parking — throughout most Peninsula cities, including in areas otherwise zoned for single-family homes.

This candidate for state office appears to actually believe in the importance of maintaining substantial local control of land use, while recognizing that the state must vigorously address the housing shortage created largely by big corporate employers moving into the suburbs.

Gary Wesley

Mountain View


2 people like this
Posted by Darren Daniels
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 2, 2019 at 11:02 pm

Local control is killing us. Do away with the lot of it. We need solutions like SB50 yesterday!

3 people like this
Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

Anyone who is against the appalling SB50 will get my vote.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 5, 2019 at 10:36 pm

SB50 is a disaster. If SB50 passes then what is the purpose of having local government? The Bay Area is the third most congested area in the United States. Companies should be setting up satellite campuses in other parts of the state so people can afford to live there and not continue to build here.

Building housing without the attendant infrastructure is a fool's errand. We need schools, police, fire, water, gas and extra gas lines, electricity and more electrical substations, more roads, more public transit, more grocers, banks, drug stores, etc.

The problem is the Bay area is close to saturation level as it stands now. There just isn't that much more room. You want to build more housing then you better have enough room to build the support infrastructure.

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Posted by My home too
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 6, 2019 at 4:15 am

"Companies should be setting up..."

That's not a plan, that's wishful thinking. How would you incentivize that?

Would you vote for someone who "hoped" without a plan?

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