This letter is regarding Sue Lempert’s Sept. 9 column “A real contest in San Mateo.”
Mrs. Lempert. No audit. Shame on you Sue. Transparency is what the citizens want. Not lobbyists or special interest groups using their influence to circumvent the process. There were to many questions during the 7-Eleven debacle that staff and planners could not answer, partly because there was no file for the “501 North San Mateo Drive Project” (Hard to believe) and a developer whose end-around efforts and tactics caused our group and the city to spend money, not our problem.
The residents provided emails to city representatives and we were assured by the city that everyone would be contacted prior to permits being issued, unfortunately it was already a done deal and a cyclone fence around the property with “Big Gulps Coming Soon” as our notice. Mrs. Lempert, as you know, this is not the first time the city of San Mateo has spent money foolishly — transit center, old police station property, Kinko’s property.
Mayor Lim and Deputy Mayor Robert Ross have our vote for “transparency.”