There are times in political campaigns when one issue dominates, and when that one issue is a major plank of one candidate’s platform, it provides a certain amount of credence to that candidate.
So it is in the four-man race for two seats on the San Bruno City Council. Candidate Marty Medina is focusing his campaign on water and sewer rates and the need to lower them, along with an emphasis on ensuring the city’s infrastructure needs are met in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Both may seem banal for a political campaign, but they are a few of the essential services a local government provides to its residents. And the fact that this campaign has centered on those issues proves it is a real concern. Marty Medina is a former public works inspector for the city and knows San Bruno’s infrastructure. During his time with the city, he said rank-and-file workers often came up with alternative ideas on how jobs and projects were conducted and organized but that those ideas were not adopted and there was often a disconnect between staff, management and the council. That is a key perspective to have on this council. Marty Medina also has bright ideas on development and improving the vitality of downtown. In addition, he is an affable man and willing to listen and work with others. That is a key asset for any council.
Incumbent Rico Medina has thrown himself in the job for the last eight years. He opposed sewer and water rate increases and frustration with the council’s decision has been evident. He is fully immersed in the city’s business and has proven to be a good listener and effective leader. The city has not been flush with revenue and Rico Medina has made it a priority to spend what is available equitably. As the city’s downtown train station project is completed and the economy continues to rebound, Rico Medina has the energy and know-how to help lead San Bruno to new success.
Candidate Andrew Mason is smart, enthusiastic and has good ideas. He would also benefit from just a bit more time learning more about the city and its business. His ideas on working with the San Bruno Park Elementary School District are solid, and perhaps he may consider a future run for a position on its Board of Trustees.
Incumbent Ken Ibarra has been the very picture of community involvement. His heart and soul has been dedicated to the city and it is telegraphed in nearly everything he says. And he has a practicality that is useful. A vote for him would certainly not be wasted and it is difficult not to endorse him in this race.
Every one of these candidates has conducted himself professionally and with respect for others. That’s nice to see and the residents of San Bruno should be proud to have such a cordial race for City Council.
However, San Bruno continues to face challenges and sometimes a new face, new ideas and a new approach is what will spark success. With that in mind, we suggest voters vote for Marty Medina and Rico Medina for the two open seats on the City Council.