Recently, Burlingame City Councilwoman Terry Nagel had this to say to her supporters: “If you vote for one of the challengers ... that person will be out of step with the rest of the council and will not have a chance of getting support from his ideas.”
This is precisely why I’m supporting Andrew Peceimer. The City Council should be a place for honest debate about Burlingame’s future, and Nagel’s email only exemplifies that existing members want nothing but a monolithic vote and no differing opinions about our city.
We need new blood on the council, someone who has experience in the private sector creating jobs. During the last four years, our council has seldom considered differing points of view. When the Safeway project was approved, the current council did not plan for all the new employees. The new employees are now parking just on the west side of Burlingame Avenue. Instead of building a parking structure, the council voted to have two-hour parking on the closest streets, which only pushes the problem to other streets. As further lack of foresight, they approved the Burlingame Streetscape, which is supposed to bring more cars to the avenue, but without a parking solution.
Our current council says it’s instructed the public works director to find a location for a parking structure, but no money has been set aside for this project.
We need to change and I’m voting for Andrew Peceimer. He would protect our money and make informed decisions.