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A crowded race has taken shape around three seats on the San Carlos City Council, giving voters the choice between five candidates this November.

Incumbent councilmembers Sara McDowell and Adam Rak are running for reelection against three community members, Pranita Venkatesh, an educator, day care operator and an Economic Development Advisory commissioner; John Durkin, a retail associate and Parks, Recreation and Culture commissioner; and Alex Kent, a commercial property consultant.

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Alexander E. Kent For San Carlos City Council

"Balance is Everything - especially in San Carlos"

FYI, as a candidate for San Carlos City Council, my campaign has focused on "Safer Streets" 1) less crime, and 2) safer bike/walk pathways to school and work.

Given the extensive feedback that I've gathered from fellow San Carlans, I'd add: 3) Stop the sell-out to Sac and construction trades to over-develop San Carlos in the East San Carlos neighborhood with the Rak/McDowell approved 1,750,000 sf of new office construction (that's 8,750 new employees in town). Rak/McDowell don't know when to stop, as they're considering another 1,750,000 sf of office as well. Plus Rak/McDowell just approved another 3,216 new housing units, despite the new 8 year RHNA "mandate" only calling for 2,746 housing units which they didn't question (which is 5 times more units than the 597 units delivered in the past 8 year cycle). It's no wonder that Rak/McDowell are the only candidates that are endorsed and also in-part funded by the construction trades that will make millions from the Rak/McDowell over-development (their newly approved mega-developments have not yet been built).

As my original candidate statement reads, I do support transit-oriented development (by the Caltrain), especially for affordable housing to help keep our police, fire, teachers, city staff and other local employees in town.

However, balance is everything. And, there are some radical groups that arbitrarily want to put large apartment buildings in the middle of single-family neighborhoods without any regard to keep the transit oriented (TOD) and more environmentally-friendly approach that is long established among our city staff, the development community, and pro environmental groups. McDowell and Venkatesh are endorsed by this radical YIMBY Peninsula for Everyone group. I joined a Zoom interview with the group to listen to each other and participate, but I asked them to please not endorse my campaign. As a commercial property consultant working with (mostly with tenants on existing buildings, not developers) schools, restaurants, retailers, office and industrial, and an occasional housing developer looking to develop a church client of mine, I know that the radical group is actually anti environment in their understanding and actions. And, San Carlans do NOT want this radical, over-development of our town.

I'd welcome San Carlans to learn more about my campaign at I'm participating both in the Chamber San Mateo live/recorded candidate forum on October 6th, and the East San Carlos neighborhood is organizing another forum at The Library with Zoom broadcast in the next few weeks.

Lastly, I'm the only registered Independent running for city council, and I'm running to represent the ENTIRE community, not just one political party. Durkin is a registered Republican and endorsed by the Republican Party, and Rak, McDowell and Venkatesh are endorsed by the Democratic Party. Only Rak and McDowell are endorsed and funded by the San Mateo Labor Council, which includes several construction trades.

And, I'm friends with plenty of tradesfolk, and I work side by side with them on tenant improvement projects, and can relate with them well. The Labor Council and the construction trades SHOULD try to help generate plenty of work opportunities for their members, but again "balance is everything", especially in the City of Good Living - San Carlos.

Best wishes,

Alexander E. Kent for San Carlos City Council


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