Editor,

I agree with your editorial “No on measures Y, R.” It is important to give the City Council much needed flexibility in addressing the lack of affordable housing in San Mateo. Voting no on both measures puts planning decisions back in the power of the City Council and removes the undue burden of ballot box city planning.

Adding affordable housing while maintaining the character of the city is a crucial and emotional issue to San Mateans. One-third of the most recently published letters to the Daily Journal editor are about measures Y and R. Signs supporting and opposing both measures are abundant in all of our neighborhoods. Heated debates and commentary about these measures are repeated ad nauseam throughout both the Journal’s and Nexdoor’s comment sections.

I have read both measures’ histories, full texts, legislative analyses, supporting arguments and opposing arguments. Both measures are too specific about height and density limits for members of the City Council to remain nimble while increasing affordable housing.

The City Council understands its citizens’ concerns. I am happy about the affordable housing units that have recently been built and refurbished within San Mateo. Our city has room for more.

Three candidates are running for two City Council seats. All three candidates have spoken to their commitment for affordable housing. All three candidates oppose measure Y. Candidate Lisa Diaz Nash also opposes measure R.

I encourage residents to watch the city of San Mateo Candidate Forum, available on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvajurFxAz8. Remarks about measures Y and R begin at 17:50.

M. Donato

San Mateo

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Christopher Conway

When your city council doesn't listen to its voters, use the ballot box to make them. This is the only way for those who live and vote in San Mateo to take control of the process of planning. When city hall doesn't listen to you, take matters into your own hands, vote yes on Y and No on R and tell special interest groups outside of our city and city hall that the power of the vote is more powerful than 5 people who sit on the council. I hope the people of San Mateo start to take a good look at who is sitting on our council, they do not have our best interest in mind when planning the future of our city.

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