Editor,

I’m writing to support Amourence Lee for City Council. I’m a local small business owner (architect) and 20+ year resident of North Central.

After these two decades, my family is intimately familiar with many of the issues facing not only North Central but throughout San Mateo. Every one of “Amo’s” positions is genuine and supports improving our quality of life — whether it’s traffic, housing, or support for small businesses. She has great ideas for revitalizing downtown too.

After so many years of difficulty getting attention from our City Council to the problems faced by average citizens has led me to the conclusion that we need a humble servant of the community to represent us.

I support Amo because of her open and easily approachable nature. She will represent all the citizens of San Mateo. She listens carefully and she will advocate for everyone.

Mark Bartos

San Mateo

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(9) comments

Lou

Quote ..."Lee is an outspoken supporter of Black Lives Matter, and has been at the forefront of recent protests against police brutality. A social justice advocate, the day before the incident she helped raise a Pride flag at San Mateo City Hall for the first time in the city’s history."

Quoted from Jewish News of No. CA.....https://www.jweekly.com/2020/06/08/rock-thrown-through-window-of-jewish-san-mateo-city-council-members-house/

Lou

I think it best and safer if our City Council members do not bring in or support BLM, Antifa and the likes. Ms. Lee has been instrumental in both, and should not be voted in. Think to the future of the probable harm.

Christopher Conway

another resident of North Central coming out for "Amo". Does this appointed city council woman have any support outside of North Central? San Mateo is a big city, we need council members who care about the entire city as opposed to an us vs. them mentality that this author obviously feels as well. San Mateo has no room for a social justice warrior and racial equity pundit that has not done one thing to bring us together. In "my community", we want nothing more that to show Ms. Lee the door. San Mateo and it's citizens are tired of all the BLM nonsense and the divide these liberal, transplanted people want to bring to our city. Just look at her pedigree, that is all you need to know about Ms. Lee.

Rel

So, Lou and Chris, since you are stoking the straw dog fears of someone who may, or may not, be supportive of BLM, or antifa, you perhaps would be more comfortable with someone who supports a right wing assault weapon carrying terrorist? After all, they get evidenced results - 48 innocence people killed and 163 injured.

Terence Y

I see you’re still trying to peddle fake news about right wingers, Mr. Kempf. I would venture a guess that Lou and Chris don’t want San Mateo to host idiot BLM and Antifa goons destroying the city and looting businesses. If you’re okay with it, I’ll be happy to direct them to your neighborhood.

Christopher Conway

Rel, someone with your past you would think they would be less outspoken. Ms Lee's support for BLM is not a question it is a fact. Try to do a little research before your comment, you should perhaps keep quiet when you are ignorant on a subject.

JustMike650

This is a racist, arrogant and ignorant comment.

Christopher Conway

How so Mikey?

JustMike650

CC, Everything in brackets - SEE BELOW - that you said is arrogant, racist or ignorant.

During the mid 60's when you were born, the Cullen-Mack families, the Barney Williams families, the Ching Lee families were fighting for racial equality in the town you now call yours.

Many of those families plus others fought for and attained equality and acceptance for our adopted 101st airborne, the Screaming Eagles. Equality has much broader terms than just your political views.

San Mateo was always a melting pot of Blacks, Whites, Chinese and Japanese. (and others) Others migrated here.

San Mateo stands for Saint Matthew.The early Spanish navigators named it la punta de San Mateo. In 1842, the Spanish had named it playa de San Mateo.

Comparatively speaking, you're a newcomer to San Mateo. San Mateo is not Burlingame, Aptos, Millbrae nor Auburn - it is THEE city on the Peninsula.

Many famous immigrants came here - Amadeo Giannini, founder of Bank of Italy, moved to San Mateo in 1906. Native San Mateans became famous.

Locally, Merv Griffin born on 11th ave was iconic graduating from SMHS. Famous people of color are from San Mateo, Ann Kiyomura, Lynn Swann, Dennis Haysbert and Mayor Claire Mack. Dr. James Hutchinson is an iconic pioneer.

Written by Chris Conway - another (resident of North Central) coming out for "Amo". Does this appointed city council woman have any support outside of North Central? San Mateo is a big city, we need council members who care about the entire city as opposed to an us vs. them mentality that this author obviously feels as well. (San Mateo has no room for a social justice warrior and racial equity pundit) that has not done one thing to bring us together. (In "my community", we want nothing more that to show Ms. Lee the door.) (San Mateo and it's citizens are tired of all the BLM nonsense and the divide these liberal, transplanted people want to bring to our city. Just look at her pedigree,) that is all you need to know about Ms. Lee.

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