Referring to Mark Simon’s column of June 10, he mentions how “lucky” we are to own a home in San Mateo County. However, “luck,” like so many things, is subjective.

My lady friend here in San Bruno worked two jobs for 15 years to make house payments. Her mother, a single mom, bought her house in 1964. A single mom in the 1960s was almost unheard of, yet she was able to make house payments and raise two children. Once or twice a month, she would take her children down to Shaw’s Ice Cream on El Camino Real. She would only order for her children, and not for herself. She would finish what the children left over, unable to afford any for herself.

She died at age 62, and was not able to enjoy her retirement. Her son helped out after the mother died, but he also passed away before he was able to retire.

My lady friend can barely pay her house taxes on Social Security.

So, I’m at odds to understand how “lucky” we are to live in San Mateo County according to Mr. Simon. I’m sure our story is one of many sacrifices here in San Bruno.

Dave Martin

San Bruno

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Perhaps if the state stopped wasting money on over bloated pension government union funds for state workers and the HSR, they'd be more welfare available for poor people. Even so today there is far more welfare available up to around $30,000 to $40,000 per person counting city, county, state and federal movement programs.

Dirk van Ulden

I am not sure what the County location has to do with the plight of Mr. Martin's subject. It has been said that success is the result of 90% hard work and 10% luck. At least his subject has been, or should have been, the beneficiary of Prop 13 provisions. Instead of pointing the finger at the County, perhaps a financial advisor could be engaged by Mr. Martin to develop options that can mitigate the alleged dire issues.

Terence Y

Mr. Martin, thank you for your letter – I’m positive your story is only one of many. If you follow the money, you’ll get your answer. Long-time residents living in their houses are no longer considered to be cash machines, other than property taxes and fees (based on a lower purchase price). It’s in the best interest of the powers-that-be to demonize existing homeowners so they’ll get a bigger piece of the property tax and fee pie when these houses sell at a much larger purchase price. For a government continually in search of revenue, it’s a “what have you done for me lately” mentality.

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