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County's Measure B questions status quo, Gordon says

Original post made on Oct 31, 2012

For the past couple of decades in San Mateo County, most candidates elected as county supervisor have won the countywide vote and the vote in the supervisor district in which they lived. So why the opposition to by-district elections?

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 11:32 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Henry Riggs, a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Oct 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Henry Riggs is a registered user.

Mr Munks and the old school supervisors are happy to rely on big campaign donors to reach voters in distant districts, but that shuts out any candidate that is not "connected" to money stream. Wrong concept - thats how we got into the fiscal mess the county is now in. Not one other county in the state elects supervisors at-large, and its long past time we undid the connection between the big donors and incumbents that keeps any others shut out.


Posted by janet, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Oct 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Would that we could get rid of Munks too. Who needs a sheriff that gets caught outside a brothel?


Posted by Fine Point of the Law, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Oct 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Excuse me, former Sheriff Munks was caught INSIDE the Brothel.....big difference.


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Letter to Editor by John M. Ward a past Supervisor of San Mateo County who won his seat only because of At-Large Elections. Simple meaning is he lost his District but won the organized vote.

Web Link

No wonder he likes it the way it is.


Posted by broad support, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:37 am

I predict this measure has broad support in Menlo Park, far beyond the two elected officials that [Portion removed. Terms of use.]serve on the Republican Central Committee. The Almanac should consider doing some research, any bozo can put up a self promoting website. There are twenty towns and cities in San Mateo County. I have not read about a single council member coming out against this measure. If the Almanac can identify such a person, then you have something to write about.


Posted by Can't you read?, a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

broad support,

you clearly have a bee in your bonnet! the support for measure b is very broad and definitely not limited to "the two elected officials that serve on the republican central committee." who do you think should be added to the endorsement list? maybe, that person isn't taken seriously in san mate county, so he/she isn't listed.

there are council members who are against measure b. rosanne foust, of cargill fame and who is on the redwood city city council, is a signer for the argument against measure b. it's in your voter guide. maybe, you should learn to read before making ridiculous statements!


Posted by Michael G. Stogner, a resident of another community
on Nov 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

Carole Groom, Rose Jacobs Gibson both APPOINTED to Supervisor and Sheriff Greg Munks say "Your influence and ability to have your voice heard will be reduced if we turn to a system where elected representatives are only interested in their district,

Here is an example of a Supervisor in this Dave Pine working on an idea that involves a camp that is located in another Supervisor's district.... Good Job Mr. Pine

Web Link


Posted by broad support, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

Dear Can't you read?,

I took a closer look. The FAQ describes that "No incumbent supervisor has been unseated in the last 30 years", which is true, but that challenger was Jackie Speier, and she signed the argument against this measure.

I did more research to find out about this "san mateo county fair elections" group. The support page Web Link is compelling, especially, "text text text", very well written. I looked into membership Web Link and I must say, that I was hooked at, "text text text". This is a first rate operation.


Posted by Robert, a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Another reason serial-politician Groom and her ilk are against this measure could be that the big money candidates would all come from the same geographic area, causing one (or more) of them to lose their seat if the county was broken up into geographic districts. Groom and Slocum need to go - career politicians that exist only for themselves.


Posted by at-large elections = taxation without representation, a resident of another community
on Nov 23, 2012 at 11:27 pm

In a voice mail, Ms. Groom replied to the question on the threat to incumbents by elaborating on the ballot argument against Measure B. The board deals with regional issues, and at-large candidates are "much more engaged" with those issues, she said. In unincorporated areas, where the board acts as city council, if Measure B passes, "they'll only have one representative instead of five and I think that's a lack of access to government."

UNINCORPORATED AREAS CURRENTLY HAVE NO REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS! District elections will give unincorporated area one representative and that's a big improvement over the current lack of representation. Shame on the Supervisors who opposed Measure B.


Posted by Michael Stogner, a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

at-large elections wrote, "Shame on the Supervisors who opposed Measure B"

That would be 4 out of 5 Supervisors, that is a high percentage. 2 of the 4 were appointed.

The main organization in San Mateo County that was opposed to Measure B and supported Measure A, aka Jail staffing tax is Service League of San Mateo County, check out its board of directors and advisors.

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