South San Francisco, CA October 4, 2015 Submitted by SSF Taxpayer
Of course I am voting YES on Measure W! It is the SMART thing to do! Great leaders must live in the now — with an eye on the future. We as citizens must make sure our eaders are progressive and not paralyzed. Yes, South San Francisco businesses are experiencing really good times and that is in great part because of strong leadership and a resourceful community that believes in the fact that quality of life is an ideal to be achieved, rather than a baseline state of affairs! We must pave the way for a robust future for South San Francisco. How selfish to forget that our forefathers did the very same for us, ensuring we would have a safe, clean, resilient and robust community in which to live, work, and play, in which to raise our families, and of which to be proud.
I care deeply about my family and my community and to continue to neglect the basic needs that Measure W addresses is supremely unwise, actually ignorant! As the adage goes, “It is a fool who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”
Measure W ensures the City’s focus remains on public safety and quality of life!
Public safety is a must! Measure W improves 911 emergency response times for police, fire safety services, neighborhood patrols, crime prevention and gang suppression programs – all without budget cuts. The funding would also afford safe recreational and educational spaces for students, including after-school and summer programs — so important in keeping kids off the streets, out of trouble, and away from gangs and drugs! Yes, cities must be safe and yes, cities must afford opportunities for economic development, job growth, and workforce housing. But SMART cities also focus on quality of life!
Quality of life includes several factors such as safe recreational and library spaces for seniors and even road repairs, for examples. For too long, we have suffered damages to our own vehicles (no small investment I am sure you’d agree) because of the South City streets in such great disrepair. Measure W improves the quality of life by maintaining our streets that are in need of over $18 million in repairs, fixing potholes and preventing further disrepair. These serious problems have been neglected far too long.
South San Francisco has a number of senior citizens and disabled citizens who deserve assistance programs. Who in their right mind would vote to deny such programs to these citizens? Measure W funds support these people who have given the best years of their lives to South City – it’s time we give back! No one has done it without the help of others. South City is resilient and robust in our outreach.
Half of the entire tax is paid for by people who do not even live in South San Francisco! Many people work here but do not live here – think biotech for example. They will pay for half of the entire tax! Why would any resident not want to vote for such a measure? Residents will NOT have to pay this sales tax on prescription drugs or groceries or auto repairs, for examples. Instead it would apply to things such as restaurant meals, office supplies, furniture, and such. This is a great opportunity for the people if this City because all of the safety initiatives and quality of life programs are LOCAL, serving citizens of South San Francisco. So we get ALL of the benefit but cover only half of the cost. Thus, if you are smart you will see the value is far greater than the cost!
The SMART VOTE is a YES VOTE ON MEASURE W!
–Proud Taxpaying Citizen of South San Francisco