South San Francisco, CA October 9, 2022 by Cynthia Marcopulos, SSF Resident
South San Francisco has three (3) ballot measures for this November’s election. With respect, I am urging you to vote as follows:
NO on Measure AA – affordable housing
It has no funding and it is giving our City Council the right to approve any and all “affordable” housing anywhere in the city without voter approval for the next eight years. The law says the voters must vote on any affordable housing measure, but our City Council wants to bypass this regulation. Look at what our city has become – massive developments in every neighborhood with no regard to our quality of life, the environment, the worst drought in 1,200 years, no updated infrastructure to accommodate all this building – and the more companies they entice to come to SSF, the more housing we have to build – even though these workers don’t live in SSF.
VOTE YES ON Measure DD – Free childcare
Our city is beholden to the corporations and the biotechs. It seems our city officials put the wants and needs of these corporations above and beyond the needs of our residents. Our city officials invite and entice more and more companies to move here – when they do that, we have to provide more and more housing albeit these workers do not and will not live in South City. This is one way to take back our city – by taxing the corporations and the biotech to pay for free childcare. We will be a less desirable city for them to move to. **This will NOT affect the small businesses, or mom & pop stores.*** A company has to occupy 25,000 square feet of property and those corporations and biotech will see this on THEIR property tax bills, NOT the local homeowner.
VOTE NO ON Measure T – School bond
Another school bond – this bond for billions of taxpayer dollars is for the same things that we voted for and approved 10 years ago, and that money was mismanaged – even a lawsuit is pending because the SSF School Board had recklessly used the funds for other things than what they were earmarked for. It is a huge bond request and the debt is never ending, no matter how many times they come back. There is no guarantee they will use the money as promised to fix schools. With the current bonds the community, taxpayers will shell out over 1 billion dollars over 30 years if approved.