South San Francisco December 21, 2022 by Marty Romero
This is SSF City Council politics at its worst.
Nagales just served as Mayor for District 2 in 2022. It is unfair for District 2 to have him serve as Mayor once again in 2024, which will disenfranchise thousands of residents in District 4 and other Districts from having representation as Mayor until at least 2025.
If in 2024 Councilman Coleman is not elected or does not run for reelection, in 2025 District 4 will again be disenfranchised from having Mayoral representation. Knowing this as a possibility and having just served as Mayor, Nagales could have refused the nomination for Vice-Mayor. This would have been the right and honorable thing to do, to ensure that all members of City Council have an equal opportunity to serve as Mayor.
District elections were implemented so that all Districts in SSF would have “equal representation” in South San Francisco. What Nagales has accomplished with this type of political maneuvering is to ensure that equality in District representation will not occur. Regardless of the “rules” mentioned above, this is a power grab plain and simple. Nagales should be ashamed to think that this type of conduct is something that residents in other Districts within SSF will condone as acceptable conduct in our City.
Nagales should immediately resign as Vice Mayor and allow others who could have and should have been nominated, be appointed to this position.