Caring for our Children - Time to be an X-Man
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Caring for our Children - Time to be an X-Man

In September of 2013, I wrote a Council Corner supporting Measure P, the school facilities bond of 2013. Unfortunately that went down to defeat so the superstitious part of me said to leave Measure X alone but I simply cannot, it is just too important.

This year we are again given the opportunity to support our children's education by passing a school facilities bond which will provide funds to increase school capacity in the San Mateo Foster City School District.

Just as was true with Measure P, Measure X came about, in part, as a result of a long public process looking for a solution to school overcrowding in the School District. The process involved District and City Officials, parents, residents, and local businesses from both Foster City and San Mateo. Many different options were discussed over many months of meetings and discussions. The issue is a complex one, but the process allowed for all interests to be represented and for compromise to be reached which hopefully will remedy the controversy that ultimately defeated Measure P.As I have said many times before, I think there is little more important duty in life than caring for and educating our children. While no one likes to pay more taxes, and I have fought against new taxes during my entire tenure on the City Council, the fact remains that our State does not provide sufficient funds to educate our children in reasonable facilities and with reasonable and modern equipment, so that job, my friends, is left to us.

Our School District is one of the best in the State. Many of its schools rank as some of the best schools anywhere. Great schools are no small part of what makes Foster City a great place to live and, I believe, keeps property values high. There are people who are opposing Measure X because they do not feel that the plan is sufficiently definite or because they feel a different plan would be more beneficial to Foster City. Yes the plan could be more definite, but the fact is that all of the funds will be used to address school capacity issues that are today significantly impacting Foster City. Yes more of the money could be spent in Foster City than is currently proposed, but it is not about Foster City vs. San Mateo because in educating our children we are one and we need to continue to be one for the betterment of our community and the children that reside there.

Measure X is a compromise put together by representatives from both cities after months of discussion and public outreach. Most importantly Measure X is a step forward in providing the facilities that we all desperately need to provide our children with a quality education in quality facilities. Our families and our children deserve nothing less than the best education we can give them and new and refurbished facilities will allow just that.

Measure X does not and cannot go to salaries. There will be an oversight committee that will ensure that it is used to build new facilities and to improve or replace worn facilities for our children to use to learn.

As I started this article by saying, one of our most important obligations as citizens of our community is to provide for and educate our children. They are the ones who will ensure that the kind of life available in cities like San Mateo and Foster City will endure. I have been working on this issue with officials at the School District for many years now and I am convinced that the solutions reached with great community input are the best solutions for San Mateo and Foster City. I also pledge that I will continue to work with the School District to ensure that the funds are spent in a way that will significantly address both today's and our future's school capacity problems.

Please vote Yes on Measure X in November. It is your chance to help make a difference in our future. Be an X-Man (or X-Woman) for your community!

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Council Corner

October 21, 2015
Caring for our Children - Time to be an X-Man

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