Editorials

Vote No on San Mateo Measure Y

Hear from San Mateo community members who are voting No on Measure Y.

Will Housing Measures Pass? Beyond Chron

“A broad coalition is now battling to end thirty years of anti-housing policies. Measure Y and its predecessors have prevented affordable housing from being built in the city . . . 

San Mateo has a chance to reverse decades of elitist, racist and climate destructive housing policies. The eyes of the nation are on San Mateo to do the right thing.”

Editorial Board: No on measures Y, R, San Mateo Daily Journal

“But times have changed. New jobs have come in waves over the years, the most recent being in 2010. The impact was mighty and the factors that brought it to this area are many . . .  all can agree that the skyrocketing cost of living is threatening to change this area permanently . . . So what is this good public policy that would work better? Doing what every other city does and have a General Plan process in which these issues are hashed out over time with the City Council elected by the people making the ultimate decision. Ballot box planning is not good public policy and these two measures effectively tie the hands of the city’s leadership to make little decisions that add up to a good overall policy.” 

Kenji López-Alt: Against Measure Y, in support of Measure R
San Mateo Daily Journal

“The service workers who benefit from affordable housing are on the front line. They prepare and deliver your meals and groceries, they work as nurses and lab technicians, they take care of our parks and teach our children. They are vital to maintaining our vibrant community. A no on Y will allow us to better retain these services, opening the doors to economic recovery.” […] “We risk losing the restaurants, bars, cafes and other small businesses that bring a wealth of experiences and diversity and make San Mateo such a wonderful place to live. The future could be even more inclusive, diverse, and equitable.”
Kenji López-Alt is a local chef, author, restaurateur, San Mateo resident and San Mateo small business owner

Habitat Greater San Francisco urges ‘No’ vote on San Mateo Measure Y in November, Medium
Habitat for Humanity says vote No on Measure Y

“Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco urges residents to vote ‘NO’ on Measure Y. A no vote will put the local community in charge and allow more homes to be built if the city council decides to do so. A no vote will take away some of the most serious obstacles to building homes for working families while also concentrating higher heights and densities near public transit where they cause the least community impact. Habitat is proud to be part of a coalition of affordable housing advocates, civic leaders, labor unions, small businesses and neighborhood associations campaigning for a vote against this measure. ‘Sadly, exclusionary zoning continues to be an effective tool to stop working families from finding an affordable place to live in our region,’ said Habitat Greater San Francisco CEO Maureen Sedonaen.

Climate change — the litmus test | Columnist Sue Lempert, Former San Mateo Mayor, The San Mateo Daily Journal
Former Mayor Sue Lempert says Vote No on Measure Y

“I am joining every single member of the San Mateo City Council in opposing Measure Y . . .  30 years later, the city has changed, our needs are changed, and we need to get out of our cars and take public transportation or walk to do shopping if we can. We can’t if we live up in the hills, anywhere west of the Alameda de las Pulgas or east of Highway 101 in San Mateo. That’s why any future building needs to occur along the transportation corridor, ideally around the three Caltrain stations. Measure Y doesn’t deal with the climate change challenge. Measure R does . . . I often hear why are we building so much market rate housing when the need is for affordable housing. The answer is money. One needs subsidies galore to build all affordable housing. The city now requires 15% of new market rate housing to include less expensive units. In an apartment complex which allowed greater heights and density, the developer could provide more affordable units and still make a profit. Measure Y limits heights to 55 feet in most areas of the city and density of 50 units per acre.” 

No on Measure Y | Letters To Editor,
San Mateo Daily Journal

“If San Mateo voters pass Measure Y this fall, we commit to 10 more years of this archaic, exclusionary housing policy that displaces young people from the community they grew up in at an alarming rate. If there’s one lesson we’ve learned from 2020, it’s the idea that the status quo is unacceptable, and Measure Y’s height-averse, backward-looking approach to housing means more of the same. In comparison, a no vote on Measure Y would allow the city government to create additional housing for our teachers, nurses and emergency responders, valued members of our community that are too often priced out of San Mateo. A yes vote on Measure Y would fuel additional traffic into San Mateo from far-lying cities, exacerbating the critical issue of global warming and leading to additional congestion on city streets.” 

Vote no on San Mateo’s measures Y and R
San Mateo Daily Journal

“Measures Y and R’s height and density limits impair San Mateo’s ability to create a General Plan that mitigates climate change, reduces resource dependency, lowers carbon emissions, and helps lower-income families who want to live in our great community. These measures circumvent a planning process that allows a community to learn and weigh the future impacts of planning decisions.”

Taking this column to greater heights | Columnists
San Mateo Daily Journal

“There is widespread acceptance of this basic fact: The inability of cities to build enough housing, fast enough, is driving up the cost of housing. That, in turn, is driving away young people and a diverse workforce. As much as we might want to preserve certain elements that define life on the Peninsula — single-family homes, a lawn in front and a barbecue in the back — do we hold onto such notions and turn the region into a wealthy enclave?

More than any other local measure, the vote in San Mateo will be a clear indication whether this and other cities are ready to move on to a different future, or whether there is still enough political clout among key residents to defer and delay the changes that seem inevitable and inexorable.”

No on Measure Y

No on Y, San Mateans for Affordable Housing, sponsored by the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County

With Major Funding By:
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Advocacy