07 November 2005
Yes On Measure A
Nobody outside San Mateo county is going to care about this, but what the hell. If you happen to live here, vote yes on Measure A. Measure A is a bond measure to pay for continuing improvements of the San Mateo community colleges (College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and Skyline College) in the form of construction and renovation - exactly the sort of investment bond measures are supposed to pay for. A lot of buildings at the community colleges, especially the labs and libraries, are sorely in need of expansion and improvement. Plus, the curriculum has expanded quite a bit over the past decade or so, especially in regards to biotech and, more recently, forensics. And it's a bargain, too: $468 million in bonds translates into (according to the "tax rate statement" from the voters' guide) about $12 per $100,000 of property value in property taxes. Of course, if this doesn't convince you, maybe you can vote yes on Measure A just to spite Libertarian Party nutcase Jack Hickey and his shameless (not to mention irrelevant) exploitation of Katrina in his argument against Measure A. Or, if you prefer, to spite his chutzpa (and that of "taxpayer" Bill Henderson) at claiming it will destroy the private sector when Art Levinson (CEO, Genentech) has signed on in support. One final note: props to my state Assembly representative, Gene Mullin, and Senator, Jackie Speier, for supporting Measure A.