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San Bruno CA Mayor And Council 2020 Candidate Answers 1 - 3





Article Source:  Riechel Reports Editor Robert Riechel

Riechel Reports editor sent 15 questions to each of the 2 candidates running for San Bruno Mayor and to each of the 5 candidates running for the 2 Council seats in the November 2020 election.

Due to the number of questions and the length of some of the candidate answers, I will be posting blocks of 3 questions in a single post.  You will need to read 5 posts to read all of the answers provided.  The answers are not edited and if a candidate(s) does not provide an answer, the wording "Candidate Did Not Provide An Answer" will be inserted where his/her answer should have appeared .

I plan to keep the set of 5 posts up until about 1 November 2020

 Below is the 7 candidates' answers to the first 3 questions.


2020 November Mayor & Council Candidates Answer Questions:

Once again, with this election, I sent out a series of 15 questions to the 2 candidates running for San Bruno Mayor ( Rico Medina and Linda Mason) and the 5 candidates running for the 2 seats on the Council (Tom Hamilton, Stephan Marshall, Michael Salazar, Jeremy Sarnecky, and Stephen Seymour).

For those candidates who did NOT provide an answer, I have added the statement “Candidate did not supply an answer”.

I am pleased to provide this volunteer service to inform and better engage the citizens of San Bruno in making choices that affect the welfare of our City. 

Q1.    WHERE do you stand on authorizing and funding parking meters in San Bruno and WHY or WHY NOT?

Answer from Current Mayor Rico Medina

 
A parking study was completed and staff is looking into the feasibility of installing meters.  Currently, there is no funding source for this, but a return on investment as well as ticket revenue could be used to repay the investment.  We may be able to use measure A funds and the possibility of supplementing with street special revenue funds. 

Answer from Mayoral Candidate Linda Mason

I support parking meters in parts of San Bruno as determined to be most effective to:  (1) Keep parked cars moving allowing others to park and visit downtown; (2) Generate revenue to be applied towards a parking structure; and/or (3) Generate revenue to keep downtown streets clean (power-washing, garbage can clean up, etc.) 

Answer from Council Candidate Tom Hamilton

I am in favor of installing parking meters along San Mateo Avenue, as outlined in the downtown parking management plan. The City is already in the process of identifying an outside vendor for parking meters. In order to prevent parkers from overflowing into the surrounding neighborhoods to find free parking, in conjunction with installing parking meters and as recommended in the plan, we would want to start up parking permit programs in the surrounding neighborhoods.

As for funding parking meters, the initial installation of the meters will be funded by the General Fund, through developer impact fees, the police forfeiture fund, or other sources. Once installed, the meters will generate their own revenue to help offset some of their cost to operate.

Answer from Council Candidate Stephan Marshall

I am open to the implementation of parking meters assuming that there is a return on investment.  I would however like to make sure that this is in line with a thoughtful long term plan for our downtown.  It is frustrating to continue to see the city use a band aid type approach without having a long term vision and plan.

Answer from Council Candidate & Current Vice Mayor Michael Salazar

We have explored the use of parking meters downtown as part of an overall parking management plan.  While I agree that this could be an effective way to increase available parking it has to be combined with a residential permit program to avoid moving the problem to residential streets.  I would also recommend including a grace period to facilitate quick trips. The cost of enforcement should also be considered.

Answer from Council Candidate Jeremy Sarnecky

“Candidate did not supply an answer.”

Answer from Council Candidate Stephen Seymour

I support parking meters in downtown San Bruno. The revenue raised would eventually pay for long-needed and overdue improvements. The revenue should stay downtown to improve our vital business district.

Q2.    HOW should the Transit Corridor Plan be changed, improved, or repealed?

Answer from Current Mayor Rico Medina

The City Council did make a change over a year ago which increased the parking requirement from what was originally presented.  I do not feel it needs to be repealed. I believe there is sufficient flexibility in the plan going forward if something needs to be improved. 

Answer from Mayoral Candidate Linda Mason

We should engage the public for direction.

Answer from Council Candidate Tom Hamilton

I would be in favor of studying the height limits to make them more uniform within each area and studying overall density limits to ensure that potential developments do not impact surrounding residential neighborhoods to extreme levels. I am not in favor of repealing the transit corridor plan.

Answer from Council Candidate Stephan Marshall

I don’t feel like the Transit Corridor Plan should be changed as it articulates the community’s vision for a revitalized commercial district.  The voters passing of Measure N further solidified the community’s wishes.

Answer from Council Candidate & Current Vice Mayor Michael Salazar

This plan, like any other plan, should be reviewed periodically to make sure it still meets the needs of the City and the region.  At this time, I believe it is still a sound blueprint for our anticipated needs but may need occasional fine tuning.  For example, my Council colleagues and I took steps to increase the allocation of parking.

Answer from Council Candidate Jeremy Sarnecky

“Candidate did not supply an answer.”

Answer from Council Candidate Stephen Seymour

The TCP was developed with public input. We should continue the dialogue with the residents to make improvements in the TCP. I believe this could be done without reducing the total units we are expected to build, but rather in a way that reduces the impact on existing neighborhoods. I do not support changes without public direction.

Q3.    WHERE would you propose to use Eminent Domain in San Bruno and WHY?

Answer from Current Mayor Rico Medina

Pasts City Councils during the construction of BART did not use Eminent Domain nor did we allow it for the Scott Street Grade Separation last year.  At this time, there is no project before us in the short term or long term where I would support this use.

Answer from Mayoral Candidate Linda Mason

I am not aware of any projects that would require Eminent Domain nor do I propose any.

Answer from Council Candidate Tom Hamilton

I am not proposing using Eminent Domain anywhere in San Bruno. More often than not, invoking eminent domain displaces our most vulnerable members of our community.

Answer from Council Candidate Stephan Marshall

I can’t imagine ever proposing Eminent Domain in San Bruno unless it was a serious health and safety issue.

Answer from Council Candidate & Current Vice Mayor Michael Salazar

I do not support the use of eminent domain.  I am not aware of any situation in San Bruno that would require the need to use eminent domain. Recently the Council considered options for the Scott Street train crossing.  We voted unanimously against a plan that would have requiring the taking of homes.

Answer from Council Candidate Jeremy Sarnecky

“Candidate did not supply an answer.”

Answer from Council Candidate Stephen Seymour

I am not in favor of Eminent Domain. People should not be fearful of losing their homes.

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