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Ask Questions for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum Here

You can ask questions of the San Mateo County Supervisor Candidates! Questions will be answered at the League of Women Voters Forum, on Thursday May 3 at Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

There is a highly competitive race in progress for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. There are 8 candidates running (listed below).  

The League of Women Voters will be holding a Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, in Menlo Park City Council Chambers.  is located at 701 Laurel Street (entrances are on both Laurel and Alma), near the Menlo Park Caltrain station. 

Ask the Candidates here

You can ask your own questions for the candidates in the comments section below. At the Forum, the Candidates will answer questions from the audience - and from questions in comments to this blog post.  

About the Supervisor Race

The race is for District 4, which covers Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Redwood City.  Current Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson has reached the end of her term. All voters in San Mateo County can vote in this election.  

The candidates are:


Carlos Romero



Warren Slocum

David E. Woods 

Update: If you missed the live forum, .

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Andrew Boone May 08, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Ernie, why is a tax increase not part of the solution? That's what's being recommended by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG). Most of Caltrain and SamTrans financial problems stem from a lack of a dedicated source of funding. How could transit use be promoted and incentivized to gain riders?
Ernie May 08, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Absolutely correct Andrew, it is due in large to lack of dedicated funding. A tax solution is part of the plan. Currently CalTrains is looking at 3 different taxes, all of which would have a sunset clause of about 10 to 15 years, which they anticipate by that time, they will no longer need taxes to support public transportation due to their goal of modernization and electrification, which will result in more ridership and less costs. The first tax would be a 3 county tax across the board, but that would require legislation, and one which Assemblyman Jerry Hill is proposing to introduce next year. The second would be a sales tax, the 3rd, a gas tax and another possibility, from your vehicle license fees. After some polling done I believe last year, voters seemed to go for a sales tax over the others. Another poll is expected to happen sometime in late 2013 early 2014 to ask the same question. Got to put in my other opinions in another box, so stand by
Ernie May 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I truly believe that if you marketed public transportation correctly, not only could you increase ridership, but also attract private investors to partner with the county to provide the level of transit that most I feel would really enjoy and give them the desire to get out of their car and take mass transit to work. I had my wife ask people from her work, what it would take for them to leave their car at home and take mass transit to work. The answer was not suprizing, they wanted a wi-fi capable bus or train, they wanted the stop or station to have a location to buy a coffee or newspaper, or a quick bite, and they wanted to be able to save a minimum of about 15 to 20 minutes travel time. So promoting conveniences likes this, only helps to take more people off the roads and into our transportation network. But keep in mind, in California we have a very serious love affair with our cars. As one High school student told me, when I asked her if she could choose one thing to have on busses when she takes it to school, she responded, "I just want it to be cool".
Ernie May 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Because it's public transporation, it doesn't mean we can't follow the model of private industry, of appealing to our riders and future riders to "get them to buy our product". Companies in and around San Mateo County can do their part as well, by offering incentives to their employees to take public transportation to work and home. They can find creative ways to reimburse them for their travels on public transportation (or bikes) The county as well as non profit orgs, can also find ways to partner up with companies to accomplish this as well. And let’s not forget about the new Santa Clara Stadium or the AT&T Park, let’s get a partnership going with them to find a creative way to get them to take mass transit to the games.
Adina Levin May 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The video of the forum was posted here: http://menlopark.patch.com/blog_posts/catch-the-league-of-women-voters-san-mateo-county-supervisor-candidate-forum-on-youtube Not all of the questions could be answered in a 90 minute forum. Questions that couldn't be asked in the live forum are listed here - candidates are welcome to respond in comments! http://menlopark.patch.com/blog_posts/more-voter-questions-for-san-mateo-county-supervisor-candidates

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