San Mateo County has many legislators (two state senators, Scott Wiener in the north and Josh Becker in the south) and more in the California Assembly and U.S. Congress. So why does the county spend $288,000 to hire lobbyists? Can't well-paid county staff communicate directly with our legislators? And the county is already sending mailers promoting another tax increase.
Agenda item 10 -- agenda packet, page 174 POTENTIAL REVENUE MEASURES. Next steps at agenda packet, page 177, as below:
1. Further work on assessing the feasibility of placing one or more revenue measures on the November 2022 ballot.
2. Retaining a firm to work with the city on educational outreach and public engagement on the potential revenue measure.
3. Returning to City Council for a decision on moving ahead with a revenue measure -- most likely in April.
4. If council moves ahead with a revenue measure, developing the proposed ordinance(s) and ballot measures on a timeline to meet county ballot requirements -- likely in May or June.
(Editorial comment by Anonymous: This means council will use tax dollars to campaign for the tax and “educate” taxpayers and do “outreach” (pro-tax mail) to taxpayers, even if the taxpayer opposes the tax. And you can be assured no opposing voices will be allowed in the taxpayer-funded “education” outreach.)