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LWV League of Women Voters of California
San Mateo County, CA November 6, 2001 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Gary M. Mogil

Candidate for
Councilmember; City of Foster City; 4 Year Term

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What innovations will make Foster City a better place in the next 20 years?

✓ If elected, I would reactivate study of the Foster City Marina, which was a keystone of our original Master Plan. This would provide Bay access for some 750 F.C. boat owners, while also producing a new and needed revenue source. It would also finally provide Foster City with a much-needed downtown area with a boardwalk and beautiful restaurants. Recent closure of the Redwood City marine facility places us in an enviable position.

✓ Since Foster City is close to full build-out, we will not generate major development fees and other revenue sources from new construction. We therefore need to maximize revenue streams by having our Estero District run their own utility district to buy electricity from the source at lower rates.

✓ With cooperation from fellow attorneys in the area, provide regular, periodic "free-legal-advice" days for seniors at convenient, readily accessible locations in our City.

I strongly believe that the will of a majority of the residents of Foster City pertaining to Term Limits should be followed by all candidates. That law was enacted in November 1997 and specifies that no candidate shall run for City Council for more than 2 consecutive terms. "The (proposed) 2-term limit further encourages more people to get involved in local government, both by the individual elected to the Council and the following he or she brings with them. This brings new people to serve on commissions and committees, creating new roles for different individuals all benefitting the community." (Argument in Favor of Measure K compiled by City Clerk, 11/7/1995)

The purpose of the Term Limit Law is to provide new blood to the City so that incumbents are not simply reelected on their name only. "New members bring vitality to the community rather than continue on the same path defending previous actions without reservation or analyzing new situations." (Measure K arguments)

The Term Limit Law was fully supported by Councilmember Townsend and others. The spirit and intent of that law, to preserve the concept of making the political process OPEN to ALL of our citizens, should now be followed to the letter by ALL candidates for Council.

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