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San Mateo County, CA June 8, 2010 Election
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Leadership for Change

By April Vargas

Candidate for Supervisor; County of San Mateo; District 3

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  • Make County government an engine for job creation.
  • Grow responsibly.
  • Immediately address the danger of sea level rise.
As one of only 15 coastal counties in California, San Mateo is blessed with baylands, hillsides, coastline, mountains, forests and rich agricultural lands that make our county so special. But our way of life is at risk.
  • Make County government an engine for job creation. As the fourth largest employer in San Mateo County, government has a responsibility to invest in job creation to keep people employed and create new job opportunities, particularly in the clean energy sector.
  • Grow responsibly. A recent proposal to develop over 1400 acres owned by Cargill on bay tidal lands in Redwood City could increase the current area at risk of flooding by one third. No additional building in the bay should be permitted.
  • Immediately address the danger of sea level rise. San Mateo County has $20 billion of property and 100,000 lives at risk from rising bay and ocean waters, according to a report of the Pacific Institute funded by the California Energy Commission, California EPA, California Department of Transportation, and the California Ocean Protection Council. Existing levees need repair to protect our future. We need leaders who address the crucial issues, not bureaucratic managers.

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