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Half Moon Bay Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Half Moon Bay and San Mateo County.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Half Moon Bay Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

President Barack Obama: The president’s national campaign just last month, invigorating the Peninsula city.

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: The former governor recently for a private fundraiser.

California Assemblymember Jerry Hill: This Assemblymember is looking to make a . He will face Sally Lieber for the District 13 seat.

Former Assemblymember Sally Lieber: Lieber finished second out of four in the May election, pitting her against Hill for the .

Former Elections Chief Warren Slocum: After getting the most votes in the May 4 election, Slocum will run against Masur for the .

Redwood City School Board Member Shelly Masur: Masur will face off with Slocum for a seat on the .

South San Francisco City Councilmember Kevin Mullin: After receiving the most votes in the May election, the Councilmember continues his campaign for the .

Businessman Mark Gilham: This Republican Redwood City man will face Democrat Mullin in the race for the .

Former State Assembly representative for District 21 Richard S. Gordon: The Menlo Park resident took the State Assembly Race in May, winning the , which now includes the coast and into Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay City Councilmember Marina Fraser: Fraser's seat is up for election. Fraser was the lone dissenter in May’s 4-1 vote to bring a 1 percent to Half Moon Bay residents.

Half Moon Bay City Councilmember John "Farmer John" Muller: Muller's seat is also up for election. He ran unopposed in November of 2007, and has served as both Vice Mayor and Mayor since then. He undertook the task with council members of preparing the for the city. Stay tuned to find out who’s running to take their place.

Sales tax measure for Half Moon Bay residents: Councilmembers are scheduled to make the final decision on June 19 as whether to bring a sales tax measure to residents on the November ballot. The City Council generated an effort to place a on the Nov. 2010 ballot, , which did not pass.

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George Muteff June 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Christa, Lord knows I've been wrong before (not enough fingers and toes to count, but...), but IF I understand correctly, there are a few adjustments I'd offer here: Marina Fraser voted in support of Measure K. Further, Measure K started as a 1/2 cent sales tax increase for 3 or 4 years (can't remember now) and morphed, after outside "consultants" (marketers) @ $50K told the Council they could get one cent for 7 years. In June, 2010, the Council voted unanimously to declare a "Fiscal Emergency", the first one for HMB, to lower the bar from 2/3rd's passage to a simple majority, http://www.hmbreview.com/news/breaking_news/hmb-declares-fiscal-emergency/article_d2b4280a-3360-534c-875c-ba95d9d37c77.html , then voted 4-1 (Kowalczyk voted No) to support the Measure. At the time our sales tax was 9.25%. The one cent increase would have moved it to 10.25%, which is over a 10% increase - not the one percent mentioned here. Don't feel badly, though. The Council, in their strong efforts to support the Measure constantly referred to it as a 1% increase, which of course wasn't true. Muller, who was appointed by the Council in June of 2006, to fill the seat David Gorn vacated, was joined by Fraser running unopposed, as you show. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. Will it be business as usual in HMB elections where name recognition wins the day? or, will the voters finally take a look at the 2 incumbents voting record and vote accordingly?
Christa Bigue June 18, 2012 at 06:40 PM
You are right that Kowalczyk voted No to support the sales tax Measure the first time around two years ago. But I am referring to a more recent vote, where Fraser voted no to put it on the ballot for this year's election, Nov. 2012. She is quoted here for her reasons: http://patch.com/A-sVCB Thank you for your comment!
George Muteff June 18, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I thought you were referring to the one cent attempt, Christa. My bad. Regarding this latest attempt to raise the sales tax, Fraser is simply playing politics, IMHO. "It was not a deciding vote to put it on the ballot," councilmember Marina Fraser said...says it all. This is, after all, an election year for both she and Muller. Time will tell how this plays out, but at first blush I'd say the Council will have troubles this time as well. Why? Well, several reasons. First, the last attempt still leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth. The way the whole deal went down stunk -- as if the Council was pulling a fast one...and they tried. Secondly, the CUSD got Measure S passed. That $81 Million slush fund will strain taxpayers beyond the capability of some. Thirdly, there will be more attempts to scarf up taxpayer monies on that ballot and frankly, folks are sick of it. Plus, it should be a well subscribed election. And finally, the City's creation of 2 new admin positions for $300K per,annum from our budget will put a lot of folks off. And these reasons are just a few. There is a lot of real estate between now and the election with more to come. It will be a very difficult sell. We'll see.

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