Public input designed to inform decisions by local elected officials
Foster City, CA – Who gets to live and work in San Mateo County? Who decides what housing gets built and where? How do those questions relate to your budget and quality of life? And what do the answers to all of these questions mean to the future of the county?
Public Voices for Housing Choices: Threshold 2008 Online Dialogue is a chance for those affected by the current housing market to weigh in and discuss housing policies and solutions in San Mateo County. (Register now to participate at www.threshold2008.org)
All who live or work in San Mateo County are invited to participate and elected officials will be paying close attention to what people say.
“Everybody knows that housing is a problem,” said Duane Bay, San Mateo County Department of Housing. “Leaders will lead, but is this what people want?”
Most people do not have time to go to city council and planning commission meetings and the process surrounding housing policy is often dominated by small groups of highly motivated people representing competing interests without full consideration the trade-offs for the larger community.
“People must recognize that their voice has power,” said Greenbelt Alliance member Michele Beasley. “The lack of affordable housing in San Mateo County is both an environmental issue and a social equity issue.”
The web-based conversation, happening from May 5 -16, will have experts on housing and related issues, such as the environment and public transportation, available online to answer questions that arise during the dialogue.
Threshold 2008 is a nonprofit community-driven effort committed to increasing the understanding of housing issues in San Mateo County and to making the process of developing housing policies and solutions more inclusive. For more information, visit