Updated: Jul 31, 2022
How do we deal with the changes in local government with district elections?
For some it’s a great idea. It opens the door to newbies, candidates who would not have a chance of election otherwise because of poor or no name recognition or inadequate funds to run a citywide race. In so doing, it helps with the diversity of folks elected to office.
For a columnist, it’s enough to make your head spin. Here today, gone tomorrow. Latest example is the sad news that San Mateo Councilmember Joe Goethals is leaving the council. He has to leave because he is moving from Bay Meadows to San Mateo Park or from one district to another. His new digs are in District 1 where Lisa Diaz Nash is campaigning with vigor. Goethals has just endorsed her and given up public life for more time with family.