I wrote about Threshold 2008 earlier this year here, here, here, here and here. Threshold 2008 has been a unique opportunity for the public to have a voice in San Mateo County’s housing initiatives. This is a very serious discussion that truly effects every last one of us living or working here and now and you, the public, have an opportunity to come together either tonight or tomorrow night and add your voice to the discussion through a Community Conversation. But you need to hurry to take advantage of this opportunity to add your voices.
Why, you ask should I care? Let me count the ways!
- Our County has only so much land available for housing and we have almost maxed it out.
- Should we build up with high rise condo towers?
- Should we have fewer parks in order to build housing?
- How about building along the coast and the special issues there, like water rights?
- What about the current battle in Redwood City about developing on the Bay?
- Traffic conjestion and flow are big battles throughout the County and are there any answers here?
What makes Threshold 2008 so unique is that you and I, the citizens of San Mateo County, are being given a voice to the discussion that the County Board of Supervisors and local city councils have about housing. So here is your chance to make a little difference in the lives of all of us! Take a little time and add your voice and ideas. They may be the key to our future.
So here’s the deal, you need to get yourself to the Peninsula Conference Center at 1700 South El Camino Real, Suite 100 in San Mateo. This is 1 block north of Highway 92. The discussions begin tonight at 6:30PM and will run until 9PM. Tomorrow evenings discussions begin at 6PM and run until 8:30PM. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided but you need to RSVP. That’s easy just go here and sign up for tonight or here for tomorrow night. If you can’t do that, you can call to register at 650-655-5851. You need only attend one of the evenings to add your voice.
This 2 1/2 hour conversation will be led by a facilitator with open ended questions tossed out and the discussion goes from there. There are no right or wrong answers here. The idea is to get as many diverse voices as possible. This is your chance to have your voice heard by our elected officials in every town and city in San Mateo County.
By the way, you don’t have to live in San Mateo County to participate. If you work here, own a business here, or want to, you too can participate.