Amourence Lee · LIKE IT IS with MAYOR LEE
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Taking the Oath & Election Recap

Sweetest Swearing In Ceremony

On December 3rd the 2020 election results were certified, making my election to City Council official with 23,701 votes (34.65%).

In the largest and most expensive race in San Mateo's history, our grassroots campaign gave voice to everyday San Mateans and produced a sweeping, city-wide victory. 23 out of 25 precincts (plus one more where we tied) chose to send me back to the City Council. I am humbled by the strength and generosity of our local volunteers and donors. Public service is a sacred trust and my commitment is to lift every San Matean (as I was) so that together we can overcome our biggest challenges.

On December 7th, I took the oath of office at City Hall. We celebrated with cupcakes and a toast. In the wise words of our City Clerk, "You haven't lived until your face is immortalized on a cupcake!" Now I am officially living!

Local Election Results

Measure Y - Passed

YES 23,038 (50.05%)

NO 22,995 (49.95%)

Measure Y passed by a slim margin of 43 votes. This reveals a deep chasm in our community, and also a unifying mandate to build more affordable housing. Where do we go from here? Measure Y supporters have long said that the ballot initiative should not hinder the General Plan process. Our entire council is aligned in our commitment to a legitimate community-led General Plan process with robust outreach and data-based, informed decision-making. We owe it to our community to discover the will of the people and let that vision determine our future.

We are mandated to meet our RHNA goals and I will continue to support transit-oriented and sustainable growth to address our housing crisis and built back our economy. The alternative is untenable - worsening traffic, over-burdening our infrastructure, and working against our climate goals.

Measure W - Passed

YES 35,224 (74.89%)

NO 11,808 (25.11%)

I am thrilled that this revenue enhancement measure, sponsored by our council, passed by an overwhelming majority. The City's Hotel Transient Occupancy Tax will increase from 12% to 14% (to be paid by overnight hotel and short-term rental guests — not San Mateo residents). This measure will generate an estimated $1M locally controlled funding to support our essential City services and long-term fiscal health. Learn more.


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