Six to vie for seats in Redwood City

A housing advocate and a high school teacher are hoping to give four incumbents a run for their money when residents vote for their new City Council members in November.

The crowded election for four seats on the seven-member council initially featured four newcomers, including Kevin Bondonno, chair of the city’s Housing and Human Concerns Committee; local businessman Nick James; resident Christina Lucien; and teacher Joneen Nelson. But only Bondonno and Nelson filed paperwork and qualified for the ballot, City Clerk Patricia Howe said.

Incumbents Ian Bain, Alicia Aguirre, Rosanne Foust and Barbara Pierce are seeking new terms on the City Council.

“I think it’s great that people step up and run,” said Foust, first elected in 2003.

For Foust and other incumbents, the challenge is to make sure residents know what they’ve been doing for the past four years. All four said they are getting an earful from residents about downtown’s transformation.

However, those concerns aren’t the mainstays, according to Bain.

“People care most about the issues closest to home — they want their trees trimmed, sidewalks repaired and speeding reduced,” Bain said.

For Bondonno and Nelson, the challenge will be making sure voters know who they are.

Nelson has lived in the Bay Area since the late 1990s. She just finished a yearlong teaching stint at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.

Nelson entered the race out of political frustration. “I love to walk across the fields in Redwood Shores, and they’re tearing them up to put in artificial turf,” she said. She also questions Redwood City’s approval of expansion and 12 new gas pumps at Costco on Middlefield Road.

Bondonno, who has served on the housing committee for six years, is especially concerned about the mix of housing Redwood City builds as it grows, particularly downtown.

bwinegarner@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocalPeninsula

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Demonstrators commemorated the life of George Floyd and others killed by police outside S.F. City Hall on June 1, 2020.<ins></ins>
Chauvin verdict: SF reacts after jury finds ex-officer guilty on all charges

San Franciscans were relieved Tuesday after jurors found a former Minneapolis police… Continue reading

San Francisco Unified School District Board member Faauuga Moliga, right, pictured with Superintendent Vincent Matthews on the first day back to classrooms, will be board vice president for the remander of the 2121 term. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Faauuga Moliga named as school board vice president to replace Alison Collins

The San Francisco school board on Tuesday selected board member Fauuga Moliga… Continue reading

Legislation by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman would require The City to add enough new safe camping sites, such as this one at 180 Jones St. in the Tenderloin, to accomodate everyone living on the street. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City would create sites for hundreds of tents under new homeless shelter proposal

Advocates say funding better spent on permanent housing

An instructor at Sava Pool teaches children drowning prevention techniques. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Indoor city pools reopen for lap swimming and safety classes

Two of San Francisco’s indoor city pools reopened Tuesday, marking another step… Continue reading

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

Most Read