Editorial, Burlingame Advance-Star, “Yesterday’s Election,” 1930

This editorial from the Burlingame Advance-Star is undated, but makes reference to “yesterday’s election,” so it would be from April 15, 1930, the day after a slate of candidates committed to keeping business off of the state highway (El Camino Real) in Burlingame was re-elected to city council. The clipping is included in the scrapbook of former mayor Allan F. Hunt, one of the candidates who won this highly contested election. Click the image to enlarge.

Title: “Yesterday’s Election,” Burlingame Advance-Star
Date: (April 15,) 1930
Accession no.: (included in) 10-416 SCRAPBOOKS

The article reads, in part:

Yesterday’s Election

The election of yesterday demonstates what the people of a community can do and will do when a vital issue is submitted to them for decision.

The voters of Burlingame are to be congratulated upon the splendid spirit manifested in going to the polls in large numbers and defeating a group of “special interest” citizens to control the city government.

To attempt to rezone El Camino Real for business was well within the rights of those who own property on that street. Defeated in trying to get their plans through the city council and the planning commission they were ewll within their rights in trying to elect city officials who would favor their project.

However, this group, instead of making a contest on the real issue which prompted them to organize, sought to win the election by bringing forth other issues. This was “politics.” It perhaps was regular as politics go, but it was not effective because its backers did not take the intelligence of the people of Burlingame into consideration.

There is no question that some of the people who voted with the highway organization honestly felt that to make a business thoroughfare of El Camino Real would be a good thing for the city. They are entitled to their honest views, but we are in a democracy, and majority rules. The overwhelming defeat of the highway dcandidates should satisfy anyone that the people do not want the highway changed from its present status. If the courts should decide otherwise, the decision of the courts would be no more popular than was the program of the highway organization.

Let us hope that those who voted with the minority will respect the wishes of the majority and turn their energies and their funds into other channels that will help to work out some of the other real problems that face this growing city.

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