“Don’t throw a rock and hide your hand, stand up and tell people what you’re doing!” Claire Mack, Former San Mateo Mayor
"We teach our children not to be bullies or liars, but it's OK for our Mayor?" - Petition Signer who brought her pre-teen son to witness
“It is absolutely acceptable and appropriate for voters to hold elected officials accountable. If a majority of voters feel that an elected official is failing to perform duties or is derelict in duty or failing to meet code of conduct or fosters hate or acts in a manner that divides a community, then our laws and democratic process allows for a recall. Elected officials must be held accountable to perform and deliver results that benefit the entire community served.” – A San Mateo Resident
“Lee Should Resign” – Letter to the Editor, San Mateo Daily Journal
“Manipulating District Elections” - Letter to the Editor, San Mateo Daily Journal
“With a likely recall election of her based on her unprofessionalism and questionable character, along with a DA investigation into her egregious allegations, if Lee is trying to make a name for herself in San Mateo politics she may do it for all the wrong reasons.” Letter to the Editor, San Mateo Daily Journal
"As a media literacy educator, I have to ask why you would choose to quote Ms. Lee's misinformation of the inflated cost of a recall, as it adopts the "just lie and repeat it no one will know the difference" stance that is all too prevalent with self-serving politicians. Many of us would like to see local coverage avoid this 'stenographer' approach to public figures and bureaucrats who have consistently relied on self-serving rhetoric to proliferate over facts or substantive accuracy.
Local headlines also trumpeted Ms. Lee's sheroism for "her fundraising efforts" for flood aid, when in actuality, a hard look reveals the bulk of the funds came from big developer dollars ponying up $10K/per corporate interest donation, which smacks of quid pro quo influence peddling, cronyism, and a tax write off for those who would like to continue steamrolling over public sentiment to build unnecessary office space and over-priced market rate housing w/only a tiny smidge of 'affordability' to pass muster with state mandates.
These are the nuances the public will miss if journalists parrot politicians with vested interests and allow Ms. Lee and others to frame the narrative while the media proliferates it. We need to teach media literacy and spin-spotting in public schools so citizens learn critical thinking early on...and remind journalists to do the same." - San Mateo Resident in response to Patch article