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Government Watch
March 20, 2013, 05:00 AM
State government

o On a 3-1 vote, the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments Tuesday approved legislation that will require a link to California's online voter registration system on every state government website.

The bill -- SB 44 -- is authored by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco/San Mateo, who also authored the law that created the online registration system, which resulted in approximately 800,000 Californians registering to vote online prior to last November's election.

City government

o On Monday, the Burlingame City Council voted to alter its lease with Sam's Italian Sandwich Company at 1080 Howard Ave. The proposal lowers the monthly rent to $1,700 per month for an annual reduction in rent of $6,563.52. It also calls for the city to use the $4,000 security deposit to pay delinquent rent and allow the tenant to pay $100 installments toward a new deposit of $2,000, according to the contract.

At the same meeting, the council gave the final approval for the city manager to appoint a city clerk.

In 2009, Burlingame voters decided the city clerk would no longer be an elected position. City Clerk Mary Ellen Kearney, most recently elected in 2009, will serve through 2013 when the post would become appointed.

Lastly, the council voted to join the county-wide single-use bag ban.

o The city of Foster City is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the Planning Commission to fill one new full term from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2017. The Planning Commission consists of five residents of Foster City. To be eligible to apply, a resident must be at least 18 years old and must have continuously resided in the city for a period of at least three years immediately prior to submission of an application for appointment to the Planning Commission.

Planning commissioners are compensated $269 per month and are eligible to participate in the city's health benefits plan. Interested residents may apply by submitting an application form to the City Clerk stating qualifications including length of residence, community involvement, relevant experience and objectives. Application forms are available at City Hall, by calling (650) 286-3250 or can be downloaded at Applications will only be accepted by the City Clerk up to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013. Applications may be hand-delivered, mailed, emailed or faxed to Foster City, Attention: City Clerk, 610 Foster City Blvd., Foster City, CA, 94404;; fax (650) 286-2552.

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