July 24, 2016

Finding Innovation in the Public Sector

MANY PUBLIC Sector leaders I know are constantly on the look out for great ideas. For innovative ideas. For ideas that can improve quality of life for their communities.

Andy Feldman's GovInnovator is one resource that shouldn't be overlooked. It's tag line is "insights for results-focused public leaders."

The site is packed with Podcasts on various topics like, "How the State of Mississippi uses evidence based budgeting to increase return on investment," "Raising job quality and skills for American workers through more effective education and workforce development," and "Using school-based health centers to address the health needs of low-income youth."

If you're looking for insight and innovation - check out GovInnovator.

Mr. Feldman can also be found on Twitter @AndyFeldman.

July 23, 2016

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors July 26, 2016 Meeting

THE NEXT San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting starts at 9:00 AM on July 26. Meetings are held in the board chambers located at 400 County Center, Redwood City. The agenda for the meetings includes an item that would approve ballot language for the extension of the county's 1/2 cent sales tax.

Go here to check out the agenda.

July 4, 2016

Celebrate Independence Day

THE FIRST "leave movement" began on July 4, 1776 when a group of 56 citizens from the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence. As we enjoy backyard BBQs, parades and fire works - let's remember the founding spirit of our nation and all the good it represents.

March 19, 2016

Citizenship Workshop in East Palo Alto

TODAY MY OFFICE held a free Citizenship Workshop at the Costano School & 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto. Hundreds of folks showed up this morning to start the paperwork process to become citizens.

My heartfelt thanks go out to our partner organizations and sponsors because they really helped make this a successful event. Around 40 volunteer lawyers assisted attendees through the process and one of the best parts of today's event was that the $650 fee to process citizenship applications was waived.

Also, a big thank you to Dr. Hernandez-Goff, the Ravenswood School District Superintendent, for allowing us to use the Costano School. It worked out perfectly. We used several classrooms as screening areas and the huge gymnasium was filled with processing stations and volunteers.

This event is the third of its kind in San Mateo County. The first citizenship seminar was held in Daly City with Redwood City being the second location. Just like today, several hundred people showed up at the first two workshops.

A huge shout out to all the volunteers who showed up at 7:30 AM to help the people of our communities.

I am so proud that we were able to organize the Citizenship Workshop and have a hand at making life better for people.

Pretty amazing!

No Electronic Billboards on Highway 280

Interstate 280 is designated as a scenic corridor and therefore - off limits! It is one of the most beautiful transportation corridors and we would never do anything to change that.
The County of San Mateo is considering a feasibility study of potential sites for electronic billboards - and ONLY looking at areas where billboards currently exist near Highway 101.
The Board of Supervisors must still approve the contract for a feasibility study, and, if one or more sites are deemed feasible, make all decisions regarding any potential project.
Ongoing revenue from a possible electronic billboard can be used to pay the capital and ongoing operating costs of projects that benefit our community like the Devil’s Slide Trail and the addition over recent years of about 200 acres to the Parks System.
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