May 31, 2014

Trash Talking In North Fair Oaks

OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS gathered on the morning of May 31 at the Fair Oaks Community Center to "Be Seen Keepin it Clean" community cleanup event sponsored by my office and several other organizations. We are grateful to the folks who showed up to do their part to keep the neighborhoods clean - and we are thankful for our many partners and sponsors.

In all, it was a great day. Volunteers working in small teams spread out to their assigned areas to pick up trash. Preliminary information shows that around 4 tons of trash was collected. Following the work part of the morning, we served a couple hundred burritos to the workers and enjoyed a short awards ceremony and raffle.

Thanks especially to all the young people who showed up and demonstrated an interest in their community.

Join us next year at our 3rd annual clean up day. Stay current with events taking place in North Fair Oaks - check out the North Fair Oaks Forward website here.

May 26, 2014

Redwood City's Landscape is Changing

REDWOOD CITY HAS changed a great deal since the days when it was known as "Deadwood City." Take a look around these days and you'll find construction going on everywhere in the downtown area. Over 1,000 housing units are being added - primarily condos and apartments. But there is also commercial building going on too. As Bob Dylan said, "The times are a changin."

May 25, 2014

Why Does Facebook Want You To Vote?

IF YOU'RE IN the UK or the Netherlands then changes are you may have seen or be about to see a message appear in your Facebook news feed. It reminds you that it's Election Day, and has a link to where you can find your local polling station. It also tells you which of your friends have hit the "I'm a Voter" button on Facebook, to show they've voted.

Why would Facebook want to encourage people to vote?

Read more here.

May 24, 2014

Building Opportunities for Young Adults

ON MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014, the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program and Forum for Community Solutions held a discussion to explore the challenges of young adults in the labor market. The conversation highlighted ideas for expanding meaningful volunteer, on-the-job learning and entrepreneurship opportunities to help our newest generation of workers gain the experiences and skills they need to be successful in the labor market.

Panelists included John Bridgeland, president and CEO of Civic Enterprises; LaShauntaye Moore, Earth Conservation Corps, Henry Rock, executive director and founder of City Startup Labs; and Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer/CFO, AFL_CIO. The conversation was moderated by Nona Willis Aronowitz, National Reporter for NBC News Digital.

Catch the conversation in the video below.

May 23, 2014

What a Way to Start the Day

AS A COUNTY Supervisor, the normal day starts with a briefing from staff followed by appointments with constituents, lobbyists and members of non-profit organizations. Today my day started differently than most.

This morning I was visited by Bright, a Yellow Lab, who is an amazing working service dog. And notice from the picture that she even carries her own lunch in a brown recycled bag.

What makes Bright even more special is that she has her very own blog (well, she is from the Silicon Valley). It's called "Help on Four Legs" and you can check it out here.

It's amazing what these dogs can be trained to do and how much they add to the quality of life for a disabled person. 

May 22, 2014

Jobs For Youth - San Mateo County

WHAT A GREAT event the Summer Jobs for Youth Program put on this morning! Their work helps to ensure that youth in San Mateo County have an opportunity to work, to earn a little money, and more importantly, and learn what it means to contribute in the work environment. The businesses that hire youth in the summer are making an investment in our kids and in our future!

Thanks to all of them!

If you run a business, consider adding a young person to your staff for the summer! Contact: to learn about the program details an find a good match!

If you know a young person between 14-21 who would like to work and needs a little guidance, refer them to this program. Here's a brochure:

May 16, 2014

New Office in San Mateo County

SAN MATEO COUNTY plans to open an Office of Sustainability to oversee and coordinate countywide stormwater initiatives and centralize sustainability efforts. Jim Eggemeyer, the County's current Director of Planning and Building, has been tapped to launch this initiative which will start July 1, 2014.

Sustainability initiatives include practices and programs to meet/exceed water quality standards, promote alternative transportation uses by employees, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet trash reduction targets in the unincorporated areas, and reduce energy consumption. Looking forward to the work of this new Office!

May 13, 2014

North Fair Oaks Bike Rodeo - May 12, 2014

THANKS TO ANA Angel for the great video!

The North Fair Oaks Bike Rodeo was held on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The event sought to promote bike safety in the community and improve the health and wellness of kids! Many great community organizations including the Siena Youth Center, California Highway Patrol, and San Mateo County Sheriffs Office and my office participated.

We gave away a lot of great gifts including bike helmets, bike locks, gift cards and a Trek Mountain Bike. Better yet, Aldo Contreras, who won the bike, didn't own a bicycle!

A special shout out to Lori Pastorelli of the Commute Alternatives Program, San Mateo County and Rafael Avendano, Youth Program Director, Sienna Center.

May 5, 2014

San Mateo County District 3 Supervisor's Race

VOTING BY MAIL opens today in San Mateo County. It's easy to request a vote by mail ballot - all you need to do is contact the county's election office.

One of the contests on the June 3rd Primary Election ballot is the race for District 3 Supervisor in San Mateo County. You can check out each candidate's presentation of why they are running and what the issues are in the video below.

Learn more about the ballot, the candidates and the ballot measures at Smart Voter.

May 3, 2014

New App Helps Youth Find Free Summer Meals

MILLIONS OF LOW-income students rely on free or low-cost meals. But when summer vacation starts, the school meals end. This means youth who had access to nutritious meals during the school year may be undernourished or hungry over the summer.

The good news is: there are thousands of sites serving free summer meals to low-income youth. And there's a new free mobile app called Range that helps libraries, nonprofits, faith based organizations and others working with youth locate those free meal sites this summer.

The statistics on hunger in America are startling - check them out here!

Get the app here.

May 1, 2014

iCop: A New Crime Fighting App

IN THE INNER sanctum of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Offices, there’s a display case that houses numerous department artifacts dating back to the 1800s: photographs, badges and handwritten incident logs help tell the department’s storied past. Captain Chris Lathrop likes to stop and take in the department’s rich history. But Captain Lathrop’s focus is in the future – and one mobile application in particular that is making a big difference in how the department fights crime.

The mobile app developed in-house by Ventura County’s IT Department is called iCop – and it’s been a great asset to Sheriff’s Department deputies and investigators.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, this mobile application interfaces with the County’s criminal justice system, allowing officers to securely search by person, address or vehicle. Results include demographics, mug shots, tattoo images, warrant information, booking history, calls for services, arrest reports and property reports. Information is returned to the field in a matter of 20 seconds or less — as compared to the hours or days it previously took.