November 14, 2015

San Mateo County Veterans Commission Sets Its First Meeting for November 16

9 members of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission
RECENTLY MY COLLEAGUES on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors joined with me in voting for my legislation that established the county's first Veterans Commission. Nearly 100 veterans applied to serve on the commission, 30 candidates were interviewed and 11 were eventually selected.

All of the candidates were outstanding and it was difficult for the interview panel consisting of myself, Supervisor Don Horsley and Director of Human Resources, Donna Vaillancourt, to select just 11 from the pool. Each veteran had a great personal story and it was an honor to meet each one.

President Obama recently said, "...our gratitude (to our vets) should extend beyond what our veterans have done for us in the past. It should remind us of our responsibility to serve them as well as they have served us. It should compel us to keep our veterans central to the ongoing work of this nation."

As a Vietnam veteran, I know firsthand of the personal sacrifice, camaraderie and dedication to purpose that veterans share. I am proud to be counted in their ranks. With veterans representing all ages and branches of the Armed Services, the Veterans Commission will examine the needs, set the priorities and help the County do its part to take care of those who have taken care of us.i

There are approximately 33,000 veterans in San Mateo County.

On November 16 the commission will hold its first meeting. The event will take place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber located at 400 Marshall. For more information, contact my office at 650-
363-4570.

To make an appointment with the County Veterans Services Office, call 650-802-6598 or email veteransservices-smc@smcgov.org.


November 13, 2015

Aerial View of San Mateo County

LOCATED ADJACENT TO San Francisco and in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Mateo County is one of the most beautiful areas in the United States. It includes the agricultural fields of the coast that grow flowers, artichokes, berries and pumpkins, to Redwood forests with great hiking trails, to breathtaking views of the costal fog as it rolls over the mountains. In addition to the natural beauty of San Mateo County, we are home to high tech giants like Facebook and Oracle. In short, San Mateo County is a great place to live, work and play.

Protecting this region and its open spaces remains a high priority of mine as I work on air quality issues through service on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and my recycling work aimed at reducing waste in our communities. I am proud that we have expanded a section of the Bay Trail in East Palo Alto and created new parks in District 4, which I proudly represent, for all families to enjoy and through our diligence, they will be outdoor resources for future generations.

"Eye in the Sky - San Mateo County" offers breathtaking aerial cinematography and a broad overview of the county and its unmatched beauty.

The video below was produced by Kingston Media located in South San Francisco.

Enjoy.

November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

It's November 11th and that means it's Veterans Day and a national holiday. Thanks to all the veterans who have served our great country...we owe you a great debt.

In San Bruno earlier today, at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, veterans gathered to hear wonderful music, memorable speeches and a chance to pay respects to our servicemen and woman. The skies were a beautiful blue and the white head stones reminded us all of the sacrifices that many have made.

Check out these veteran links.

- The Faces of America's Veterans
- Heartbreaking Military Suicide Has to End
Honoring Veterans, One Story at a Time

November 10, 2015

Community Engagement in North Fair Oaks

LAST NIGHT 62 residents of North Fair Oaks joined my staff, county staff and the Sheriff's Office to talk about community priorities in the public safety area as well as in the code enforcement area. A lively discussion was held at the individual tables as everyone shared their opinions.

The clear priorities are parking and illegal dumping.

The NFO Community discusses priorities.
This is the second community meeting to discuss neighborhood priorities and now that the community has come to a consensus on their priorities, the county will set about focusing specifically on those issues. The first wave of activity will be aimed at educating businesses and residents about parking ordinances for time limits, abandoned vehicles and doing business on the street. Following that, citations will be issued. The same is true for illegal dumping.

I am proud of the progress we have made in North Fair Oaks. There is still a lot of work to do but I believe that the residents are coming out to our community meetings and making it clear what they want done.

Democracy is alive and healthy in North Fair Oaks.

Visit North Fair Oaks Forward to stay abreast of what's going on in the community.

November 9, 2015

Pay Tribute to a Vet or Active Duty Service Member

JUST IN TIME for Veterans Day, California is introducing a program that will allow voters to cast their ballots in recognition of a current or former member of the military.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today the "Honor Veterans. Vote." campaign, encouraging Californians to pay tribute to veterans and active-duty service members "by participating in the democracy that they're fighting to preserve."

Voters can submit dedications for family and friends at honorveterans.sos.ca.gov, then choose to receive a custom certificate or lapel pin to display while voting.

November 8, 2015

Veterans Day is November 11

I HOPE YOU'LL join me in honoring the men and women who have served our country in the military on Veterans day, November 11.

This year, the annual Veterans Day Observance will feature three interesting speakers at the ceremony at the Golden Gate National Cemetery. The speakers include Frank Masuoka, U.S. Army veteran; Sylvia Ambrosio, U.S. Navy WAVE; and David M. Kennedy, professor of history at Stanford University.

This year's observance will be held outdoors on Nimitz Drive, within the cemetery, located at 1300 Sneath Lane (Veterans Way), in San Bruno.

"Supporting Our Veterans" is the theme of this year's program. A musical prelude by the San Mateo Elks Concert Band starts at 10:30 a.m. and the program begins at 11 a.m. with Kathy McCall, cemetery director, serving as master of ceremonies. Vocalists Karen Schacht and Eric Ribeiro of San Bruno will sing patriotic songs. Half Moon Bay resident Brenda Termullo, first vice president, San Mateo County Blue Star Moms, will lay a wreath honoring Blue Star families.

Following the event, the public is also invited to a no-host luncheon at the American Legion Hall, 757 San Mateo Avenue at Huntington Avenue in San Bruno. The luncheon cost is $8 and proceeds benefit the Avenue of Flags Committee and American Legion Post 409.

And just a side note - the first meeting of the newly formed Veterans Commission of San Mateo County will be held on November 16 starting at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Justice in Redwood City. Recently confirmed commission members will be given the Oath of Office by yours truly and light refreshments will be served. A formal business meeting will follow.

9 of the 11 members of the new Veterans Commission

November 7, 2015

Supervisor Slocum Appointed to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

THANK YOU to my colleagues on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for voting to appoint me to serve on an important regional body, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. The district was created in 1955 by the California Legislature and was the first regional air pollution control agency in the country.

The Air District is tasked with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Southwestern Solano and southern Sonoma counties. It is governed by a 22-member Board of Directors composed of locally elected officials from each of the nine Bay Area Counties, with the number of board members from each county being proportionate to its population.

The Board oversees policies and adopts regulations for the control of air pollution within the district. The Air District consists of over 340 dedicated staff members, including engineers, inspectors, planners, scientists and other professionals.

Learn more about the district here.

Here is a complete listing of all my commission and committee assignments.


September 4, 2015

Recognition for Past Work as Registrar of Voters in San Mateo County

I WAS PROUD to recently receive the "Public Service" Award from the American Political Science Association, Experimental Research Section at their annual meeting in San Francisco.

The award recognizes a special form of public service, the facilitation of randomized experiments in political science by those outside the academy. Considerations in the evaluation of nominees for this award include:

1. their generosity with time, resources, and data; and

2. their willingness to permit research transparency (e.g., allowing researchers to publish research without regard to how the results come out.)

Thank you to Professor Melissa Michelson for nominating me - and thanks to the association for the recognition of my work several years ago as San Mateo County Registrar of Voters.


August 2, 2015

Applications Sought for San Mateo County Veterans Commission

VETERANS AND members of the public now have the opportunity to serve on the newly established San Mateo County Veterans Commission, which will focus on the needs of the
approximately 33,000 veterans who call this county home. On Friday, July 17, the five week application period opened to form this nine-member Commission whose composition will reflect the diversity of vets in this county and those who provide services to them.

The Board of Supervisors will appoint the nine voting members.

The formation of the Commission is near and dear to my heart. It's our job and our duty to help them.

Applicants must live or work in San Mateo County, or provide services which target and benefit veterans residing in the county.

Applications must be received by 5 pm, August 21. After the close of the application period, applications will be screened and interviews will be conducted in September. The Board of Supervisors will consider approval of the selected nominees at its November 3 meeting.

Applications are available from Alicia Garcia, Deputy Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City or by calling 650.363.4634. Applications are also available at:

https://bnc.smcgov.org/vacancies

March 7, 2015

Evidence-Based Practices Seminar

I AM PLEASED to announce a special seminar, "ABC's of Evidence-Based Practices and How to Apply Them for Funding." The event will take place Monday, March 9 - from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City (Shoreway Conference Room).

Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and I, in partnership with the Probation Department and County Manager's Office will share strategies on how to serve people more effectively and track outcomes efficiently. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the Community Corrections Partnership priorities, review the grant application process, and learn strategies for creating successful applications.

This workshop will help you better serve your clients, and create more competitive applications to attract funding.

Lunch will be provided and everyone will have the opportunity to network and share ideas.

To RSVP - https://eventbrite.com/event/15527966566/

March 6, 2015

Parks Make Healthy Communities

I'M PLEASED TO report that the County's 91-year tradition of maintaining large-scale regional parks and trails is about to change. Supervisor Don Horsley and I represent districts with communities that want and need smaller neighborhood parks and green spaces to promote health and well-being. We asked the Parks Department and the Parks Commission to see what might be feasible for the County.

On April 9, the Board of Supervisors will consider a proposed Mini-Parks Policy for the unincorporated areas. If adopted, the policy will authorize the parks Department to create and maintain mini-parks in the unincorporated areas of the county. It will support the County's strategic goal of building "Healthy Communities" as well. Mini-parks like the FOBA Pocket Park and Friendship Park in North Fair Oaks as well as Quarry Park, the Moss Beach Park and the Clipper Ride Community Park on the coast will now have a legitimate "home" in our family of parks and fall under the Parks Department's mission.

Kudos to the Parks Commission Subcommittee who drafted this policy. Special thanks to Park and Recreation Commissioners Neil Merrilees and Meda Okelo, Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council member Nic Erridge, Midcoast Community Council Member Chris Johnson, North Fair Oaks Community Council member Linda Lopez, and Fair Oaks Beautification Association member Laura Caplan along with North Fair Oaks Forward Outreach consultant Patricia Brown and Margy Kahn, an interested resident of North Fair Oaks. I also want to give a shout out to our amazing Parks Director, Marlene Finley, who worked with the Parks Commission Subcommittee to develop this policy for our consideration.

March 5, 2015

AB 60: Supervisor Slocum to Host Panel on Getting a Legal Driver's License

FOR THE FIRST time, undocumented drivers are eligible to apply for a California driver's license. Assembly Bill 60, the law to license drivers in California regardless of immigration status, took effect on January 1, 2015. To date, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reports it has issued more than 60,000 driver's licenses to illegal immigrants under AB 60.

Those in San Mateo County who have not yet applied and are interested in learning more about AB 60 can attend a free panel discussion "Getting A Legal Driver's License" which is being hosted by my office and Sheriff Greg Munks, California Highway Patrol
, Mexican Consul from San Francisco and California Department of Motor Vehicles.

The panel discussion takes place on Tuesday, March 17 from 7 to 8:30 pm. It will be held at the Fair Oaks Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

The panel presentation will be made by DMV officials in Spanish with a question-and-answer session to follow. This will be an opportunity for those interested in applying for a dirver's license to hear from the experts, learn about the process and requirements and ask questions.

The passage of AB 60 is now creating thousands of legal, well-informed drivers, and removing the driver angst among the many undocumented people who regularly drive with licenses to go to work, pick up their children and run errands. Our roads are safer as the result of this law.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Irving Torres, Legislative Aide at 650.363.4801 or itorres@smcgov.org.

February 20, 2015

Civic Technology Helps Build a 21st Century Government

CIVIC TECHNOLOGY IS changing communities for the better. Over the past decade, the number of civic tech companies has grown at a rapid rate, bringing with it a slew of new applications and platforms that streamline government and make it more accessible to the public.

Quoting the Knight Foundation, one of the biggest sponsors of civic tech projects, "Civic leaders, organizations, funders and citizens increasingly recognize the power of technology to connect people, improve cities, and make governments more effective."

Civic tech spurs people to participate in public good development, enhancing citizen communications, improving government infrastructure or generally making national and local governments more effective. It encompasses civic applications, platforms supporting government bodies and institutions and other software enabling those goals.

The Knight Foundation's 2013 study and its 2014 update suggest that new civic tech falls under two categories: open government and community action. Civic tech in each category seeks to make data more accessible to citizens and allow them to share civic-minded solutions. Here are six reasons for the emergence of civic tech platforms and how civic tech is helping changing communities for the better:

1. Citizens want more information about their government.

In San Mateo County Socrata is helping the county to provide information to citizens in a more efficient and accessible way. In addition, Code for America helps jurisdictions create custom apps that target specific areas of community need like locating free food sources.

2. Citizens want to be more involved with how government operates.

TurboVote and TrusttheVote allow more citizens to get involved in the electoral process. The platforms allow citizens to track elections, register to vote, view ballots before going to the polls and fill out the paperwork that keeps busy people from the polls.

3. Citizens want to interact with their government, but hate all of the red tape.

In San Mateo County SeeClickFix allows citizens empower to provide feedback on public services and report things like crime, downed power lines, potholes and illegal dumping.

4. Citizens want to share their knowledge, but have nowhere to put it.

Information crowdsourcing tools like Waze make it easier for citizens to share their knowledge with their community.

5. Citizens are passionate about a project, but need to find funding to complete it.

Civic crowdfunding platforms like Kiva and Lenddo provide platorms for passionate citizens to connect with people who can help fund their projects.

6. Citizens want to change or support something, but don't know where to go.

Community organizing has been used for decades to get people who care about an issue, candidate or problem all in the same place to focus their energy on action. Civic technology is streamlining that process. Organizations and platforms like Causes and EngagementHQ allow citizens to connect with other citizens around issues they care about and officials to connect with those group.

February 18, 2015

iPads Used to Gather Petition Signatures

THE DENVER ELECTIONS Division is doing something California couldn't get implemented. That's using technology - specifically iPads - to modernize the petition signature gathering process.

The election office in Denver has come up with what's believed to be a first-in-the-nation way to gather signatures that is fast, efficient and better serves constituents as well as the election workers who have to verify thousands of signatures.

Beginning with the qualifying process for elections scheduled for this May, the office is test piloting a program that allows candidates to use a tablet and stylus to gather ballot petition signatures. eSign, as the office is calling the new application, allows circulators to gather signatures on a tablet that is registered with the Elections Division.

The app allows circulators to verify the voter registration of the signer before collecting the signature and keeps a running tally of the number of signatures collected. Tablets can be borrowed from the Elections Division for a $375 deposit or campaigns may register personal iPads with the Elections Division and download the app to gather signatures.

Currently about 18 campaigns are using eSign for the May election cycle and as the deadline for qualification approaches, more campaigns may sign up.

The office worked with a local vendor - 303 Software - to create the app, which cost about $60,000 to create and implement.

The hope is that following their successful pilot, eSign can be adopted not only statewide, but also for other jurisdictions throughout the country.

I'm not trying to brag here but San Mateo County had this idea way back in 2010. We wrote:

"A new Silicon Valley company launched a smart phone app yesterday...that will allow signature gatherers to collect your signature on a cell phone app!" "California may become the first state in the nation to apply this kind of technology to the collection of signatures for initiatives, referendums and recalls headed for the ballot."

Well, that never happened because California law evidently doesn't allow for electronic signatures for petitions. But, just in case your curious, here is a video of how the Verafirma app worked.


February 17, 2015

Is It Time For Rent Control In San Mateo County? Some Say Yes - Others Say No

ON SATURDAY MORE than 200 people took to the streets and protested Redwood City's high cost of rental housing. The protest included local business owners who said the region has become too expensive for the wages they can afford to pay.

The march was a lead-up to a Redwood City Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night starting at 7 PM, 1017 Middlefield Road (City Hall), where an item on rent control is on the agenda.

High rents are not limited to Redwood City, however. Throughout San Mateo County rents have reached some of the highest levels in California. The average rent for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is over $2,500 which is second highest in the state, second behind San Francisco.
Dave Newlands/Daily Journal

The result of the high cost of living is
that many residents are being forced out of the rental market while many working-class families question whether they can afford to live in the county, or anywhere else on the Peninsula given the skyrocketing housing costs.

It's been said that the situation is the result of several factors - an imbalance between the surging jobs market and tight housing market; investors looking to flip rental properties; and the dissolution of California's redevelopment agencies, which had spurred affordable housing development. All of this has created a perfect storm.

There are slightly more than 35,000 households in San Mateo County that bring in less than half the county's median household income, but only about 12,000 rental units that are truly affordable for them.

Do the protesters who chanted "si se puede" in Redwood City on Saturday have it right?

Is it time for some type of rent control/rent stabilization in the county?

Let me know what you think.

February 15, 2015

Great Day at the Beach

THE BEACH TODAY at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse was spectacular. I took the Allegro over the hill and down Highway 1. Very little traffic at 7:00 AM in the morning.

My intent was to spend the day at the beach with Crockett, our Goldendoodle.

When we arrived the beach was empty. No cars parked along the road - but when we left it was exactly the opposite. Cars, people, dogs and lots of each. In fact, on the way back to Redwood City, the cars were stacked up on Highway 92 from downtown Half Moon Bay all the way to the top of the hill near the College of San Mateo.

Here are some pictures from our day.







February 14, 2015

How to Get Startup Thinking Into Government

FRUSTRATED BY PUBLIC sector inefficiency, citizens often wonder: why can't government be run like business? Open data advocates argue that's the wrong question.

Government doesn't need to, nor should be run like Silicon Valley. In fact, at CA Fwd's Long Beach Regional Data Forum, former Code for America co-executive director Abhi Nemani joked that since becoming the City of LA.'s Chief Data Officer, he now knows for certain government can't be run like a business.

Instead, Nemani argues, that innovative solutions lie at the intersection between government and startup thinking. Government can improve both efficiency and responsiveness by leveraging technology and applying the innovation and agile thinking of the startup community to solve public sector challenges, Nemani says.

Watch the video below to find out how California governments fair in applying lean startup principles and methodology to government practices and programs.

Next month, leading public sector and private developers of government transparency tools will gather at CA fwd's 2015 Summit on Data to explore how to elevate the use of open data across state and local jurisdictions to advance critical policies. The event, which will be in Sacramento on March 18, aims to stimulate innovation, promote the adoption of technology, and evolve public polices to enable technology-driven improvements.

Register for the Summit here.

February 13, 2015

North Fair Oaks Forward!

ON THURSDAY MORNING, a group gathered at the 2nd Annual North Fair Oaks Community Leaders Breakfast to acknowledge the amazing work underway and to recognize the leaders in business and nonprofit communities and in County government who are making things happen in North Fair Oaks.

I am truly grateful for the collaborative efforts underway to improve the quality of life in North Fair Oaks. Lots has been done this past year but I am mindful that there is much more to be done.

I wanted to share some examples of the instances last year when people raised concerns with me. Concerns regarding smoking in apartment buildings, suspicious activity around massage parlors, and a need for more workers at the South Bay recycling plant. Instances where we were able to achieve a positive result by working together. I'm referring to the Board of Supervisors approved smoking ordinance which will improve the health of the community, the updated massage parlor ordinance and enforcement by the Sheriff which resulted in the closure of nine illegal massage parlors operating in North Fair Oaks, and the creation of 50 jobs at the South Bay Recycling plant that were filled by workers from the Multi-Cultural Institute through a county contract. There are many more examples, big and small.

Thursday morning was a time to pause and reflect on the good work, say thank you, and give community leaders a better understanding about the county-led initiatives underway.

It was a great event - and I am looking forward to the year ahead and the work we will continue to do together.






February 11, 2015

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Still Setting Measure A Priorities

ON TUESDAY, WE had one of the most productive board meetings so far this year. Why? Because there was a lot of dialogue about programmatic priorities between board members, the public and staff. As a policy board, we don't often talk about our priorities and why those priorities are important to the people we serve.
MEASURE A

Our meeting was a priority-setting study session but we passed on accepting the staff's recommendations on Measure A sales tax revenue spending for new initiatives, instead we preferred to take a step back and review the 370 funding requests more fully.

On President Groom's suggestion, the Board appointed a subcommittee of Supervisors Adrienne Tissier and myself to revisit the process used to spend approximately $30 million in Measure A dollars for new initiatives during the Fiscal Year 2015-2017 cycle, to ensure that the Board's priorities are met using Measure A and other funding in the County's budget. The conversation will continue at our February 24 meeting, which will push back the originally proposed timelines for notifying applicants of their status and holding public hearings on both new and continuing initiatives.

The county Manager suggested that we focus on a handful of priority areas where the funds can make a substantial impact for the county's low-income and underserved residents. Specifically, the targeted areas were:

  • Ending homelessness and increasing affordable housing availability;
  • Supporting foster youth from entry to emancipation and self-sufficiency;
  • Protecting older adults and ensuring low-income residents can age in place;
  • Environmental sustainability;
  • Interventions in communities with lower high school graduation rates and higher truancy rates.
While those targeted areas may end up being OK with the Board, my colleagues and I wanted a greater understanding of why an individual application did or did not meet the criteria as listed in the recommendations for new initiatives. Additionally, we wanted the opportunity to more fully discuss spending options and how they might complement existing efforts.

Stay tuned for more Measure A funding conversations.

February 10, 2015

Veteran Housing Breaks Ground on VA Campus in Menlo Park

IT WAS TWO years ago that I first became involved with a project to build a 60-unit, 40,000-square foot apartment complex to provide housing for homeless veterans. I am now proud to say that on Monday, February 9, the ceremonial ribbon cutting took place to commemorate the start of construction.

Many dignitaries were present at the event. I had the honor of joining Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA 18th Congressional District) and the Lisa Freeman, Director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, in giving brief congratulatory remarks to the gathering of around 50 guests.

Located at 795 Willow Road, the project is funded by a variety of public donors, including the City of Menlo Park and San Mateo County.

There are some 900 homeless veterans in Santa Clara and San Mateo County. "This housing project is a huge step toward ending homelessness among veterans - it will provide a roof over the heads of those who have served this country so well."

Construction will be completed in December 2015.

"San Mateo County played a big part in providing funding for this project, and as a veteran, I am proud to have played some small part in getting this project off the ground in a truly remarkably short period of time."

"A big thank you to my colleagues on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors who approved the $1.2 million in funding for the project."



February 8, 2015

Measure A Priorities Study Session

ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, my colleagues and I on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will hold a Measure A Priorities Study Session. The purpose of that agenda item is to review the list of some 371 requests for funding and provide the County Manager with policy guidelines and specific recommendations.

Measure A was approved by the voters in November 2012 and provides for a 10-year, one-half cent sales tax increased in San Mateo County. It won by approximately 65 percent of the vote.

While original estimates suggested that the measure would generate around $60 million a year in new revenue, experience shows that the tax measure generates $80 million per year. The monies generated through Measure A did not have a designated purpose but monies were to be used to fill in service gaps and it was suggested that it could help fund programs dealing with child abuse, fire prevention, park operations, health care and other county efforts, for example.

View the Measure A Board of Supervisors study session material here (includes a recommended funding chart created by county staff. I anticipate that this material will be hotly debated by the members).

For background, the video below is a Measure A Information Session Introduction that was held for interested community groups seeking funding.

February 5, 2015

Does Your Child Read at Grade Level? Find out...

PARENTS OFTEN WONDER if their child is reading, writing and doing math at grade-level. Great Schools has created "Milestones" to help parents answer those questions.

Milestones is a free, online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-5. Milestones show students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade.

Check out Milestones here.

January 31, 2015

Sometimes Your'e Just Proud to be a Part of San Mateo County

THERE ARE TIMES when being a County Supervisor in San Mateo County just makes you proud. One recent example came this week when the County and the City of East Palo Alto launched a partnership to expand the David E. Lewis Community Reentry Center.

The new partnership is a collaborative effort by the County of San Mateo and the City of East Palo Alto. It's goal is to not only keep the doors of the David E. Lewis Community Reentry Center open but also bolster the existing facility with new resources aimed at reducing recidivism and helping formerly incarcerated succeed.

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, community leaders and stakeholders gathered to celebrate.
Speaking to an audience of more than 100 attendees, I said, "Today's grand opening represent the County joint a strong team. With our combined efforts, the center will strengthen and continue services such as counseling, job placement, family support, and most importantly the radical idea that all people deserve opportunities to succeed."

In the end, what County Manager John Maltbie said to the group is true - "the fabric of the community really depends upon the successful reentry of people who were incarcerated to rebuild lives and communities."

I am proud to represent the 4th District and especially proud to have had a hand at bringing the partners together, gaining funding for the Center and for the process we collectively used to think  about what could be rather than what was.




January 17, 2015

Special Meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

THE SAN MATEO County Board of Supervisors is holding a special meeting on January 17, 2015 for the purpose of approving a proclamation renewing local emergency resulting from the storm of December 11, 2014. The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m.

Read the board materials here.

January 16, 2015

16th Annual MLK, Jr. Day Celebration

SAN MATEO COUNTY'S 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will be held on Monday, January 19th at the San Mateo Downtown Caltrain Station at 8:30 a.m. It is FREE and open to all!

A continental breakfast and festivities will be held in his honor. Bring a food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. Following the program, celebrants who purchase tickets for the 10:05 a.m. MLK train departing from San Mateo to join the MLK March and Celebration in San Francisco, which begins at the city's King Street Caltrain Station.

I am proud to announce that one of my staff, Maya Perkins, will be the event's MC.

More information here.

January 12, 2015

All-In Nation: An America That Works For All


"ALL-IN NATION: An America That Works for All"describes how strong communities of color are critical to America's economic future and lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone, including fast-growing communities of color, can participate and thrive.

Download the book here (PDF).

All-In California: Equity and the Future of the Golden State was an event sponsored by Policy Link and the Center for American Progress. There are several videos to select from including: Welcoming Remarks; The Politics to Advance an All-In California; Equity in the Tech-Driven Regional Economy; and, a Conversation with former Oaklan Mayor Jean Quan.

Watch the videos here.

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