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.