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-

To make an appointment with the County Veterans Services Office, call 650-802-6598 or email

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.


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, 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.