Board Postpones Search for County Manager

February 28, 2012


John L. Maltbie, who has served as San Mateo County’s Acting County Manager for the past two months, will continue leading the organization into 2013, Board of Supervisors President Adrienne J. Tissier announced today.

Tissier said the Board, which met in closed session, agreed to postpone a search for a new County Manager until “sometime in 2013.”
The search and recruitment for a new County Manager can take up to a year.
Maltbie had served as County Manager for 20 years until his retirement in 2008. He was appointed Acting County Manager following the resignation of County Manager David S. Boesch late last year.


Save the Date: June 9 is Disaster Preparedness Day

February 24, 2012
Please mark your calendars and save the date — Saturday, June 9, 2012 — for the 8th Annual San Mateo County Disaster Preparedness Day at the San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo.
Once again this year the event will be held on Opening Day of the San Mateo County Fair, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and free parking and free admission to the Fair will be offered to everyone who arrives before 11 a.m. that day. This is a fabulous opportunity to collect and hear about the latest emergency preparedness updates, take a short but important free CPR course and bring your friends and family to the San Mateo County Fair!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Board President Adrienne J. Tissier at (650) 363-4572, or the Office of Emergency Services at (650) 363-4790.

Board of Supervisors Agenda Available for February 28

February 24, 2012

The agenda for the February 28 meeting of the Board of Supervisors is available online.

You can find it here.


Make a Reservation at a County Park

February 22, 2012

San Mateo County operates 17 parks, three regional trails and numerous other County and local trails encompassing 15,680 acres. Many campsites, picnic spots and other facilities can be reserved either online, by phone or in person.

Online: visit the Parks reservation page any time, day or night.

By phone: call the reservations desk at at 650-363-4021 Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In person: visit 455 County Center, Fourth Floor, Redwood City, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



County Offices Closed for President’s Day

February 16, 2012

County offices will be closed Monday, February 20, in observance of the President’s Day holiday.

Emergency services will be available.

Offices will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, February 21.



Board Approves Recommendation to Exit Burlingame Long Term Care

February 14, 2012

SAN MATEO, Calif. – San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (BOS) decided today in a unanimous vote that the County will not renew the lease for Burlingame Long Term Care (BLTC) when it expires in June 2013.

The Board’s decision follows the Health System’s recommendation to exit BLTC based on a 23% reduction in the rate paid by the State to the Health System for care at BLTC.  Instead, the Health System will open 32 additional skilled nursing beds at San Mateo Medical Center, a newer, County-owned facility. 

The County assumed operation of BLTC in 2003 at the request of the State Department of Health Services. San Mateo County has been only one of a few California counties to operate a large skilled nursing facility.

The Health System asked for an early decision by the Board of Supervisors to ensure that there is sufficient time to find the 230 BLTC residents new placements before the lease expires in 2013.  A transition team, led by the County’s Aging & Adult Services Director, will assess each resident’s medical, social, and financial situation to determine what type of placement is appropriate. The County will also hire a placement firm to assist with matching residents and placements.  

Most residents likely will move to another skilled nursing facility, but some residents will be able to move to board and care facilities.  Others may be able to move back home or in with family members with additional medical and social supports. 

As the Burlingame transition plan is implemented, the State is moving forward with piloting long-term care integration. This program would allow flexibility in using some of the large sums of money currently spent on institutional nursing care to provide individualized supports and services so that seniors and people with disabilities can remain safely at home.

“We need to rethink and re-imagine a system to care for our seniors and residents with disabilities that does not confine them to institutions and does not bankrupt them, their children, or our healthcare system,” said Health System Chief Jean Fraser at the hearing.  “The goal of the long-term care integration pilot is to allow people to remain at home as long as possible and to use costly and impersonal institutions only as a last resort.”

While the State has pushed back the implementation date of long-term care integration to January 2013, in the interim they have given tentative approval to allow the Health System and the Health Plan of San Mateo to use some Medi-Cal funds more flexibly. These funds will provide more options for placing BLTC residents and more tools to help other seniors and people with disabilities safely remain in the community. This would reduce the need for institutional nursing care in the future.

“What most people want for the end of their life is to be able to stay at home or be cared for by their family.  No one wants to go into an institution,” said Fraser. “While we know that this decision is heart-wrenching, we also know that it is necessary to move to a better, more humane system to support our seniors and residents with disabilities to live safely at home.”

 Media Contact:

Robyn Thaw

(650) 867-1661


Board of Supervisors to Hold February 14 Meeting in Millbrae

February 10, 2012

The Board of Supervisors will hold its regularly scheduled February 14 meeting in Millbrae.

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel, 1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae.

One of the items on the agenda is a public hearing on a recommendation by the Health System to not renew the lease for the County’s Burlingame Long Term Care facility. 

By holding the hearing near the Burlingame facility, County officials hope to make it easier for residents and staff members to attend. Public hearings are normally held in the Board Chambers in Redwood City.

Directions: From Highway 101, take the Millbrae Avenue exit and head east (toward the bay). Turn right onto Old Bayshore Highway. The hotel is immediately to the right.

Parking will be free in the Westin’s lot for those attending the meeting. At the kiosk, take a ticket and bring it to the meeting. Staff will exchange those tickets for ones that allow for free parking. 

The agenda can be found here:



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