Controller Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

October 31, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Controller Bob Adler today released for public review the San Mateo County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

The CAFR contains the County’s complete financial statements and other financial  information. All of the statements are audited by an independent certified public accountant and provide the public with the confidence that all financial reporting is  accurate, open and transparent.

The CAFR also contains information about the local economy, the structure of the County government, the County’s future financial plans, the County’s financial policies, and significant County projects. This high-level information can be found in the Letter of Transmittal (Introductory Section), Management’s Discussion and Analysis (Financial Section) and the Statistical Section.

The GFOA, Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to San Mateo County for its CAFR for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012. This was the 13th consecutive year that the County has received this prestigious award. Once again the County has received an unqualified, “clean” opinion from the independent auditors selected by the Grand Jury.

To view the CAFR, visit the County Controller’s web page located at

View a printable version of this news release.

Contact: Controller Bob Adler
(650) 363-4777

Take a Virtual Ride-A-Long with the Sheriff’s Office

October 30, 2013

On Friday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will join law enforcement agencies around the world participating in a global tweet-a-thon using the hashtag #PolTwt.11-01-2013 POLTWT

Through this event, law enforcement agencies use their Twitter accounts in a number of different ways to reach their respective communities and increase their community engagement. The Sheriff’s Office has engaged in several virtual ride-alongs prior to this event, but never in coordination with an international effort such as this. This event was held for the first time in March of 2013 and over 200 law enforcement agencies participated across 10 countries worldwide, reaching more than 11 million Twitter users.

In response to follower’s requests, the Sheriff’s Office will be riding along on a coastside patrol shift with Sheriff’s Office K9-Vodo this Friday. Ride along at


Turn In Unwanted Drugs at “Take Back Day” on Saturday

October 24, 2013

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. – Want to clean out the medicine cabinet? Turn in unwanted medications this Saturday, October 26, at locations in East Palo Alto and San Mateo.

The special drop-off locations are part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. This year residents can drop off medications with no questions asked at offices of the San Mateo County Probation Department.1G-Poster-English-8.5x11

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents can drop off medications at:

• Youth Services Center, 222 Paul Scannell Drive, San Mateo
• 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto

At the conclusion of the event, probation staff will deliver collection boxes with the medications to the Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal.

The day-long event builds upon San Mateo County’s existing pharmaceutical disposal program. This program allows residents to drop off medications at numerous police departments across San Mateo County. Find drop off locations and more information about the program on the County’s web site at:

Created in 2006 under the leadership of Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier, the County’s Pharmaceutical Disposal Program has won numerous awards including the 2008 GEELA, Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, for Ecosystem and Watershed Stewardship.

Who:         San Mateo County Probation Department

What:        National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

When:       Saturday, October 26h from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:     2415 University Avenue, East Palo and 222 Paul Scannell Drive, San Mateo

Why:         Safely get rid of unused medications, no questions asked


Seasonal Flu Vaccine Now Widely Available in San Mateo County

October 24, 2013

Health System recommends all residents ages 6 months and older get vaccinated

Flu season is here and San Mateo County Health officials urge everyone ages six months and older to get a flu shot. Flu vaccine is now widely available throughout the county, and the Health Officer recommends that residents visit their healthcare providers early in the flu season to get vaccinated.

The influenza virus mutates from year to year, which is why it is important for people to get vaccinated every year.

“The flu vaccine is our best defense against the flu,” said Dr. Scott Morrow, San Mateo County Health Officer. “Flu vaccine is safe and can prevent flu related illness, hospitalization, and even death. With the vaccine widely and easily available, there is no reason to wait to get vaccinated.”Vaccine_iStock_000015676356Small

People are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider to get their flu shot. Vaccine is also available at pharmacies, retail stores, and offered by some employers. For people who do not have a healthcare provider or insurance, the Health System and community organizations offer free flu vaccine at clinics throughout the County. No appointment is necessary for these clinics, and no I.D. is required.

For more information on where to get your flu shot visit

Flu season in California generally begins in October and peaks in late December through March. The timing and spread of the disease are unpredictable, and it takes about two weeks to gain protection after receiving a flu vaccination. For this reason, health officials urge getting vaccinated as early in the season as possible.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu each year, resulting in more than 200,000 hospitalizations. Thousands of people die each year from flu complications. Flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself, and those around you, against this potentially serious illness.

It is especially important that certain groups be vaccinated, such as pregnant women, children younger than five, adults 50 years and older, people of any age with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease or diabetes, and people who live with or care for those at high-risk for complications from the flu.

For more information about the flu, and for a schedule of community vaccine clinics in San Mateo County, visit, or call the flu hotline at (650) 573-3927.

Supervisors Approve New District Boundaries

October 22, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to adopt new boundaries for the County’s five supervisorial districts.

“The map we selected takes into account the public input we received from every corner of San Mateo County,” said Don Horsley, president of the Board of Supervisors. “We heard from many interests and we are pleased that we were able to select a map that limited the number of cities that would be divided while at the same time uniting communities.”

Following a public hearing, the Board voted to introduce an ordinance adopting the map “Community Unity B” as the official district boundaries. The vote followed an extensive months-long public outreach process that included a citizen’s advisory committee. Prior to the Board’s October 8th meeting, the advisory committee recommended the Board consider maps called “Community Unity” and “Equity,” which were both supported by members of the public.

The Board ultimately blended the two maps, adopting the recommendations of the “Equity” coalition in the North County and the “Community Unity” coalition in the South County. The approved map also attempts to minimize city divisions while keeping communities of interest like the coast together in a single district.

Read the Staff Report.

The federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 calls for each district to be as nearly as equal in population as possible. With a total population of approximately 736,068 residents, the ideal target population per district would be approximately 147,000 residents. Under the map approved today, population shifts between districts and range from minus 2.93 percent to plus 2.65 percent.

The adopted map divides four cities between districts: Belmont (Districts 2 and 3), Menlo Park (Districts 3 and 4), San Bruno (Districts 1 and 5) and South San Francisco (Districts 1 and 5). Belmont, South San Francisco and Redwood City were divided between districts in the existing map. The new map unifies Redwood City, which under the previous map had the Redwood Shores area in a separate district.

Key provisions of the adopted map:

District 1: 147,020 residents
Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough and the unincorporated San Mateo Highlands along with 71.9 percent of South San Francisco (mostly east of Junipero Sera Boulevard) and 74.6 percent of San Bruno (south of Sneath Lane and west of Interstate 280).

District 2: 151,033 residents
San Mateo, Foster City and 79.1 percent of Belmont.

District 3: 151,121 residents
Atherton, San Carlos, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Woodside, Portola Valley and 41.1 percent of Menlo Park (mostly west of El Camino) and the unincorporated communities of Emerald Lake Hills along with the coastside.

District 4: 142,903 residents

Redwood City, East Palo Alto and 58.9 percent of Menlo Park along with the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks.

District 5: 143,991 residents
Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, 25.4 percent of San Bruno (northwest section of the city) and 28.1 percent of South San Francisco (west of Junipero Serra Boulevard) along with unincorporated Broadmoor.

The Board of Supervisors began studying potential boundary adjustments after voters changed the County Charter in November 2012. The change requires that only voters within a district can elect a supervisor who lives in that same district to represent them. Under the prior system voters countywide elected all five supervisors.

The map approved today by the Board will govern elections for two Board seats up for election in 2014. Those seats are for Districts 2 and 3.


Board of Supervisors to Consider Supervisorial District Boundary Adjustments

October 18, 2013

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, October 22, will consider Supervisorial District Boundary Adjustments.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Board Chambers, San Mateo County Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City 94063. View a Google map.

To view the agenda and accompanying staff report click on this link. The item is number 8 on the agenda under “Board of Supervisors.”

New maps and demographic reports can be found at this link.

The site contains extensive background information on the boundary adjustment process.

If you have questions, contact Marshall Wilson, San Mateo County Communications Director, at 650-363-4153 or at




New Deputy County Manager Appointed: Police Veteran Michael Callagy will Focus on Public Safety

October 15, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – San Mateo County Manager John L. Maltbie today announced that he has appointed Michael Callagy, deputy chief of the San Mateo Police Department, as Deputy County Manager.

Callagy will focus on public safety. He will work with the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, Probation and other departments “to assure maximum effectiveness of County resources and services,” Maltbie said.

“The criminal justice system is undergoing dramatic changes statewide,” Maltbie said, noting that the State has shifted responsibility for supervising additional offenders to counties. “Mike has the experience to ensure that we keep our neighborhoods safe while we also provide the types of programs that are proven to reduce recidivism.”

Callagy will begin November 11. He comes to San Mateo County after rising through the ranks of the San Mateo Police Department to become Deputy Chief.

Michael Callagy

Michael Callagy

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work for the San Mateo Police Department for more than 29 years,” Callagy said. “It has been my lifelong passion to work in public service and I have not only had the great fortune to work alongside and collaborate with so many incredibly talented people while working for the community of San Mateo, but will now have the opportunity to do so in the larger community of San Mateo County.”

While with San Mateo, he supervised every unit in the Police Department and has been Deputy Chief for the past seven years. Callagy’s specialty as an officer was narcotics and undercover work.

Callagy has been a leader in higher education as he received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University while working as a police officer.

In 2010 he became the first recipient in the County to receive a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Post-Naval Graduate School in Monterey. He is a member of the California State Bar and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Callagy is also active locally and serves on boards of several nonprofit organizations. He and his wife, Lisa, are raising four children on the Peninsula.
“San Mateo County’s gain will definitely be the City of San Mateo’s loss,” said Susan Loftus, San Mateo’s City Manager. “Mike’s exemplary skills, intelligence, principles and leadership have been demonstrated repeatedly throughout his career. He can be proud of the wonderful legacy he is leaving here in San Mateo. He will be greatly missed. Regardless of where he advances in the future, I will always consider him as ‘San Mateo’s own.’”

As Deputy County Manager, Callagy’s additional duties will also include:
• Providing executive direction to emergency communications
• Overseeing the construction of a new emergency communications and emergency operations center
• Directing the development of new programs and initiatives

“I am looking forward to working with County Manager John Maltbie and all of the outstanding leaders in the county as we continue to work together to enhance public safety and service,” Callagy said.

Media Contact:
Marshall Wilson, Communications Director, 650-363-4153,

Join the 10th Annual Dads Count Breakfast and Family Friendly Employer Awards Ceremony

October 15, 2013

The San Mateo County Fatherhood Collaborative and Supervisor Dave Pine cordially invite you to attend the 10th Annual Dads Count Breakfast and Awards Ceremony on October 25 at the Hotel Sofitel in Redwood Shores.

They will honor longtime Fatherhood Collaborative supporter State Senator Jerry Hill.

The keynote speaker will be the nationally acclaimed Michael Pritchard, who has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences. Michael Pritchard Resources is used in over 50,000 K-12 schools, and is the recipient of 24 national awards, including the Parent’s Choice Gold Award.

We hope you will join us from 7:30 to 9 a.m.To purchase individual tickets (four or less – $50 each) visit:

View the Dads Count Flier.

For questions or additional information, please call 650-802-5090 or send an email to

A dad and daughter at the Fatherhood Collaborative's picnic

A dad and daughter at the Fatherhood Collaborative’s picnic

The Fatherhood Collaborative is an advisory board reporting directly to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and consists of organizations and individuals dedicated to increasing awareness of the value of fathers and male caregivers in children’s lives.  The Fatherhood Collaborative hosts events throughout the year including monthly story-time and father/child engagement activities in libraries throughout the County and an annual BBQ and resource fair at Coyote Point Park.

Supervisorial District Boundary Adjustments Update: Board Meets Tuesday

October 7, 2013

The Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, October 8, to consider potential Supervisorial District boundary adjustments.

A committee called the Supervisorial District Lines Advisory Committee recommended three maps to the Board for consideration. The maps were among more than two dozen considered by the Committee during an extensive public process that included 10 Committee meetings.

The Board’s agenda and staff report can be found at under “Board Agendas” on the left column or at this link. The item is No. 9 under “Board of Supervisors.”

The meeting will be at 9 a.m. in the Board Chambers, 400 County Center, Hall of Justice, Redwood City, 94063. View a Google map.

The background, proposed maps and Committee meeting minutes, videos and transcripts can be found at

The Board of Supervisors has the option to adopt any one of the recommended three maps, adopt a different map that was submitted, modify and adopt any of the maps, draw and adopt a completely new map, or leave the boundaries as they are.


High Expectations for New Parks Director

October 7, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A walk through the redwoods can change a life. Just ask Marlene Finley.

“I was studying at UC Davis to become a veterinarian when I took a job at Muir Woods. I found that I loved working with visitors and seeing how nature had such a profound effect on their spirits, their attitude. That’s when I decided to change my major.”

Marlene Finely

Marlene Finley

Thirty years later, her greatest joy is “seeing that spark of curiosity” when visitors explore parks and open spaces.

Now she will bring that passion to San Mateo County as the new Parks Director. She begins November 10.

Finley has spent decades in the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service preserving open space and encouraging visitors to explore their parks. She is moving to San Mateo County from Utah, where she has served as Deputy Regional Forester, overseeing 34 million acres of national forests in six states.

Finley will face immediate challenges and opportunities in her return to California.

San Mateo County is rebuilding its Parks Department, turning it from a division under the Public Works Department to a stand-alone department on the organization chart.

“We have high expectations and we believe Marlene Finley is a great choice due to her experience and enthusiasm,” said Don Horsley, President of the Board of Supervisors. “Our residents have told us time and again that they want the best park system in the state and we share that same goal. We think Marlene is the right person to lead us.”

One of her first jobs will be leading one of the highest profile parks projects in California: development of the Devil’s Slide Trail.

Now that motorists can bypass the crumbling section of Highway 1 known as Devil’s Slide in the new Tom Lantos Tunnels, the state turned the 1.3 miles of asphalt over to San Mateo County. The County over the next six months will repave it and improve safety.

Once the trail opens, visitors will enjoy bike lanes and a hiking and equestrian path along with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

“I want to have a world-class park system,” Finley said. “That’s a park system that’s well cared for, that has a thriving ecosystem that people can come out and enjoy and learn more about nature.”

Finley will lead a department with a budget of approximately $10.4 million and 60 employees. The department operates 17 separate parks, three regional trails and numerous other trails encompassing a total of 16,183 acres.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

The parks range from Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with tidepools and curious seals to Memorial Park with camping and nature trails to Coyote Point with slides and swings.

Finley will be closer to her daughters upon her return to California. One studies the impact of climate change on coral reefs at the University of California at Santa Barbara and one studies music at San Francisco State University. She and her husband plan to move to San Mateo County as soon as possible.

And yes, they know about the high cost of housing. “We plan to rent, at least for awhile,” she said.

Finley graduated with honors from U.C. Davis and has a masters degree in Forest Recreation from Oregon State University.

She has a reputation as a champion for partnerships and collaboration. She received the Career Achievement Award from the Society of Recreation Professionals and Federal Employee of the Year award from Federal Executive Association.

One of her goals is building on the strength of current partnerships with the various “friends of” groups that support local parks.

“I am thrilled to return to my home state and to work for a county park system with such a strong base of public support,” she said. “Being able to manage these special places and provide public recreation services with county staff and volunteers in so many friends groups is a major draw for me.  I can’t think of a better place to be.”

Finley is an avid equestrian and mountain biker. And knows first-hand how the outdoors can bring people together.

She met her husband, who now works as a planner for the Air Force, when she worked at the Cumberland Island National Seashore off the coast of Georgia. “I was a ranger,” she said with a laugh, “and a visitor caught my eye.”


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