Public invited to Supervisors reorganization, swearing-in of new Board president

December 31, 2013

Dave Pine, the vice president of the Board of Supervisors, is inviting the public to meet your local officials and attend the swearing in of a new Board president on Tuesday, January 7.

The Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Burlingame High School Theater, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame. Click here for directions.

The special event will include singing by the  Ragazzi Boys Chorus. A reception will follow.

The five-member Board typically elevates the current vice president to the leadership role of president.

Pine was elected to the Board in May 2011 to represent District 1, which consists of Burlingame, Millbrae and Hillsborough, parts of San Bruno and South San Francisco and the unincorporated San Mateo Highlands and San Francisco International Airport. This would be Pine’s first term as president.

Reservations are not required, but we are trying to come up with an accurate count of attendees. Please send an RSVP if you plan to attend.

Questions?

Please contact David Burruto in Supervisor Dave Pine’s office at dburruto@smcgov.org, 650-363-4126


Director of Public Safety Communications Appointed to State 9-1-1 Advisory Board

December 20, 2013

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has appointed Jaime Young, the director of the San Mateo County Office of Public Safety Communications, to the California 9-1-1 Advisory Board.

Jamie Young

Jamie Young

Young has been director of Public Safety Communications since 1992. She is a member of the California Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association and a public safety communications representative for the San Mateo County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Emergency Medical Care Committee of San Mateo County.

Young is a public safety communications representative for the California State Sheriffs’ Association and the Association’s representative at the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training Public Safety Dispatcher Advisory Council. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.


Controller Releases Popular Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013

December 19, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Controller Bob Adler provides details of the financial health of San Mateo County in a report released today.

The Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) summarizes the essential information contained in the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which was released in October. The PAFR examines the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013, and provides a look to future challenges and opportunities.

The PAFR provides the following key information:

  • Letter to the Citizens of San Mateo County
  • Government-Wide Financial Position
  • Capital Assets and Unfunded Liabilities
  • Government-Wide Results of Operations
  • Tax Revenues
  • General Fund: Financial Position, Results of Operations, and Working Capital

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has given, for the eleventh consecutive year, an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting to San Mateo County for its PAFR for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards for preparation of state and local government financial reports.

The PAFR can be accessed online at the County Controller’s web page located at
http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/controller/2013PAFR

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Enter Get Healthy San Mateo County’s Giveaway To Win 6 Months of Organic Fruits & Veggies

December 19, 2013

There is only one day left to enter Get Healthy San Mateo County’s Healthy Holidays giveaway.

Enter to win 6 months delivery of organic fruits and vegetables from Farm Fresh To You.

Hurry, enter by Friday, December 20. Enter now!

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Companies held liable for lead paint, must pay San Mateo County $55 million

December 17, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Superior Court judge ordered three companies to pay San Mateo County $55 million to remove dangerous lead paint from homes, Board of Supervisors President Don Horsley announced Tuesday.

“This is a great victory for children and families who face poisoning by lead paint in their homes,” Horsley said. “The State Legislature banned the use of lead paint many years ago but countless children face a legacy of toxic lead in their homes. This money will truly improve the health of our entire community.”

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge on Monday ruled that three paint companies are liable for the cost of removing lead paint from homes. A lawsuit brought by San Mateo County and nine other government agencies accused the paint companies of knowingly promoting and selling a product they knew to be harmful – lead paint.

“Companies should be held accountable for their behavior, whether it’s Wall Street bankers defrauding investors or paint companies peddling poison,” said John Beiers, San Mateo County’s Chief County Counsel.

Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ordered NL Industries, ConAgra and Sherwin-Williams to pay the 10 plaintiffs a total of $1.1 billion. The money will be used to help safely eliminate the health hazards posed by lead paint in homes.

The state banned lead paint in 1978. Lead is considered highly toxic and can harm the development of young children, causing learning difficulties and a long list of medical problems. Any home built before 1979 is presumed to have lead-based paint.

The plaintiffs are the County of Santa Clara, the County of Alameda, the City of Oakland, the City and County of San Francisco, the City of San Diego, the County of Los Angeles, the County of Monterey, the County of San Mateo, the County of Solano, and the County of Ventura.

Media Contacts:

John Beiers, Chief County Counsel, 650-363-4775, jbeiers@smcgov.org

Rebecca Archer, Deputy County Counsel, 650-363-4686, rmarcher@smcgov.org

 


Pipeline Project May Impact Traffic Near County Center

December 13, 2013

On Monday, December 16, Pacific Gas & Electric will begin a project that will impact traffic on Winslow Street between Whipple Avenue and Fuller Street near County Center in Redwood City.

The work will progress south on Winslow toward County Center during the next few months.

This work will affect traffic on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. PG&E has notified San Mateo County that they will clearly mark all work areas, and traffic flaggers will help to direct traffic.

Please plan for minor delays when driving through this area.

 


State Committee Recommends $24 million to Renovate County Jail for Mental Health Treatment, Other Improvements

December 12, 2013

San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks and San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier announced today that the Executive Steering Committee overseeing funding applications for local jail construction dollars has recommended San Mateo County receive over $24 million dollars for improvements to the Maguire Correctional Facility.

Ten large sized counties that included San Mateo applied for the State authorized construction money under the auspices of SB 1022. San Mateo County’s application was ranked first by the committee.

“I am pleased with the recommendation issued by this committee. This is a culmination of many months of collaboration and hard work by San Mateo County stakeholders (the Sheriff’s Office, the Board of Supervisors, the Probation Department, the County Manager’s Office, and the County Counsel’s Office). These improvements to the Maguire facility will enhance our ability to provide meaningful treatment to mentally ill inmates and help deal with the impacts of realignment. Ultimately, we are striving to improve outcomes for those incarcerated in our County and as a result, reduce recidivism and make our County an even safer place to live,” San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks said.

Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, who along with Sheriff Munks and San Mateo County Probation Chief John Keene recently appeared before the committee to present the County’s application, applauded the recommendation as well. “The Board of Supervisors is committed to enhancing care for mentally ill inmates and these improvements reflect the Board’s long held priority to adequately fund mental health care for all San Mateo County residents who need it, including those who are incarcerated,” Supervisor Tissier said.

Projects funded in the application include renovation of the now dormant Maguire Correctional Facility Treatment Center into a Critical Treatment Center for the most severely mentally ill inmates; conversion of one 80-bed general population pod in the older part of the Maguire Facility into a Mental Health Wellness Pod designed to treat inmates with less than acute mental health issues; a new recreation yard designed to meet the needs of realigned inmates who are expected to be in jail for lengthier sentences; an Inmate Retail Vocational Store that will train re-entry and work furlough inmates on all aspects of retail skills and will be open to the public; and needed seismic improvements to the entirety of the Maguire Facility.

The recommendations are scheduled to be approved in a vote to take place at the January 16th meeting of the Board of State and Community Corrections.


Property Taxes Due Today — Website Up and Running

December 10, 2013

Add “Don’t forget to pay your property taxes” to today’s to-do list. Call 650-363-4142, come by the Tax Collector’s office at 555 County Center, Redwood City, or pay online at www.sanmateocountytaxcollector.org/

Please have a little patience with the website — it might be slow today due to high use but it is up and running!


New Supervisorial District Boundaries for San Mateo County

December 5, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The boundaries of San Mateo County’s five supervisorial districts officially change today, a month after the Board of Supervisors approved a new map.

The new map will be in effect through the end of the decade.

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.

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.

For a complete list of cities within each district, an online district locator and maps, please visit http://www.smcgov.org/bos

2013 District Map


Register for Conference: Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise

December 3, 2013

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Assemblyman Rich Gordon and San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine invite you to attend “Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County.”

Sea level rise is one of the most serious consequences of climate change and it will have a profound effect on San Mateo County which has more people and property at risk from the rising sea than any other Bay Area county.  Please join us to hear from federal, state and local experts to learn about the magnitude of the challenge we face and the options and strategies that are available to plan for and adapt to this new reality.

When:  Monday, December 9, 2013 [Note changed date] 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where:  College of San Mateo Theater, Building 3, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo.

Keynote Speaker:  John Englander, nationally acclaimed author of “High Tide on Main Street”.

To RSVP:  Please go to the Sign Up tab on this website.

Program:  Please go to the Agenda tab on this website.

Questions:  For questions, please contact Michael Barber in Supervisor Dave Pine’s office:  mbarber@smcgov.org, 650-363-4528; or Brian Perkins in Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s office: Brian.Perkins@mail.house.gov , 650-342-0300; or Ellen Hou in Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s office: Ellen.Hou@asm.ca.gov , 916-319-2024.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve


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