Welcome to my campaign website for the San Mateo County Harbor District Board. As Vice President of the board and a Menlo Park resident, I’d like to introduce myself to you and ask for your support and vote for a four-year seat on the Harbor Board.
Some of my most memorable moments have been spent with family and friends on the coast, along the Pacific Ocean or San Francisco Bay. From Pescadero to Pacifica, San Mateo County has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Walking along Mavericks Trail and having a delicious lunch of fish and chips at one of the many wonderful restaurants at Pillar Point afterwards is always a treat. Participating in the 5k or 10k Pumpkin Run in Half Moon Bay and breathing fresh air is pure joy. Being riveted by the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with my sons is always a rewarding teaching and learning moment. Listening to the Sequoia High School Jazz Ensemble play at Redwood City's Port Fest along the Bay always starts off the day right. Running in the Divas Half Marathon in Burlingame among thousands of women in pink, with the Bay as the backdrop, is empowering. Looking through the Owls, which allows viewers to take a 3D virtual reality tour of the changing shore of the Bay and get involved with efforts to tackle sea level rise, is a must-have experience. Taking a ferry across the Bay from Oyster Point is exciting and luxurious, since I don't have to drive. You get the picture. San Mateo County is a very special place to live, work, and play. That's why I'm running for the Harbor Board.
Though not well-known, the San Mateo County Harbor District is important because its responsibilities are substantial, and over 50% of its revenues come from property taxes. Those responsibilities include supporting commercial fishing at Pillar Point, operating Oyster Point Marina and South San Francisco Ferry Terminal, water rescue, marine-life protection, and clean-water initiatives along San Mateo County’s coasts. This election is critical. It decides whether our harbor board will serve its purpose and regain the public’s trust.
In November 2015, a majority of the Harbor Board (Bernardo, Mattusch, Parravano) appointed me to the Harbor District Board, which serves all San Mateo County residents. My appointment was based on my vision to bring: financial stability to the board with my professional financial experience; proven leadership in public policy as an elected member of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors and good government as the former Foreperson of the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury; and geographic equity as a resident of Menlo Park, in southern San Mateo County, an area that has never been represented on the Harbor Board.
Since my appointment, my work has gone beyond the reasons I was appointed. I have ensured funding to protect our coastal trail and beaches, supported public-private partnerships for ferry service at Oyster Point, promoted and encouraged farm-to-table cooking and dining for students of the Culinary Institute of America, brought recreational activities such as beach volleyball to Pillar Point, and helped support our local businesses and economic development at both marinas.
Please take a look at my website to learn more about your Harbor District, my candidacy, and why I have earned a very broad-base of support from all stakeholders throughout San Mateo County. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, my door is open, and I look forward to hearing from you. It has been an honor serving you, and I hope to continue serving you for the next four years!