• American Medical Response Award Winners of the Save a Life scholarship program

    Congratulations to Carlos Garcia and Nereyda Guzman who were selected as the first scholarship awardees in the "Save a Life" scholarship program launched by the American Medical Response (AMR) corporation and San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum. These two young people will study to become emergency medical technicians and will earn a part-time job with AMR once they are certificated. 

  • California Clubhouse

    The California Clubhouse, an innovative peer-to-peer mental health program, helps people regain their wellness, find work, make friends, and have the confidence to embrace life in its full measure. I came to tour their new facility, have lunch (a BBQ chicken lunch cooked on-site by the members) and meet with Clubhouse members. It's a terrific program and I'm so proud that our Board was able to invest Measure A dollars to kickstart this resource for our community.

  • Connect 16 Annual Technology Conference

    Assemblyman Kevin Mullin and I, co-founders of the annual Connect Conferences in San Mateo County, welcome this year's crowd at Box.com in Redwood City. Connect16 was organized around the theme of Disruptive Technologies that are Changing our Communities! We heard from food designers, Brigade (political), autonomous (driverless) cars and busses, and more. This year, Rosanne Foust, CEO and Executive Director of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (Assn.), joined as a co-sponsor of Connect as she and her staff have been an integral part of this exciting day every year for the past four years. 

  • Supervisor Slocum and his District 4 staff

    We have a tradition in my office of taking each other out to celebrate a birthday. Marci Dragun, one of my Legislative Aides, and I have birthdays that are one day apart in January. So, on this beautiful sunny Friday at the end of January, we went out to lunch in East Palo Alto and stopped out at Cooley Landing where we looked at the Bay and took a group selfie to capture the moment. (Here we are - from left to right:  Supervisor Warren Slocum, Irving Torres, Marci Dragun, Carol Marks and Maya Perkins)

  • A new mural for North Fair Oaks

    There's a brand new mural going up near Fair Oaks Elementary School! It falls under the work of the North Fair Oaks Forward Outreach Team that I requested in 2013, my first year in office.

    This project, initiated by the North Fair Oaks Public Art Workgroup, is underway following a public invitation for a Call for Artists and approval of the artwork selected by the North Fair Oaks Community Council.

    Muralist Nico Berry is a Bay Area resident with more than 20 years of experience. His mural is entitled, "I Am Somebody/Soy Alguien" and it celebrates the community's indomitable spirit. On one of those late sunny Fridays in January, Nico invited the schoolchildren to pick up a paintbrush and help him with the effort. You can imagine their excitement!

  • HSA Holiday Lunch with the Board staff serving

    One of the county's holiday traditions is the Annual Holiday Lunch put on by the Chef of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and his crew. All of the county's clients are invited to a buffet lunch of a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The Board of Supervisors and County Managers staff serve the hot food and the Legislative Aides from the various districts do the rest. It's a festive time for everyone, the food is fabulous, and we all "break bread" together - clients and staff. Here's a shot of the staff in their chef jackets a few moments before the lunch began. 

  • Immigrant and Allies 2017 Panel

    I was proud to participate on a panel at a forum entitled "Immigrants and Allies in 2017: Feeling Safe in a New Era" at Cubberley Theatre in City of Palo Alto - Public Agency last night before an audience of about 100 people from both the County of San Mateo and County of Santa Clara, California. The panelists included Diana Morales,the immigration and legal services director of Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)); Andres Connell, executive director of Nuestra Casa de East Palo Alto; Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, director of #NotinOurSchools, a project of Not in Our Town; Dr. Elisabet Revilla, director of Latino Specialty Clinic at the Gronowski Clinic's La Clinica at Palo Alto University and me. The panel discussion was followed by a Q & A with interests that ranged from how to provide legal services for the undocumented, what the potential impacts on government and nonprofits might be under the new Administration and what people could do to help. Both counties are welcoming, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the people in their communities and we will continue to be that way.

  • Lisa Rosenberg, San Mateo County Poet Laureate

    Our San Mateo County Poet Laureate Lisa Rosenberg, who took office on January 1, gave an inaugural reading of her poem, "New Year's Day, Coast Range" at our Board meeting on January 24th. I look forward to the next two years of her tenure as our Poet Laureate.

     

  • THRIVE Convening - Reflect, Respond, and Engage: San Mateo County and The National Trajectory

    THRIVE Alliance of Nonprofits in San Mateo County hosted a special convening on January 19, 2017 at the Sobrato Center in Redwood City. I had the privilege of welcoming the group of 100 +/-nonprofits and community leaders in attendance. The panel of speakers included Bart Charlow from the Samaritan House, former Supervisor #RoseJacobsGibson of #Hagar, @JohnMaltbie , the County Manager of the County of San Mateo, Rita Mancera of Puente de la Costa Sur (PUENTE)nd Sheryl Young from Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. All agreed that despite the many unknowns of the next admininstration, we are stronger in San Mateo County because we collaborate, communicate and cooperate to get things done on behalf of all of our residents. We are welcoming and inclusive county and we will continue these traditions.

     
     
  • Farewell to outgoing Supervisor Adrienne Tissier

    At the final Board of Supervisors meeting of 2017, we bid farewell to outgoing Supervisor Adrienne Tissier who represents District 5 (north county) and thanked her for 12 years of dedicated service to the residents of San Mateo County. Legislators, colleagues, community leaders and organizations, county staff, and friends were on hand to give their accolades and thanks. We will miss her.

  • Magic Bridge - carousel

    Here's the Magic Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, the very first of its kind in the nation. It's aptly named because there is real magic in this place. It was designed to serve ALL children - special needs kids, kids without special needs, and big kids (like those shown in the photo above) at the same time. That way, all members of a family can go to the park to play together - and do so safely! Take forexample the Magic Bridge Carousel shown. It's flush with the ground. That means if a child - or an adult - in a wheelchair wants to get on the carousel, they can. They simply roll onto the carousel and securing the chair in place. How inclusive!

    I committed $50,000 of the District 4 Measure A funds to ensure that the Magic Bridge Playground that is planned for Redwood City's Red Morton Park includes a carousel like this. I'm looking forward to the day that Redwood City opens its Magic Bridge Playground!

  • First ever San Mateo County Veterans Lunch

    This year, the San Mateo County Veterans Commission held the first-ever San Mateo County Veteran of the Year Lunch to recognize outstanding veterans, organizations and individuals that dedicate their lives to supporting our veterans. It was held on November 10th at the Hiller Aviation Museum before a sold-out crowd. As a Vietnam veteran and the founder of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission, I was very proud to be with veterans of every branch of the service, of every war and peacetime generation, and every kind of specialty. We had a special guest this year, the highly decorated Navy Seal Duncan Smith, who completed five tours of duty. Thanks very much to the Veterans Commission, our Veterans Office staff, and Marci Dragun, my Legislative Aide who worked hard to make this lunch the success that it was.

  • The Dreamers Dinner - Nov. 18, 2016

    So proud to be on hand to congratulate the outstanding youth in The Dream Club of Sequoia Union High School at their annual fundraising dinner held on November 18th. These young people have aspirations, are working hard, and shared their personal stories about the struggles they face as immigrants living in the United States. They also expressed their fears about the future and the future of their families. It was an emotional evening and I was heartened by the tremendous support for the students by those gathered that night.

  • Government Day at the Redwood City Chamber's Leadership Class

    Thoroughly enjoyed participating on a panel for Government Day, one of the sections of the 2016-17 Redwood City Chamber's Leadership Class. My colleagues on the panel included: Mayor Charles Stone of Belmont, Mayor Cameron Johnson of San Carlos, Mayor John Seyburt from Redwood City and myself. Redwood City Councilwoman Alicia Aguirre moderated our panel. The conversation was interesting, the perspectives varied, and the students were terrific. My Legislative Aide Irving Torres is participating this year and appreciating the opportunity. Great job, Amy Buckmaster and team!

  • Erica Horn - CA Clubhouse and Measure A

    Erica Horn, Executive Director of the California Clubhouse, and one of their members, made a special point of attending the Board meeting to thank Supervisor Horsley and me for funding a van to support their program. The program has grown leaps and bounds, had to relocate to a new space that wasn't as centrally located, and desperately needed a van to shuttle members and staff to transit, shopping, field trips, and training. We each allocated half of the cost of the van from our district-specific Measure A dollars.

  • Foster Family Month

    Our Board of Supervisors proclaimed the month of November Adoption Month. We honored Ron and Mary Beth and their kids, Burno and Maya at our November 15th Board meeting. This wonderful loving couple is raising the cutest, happiest, well-adjusted children and loving the opportunity to do so.

    If you have room in your hearts and would consider making room in your lives and your homes, please contact our Human Services Agency. You can go online to find out more about our programs and the joys that they bring at http://hsa.smcgov.org/adoptions .

     

  • Mural in North Fair Oaks

    On March 2, 2017 under bright blue spring skies, the Fair Oaks School, the North Fair Oaks Community Council, the North Fair Oaks Arts Workgroup, the Redwood City Elementary School District, the Mariachi San Carlos players, North Fair Oaks Forward, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, my representative on the San Mateo County Arts Commission, the Fair Oaks Community Center Director and community members joined with students and artist Nico Berry to officially unveil the new mural. It signifies community, hope and strengthen - just when it is needed most.