November 14, 2015

San Mateo County Veterans Commission Sets Its First Meeting for November 16

9 members of the San Mateo County Veterans Commission
RECENTLY MY COLLEAGUES on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors joined with me in voting for my legislation that established the county's first Veterans Commission. Nearly 100 veterans applied to serve on the commission, 30 candidates were interviewed and 11 were eventually selected.

All of the candidates were outstanding and it was difficult for the interview panel consisting of myself, Supervisor Don Horsley and Director of Human Resources, Donna Vaillancourt, to select just 11 from the pool. Each veteran had a great personal story and it was an honor to meet each one.

President Obama recently said, "...our gratitude (to our vets) should extend beyond what our veterans have done for us in the past. It should remind us of our responsibility to serve them as well as they have served us. It should compel us to keep our veterans central to the ongoing work of this nation."

As a Vietnam veteran, I know firsthand of the personal sacrifice, camaraderie and dedication to purpose that veterans share. I am proud to be counted in their ranks. With veterans representing all ages and branches of the Armed Services, the Veterans Commission will examine the needs, set the priorities and help the County do its part to take care of those who have taken care of us.i

There are approximately 33,000 veterans in San Mateo County.

On November 16 the commission will hold its first meeting. The event will take place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber located at 400 Marshall. For more information, contact my office at 650-

To make an appointment with the County Veterans Services Office, call 650-802-6598 or email

November 13, 2015

Aerial View of San Mateo County

LOCATED ADJACENT TO San Francisco and in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Mateo County is one of the most beautiful areas in the United States. It includes the agricultural fields of the coast that grow flowers, artichokes, berries and pumpkins, to Redwood forests with great hiking trails, to breathtaking views of the costal fog as it rolls over the mountains. In addition to the natural beauty of San Mateo County, we are home to high tech giants like Facebook and Oracle. In short, San Mateo County is a great place to live, work and play.

Protecting this region and its open spaces remains a high priority of mine as I work on air quality issues through service on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and my recycling work aimed at reducing waste in our communities. I am proud that we have expanded a section of the Bay Trail in East Palo Alto and created new parks in District 4, which I proudly represent, for all families to enjoy and through our diligence, they will be outdoor resources for future generations.

"Eye in the Sky - San Mateo County" offers breathtaking aerial cinematography and a broad overview of the county and its unmatched beauty.

The video below was produced by Kingston Media located in South San Francisco.


November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

It's November 11th and that means it's Veterans Day and a national holiday. Thanks to all the veterans who have served our great country...we owe you a great debt.

In San Bruno earlier today, at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, veterans gathered to hear wonderful music, memorable speeches and a chance to pay respects to our servicemen and woman. The skies were a beautiful blue and the white head stones reminded us all of the sacrifices that many have made.

Check out these veteran links.

- The Faces of America's Veterans
- Heartbreaking Military Suicide Has to End
Honoring Veterans, One Story at a Time

November 10, 2015

Community Engagement in North Fair Oaks

LAST NIGHT 62 residents of North Fair Oaks joined my staff, county staff and the Sheriff's Office to talk about community priorities in the public safety area as well as in the code enforcement area. A lively discussion was held at the individual tables as everyone shared their opinions.

The clear priorities are parking and illegal dumping.

The NFO Community discusses priorities.
This is the second community meeting to discuss neighborhood priorities and now that the community has come to a consensus on their priorities, the county will set about focusing specifically on those issues. The first wave of activity will be aimed at educating businesses and residents about parking ordinances for time limits, abandoned vehicles and doing business on the street. Following that, citations will be issued. The same is true for illegal dumping.

I am proud of the progress we have made in North Fair Oaks. There is still a lot of work to do but I believe that the residents are coming out to our community meetings and making it clear what they want done.

Democracy is alive and healthy in North Fair Oaks.

Visit North Fair Oaks Forward to stay abreast of what's going on in the community.

November 9, 2015

Pay Tribute to a Vet or Active Duty Service Member

JUST IN TIME for Veterans Day, California is introducing a program that will allow voters to cast their ballots in recognition of a current or former member of the military.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced today the "Honor Veterans. Vote." campaign, encouraging Californians to pay tribute to veterans and active-duty service members "by participating in the democracy that they're fighting to preserve."

Voters can submit dedications for family and friends at, then choose to receive a custom certificate or lapel pin to display while voting.

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