December 14, 2014

Beyond the Rising Tide: The Case for Inclusive Growth

THE PRICE WE pay for inequities in our society measures in the billions in cities and counties and in the trillions nationally. While we can't grow our way into equity, equity can drive growth. In this talk before the National League of Cities, Mayor Betsy Hodges of Minneapolis, makes the case for developing a shared community goal of inclusive growth. She also highlights the kind of tailored policies - from early childhood development to light rail - that can help everyone participate in that growth.

I am committed to bringing the idea of Inclusive Growth to San Mateo County. It's clear that our budgeting process as well as our process for Measure A investments would benefit from this type of policy making.

November 19, 2014

Great Day for Mental Health in San Mateo County

PART OF MY campaign promise was to work to expand mental health services in San Mateo County. In keeping that promise, I voted for all three mental health items on the November 18 San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Agenda. Those projects were: Waverly Place; The Clubhouse; and, The Cordilleras Mental Health Facility. You can view the Board agenda for these items here. (Check the Regular Agenda for items 5 and 7 and the Consent Agenda for item 17).

Together, the three projects represent different approaches to our mental health issues in San Mateo County and they will individually contribute to a new, more modern approach to service delivery for those individuals and families in need of services. For additional information on mental health services in our county, click here.

The Waverly Place development is a 16-unit low-income housing project being built by the Mental Health Association in North Fair Oaks at the corner of 5th Avenue and Waverly. It will house adults struggling with mental illness who are able to live independently.

The Clubhouse is a start-up project that is based on a national mental health model. It will provide a place for adults who are recovering from mental illness to focus on re-entering everyday life, in community with others. People work together, problem-solve, socialize, seek jobs, housing and develop skills for successful living. It's current location is on Palm Avenue in San Mateo. Get more information on California Clubhouse here.

The Cordilleras project seeks to replace a building that was originally construct in 1952 for TB patients. It's outdated and costly to operate. We allocated $90 million to replace the facility with a safe, modern, more efficient treatment facility which will serve the more severely mentally ill. The new facility will create separate living quarters from the treatment center this will make some of our costs eligible for federal reimbursement dollars. Consultants have been retained to design new facilities.

The Waverly Place building will look like this facility.

Entrance to the current Clubhouse facility in San Mateo.

This is the old Cordilleras Mental Health Facility.

May 31, 2014

Trash Talking In North Fair Oaks

OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS gathered on the morning of May 31 at the Fair Oaks Community Center to "Be Seen Keepin it Clean" community cleanup event sponsored by my office and several other organizations. We are grateful to the folks who showed up to do their part to keep the neighborhoods clean - and we are thankful for our many partners and sponsors.

In all, it was a great day. Volunteers working in small teams spread out to their assigned areas to pick up trash. Preliminary information shows that around 4 tons of trash was collected. Following the work part of the morning, we served a couple hundred burritos to the workers and enjoyed a short awards ceremony and raffle.

Thanks especially to all the young people who showed up and demonstrated an interest in their community.

Join us next year at our 3rd annual clean up day. Stay current with events taking place in North Fair Oaks - check out the North Fair Oaks Forward website here.

May 26, 2014

Redwood City's Landscape is Changing

REDWOOD CITY HAS changed a great deal since the days when it was known as "Deadwood City." Take a look around these days and you'll find construction going on everywhere in the downtown area. Over 1,000 housing units are being added - primarily condos and apartments. But there is also commercial building going on too. As Bob Dylan said, "The times are a changin."

May 25, 2014

Why Does Facebook Want You To Vote?

IF YOU'RE IN the UK or the Netherlands then changes are you may have seen or be about to see a message appear in your Facebook news feed. It reminds you that it's Election Day, and has a link to where you can find your local polling station. It also tells you which of your friends have hit the "I'm a Voter" button on Facebook, to show they've voted.

Why would Facebook want to encourage people to vote?

Read more here.
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