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CommissionerSan Mateo County Harbor District4 Year TermNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

San Mateo County Harbor DistrictCommissioner4 Year Term

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  • 100% of precincts reporting (507/507).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

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San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner
156,292 votes (32.1%)Winning
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  • Protect San Francisco Bay water quality, replace Oyster Point Landfill cap and add fill to prevent flooding
  • Improved Coastal Trail and Bay Trail access
  • Sand replenishment at Surfer’s Beach in Half Moon Bay and along the Princeton Shoreline
Profession:San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner (4 years), Small Business Owner (18+ years)
President, Digital Fusion Media, Inc. (1998current)
Democratic Central Committee (4 year term), San Mateo County Democratic Party — Elected position (2016current)
San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner, San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners — Elected position (20132016)
Midcoast Community Council Member, Advisory council to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (20092011)
Special District Leadership Foundation Special District Governance Award, Honoring special district board members that demonstrate their commitment to continuing education and good governance. (2015)
Atlanta College of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography (1993)
Founder, Coastside Bicycle Coalition (2006current)

Please visit my website.

  • San Mateo Daily Journal & Half Moon Bay Review
  • Sierra Club & Equality California
  • Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association & Coastside Fishing Club
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senator, District 13
  • Fiona Ma, Chairwoman, California State Board of Equalization; Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Emeritus
  • Liz Figueroa, State Senator, State Assembly; Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Gary A. Patton, Supervisor, Santa Cruz County
  • Sierra Club
  • San Mateo Daily Journal & Half Moon Bay Review
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party, Coastside Democrats & Peninsula Young Democrats
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party, operates the County's official Democratic Party headquarters
  • National Women's Political Caucus, Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Kirsten Keith, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Menlo Park
  • Gary A. Patton, Former Supervisor, Santa Cruz County (served 20 years)
  • Tom Mattusch, President, San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Deborah Ruddock, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Half Moon Bay
  • Deborah Penrose, Councilmember, City of Half Moon Bay

Key Endorsement

Summary

I'm honored to have earned the following edorsments.

   

“No one has done more to change the culture there than Sabrina Brennan. She has demanded to know where the money went for computers that were never installed. She has sought to hold complacent employees accountable. She has championed the rights of fishermen and is proud of a newly reconstituted relationship with the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association. She has fought for equity at Mavericks; her call for a women’s heat in the surf contest led directly to the California Coastal Commission demanding as much in this year’s contest.”

Half Moon Bay Review Endorsement, Oct. 26, 2016

 
 

“Brennan is bright, creative, hard-working and aggressive.” 

Daily Journal Endorsement, Sept. 23, 2016

 


       

“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Sabrina for re-election to the Harbor Commission. She’s a courageous environmental leader with an outstanding record on planning for the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and water quality protection.”   —Sierra Club Endorsement

 
  “Sabrina is an outstanding Harbor Commissioner with strong democratic values. Her advocacy for women athletes, support for commercial fishermen, and passion for environmental stewardship make her an excellent choice for the San Mateo County Harbor District.”

—Angelica Ramos, Chair, National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley

 
      “Sabrina Brennan has blazed trails as the first lesbian candidate to win a countywide election in San Mateo County, as the only openly LGBT member of the county Democratic Central Committee, and as the county's highest-ranking lesbian elected official. We're proud to endorse her.”   

—Rick Zbur, @Executive Director, Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBT advocacy group.

 

Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan led the fight to include women athletes in the Mavericks surf competition

Summary

Women professional big-wave surfers are fighting for inclusion and equity in the Mavericks event.

To learn more please visit the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing website: http://www.surfequity.org

Addititonal news links are posted here: http://sabrinabrennan.com/womens-bigwave-surfing/

 

For First Time in 17 Years, Women Will Compete in Top Big-Wave Surfing Contest

Sabrina Brennan, who heads the San Mateo County Harbor Commission, which manages the Mavericks surf area, helped in the fight to include women — which at times grew tense.

“Organizers would show up at meetings with their attorneys and just stare at you with a menacing look,” said Brennan, who is also a member of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. “It was intimidating.”

She also said some event organizers had told several female surfers to get their own Mavericks event.

Still, Brennan said she was pleased with the outcome.

“It’s about time,” she said. “It feels like it shouldn’t have taken this long. And I wonder why it’s taken so long. It’s exciting and thrilling. But we’re not there yet. Women athletes have to keep asking for what they want.”

New York Times, Sports, Oct. 28, 2016 

       

Women Finally Get A Spot In Legendary Big Wave Surfing Competition

The inaugural women’s event is a huge milestone for female big wave surfers, but Sabrina Brennan, a San Mateo Harbor District commissioner who first raised issue with the state Coastal Commission last year, believes that there’s still more work to be done.

A single one-hour heat “does not match up with what the women athletes have asked for,” Brennan told HuffPost, noting that the women’s committee specifically recommended three.

Brennan, who has lived next to the California surf break since 1999, also believes that a woman should be included in the Committee 5, the currently all-male panel that decides which surfers are skilled enough to compete at Mavericks.

These are much-needed changes, Brennan says, for an event that was originally called “Men Who Ride Mountains.”

“I would really love to see women get more recognition for the risks that they’re taking out there,” Brennan said.

Huffington Post, Women, Oct. 28, 2016

       

Female Surfers Tear Down a Big Wave Barrier

Ultimately, it took the state to force the change at Titans of Mavericks, which was known in its early years as the “Men Who Ride Mountains” contest.

The decision by Cartel Management, the company that owns the tournament, followed a campaign over the last year by a small group of female surfers along with Sabrina Brennan, a San Mateo County harbor commissioner.

Organized under the banner “Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing,” the surfers pressured California’s Coastal Commission into demanding that Mavericks add a women’s heat or risk losing its permit to hold the event.

The campaign worked. 

New York Times, California Today, Oct. 28, 2016

 

 

— October 5, 2016 Pacific Coast TV (PCTV)

In May, Sabrina organized a Sea Level Rise & Erosion Forum that included speakers from the USGS and the Army Corps. Over 175 people packed the event!

The Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Douglas Beach House in Miramar. 

San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner
134,211 votes (27.6%)Winning
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  • Harbor Dredging and Beach Sand Replenishment
  • Harbor Infrastructure Improvement (docks, electrcity, water, waste)
  • Enterprise/non-enterprise revenue & expenses, grants, funding of projects
Profession:Operations Manager, Charterboat Owner/Operator, Non-profit Board member
Captain/Owner & SMCHD Commissioner, Huli Cat (1999current)
San Mateo County Harbor Commisioner, San Mateo County Harbor District — Elected position (2014current)
Board Member, Coastside Fishing Club (1997current)
Member, Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce (1998current)
Committee Member, SCIF Conservation Committee (2010current)
Appointed Incumbent
128,148 votes (26.3%)Winning
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  • Fiscal responsbility, accountability, transparency, and planning
  • Economic development balanced with environmental stewardship, including dredging for beach replenishment and rapairing and maintaining Mavericks coastal trail
  • Community partnerships: public-private partnerships for ferry transportation; educational opportunities for STEM subjects and farm-to-table culinary arts
Profession:Vice President, San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners
Commissioner, San Mateo County Harbor District Board — Appointed position (2015current)
Director, Menlo Park Fire Protection District — Elected position (2011current)
Member, San Mateo County Community College District Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Appointed position (20132016)
Commissioner, California Commission for Economic Development — Appointed position (20072014)
Grand Juror, Foreperson 2008-2009, San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury — Appointed position (20072009)
Senior Director, The NASDAQ Stock Market (20002002)
Investment Executive, PaineWebber (19952000)
Sales Associate, Bear Stearns & Co. (19931994)
Retail Sales & Trading, Alex. Brown & Sons (19911993)
Research Associate, Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards (19901991)
University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Economics, Government and Economics (1986)
Trustee, California State Parks Foundation (2013current)
Board Member, Silicon Valley Chapter Red Cross Board (2010current)
President, El Camino Youth Symphony (2014current)
Parents Association Advisory Board Member, Indiana University Parents Association (2016current)
Woman of Influence, Silicon Valley Business Journal 2015 Women of Influence (20152015)
  • CA State Senator Jerry Hill
  • Assemblymembers Rich Gordon & Kevin Mullin
  • San Mateo County Supervisors: Warren Slocum, Don Horsley, Carole Groom, Dave Pine, Adrienne Tissier
  • SMC Harbor Commissioners Robert Bernardo & Pietro Parravano; Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors
  • Half Moon Bay Review
  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association
  • San Mateo County Labor Council
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board: Pres. Rob Silano, VP Peter Carpenter, Chuck Bernstein & Rex Ianson

Candidate Statement for Virginia Chang Kiraly

Summary

The official candidate statement for Virginia Chang Kiraly, Candidate for the San Mateo County Harbor District, 4-year term

VIRGINIA CHANG KIRALY Age: 52
Occupation: Vice President, San Mateo County Harbor District Board
Education and Qualifications:

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, the San Mateo County Harbor District Board
appointed me to their board to bring stability and good governance.

As the board’s Vice President, I’ve brought my professional
experience in finance, and a track record of leadership, fiscal
oversight, and common-sense solutions in elected office.

Since my appointment, I helped develop a budget retiring $5.8
million of debt while ensuring funds for beach replenishment and
trail maintenance; fought for stringent policies to control spending,
supporting our OpenGov website for financial transparency;
approved economic-development strategies supporting our
commercial-crabbing industry at Pillar Point and biotech
development in South San Francisco; and voted for public-private
partnerships for ferry service at Oyster Point.

I want to continue bringing transparency, accountability, and
common-sense solutions to an organization struggling to maintain
the trust of San Mateo County taxpayers. I respectfully ask for your
vote.


Visit www.VirginiaChangKiraly.com. /s/

Mid-Peninsula Access Corp. (Community TV)

Summary

Script for Virginia Chang Kiraly

September 28, 2016

Palo Alto, CA

I’m Virginia Chang Kiraly, a resident of Menlo Park, Vice President of the San Mateo County Harbor District Board, and the appointed incumbent running for a four-year seat to the Board.

 

Some of my most memorable moments have been spent with family and friends on the coast, along the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.  Whether it’s

·       Walking along Mavericks Trail and having a delicious lunch of fish and chips

·       Being riveted by the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with my sons

·       Listening to the Sequoia High School Jazz Band play at Redwood City's Port Fest along the Bay

·       Looking through the Owls at Coyote Point, to take a 3-D virtual reality tour of the Bay’s changing shore and get involved with efforts to tackle sea level rise

·       Running a 10k in Half Moon Bay or a half marathon in Burlingame or

·       Taking a ferry across the Bay from Oyster Point,

 

I know that San Mateo County is a very special place to live, work, and play.  That's why I'm running for a full term on 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 our 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 both of 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.

 

For the past three years, the Harbor District has been in disarray and ineffective, resulting in the Civil Grand Jury’s calling for its dissolution. 

To fill a vacancy, in November 2015, a majority of the Harbor Board appointed me to its board because of my vision to bring: 

·       financial stability to the district with my professional financial experience,

·       a proven track record of leadership in elected office, and advocacy of good government as a 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, I have:

·       helped develop a budget retiring $5.8 million of debt, while ensuring  funding to protect our coastal trail and beaches,

·       supported public-private partnerships for ferry service at Oyster Point,

·       provided outreach to students of the Culinary Institute of America, promoting farm-to-table cooking and dining, 

·       brought recreational activities such as beach volleyball to Pillar Point, and

·       approved economic-development strategies supporting our commercial-crabbing industry at Pillar Point and biotech development at Oyster Point. 

 

During my ten months on the Harbor Board, I have proven to be an effective leader and team player, bringing stability and good governance to our Harbor District and our Harbor Board.  Consequently, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is giving the Harbor District another two years to prove that it can effectively serve ALL San Mateo County residents.  I am proud to have earned the endorsements of all five members of the Board of Supervisors and our three state elected leaders in San Mateo County. 

 

There’s still much to do, though.  If elected, the goals I want to achieve include:

·       Continued financial stability and accountability,

·       Strategic planning (for the first time in about 20 years),

·         Collaboration with neighboring communities and organizations to market and promote our two marinas as recreational destination places for visitors, families, and events,

·         Educational opportunities for students, and

·         Continued support for public-private partnerships to make ferry transportation more robust for businesses and their employees.

 

I want to continue moving our Harbor District forward in a positive direction.  With your help and support, it can be done.  Your voice truly matters in local elections, especially this year, so I respectfully ask for your vote.  Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to tell you about myself and my service on our Harbor Board.  To learn more about my campaign, please visit www.VirginiaChangKiraly.com.  Thank you!

Virginia Chang Kiraly's Candidate's Forum Opening & Closing Statements

Summary

League of Women Voters Candidate's Forum

VIRGINIA CHANG KIRALY’S OPENING STATEMENT FOR THE LWV CANDIDATE’S FORUM FOR THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT BOARD

EL GRANADA, CA

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

 

Good evening.  I’m Virginia Chang Kiraly, a resident of Menlo Park, Vice President of the San Mateo County Harbor District Board, and the appointed incumbent running for a four-year seat to the Board.

 

Some of my most memorable moments have been spent with family and friends on the coast, along the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.  Whether it’s

·        Walking along Mavericks Trail and having a delicious lunch of fish and chips

·        Being riveted by the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve with my sons

·        Listening to the Sequoia High School Jazz Band play at Redwood City's Port Fest along the Bay

·        Looking through the Owls at Coyote Point to take a 3-D virtual reality tour of the Bay’s changing shore and get involved with efforts to tackle sea level rise

·        Running a 10k in Half Moon Bay or a half marathon in Burlingame or

·        Taking a ferry across the Bay from Oyster Point,

 

I know that San Mateo County is a very special place to live, work, and play.  That's why I'm running for a full term on our 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 our 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 both of 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.

 

For the past three years, the Harbor District has been in disarray and ineffective, resulting in the Civil Grand Jury’s calling for its dissolution. 

 

In November 2015, a majority of the San Mateo County Harbor District Board appointed me to their board to bring:

·        financial stability to the district with my professional financial experience,

·        a proven track record of leadership in elected office, and advocacy for good government as a 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. 

 

I’ve enjoyed serving you as a Harbor Commissioner and Vice President of our Harbor Board, and look forward to tonight’s candidate’s forum to discuss the issues the Harbor District faces and answer questions.

 

Many thanks to the Midcoast Community Council and the League of Women Voters for organizing tonight’s forum. 

 

Thank you!

 

VIRGINIA CHANG KIRALY’S CLOSING STATEMENT FOR THE LWV CANDIDATE’S FORUM FOR THE SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT BOARD

 

During my ten months as the appointed incumbent on our Harbor Board, I have proven to be an effective leader and team player, bringing stability and good governance to our Harbor District and our Harbor Board.  Consequently, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors is giving the Harbor District another two years to prove that it can effectively serve ALL San Mateo County residents.  I am proud to have earned the endorsements of all five members of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and our three state elected leaders in San Mateo County:  Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Rich Gordon, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin.

 

There’s more work to be done, though, and I want to continue moving our Harbor District forward in a positive direction.  With your help and support, it can be done.  Your voice truly matters in local elections, especially this year, so I respectfully ask for your vote.  It would be my honor to continue serving you on our Harbor Board. 

 

To learn more about my campaign, please visit www.VirginiaChangKiraly.com. 

 

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity tonight to tell you about myself and my service on our Harbor Board over the last ten months!

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  • Bay Ferry Service San Mateo Hayward Bridge in Foster City (Werder Pier)
  • Establish a Harbor Commission Committee, to create a network of partnerships with communities, transit agencies, stakeholders, local employers, government representatives to form a collaborated effort to advance the urgent need for south bay ferry.
  • Establish a working relationship with the Port of Redwood City to join forces to advance our mutual goal in meeting minimum ridership standards whereby the Water Emergency Transportation Authority will implement south bay ferry service.
Profession:Property Tax Auditor/Real Estate Services

Shawn Mooney - Harbor Commission - Candidate Statement

Occupation: Property Tax Auditor/Advocate for South Bay Ferry Service

Primary Goal:  Bay Ferry Terminal at San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (Werder Pier)

Werder Pier is an existing, abandoned fishing pier that extends from Foster City into the deep water shipping channel beneath the high-rise section of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, and is owned by the County of San Mateo.

There are existing plans to expand San Francisco Bay ferry service to Redwood City, and this proposed south bay ferry service does not include ferry service to Werder Pier, thus bi-passing the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge location by a mere 100 feet. This makes absolutely no sense.

Currently, the cities neighboring the 92/101 corridor, including Foster City, San Mateo, Belmont, Redwood Shores, San Carlos and Burlingame,  are not represented on the San Mateo County Harbor Commission.

My primary goal as an elected San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner to ensure the incorporation of Werder Pier into the south bay ferry service expansion planning to mitigate the horrendous and worsening traffic gridlock on 92/101, and to lighten the overall commuter load on bay area roads and highways by taking cars off the street.

A Foster City Ferry terminal will help the proposed Redwood City terminal project meet their minimum ridership requirements, and thereby increase the likelihood that the San Francisco Water Transportation Authority will implement this sorely needed service to our community.

I am committed to reducing vehicle congestion and I ask for your vote.

Thank you.

Shawn Mooney (San Mateo)

Endorsements:

NORTH PENINSULA DEMOCRATIC CLUB

SAN MATEO COUNTY LABOR COUNCIL

  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council
  • NORTH PENINSULA DEMOCRATIC CLUB
  • Service Employees International, Local 521

In addition to the necessity of reducing horrendous traffic congestion on the peninsula, Ferry Service at the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge in Foster City is vitally needed as an emergency evacuation corridor in the event of a cataclysmic earthquake or other unforeseen disaster event.

Foster City currently has no emergency evacuation plan for pedestrians during a disaster event as specifically identified in Foster Citys Local Hazarded Mitigation Plan whereby violent shaking from an earthquake can cause soil liquid faction whereby city streets will not be available for first responders providing emergency evacuation and rescue services. Therefore, the only option is a bay rescue and evacuation by use of bay ferry boats.

The States Office of Emergency Services can only provide an effective rescue and mass evacuation by use of ferry boats, therefore without a Foster City ferry terminal the rescue and evacuation of thousands of stranded pedestrians may be limited to only a few survivors.

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) was created after the Katrina Disaster, whereby the State realized the Bay Area was vulnerable to a similar disaster and rising sea elevations.

WETA is partially funded by Regional Measure 2, passed in 2004, whereby a dollar toll increase was added for every vehicle crossing bay area bridges including the Dumbarton Bridge and the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge.

Vehicles crossing the south bay bridges have been paying into WETA ferry services for over a decade, without any benefits in the form of south bay ferry service. WETA, ferry boat service provides both emergency transportation and vehicle traffic relief to bottlenecked areas like 92/101.

Ferry boat service is desperately needed in the recovery after a regional disaster. We all remember the 1989 earthquake that caused the SF Bay Bridge collapse. Repairing the bridge took years and caused daily traffic grid lock for many years after the disaster as the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge became the primary bridge connecting San Francisco and the Peninsula to the East Bay.

In other words, in a blink of an eye the traffic load on the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge more than doubled, causing a traffic nightmare that lasted years after the disaster occurred. This traffic nightmare will likely cause a secondary regional economic disaster, as working commuters fail to get to work.

South bay ferry service to both Foster City and Redwood City is critical to the recovery after a disaster by protecting the bay area economic steam engine in Silicon Valley by providing an alternative way for commuters to get to work after a disaster.

WETAs proposed expansion of bay ferry service to Redwood City has been stalled for over a decade by low ridership projections; however, by combining Foster City ferry boat ridership with Redwood Citys projected ridership, the WETA minimum ridership standards will be met, thereby justifying WETA to implementing this crucial ferry service. Currently WETA projected ridership models to Redwood City shows minimus ridership will not be achieved before 2035. 

Bay Ferry Terminal @ San Mateo/Hayward Bridge (Werder Pier) 92/101 Traffic Congestion Relief

Summary

Shawn Mooney - Harbor Commission - Candidate Statement 

 

Primary Goal:  Bay Ferry Terminal at San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (Werder Pier)

 

 

 

Bay Ferry Terminal at San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (Werder Pier)

Werder Pier is an existing, abandoned fishing pier that extends from Foster City into the deep water shipping channel beneath the high-rise section of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, and is owned by the County of San Mateo.

There are existing plans to expand San Francisco Bay ferry service to Redwood City, and this proposed south bay ferry service does not include ferry service to Werder Pier, thus bi-passing the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge location by a mere 100 feet. This makes absolutely no sense.

Currently, the cities neighboring the 92/101 corridor, including Foster City, San Mateo, Belmont, Redwood Shores, San Carlos and Burlingame,  are not represented on the San Mateo County Harbor Commission.

My primary goal as an elected San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner to ensure the incorporation of Werder Pier into the south bay ferry service expansion planning to mitigate the horrendous and worsening traffic gridlock on 92/101, and to lighten the overall commuter load on bay area roads and highways by taking cars off the street.

 

A Foster City Ferry terminal will help the proposed Redwood City terminal project meet their minimum ridership requirements, and thereby increase the likelihood that the San Francisco Water Transportation Authority will implement this sorely needed service to our community.

In addition to the necessity of reducing horrendous traffic congestion on the peninsula, Ferry Service at the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge in Foster City is vitally needed as an emergency

evacuation corridor in the event of a cataclysmic earthquake or other unforeseen disaster event.

 

Foster City currently has no emergency evacuation plan for pedestrians during a disaster event as specifically identified in Foster Citys Local Hazarded Mitigation Plan whereby violent shaking from an earthquake can cause soil liquid faction whereby city streets will not be available for first responders providing emergency evacuation and rescue services. Therefore, the only option is a bay rescue and evacuation by use of bay ferry boats.

The States Office of Emergency Services can only provide an effective rescue and mass evacuation by use of ferry boats, therefore without a Foster City ferry terminal the rescue and evacuation of thousands of stranded pedestrians may be limited to only a few survivors.

 

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) was created after the Katrina Disaster, whereby the State realized the Bay Area was vulnerable to a similar disaster and rising sea elevations.

 

WETA is partially funded by Regional Measure 2, passed in 2004, whereby a dollar toll increase was added for every vehicle crossing bay area bridges including the Dumbarton Bridge and the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge.

 

Vehicles crossing the south bay bridges have been paying into WETA ferry services for over a decade, without any benefits in the form of south bay ferry service. WETA, ferry boat service provides both emergency transportation and vehicle traffic relief to bottlenecked areas like 92/101.

 

Ferry boat service is desperately needed in the recovery after a regional disaster. We all remember the 1989 earthquake that caused the SF Bay Bridge collapse. Repairing the bridge took years and caused daily traffic grid lock for many years after the disaster as the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge became the primary bridge connecting San Francisco and the Peninsula to the East Bay.

 

In other words, in a blink of an eye the traffic load on the San Mateo/Hayward Bridge more than

Doubled, causing a traffic nightmare that lasted years after the disaster occurred. This traffic nightmare will likely cause a secondary regional economic disaster, as working commuters fail to get to work.

 

South bay ferry service to both Foster City and Redwood City is critical to the recovery after a disaster by protecting the bay area economic steam engine in Silicon Valley by providing an alternative way for commuters to get to work after a disaster.

 

I am committed to reducing vehicle congestion and I ask for your vote. 

Thank you.

Shawn Mooney (San Mateo)

Endorsements:

SAN MATEO COUNTY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL

NORTH PENINSULA DEMOCRATIC CLUB

 

SERVICE EMPLOYEE INTERNATIONAL, LOCAL 521

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