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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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November 8, 2016 —Elección General de California

San Mateo County Harbor District — ” Virginia Chang Kiraly, Candidato(a) para Commissioner4 Year Term

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Virginia Chang Kiraly

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128,148 votos (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
Profesión:Vice President, San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners
Commissioner, San Mateo County Harbor District Board — Cargo designado (2015–current)
Director, Menlo Park Fire Protection District — Cargo elegido (2011–current)
Member, San Mateo County Community College District Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee — Cargo designado (2013–2016)
Commissioner, California Commission for Economic Development — Cargo designado (2007–2014)
Grand Juror, Foreperson 2008-2009, San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury — Cargo designado (2007–2009)
Senior Director, The NASDAQ Stock Market (2000–2002)
Investment Executive, PaineWebber (1995–2000)
Sales Associate, Bear Stearns & Co. (1993–1994)
Retail Sales & Trading, Alex. Brown & Sons (1991–1993)
Research Associate, Bateman Eichler, Hill Richards (1990–1991)
University of Texas at Austin Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Economics, Government and Economics (1986)
Trustee, California State Parks Foundation (2013–current)
Board Member, Silicon Valley Chapter Red Cross Board (2010–current)
President, El Camino Youth Symphony (2014–current)
Parents Association Advisory Board Member, Indiana University Parents Association (2016–current)
Woman of Influence, Silicon Valley Business Journal 2015 Women of Influence (2015–2015)
  • 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

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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)

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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

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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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