San Mateo County • November 2014

Lighthouse on the coast

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I have been proud to serve as the San Mateo County Third District Supervisor for the past three years and am seeking your support for a second term so I can continue my efforts on your behalf.

My knowledge of San Mateo County, along with my experience as a teacher, a law enforcement officer and a member of the Sequoia Health Care District, has made it possible for me to work effectively on some of the many challenges facing the residents of what is surely one of the most remarkable counties in California.

And, within this county itself, the Third District is equally unique. Stretching from the Daly City border in the north and reaching all the way to the Santa Cruz border in the south, the Third District has a spectacular geographic footprint as well as a diverse, fascinating population. Third District cities range from Pacifica and Half Moon Bay on the coast to San Carlos. I also represent the smaller cities of Woodside, Portola Valley and Atherton.

But it is within the unincorporated area where county government is most noticed, challenged and appreciated. Cities provide the day-to-day bulk of services to their residents, but folks in the unincorporated area depend on their county representatives to a greater degree. Nearly 70 percent of all the unincorporated activity for San Mateo County takes place in the Third District, presenting a dynamic challenge for a supervisor.

I have engaged in a robust effort to address some of these challenges in my first term, taking on long-term problems such as the regular flooding of Pescadero, the dangers of Alpine Road and the lack of farmworker housing in the agricultural areas of the county. My interest in supporting and nurturing the farming community was highlighted by my first Agricultural Conference which will become a regular event.

My commitment to our county Parks Department, which has been reconstituted as a stand-alone agency within the county, includes my advocacy for additional funding for rangers and upgrade of park facilities. Most notably, the creation of the Devil’s Slide Trail is sure to bring visitors and attention to the beauty of the Coast. On a more local level, I took action to save the Moss Beach Park as a community facility, quickly solving bureaucratic Red Tape when an accidental sale threatened the future of that beloved park.

As a supporter of the Measure A request of voters for an increased tax base, I have a deep sense of responsibility to use that money to benefit the quality of life for all people in San Mateo County. I have already mentioned improvements in the Parks Department, but there are also examples benefiting the health needs of low-income and migrant worker communities. We are also planning to rebuild a mental health facility, work with the San Mateo County education community on improving the reading abilities of students, and pay down some of our pension liability, which will ease long-term pressure and ensure a balanced budget.

Like the other members of the Board of Supervisors, I sit on various regional agencies and I have grown in my ability to effectively help govern such bodies as the Health Commission of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority. In my role as a member of the Local Agency Formation Commission, I have joined fellow commissioners in agreeing to the request of the Granada Sanitary District to hold a public vote on becoming a small recreation district.

As a Supervisor, I am always pleased when our office is able to assist a constituent in finding his or her way through the maze that is often what is seen as government. Sometimes, we are able to help someone with a permit problem or a health issue, or even by just pointing them in the right direction. I’m not going to say that I can resolve every argument or disagreement, but my years as the San Mateo County Sheriff have helped me understand a wide range of conflicts and I am proud to be able to make things right whenever I can.

I have spent my entire life on the San Francisco Peninsula, growing up in Daly City, living in Moss Beach at one time, and now living in the unincorporated area known as Emerald Hills with my wife Elaine. I love San Mateo County and, to be honest, I love serving the terrific people who live here as their District Three Supervisor.

I look forward to moving ahead with projects begun, learning more about the needs of our constituents and serving this great California County. I would be honored to have your vote of confidence.

Don Horsley 2014