San Mateo Resident Appointed New Harbor Commissioner

Will Holsinger fills vacancy left by Sally Campbell.


San Mateo resident Will Holsinger was selected today by commissioners to fill the vacancy left after the of longtime commissioner Sally Campbell, the district reported today.

Holsinger was selected and sworn into public office following a question and answer period between the commissioners and seven other candidates at today's special meeting.  Candidates for the position included , Greg Cochran, Alex Kent, Linda Koelling, Neil Merrilees, John Penna, and Jay Veach.

Holsinger will serve on the Harbor District commission for the balance of Campbell's term, which concludes on December 31, 2012.

A lawyer who is active in community affairs, Holsinger obtained his education from U. C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1978.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a Staff Assistant to Congressman Leo J. Ryan (Dem. 11th Dist.).

Holsinger is currently on the boards of directors of the Burlingame Rotary Club and Project Ninety, Inc., a drug and alcohol treatment program serving San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

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Brian Ginna April 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Looks like a great choice. In fact, anyone but Brennan would have been a great choice.
PPH May 01, 2012 at 01:43 AM
San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Pietro Parravano misrepresented himself as a fisherman to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and was approved for a $83,000. Carl Moyer Air Quality Grant from the state. Parravano would have gotten away with a new engine for his boat the Anna B had it not been for a whistle blower. During the grant application investigation Parravano was unable to provide the requested documentation to back up his claims. That documentation would have included fuel receipts and Fish and Game landing receipts. Parravano buys wholesale fish and sells it at Bay Area farmers markets. He does not catch the fish he sells. He is also paid to sit on many Federal, Sate and Local boards and commissions. Link to grant application: http://www.scribd.com/doc/88532967/Carl-Moyer-Air-Quality-Grant-Application-Pietro-Parravano Air quality board investigates harbor grant: http://www.hmbreview.com/news/air-quality-board-investigates-harbor-grant/article_e1bbeb12-6f99-11e1-8969-0019bb2963f4.html Investigation spurs Parravano to terminate grant: http://www.hmbreview.com/news/investigation-spurs-parravano-to-terminate-grant/article_78f70bf2-79cb-11e1-a983-0019bb2963f4.html
Pillar Point Harbor June 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
What's up with commissioner William Holsinger abstaining from voting whenever a controversial decision comes before the commission? For years Pietro Parravano has been recusing himself and walking out of meetings whenever commercial and recreational fishing agenda items are being discussed. With Holsinger refusing to vote and Parravano unable to vote the Harbor District is left with three voting commissioners.
Pillar Point Harbor June 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
The San Mateo County Harbor Commissioners pay themselves $7,200 EACH per year, a total of $36,000 for the five commissioners. Then on top of that, they get full health care FOR LIFE. They are not full-time employees, and in fact spend only a few hours a month on District business. They should not get any health care. No other San Mateo County elected officials except the full-time Board of Supervisors get health care. How much does harbor commissioner health care cost the Harbor District? Compare that to other local agencies. Half Moon Bay City Council members get $300/month and no health care. Directors of Coastside County Water District (CCWD), Montara Water and Sanitary District (MWSD), Granada Sanitary District (GSD), Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM), Coastside Fire Protection District (CFPD), Cabrillo Unified School District (CUSD), all get in the range of $50 to $150 per meeting, generally one meeting per month, and no health care. (I've heard that CUSD trustees actually donate their fees back to the District.) The Harbor District appears to be budgeting $300,000 per year for Commission expenses. Where does all that money get squandered?
Pillar Point Harbor October 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Will Holsinger has been a big disappointment as an appointed commissioner on the San Mateo County Harbor District. He has poor attendance at meetings, refuses to vote on important issues that impact the local commercial fishing industry. He recently voted to increase the Districts 10 million dollar debt by another 25 million. His lack of fiscal resposiblity is exactly what we don't need more of on the Harbor District. Leo Padreddii is 83 years old and he falls asleep during Harbor District meeting. It's time he retire. The Harbor District needs leadership and that's not possible from a commissioner suffering from dementia.


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