“State of San Mateo County”
Friday March 21st 2014 the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce, Pacifica Chamber of Commerce, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, and South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce held their 2nd Annual “State of the County” Legislative Luncheon.
State Senator Jerry Hill, State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, County Board of Supervisor President Dave Pine, and County Supervisor Adrienne J. Tissier spoke to the over 100 in attendance. Many in the audience were local elected and or appointed members in their community as well as small and large business representatives.
Assemblyman Mullin had a last minute conflict, but he sent a video presentation in which he talked about Assembly Joint Resolution AJR 40 dealing with poverty, Assembly Bill AB 2302 dealing with interest free loans to child care providers, Assembly Bill AB 2148 dealing with the work force, and Assembly Bill AB 2280 dealing with redevelopment.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisor President Dave Pine talked about the ½ cent Measure A funds; about north county Seaton Hospital, investing in our parks, the fact that the Devil’s Slide walking trail will open soon, that criminal justice and mental health go hand in hand, the County is considering investing in a Mental Health Rescue Center, possibly using some Measure A funds for taking 1 homeless person at a time and providing each with specific services, paying down the unfunded pension liability, and that he is studying and that he is on a committee looking at the near and long term effect of global warming and the raising of sea level in San Francisco Bay.
County Supervisor Tissier spoke on using some Measure A funds to help solve the gaps that exist in services to the residents, about the “Big Lift” regarding seeing that all 3rd grade students will in fact read at the 3rd grade level by the time they move to grade 4 (now 40% do not read at the 3rd grade level), looking at “Beyond Newtown” to where all County school districts have the same policies and procedures in place for responding to such an event, concerned about the 18-24 year olds who are not getting the mental health services they need, information sharing, electrification of Caltrain, and reviewing Samtrans bus service to be sure the services provide what is needed.
State Senator Jerry Hill spoke on the fact that it looks like there may be a $2-$4 BILLION state surplus and the legislator will be asking voters in November how much of it should be set aside as a rainy day fund, universal pre-kindergarten education, possible November ballot measure relating to a State Water Bond, prison reform, extend by 2 years the time to reduce the number of prisoners, and better credit card security procedures which should include the “chip”.