Healthy Eating in the Schools : Lending their voices to encourage children to eat healthy, San Mateo County government and Redwood City Schools representatives rallied Henry Ford elementary school students at "Lettuce Run" field day, Friday, May 24, and led them to the salad bar. Redwood City Schools are partners with Sequoia Healthcare District in the Healthy Schools Initiative, which serves 27,000 students in eight school districts. Pictured (l-r) are Jeff Cardenas, aide to Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), Healthy Schools Nutrition Manager Jennifer Gabet, Redwood City School District Superintendent Jan Christensen, San Mateo County Schools Superintendent Anne Campbell, San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, Henry Ford Principal Lynne Griffiths, Redwood City Mayer Alicia Aguirre, Healthy Schools Program Director Pamela Kurtzman, Henry Ford Head Coach for PE+ Crystal Smith and Redwood City School District Trustee Hilary Paulson. In front are Henry Ford School Student Council officers Sarah Gonzales, Bryan Macias, Angelica Morales and Dara Cardona.
Supervisor Don Horsley with members of the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County, an advisory group to the Board of Supervisors. As an official advisory board, the Fatherhood Collaborative makes recommendations regarding policies affecting fathers and families to the Board of Supervisors. Meetings are open to the public and community participation is encouraged. For more information, visit the website at fatherhoodcollaborative.org
Supervisor Don Horsley with Pacifica artist Andrew Leone, who is displaying his artwork in the supervisor's county office as part of the "Third District Artist Highlight" project. A small gallery area has been set aside in Supervisor Horsley's Redwood City office to feature Third District artists throughout the year. More information on Andrew Leone can be found at www.andrewleone.com.
Supervisor Don Horsley chats with Park Ranger Scott Lombardi at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The Reserve is within the Supervisor's Third District and is one of the most important marine reserves in California. Maintained by the County Parks Department, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is embarking on various upgrades and improvements to enhance the visitor experience while protecting the tidepool environment.
Supervisor Don Horsley reads to young students at Ortega School in Pacifica during the Pacifica School Volunteers' "Read Aloud Day" on Feb. 4, 2011. He read to second grade students. Supervisor Horsley also talked to the children about his previous career as San Mateo County Sheriff and encouraged them to read.
Supervisor Don Horsley attended a meeting convened by Congresswoman Jackie Speier to discuss the problem of human trafficking in San Mateo County. County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe is in the foreground. Police chiefs from throughout the county were in attendance. Congresswoman Speier asked the law enforcement community to develop a program to "scrub" San Mateo County clean of sex trafficking, especially when it involves youngsters.
Supervisor Don Horsley is sworn in as a new member of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) by Executive Officer Martha Poyatos. The San Mateo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is an independent commission with jurisdiction over the boundaries of the 20 cities, 22 independent special districts and many of the 35 County-governed special districts serving San Mateo County. The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of the odd-numbered months (January, March, etc.) at 2:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Redwood City. Participating as a board member of LAFCo is one of Supervisor Horsley's duties. You can read more about LAFCo or access meeting agendas, staff reports, studies and other information by visiting the LAFCo website.
Supervisor Don Horsley is sworn in as a new member of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) in January, 2011. The San Mateo County Transportation Authority was formed in 1988 with the passage of the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for countywide transportation projects and programs, known as Measure A. The original Measure A expired Dec. 31, 2008. In 2004, county voters overwhelmingly approved a reauthorization of Measure A through 2033. Supervisor Horsley participates as a board member. He is one of two county supervisors on the Authority. The TAâ€™s role is to administer the proceeds from Measure A to fund a broad spectrum of transportation-related projects and programs. The TA is an independent agency and is governed by an appointed board of seven directors, who are elected officials, representing the county, cities and the San Mateo County Transit District.
The new Devil's Slide Trail Park was unveiled to the public on Thursday, March 27, 2014. This new 1.3 mile repurposing of Highway 1 at Devil's Slide will become a symbol of the beauty that is the San Mateo County Coastside.
“This is an example of a great collaborative effort." said Supervisor Don Horsley, during a Sept. 2, 2016, celebration of the completion of the Highway 1 repair at Surfer's Beach. "We were made aware of the problem by constituents who were concerned about how Highway 1 was threatened in that area. An independent analysis showed the pathway was extremely eroded. We were aware that the King Tides were going to be powerful and there was grave concern that the road would be undermined, forcing traffic to be rerouted through residential areas. So we were concerned about the impact on businesses and residential traffic. That’s why we pushed to get the project done. It’s a good example of inter-agency cooperation and it’s pretty remarkable that we got it done in one year. We managed to do the planning, environmental studies and acquire a Coastal Development Permit before handing it over to Caltrans for construction. This is a real tribute to being able to work together and I’m very proud of the teamwork involved in protecting this stretch of Highway 1.”
The new Surfer's Beach repair at Highway 1 on the San Mateo County Coastside includes this beach staircase making it easier for people to access the beach.