Highlights from March 26, 2019 County of San Mateo - Government Board meeting:
- The Board presented awards to the juried winners of the 2019 “Women’s View” art exhibit – congratulations to Best of Show winners Judy Quitoriano, Nathalie Strand and Jane Henri.
- The Board approved a proclamation designating March 29, 2019 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day!” – the date when in 1973, the last of the US troops left Vietnam. It has been 50 years since I served in the US Army in Vietnam –with over 2.7 million other Americans. I applaud the motto of the Vietnam Veterans of America, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” Thank you to our local chapter President Gary Higgins for speaking at this board meeting.
- The Project Development Unit gave an update on projects surrounding the Redwood City County Center. County Office Building 3 is on track for construction to begin this May and to be completed by August 2021. To make room for this new state-of-the-art building, the Lathrop House will be relocated to the San Mateo County History Museum parking lot at the end of next month. Construction on the new parking structure, which will have 1022 stalls and 61 charging stations for electric vehicles, will begin in May and is anticipated to open in August 2020. Finally, the state-of-the art Regional Operation Center will open this August.
- The Board adopted a resolution granting Measure K funds to support city participation in the Home for All Community Engagement Program in the amount of $75,000. Brisbane, Pacifica, San Mateo, Foster City, and Hillsborough, will each receive grants of $15,000.
- The Board approved Measure K District 4-discretionary funds to Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation for swim scholarships for children in need in North Fair Oaks, east Menlo Park and East Palo Alto in the amount of $25,000.
- The Board of Supervisors closed the meeting in memory of Jeremy Richmond, whose daughter was killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sydney Aiello, a 2018 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the sophomore student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – all took their lives this past week. With much being writter about survivor guilt, truama and suicide, Board President Groom implored all suffering from mental health issues to reach out to the San Mateo County Health StarVista County Crisis Hotline – (650) 579-0350.
Board agenda, streaming video of the meeting and more at http://bos.smcgov.org/board-supervisors-agenda-information