2016 PAFR Press Release

Redwood City — San Mateo County Controller Juan Raigoza today released the County’s Financial Highlights report, also known as the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. This report summarizes the details of the County’s financial picture documented in the much longer Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) released in November.

Addressing Our Housing Crisis Will Take Us All

On Dec. 2, 2016, Facebook announced its plan to invest $20 million to address the need to increase the supply of affordable housing and the related issues of displacement, particularly in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, and communities within a 15-mile radius of their campus. This is exactly the kind of leadership that we in local government seek: Leaders who are willing to take stock and commit resources, time and talent to help solve the problem — creatively and collaboratively

Board of Supervisors enacts pot cultivation ban: Officials will study marijuana regulations, agricultural prospects

On December 13, 2016, the Board of Supervisors enacted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana growing as well as commercial operations in response to voters approving Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state. The temporary ban will initially last for 45 days and could be extended to two years, but the end goal is to study potential regulations and attempt to create a more regional approach. Getting feedback from stakeholders may assist the county in forming a blueprint law cities in the county could adopt.

Board Bids Farewell to Supervisor Adrienne Tissier

Calling her smart, dedicated and visionary, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors bid farewell to outgoing District Five Supervisor Adrienne Tissier who today ended a three-term tenure forging a path on issues of transportation, public safety and senior needs. “This has been an amazing 12 years,” Tissier said during the Board’s Dec. 13th meeting. “I couldn’t have imagined how fulfilling it could be.”

San Mateo County Supervisors Seek Temporary Moratorium on Marijuana Activity

Urgency ordinance allows time to work with local cities on regional approach to Prop. 64.

Four Honored at San Mateo County Veteran of the Year Luncheon

At our very first San Mateo County Veteran of the Year Award Luncheon, four outstanding honorees were recognized. I introduce you to them and congratulate them on their work to support veterans in our county. There are three award categories. I present to you the 2016 Patriot of the Year - Carolyn Livengood, the 2016 Enterprise of the Year - Reveille, Peninsula Covenant Church, and the 2016 Veterans of the Year - Judge John Grandsaert and Tim Healy. Congrats to all of the 2016 honorees!

Housing and Transportation: Two Sides of Same Coin

The housing crisis currently facing San Mateo County and the region is often positioned as a series of alarming numbers. Between 2010 and 2014, for example, the county welcomed 54,600 new jobs but developers built a mere 2,100 housing units. The median household income in the county is $108,088, but affording a median-priced home requires $205,965. A county renter needs to earn at least $88,903 to afford an average two-bedroom apartment. And that's why ... 62 percent of existing jobs in the county are filled by non-county residents, which means heavier congestion on our roadways and a greater impact on the longevity of this vital infrastructure. Housing and transportation are two sides of the same coin.

Unique Partnership Preserves 55 Affordable Housing Units

In this current economic climate, there's nothing more important than preserving affordable housing in San Mateo County. In a first-of-its-kind partnership with MidPen Housing, our Board of Supervisors agreed to lend $5.8 million for the purchase of the Atherton Court apartments. In all, 55 homes were saved--forever.

Online UAS Notification

You can now notify the San Carlos & Half Moon Bay Airport online prior to your non-commercial UAS operations!

San Mateo County Controller Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) provides transparent look at County’s financial status.

The Need: A Van for the California Clubhouse

The California Clubhouse, located in San Carlos, is a non-profit organization that provides support for adults living with a severe mental illness. I was proud to co-sponsor a $30,000 grant of Measure A funds with Supervisor Don Horsley. It was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors at our November 15, 2016 meeting for the purpose of financing the purchase of a 12-person passenger van that will be used for grocery shopping, field trips and other uses.