About the Commission

The Parks Commission acts in an advisory capacity and makes policy recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding the management and operation of County natural preserves, marine reserves, open space areas, trails, parks and/or recreation areas and facilities within unincorporated San Mateo County. The Commission reviews and forwards to the Board of Supervisors recommendations regarding fees to be charged for the use of these areas. The Commission advises the Board of Supervisors regarding fish, game and wildlife policies and programs, and makes recommendations to the Board regarding the expenditure of fish and game propagation funds.

Mission Statement

Representing the people of San Mateo County and in their interest, act as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on matters related to open space, parks and recreation, providing a public and transparent forum on items agendized for its consideration in coordination with the County Parks Director.

Structure of the Commission

There are five Commissioners, each of whom represents one of the five Supervisorial Districts. Commissioners are appointed by the Supervisor elected from that District and serve terms concurrent with the Supervisors. Most Commissioners average 10 hours per month on Commission related business. Service as a Commissioner is as a volunteer. There is no compensation for this position.

Jorge Laguna Headshot

Jorge Laguna

District 1 (Pine)
Appointed: 2/4/2021
Term Expires: 12/31/2024

Parks Commissioner Thaddeus Block

Thaddeus Block

District 2 (Corzo)
Appointed: July 2023
Term Expires: December 31, 2026

Commissioner Irma Rodriquez Mitton
Irma Rodriguez Mitton

Vice Chair
District 3 (Mueller)
Appointed: July 2023
Term Expires: December 31, 2026.

Meda O. Okelo portrait

Meda O. Okelo

District 4 (Slocum)
Reappointed: 12/5/2023
Term Expires: 12/31/2024

Basem Manneh portrait

Basem Manneh

District 5 (Canepa)
Reappointed: 12/31/2020
Term Expires: 12/31/2024


Commission Meetings

Parks and Recreation Commission meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Unless specified below, the meetings are held at the following location:

Criminal Justice Training Room
400 County Center, 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA

Meetings are held publicly and are conducted by a quorum of at least three of the Commissioners. Agendas are set for each meeting and minutes are video recorded for actions taken.

Meetings held in the Criminal Justice Training Room allow for both in-person and virtual participation. To participate virtually, use the Zoom link and webinar ID included in the meeting agenda, linked below.

Meetings held in a San Mateo County Park can only accommodate in-person participation.

Information for each meeting can also be found on the San Mateo County Legistar system. Videos of recent meetings can be found linked below.

2024 Meeting Dates


2023 Meeting Dates


View agendas, minutes, and more from 2019-2022 on the San Mateo County Legistar's Website. Find older meeting videos on our YouTube channel.

View meeting materials from 2013 to 2018 in our Commission Meeting Archive

Meeting Rules & Procedures

Learn rules and procedures for speaking before the Parks Commission and distributing communications among the commissioners.

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Commission Correspondence

Written correspondence addressed to or sent from the San Mateo County Parks Commission.

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