County Supervisors Select New President, Vice-President

Read excerpts from the new president's speech on what his priorities for 2013 are.

It's been a busy week for San Mateo County's supervisors.

After of District 4, on Monday, the supervisors bid farewell to 14-year board veteran Rose Jacobs-Gibson, and then immediately picked their new president and vice-president during a meeting in Pacifica Tuesday evening.

Don Horsely will serve as the board's president for 2013, alongside Dave Pine as vice-president.

After being selected, Horsely gave a speech thanking the board and touching upon his priorities as president in 2013.

"This evening my comments are about hope for the future, but tempered by a dose of reality," Horsely began. "It’s not enough to suggest that because San Mateo County has one of the most resilient economies in California, that we are out of the woods."

Horsely said he felt encouraged by the passage of Measure A in the Nov. 6th election, and that he thought it would go a long way toward making much-needed improvements in county services over the next 10 years.

"Believe me when I say that voters will see results and improvements in everything from health and human services to parks," Horsely said. "The quality of life in San Mateo County will continue to grow."

Horsely also said he is committed to exploring issues of safety in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. in December. 

"Together with local stakeholders and San Mateo County Superintendent of Education Anne Campbell, [the Board of Supervisors] will be developing a plan to explore the effectiveness of our mental health programs, our safety in schools programs and how well our local gun regulation and registration policies are implemented," he explained. "We are not going to usurp any state or national directives, but we are not going to ignore local possibilities."

Horsely also said he would be offering his full support to fellow Supervisor Carole Groom and her efforts with the Peninsula Policy Leadership Council, to help ensure all children in San Mateo County - even those in under-performing schools - are able to read at-level by the third grade.

"We know that goal is an indicator of a child’s future life-long success. Together, we can do this," he said.

Horsely also cited agriculture and help for farmers along the county's coastline as one of his priorities in the coming year.

Which issues would you like to see Horsely and the Board of Supervisors concentrate more on in 2013? Tell us in the comments below.


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tom linebarger January 11, 2013 at 06:56 PM
congrats Don, 100 homes were foreclosed in RWC last month, I hope there are positive steps the County can initiate to stop this hemorrage of County revenues (banks pay no property tax for 3 years). Please let me know how the Bd of Supes can address this only half over catastrophy affecting us all, in reduced home values, increased rental costs, etc.
Palomar Parkman January 12, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Don Horsely President. San Mateo County Politics has hit a new low. What is the board thinking. Don most recently ignited controversy by saying he would not honor his election promise to forgo compensation and will start to take a salary from the county. Don he already has a very generous pension (over $200k/yr) from the county. Now he has decided to "double dip". I voted for Don because i thought it admirable that someone would want to serve and not take advantage of the system. it is difficult to believe that someone can not survive on such a generous pension alone. I believe this brings into question the integrity of the individual. It is even more upsetting that the county board of Supervisors behaves like a 'good old boy' network and votes him President. This is disgraceful and I think the residents of San Mateo County not only deserve better, we should demand better. I hope everyone takes note and will vote out the current leadership so we can have an opportunity to dispose of the 'good old boy' network and implement the kind of governance we deserve.
Chip Krug January 17, 2013 at 05:59 AM
I hope everyone also keeps track of what the board is up to between now and the next election. If you want to exercise your rights as a citizen, there's no more powerful way that go to board meetings, follow the issues that interest you, then share your thoughts with the board during public comment. You might not always get your way, but you have more influence in the board chambers than you do in the voting booth.


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