Household information for 1105 Altschul Avenue
Fire / paramedic emergencies:
Menlo Park Fire Protection District: 911 (non-cellular) or (650) 688-8400.
- San Mateo County sheriff: 911 (non-cellular) or (650) 363-4915 (dispatch centre).
- Menlo Park police: 911 (non-cellular) or (650) 858-3300.
Explanation: We are not inside the Menlo Park city limits, but many of our neighbours are. (1105 Altschul Avenue is on a strip of unincorporated county land called variously West Menlo Park or "University Heights".)
Utilities urgent matters:
- PG&E (gas leaks, power outages): (800) 743-5000.
- PG&E (updates on power outages): (800) 743-5002.
- West Bay Sanitary (sewage outflows): (650) 321-0384.
- S.M. County Public Works (sewage outflows): (650) 363-4765, or (650) 363-4000 after hours.
- Recology San Mateo County (refuse pickup): (2) (650) 595-3900/
- AT&T (ex-SBC, ex-Pacific Bell) line down: 611 (non-cellular) or (800) 310-2355.
- Water (California Water Service emergency repair): (650) 854-5454 during business hours, and (650) 553-4631 after hours. We're in their Bear Gulch District, but they'll mostly need street address and cross street.
- Street lights (Menlo Park Public Works): (650) 330-6740.
- Street lights (S.M. County Public Works), 24 hours: (650) 599-1407.
- Comcast Cable (outages): (800) 945-2288.
As of Dec. 2015, street sweeping occurs 1st Thursdays & 3rd Thursdays.
Local News Outlets' Online Presences
- Palo Alto Daily Post: Only some articles are available online. From Dave Price and Jim Pavelic (founders of the Palo Alto Daily News, back when it was an active and excellent local paper). Published at 385 Forest Ave. near Waverly St., downtown Palo Alto. This paper is the standard-bearer for local news.
- San Mateo Daily Journal. A major independent paper (owner is SMDJ LLC, publisher is Jerry Lee) serving the mid-San Francisco Peninsula, published from 1720 S. Amphlett Blvd. #123, San Mateo. It's pretty good.
- Outlets of Embarcadero Media (formerly Embarcadero Publishing Company),
450 Cambridge Ave. off El Camino Real, Palo Alto:
- The Almanac: local news about Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside. Office at 3525 Alameda de las Pulgas, north of Gordon Ave. Very much a Chamber of Commerce mouthpiece. Also operates useful free classifieds site Fogster.
- Palo Alto Weekly, daily variant, and Community Calendar.
- Mountain View Voice
- The Six Fifty (Web site only; food & entertainment)
- Outlets of Digital First Media, Denver, Colorado:
- San Mateo County Times, formerly San Mateo Times. Doesn't really exist as a newspaper since its complete dissolution in 2016 (following over 100 years of local prominence), so now it's just a Mercury News Web-site subpage. Local coverage by Digital First Media (formerly MediaNews Group) as part of its Mercury News operation in San Jose. This ownership resulted from the takeover in 2006 of the former San Mateo Daily News (run by Dave Price and Jim Pavelich of the then-real Palo Alto Daily News) by Knight Ridder, and then dismemberment of Knight Ridder in 2009 and sale of all of Daily News operations to MediaNews Group (renamed in 2013 to Digital First Media following merger with 21st Century Media).
- The Daily News (formerly Palo Alto Daily News, but now consolidated with the San Mateo, Redwood City, and Burlingame Daily News operations). Currently operated as an extremely generic and bland suburban paper by Digital First Media of Denver (formerly MediaNews Group, formerly McClatchy, formerly Knight Ridder, formerly Dave Price and Jim Pavelich). Note: Despite the name, it's been published (on paper) weekly since March 2015.
- Peninsula by Palo Alto Daily News. A slightly different reshuffle of the Digital First Media / Mercury News coverage. A morning daily newspaper.
- The Mercury News (renamed 1983, formerly San Jose Mercury News). A major morning daily newspaper. Offices in downtown San Jose.
- East Bay Times (merger by current owners of the former Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune). Daily newspaper. Offices in Walnut Creek and San Jose.
- Santa Cruz Sentinel. Daily newspaper. Offices in downtown Santa Cruz.
- The Stanford Daily, Student-run, published on weekdays during the academic year (plus two supplements) by The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation (a non-profit).
- Peninsula Press, local reporting project of Stanford Journalism Program.
- The Recorder. Until around 2016, ALM Media Properties, LLC., publisher of The Recorder, Northern California's leading daily legal newspaper, offered local legal news at site Cal Law, but seems to have merged it into The Recorder when that newspaper went all-digital.
- San Francisco Peninsula Press Club: Metanews.
- InMenlo hyperlocal news/events blog. Don't expect social criticism. Pretty much a Town and Country ornament. Published by InMenlo LLC (Linda Hubbard, Chris Gulker, and Scott Loftesness).
- Menlo Park-Atherton Patch is pseudo-local coverage remotely assembled by Patch Media of NYC.
- 28hills, independent daily news and culture for San Francisco. Edited by Tim Redmond, publisher/editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian until 2014. Published by San Francisco Progressive Media Center (non-profit).
- Outlets of San Francisco Media Company LLC, subsidiary of Canadian publisher Black Press Group Ltd.:
- San Francisco Bay Guardian, online 2015 revival, once again under Tim Redmond, of many features of the free alternative weekly that closed in 2014. Published by San Francisco Center for Newspaper Preservation (non-profit).
- San Francisco Chronicle (1, 2), daily newspaper published by Hearst Corporation.
- East Bay Express, weekly published by East Bay Publishing, LLC (Stephen Beul and Judith Gallman). Offices in Oakland.
- Half Moon Bay Review, weekly published by local-residents' collective Coastside News Group. Offices in Half Moon Bay.
- The Silicon Valley Voice, formerly Santa Clara Weekly. Independent weekly, publisher Miles Barber. Offices in Santa Clara.
- Santa Clara News Online, hyperlocal news site for Santa Clara by Robert Haugh.
- San Jose Inside, local online political and cultural news for San Jose. Since 2015, a subsdiary of independent weekly Metro.
- Metro Silicon Valley, free independent weekly. Published by New SV Media, Inc., subsidiary of Metro Publishing, Inc. Offices in San Jose.
- The Bay City Beacon, independent online publication covering art and politics in the Bay Area.
Starting in year 2020, California has moved its primary election from June to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March.
Elected-office political districts
(a/o redistricting resulting from 2010 census)
We are in San Mateo County voting precinct #3402. Unless otherwise noted, elected officials take office the Monday following New Year's Day after their elections.
- US Senate: Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (D), next primary election March 5, 2024, next general election Nov. 5, 2024. http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/ (Replaced John F. Seymour, who replaced Pete Wilson.)
- US Senate: Kamala Devi Harris (D), next general election Nov. 8, 2022. http://kamalaharris.org (Replaced Barbara Levy Boxer.)
- US House of Representatives: California 18th district (southwest San Mateo County): Anna Georges Eshoo (D), next primary election March 3, 2020, next general election Nov. 3, 2020. http://eshoo.house.gov/ (Replaced Tom Campbell.)
- Slate of state electors for US President:
Дональд Джон ТрампDonald John Trump (R - first term), next primary election Mar. 3, 2020, next general election Nov. 3, 2020. http://www.whitehouse.gov/president/
- Slate of state electors for US Vice-President:
Майкл Ричард ПенсMichael Richard Pence (R), next primary election Mar. 3, 2020, next general election Nov. 3, 2020. http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/
- State Senate (limit = 12 years total in either or both Legislature houses): 13th district (San Mateo County south of San Bruno Mountain): Gerald "Jerry" Hill (D, 2nd term - termed out), next primary election Mar. 3, 2020, next general election Nov. 3, 2020.
- State Assembly (limit = 12 years total in either or both Legislature houses) 24th district (Menlo Park, EPA, Portola Valley, Woodside, and most of coastside San Mateo County): Marc Berman (D, 2nd term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Governor (limit = 2 four-year terms): Gavin Christopher Newsom (D - 1st term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022. (Replaced Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr.)
- Lt. Governor (limit = 2 four-year terms): Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis (D - 1st term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Secretary of State (limit = 2 four-year terms): Alejandro "Alex" Padilla (D - 2nd term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Controller (limit = 2 four-year terms): Betty T. Yee (D - 2nd term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Treasurer (limit = 2 four-year terms): Fiona Ma (D - 1st term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Attorney General (executive officer of Dept. of Justice; limit = 2 four-year terms): Xavier Becerra (D - 2nd term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Insurance Commissioner (executive officer of Dept. of Insurance; limit = 2 four-year terms): David Evan "Dave" Jones (D - termed out), next primary election June 5, 2018, next general election Nov. 6, 2018.
- Superintendent of Public Instruction (executive officer of Board of Education and Dept. of Education; nonpartisan; limit = 2 four-year terms): Ricardo Lara (1st term), next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
California Supreme Court
(The Chief Justice and six Associate Justices are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, consisting of the Chief Justice of California, the California AG, and a senior presiding justice of the California Courts of Appeals. The nominee takes office immediately, but must stand for retention during the next gubernatorial election, where the voters decide whether to retain the justice for the remainder of the current 12-year judicial term. Sitting justices must again undergo a statewide retention election for each subsequent full 12-year term. If the voters say 'no', the seat becomes vacant and may be filled by the Governor. Nonpartisan, 12-year terms.)
- Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, next election Nov. 2, 2022.
- Associate Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, next election Nov. 3, 2026.
- Associate Justice Goodwin Liu, next election Nov. 2, 2022.
- Associate Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, next election Nov. 3, 2026.
- Associate Justice Carol A. Corrigan, next election Nov. 5, 2030.
- Associate Justice Ming William Chin, next election Nov. 2, 2022.
- Associate Justice Leondra Kruger, next election Nov. 5, 2030.
California State Courts of Appeal
(Six appellate districts, each with at least one division (19 divisions, total; only the local 1st district's divisions are shown below). Each division has one Presiding Justice and two or more Associate Justices, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, then confirmed by the public at the next general election, and then by the public again if they run again. Nonpartisan, 12-year terms, except that, if part of the term was served before the position became vacant, the justice serves the uncompleted part, either 4 or 8 year.)
We vote only for the five divisions of District 1, which comprises all of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma counties.)
District 1, Division 1:
- Presiding Justice Justice Jim (James M.) Humes, next election 2030 (first appointed Dec. 2012).
- Associate Justice Sandra L. Margulies, next election 2030 (first appointed Jan. 2002).
- Associate Justice Robert L. Dondero, appointed July 2009. Replaced William D. Stein.
- Associate Justice Kathleen M. Banke, appointed June 2009, elected Nov. 2, 2010. Replaced Douglas E. Swager.
District 1, Division 2:
- Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline. Appointed Dec. 1982.
- Associate Justice Theresa M. Stewart.
- Associate Justice Marla J. Miller, next eleciton 2030..
- Associate Justice James A. Richman, next election 2030 (first appointed Feb. 2006).
District 1, Division 3:
- Judge Jeffrey Ross has served since December 2017 as a temporary replacmenet until the Nov. 2018 election: Replaced Justice William R. McGuiness, next election 2018 (appointed Dec. 1998, elected Nov. 7, 2006). Also has served as Administrative Presiding Justice for District 1 as a whole, since Jan. 2002. He retired in December 2017.
- Associate Justice Stuart R. Pollak, next election 2026.
- Presiding Justice Peter J. Siggins, next election 2030 (first appointed Dec. 2005).
- Associate Justice Martin J. Jenkins, next election 2014 (appointed April 4, 2008, elected Nov. 2, 2010). Replaced Joanne C. Parrilli.
District 1, Division 4:
- Judge Elizabeth Lee has served since May 2017 as a temporary replacement until the Nov. 2018 election: Replaced Justice Ignazio John Ruvolo, next election 2018 (confirmed Jan. 2006, elected Nov. 7, 2006). He retired May 1, 2017.
- Associate Justice Timothy A. Reardon, next election Nov. 2, 2022 (appointed 1990, re-elected 1994, re-elected Nov. 2, 2010).
- Presiding Justice Jon B. Streeter, next election 2030.
- Alison M. Tucher, next election 2030.
District 1, Division 5:
- Presiding Justice Barbara J.R. Jones, next election 2030 (first appointed 1998).
- Associate Justice Mark B. Simons, next election 2026 (first appointed and confirmed Jan. 2000).
- Associate Justice Henry E. Needham, Jr., next election Nov. 2, 2022 (elected Nov. 2, 2010). Replaced Linda M. Gemello.
- Associate Justice: Terence L Bruiners, next election Nov. 2, 2022 (elected Nov. 2, 2010).
State Boards and Commissions
State Board of Equalization
(limit = 2 four-year terms)
Charged with reviewing property tax assessments, insurer tax assessment, alcohol excise taxes, and pipeline taxes.
(Voters select within & for their districts, only; four-year terms.)
- 1st District (north and central coastal counties): Ted Gaines (R), 1st term, next primry election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022
- 2nd District (north and central inland counties): Malia Cohen (D), first term, next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022.
- 3rd District (southern counties other than most of LA County): Tony Vazquez (D), 1st term, next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- 4th District (most of LA County): Mike Schaefer (D), first term, next primary election Mar. 8, 2022, next general election Nov. 8, 2022 (running for U.S. House of Representatives, instead).
- The state Controller is the fifth member, serving ex-officio.
Meets: Dates and locations as scheduled, about once or twice a month.
In June 2017, in response to repeated scandals, the Legislature stripped most powers and duties from the BoE, previously administration of all state-wide tax programs, including corporation and income taxes as an appellate body, leaving only its original scope per California's Constitution. 90% of BoE staff were transferred to other agencies, including a new Office of Tax Appeals and a new Department of Tax and Fee Administration, both appointive.
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors:
The Board is the county's highest executive and legislative body, which itself is a citizen-chartered corporate body established under state law. Executive power, however, is delegated to the county manager the Board appoints
(five members, elected and resident in their respective districts, staggered terms, limit = 3 four-year terms):
- 1st District (west SM, Hillsborough, Burlingame to east SSF): Dave Pine (2nd term), seated by May 3, 2011 special election, then reelected Jun. 5, 2012, then again Jun. 7, 2016. Previously Mark Church, until he was elected County Assessor in 2010. Next election Jun. 10, 2020. President.
- 2nd District (Belmont, Foster City, San Mateo): Carole Groom, next election Mar. 8, 2022. Vice-President.
- 3rd District (coastside, Redwood Shores, SC, West Menlo): Don Horsley (2nd term), next election Mar. 8, 2022.
- 4th District (RC, Menlo Park, EPA): Warren Slocum (2nd term), next election Jun. 10, 2020. Vice-President.
- 5th District (DC, Brisbane, west SSF, Colma): David Canepa (1st term), next election Nov. 3, 2020.
Meets: Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m., Board's Chamber. 400 County Center (between Middlefield Rd. and Hamilton St.), Hall of Justice, Redwood City.
Other San Mateo County Elected Executives (nonpartisan, limit = 3 four-year terms)
- Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk & Chief Elections Officer: Mark Church (third term), next election Mar. 8, 2022.
- Controller: Juan Raigoza (second term), next election Mar. 8, 2022.
- Coroner: Robert J. Foucrault (third term), next election Mar. 8, 2022:
- Sheriff: Carlos G. Bolanos (first term), next election Mar. 8, 2022.
- Superintendent of Schools: Nancy Magee (first term), next election Mar 8, 2022.
- Treasurer - Tax Collector: Sandie Arnott (second term), next election Mr. 8, 2022.
- District Attorney: Stephen M. Wagstaffe (third term), next election Mar 8, 2022.
San Mateo County Judicial District
(Nonpartisan, six-year terms. Candidates very often take office without election, i.e., their scheduled elections get cancelled, because their candidacies were unopposed.)
Superior Court Judges with next election Mar. 3, 2020:
- Southern Court, Redwood City
- Judge Steven L. Dylina.
- Judge Richard H. DuBois.
- Judge Jonathan Karesh. Assistant Presiding Judge (2 years, elected by peers).
- Judge Don Franchi.
- Judge Susan L. Greenberg.
- Northern Court, South San Francisco
- Judge Elizabeth M. Hill.
- Judge Stephanie Garratt.
- Judge Nancy L. Fineman
Superior Court Judges with next election Mar. 2022
- Southern Court, Redwood City
- Judge Mark R. Forcum.
- Judge Sean P. Dabel.
- Judge Barbara J. Mallach.
- Judge George A. Miram.
- Judge Joseph C. Scott.
- Judge Jeffrey Finigan.
- Juvenile Court, San Mateo
- Judge Marta S. Diaz
Superior Court Judges with next election Mar. 2024:
- Juvenile Court, San Mateo
- Judge Elizabeth K. Lee.
- Southern Court, Redwood City
- Judge Susan I. Etezadi. Presiding Judge (2 years, elected by peers).
- Judge Jonathan E. Karesh. Assistant Presiding Judge (2 years, elected by peers).
- Judge Clifford V. Cretan.
- Judge Donald Ayoob.
- Judge Hugo Borja.
- Judge Gerald J. Buchwald.
- Judge Leland Davis III.
- Judge Richard H. Du Bois
- Judge Robert D. Foiles.
- Judge John L. Grandsaert.
- Judge Rachel Holt.
- Judge Susan Jakubowski.
- Judge Cristina Mazzei.
- Judge Lisa A. Novak.
- Judge V. Raymond Swope.
- Judge Marie S. Weiner
- Northern Court, South San Francisco
- Judge Danny Y. Chou
- Judge Jeffrey Finigan
The court's Web site is difficult to reconcile with data from elections, and is spottily maintained. See also county records.
San Mateo County Board of Education:
(Seven members, staggered four-year terms, elected county-wide but each responsible for an "area" of the district where he/she's resident. The county's Superintendent of Schools is the Board's presiding officer.)
- Trustee Area 1 (Cabillo, La Honda/Pescadero, Belmont-Redwood Shores, part of Sequoia Union): Susan Alvaro, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Trustee Area 2 (Bayshore, Brisbane, Jefferson Elemntary, Jefferson Union, Pacifica): Beverly J. Gerard, next election Nov. 8, 2022. President.
- Trustee Area 3 (San Bruno Park, part of San Mateo Union, SSF): Hector Camacho, Jr., next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Trustee Area 4 (San Mateo-Foster City, part of San Mateo Union): Rod Hsaio, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Trustee Area 5 (Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, part of San Mateo Union): James W. Cannon, next election Nov. 3, 2020. Vice-President.
- Trustee Area 6 (Redwood City, San Carlos, part of Sequioa Union): Ted Lempert, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Trustee Area 7 (Las Lomitas, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Ravenswood,part of Sequioa Union, Woodside): Joe Ross, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
(Names in parentheses, above, are of school disricts.)
Meets: 7 p.m. on first and third Wednesdays, San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood City (Ralston Ave. / Marine World Parkway exit from US-101, Redwood Shores side).
San Mateo County Community College District
Operates three 2-year community (formerly "junior") colleges: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.
(six trustees, one picked annually by students and five quadrennially by voters; staggered four-year terms for the latter; elections switched from odd-numbered to even-numbered years starting late 2016, and members already in office had their terms extended a year):
- Thomas Nuris (Daly City), next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Richard Holober (Millbrae), next election Nov. 8, 2022. President.
- Dave Mandelkern (Hillsborough), next election Nov. 5, 2019. Vice-President.
- Maurice Dupra Goodman, Sr., (SSF?) elected Nov. 3, 2015 for a 4-year term to next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Karen Schwarz (somewhere in Area 5?), next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Alfredo Olguin, Jr. (student trustee, 2018-19).
Starting 2018, the District switched to Area Elections:
- Trustee Area 1: Coastside, Ladera, Portola Valley, San Carlos, West Menlo Park, Woodside
- Trustee Area 2: Brisbane, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, SSF,
- Trustee Area 3: Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, San Bruno part of San Mateo
- Trustee Area 4: Belmont, Highlands-Baywood Park, Foster City, San Mateo
- Trustee Area 5: EPA, Emerald Lake Hills, Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, Redwood City
Trustee Areas 2 and 4 were elected in Nov. 2018. Incumbents Richard Holober and Tom Mohr competed for Trustee Area 4 seat, since the both live in that area, and Holober won. Challenger Thomas Nuris ran unopposed for the Trustee Area 4 seat.
Meets: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:00 pm, San Mateo County Community College District HQ, 3401 CSM Dr. off CA-92, San Mateo.
San Mateo County Harbor District:
Board of Commissioners (five commissioners, staggered four-year terms):
- Tom Mattusch, Treasurer, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Nancy Reyering, Vice-President, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Sabrina Brennan, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Virginia Chang Kiraly, President, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Ed Larenas, Secretary, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
Meets: first Wednesday 7:00 p.m. at Coastside County Water District, 766 Main St. nr. Correas St., Half Moon Bay.
Meets: third Wednesday 7:00 p.m. at Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Dr. @ Alta Loma Dr., South San Francisco.
Explanation: Operates two facilities:
- Pillar Point Harbor, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Half Moon Bay
- Oyster Point Marina / Park, South San Francisco
County Political Parties
Although not public bodies but rather private political associations, any political party that achieves 1% registration statewide, and then subsequently never falls below 1/15% of state registered voters, gets taxpayer-subsidised elections of its candidates ("primary" elections), plus of its governing council members for each county, at the March primary elections.
The ex-George Wallace American Independent Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Eldridge Cleaver / Benjamin Spock / Leonard Peltier / Roseanne Barr Peace and Freedom Party are also (in addition to those below) qualified in California, but appear to have no committees for San Mateo County.
Democratic Party Central Committee, San Mateo County:
(two-year terms, elected by county-wide Democratic Party voters for each supervisorial district in even-numbered years; Democratic Party state and Federal legislators are also ex-officio members)
- 1st District (west SM, Hillsborough, Burlingame to east SSF), four members: David Burruto, Ashleigh Evans, Sandra Lang, Nicklas Akers. Next election Jun. 14, 2022.
- 2nd District (Belmont, Foster City, San Mateo) five members: Nancy Yarbrough, Ginny Stewart, Cliff Robbins, Alexis Lewis, Pamela O'Leary. Next election Jun. 14, 2022.
- 3rd District (coastside, Redwood Shores, SC, West Menlo) six members: April Vegas, Cecily Harris, Gregory A. Loew, Jon S. Levinson, Brigid O'Farrell, Sabrina Brennan. Next election Jun. 14, 2022.
- 4th District (RC, Menlo Park, EPA), four members: Karen Maki, John Woodell, Sharri Krieger, Diane Reddy. Next election Jun. 14, 2022.
- 5th District (DC, Brisbane, west SSF, Colma), four members: Judith Christensen, Annette Hipona, Dana Smith. Next election Jun. 14, 2022.
Meets: third Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., California Teachers Association headquarters, 1705 Murchison Drive @ S. Magnolia Ave., Burlingame.
Green Party County Council, San Mateo County:
(four members, two-year terms, elected by county-wide Green Party voters)
Gloria Purcell, Sandra Everette (Chairperson), Mark Roest, Joel Sarch.
Meets: third Sundays, 9:30am-12:30pm, Green Party of San Mateo County Office, 212A Miller Ave. near Cypress Ave., South San Francisco.
Republican Party Central Committee, San Mateo County:
(two-year terms, elected by county-wide Republican Party voters for each supervisorial district)
- 1st District (west SM, Hillsborough, Burlingame to east SSF): next election Jun. 14, 2022. Jason Scalese, Matt Feemster, Neal Kaufman, Chuck McDougald, Stephen Duncan.
- 2nd District (Belmont, Foster City, San Mateo) next. election Jun. 14, 2022. Tom Weissmiller, Mark Watson. Linda Koelling, Art Kiesel, Blake Eric Page,
- 3rd District (coastside, Redwood Shores, SC, West Menlo): next election Jun. 14, 2022. Henry Lawrence, John Boyle, John Foster, Hank Scherf, James Disanto, Ellen Mernick, Matt Grocott, Andrew Preston, John McDowell.
- 4th District (RC, Menlo Park, EPA: next election Jun. 14, 2022. Andrew Barkett Lucy Calder, Stephan Steiner, Harold "Buck" Shaw.
- 5th District (DC, Brisbane, west SSF, Colma): next election Jun. 14, 2022. Alvin Zachariah Vacancy (TBD) John McDonnell.
Meets: 2nd Thursdays, San Mateo American Legion Hall, 130 South Blvd., San Mateo.
Special Districts, Elective
Menlo Park Fire Protection District:
This district covers 30 square miles of southern San Mateo County. Fire Station 4 is at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Valparaiso Ave.
(five elected Board members, staggered four-year terms, in even-numbered years starting Nov. 6, 2018):
- Chuck Bernstein, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Virginia Chang Kiraly, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Jim (James E.) McLaughlin, President, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Robert Jones, next election Nov. 2, 2022.
- Robert Silano, Vice-President, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
Meets: third Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Station 1, 300 Middlefield Rd. near USGS and the former Sunset Publishing offices, Menlo Park.
Sequoia Union High School District:
This district covers about the southern third of San Mateo County, and operates six high schools.
(five board members elected by voters to staggered four-year terms, plus one trustee picked annually by students, elections in even numbered years starting 2017):
- Chris Thomsen (Area D), next election Nov. 8, 2022. President.
- Alan Sarver (Area A), next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Georgia S. Jack (Area C), next election Nov. 3, 2020. Vice-President.
- Carrie B. Du Bois (Area B), next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Allen Weiner (Area C), next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Gerryk Madrigal (student trustee President, June 2018 to May 2019).
- Elise Kratzer (student trustee Vice-resident, June 2018 to May 2019).
Starting 2018, the District is switching to Area Elections.
- Trustee Area A: Belmont, most of Redwood City, San Carlos
- Trustee Area B: Highland regions of Belmont, Redwood City, and San Carlos
- Trustee Area C: La Honda, Ladera, Portola Valley, Skylonda, West Menlo Park, Woodside
- Trustee Area D: Atherton, Menlo Park, part of Redwood City
- Trustee Area E: Belle Haven, EPA, North Fair Oaks
Area A and D were elected in November 2018. Areas B, C, and E will be elected in 2020.
Meets: Approximately fortnightly on dates as scheduled, 5:30 p.m., Birch Conference Room, Sanford Building, 480 James Ave. @ Elwood St., Redwood City.
Las Lomitas Elementary School District
Small district operating two schools serving western Menlo Park and Atherton: Las Lomitas (grades K-3) and La Entrada (grades 4-8).
(five elected Governing Board members, staggered four-year terms)
- Diane Honda, next election Nov. 3, 2020. Clerk.
- William Steinmetz, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Dana Nunn, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- John Earnhardt, next election Nov. 8, 2022. President.
- Jon Venverloh, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
Meets: Usually 3rd Wednesdays (with exceptions), 7:30 p.m., La Entrada School library, 2200 Sharon Rd. @ Altschul Ave., Menlo Park.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Independent special district funded by a parcel property tax starting 1972, divided into seven geographic wards. Acquires open space land; protects, restores, and enhances natural resources; plans for and manages land for low-intensity recreational use by the public. Covers 550 square miles of northwestern Santa Clara County, southern San Mateo County, and a small piece of Santa Cruz County.
(seven elected Board members, staggered four-year terms):
- Ward 1 (Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos): Pete Siemens, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Ward 2 (Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos Hills, Stanford): Yoriko Kishimoto, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Ward 3 (Sunnyvale): J. Edmond (Jed) Cyr, next election Nov. 3, 2020. President.
- Ward 4 (Mountain View, Los Altos): Curt Riffle, next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- Ward 5 (Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Stanford): Karen Holman, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Ward 6 (Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Atherton): Larry Hassett, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Ward 7 (Redwood City, San Carlos): Zoe Kersteen-Tucker (was: Cecily Harris), next election Nov. 3, 2020.
Meets: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., District Administrative Office, 330 Distel Cir. nr. corner of W. El Camino Real and S. Rengstorff Ave., Los Altos.
Sequoia Healthcare District:
Covers roughly the southern third of San Mateo County.
(five elected Board members, staggered four-year terms)
Starting Sept. 2017, the District switched to district (vs. at-large) representation.
- Arthur J. Faro, next election Nov. 8, 2022. President. Zone A.
- Kim Griffin, next election Nov. 3, 2020. Zone B.
- Aaron Nayfack, next election Nov. 8, 2022. Zone C.
- Kathleen M. Kane, next election Nov. 3, 2020. Vice-President. Zone D.
- Gerald "Jerry" Shefren, next election Nov. 8, 2022. Zone E.
- Lee Michelson (ex-officio in her role as Sequoia Healthcare District CEO).
- Zone A: Redwood Shores
- Zone B: Menlo Park, West Menlo Park, Atherton
- Zone C: Redwood City, Emerald Hills, San Carlos
- Zone D: North Fair Oaks, a piece of Redwood City
- Zone E: Woodside, Portola Valley, Belmont, San Carlos hills
Board members must reside in their districts; voters pick only their own district's representatives. Zones A, C, and E will be first elected in 2018. Zones B (ours) and D will be first elected in 2020.
Meets: first Wednesday in odd-numbered months (with exceptions), 4:30 p.m., Sequoia Room, Sequoia Hospital, 170 Alameda de las Pulgas between Whipple Ave. and Edgewood Rd., Redwood City.
Explanation: The Sequoia Healthcare District is a purposeless political body still eating taxpayer (parcel tax) funds after the 1996 substantive sale of Sequoia Hospital to a non-profit corporation (Sequoia Health Services) managed by Catholic Healthcare West. Board members pledged to dissolve the District (just Jack Hickey, who was dislodged in 2018) keep getting outvoted. More at: http://www.almanacnews.com/morgue/2003/2003_02_05.hospital.html
West Bay Sanitary District:
Serves the southernmost cities and unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.
(five elected Board members, staggered four-year terms)
- Roy Thele-Sardiña, next election Nov. 8, 2022.
- Edward P. Moritz, next election Nov. 8, 2022. President.
- Fran Dehn, next election Nov. 3, 2020. Secretary.
- George Otte (appointed to replace Ronald W. Shepherd), next election Nov. 3, 2020.
- David A. Walker, next election Nov. 3, 2020. Treasurer.
Meets: second and fourth Mondays, 7:00 p.m., district headquarters, 500 Laurel St. @ Burgess Dr., Menlo Park.
Special Districts, Appointive
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is an advisory-only regional planning agency to coordinate land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development for the nine Bay Area counties and 101 Bay Area cities, which along with interested non-profit organisations, are voluntary members.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission coordinates and regulates transportation services in the nine Bay Area counties. It has 21 members on its Board of Commissioners. Two commissioners arrive from each of the five most populous counties, one appointed by the county's Board of Supervisors, the other appointed by the mayors of the cities within that county. One each is appointed by the mayors of Oakland and San Jose. Four are appointed by the remaining four counties, by their Boards of Supervisors in consutation with each county's city. Two are appointed by the two regional agencies ABAG and Bay Conservation and Development Commission. Three (non-voting) commisioners are appointed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Department of Transportation, and California Department of Transportation. Each serves a four-year term.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District is empowered by the Legislature to regulate non-mobile sources of air pollution in our county. Its Board of Directors consists of elected officials from each of the nine Bay Area counties. Each serves a four-year term.
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission is a state agency empowered to regulate use of San Francisco Bay, its shoreline, and Suisun Marsh, to protect and enhance the Bay for this and future generations. Commisioners are appointed by a variety of Federal, state, regional, and county government entities. Each serves a four-year term.
San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is a regional government agency to manage flood protection, ecosystem habitats, and recreation in the watershed and floodplain of San Francisquito Creek. It was formed in 1998 after record flood by the cities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and East Palo Alto, the County of San Mateo, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and funded by annual member agency contributions.
The Board chooses its own membership from elected officials of its five member agencies. Board members serve two-year terms. The Authority employs an executive director and three professional staff, who are substantially assisted by consultants and by staff of its founding agencies. SFCJPA's Board meets monthly in Palo Alto's, Menlo Park's, or East Palo Alto's city council chambers.
San Mateo County Flood Control District is a county-wide county-governed special district created by state legislation, funded by parcel taxes in flood-affected areas.
Menlo Park Highway Lighting District is a county-governed special district created Oct. 3, 1910 and funded by parcel taxes, to provide street lighting in unincorporated North Fair Oaks, Menlo Oaks, and West Menlo.
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District is an independent special district to control mosquitoes and other disease-transmitting animals in most of Bay-side San Mateo County. It is governed by a 21-member board of trustees, one from each city and one representative for the county at large, elected to two or four-year term. Trustees meet 2nd Wednesdays except in Aug. and Dec., 6pm at the District Office, 1351 Rollins Road, Burlingame. Its Board of Trustees is appointed by the constituent city councils, plus one at-large member representing the county (21 trustees, 2-4 years).
Atherton Channel Drainage District is a city-governed special district run by the Town of Atherton, charged since 1958 with managing stormwater collection in a drainage basin bounded by Atherton Ave., West Menlo, parts of unincorporated Stanford lands, etc.
University Heights Drainage Maintenance District is a county-governed special district charged since August 13, 1968 with maintaining drainage facilities in unincorporated University Heights.
San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo), is an independent commission with state-delegated legal authority, starting 1963, to regulate the formation, dissolution, consolidations, boundaries, and other organisational changes of cities and special districts. The Commission also determines city and district spheres of influence and performs periodic studies of existing government agencies. There are seven commissioners. Two are County Supervisors appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. Two are city council members, appointed by the Council of Mayors. Two are members of independent special districts (appointed by the presiding officers of independent special districts); a public member (appointed by the county, city, and special district members); and four alternate members (county, city, special district, and public). LAFCo is funded by applications fees and by the County, cities, and independent special districts. LAFCo's regular meetings are 3rd Wednesdays of odd-numbered months, 2:30pm at the County Board of Supervisors' Chambers, 400 County Center, Redwood City.
Updated: Sun Dec 30 23:22:19 PST 2018