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Letter: Old boys club on the Harbor Commission: No girls allowed
June 26, 2014, 05:00 AM Letter


In November 2012, the citizens of San Mateo County elected Sabrina Brennan to the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners with the most votes ever received in a Harbor District election. She has worked diligently to fulfill her role on the commission. She is the only woman on the commission. Since her election, the commissioners have held two rounds of selection for the offices of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary.

In each of these rounds, Ms. Brennan has been denied the opportunity to hold any of these offices. In July 2013, her fellow commissioners took the unusual step of assigning two offices (treasurer and secretary) to one commissioner (Jim Tucker), rather than allowing Ms. Brennan to hold one of these offices.

At their last meeting on June 18, 2014, Ms. Brennan was again denied an office, with William Holsinger being selected for the dual office of treasurer and secretary, even though he has served on the commission for less time than Ms. Brennan and failed in his two attempts to be elected on to the commission (he was twice appointed to the commission in May 2012 and June 2013 when elected commissioners passed away).

These actions by the commission are emblematic of the dysfunction that plagues commission proceedings. Ms. Brennan does not receive the respect she deserves as a popularly elected, conscientious public servant. Fishermen and community members receive similar disdain.

This old boys club is running the Harbor District into the ground.

The upcoming election, this November, is an opportunity to break up this old boys club, improve the level of discourse in commission meetings, and get the Harbor District on the right track.

Grace Mackertich




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