The recent grand jury report presents an opportunity for growth and progress in the Harbor District, but our elected harbor commissioners are going to blow it. Nineteen citizen volunteers spent untold hours learning about our harbors and governance. They produced 12 findings and 11 recommendations to improve operations and oversight. Suggestions such as more frequent lease analysis and forming committees that meet on regular schedules were brought up. Though the report was critical, it was also filled with constructive suggestions.
With distress, I watched the harbor commissioners dismiss the report last Wednesday. Speaking from their high dais, most of the commissioners called the report politicized and unjust. One doubted that such an articulate, professional document was within the level of competence of regular citizenry. Another said the recommendations were nonsensical, unreasonable, and un-American. There was even a suggestion that the grand jury be investigated.
The purpose of the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury is to improve local governance by means of unbiased, outside evaluations and recommendations for reform. But in the Harbor District, resistance to change is getting in the way.
We need enthusiastic and competent leaders in the Harbor District who will carefully and responsibly address the interests of taxpayers as well as the interests of harbor and marina communities.
Please vote for change in the Nov. 4 election.
Half Moon Bay
The letter writer is a candidate for the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners.