Coastside Law Enforcement at Brews & Views, Thursday


By on Tue, July 5, 2011

“The Transition from Half Moon Bay Police Dept. to San Mateo County Sheriff’s Dept.: How Will the Community and Officers Adjust?”

Free public forum welcomes Lt. Lisa Williams and moderator Council Member Marina Fraser

The Half Moon Bay City Council voted on April 2 to outsource the city’s police department in an effort to save money. After protecting and serving its community for over 50 years, the Half Moon Bay Police Department is now in the process of transitioning their facilities, personnel and operations to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Interim Police Chief Lee Violett estimates that there will be a 50% decrease in cost three years from the transition.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company invites the public to participate in a friendly and open community forum on the transition, led by Lt. Lisa Williams of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, who will be in command of the Half Moon Bay and Coastside law enforcement after the merge. Half Moon Bay Council Member Marina Fraser will moderate. The discussion will attempt to address the many questions the community has about the city’s decision. What should Coastsiders expect from this major shift in the public’s system? How will it affect the community and public safety? How is the transition going? How can citizens give feedback and help?

Lt. Lisa Williams is a 26-year veteran of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.  She began her career as a secretary before being promoted through the ranks as Correctional Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Sergeant, and currently as Sheriff’s Lieutenant.  She has worked in all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, with assignments that included Patrol, Investigations, and Training and Corrections.  Lieutenant Williams was the Public Information Officer on behalf of the Sheriff during the Scott Peterson Trial.  Prior to her current assignment, Lt. Williams established a transitional facility and programming for men and women at the Maple Street Correctional Complex in Redwood City. Through collaboration with nonprofits and community groups, Lt. Williams was able to establish programs within the facility that were designed to reduce recidivism and prepare inmates for release back into their communities. Two of the most notable programs are Culinary Arts and the TAILS Program with the Peninsula Humane Society. Lt. Williams is a local resident and is currently responsible for law enforcement services on the Coastside. 

Admission and snacks are complimentary. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available for sale at the event. Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for this event will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

Thursday, July 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif.

Moderator Biography:

Marina Fraser was first elected to the Half Moon Bay City Council in November 2003 and has served as Mayor twice. Prior to her election to the City Council, Ms. Fraser served as a Half Moon Bay Parks and Recreation Commissioner from 1998-2002. Ms. Fraser has Chaired two Joint Powers Associations (JPAs) and still is a Director to the San Mateo County Library JPA and the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside; she also represents the City on the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance and the Office of Emergency Services. Ms. Fraser has resided on the Coastside for almost 40 years and is a passionate sports enthusiast.


Brews and Views is the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s regular speakers series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from the Coastside of California to Washington, DC. Started by Lenny Mendonca, the founder of the Brewing Company and director at McKinsey & Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and fundraiser for Coastside nonprofit organizations (ten percent of all dinner proceeds are donated to a local nonprofit after each event). Previous notable guests include renowned forecaster Paul Saffo, managing director of foresight at Discern Analytics; Charles Kolb, president of the Committee for Economic Development; Mike McCurry, former press secretary for President Bill Clinton; Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle’s political reporter; and California State Assemblyman Jerry Hill.


Situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, home-brewed beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront.  Behind the restaurant lies the brewery, where hand-crafted beers are piped directly to the bar. 

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located at 390 Capistrano Road in Princeton-by-the-Sea, Calif. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (restaurant) and 10 p.m. (bar); Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (restaurant) and 11 p.m. (bar); Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (restaurant) and 11 p.m. (bar) and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (restaurant) and 10 p.m. (bar). To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit Additional information may be found at