Letter: MCC restructuring is minor compared to what’s needed for Board of Supervisors


Posted by on Fri, January 30, 2009

On Tuesday, January 27, the County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (5-0) to restructure how the Midcoast Community Council will operate in the future. This was, unfortunately, not unexpected. Most supervisor’s votes appear to be "slam dunk" votes. It seems that they operate on the principle of "You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours."

This is such a minor restructuring as compared as what the BOS should do to get themselves on the same page as nearly all of the 58 counties in the state, including San Francisco.

They need to rethink how they should be elected to the board. A supervisor should only be elected to office by the voters in the district who they will represent…not countywide.

This would promote more discussion on issues and decrease the amount of "slam dunk" votes that currently seem to prevail.

My wish is that someone would fund a countywide initiative that would ask the voters two things:

  • Should supervisors be elected to office only by the voters in the district that they will represent?

  • Should any vacancies that occur must be filled only by the voters in the district where the vacancy occurs?

John Lynch
Half Moon Bay

Exactly right John.

Rich Gordon who represents the Coastside does not need any Coastside votes to get elected—he can collect votes throughout the County, and he does. And once elected, it is virtually impossible for any incumbent Supervisor to be defeated.

The only safety net for the public is term limits—- which will kick out Rich Gordon in 2010, so he can move on to some other political office with a new set of term limits, etc.

Comment 2
Sun, February 8, 2009 9:17pm
John Lynch
All my comments

Midcoast Community Council / Board of Supervisors

The 1997 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury issued a report regarding the appointing process and confusing interlocking Boards of Directors of the various transportation agencies operating in San Mateo County. There are ten different boards and agencies that affect transportation planning, issues and implementation in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
Cities and County Association of Governments (CCAG)
San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)
San Mateo County Transportation Authority
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (CalTrain)
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
Bay Area Air quality Management District
Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
San Mateo County Congestion Management Board
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Let’s look at how members of the Board of Supervisors continue to be appointed (not elected) to three of these agencies with full voting rights and fiduciary responsibilities:

•  Two Supervisors on the San Mateo County Transit District Board-4
    year terms. Nine members.

•  One Supervisor on the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board-No
    terms. Nine members.

•  Two Supervisors on the San Mateo County Transportation Authority
  Board. 2 year terms. Seven Members.

Could there be a conflict of interest just as the Board of Supervisors is so stating with the Advisory Midcoast Community Council?