Human Services Agency in North County to get major revamp

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

Human Services Agency in North County to get major revamp
By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572
The San Mateo County Human Services Agency will be remodeling the Daly City regional office starting early next year.
The office, located at 271 92nd St., serves north county residents seeking public assistance benefits such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, CalWorks, Welfare to Work and career resources. The entire project is expected to be completed in one year.
As a result of the remodel, essential services will be provided from a portable building stationed at the site. After construction is complete, the full array of services will be provided to Daly City residents.
The Career Resource Center will be closed during the remodel. Clients in need of Career Resource Center services can utilize the NOVA Job Center located at Skyline College. This HSA northern region facility serves a critical need in our community.
Clients can gain access to health care, food assistance, financial assistance and employment services.
In other news, I was proud to introduce a resolution to opt-in to Assembly Bill 626, The Homemade Food Operations Act that the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed at its Jan. 29 meeting.
AB 626 legalizes small-scale food operations and ensures health and safety standards. Many don’t know that when individuals contribute hot dishes to the Little League potluck fundraiser or sell or trade food with their neighbors that they are actually breaking the law.
AB 626 will now make them Microenterprise Home Kitchen operators that will be regulated by the county like restaurants and food trucks currently are.
This will bring those who already engage in selling home-cooked food out of the shadows and provide new economic opportunities for those who need them most including women, immigrants and people of color.
The state Senate approved the bill Aug. 28, 2018 on a 36-0 vote. The Assembly passed the bill the following day on a 77-0 vote.
Gov. Brown signed the bill in law Sept. 18, 2018. San Mateo County’s resolution was co-sponsored by Supervisor Don Horsley. Horsley and my office have formed a subcommittee to move toward issuing Microenterprise Home Kitchen permits later this year. My office partnered with the C.O.O.K. Alliance, which advocated for the bill’s passage.
David J. Canepa is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and former mayor of Daly City.