As the holidays approach, it’s time to reflect on the past year and to look ahead to a prosperous 2019. I’m finishing up my second year as San Mateo County Supervisor and I must say I feel so blessed. My young son Piero is 16 months old now, walking strong and ready to talk.
My office held some great events this year, including a health fair at Serramonte in November and an Emergency Preparedness Fair at Skyline College in April. Our office also facilitated the first ever CPR training for freshman at Westmoor High School in partnership with American Medical Response.
We broke ground on a new library in Brisbane this year with a $2 million investment by San Mateo County. We also contributed $2 million for the expansion of the Daly City Youth Health Center, where youth receive primary care at the medical clinic and counseling from county behavioral health professionals. The center plays an integral part in the everyday lives of thousands of youth and I’m proud to support it.
Our office also contributed to various local nonprofits this year including the North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center of Daly City. We also contributed $50,000 to the Colma Fire Protection District to purchase life-saving breathing apparatus.
One of my proudest investments was for the Skyline College Promise Scholars Program. It provides free tuition, books, transportation and other services for about 700 incoming freshman a year. Another initiative my office is spearheading is Age-Friendly Cities. By 2030, it is estimated that 25 percent of county residents will be 65 or older. Age-Friendly Cities will identify projects that will improve the lives of our aging population. It’s being first piloted in Daly City, Pacifica and Redwood City.
As far as legislation goes, we expanded state law that ended charging juveniles who were incarcerated. I sponsored a resolution that forgave past charges that forgave $12.6 million in past due debt. This month, San Mateo County became the first to embrace SB 821, state law that allows cities and counties to expand its emergency notifications protocol. The county’s emergency notification system, SMC Alert, has about 70,000 subscribers but not many in north county. SB 821 will allow the county to notify hundreds of thousands of residents during emergencies, such as the Paradise fire which has impacted air quality here.
David J. Canepa is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors serving Brisbane