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Minutes: 02/27/09

Host City: Daly City

Call to Order: Chair Terry Nagel called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm following the reception. There was no San Mateo County City Selection Committee Business Meeting due to the absence of Ashnita Narayan, Secretary to the City Selection Committee.

Announcements: Chair Terry Nagel advised of the following ~

  1. HEART Board has one open seat.
  2. SAMTRANS (Central Judicial District) has one open seat.
  3. The next meeting of the SMC City Selection will take place on March 27, 2009 at 6:15 PM prior to the SMC Council of Cities Meeting. Meeting location is the Left Bank Restaurant in San Mateo. All voting members of the Committee are asked to arrive on-time at 6:00 PM to conduct business at-hand.
  4. SMC Council of Cities will have a new logo. Members present unanimously voted for the “banner” type design from among the designs presented.

Roll Call: Secretary/Treasurer Marge Colapietro called the roll ~

Present: Atherton, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Portola Valley, San Carlos, So. San Francisco and Woodside.

Absent: Belmont, Foster City, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno and San Mateo.
The quorum is eleven. A quorum was present.

Introduction of City Officials and Guests:

Mayors (or representative) introduced themselves and their colleagues in attendance.

  • Councilwoman Sepi Richardson introduced her guest Beth Grossman, a Brisbane artist who engaged the civic leaders of that city to help create works of art to be displayed in the newly renovated City Hall.
  • Chair Terry Nagel introduced George Mozingo, Representative for San Mateo
  • County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier and Guest Speaker Ms. Tara Hunt.

Welcome by Mayor of Host City:

Mayor “Sal” Torres welcomed everyone to Daly City then introduced his guests: City Manager Patricia Martel, City Attorney Rose Zimmerman, Planning Commissioner Rick Crump who is also the President of Crown Colony Residential Community in Daly City. Mayor Torres also intro- duced and thanked DC staff Angie Padilla and Anna Mostella for assisting at the dinner then thanked everyone for attending. Mayor Torres proudly announced that the old John Daly Library had been refurbished and converted to a new History Museum and extended an invitation to everyone to attend the grand opening of the new museum on March 15th. Mayor Torres proceeded to speak about two “green initiative” programs that Daly City has instituted: the first is a marketing campaign focused on outreach to the community about “living green programs;” the second is a “management talent exchange” program with the goal being to cross-train employees in the various city departments, noting that employees are the greatest assets of a city.

Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the January 30, 2009 meeting were unanimously approved.

Board of Supervisors’ Report: No Supervisor present. No report.

Committee Report: Councilwoman Sepi Richardson – Peninsula Division Representative on the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities
indicated that the Board voted to support SB375 and encouraged members to continue to support the bill though Orange County opposes. She reminded everyone that April 15, 2009 is Legislative Action Day in Sacramento and invited everyone to attend. The purpose of the one-day bus trip is to lobby for additional monies to help our cities fund essential services and programs. Ms. Richardson
reminded everyone that the League of California Cities has posted the “Stimulus Package” in detail on the League’s website.

Treasurer’s Report: Secretary/Treasurer Marge Colapietro presented the report covering the period of January 1, 2009 – January 31, 2009. The total account balance was $4045.79. A written report was distributed at the February 27, 2009 meeting. Per request of Chair Terry Nagel, Marge summarized the time and effort that has been devoted to get basic information regarding the original “seed money” for the SMC Council of Cities and additional information relative to the tax filing status of the Council. Although there have been many “challenges” to the research process Marge reported that she will provide the information just as soon as all details can be assembled.

Old Business: None

New Business:

  • Chair Terry Nagel announced that Councilman Omar Ahamd of San Carlos has offered his services and expertise to create a web site for SMC Council of Cities, keep it up-to-date – all without any cost to our
    Council. Everyone applauded Omar for his personal and professional generosity!
  • Councilmemeber Jerry Deal of Burlingame encouraged everyone to please attend the upcoming High Speed Rail meetings to become more informed. He also reminded everyone to go to the HSR website and give comments, suggestions and to ask questions of importance.

Program:

Ms. Tara Hunt, author, public speaker and consultant in online marketing and social media believes strongly in the power of building relationships through online community. Ms. Hunt talked about “Using Web 2.0 to Engage Citizen Superheroes.” Ms. Hunt believes that Web 2.0 has very little to do with technology and everything to do with people. She discussed the main tenets of Web 2.0 which she defines as openness, collaboration and community, and what it means for community leaders and for the citizens we serve.

Chair Terry Nagel thanked Ms. Hunt for her presentation.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Submitted by:

Marge Colapietro
Secretary/Treasurer of SMC Council of Cities
and Councilwoman – City of Millbrae

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