Fix Our Harbors

San Mateo County Harbor District

The Half Moon Bay fishing, boating and surfing community would like facilities modernized at Pillar Point Harbor. It's time to fix crumbling infurtructure, chronic water pollution, dangerous working conditions on Johnson Pier, unsafe docks, inadequate public restrooms, outdated visitor serving facilities, poor wifi connectivity and compromised trail access.

Oyster Point Landfill is a “Horrible Liability”

Watch this short clip of South San Francisco City Councilmember Mark Addiego and his fellow council members discussing the “Horrible Liability of the Oyster Point Landfill,” early termination of the Oyster Point JPA Agreement, and dissolution of the Harbor District with City Manager Mike Futrell.

Karyl Matsumoto counting votes: Groom, Pine, Slocum

This is a short clip of South San Francisco City Council Member Karyl Matsumoto counting San Mateo County Board of Supervisor votes in a plot to further subsidize the Oyster Point Landfill/Marina. 

The City of South San Francisco has a contentious JPA agreement with the Harbor District to manage a City owned marina, the agreement is set to expire in 10 years. South San Francisco city council member Karyl Matsumoto said during a Sept. 16, 2015 special meeting that she has successfully lobbied votes from Supervisor Pine, Groom and Slocum to dissolve the Harbor District.

Oyster Point Marina/Park is a Superfund Site owned by the City of South San Francisco. Barrels of industrial waste solvents, paint, fuel, and sludge are buried under the land that makes up Oyster Point Marina/Park. The landfill is subsiding and toxic industrial waste sludge is sinking into SF Bay as the sea is rising. Industrial waste and garbage was dumped on Bay Mud for thirty years. No liner was ever installed at the landfill site.

Karyl Matsumoto says County doesn't want Harbor District liability

Oyster Point Marina/Park is a Superfund Site owned by the City of South San Francisco. Barrels of industrial waste solvents, paint, fuel, and sludge are buried under the land that makes up Oyster Point Marina/Park. The landfill is subsiding and toxic industrial waste sludge is sinking into SF Bay as the sea is rising. Industrial waste and garbage was dumped on Bay Mud for thirty years. No liner was ever installed at the landfill site.

South City Council Members Plot to Kill Harbor District (part 2)

South San Francisco City Council and City Manager Discussion about Oyster Point and the San Mateo County Harbor District.  The City of South San Francisco Special Meeting was held on Sept 16, 2015 6:30pm.

Oyster Point Landfill—Staff Report (part 1)

The City of South San Francisco Special Meeting was held on Sept 16, 2015 6:30pm.

Surf Nutzis

On Aug. 5, 2015 Jeff Clark ceded control of a wave called Mavericks to Cartel Management and a flim-flam man by the name of Griffin Guess.

Concerns about a multi-year permit were never addressed by staff. Nicole David buckled under pressure and rubber-stamped the five-year permit. 

The motion by Pietro Parravano to approve a five-year permit: 

Nicole David's concerns about a multi-year permit:

The 3-1-1 vote to approve a 5 year permit:


Harbor Commission discusses process for hiring permanent General Manager

Checkout the sleaze factor at this sham of a "public" meeting.  Watch Hanson Bridgett Attorney Steven Miller point out the silliness to his clueless clients:  8:17

Harbor Commissioner Nicole David lacks the integrity required to walk out of this Special Meeting farce.  

It's unclear why Commissioner David has decided to take the low road and pander to Commissioner Robert Bernardo and Commissioner Pietro Parravano. We expect Commissioner David to have better judgment and stay true to her campaign promise to improve transparency and accountability.

Commissioner David appears slightly desperate when she agrees that the Harbor District executive search process should mirror the Port of Oakland. Apparently Commissioner David is unaware that the Port of Oakland is not a public agency the Harbor District should emulate. Nobody knows how to put a happy face on port corruption like Commissioner Bernardo, he works as a PR manager for the Port of Oakland. 

The March 30, 2015 Special Meeting was videotaped by Linda Ives, wife of paid consultant Brent Ives. 

At April 30, 2015 Special Meeting Commissioner David said the March 30th meeting video was being "edited."

This video is the "edited" version Commissioner David referenced and it includes only 12+ minutes of carefully selected clips of what appears to have been a much longer meeting.

Pacific Coast TV refused to broadcast this meeting video on public access television or post this video online because they said it was "editorialized" and not gavel to gavel coverage.

It's funny how the clips in this video were edited together during different times of day. We wonder what got edited out?


Peter Grenell's Back Room Deal


Checkout the video clips...

Incumbents dirty little secret: The Harbor District is going broke thanks to poor fiscal management.

Commercial fishermen at Pillar Point Harbor believe a new hoist location on Johnson Pier at Pillar Point Harbor is a quid pro quo "gift" from Harbor District General Manager Peter Grenell to Larry Fortado, owner of Three Captains' Seafood a commercial fish buying company.

This video symbolizes the arrogance and ineptitude of the good old boy faction of the SMCHD.

Harbor Commissioners should address the misuse of public funds and liability issues related to approving and paying for work on privately owned hoists.

Hired Gun Jean Savaree advises Commissioner Parravano on Conflict of Interest

Commissioner Parravano's lost without his favorite chair

Pillar Point Harbor Fish Buyers united against unfair fees

In 2012 SMC Harbor Commissioners Robert Bernardo, Will Holsinger and Jim Tucker approved the highest commercial fish buying fees in California. All three commercial fish buyers at Pillar Point Harbor and the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association are outraged. 

San Mateo County Commercial Fishermen are being harmed by the high fees, this has resulted in boats off loading at other ports that don't charge any fees such as Pier 45 in San Francisco or charge much lower fees as is the case at Monterey Harbor. 

Read the Half Moon Bay Review article.

Dave Mallory, owner of Morning Star Fisheries made public comment on behalf of all three Pillar Point Harbor Commercial Fish Buyers. He was joined by Mike McHenry, and Larry Fortado, Jr. at the Jan. 15, 2014 San Mateo County Harbor District meeting held in South San Francisco.

Mike McHenry, one of three commercial fish buyer at Pillar Point Harbor, speaks to the board of commissioners during public comment at the Jan 15, 2014 San Mateo County Harbor District meeting held in South San Francisco.

Commissioner Will Holsinger makes a failed attempt to remove Commissioner Sabrina Brennan's contact info from the Harbor District website

Human Resources manager screams, "I'm not a liar" during a board meeting and the Finance Director storms out in a huff when asked if she is a Certified Public Accountant.  

Commissioner Jim Tucker and the General Manager block information on items coming before the board. Commissioner Sabrina Brennan is forced to make Public Records Requests to receive information necessary to make informed decisions.

Mike McHenry, Larry Fortado Jr., and Kim McHenry speak during public comment about Pillar Point Harbor Fish Buying Fees at the Sept. 18, 2013 Harbor District meeting.

Pillar Point Harbor commercial fishermen offload fish at ports outside San Mateo County to avoid excessive fees charged by the San Mateo County Harbor District.

Commissioner Will Holsinger inspired this satyrical video after he and Commissioner Jim Tucker and Pietro Parravano terminated video coverage of Harbor District meetings.

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