Sunday, April 28, 2013

Longest serving San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Leo Padreddii dies

Leo Padreddii' died 4/17/13.  His replacement will likely be by appointment.  

 "The San Mateo County Harbor Commission is set to decide how to fill a vacant board seat next week following the death of Commissioner Leo Padreddii. The four commissioners will decide on May 1 whether to appoint a replacement, defer that decision to the county Board of Supervisors, or to schedule a special election. Harbor staff has recommended the commission make an appointment.  Harbor Commission President Jim Tucker estimated a special election could cost the district $300,000 to $400,000, making it an unappealing option"  Half Moon Bay Review/Mark Noack, 4/25/13.  "Harbor staff suggests appointing Padreddii replacement."  Read article. 

Harbor Commissioner Leo Padreddii
"Veteran San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Leo Padreddii died the morning of April 17, ending a life of civic service. He was 83 years old. Just re-elected to his fourth term in November, Padreddii was the longest-serving harbor commissioner. He was first appointed to the harbor board in 1995 to fill a vacancy following the death of an elected commissioner. After joining, he never left, and the harbor district became the capstone of his life of public service. Padreddii was born in South San Francisco and lived his entire life there. His parents settled in the Peninsula city after leaving their hometown of Lucca, Italy."  Half Moon Bay Review/Mark Noack, 4/25/13.  "Longtime harbor commissioner Padreddii dies, 83-year old wore many hats.Read article. 

"Padreddii helped establish ferry and water taxi services at Oyster Point/Marina Park and wanted to see it expanded to Redwood City.  The lifelong South San Francisco resident spent more 30 years of public service, including four years on the South San Francisco City Council when it planned and developed Oyster Point. He was intensively involved in the initial development and helped draft the joint powers agreement between the city and harbor for its administration. Padreddii also served nine years on the South San Francisco school board, served on the San Mateo County Fair Board and had 32 years of city and state law enforcement experience including FBI training at the California Highway Patrol Academy and as an Alcoholic Beverage Control investigator." Half Moon Bay Patch/Christa Bigue, 4/20/13.  "San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Leo Padreddii dies."  Read article.  Note:  Photograph from this article, by Christa Bigue.

Reference -  San Mateo County Harbor District.  "The San Mateo County Harbor District, which runs Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton and Oyster Point Marina/Park in South San Francisco, was created by a County election in 1933. It was originally formed to build a harbor at Redwood City, but the Great Depression intervened."  We vote in San Mateo County on Harbor Board Commissioners.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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