Saturday, October 17, 2015

Harbor Board Commissioner resigns

Half Moon Bay Review/Clay Lambert, (Carina Woudenberg contributed to this article), 10/15/15. "David resigns from Harbor Commission. Cites health concerns one year into term." 

Nicole David, Vice President
San Mateo County Harbor Board
resigns. Health reasons.
"Citing health concerns, San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Nicole David resigned during a regularly scheduled commission meeting on Oct. 7. As a result, she will not finish the first year of her four-year term.
.... It was not immediately clear how her seat would be filled. Commission President Tom Mattusch said he thought the commission would likely interview volunteers who might step forward but that ultimately the county Board of Supervisors could make an appointment if the commission failed to agree on a candidate. Alternatively, the Commission could call a special election, but Mattusch said that would likely cost about $200,000 and he did not think that likely. David’s unexpired term runs through 2018. 

....  David was elected, along with boat captain Tom Mattusch, on a platform of change. .... David earned praise for her work ethic and calm amid a stormy season of harbor politics. 'Nicole brought tremendous balance,' Mattusch said."  Read article. 

Reference.  San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners, Nicole David, Vice President. "David grew up in Germany and graduated with a Master's Degree in Marine Biology from the University of Berlin. Since 1998, she has worked for the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), a non-profit scientific organization that studies water quality issues. Her background in marine and freshwater ecology with a focus on coastal waters and threatened ecosystems has allowed her to contribute to and lead SFEI watershed projects. Her research is directed toward studying contamination in storm-water runoff in agricultural and urban areas. David has also served on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, including one year as president. ..."

Related articles.  Resignation. The Daily Journal/Samantha Weigel, 10/9/15, "Commissioner Nicole David leaving Harbor District: Half Moon Bay resident unexpectedly resigns from post citing health issues." .... Oversight for the special district, which owns Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay and manages Oyster Point Marina/Park in South San Francisco, has undergone significant change in the last year and officials have yet to determine how to fill David’s recently vacated seat."  Expertise. The Almanac News blog/Laura Stec, 10/9/14,"One Fish, Two fish, three fish? More?" Have you ever bought fish off Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay? I wanted to learn more about it after hearing marine biologist Nicole David discuss how to improve the process. David is on the ballot for Harbor Commissioner, Nov 4th.  David says 90% of the seafood eaten in the US is imported, and that we ship most of what U.S. fisherman catch to other countries. "There is a big disconnect. Let's build the local market. Pillar Point fisherman pay the highest fees for offloading fish on the west coast, causing boats to go to San Francisco or Monterey. San Mateo County is losing revenue and a terrific local business."  Note the photograph is from Nicole David's Facebook, linked with the related Almanac blog news article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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