In the wake of today’s release of a grand jury report that is severely critical of the present management of the San Mateo County Harbor District, Nicole David, a marine biologist from Half Moon Bay, is announcing her candidacy for a seat on the Harbor Commission in the upcoming November election.
The report from a San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury details a long string of budget deficits, rancorous meetings, lack of transparency, excessive benefits to commissioners, a stream of unfavorable media coverage, and a lack of public trust in the District’s ability to manage its $10 million annual budget, of which $5 million each year consists of taxpayer dollars.
The Grand Jury recommends dissolution of the Harbor District, and until that occurs, improvements in financial reporting, governance, and divestiture from some of the many activities that the District has assumed responsibility for.
Nicole David is eager to take on the challenge and improve operations at the Harbor District. Ms. David has a master’s degree in marine biology and has worked at the San Francisco Estuary Institute for 16 years, studying human impacts on the marine environment, particularly water quality in San francisco Bay. She has also served as president of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Ms. David is an avid ocean swimmer, kayaker, and scuba diver.
“I'm excited to announce my candidacy for San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner in the November 2014 election,” said Ms. David. “If elected, I will honor commitments and not make excuses because accountability is important to me. I want to make a difference for the coast of San Mateo County, be fiscally responsible, and bring true transparency to District actions.”
More information on the candidate is available at Nicole David
Nicole David for Harbor District 2014 (FPPC ID # 1365892)