VIDEO. From the San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 at 1:00pm by Zoom.
Harbor General Manager, Jim Pruett, presents.
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OneShoreline Pillar Point Harbor Area Shoreline Management Study
Pillar Point Harbor and the surrounding northern Half Moon Bay coastline is a rehttps://oneshoreline.org/projects/pacific-coastline-projects-in-development-with-other-partners/creation epicenter on the San Mateo County coast for both local and non-local outdoor enthusiasts. The shoreline trails and beaches in this area are used by a diverse cross-section of community residents for kayaking, coastal access, walking, and bird watching. Key destinations include the iconic Mavericks surfing location that attracts big-wave surfers from around the world, Surfers Beach, and Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay. Significant coastal access corridors – State Route 1 and the California Coastal Trail – back these beaches. In addition, this reach of coastline is home to important ecological assets, including Pillar Point Marsh, which serves as habitat for threatened species and species of concern. Bird enthusiasts have sighted nearly 20% of all North American bird species in this 66-acre protected salt marsh.
This region faces serious ongoing coastal erosion issues, dating back to the construction of breakwaters in the early 1960s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect Pillar Point Harbor and community of Princeton-by-the-Sea (Princeton). Following the construction of the outer breakwaters, rates of coastal erosion both within the Harbor and along the shoreline directly south of the east breakwater dramatically increased, retreating at a rate over 7 times greater than the rate of erosion before the breakwater in some areas of the Princeton shoreline. The evolution from a smooth, continuous sandy coastline to an eroded bluff or hardened shoreline can be clearly seen in historical aerial photography.
Current rates of erosion will only be exacerbated with sea level rise and climate-driven storms. The 2018 San Mateo County Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment found that State Route 1 at Surfer’s Beach, as well as Mirada Road to the south, are compromised and extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. In addition, vulnerable unincorporated communities such as Princeton face critical flooding threats, with one-third of its population and land area projected to be inundated during a 100-year event and six feet of sea level rise.
A series of past and ongoing projects have been developed to address these issues on certain shoreline reaches. From 2010 to 2016, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepared several documents and studies to determine the feasibility of a project to mitigate the impacts of the Pillar Point Harbor breakwaters, including renourishment of Surfers Beach, and ultimately concluded that such a project does not have a federal interest. More recently, the San Mateo County Harbor District has led the West Trail Living Shoreline Project to stabilize the popular recreational trial that serves as access to Mavericks Beach and the harbor’s west breakwater. The Harbor District is also implementing the Surfers Beach Restoration Pilot Project, which involves a one-time placement of sand that been trapped inside the breakwaters. Meanwhile, San Mateo County is leading an effort to update land use policies to provide a sustainable direction for future development along the Princeton shoreline (Plan Princeton), and has also evaluated solutions to stabilize Mirada Road and the Mirada Road pedestrian bridge. While various project-specific studies have recognized the erosion concerns in this area due to the breakwaters, no comprehensive erosion modeling has been performed in and around the harbor and no meaningful progress can proceed without this baseline understanding of current conditions.
The San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District (OneShoreline) is currently working to define a comprehensive shoreline management approach that takes a holistic look at this complex landscape in two ways:
- In terms of geography, the current project scope looks at the northern Half Moon Bay shoreline from Mavericks Beach to the Mirada Road bridge.
- In terms of time scale, this work is focused on addressing the impacts of coastal erosion and sea level rise in the long-term: to protect the community from the current FEMA 100-year floodplain plus approximately 6 feet of sea level rise, taking in account accelerating shoreline erosion rates.
OneShoreline has engaged a consultant to leverage the information gathered from past efforts and define alternatives in the context of these holistic objectives. The daunting extent of these impacts demands a bold approach that keeps all options on the table, and while all alternatives will be considered at the initial planning stages, nature-based solutions are preferred. Ultimately, any final strategy will require substantial input from and close partnership with the key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the project area.
One Shoreline History
Several efforts to address flooding, sea level rise and coastal erosion in San Mateo County are already underway.
In 1959, State legislation established the San Mateo County Flood Control District to address flooding challenges in several specific flood prone areas called “flood zones.”
In 2015, the County’s Civil Grand Jury issued a Report, “Flooding Ahead: Planning for Sea Level Rise,” that posed the question: What actions can the County of San Mateo, and the 20 cities and two relevant local special agencies within the county, take now to plan for sea level rise?” It answered this question by recommending “that a single organization undertake SLR planning on a countywide basis.”
In 2016, the County’s Department of Public Works established a Flood Resilience Program that developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to plan three potential projects: Bayfront Canal/Atherton Channel (MOU with Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Atherton); Belmont Creek (MOU with Belmont and San Carlos); and Navigable Slough (MOU with San Bruno and South San Francisco).
March 2018, the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) convened the “Floods, Droughts, Rising Seas, Oh My!” water summit, bringing together regional experts and policy-makers to discuss San Mateo County water management challenges and opportunities. There, Congresswoman Jackie Speier identified the need for a countywide agency to address the challenges of flooding, sea level rise and coastal erosion. This agency would allow San Mateo County and its 20 cities to: 1) coordinate the planning and implementation of projects across jurisdictional lines, which enables uniform levels of protection and the sharing of technical information and resources, and 2) create a broad and unified vision and voice that would position the new regional agency and its projects to obtain funding and regulatory permits.
In April of 2018, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) Countywide Water Coordination Committee began to develop a proposal to form a countywide agency to address sea level rise, flooding, coastal erosion, and regional stormwater infrastructure. After analyzing various potential approaches to the agency, the Water Coordination Committee recommended that new State legislation expand the mission, geographic reach, and governing Board of the 1959 San Mateo County Flood Control District. This legislation, Assembly Bill 825 (Mullin), was signed into law in September 2019, and on January 1, 2020, the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District was born.
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San Mateo County Harbor District Board Meetings ~ 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00pm
Watch remotely. Comments and questions by email.
Board of Harbor Commissioners Contact Information:
Please note that email correspondence sent to or from Members of the Harbor Commission via the District’s website are considered public records and may be subject to disclosure and additional distribution pursuant to the Public Records Act and the Brown Act.
To email the entire Harbor Commission, click here.
Nancy Reyering, President
Phone: (650) 851-405
William Zemke, Vice President/Secretary
Phone: (650) 730-9239
Tom Mattusch, Treasurer
Phone: (650) 619-0459
Virginia Chang Kiraly, Commissioner
Phone: (650) 730-3911
Edmundo Larenas, Commissioner
Phone: (650) 730-3810
District Office: 504 Avenue Alhambra, Ste. 200, El Granada, CA 94018
Mailing Address: PO Box 1449, El Granada, CA 94018
Phone: (650) 583-4400 Fax: (650) 583-4614
Harbor District Board of Commissioners
The Harbor District is governed by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, who were elected county-wide for staggered four-year terms. Beginning with the election in 2020, Commissioners will be elected by District, as was approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2018.
Following shows when each Commissioner’s term ends.
- Chang Kiraly, Mattusch, Zemke – 2025
- Larenas, Reyering – 2022
For information regarding Election procedures and deadlines, click this link to San Mateo County’s Shape the Future.
Commissioner Nancy Reyering
At the Regular Board meeting of January 15, 2020, Commissioner Nancy Reyering was voted in as President of the Harbor Board of Commissioners for the calendar year, 2020.
At a special meeting of the Harbor Board of Commissioners on September 19, 2019, Commissioner Reyering was elected to the office of Vice President in addition to her office of Secretary.. .
At the January 16, 2019 Regular Board meeting, Commissioner Reyering was elected to the position of Secretary by the majority of the Board.
Commissioner Nancy Reyering was elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2018.
Nancy is a lifelong peninsula resident. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in Linguistics and French. During her professional career, she founded a property development and management company specializing in executive office complexes in Atherton, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. As a volunteer she has taught high school (AP French), served as VP at Stanford Professional Women Alumnae Association, and is currently a director of the Committee for Green Foothills.
Awards for Ms. Reyering’s work include a San Mateo County Sustainable Development Award, and Woodside Environmental Champion.
As a third generation Californian, and a sailor from a young age, Ms. Reyering has sailed out of almost every port in San Mateo County, and has lifetime interests in our coast and marinas. Nancy will work collaboratively with the public and fellow commissioners to ensure the mission statement of the Harbor District is met.
Commissioner Virginia Chang Kiraly
At the January 15, 2020 Regular Board meeting, Commissioner Chang Kiraly was voted in to the positions of both Vice President and Secretary of the Harbor Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Chang Kiraly was elected as President of the Harbor Board of Commissioners at a special meeting on September 19, 2019. She was previously Board President in 2018.
At a special meeting on November 16, 2015, the Board of Commissioners interviewed six candidates seeking to fill the vacancy on the Board. Virginia Chang Kiraly was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy, Commissioner Chang Kiraly ran for a four year term in 2016 and won, being elected to a four year term on the Harbor Board. She was re-elected to Vice President of the Board on January 18, 2017.
Virginia earned her B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development. She served on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for two years from 2007-2009 and as Foreperson from 2008-2009. During her time on the Civil Grand Jury, she led an effort to connect public school fire alarms to first responders, such as fire departments (2008-2009); curb public employee pensions in San Mateo County cities (2008-2009); and discourage public agencies from using cash out re-funding of their general obligation bonds (2007-2008)– a practice that has since been deemed illegal in California.
Virginia has fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country’s leading financial institutions.
She serves on the boards of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, California State Parks Foundation, and Sequoia High School Education Foundation. She is the founder and President of Ring The Bell Fund, which was established in 2012 to advocate, educate, and raise funds for school fire alarms to be connected to first responders and for automatic sprinklers to be installed in schools. She is a member of the San Mateo County Community College District’s Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Sequoia Union High School District’s Career Technical Education Steering Committee. She is a guest lecturer on “Women & Management” at Notre Dame de Namur.
A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Ken, live in unincorporated West Menlo Park with their two sons.
Contact information for Virginia Chang Kiraly:
Commissioner Tom Mattusch
At the Regular Board meeting on January 15, 2020, Commissioner Tom Mattusch was once again voted in as Treasurer of the Harbor Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Mattusch has served as the Treasurer in 2018 and 2019.
Commissioner Tom Mattusch was first elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2014, and re-elected in November of 2016. He was elected as President of the Commission, re-elected for a 2nd term at the Board Meeting of January 18, 2017.
Captain Tom Mattusch is the owner/operator of the Huli Cat, a charterboat in Pillar Point Harbor. He has fished the West Coast since 1967. He fishes for salmon, rockfish, tuna, Dungeness crab, flatfish and Humboldt squid. Tom also participates in Nature Trips, Bird Watching, Whale Watching and ash scattering at sea. He was a Member of the CA DFW Salmon Stamp Committee, License Agent Advisory Committee, NOAA’s Sportfishing Action Team and is an Ambassador for DFW’s Fishing Passport Program. Tom was a Member of the Regional Working Groups for the Central and North Central Coast Region to assist in the creation of the network of marine reserves along the coast. Past Board Member of the Golden Gate Fishermans Association and the Fishery Enhancement and Research Foundation. He is currently on the Board of Coastside Fishing Club and assists the National Weather Service as a Marine Users Group member. Tom has collaborated with the PCFFA and Institute for Fisheries Research on research projects. In addition to charterboat activities Tom participates in fisheries research with NOAA/NMFS, The Nature Conservancy and has completed projects with Scripps, Point Reyes Bird Observatory and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He has participated in Exempted Fisheries Permit projects for chilipepper and other underutilized species. Tom has experience in healthcare operations management and an MBA in Management. A former competition freediver, underwater hockey player, Tom has worked out of Pillar Point Harbor since 1992.
Commissioner William Zemke
Commissioner Zemke was appointed to the position of Commissioner San Mateo County Harbor District, District 1 on November 3, 2020 for a term of four years. He has been a resident of South San Francisco since 1976 and has worked to improve the community as an appointed city official on various commissions as well as filling many volunteer positions.
Raised in Spokane Washington, he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1973. Upon graduation he moved to California to take a position with Pacific Gas and Electric. Over a 38 year career he worked on generation planning and environmental and regulatory compliance activities, and received the Company’s Mielke award for Outstanding Community Services in 1996. He enjoys woodworking, gardening and other outdoor activities including hiking the diverse environments of San Mateo County’s shorlines, forests and hills.
Commissioner Edmundo Larenas
Commissioner Larenas was re-elected to his seat on the Harbor Board of Commissioners in November of 2018.
Commissioner Larenas was elected as Secretary of the Harbor Board of Commissioners at the Board Meeting of January 17, 2018.
Edmundo Larenas was re-elected to a four year seat on the San Mateo County Harbor Commission November 6, 2018. Commissioner Larenas was elected originally for a two year seat on the Commission November 2016.
Commissioner Larenas was voted to the position of Treasurer at the SMCHD Board Meeting of January 18, 2017.