Q AND A. with San Mateo County Harbor District Pillar Point Harbor Master, Chris Tibbe.
As I was biking through the harbor today, I noticed they were demolishing another boat. Bystanders were oggling three jet skis that had been on the boat. They seemed to be begging for adoption, rather than the dump.
So, I emailed the Harbor Master, Chris Tibbe, my question.
Are these Jet skis going to get dumped?
Thank you for your interest and your query today.
The Honda Wavetrax that you saw on the launch ramp are ready for dismantle and disposal. They will be recycled.
We previously went through the lengthy auction process, which did not prove to be fruitful.
Another agency even considered taking them for training exercises, but once they saw their condition the did not feel they were safe, and decided against it.
Additionally, we do have all paperwork and title to these units and the release forms will be filed with the DMV.
These units are a considerable liability and are dangerous to anyone who would operate them, therefore, we must have them disposed of by a known, bonded and insured responsible recycler.
Engines are separated, fuel has been removed and batteries recycled responsibly.
Please note that should you wish to understand or gain information regarding the dismantling process here at the harbor, you may find it beneficial to speak with me, as I am here to help.
Chris Tibbe, Pillar Point Harbormaster, San Mateo County Harbor District
One Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94018
Tel: (650) 741-9176
Cell: (650) 730-7435
Mission: To assure that the public is provided with clean, safe, well-managed, financially sound and environmentally pleasant marinas.
A hearty welcome to the new San Mateo County Harbor District Pillar Point Harbor Master – Chris Tibbe. Chris holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton master license, and he is a life-long boater. He likes sailing, then some more sailing, and – oh, did I mention he likes sailing?
In all seriousness, Chris is really into sailing. Most recently, he took his Cutter, the “Sir Tuffy” from Bellingham Washington to Long Beach, California as a shakedown cruise to prepare for a single handed Trans-Pac. So, you can see sailing is a big deal to him.
Chris started out working in boat yards such as Svenson’s boat works in Alameda California, where he worked for many years. He then relocated to the Pacific Northwest where he served as Harbor Master at the Port of Bellingham, a diverse and active harbor. He has also worked as a marine surveyor and independent businessman providing yacht management and captain services.
Chris is passionate about what he refers to as “this incredible place,” and the gravity of his role here at the harbor as a good neighbor and steward is not lost on him. Pillar Point, he says, remains “an unrivaled destination for residents and visitors of San Mateo County,” and he sees his role to be that of making Pillar Point the best it can be with the resources we have today.
With a personal motto that literally reads, “Make it Better,” Chris is the right person for the job. Whether that means throwing on a jacket, running out to the docks and rescuing a boat from sinking, or simply showing compassion for those he serves, improvements are the name of the game. “As long as we’re doing things to make what we have here a little better, we are helming the boat right,” Chris said. And, according to him, Pillar Point is “in the groove and sailing fast,” thanks to the efforts of the crew here who trims the sails well and keeps the ship well-balanced.
San Mateo County Harbor District Board Meeting ~ 3rd Wed. of Month
NEXT MEETING: Wed September 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Board of Harbor Commissioners Contact Information:
Edmundo Larenas, Commissioner
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
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.
- Brennan, Chang Kiraly, Mattusch – 2020
- Larenas, Reyering – 2022
For information regarding Election procedures and deadlines, click this link to San Mateo County’s Shape the Future.
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.
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:
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.
In November 2012, Brennan was first elected to the SMC Harbor Commission. Brennan received 120,656 votes from a field of six candidates. She beat two longtime incumbents and received over 25,000 more votes in a landslide victory.
In November 2016, Commissioner Brennan was re-elected to the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners. Brennan received 156,292 votes from a field of five candidates. She received the highest number of votes for a 4-year seat.
In 2015, she advocated for the inclusion of women in the Mavericks big wave surf competition, she persuaded the California Coastal Commission to require that women athletes be included. Building on her success at Mavericks, she co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing and led the charge for global equal pay in professional surfing. She’s made numerous remarks and given presentations at Coastal Commission hearing and State Lands Commission meetings. In 2018, she successfully advocated for gender pay parity. Her work is the subject of two documentary films, hundreds of news stories including the the New York Times Magazine feature published Sunday, February 10, 2019, “The Fight for Gender Equality in One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth.”
She serves as an elected San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee member and delegate to the California Democratic Party and is the founder of the Coastside Progressive Democrats.
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.