Sabrina Brennan, Commissioner 

Sabrina Brennan

Term: 2016-2020

My family loves the ocean. We enjoy surfing, sailing on the Bay, and eating fresh local seafood. I'm passionate about our wonderful coast and marine environment.

I've worked hard and made measurable progress while serving my first term. I'm happy to report that significant change has been accomplished and more is in progress; with new management in place we're becoming a well-run District.

In 1976, when I was age 6, the District borrowed millions of dollars from the California Division of Boating and Waterways. In April 2016, the Harbor District repaid those loans. As board President I created the Finance Committee and I'm very pleased that the District is debt free for the first time in 40 years.

Over the past 4 year I consistently recommended that the District consider alternative insurance providers. In 2016, with the full support of the board we made the transition to a new provider. I'm very pleased that our new policy is saving the District almost $150,000 annually. 

In May 2015, we moved the District's headquarters back to the Coastside, within sight of Pillar Point Harbor. In July 2015, the board unanimously approved the District's first Code of Ethics & Values. In August 2015, President Mattusch and I were the first commissioners from our District to receive special district governance awards for completion of the California Special District Association Leadership Academy.

In May 2016, I organized a Sea Level Rise & Erosion Forum that included speakers from the US Geological Survey and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over 175 people including city, county, and state representatives packed the Douglas Beach House to the rafters!

In July 2016, the board approved two sand volleyball courts at Pillar Point Harbor. The Half Moon Bay Review reported, "Commissioner Brennan has been vocal in her support of volleyball." I'm happy that the Harbor Commission and District staff is focused on the needs of the community.

In September 2016, the board unanimously reduced fish buying fee after years of complaints from commercial fishermen. The Harbor District has a vested interest in the success of the commercial fishing fleet. Requiring arbitrarily high fees for offloading fish and buying fish at Pillar Point Harbor isn't a sustainable approach to generating revenue and it's not in keeping with the goals and priorities of the Harbor District or the Midcoast Local Coastal Program. 

Achieving a turnaround in less than four years would not have been possible without the help of community stakeholders, our new management team, our new finance team, and our Harbor Patrol. Now that we have strong leadership on the board and new management in place the Harbor District is effectively serving the public. 

A few of the initiatives I support include Bay and Coastal Trail improvements, water quality monitoring, sand replenishment, and pier renovations. I support the inclusion of women athletes in the Mavericks surf contest. I served on the Harbor District Finance Committee, Oyster Point Marina Committee, and the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing.

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