Category Archives: San Mateo County Harbor District

Supervisor Don Horsley wants to discuss more.WHY?

By Michael G. Stogner

Supervisor Don Horsley has already discussed and shared his thoughts, his personal opinions with Congresswoman Jackie Speiers daughter Stephanie Sierra. She is a reporter for ABC 7 KGO May 8, 2020. She somehow got interested in a meeting that took place 3 weeks earlier. Why? She also Interviewed Kevin Mullin. Why?

Don Horsley has placed this Vague subject on Tuesday’s agenda, I’ve asked him to explain what his wishes to accomplish, He has not responded.



Discuss and/or Act on concerns regarding Harbor Board of Commissioners and request for updated Municipal Service Review on San Mateo County Harbor District by San Mateo Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo).

Sponsors: Don Horsley

Don Horsley wants to Discuss his concerns regarding Harbor Board of Commissioners. Which ones?

A Republican up until Nov 15, 2019, Virginia Chang Kiraly changed her voter registration from Republican to Democrat in preparation for upcoming campaign/s. That is the exact same thing Jerry Hill did. Virginia Kiraly who recently Victim Shamed S.B. “Stop Lying Sabrina” She couldn’t possibly be talking about the Pornographic Photos sent to Sabrina.

Democrat Sabrina Brennan a victim of Sexual Harassment by another Harbor Commissioner. The Harbor District dealt with that, like San Mateo County does with all of their Pornographic Passing and Child Molesting friends. They hire an Attorney (First Red Flag) to do an Independent Investigation which translates to results favoring those who paid for it.

Supervisor Don Horsley, a former school teacher and Sheriff of SMC wants Commissioner Sabrina Brennan to stop mentioning Pornographic Photos and Sexual Harrassment at the Harbor District Meetings. WHY? 

The answer is simple Supervisor Don Horsley Supports it. He wants VICTIMS to Shut UP.

Supervisor Horsley has been interfering with the Harbor Districts business for years. May 26, 2015 Meeting is a perfect example.

Let the Commissioners solve this, Sabrina Brennan the victim has every right to mention this at every single meeting if she wants to. Perhaps at the Public Comment section just like the BOS meetings where serious subjects are made public and the Supervisors simply ignore them.

As a Private Victims Advocate for the last 22 years in San Mateo County I find the way to get a victim to stop talking about a subject is to deal with it Honestly in the first place. Victim Shaming, and telling the Victim to Shut up is a guarantee that you will hear about it at Every Single Meeting.

“I will continue bringing up my harassment at these meetings,” she said. “I won’t be silenced.” Sabrina Brennan.

If you would like to make a Public Comment to the Supervisors on this item you can send it by e-mail. It will be read into the record.


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San Mateo County Harbor District’s Special Meeting May 26, 2015

I attended this meeting because I voted for Sabrina Brennan. I believe if I vote for someone and they are representing my interests it is my responsibly to make sure they can do the job. This meeting was created by Commissioner Robert Bernardo all by himself, he requested it in a closed session that did not include Sabrina Brennan.

I was impressed with who attended, two SSF Police Officers in uniform, Bill Silverfarb, Supervisor Don Horsley, his two aides and his body guard a San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy in plain clothes. Mark Simon was there I wondered why? Citizen Access TV owners John and Dan Ullom were providing the public live broadcast at not cost to the taxpayers. They have been doing so since former Commissioners Jim Tucker and Will Holsinger voted to end videotaping and live broadcast for public access of the District’s Meetings. Somebody stole the Ullom’s broadcasting device, SSF Deputy Chief Mike Brosnan not only refused to enforce the law, He ordered the Ullom’s not to turn on the device after he reluctantly gave it back to them. Hanson Bridgett LLP attorney Steve Miller remained silent to John Ullom’s public request of him “Can I broadcast this public meeting.”

Letter to Lafco, from Mike McHenry a man who knows

My article on the Meeting May 26, 2015

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Robert Bernardo & Steve Miller of Hanson Bridgett LLP. Cost Taxpayers.


Robert Bernardo

There have been many Hit pieces by the Advertising Businesses about San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner Sabrina Brennan costing the Taxpayers so much money. I have not seen any article about how much Robert Bernardo and Attorney Steve Miller have cost the taxpayers. Lets take the 5 year permit for the Mavericks Surf contest that Robert Bernardo motioned and voted for when it wasn’t on the agenda and who let him behave that way. Hanson Bridgett LLP Steve Miller. That is why he gets paid the big bucks so that this value creating vote doesn’t happen unless it’s on the ballot. What is the total cost to the Taxpayers because of these two gentlemen?

Note: Hanson Bridgett LLP donated $25,000 to the Yes on W campaign.

Sabrina Brennan & Edmundo Larenas refusing a meeting with Hanson Bridgett LLP.

San Mateo County Harbor District and Taxpayers would benefit with new legal counsel.

By Michael G. Stogner

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San Mateo County News Endorsements for November 6, 2018 Election.

San Mateo County News is making only a few.

Based on the San Mateo County Democratic Committee Endorsements and lack of Endorsements. The Tell all was the SMCHD endorsement. Once you see that you realize that something is Very Wrong with this Organization.

The SMCDC aka “Those Who Matter” endorsed one person and only one person for San Mateo County Harbor District when there were two endorsements possible. I’m sure he is a wonderful person but two things stood out for me. He is a Sheriff Deputy who endorsed his boss Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff. He might be a victim and felt he had to I don’t know.

What I do know is the Edmundo Larenas who in 2016 received 175,054 votes did not endorse Carlos Bolanos for Sheriff with very good reason. He has done an outstanding job of representing the average citizen/resident aka the Taxpayer by standing up to questionable billable hours by the Law Firm that represents the SMCHD.

San Mateo County Harbor District VOTE Edmundo Larenas & Nancy Reyering


Pacifica City Council Vote Adonica Shaw Porter


Adonica Shaw Porter

San Carlos City Council Vote John McDowell


John McDowell

Vote No on Measure W

San Mateo County is a News and Information site for the average citizen/resident/taxpayer. I recommend you google search each candidate/measure to make up you own mind who to vote for. I’m just pointing out the Glaring dishonesty coming from this one organization.

By Michael G. Stogner Co-owner of San Mateo County


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World Surf League (WSL) Equal Prize Money to Women starting in 2019 Season.

That took a lot longer than it should have.  Congratulations.

World Surf League is announcing that it will award equal prize money to male and female surfers for every WSL event in the 2019 season and beyond, making it the first and only U.S.–based sport league to achieve pay equality.

Sabrina Brennan a San Mateo County Elected Official, She is a commissioner on the SMC Harbor District has been on the right side of this effort from the very beginning, never wavering no pun intended. Voters remember that when the times comes.

Mavericks is located on San Mateo County’s Coast, It is a dangerous wave at times.

Sabrina Brennan Quote: “It’s amazing what four women professional big-wave surfers, a Harbor Commissioner and one pro bono attorney can accomplish!”


We Won the Fight for Inclusion, a Women’s Division, and Equal Pay!

On Sept 5, 2018, the World Surf League agreed to full prize money equality across all global WSL controlled events.

  • Starting in 2018, equal prize money will be awarded in the Big Wave Tour.
  • The season schedule for the 2018-2019 Big Wave Tour Women’s Division will include the Mavericks Challenge and the Pe’ahi Challenge.
  • In 2019, the Championship Tour, the Longboard Tour, and the World Junior Championships will be awarded equal prize money.


Bianca Valenti, Co-Founder, Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

Today is a great milestone, a true testament of how strong we (CEWS) are standing in solidarity. Paying men and women equally is about accountability. I’m glad the WSL is choosing to be on the right side of history. Power to the people!

Keala Kennelly, Co-Founder, Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

This is something I have been fighting for my entire career. I didn’t know if I would see it in my lifetime. Thank you WSL for setting the standard for equality in sports and for letting future generations of women know that they have a place in the world and that their gender doesn’t make them less than.

Andrea Moller, Co-Founder, Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

Equality is something that people talk about but few fight for. I’ve been guilty of that myself, choosing silence to prevent loosing a sponsorship or an opportunity to compete. It killed me to see talented women, who sacrificed more than men, earn less than half the prize money. Those who argued that pay was based on the percentage of athletes blocked women from winning the battle for equality. Men in competitive surfing have always outnumbered women and equal pay will encourage greater participation by women.

I’m proud of everything CEWS has achieved. Our group was formed from the heart, not to jeopardize anyone, not to create animosity between men and women, but yes to simply have EQUAL opportunities. Together we are all stronger. The whole sport is going to benefit from equality. I’m in awe that the day has finally arrived. I’m proud of the WSL for stepping up and showing the whole world that equality is possible – and appropriate.

Paige Alms, Co-Founder, Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

I have never been so proud to be a part of an organization that is setting the standard for sport! This is a culmination of a lot of hard work, from a lot of people, for a very long time! I thank the WSL for creating equality for future generations! This is huge!!!


We thank the women surfers who stood together, united in demanding equality and pay equity and who would not back down from threats of cancelling surf contests if they didn’t accept less money.

We thank the California Coastal Commission members and staff who have worked tirelessly to bring equality to the use of state resources for the Mavericks Surf Contest.

We thank the California State Lands Commission members and staff for their work in bringing equality to the publicly owned sovereign lands of California.


Founded in 2016, CEWS is comprised of stakeholders and advocates in support of female professional surfing. We provide resources for women surfers, and most importantly, we seek to make surfing accessible for athletes and recreational surfers.

I’m very pleased with the World Surf League’s evolution to more equitable and fair surf competitions.

Thank you,
San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner
Co-Founder of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing

By Michael G. Stogner


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San Mateo Daily Journal Misleads their 83,450 readers. It’s that simple

By Michael G. Stogner & Sarah Navratil

This is the main reason it is so expensive to campaign in County Wide Elections. Advertising Businesses that look like Newspapers are allowed to be distributed to the unsuspecting residents. The County Supervisors and all Elected Officials are responsible for allowing this misinformation to be provided to the public. There should be Fact Checking for Honesty, and if the business does not meet a certain standard they should not be allowed to be distributed.

“It is the mission of the Daily Journal to be the most accurate, fair and relevant local news source for those who live, work and play on the mid-Peninsula”

Thank you for your interest in the Daily Journal, the only locally-owned daily newspaper on the San Francisco Peninsula.

We reach a large, affluent, and mobile audience throughout San Mateo and northern Santa Clara Counties, an audience that lives here, works here and shops here.

We are the Peninsula’s leading local news­paper and the Peninsula’s local news leader. In fact, the Daily Journal has been called “the de facto newspaper of record for San Mateo County.”

Could your business use 83,450 new leads in one day from one of the most affluent areas of the nation? That’s what we do at the Daily Journal, we connect advertisers to our readers; it’s that simple.

Our large and loyal audience will see your presence in the Daily Journal, and you will achieve a return on your investment. However, more than that, you will also be seen as supporting a community institution, a locally owned newspaper that does good and helps make the Peninsula a better place.

When you become a Daily Journal ad­vertiser, your company will play an im­portant role in our community cycle, and that kind of goodwill is priceless for any business or organization.

We welcome you to join the many oth­er businesses that use the Daily Journal in our multiple channels — print, web, event marketing and more — to fulfill

their marketing needs on The Penin­sula. And if you are one of those lucky businesses that don’t need any market­ing, you can still help fund a commu­nity institution that does good. Our readers will recognize your support.

Editorial April 13, 2018 Bolanos for Sheriff

Approximately 11 years ago, then undersheriff Carlos Bolanos was detained as part of an FBI investigation into a prostitution ring in Clark County, Nevada. Also detained was then sheriff Greg Munks. Although an initial news report located Bolanos in the brothel with Munks, later reports indicated he was outside the entire time.

In this first paragraph there is no mention of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including Children at the single family residence located at 3474 Eldon St, Las Vegas, Nevada.

No mention of the 3,500 Ecstasy tabs and about $25,000 cash that was seized at the illegal brothel.

They leave out the fact that it was a 2 year multi jurisdictional Sting called Operation Dollhouse in Las Vegas, FBI, Las Vegas Metro Police, Las Vegas Sheriff Office, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and ICE.

An initial news report, That is not even remotely close to the truth. The very first reports and there were several from 2 Las Vegas Metro Police Officers who were working that night. LVMPD Spokesperson Bill Cassell and Lt. Karen Hughes of Vice both separately placed Bolanos inside the residence. They have never changed their statement. The SMDJ specifically Jon Mays has refused to identify his later reports indicated declaration. “outside the entire time.”

Munks maintained that he made a mistake and that he thought it was a legitimate business that provided massage and apologized publicly for his lack of judgment. Bolanos said he was never inside the building.

Every description of the location reveals a horrid situation. It was clearly a brothel, in decrepit condition, and had prostitutes there from other countries. An FBI report on the investigation provided to the Daily Journal reveals there was likely a juvenile involved.

Clearly, there was a significant lapse of judgment in both Bolanos and Munks being at the location, with Munks inside during the raid. This was a big mistake.

Munks is not running for election. Bolanos is. Anyone who believes that the decision to be at the location, albeit outside, is reason enough to not vote for Bolanos is justified. If anyone chooses not to believe Bolanos, they too are justified.

Bolanos said he was never inside the building. We believe him. We also believe there was a lapse of judgment in agreeing to go with Munks to that location. However, voters face a choice in this election as to who they want to run the Sheriff’s Office and we must weigh all the facts and qualifications to determine our recommendation as to who would do that most effectively.

Running against Bolanos is Mark Melville, a deputy within the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office who has had a long, varied and itinerant career in both law enforcement and city management. He has been city manager of two tiny Central Valley cities — Gustine and Livingston, the latter of which has a current population of 13,000. While Melville has strong positions on what is wrong with the Sheriff’s Office — too much overtime, poor morale — he has very few solid suggestions aside from a full review of every division and to redefine the training and hiring process. While both can yield some positive results, it does not seem to be enough of a solid plan. Melville said he decided to run because he felt voters deserved a choice, and that is to be commended. He also has the requisite experience on paper, but has not managed an organization even close to the size of the Sheriff’s Office. Bolanos currently oversees 800 employees and a $250 million budget — the approximate equivalent of a 100,000 population city.

Bolanos has also proved to be adept at contending with the budget, though the office is currently contending with an understaffing issue similar to many other organizations in this high-cost area. Bolanos is currently mandating one weekly shift of overtime per worker deputy, which is not a long-term solution but reasonable in the short term, while also keeping under budget. This is a skill learned over time managing a large organization both in the Sheriff’s Office as appointed sheriff and undersheriff and as Redwood City police chief before that.

 Bolanos has also emphasized the need for crisis intervention training for patrol, rebuilt the firing range at no cost to the county, and expanded the Sheriff’s Activities League. SAL has proven to be effective in not only keeping youth out of trouble after school but also establishing a connection between them and the deputies serving the communities. It has been particularly effective in the North Fair Oaks community, known for its working class Latino families.

Bolanos has also been a strong advocate for maintaining strong ties to the Latino community in light of concern about the current presidential administration’s policy shift when it comes to immigration and California’s Senate Bill 54. Not only has the Sheriff’s Office provided bridge outreach for immigrants to services but Bolanos has spent countless hours since the 2016 presidential election ameliorating concerns about the office’s policy on how it contends with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. Bolanos said he maintains the policy that the Sheriff’s Office will not hold inmates after release for ICE agents and actually supported SB 54 as modifications were made in the legislation’s later stages to define the violent and dangerous felonies that would call for ICE contact. Bolanos also uses public safety as a guiding principal and believes the more comfort the populace feels in reporting crimes, the better the overall community is in being safe.

While an organization such as the Sheriff’s Office can always use improvement, we do not believe it would benefit from Melville taking the reins. We do think Melville has brought up some interesting points and Bolanos would benefit from heeding them as he begins his first official term.

And while the incident in Nevada will forever be a mark against the office, Bolanos has proven to be a serious, stable and effective manager when it comes to its primary mission — ensuring the safety of the community. Of the two candidates running, he deserves your vote.

We are not sure that having the Gang Task Force led by a Dishonest Sgt. ensures the safety of anyone.

December 15, 2015 Board of Supervisor meeting Michael Stogner a private victim’s advocate informs Supervisors in public about a dishonest San Mateo County Sheriff Office employee Sgt. Jason Peardon, Carlos Bolanos knew he was dishonest. This man produced a fraudulent I.A. Investigation against former Sheriff Deputy Juan P. Lopez 5:18 mark of the video. 

April 21, 2007 Operation Dollhouse Carlos Bolanos caught and detained as a customer of Human Trafficked Sex Slaves including a child.

The 15 year old trafficked minor was “Terrified” Terri Miller.

Sabrina Brennan
Sabrina Brennan

View this Channel 5 news segment from 2007, which shows the trafficked girls and women found at the brothel where Carlos Bolanos and Greg Munks were found:

For more info contact Terri Miller, head of SESAME, which educates the public on sexual assault of children, who was at the jail when the trafficked girls were brought in from the brothel where Carlos Bolanos and Greg Munks were found. The 15 year old trafficked minor was “terrified.”

Terri Miller’s contact information:





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Sabrina Brennan Endorses Mark Melville for SMC Sheriff 2018

By Michael G. Stogner

I would suggest that Sabrina Brennan’s Endorsement is more valuable than the Endorsements of District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Sen. Jerry Hill, Assemblymember Marc Berman, Assemblymember Kevin Mullen, Former Supervisor Rich Gordon, County Supervisors Dave Pine, Don Horsley, Warren Slocum, David Canepa, and Carole Groom all put together.

Most residents know that she represents their interest, and she is very good for San Mateo County.

She has personal knowledge of San Mateo County’s Sheriff Office Investigative Integrity (there is none) under the leadership of Carlos Bolanos.

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SMC Sheriff Carlos Bolanos Abuses his Authority. Political Persecution of Sabrina Brennan a SMC Elected Official.


Sheriff Carlos Bolanos kept a criminal investigation open way to long after they knew there was ZERO evidence of a crime being committed by Sabrina Brennan.

He than had his office forward a criminal charge recommendation to the District Attorney’s Office, again knowing there was no evidence of a crime. That was a Vicious Act that demonstrates a Moral & Integrity Void.

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It’s Illegal to file a false Police Report in San Mateo County. Why would Sheriff’s Office recommend prosecution?

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Help Dan Moss if you can find the remains of his son Richard who was lost in San Mateo County.

What a year this has been. It became more real during the holidays. You know, when you make all those calls to friends & family. For us this year, there was less family and more friends. We are so grateful to all of our friends, new and old and our wonderful family. We couldn’t have made it this far without you. As most of you know, we are not living in the past. We are moving forward. That doesn’t mean we don’t miss Richard. Everyday something will remind us of him and we will cry for awhile. I’ve never cried so much in my life. We also haven’t stopped looking for him in the ocean.

Realistically, we’re looking at March or April for another major search. After the big ocean search in October revealed a smooth ocean floor and no cars, there should have at least 2 (Richard’s and Rose’s), the following theories are in play. If you have another one, we’d love to hear from you.

The number 1 theory is that the cars are buried in the sand under the ocean floor. We have friends that are going to be using an underwater metal detector to see if there is any metal (car) in the sand. This is time consuming. We are searching for a magnetometer that we could borrow or rent to pull behind a boat in the area. This will cover a larger area much quicker. If you could be of help getting one of these, please let us know.

Another theory is that the cars rolled out farther to sea in the wave activity. We’ve talked to Keith of Bruce’s Legacy about perhaps using him and his ROV to search farther out.

Another theory is that the cars are headed south in the ocean currents. That’s where Richard’s AAA Card and car parts headed as well as others in the past. If we can, we may be able to search the rest of the ocean in front of Montara Beach and maybe south towards the harbor.

I don’t see us stopping the search for Richard’s remains. We realize that he could be considered at peace in the ocean, it’s just that we would have to exhaust all other options before settling on that one.

We’d like to thank the Half Moon Bay Review for their New Years article about Richard and the barrier that was put up so quickly by CalTrans. Thank you again CalTrans. We know that at least 3 vehicles have struck it so far. We don’t know if it saved their lives or not. On the other hand, I have to believe that each driver was grateful that it was there.

Going forward, we’d like to put up a plaque in the area for Richard. CalTrans won’t stand in the way, but we will need a permit. Is there anyone that can help with this? If so, please let me know. I just don’t know how the process works. Also, if any of you have thoughts on what the plaque should look like, please let me know as well. Creating isn’t my forte but I know it is for many of you. We may ask for some donations once we know the details.

We love you all and especially you Richard. God bless you all.

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Letter to the Editor

Sabrina Brennan

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


California is shrinking

It’s time to accept that coastal California is shrinking. A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts chronic Bay Area flooding from rising seas as early as 2060. “Cities around the San Francisco Bay will begin to experience more frequent and disruptive flooding in the coming decades and will have to make tough decisions around whether to defend existing homes and businesses or to retreat,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS and a report author.

The Pacific Institute calculates that San Mateo County will lose more in property value than any other county in the state. Property damage in the county is estimated to be in the region of $39 billion, with sea level rise projected to affect more than 100,000 residents.

In July, the Mercury News reported that San Mateo and Marin Counties and the City of Imperial Beach filed a lawsuit in Marin County Superior Court. The suit alleges that, “major corporate members of the fossil fuel industry, have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products creates greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes climate.”

The suit argues that 37 oil, gas and coal companies actively worked to “discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence and persistently create doubt” in “a coordinated, multi-front effort.”

The suit asserts what many of us already accept as fact, that fossil fuel companies “have promoted and profited from a massive increase in the extraction and consumption of oil, coal and natural gas, which has in turn caused an enormous, foreseeable, and avoidable increase in global greenhouse gas pollution.”

Armoring the coast and building levees in the Bay will be an unimaginably expensive public undertaking, and that doesn’t include relocating highways, railways, airports, and other critical infrastructure.

Last month, the Guardian reported that Mayor Serge Dedina said that up to 30% of Imperial Beach could be affected by climate change. “As the lowest-income, highest poverty-rate city in San Diego County, we have no capacity to pay for the extensive adaptation measures.” Within 15 years flooding could affect tens of thousands of Marin County residents and cause upwards of $15.5 billion in property damage. “This lawsuit is intended to shift those costs back where they belong – on the fossil fuel companies,” says Marin County supervisor Kate Sears.

A well-funded army of lawyers is organizing to defend deep-pocketed multinationals that include San Ramon-based Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell, while at the same time the Plaintiffs continue to approve new development within sea level rise inundation areas. These new developments will add to the already huge cost of removal and replacement of hospitals, schools, airports, fire stations, police stations, ports, roads, railroad tracks, pump stations, sewage treatment facilities, power plants, utilities, hazardous material sites, and more.

As communities become dependent on costly levee systems to stay dry, and climate projections continue to worsen, we will soon be spending exponentially larger sums of money to protect development now being built in inundation zones. One good example is the 8-mile long levee do-over in Foster City that is now budgeted for $90 million. That levee must be rebuilt three feet higher or residents will be required to buy costly flood insurance.

In addition to suing oil companies our elected representatives have a responsibility to protect the public from the huge financial burden sea level rise will bring to coastal California. They can do this by using their powers to implement policies that limit development in known inundation areas and to prohibit future shoreline armoring in favor or wetland restoration.

Suing the fossil fuel companies is a great start to holding those responsible for the coming disaster to account, but that must only be a beginning. Without common sense and practical pragmatic legislating any legal action becomes nothing more than a show. If they really want to leave a lasting legacy current local legislative bodies must show through use of their powers that they have an understanding that development in inundation zones is literally pouring money down the drain. Anything less is going to be an expensive and complex disaster.

Sabrina Brennan is a resident of Moss Beach

This op-ed does not represent the views of the San Mateo County Harbor Commission

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