San Mateo County May Create State's First LGBT Commission

"This commission will further the cause of inclusiveness, create a resource to help inform future policy decisions affecting the LGBTQ community, and serve as a model for counties and cities in the State," said board president Pine.

By Bay City News Service:    

San Mateo County may become the first county or city in the state to establish a commission focused on the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community, according to a spokesman for county supervisor David Pine.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will vote on a resolution at its June 3 board meeting, which, if passed, would create the LGBTQ Commission, spokesman David Burruto said.

Representatives of the LGBTQ community collaborated with Pine, the sponsor of the resolution, in developing the proposed commission.

"This commission will further the cause of inclusiveness, create a resource to help inform future policy decisions affecting the LGBTQ community, and serve as a model for counties and cities in the State," said board president Pine.

The board of supervisors will meet Tuesday, June 3 at 9 a.m. in the supervisors' chambers at 400 County Center in Redwood City.
Mike May 30, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Here we go, politicians pandering to special interest for political support and campaign dollars. If San Mateo County politicians are so concerned about “special deserving groups” why is it that they do not have a veteran’s commission comprised of the leaders of various San Mateo County Veterans Service Organizations who are non-political party affiliated or politically driven? Being a member of and associated with several San Mateo County veterans’ organizations I am aware that the leaders of a few major veterans’ organizations have been working on forming one with no help from the county. However, the county apparently supports the existence of a veterans’ commission similar to San Francisco’s Veterans’ Commission. Which is more a tool used by San Francisco politicians, and their equally politically driven friends. FYI: This statement is based on the communicated experience of associates who I believe to be unbiased and creditable. They are also veterans of honorable US Military service who are now serving or have served on that SF commission, and my personal experiences as having been the leader a SF based veterans’ organization. When it comes to SF I believe their statements are indisputable fact. The problem with our government from City Hall to the White House is we have too many professional lifelong politicians and not enough statesmen. A similar statement can also be said of our citizens, to many Republicans, Democrats, and other self-serving concerns and not enough people willing to put their own personal desires for enrichment aside.
Jeffrey Adair May 30, 2014 at 07:39 PM
the community must create the commission and petition the supervisors...it is a fully volunteer based org that comes from concerned citizens...I URGE you to create one for Veterans, it's important! THIS IS NOT DRIVEN BY THE SUPERVISORS...it comes from the community! If you all are truly inspired to make a difference then DO IT! By the way...it is NON PARTISAN completely. AND, there is no $$$ exchanging hands or promises made.
A Delargo June 01, 2014 at 05:57 PM
Sorry Jeffrey, have fun. This is a waste of time and classic political pandering.
Mike June 04, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Jeffrey, as stated the independent Veterans’ Commission is in the works despite the lack of support from anyone in county government. Hopefully, if it comes to be it will not become like what the SF Veterans’ Commission has allergy become (according to a few of its members that group is very political). As for your proposed group, I have a few questions. Why should there be a LBGTQ Commission in San Mateo County? Are attacks on people living such a lifestyle on the raise? Has there been an increase in complaints of actual/verifiable discrimination because of sexual preference? How frequently are members of the LBGTQ community in San Mateo County being offended, and how often do they offend others? Not living a LBGTQ lifestyle or seeing such things occur I would not be aware of such information. So, my questions may sound dumb. I’d just like to know why is such a commission valuable to the citizens of San Mateo County. FYI. Where people are concerned I have just one very basic rule and I’ve found that almost everyone I know has the same rule: people are people and the very least important issue that we should be concerned about is something like a persons’ gender, or sexual preference. In more simple words I believe that everyone should be treated respectfully, and that good people like great gifts come in all kinds of wrappers, boxes, and colors and what they do speaks for who they are.


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