The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) swore in five directors at its board meeting on January 8. The TA also elected its chair and vice-chair for this year.
Four of the directors were reappointed after previously serving on the TA board. A fifth, Mary Ann Nihart, joins the board as a new a director.
Rosanne Foust, Carole Groom, Karyl Matsumoto and Terry Nagel are the four returning board members. Foust, the vice mayor of Redwood City was reappointed as a representative of south San Mateo County. Groom, the president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors was reappointed as a representative of that body. Matsumoto, a South Francisco City Councilmember was reappointed as a representative of the San Mateo County Transit District, and Nagel, a Burlingame City Councilmember was reappointed as a representative of central San Mateo County.
Nihart, a Pacifica City Councilmember, was appointed to the TA Board as a representative for cities-at-large of San Mateo County. She will serve the final year of the term vacated by Naomi Patridge.
Along with swearing in its members, the TA Board elected its officers for 2015. Matsumoto was elected as chair of the board for this year, and Daly City Councilmember David Canepa was elected as vice-chair. Both will reprise their roles from 2014.
The TA is governed by a seven-person board. Three members represent cities of San Mateo County, two members represent the county’s Board of Supervisors, one member represents the San Mateo County Transit District, and one member represent cities-at-large. Board members serve two-year terms.
The TA administers Measure A, the voter-approved ½-cent sales tax that is dedicated toward transportation and infrastructure improvement projects in San Mateo County.
About the TA: Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s ½ cent sales tax, the Transportation Authority provides funding for transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. In 2004, more than 75 percent of San Mateo County residents voted to reauthorize Measure A for an additional 25 years.