The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) swore in four directors at its January Board of Directors meeting. The TA also elected its chair and vice-chair for this year.
Three of the directors were reappointed after previously serving on the TA Board, and one other joins the board as a new director.
Maureen Freschet, Cameron Johnson and Karyl Matsumoto are the returning board members. Freschet, a San Mateo City Councilmember, was appointed by the City Selection Committee to represent Central Judicial Cities. Johnson, a San Carlos City Councilmember, was appointed by the City Selection Committee to represent Southern Judicial Cities. Matsumoto, a South San Francisco City Councilmember, was appointed by the SamTrans Board of Directors to represent the SamTrans Board.
Emily Beach is the newest member of the TA Board. Beach serves on the Burlingame City Council and was appointed by the City Selection Committee to represent Cities-at-Large on the Board.
Along with swearing in its members, the TA Board elected its officers for 2017. Carole Groom was elected as chair of the board for this year, and Horsley was elected as vice-chair.
The TA is governed by a seven-person board of elected officials. Four members represent cities of San Mateo County, two members represent the county’s Board of Supervisors, and one member represents the San Mateo County Transit District. Board members serve two-year terms.
The TA administers Measure A, the 2004 voter-approved half-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.