Tissier aims to grow county as Board of Supervisors president

Armed with an ambitious vision to provide health coverage to the Peninsula’s working poor and grappling with a $35 million budget shortfall, San Mateo County Supervisor Adrienne Tissier will step into her role tonight as president of the board.

Tissier, who was elected to the board in 2004, represents District 5 — Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, South San Francisco west of El Camino Real and the Broadmoor Country Club Park. She takes over a non-elected position that holds no more voting power than the other four supervisors, but will dictate board meetings, determine agendas and guide the board’s focus.

The former owner of a land-use consulting firm, she says her background as a businesswoman will help her address the most immediate challenge: the county’s deficit and the anticipated fallout from the state’s grim budget outlook.

The county has already initiated a hiring freeze. However, Tissier said she plans to explore ways the county can increase its revenue through economic development in unincorporated areas. Commercial strips and hotels could generate much-needed taxes, she said.

Other priorities include continuing to look for ways to build developments around transit centers, which will serve the Peninsula’s aging population and free up homes for families.

“What I see in front of us is a big hill to climb in the sense that we are the baby boomer generation. Thirty percent of our county in the year 2030 will be seniors. That will have a big impact on housing, transportation and health,” she said.

Along with Supervisor Jerry Hill, Tissier co-chairs the county’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Adult Health Care Coverage Expansion, which is exploring ways to provide universal, low-cost insurance to the working poor.

Hill says he has confidence that Tissier, a two-time Daly City mayor and current Daly City resident, will be a strong leader.

“She has a very good background that’s very broad, strong financially and fiscally, and a knowledge base that’s crucial in these challenging times,” Hill said.

Tissier will assume the presidency of the board tonight at 7 in the Daly City Council Chambers.

tbarak@examiner.com

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