It’s all Sabrina’s fault, according to Will Holsinger.
Writing in the Daily Journal, Holsinger, appointed to the San Mateo Harbor Commission last year and running for election this year, says all was well on the Commission until Sabrina Brennan won a seat. Then the trouble began.
The so-called dysfunction has occurred because Brennan finds it difficult to transition from being a citizen activist and protester….to make this transition, she needs to learn how to work collaboratively with others….While her abrasive approach may have been effective in getting her elected, it is unworkable as a style of governance….If, and when, Sabrina Brennan learns to work with others in a more appropriate way, the dysfunctional label that followed her to the Harbor District will fade away.
Holsinger, long considered a lap dog for long-serving Commissioner Jim Tucker, was described on this blog just prior to his appointment as “a ‘comfortable fit’ for the majority of current commissioners, often described as an ‘old boys club’ focused more on the harbor’s past than on a vision for the future.”
Holsinger, a lawyer, commonly grills staff in Perry Mason style, and repeatedly brings up points of order in an effort to derail questions asked by Commissioner Brennan. He ran in the election for the seat he now holds by appointment in 2012 but lost, coming in sixth out of seven candidates with only 8.7% of the vote. His appointment was made a few months later by a controversial secret ballot process.
In his op-ed he does not mention the long string of controversies engulfing the Harbor District including tens of thousand of dollars in uncashed checks found in a desk drawer, harbor finances that appear to be headed for disaster, a general manager (who announced his resignation yesterday, after the op-ed was published) who was recently discovered to be running a secretive bank from his office, and on and on. The San Mateo Country Grand Jury published a report this year citing the many issues, saying that the problems went too deep and were too complex to solve, and recommending the extreme and unprecedented step of dissolving the district outright.
All of these problem came to light only because of Brennan’s questions. No one really paid any attention to the Harbor District until Brennan joined the commission. But the more light that shines on the District the more horrified the citizens have become. And rightly so.