Leo Padreddii dies, harbor commissioner and long-time public servant

Leo Padreddii, a long-time commissioner at the San Mateo Harbor District, died today. Padreddii had served the Harbor District since 1997 and was re-elected with a strong showing in the November 2012 election. He had been hospitalized since December after an illness and head injury. Half Moon Bay Patch published a profile of Padreddii last year in which he refers to his years serving at the Harbor District and his prior public service in law enforcement and in elected office as “a way of life.”

The Harbor District web site offers a short bio of Padreddii’s years in public life:

Mr. Padreddii was elected Commissioner in November 1998, following his appointment to fill a vacancy in June 1997. Mr. Padreddi was re-elected in 2000 and 2004.

Born and raised in San Mateo County, Mr. Padreddii has been Mayor, City Councilman, and Planning Commissioner of the City of South San Francisco. He was intensively involved in the initial development of the Oyster Point Marina/Park, now administered for the City by the Harbor District under a Joint Powers Agreement which Mr. Padreddii also helped to draft.

Mr. Padreddii served as co-chairman of the Joint Harbor District/South San Francisco Water Transit Fact-Finding Panel, created to develop the basis for establishing San Francisco Bay ferry and water taxi services at Oyster Point Marina/Park. These services will provide a needed alternative to increasingly difficult highway travel around and across the Bay.

Mr. Padreddii’s has 32 years city and state law enforcement experience, including FBI training at the CHP Academy, and alcoholic beverage control investigator. Padreddii has also served on the South San Francisco School Board for nine years, including two as Chairman, and also served on the San Mateo County Fair Board.