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News Briefs: San Mateo LGBTQ panel seeks members

by Cynthia Laird

News Briefs: San Mateo LGBTQ panel seeks members

The San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission has three vacancies and is seeking applications from interested members of the public.

The panel, which officials said is the first county or city commission focused on the needs of the LGBTQ community, helps cultivate the county as a welcoming and safe environment.

The commission consists of 11 voting members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Commissioners meet approximately 10 times a year and are developing a work plan for 2018. They provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors at least once a year.

Applicants must live in San Mateo County.
Ideal candidates will possess several of the following attributes: an abiding interest in furthering equality for LGBTQs; demonstrate knowledge of LGBTQ issues affecting under-represented communities such as youth, people of color, and seniors; demonstrated ability to effectively provide outreach to underserved and at-risk LGBTQ populations; and a willingness to work collaboratively with other members of the commission.

The deadline to apply is January 16. Applications can be obtained from Sherry Golestan, deputy clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 400 County Center, Redwood City, or by calling (650) 363-4609. Applications are also available online at
For more information, contact Tanya Beat, interim director of the LGBTQ commission, at (650) 363-4467 or

SF housing survey

The San Francisco Planning Department is asking residents to complete its online Existing Housing Survey, which is designed to better understand how well the current housing stock meets the needs of those who live here — at all income levels.
The survey is part of a broader research project by department staff to better identify the current state of existing housing and the trade-offs San Franciscans make when choosing a place to live.

The department would like to know how long people have lived in San Francisco, whether they own or rent, and what matters when they make housing decisions, among other information.
Officials said in a news release that the information collected will complement secondary data sources in order to identify and assess the housing needs of different incomes in the short, medium, and long term.

The survey should take between eight and 10 minutes to complete. It can be found at
The San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission has three vacancies.


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