District 4 Supervisor
I’m Warren Slocum, an elected member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors who represents the 4th supervisorial district. I was elected to office on November 5, 2012 and assumed office on January 7, 2013. The voters also approved Measure B in this election; Measure B asked voters if the County should change its electoral system from an “at-large” system to a “district elections” system. As a result, future candidates for the Board of Supervisors will be elected by the voters who live within the district rather than all voters in the county. That gives me the unique distinction of being the last member elected to the Board of Supervisors by all voters in San Mateo County, not just those who live in the 4th district. My current term will expire in January of 2017.
As the elected Supervisor for the 4th district, I represent the cities of Redwood City, East Palo, the areas of the City of Menlo Park east of El Camino Real and the unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks. I am committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of my district as well as the county as a whole. I’m honored to have been selected by my colleagues to be the Vice President of the Board of Supervisors for 2015.
The unincorporated community of North Fair Oaks and the City of East Palo Alto are areas of District 4 that require special focus. Together these communities have a population of approximately 50,000 people. Common to both communities are the issues of flooding, gangs, crime, blight, programs to provide health care to the underserved, supplemental nutritional assistance and a limited number of affordable housing units. Some issues are complicated and take time, resources, and partners to solve while others are more straightforward. I am dedicated to tackling these problems—large and small—to improve the daily lives of the residents.
In 2010, the County began a long-range visioning process which resulted in the development of the North Fair Oaks Community plan – a policy document to establish goals and policies for land use, housing, health and wellness, parks and recreation, traffic circulation and infrastructure. It is the first update of the area plan for North Fair Oaks in 40 years. The implementation phase of this process began in 2014. A community conversation was initiated to review the plan and its details and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as to whether to adopt, reject or modify the proposed planning and zoning regulations.
I have been working closely with people from every quarter of the community – faith based, business, youth, renters, homeowners, schools, nonprofits and interested individuals. I am impressed with the talent, passion and commitment that is being dedicated to ensure that the community is well informed and has the opportunity to choose their future.
I wish to recognize the leadership of the North Fair Oaks Community Council, Sheriff Greg Munks, our county departments, the CHP, Menlo Park Fire and the neighboring cities. Working together with our community partners, I believe we can make lasting and important changes to improve the quality of life for all.
Periodically, I hold office hours to meet with constituents and hear their concerns. To ensure that people can access the County and its services, Irving Torres, my bilingual Legislative Aide, helps overcome some of the linguistic access challenges. He helps ensure that Spanish-speaking residents have a voice.
I am very mindful that the County (and the country) are at a fiscal crossroads. We are fortunate that the voters approved Measure A in 2012 which brings additional sales tax revenue to help fund special concerns and that our local economy is recovering. We still face some difficult financial decisions amidst an environment with unknown and uncertain federal and state funding. We must be prudent, smart and make things work not just for today, but also for tomorrow. I will be listening to you as we make these decisions and looking for cost effective measures to ensure the long-term fiscal health of the County. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to my election to the Board of Supervisors, I served as the Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder of San Mateo County. It was exciting and challenging office; I transitioned the work in the Assessor’s Office from typewriters and adding machines to the modern era with online parcel information lookups, assessment information and mapping. As County Clerk, I was the first in the nation to offer couples the opportunity to broadcast their wedding ceremonies on the internet so that families and friends all over the world could share these special moments. As the Chief Elections Officer, I introduced accessible voting equipment with language and adaptive features to ensure that ALL voters could participate in fair, private and secure elections. I also served as an officially appointed Election Observer in the country of Albania at a time when democratic traditions were just taking hold. It was an honor to work with my team of observers. It made me keenly aware of the strengths of our electoral system; I also witnessed firsthand the commitment that people displayed to actively exercising their right to vote. As Recorder, I oversaw the conversion of recorded paper documents to recorded electronic documents and the creation of a publicly searchable database which made it easy to research property information. I took special measures to preserve the official record and make the content easily accessible. The office websites were rich with content designed to help residents and citizens conduct business online, find information, and get the latest updates in these areas. I was always mindful of advances that made the office more efficient, the work environment more productive and safe, and that would cost the taxpayers less money over time. It was my privilege to serve in this capacity.
I have a passion for family, public service, technology, and history. My wife, Maria Diaz-Slocum, and our two sons (and our dog, Crockett and cat, Max) have made our home in Redwood City for the past 25 years. Our sons were educated in the public school system and my wife is an elected trustee of the Redwood City School District. We love this community and feel so fortunate to call the Peninsula home. I’ve watched our communities survive the tough economic times and revitalize, becoming more culturally, economically, and ethnically diverse and stronger than ever before. We live in a special place.
As a young man, I was raised by a single father, and we lived in San Diego. After graduation, I enlisted in the Army and served in Vietnam for one year – I was honorably discharged in 1968. I then attended San Diego State University where I earned my B.S. Degree in History. I have a reverence for people who serve their country in the military as they offer themselves in sacrifice to our country. I will work with others to make sure that our communities welcome home the veterans of today’s wars.