Women to make history surfing big-wave contest, but struggles for equality remain

“Women will have the opportunity to compete this year largely because of one woman’s crusade. Sabrina Brennan, the San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner, fought for a separate women’s heat at Mavericks.”
Peninsula Press - Jane Nevins, Stanford Journalism Program

Video Produced by Jane Nevins, interview on Nov. 30, 2016

Women athletes to compete in Titans of Mavericks

NBC Bay Area with Robert Handa—Nov. 2, 2016 California Coastal Commission hearing

Women's inclusion in the Titans of Mavericks event

KPIX 5 | CBS News—Nov. 2, 2016 California Coastal Commission hearing

Bianca Valenti, big wave surfer

Bianca Valenti, 29, talks about big wave surfing as she heads from her home in San Francisco to surf Mavericks in Half Moon Bay on the eve of the Wickr women's big wave multimedia event.


Neil Pearlberg and Terry Campion of Off the Lip Radio interview Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan and documentary filmmaker Dayla Soul about the future of women's surfing and the inclusion of women in the Mavericks surf event. 

The Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Douglas Beach House in Miramar.

CBS This Morning - Charlie Rose, Gayle King & Norah O'Donnell - Feb. 12, 2016, 7:23am

Wave of sexisim hit Titians of Mavericks surfing competition

NBC Bay Area KNTV Channel 11 evening news Dec. 23, 2015 6:00pm and 11:00pm

King Tides May Alter Development Plans at South San Francisco's Oyster Point

Dec. 2, 2015 Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup (CSMW) presentation about the San Francisco Littoral Cell Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (SFLC CRSMP)

This 38.5 min audio clip is from the Sept. 16, 2015 6:30pm South San Francisco City Council Special Meeting. The speakers in this clip are SSF City Council Members, the SSF City Manager, and SSF Assistant City Manager. 

The South City Special Meeting was held at the date/time as a Regular Harbor Commission meeting. Harbor Commissioners did not attend due to a scheduling conflict.

Here’s a short clip of South San Francisco City Manager Mike Futrell and city council members discussing the “Horrible Liability of the Oyster Point Landfill,” early termination of the Oyster Point JPA, and dissolution of the Harbor District.

This clip is from the Sept 16, 2015 6:30pm South San Francisco City Council Special Meeting. The South City Special Meeting was held at the date/time as a Regular Harbor Commission meeting. Unfortunately Harbor Commissioners were unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

LAFCo Commission meeting, Harbor District Municipal Service Review - July 15, 2015

West Shoreline Access (Mavericks) Trail Improvement Project - Harbor District Special Meeting - Oct. 4, 2014

Sept. 30, 2014 Strategic Planning kickoff "workshop" was held in the South San Francisco City Council Chambers. A team of two from Lisa Wise Consulting lead the meeting.

Four members of the public attended. SSF Mayor Karyl Matsumoto, SSF Director of Finance Jim Steele, Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan, Jim Tucker and Robert Bernardo also attended along with two Harbor District candidates. Turnout was extremely light.

Harbor District Candidate Forum: Sept. 11, 2014 

Squid Madness on Johnson Pier—Pillar Point Harbor: July 22, 2014

Three commercial fish-buyers, Pillar Point Seafood, Morningstar and Three Captains have a stake in the squid off-loading business at Pillar Point Harbor. Fishermen, fish processing companies and consumers also have a stake in fish off-loaded fees/wharfage fees. 

July 10, 2014 Strategic Planning kickoff "workshop" held at Oceana Hotel in Princeton by-the-sea

Why wasn't the Lisa Wise Consulting "team" at this workshop to meet with the community? Instead Henry Pontarelli appeared to be wingin' it solo.

Steve Fitz addressing the Harbor Commission on Aug. 7, 2013 and May 21, 2014

At the May 21, 2014 Harbor District meeting commercial fishermen from Pillar Point Harbor waited three hours outside the South San Francisco City Council chambers while San Mateo County Harbor Commissioners met in closed session. 

After waiting four hours Commercial Fishermen Steve Fitz was called for public comment. As Captain Fitz approached the podium to address the Commission the clock struck ten and Jim Tucker said, "meeting over." Before President Robert Bernardo adjured the meeting Commissioner Tucker got out of his chair, interrupted public comment, and announced an abrupt end to the meeting.

I responded by requesting that President Bernardo allow Captain Steve Fitz to address the board. The meeting was extended a few minutes and Captain Fitz read a letter from the HMB Seafood Marketing Association.

Letter from HMB Seafood Marketing Association → 

Princeton Seafood Company Owner, Mary Botham demonstrates how to clean, cut, crack and serve a great crab feast in your own home. For other quick video tips visit the website: www.princetonseafood.com

In this video, Becky Selengut shows you how to cook and clean a Dungeness crab including a technique for 'numbing' them for easier handling. For more how to videos go to Good Fish: www.goodfishbook.com

Mike McHenry, Larry Fortado Jr., and Kim McHenry speak during public comment about Pillar Point Harbor Fish Buying Fees at the Sept. 18, 2013 Harbor District meeting.

Squid season 2013 kickoff at Pillar Point Harbor. Pillar Point Seafood, Morningstar & Three Captains were all open for Squid business.

Mauro Ffortissimo | Sunset Piano Sonata: California Coastal Trail Piano Concert — Francis Beach, Half Moon Bay, CA

Alicia Vargas dances with fire atop the Sunset Piano for the final bluff top performance on Valentine's Day 2013.

Hoisting a baby grand from Steve Truso's fishing vessel onto Johnson Pier at Pillar Point Harbor. 

In 2012 the Harbor Patrol towed the Coastside Fishing Club net pen filled with 120,000 baby Chinook salmon to a mooring between the Pillar Point Harbor inner and outer breakwater. — Part 1 of 2

Coastside Fishing Club net pen — Part 2

On Saturday May 19, 2012, the family and friends of Eric Soares said good-bye and scattered his ashes as he had requested in the Pacific Ocean at Pillar Point, California. It was a beautiful day.

Captain Trusso catches Blue Whale skull in 1988.


Steve Truso talks about the Phyllis J. — Part 1 of 2

Phyllis J. — Part 2

2012 Oath of Office


Photo of Johnson Pier by Jack Sutton