San Mateo County Harbor Commission President Sabrina Brennan decided to pass the gavel to fellow Commissioner Tom Mattusch on Tuesday. The move came just before the Commission planned to wrest the presidency from her.
Commissioner Robert Bernardo requested the special meeting at the end of last week’s regular meeting. The request came during a closed session that didn’t include Brennan.
Most of the 23 speakers during the meeting at the Oyster Point Yacht Club came to support Brennan. The majority of the complaints about her conduct focused on her handling of the Titans of Mavericks permitting and continued a discussion from last week.
“I hate being here,” said Jeff Clark. The principal in Titans of Mavericks addressed Brennan directly.
“I’m here because you’re quoted in the papers before talking to me,” he said.
Sixteen others spoke in support of Brennan, thanking her for her efforts to provide transparency in what they saw as a historically corrupt organization.
“I thought I voted for reform,” said Mike Ferreira, a former mayor of Half Moon Bay. “But I didn’t get reform. Voters are being let down big time tonight.”
Following comments, Brennan reaffirmed that she stood for open government, safety and recreation, and in support of fishing, boating and local businesses. Brennan received 120,000 votes in fall 2012, the highest vote total ever recorded for the Harbor Commission.
“My strength is in making creative solutions to address decades of mismanagement,” Brennan said, before naming Mattusch as her best possible successor.
Before the board voted to confirm Mattusch’s new post, Bernardo and Commissioners Nicole David and Pietro Parravano voiced their opinions. The three were in agreement that Brennan had disrupted the board’s efficacy from her allegedly offensive manner, most recently aimed toward Interim General Manager Glenn Lazof, according to memos from Lazof.
“It’s not just between Sabrina and Lazof,” David said. She claimed that Brennan had harassed her in the past, as well.
“There’s a disturbing pattern of behavior,” Bernardo added, blaming Brennan for the recent rise in tension from the surf event organizers. “Truly, enough is enough.”
Brennan had the meeting’s last speech, clarifying that she has covered her personal legal costs. She also noted a possible connection between the litigation against her and the harassment claim that she filed against former General Manager Peter Grenell.
“I’m really at the breaking point,” Brennan said. “I’m considering whether it’s worthwhile to keep going with this.”
The harbor board passed the motion to make Mattusch the new president in a 5-0 vote. David was voted the new vice president.