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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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San Mateo County Harbor DistrictCandidato para Commissioner4 Year Term

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Sabrina Brennan

San Mateo County Harbor District Commissioner
156,292 votos (32.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Protect San Francisco Bay water quality, replace Oyster Point Landfill cap and add fill to prevent flooding
  • Improved Coastal Trail and Bay Trail access
  • Sand replenishment at Surfer’s Beach in Half Moon Bay and along the Princeton Shoreline



Profesión:San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner (4 years), Small Business Owner (18+ years)
President, Digital Fusion Media, Inc. (1998–current)
Democratic Central Committee (4 year term), San Mateo County Democratic Party — Cargo elegido (2016–current)
San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner, San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners — Cargo elegido (2013–2016)
Midcoast Community Council Member, Advisory council to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors — Cargo elegido (2009–2011)


Special District Leadership Foundation Special District Governance Award, Honoring special district board members that demonstrate their commitment to continuing education and good governance. (2015)
Atlanta College of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography (1993)

Actividades comunitarias

Founder, Coastside Bicycle Coalition (2006–current)


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Featured Endorsements

  • San Mateo Daily Journal & Half Moon Bay Review
  • Sierra Club & Equality California
  • Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association & Coastside Fishing Club

Organizaciónes (5)

  • Sierra Club
  • San Mateo Daily Journal & Half Moon Bay Review
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party, Coastside Democrats & Peninsula Young Democrats
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party, operates the County's official Democratic Party headquarters
  • National Women's Political Caucus, Silicon Valley Chapter

Funcionarios electos (4)

  • Jerry Hill, California State Senator, District 13
  • Fiona Ma, Chairwoman, California State Board of Equalization; Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Emeritus
  • Liz Figueroa, State Senator, State Assembly; Vice President of Public Affairs, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
  • Gary A. Patton, Supervisor, Santa Cruz County

Individuos (5)

  • Kirsten Keith, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Menlo Park
  • Gary A. Patton, Former Supervisor, Santa Cruz County (served 20 years)
  • Tom Mattusch, President, San Mateo County Harbor District
  • Deborah Ruddock, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Half Moon Bay
  • Deborah Penrose, Councilmember, City of Half Moon Bay

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

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Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Key Endorsement


I'm honored to have earned the following edorsments.


“No one has done more to change the culture there than Sabrina Brennan. She has demanded to know where the money went for computers that were never installed. She has sought to hold complacent employees accountable. She has championed the rights of fishermen and is proud of a newly reconstituted relationship with the Half Moon Bay Seafood Marketing Association. She has fought for equity at Mavericks; her call for a women’s heat in the surf contest led directly to the California Coastal Commission demanding as much in this year’s contest.”

Half Moon Bay Review Endorsement, Oct. 26, 2016


“Brennan is bright, creative, hard-working and aggressive.” 

Daily Journal Endorsement, Sept. 23, 2016



“The Sierra Club is proud to endorse Sabrina for re-election to the Harbor Commission. She’s a courageous environmental leader with an outstanding record on planning for the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and water quality protection.”   —Sierra Club Endorsement

  “Sabrina is an outstanding Harbor Commissioner with strong democratic values. Her advocacy for women athletes, support for commercial fishermen, and passion for environmental stewardship make her an excellent choice for the San Mateo County Harbor District.”

—Angelica Ramos, Chair, National Women's Political Caucus of Silicon Valley

      “Sabrina Brennan has blazed trails as the first lesbian candidate to win a countywide election in San Mateo County, as the only openly LGBT member of the county Democratic Central Committee, and as the county's highest-ranking lesbian elected official. We're proud to endorse her.”   

—Rick Zbur, @Executive Director, Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBT advocacy group.


Harbor Commissioner Sabrina Brennan led the fight to include women athletes in the Mavericks surf competition


Women professional big-wave surfers are fighting for inclusion and equity in the Mavericks event.

To learn more please visit the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing website:

Addititonal news links are posted here:


For First Time in 17 Years, Women Will Compete in Top Big-Wave Surfing Contest

Sabrina Brennan, who heads the San Mateo County Harbor Commission, which manages the Mavericks surf area, helped in the fight to include women — which at times grew tense.

“Organizers would show up at meetings with their attorneys and just stare at you with a menacing look,” said Brennan, who is also a member of the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing. “It was intimidating.”

She also said some event organizers had told several female surfers to get their own Mavericks event.

Still, Brennan said she was pleased with the outcome.

“It’s about time,” she said. “It feels like it shouldn’t have taken this long. And I wonder why it’s taken so long. It’s exciting and thrilling. But we’re not there yet. Women athletes have to keep asking for what they want.”

New York Times, Sports, Oct. 28, 2016 


Women Finally Get A Spot In Legendary Big Wave Surfing Competition

The inaugural women’s event is a huge milestone for female big wave surfers, but Sabrina Brennan, a San Mateo Harbor District commissioner who first raised issue with the state Coastal Commission last year, believes that there’s still more work to be done.

A single one-hour heat “does not match up with what the women athletes have asked for,” Brennan told HuffPost, noting that the women’s committee specifically recommended three.

Brennan, who has lived next to the California surf break since 1999, also believes that a woman should be included in the Committee 5, the currently all-male panel that decides which surfers are skilled enough to compete at Mavericks.

These are much-needed changes, Brennan says, for an event that was originally called “Men Who Ride Mountains.”

“I would really love to see women get more recognition for the risks that they’re taking out there,” Brennan said.

Huffington Post, Women, Oct. 28, 2016


Female Surfers Tear Down a Big Wave Barrier

Ultimately, it took the state to force the change at Titans of Mavericks, which was known in its early years as the “Men Who Ride Mountains” contest.

The decision by Cartel Management, the company that owns the tournament, followed a campaign over the last year by a small group of female surfers along with Sabrina Brennan, a San Mateo County harbor commissioner.

Organized under the banner “Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing,” the surfers pressured California’s Coastal Commission into demanding that Mavericks add a women’s heat or risk losing its permit to hold the event.

The campaign worked. 

New York Times, California Today, Oct. 28, 2016



Videos (1)

— October 5, 2016 Pacific Coast TV (PCTV)

In May, Sabrina organized a Sea Level Rise & Erosion Forum that included speakers from the USGS and the Army Corps. Over 175 people packed the event!

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

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