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City Council Member and former Mayor Rick Kowalczyk has submitted his resignation from the City Council, effective June 8, 2018. Mr. Kowalczyk, who works as a strategic planning and marketing consultant, cites “deeply personal reasons” for this decision.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 7, 2018
Contact: David BoeschInterim City Manager650-726-8280
HALF MOON BAY, CA – Half Moon Bay City Council Member and former Mayor Rick Kowalczyk has submitted his resignation from the City Council, effective June 8, 2018. Mr. Kowalczyk, who works as a strategic planning and marketing consultant, cites “deeply personal reasons” for this decision.
“Rick’s leadership and guidance, his tireless work around so many crucial City issues, and his unwavering dedication to the community of Half Moon Bay will be greatly missed on the City Council,” said Mayor Deborah Penrose. “I’m truly grateful for his work during his years on the City Council, and I know he’ll continue to be involved with helping our community in many ways in the future.”
First elected to the Half Moon Bay City Council in November, 2009, Mr. Kowalczyk has served two terms as Mayor. His leadership as both Mayor and as a member of the City Council is marked by a number of significant accomplishments and initiatives, including driving the policies which brought about the City’s economic recovery after the Beachwood lawsuit and the last recession. Those efforts put the City on the path to its present healthy financial condition, allowing the funding of much-needed large capital projects. Mr. Kowalczyk was also instrumental in initiating, securing funding, and moving the City forward with construction of the new Half Moon Bay library, without the need for a tax increase to the community. Other key projects accomplished under Mr. Kowalczyk’s leadership include the youth skate park, Mac Dutra Plaza, and a number of new bicycle/pedestrian trails.
With a commitment to ensuring all voices in the community are heard and respected, Mr. Kowalczyk worked to define and implement new methods of communicating with and engaging the City’s Latino community. He oversaw creation of a new “brand identity” and logo for the City, with an eye toward helping to drive economic activity, which was especially critical during the economic recovery. Mr. Kowalczyk also created the annual Half Moon Bay Leadership Awards/Scholarship program, recognizing and supporting local students for their accomplishments and community activities.
In his role as a member of the City Council, Mr. Kowalczyk serves as the City’s representative to the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside (SAM) and as the City’s representative to the Cabrillo Unified School District. He is also involved in a number of community organizations, including the Half Moon Bay Latino Council, which he co-founded.
“It’s been my great honor to serve Half Moon Bay on the City Council for the past 8 ½ years. Unfortunately, for some deeply personal reasons, I find that I need to step away from this role - it’s the right decision for me, and for my family,” said Mr. Kowalczyk. “I believe it’s important to leave things better than we found them, and I hope the community agrees that Half Moon Bay is indeed a better place today, with our renewed economic vitality, new library, and other improvements. I did my best for our community, and I want to thank the people here for their support over the years.”
Mr. Kowalczyk’s City Council term expires at the end of this year. At an upcoming meeting to be announced, the City Council will deliberate its options to fill the seat.
Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.