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October 04, 2016 (7:00 PM)

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October 18, 2016 (7:00 PM)

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The City Council of Half Moon Bay, consisting of five members, is the governing body elected directly by the city’s voters. The Council sets priorities and policies, makes final decisions on all major city matters, adopts ordinances and resolutions, appoints the City Manager and City Attorney, and approves the annual budget.

City Council members are elected at-large to four-year, overlapping terms during elections administered by the City Clerk. There are no term limits in Half Moon Bay. The City Council selects one of its five members to serve as Mayor and one to serve as Vice Mayor, annually on a rotating basis.

The Half Moon Bay City Council meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month starting at 7:00 p.m. All meetings are held at the Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Avenue.

The City Council's 2016 Strategic Elements were updated and adopted on April 19, 2016. See the Strategic Elements here. 

Mayor Rick Kowalczyk
650-726-8250
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Rick Kowalczyk was first elected to the Half Moon Bay City Council in November 2009 and is currently serving his second Mayoral term. He is a business consultant, specializing in the strategic planning and marketing services. He is involved in many civic organizations, including the Cabrillo Education Foundation and ASPIRE Education Services. He 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. Term Ends December 2018.





Vice Mayor Debbie Ruddock
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Council Member Debbie Ruddock was elected to the council again in 2014 after an 11-year hiatus. Debbie previously served three council terms from 1991-2003, including two terms as mayor. During that period she also served five years as an alternate member of the California Coastal Commission. Debbie currently is one of two City representatives on the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside and serves as Vice-Chair. She also represents the City on the Association of Bay Area Governments, the San Mateo County Airport Land Use Committee, and the SFO Community Roundtable. Professionally Debbie is a legislative analyst with State Coastal Conservancy. She holds a MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA in History from the University of Rochester.Term ends December 2018.

Marina Fraser
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Marina Fraser was first elected to the Half Moon Bay City Council in November 2003. Prior to her election to the City Council, Fraser served as a Half Moon Bay Parks & Recreation Commissioner from 1998-2002. Mayor Fraser is a member of the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Association and the County of San Mateo Office of Emergency Services. Term ends December 2016.





John Muller
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"Farmer John" Muller was appointed to the Half Moon Bay City Council in 2006 to fill a vacancy created by a Councilmember resignation. Prior to his tenure on the City Council, Councilmember Muller was a Board Member and Chair of the Coastside County Water District Board. He continues to serve as the Chair of the Regional Water Quality Control Board and is actively involved in the City's Finance Committee. Term ends December 2016



Deborah Penrose
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Deborah Penrose was elected to the Half Moon Bay City Council in November 2014. She is a retired physician, practicing general medicine in Half Moon Bay for 22 years.  She graduated with a BFA and worked as a fashion illustrator before volunteering for Vista in Washington, D.C. She moved to Montara in 1980 and opened her first practice in Concord. She serves on the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee and the Board of the Peninsula Congestion Relief Alliance as well as San Mateo County's Office of Emergency Services. She is a member of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus. She has recently undergone CERT training. Term ends December 2018.


City Council Strategic Elements - Adopted April 19, 2016
Click on the Strategic Element links below to view more detail on each

See the April 19, 2016 Staff Report, Strategic Plan Follow Up