COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

Inter-Departmental Correspondence

County Manger’s Office

 

DATE:

October 20, 2008

BOARD MEETING DATE:

October 28, 2008

SPECIAL NOTICE/HEARING:

None

VOTE REQUIRED:

Majority

 

TO:

Honorable Board of Supervisors

FROM:

Mary McMillan, Deputy County Manger, (650) 363-4129

SUBJECT:

Shared Vision 2025: Vision to Action

 

RECOMMENDATION:

Report on Shared Vision 2025: Vision to Action

 

VISION ALIGNMENT:

Commitment: Responsive, effective and collaborative government

Goal(s): Government decisions are based on careful consideration of future impact, rather than temporary relief or immediate gain.

 

BACKGROUND:

Last year, your Board determined it was time to update the Shared Vision 2010. A Community Steering Committee was established, an “Issues Briefing Book,” was prepared to initiate the process and frame the discussion with these questions: Where are we now? Where are we going? Where do we want to be? A total of ten community forums were conducted across the county, including two in Spanish and a Youth Town Hall meeting. Over a three-month period the on-line survey generated 680 completed questionnaires. More than 1,000 individuals participated in the Shared Vision 2025 process answering the question: What are the most important goals that San Mateo County should set for the year 2025?

 

August 5, 2008 your Board approved a new Shared Vision 2025:

 

Our Shared Vision 2025 is for a healthy, livable,

prosperous, collaborative and sustainable community.

 

Healthy

Our neighborhoods are safe and provide residents with access to

quality health care and seamless services.

 

Livable

Our growth occurs near transit, promotes

affordable, livable connected communities.

 

Prosperous

Our economic strategy fosters innovation in all sectors,

creates jobs and educational opportunities for all residents.

 

Collaborative

Our leaders forge partnerships, promote regional solutions, with informed and engaged residents, and approach issues with fiscal accountability and concern for future impacts.

 

Sustainable

Our natural resources are preserved through environmental stewardship,

reducing our carbon emissions, and using energy, water and land more efficiently.

 

The revised Shared Vision 2025 reflects your Board’s direction to hone the vision message. The previous Shared Vision 2010 ten commitments and 25 goals are eliminated and replaced with five vision statements. They capture and reflect the top outcomes identified and voted on through the community engagement process.

 

Vision to Action

Your Board directed staff to convene the Shared Vision 2025 Community Steering Committee to review the new Shared Vision 2025 message, identify achievement gaps, as well as to set new priority area(s), and to begin to develop an “action plan” to realize the vision priorities. The consultant your Board selected to facilitate the community visioning process, John Melville, with Collaborative Economics, will facilitate the two-hour work session with the Shared Vision 2025 Community Steering Committee. The agenda is:

    Brief overview of how we got here

    New Vision: where are we going?

    Vision to action: how will we get there? and

    Measuring success: when will we know we have achieved our vision?

 

The work session will include a presentation of Visible Strategies, the online tool recently purchased to better inform the community, stakeholders and our departments on the progress achieving the vision.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

Funding for the Shared Vision 2025 Project is included in the FY 2008-09 County Budget, including the $75,000 consulting contract with Collaborative Economics.