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COUNTY SUPERVISOR: Helping The Less Fortunate

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Dave Pine is a County Supervisor for the County of San Mateo. Dave has literally hundreds of issues related to Public Service that he has to decide where to best use his time and resources on. He describes the qualities you need to run for County Supervisor, which is easier than many may expect.

School: University of Michigan
Degree: Doctor of Juris
Job Title: County Supervisor
Employer: San Mateo County

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Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

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m='13440'>members</span> <span m='13740'>of</span> <span m='13840'>the</span> <span m='13940'>Board</span> <span m='14050'>of</span> <span m='14110'>Supervisors.</span> <span m='15410'>And</span> <span m='15500'>we</span> <span m='15640'>are</span> <span m='15690'>the</span> <span m='15810'>governing</span> <span m='16560'>board</span> <span m='17630'>for</span> <span m='19570'>the</span> <span m='19680'>County</span> <span m='20020'>of</span> <span m='20080'>San</span> <span m='20390'>Mateo.</span> </p><p><span m='21100'>And</span> <span m='21760'>county</span> <span m='22070'>government</span> <span m='22650'>is</span> <span m='22880'>a</span> <span m='22980'>very</span> <span m='23580'>unknown</span> <span m='24110'>and</span> <span m='24210'>somewhat</span> <span m='24540'>invisible</span> <span m='25130'>layer</span> <span m='25430'>of</span> <span m='25560'>government.</span> <span m='26800'>So</span> <span m='27180'>what</span> <span m='27520'>counties</span> <span m='27970'>typically</span> <span m='28430'>do</span> <span m='28700'>is</span> <span m='28890'>they</span> <span m='29040'>worry</span> <span m='29420'>about</span> <span m='29830'>public</span> <span m='30200'>health,</span> <span m='31650'>social</span> <span m='32130'>services,</span> <span m='33350'>criminal</span> <span m='33760'>justice.</span> <span m='35780'>And</span> <span m='36400'>the</span> <span m='36550'>focus</span> <span m='36920'>is</span> <span m='37020'>really</span> <span m='37460'>on</span> <span m='38850'>trying</span> <span m='39080'>to</span> <span m='39120'>help</span> <span m='39310'>people</span> <span m='39610'>who</span> <span m='39840'>are</span> <span m='40430'>less</span> <span m='40660'>fortunate</span> <span m='41080'>in</span> <span m='41200'>society.</span> <span m='42100'>We</span> <span m='42190'>do</span> <span m='42330'>a</span> <span m='42540'>whole</span> <span m='43050'>list</span> <span m='43270'>of</span> <span m='43340'>other</span> <span m='43500'>things,</span> <span m='43960'>from</span> <span m='44770'>housing</span> <span m='45410'>to</span> <span m='45520'>transportation</span> <span m='46660'>to</span> <span m='48070'>open</span> <span m='48420'>space</span> <span m='48830'>management.</span> <span m='50220'>But</span> <span m='50300'>our</span> <span m='50470'>core</span> <span m='51010'>mission</span> <span m='51500'>is</span> <span m='51940'>really</span> <span m='52370'>about</span> <span m='52740'>the</span> <span m='52880'>social</span> <span m='53340'>safety</span> <span m='53780'>net.</span> </p><p><span m='54500'>On</span> <span m='54630'>a</span> <span m='54700'>day</span> <span m='54860'>to</span> <span m='54960'>day</span> <span m='55150'>basis,</span> <span m='56620'>one</span> <span m='56770'>thing</span> <span m='56940'>I</span> <span m='57160'>love</span> <span m='57520'>about</span> <span m='57590'>my</span> <span m='57730'>job</span> <span m='58090'>is</span> <span m='58590'>every</span> <span m='58930'>day</span> <span m='59140'>is</span> <span m='59270'>unique.</span> <span m='60380'>And</span> <span m='60960'>I</span> <span m='61240'>have</span> <span m='61650'>a</span> <span m='61710'>lot</span> <span m='61930'>of</span> <span m='61980'>discretion</span> <span m='62720'>over</span> <span m='63260'>how</span> <span m='63500'>I</span> <span m='63720'>spend</span> <span m='64040'>my</span> <span m='64230'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='65200'>So</span> <span m='65480'>I'm</span> <span m='65720'>an</span> <span m='65800'>elected</span> <span m='66150'>official.</span> <span m='66830'>Therefore,</span> <span m='67890'>my</span> <span m='68130'>boss</span> <span m='68620'>are</span> <span m='68750'>the</span> <span m='69320'>voters</span> <span m='70390'>in</span> <span m='70580'>my</span> <span m='70760'>district.</span> <span m='72010'>And</span> <span m='72690'>there</span> <span m='73080'>are</span> <span m='74070'>literally</span> <span m='74330'>hundreds</span> <span m='75000'>of</span> <span m='75130'>issues</span> <span m='75590'>that</span> <span m='75760'>I</span> <span m='75840'>could</span> <span m='76050'>spend</span> <span m='76300'>my</span> <span m='76470'>time</span> <span m='76830'>on.</span> <span m='77170'>So</span> <span m='77690'>I</span> <span m='77860'>have</span> <span m='78070'>to</span> <span m='78200'>decide</span> <span m='78800'>how</span> <span m='78980'>to</span> <span m='79100'>best</span> <span m='79380'>prioritize</span> <span m='80120'>my</span> <span m='80350'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='81370'>Now</span> <span m='81490'>another</span> <span m='81740'>part</span> <span m='81940'>of</span> <span m='81990'>being an</span> <span m='82120'>elected</span> <span m='82460'>official</span> <span m='82940'>is you</span> <span m='83110'>represent</span> <span m='83800'>your</span> <span m='83990'>constituents.</span> <span m='85420'>So</span> <span m='86000'>I</span> <span m='86140'>spent</span> <span m='86390'>a</span> <span m='86440'>lot</span> <span m='86590'>of</span> <span m='86630'>time</span> <span m='86850'>in</span> <span m='87040'>the</span> <span m='87140'>community</span> <span m='88220'>attending</span> <span m='88540'>community</span> <span m='88980'>events.</span> <span m='91040'>For</span> <span m='91200'>example,</span> <span m='91520'>recently</span> <span m='91930'>I</span> <span m='92050'>attended</span> <span m='92500'>a</span> <span m='92560'>couple</span> <span m='92850'>of</span> <span m='93030'>the</span> <span m='93700'>lunar</span> <span m='93980'>new</span> <span m='94130'>year</span> <span m='94380'>celebrations.</span> <span m='95720'>Or</span> <span m='95990'>if</span> <span m='96140'>there's</span> <span m='98770'>a</span> <span m='98890'>new</span> <span m='99390'>building</span> <span m='99960'>opened</span> <span m='100290'>up</span> <span m='100430'>in</span> <span m='100530'>my</span> <span m='100690'>district,</span> <span m='101230'>I</span> <span m='101310'>may</span> <span m='101860'>attend</span> <span m='102220'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='103550'>So</span> <span m='104340'>I'm</span> <span m='104800'>out</span> <span m='105020'>and</span> <span m='105100'>about</span> <span m='105420'>in</span> <span m='105490'>the</span> <span m='105580'>community</span> <span m='106050'>a</span> <span m='106460'>great</span> <span m='106730'>deal</span> <span m='107830'>trying</span> <span m='108090'>to</span> <span m='108810'>make</span> <span m='108990'>sure</span> <span m='109240'>that</span> <span m='110420'>I</span> <span m='110530'>understand</span> <span m='112260'>what's</span> <span m='112400'>going</span> <span m='112560'>on</span> <span m='112770'>in</span> <span m='112870'>the</span> <span m='112970'>community, I</span> <span m='113330'>understand</span> <span m='113750'>what</span> <span m='113870'>people's</span> <span m='114190'>needs</span> <span m='114490'>are.</span> <span m='114810'>And</span> <span m='115590'>then</span> <span m='116270'>can</span> <span m='116450'>communicate</span> <span m='116990'>to</span> <span m='117070'>my</span> <span m='117200'>constituents</span> <span m='117780'>what</span> <span m='118180'>I'm</span> <span m='118340'>working</span> <span m='118680'>on</span> <span m='118910'>and</span> <span m='118990'>what the</span> <span m='119250'>county</span> <span m='119630'>is</span> <span m='119900'>all</span> <span m='120100'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='121110'>There's</span> <span m='121600'>no</span> <span m='121850'>set</span> <span m='122160'>qualifications</span> <span m='122970'>to</span> <span m='123090'>be</span> <span m='123440'>an</span> <span m='123570'>elected</span> <span m='123940'>official.</span> <span m='125150'>In</span> <span m='125260'>fact,</span> <span m='125580'>as</span> <span m='125690'>long</span> <span m='125980'>as</span> <span m='126130'>you're</span> <span m='126425'>an</span> <span m='126720'>American</span> <span m='127640'>citizen</span> <span m='127940'>and</span> <span m='128240'>over</span> <span m='128470'>the</span> <span m='128610'>age</span> <span m='128810'>of</span> <span m='128919'>18,</span> <span m='129389'>you</span> <span m='129570'>can</span> <span m='129780'>run</span> <span m='129990'>for</span> <span m='130180'>office.</span> <span m='131850'>My</span> <span m='132080'>background</span> <span m='132790'>is</span> <span m='133540'>perhaps</span> <span m='133910'>more</span> <span m='134110'>typical</span> <span m='134490'>of</span> <span m='134610'>many</span> <span m='134840'>elected</span> <span m='135190'>officials</span> <span m='135700'>in</span> <span m='135850'>that</span> <span m='137040'>after</span> <span m='137130'>going</span> <span m='137300'>to</span> <span m='137370'>college,</span> <span m='137870'>I</span> <span m='137950'>went</span> <span m='138210'>to</span> <span m='138620'>law</span> <span m='138950'>school</span> <span m='139340'>and</span> <span m='140490'>obtained</span> <span m='140970'>my</span> <span m='141130'>JD.</span> </p><p><span m='142300'>So</span> <span m='142480'>many</span> <span m='142720'>people</span> <span m='143110'>in</span> <span m='143570'>elected</span> <span m='143890'>office</span> <span m='144240'>are</span> <span m='144470'>attorneys.</span> <span m='145600'>And</span> <span m='146360'>often</span> <span m='146610'>times,</span> <span m='146890'>people</span> <span m='147200'>say,</span> <span m='147430'>oh</span> <span m='147520'>we</span> <span m='147590'>have</span> <span m='147710'>too</span> <span m='147850'>many</span> <span m='148050'>attorneys</span> <span m='148760'>in</span> <span m='149020'>these</span> <span m='149240'>jobs.</span> <span m='150460'>But</span> <span m='150970'>modern</span> <span m='151400'>government</span> <span m='151760'>is</span> <span m='151910'>extremely</span> <span m='152330'>complex</span> <span m='152940'>and</span> <span m='153120'>everything</span> <span m='153520'>we</span> <span m='153670'>do</span> <span m='154010'>is</span> <span m='154560'>regulated</span> <span m='155350'>and</span> <span m='155490'>has</span> <span m='155790'>a</span> <span m='156320'>very</span> <span m='156660'>substantial</span> <span m='157230'>legal</span> <span m='157580'>overlay.</span> <span m='158740'>So</span> <span m='159370'>I</span> <span m='159520'>find</span> <span m='159830'>my</span> <span m='159960'>legal</span> <span m='160200'>training</span> <span m='160520'>to be</span> <span m='160660'>very</span> <span m='161000'>helpful</span> <span m='161570'>as an</span> <span m='161710'>elected</span> <span m='162100'>official</span> <span m='163420'>when</span> <span m='164190'>I</span> <span m='164380'>can</span> <span m='164530'>really</span> <span m='164810'>bore</span> <span m='165120'>into</span> <span m='165270'>the</span> <span m='165420'>details</span> <span m='166610'>and</span> <span m='167520'>ultimately</span> <span m='172360'>wade</span> <span m='172650'>through</span> <span m='173150'>some</span> <span m='173400'>of</span> <span m='173470'>the</span> <span m='173560'>complexity.</span> </p><p><span m='174950'>Now</span> <span m='175230'>again,</span> <span m='177330'>all</span> <span m='177590'>kinds</span> <span m='177900'>of</span> <span m='177980'>people</span> <span m='178290'>serve</span> <span m='178730'>in</span> <span m='178880'>public</span> <span m='179210'>office.</span> <span m='179850'>Probably</span> <span m='180100'>most</span> <span m='180320'>common</span> <span m='180660'>to</span> <span m='180800'>lawyers,</span> <span m='181270'>but</span> <span m='181890'>virtually</span> <span m='182650'>people of</span> <span m='182900'>any</span> <span m='183380'>profession.</span> </p><p><span m='183910'>I mean,</span> <span m='183980'>the</span> <span m='184060'>most</span> <span m='184290'>important</span> <span m='184650'>things</span> <span m='184880'>I</span> <span m='184990'>feel</span> <span m='185310'>are</span> <span m='186550'>you</span> <span m='186680'>have</span> <span m='186830'>to</span> <span m='186920'>have</span> <span m='187130'>a</span> <span m='187390'>commitment</span> <span m='187830'>to</span> <span m='187920'>public</span> <span m='188270'>service.</span> <span m='189310'>You</span> <span m='189420'>want</span> <span m='189540'>to</span> <span m='189580'>improve</span> <span m='189890'>your</span> <span m='190040'>community.</span> <span m='191910'>You</span> <span m='192010'>need</span> <span m='192180'>a</span> <span m='192600'>good</span> <span m='192760'>amount</span> <span m='193010'>of</span> <span m='193080'>energy</span> <span m='193540'>because</span> <span m='193900'>it's a</span> <span m='193950'>very</span> <span m='194150'>demanding</span> <span m='194580'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='195870'>I</span> <span m='195960'>think</span> <span m='196140'>the</span> <span m='196220'>best</span> <span m='196810'>politicians</span> <span m='198320'>try</span> <span m='198910'>to</span> <span m='199020'>look</span> <span m='199220'>at</span> <span m='199300'>both</span> <span m='199510'>sides</span> <span m='200200'>of</span> <span m='200380'>an</span> <span m='200500'>issue.</span> <span m='202040'>You</span> <span m='202210'>want</span> <span m='202350'>to</span> <span m='202410'>communicate</span> <span m='203490'>clearly.</span> <span m='205260'>So</span> <span m='209210'>your</span> <span m='209400'>formal</span> <span m='209800'>training</span> <span m='210220'>perhaps</span> <span m='211070'>isn't as</span> <span m='211190'>important</span> <span m='211610'>as</span> <span m='211720'>some</span> <span m='211910'>of</span> <span m='211960'>those</span> <span m='212130'>other</span> <span m='212400'>characteristics.</span> </p><p><span m='213690'>In</span> <span m='213840'>my</span> <span m='214040'>case,</span> <span m='215320'>getting</span> <span m='215780'>into</span> <span m='216240'>elected</span> <span m='216650'>office</span> <span m='216990'>is</span> <span m='217120'>a</span> <span m='217240'>second</span> <span m='217570'>career</span> <span m='218020'>for</span> <span m='218200'>me.</span> <span m='219300'>When</span> <span m='219550'>I</span> <span m='219670'>first</span> <span m='220080'>left</span> <span m='220320'>law</span> <span m='220560'>school,</span> <span m='220990'>I</span> <span m='221240'>worked</span> <span m='221530'>in</span> <span m='221630'>a</span> <span m='221680'>private</span> <span m='222050'>law</span> <span m='222290'>firm.</span> <span m='222860'>And</span> <span m='222960'>then</span> <span m='223090'>I</span> <span m='223370'>worked</span> <span m='223680'>in</span> <span m='223750'>a</span> <span m='223780'>number</span> <span m='224000'>of</span> <span m='224090'>businesses</span> <span m='224640'>as</span> <span m='224800'>an</span> <span m='224880'>attorney.</span> </p><p><span m='225980'>So</span> <span m='226350'>my</span> <span m='226830'>tenure</span> <span m='227260'>as</span> <span m='227440'>an</span> <span m='227510'>elected</span> <span m='227850'>official--</span> <span m='230770'>prior</span> <span m='231040'>to</span> <span m='231150'>joining</span> <span m='231480'>the</span> <span m='231570'>Board</span> <span m='231740'>of</span> <span m='231800'>Supervisors,</span> <span m='232340'>I</span> <span m='232470'>was</span> <span m='232830'>an</span> <span m='233250'>elected</span> <span m='233610'>member</span> <span m='233930'>of</span> <span m='234010'>some</span> <span m='234170'>school</span> <span m='234500'>boards.</span> <span m='234860'>Now</span> <span m='234990'>that</span> <span m='235160'>wasn't</span> <span m='235400'>a</span> <span m='235460'>full</span> <span m='235680'>time</span> <span m='235910'>job.</span> <span m='236340'>I</span> <span m='236430'>still</span> <span m='236680'>had</span> <span m='237830'>some</span> <span m='237980'>law</span> <span m='238200'>activities</span> <span m='238700'>on</span> <span m='238800'>the</span> <span m='238860'>side.</span> <span m='239790'>But</span> <span m='241220'>my</span> <span m='241500'>tenure</span> <span m='241740'>as</span> <span m='241970'>elected</span> <span m='242310'>office</span> <span m='242890'>is</span> <span m='243050'>relatively</span> <span m='244230'>small.</span> </p><p><span m='245120'>So</span> <span m='247850'>I</span> <span m='248240'>think</span> <span m='248650'>that</span> <span m='251930'>one</span> <span m='252240'>thing</span> <span m='252410'>about</span> <span m='253620'>being an</span> <span m='253800'>elected</span> <span m='254130'>office</span> <span m='254470'>holder</span> <span m='254840'>is</span> <span m='256576'>there's</span> <span m='257010'>a</span> <span m='257070'>lot</span> <span m='257220'>of</span> <span m='257290'>compromise.</span> <span m='259350'>There's</span> <span m='259529'>a</span> <span m='259570'>lot</span> <span m='259750'>of</span> <span m='259800'>divergent</span> <span m='260230'>point</span> <span m='260579'>of views.</span> <span m='261200'>You</span> <span m='261579'>have</span> <span m='261860'>to</span> <span m='262290'>appreciate</span> <span m='263010'>that</span> <span m='263910'>you're</span> <span m='264120'>not</span> <span m='264940'>single-handedly</span> <span m='267270'>allowed</span> <span m='267810'>to</span> <span m='268520'>solve</span> <span m='268910'>any</span> <span m='269080'>one</span> <span m='269320'>issue.</span> <span m='271180'>You</span> <span m='271300'>have</span> <span m='271390'>to</span> <span m='271490'>work</span> <span m='271680'>with</span> <span m='271770'>your</span> <span m='271890'>colleagues</span> <span m='272320'>effectively.</span> </p><p><span m='273500'>And</span> <span m='273620'>then</span> <span m='273750'>ultimately,</span> <span m='275020'>elected</span> <span m='275350'>officials</span> <span m='275740'>are</span> <span m='275880'>just</span> <span m='277100'>a</span> <span m='277180'>very</span> <span m='277440'>small</span> <span m='278470'>sliver</span> <span m='279090'>of</span> <span m='281210'>the</span> <span m='281320'>government.</span> <span m='281750'>Because</span> <span m='282200'>most</span> <span m='282630'>of</span> <span m='283130'>the</span> <span m='283160'>work</span> <span m='283430'>gets</span> <span m='283600'>done</span> <span m='283800'>by</span> <span m='283940'>government</span> <span m='284470'>staff.</span> <span m='285670'>So</span> <span m='285940'>in</span> <span m='286040'>our</span> <span m='286200'>county</span> <span m='286490'>of San Mateo,</span> <span m='286790'>there are</span> <span m='287250'>5,400</span> <span m='288010'>people.</span> <span m='288960'>And</span> <span m='289050'>they</span> <span m='289540'>do</span> <span m='290350'>tremendously</span> <span m='290870'>good</span> <span m='291080'>work</span> <span m='291990'>and</span> <span m='292670'>they're</span> <span m='293780'>working</span> <span m='294100'>on the</span> <span m='294210'>issues</span> <span m='294610'>day</span> <span m='294790'>by</span> <span m='294990'>day.</span> <span m='295400'>So</span> <span m='295530'>you</span> <span m='295610'>have</span> <span m='295760'>to</span> <span m='296090'>know</span> <span m='296550'>what</span> <span m='296960'>your</span> <span m='297200'>role</span> <span m='297490'>is</span> <span m='297780'>and</span> <span m='298460'>what</span> <span m='298640'>their</span> <span m='298870'>role</span> <span m='299150'>is.</span> </p>","file":{"id":585715,"video_id":"","name":"2956-Dave - County Supervisor.mp4","duration":299607,"thumbnail_url":null}});