Rich Garbarino

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Rich Garbarino  


Rich 2018Rich Garbarino was appointed to the Council in December 2002 to fill the vacancy left by the election of Gene Mullin to the Assembly. Garbarino ran for election in 2003 and was elected to his first full four-year term. In 2006, 2011 and 2014, he was sworn in as the Mayor of South San Francisco.  Garbarino was re-elected in 2007,  2011, and 2015 with his current term expiring in 2020.
Garbarino has spearheaded, participated in and/or presided over numerous programs, special events, projects, and other notable efforts including the passage of Measure W, which places the City on a much-strengthened financial footing that makes possible the unrestricted delivery of essential City services and the undertaking of many long-delayed infrastructure improvements; the new Caltrain station; the encouragement of continuing growth of the City’s biotech industry; the Britannia Cove development and the ongoing renaissance along Grand and Linden Avenue. 

Garbarino has served on countless boards and committees including the Community Development Block Grant Program; Bio-Science Sub-Committee; South San Francisco Conference Center Authority Board of Directors; Budget/Finance Subcommittee of the City Council; Kaiser Hospital Liaison Subcommittee; Airport Community Roundtable Land Use Committee; Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance Board; Senior Mobility Task Force; ABAG Regional Airport Planning Committee (Chairperson); Executive Board of the Council of Cities’ Peninsula Division; Congestion Management and Environmental Quality Committee (CMEQ); Joint Powers Authority Board; Community Development Committee, Public Safety Policy Committee, and Board of Directors of the League of California Cities; Local Agency Formation Committee (LAFCo); and Regional Housing Needs Allocation Subcommittee.

Garbarino was born and raised in San Francisco. He and his wife Elaine (Higueres) have lived in South San Francisco since 1964. They have three children, Gina, Rich Jr., and Andrea, and eight grandchildren. He received an Associate’s degree in Business from City College of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from La Salle University. In addition, he holds several professional designations: Real Property Administrator, Registered Property Maintenance Professional, and Professional Asset Manager. 

Garbarino's professional career includes positions of Director/Manager in the Fiscal Affairs Department of San Francisco State University, Director, Plant Operations/Plant Services, San Francisco State University, Operations Manager for Homart Development, Supervisor, Facility Services Department of Bechtel Power Corporation, Regional Manager, Bekins Building Maintenance Corporation, and Partner in a family-owned business.

His community and public service commitments span over 20 years and include:

  • City of South San Francisco City Council, 2002-present
  • Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Board of Directors, 2003-present
  • Chair, Regional Airport Planning Committee, 2007-present
  • Chair, Congestion Management, Environmental Quality Committee, 2010-present
  • Member, Public Safety Policy Committee, 2011-present
  • San Mateo County LAFCO, 2012-present
  • San Mateo Joint Powers Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • City/County Association of Governments, Legislative Action Committee, 2013-present
  • San Francisco State University President's Advisory Council for University Expansion, appointed by University President Leslie Wong, 2015-present
  • Vice Chair, South San Francisco Conference Center Authority Board of Directors
  • Member, League of California Cities Board of Directors
  • Member, League of California Peninsula Division
  • Active Supporter of CitiPac
  • Former Chair, Nominating Committee
  • Former Vice Chair, Resolutions Committee
  • Member, past President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, Director at Large, Peninsula Division
  • Member, Peninsula Division, Bocce Tournament Fund Raising Committee
  • Active Participant, committee to pass Prop. 22, gathered signatures in support of proposition, distributed information at information booths throughout San Mateo County, Member, Prop. 22 Signing Group
  • Member, Various League Ad Hoc Committees, Gun Control, Gang Violence, Drug Abuse
  • Former South San Francisco Representative to the NLC
  • Member, Parks and Recreation Commission, four terms, from 1981 to 2002 Served as Chair, four times during his tenure
  • Airport Land Use Committee, 2010-2014
  • Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board, 2010-2014
  • Code Enforcement Hearing Officer, 2000-2002
  • President Avalon-Brentwood Homeowner’s Association, 1986-2002
  • Youth Baseball coach, seven years, including girls' softball
  • Initiated the collection and sending of primary and secondary school textbooks for the TRW Secondary School of Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati
  • Secured donations of funds/equipment from private and public sectors for the Parkway Middle School computer lab
  • Organized the pickup/delivery of bakery goods for Safe Harbor shelter
  • Junior Achievement volunteer, Los Cerritos Elementary, “How Government Works” program
  • Assisted third-grade teachers at Spruce School with the gathering of materials for a permanent display of South San Francisco history for their students

2018 City Council Committee Assignments:

  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Kaiser Subcommittee
  • Measure W Subcommittee

2018 Regional Assignments:

  • President and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, League of California Cities
  • Airport Land Use Committee (ALUC) (Alternate)
  • Congestion Management Environmental Quality (CMEQ)
  • SSF Conference Center Authority
  • Housing Our People Effectively (HOPE) Leadership Committee (Alternate)
  • LAFCo 
  • Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance
  • Regional Housing Needs Allocation

2018 Ad Hoc Committees:

  • Sports Fields Committee