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Matsumoto v. Guingona III: Victory

By Todd Brown
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 at 4:09 pm in Uncategorized.

South San Francisco Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto knocked Daly City Councilman Mike Guingona out of his seat on the SamTrans board last week after plenty of wrangling for the spot.
Karyl MastumotoMike Guingona
The drama included a no-winner vote at the January meeting of the county’s City Selection Committee, forcing another balloting at Friday’s meeting that handed Matsumoto the seat. The committee elects members from various cities to county-wide boards.

“I had anticipated it would go a couple of rounds,” she said Monday. “I think it was a surprise to both of us.”

Matsumoto had taken Guingona to task for his poor attendance at board meetings over the past couple years, while he countered that unusual personal pressures mucked up his schedule.

Last month, the vote was 10-9 in her favor, one shy of the majority needed to oust the incumbent. This time, she said Portola Valley and Woodside flipped in her favor, while East Palo Alto _ which missed the vote last time _ also went with her; Foster City flipped for Guingona.

Matsumoto credited her personal approach to wooing members of the county’s 20 city councils for swinging the vote.

“I made personal calls,” she said. “I didn’t have any power people calling on my behalf.”

The SamTrans board usually meets each second Wednesday of the month, but the group called a special meeting Thursday, when Matsumoto will be sworn in.

Guingona could not comment Monday because he was headed into a City Council meeting. Perhaps he’s learned that age-old lesson: Showing up is half the battle.

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