Karyl Matsumoto

Karyl Matsumoto

Welcome to Karyl Matsumoto’s Official Page

About Karyl

Karyl is currently a Council Member on the South San Francisco City Council.

She was elected to the City Council in November 1997 and re-elected in November 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2015. She served as Mayor in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Karyl is a native Californian and has lived in South San Francisco for 36 years. She received her B.S. degree in Business Administration and her career covers multiple work experiences in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In addition to her numerous city and regional assignments, Council Member Matsumoto‘s community experience includes having served or been a member on over 30 civic and nonprofit boards, commissions and committees.

She co-founded South San Francisco’s Community Outreach Program in partnership with the City Council and Fire Department to bring together residents, businesses and advocacy groups to work on behalf of seniors, specials needs children, financially disadvantaged students and the military and their families. She also co-founded the City’s Improving Public Places Committee which is a group of over 200 volunteers who are dedicated to taking care of city and public landscapes. As a result of the volunteers’ efforts, over $300,000 has been saved by the City.

About Karyl

Karyl is currently a Council Member on the South San Francisco City Council.

She was elected to the City Council in November 1997 and re-elected in November 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2014. She served as Mayor in 2000, 2004, 2009 and 2014.

Karyl is a native Californian and has lived in South San Francisco for 36 years. She received her B.S. degree in Business Administration and her career covers multiple work experiences in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. In addition to her numerous city and regional assignments, Council Member Matsumoto‘s community experience includes having served or been a member on over 30 civic and nonprofit boards, commissions and committees.

She co-founded South San Francisco’s Community Outreach Program in partnership with the City Council and Fire Department to bring together residents, businesses and advocacy groups to work on behalf of seniors, specials needs children, financially disadvantaged students and the military and their families. She also co-founded the City’s Improving Public Places Committee which is a group of over 200 volunteers who are dedicated to taking care of city and public landscapes. As a result of the volunteers’ efforts, over $300,000 has been saved by the City.

Achievements

In 2008, Karyl was only the second woman and minority in the City’s 100-year history to serve on the City Council. She worked diligently to diversify the membership of city government and today there are three persons of color on the City Council and the makeup the City’s boards and commissions is multicultural.

Some of her achievements include: to champion the creation of the Farmers Market and Sculpture Garden; to eliminate the use of Styrofoam containers and plastic bags; to bring to South San Francisco a free community shuttle and to facilitate $49.1 million in new funding for the relocation and upgrade of South San Francisco’s Caltrain Station. Karyl’s position on regional bodies has enabled her to deliver millions of dollars in grant funding and other resources for the City to reduce traffic congestion, improve infrastructure and increase bike lanes and pedestrian walkways such as Centennial Way.

Vision

We’ve made great strides in our City; however, there are many important projects to be completed such as workforce housing for public safety officers and employees, senior housing and more public transportation. Equally important are a new Police Station, Library, Parks and Recreation Building and a Performing Arts Center. Mitigating traffic congestion and improving infrastructure must also be a part of the overall goals. Given limited and diminishing funds from government sources and competition for grants, it is important to seek opportunities for public/private partnerships.

It is said that by 2030, sixty percent of the County’s population will be over 60-years old. We need to begin to prepare for this inevitability by building walkable mixed-use communities along public transportation corridors.

An integral part of this growth is a healthy environment. We must encourage sustainable and green practices and protect open spaces. The goal is to have amenities that enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses.

Please join me as we build for the future while honoring our past.