BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
Sabrina Brennan got nowhere in her attempt to get her colleagues on the San Mateo County Harbor District board to approve spending money on her trip to Honolulu to give a speech on women’s equality and surfing.
In fact, the board didn’t even vote on her request.
In order for the board to vote on an agenda item, one member of the board must make a motion and a second member needs to second it. Then the five-member board can vote on the item.
At Tuesday’s meeting, board member Ed Larenas made the motion to pay for Brennan’s trip, excluding airfare.
Only four of the five board members were present. Brennan couldn’t second the motion or vote upon it because that would be a conflict of interest. So the only two board members who could offer a second were Nancy Reyering and Virginia Chang Kiraly.
When it came time for a seconder, nobody spoke up.
So Brennan’s request died right then and there.
Brennan had said earlier she was invited by the city and county of Honolulu, which is updating its rules regarding coastside events.
Honolulu is paying her airfare, but she wanted the Harbor District to pick up the cost of two nights in a hotel.
She wanted the district to pay for a portion of the trip because it relates to her work in fighting for equal surf time and equal payment of female surfers in surfing competitions.
These rules and regulations govern all surf competitions on the island of Oahu. Currently, the rules do not include women in surfing competitions.
Over the past few years, Brennan said she has been communicating with Honolulu’s mayor about the issue, which is why she was invited.
Gender equality in surfing has become a cause for Brennan. She co-founded the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, the group that’s campaigned for women surfers to get equal time in the water and pay equal to the male competitive surfers.
Brennan said that she will be flying to Hawaii on Sunday afternoon, going to meetings all day on Monday, and will fly back Tuesday morning so she can participate in meetings related to the Harbor District.