City Council Candidate: Wayne Lee

Six council members are vying for three open seats.

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of six profiles of Millbrae candidates.

Wayne Lee wants to secure the city’s economic stability for his son, sister and father, who all live in Millbrae.

Lee has been a Millbrae resident for 28 years, and served on the Planning Commission for the last five. He does not want to cut any more city employees or programs, but rather leverage his small business experience to boost revenue.

“We’re always cutting services. You can only go so far. Pretty soon, you’re going to be contracting out everything and losing the flavor of the city,” Lee said.

He is opposed to raising taxes, but envisions creating more volunteer organizations to support city services.

“I’m uniquely qualified because I’ve created nonprofits that save and create jobs,” he said.

As schools also faced budget woes in 2007, Lee helped found the Millbrae Education Foundation, which to date has raised about $400,000 to help Millbrae schools.

The school district used some of the money to hire teachers’ aides and a full-time counselor at .

As the first president of MEF, he prides himself as a community leader that can rally people to rescue “the reasons people move to Millbrae.”

As the previous owner of a Tapioca Express in Daly City, he hired 14 Mills High School students, and believes his management experience provides him with a solid grasp on the problems of downtown businesses.

For example, he proposes starting a task force to promote Millbrae shops and restaurants. The city is the major transportation hub between Silicon Valley and San Francisco – jokingly he compared it to Venice – and currently, Millbrae is not taking full advantage of its prime geographical location, he said.

He thinks Millbrae could imitate cities like Reston, Va., which in the last 10 years has developed several mixed-use buildings near Dulles International Airport.

Concerning the , he is not in support of outsourcing safety, as the city may lose control and authority.

Lee also ran for city council in 2007, but was 30 votes shy of winning. However, he said that this time he has more experience and accomplishments in the community. 

To find out more about Wayne Lee, check out his website at www.wayneleemillbrae.com.





Paul Malo October 15, 2011 at 07:16 AM
When elected, are you willing to complete the term of office for free? Forfeiting salary, benefits, gifts, and contributions during the term of office? Any response is appreciated. THANK YOU for your time and consideration.
Dianna Taylor October 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM
I dont see many Millbrae Youths doing community service these days .Is the Council involved in any way ? I know thry need to be involved .
Kate Holland October 20, 2011 at 05:12 PM
Dianna - you can thank the Lions for that. They thought the Leo's were growing too fast, so they have put a stop to the program growing. Currently there is a Wait list of over 100 kids wanting to be part of what was once a fabulous program for our community. Problem is that the leaders of our community are too aged to appreciate what community is or should be. They are more engaged in the 'good ol' boy' way of doing things, you know, just do the bare minimum and celebrate the mere accomplishments. I hope that someone creates a program where these youth can thrive, this is a smart generation and they WILL change the world, with the RIGHT leadership.
Dianna Taylor October 20, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Well read this ams Examiner It says it all !!! So sad
Randy Sahae October 21, 2011 at 06:37 PM
As immediate past president of the Millbrae Lions I want to set the record straight on the wonderful Leos program. Our club manages almost 700 youth in scouting, baseball and Leos. We have procedures in place to ensure the safety of the young people entrusted to us, for example for adult-youth ratio and background checks. In Baseball and Scouting the Lions supervise and the parents provide assistance. We had five Lions assigned to the 180 Leos but with so many Leo projects every month our five Lions couldn't cover it all and we needed about 10 parents to work with us. The youth/adult ratio was too low to ensure the safety of the kids. For example, if the kids are out on a project, cleaning a park, you need two adults in case a Leo gets injured. So instead of automatically extending membership to all 180 kids for the 2011-2012 year we asked them to apply and we asked them to reach out to their parents for help in supervision, just like baseball and scouting. As of two weeks ago we had only 35 completed applications from the kids. We have lots of space for more kids!!!! The safety of these children is our responsibility, and we take it seriously. I welcome Dianna and Kate to volunteer to help supervise one Leo event per YEAR, and that would be a big help to making this program large and wonderful again! Community we need you!
Dianna Taylor October 22, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Thank you for inviting me to volunteer! I do appreciate that. I just recently retired and although I am enjoying my new found freedom I have a big TO DO list one of which is to volunteer down the road and be more involved in the community if i can
Randy Sahae October 22, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Dianna, Congratulations on your retirement! I hope to do the same, someday. (smile) Please contact the Millbrae Lions through their website whenever you want to spend some time with some really wonderful kids. Yay Leos! www.millbraelionsclub.org


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