Guingona under fire 

Even by his own admission, Daly City councilman Mike Guingona’s attendance on two county transit boards has been spotty over the last year.

He missed seven of 12 monthly meetings for both the SamTrans and county Transportation Authority boards in 2006, resulting in a 42 percent attendance rate, records show.

It’s this record that has prompted South San Francisco Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto to seek to unseat him, she told The Examiner on Tuesday. Guingona’s absences in 2006 were more than those of all other members combined on both the nine-member SamTrans board and the seven-member Transportation Authority board.

"I voted for Mike to represent north county, but how can you be representative if you’re not there to listen and vote for the people?" Matsumoto said.

Matsumoto, who worked as labor compliance officer for SamTrans before retiring last November, said there is too great a need for bus services and transit in general in northern San Mateo County for the subject to be ignored.

She and Guingona are campaigning for the votes of local elected officials on the little-known City Selection Committee. The committee elects representatives for several regional bodies, including SamTrans, the Transportation Authority and the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust.

A vote is set for Friday.

Guingona, who has represented Daly City, Brisbane, Colma, South San Francisco and Pacifica on both boards since 1998, called 2006 a year of transition, resulting in a higher than usual absentee rate. He said among other things he went through a divorce, moved and ran for re-election.

"If you take my record over the eight years as a whole, I think my attendance has been similar to others," Guingona said.

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