Community - May 18, 2011

Briefs: B.O.K. Ranch hosts 'Western Day'

  B.O.K Ranch will host its 26th annual Western Day event on Sunday, June 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at 1815 Cordilleras Road in Redwood City.

A nonprofit, therapeutic riding program for children and adults with special needs, B.O.K. Ranch showcases the students' riding abilities on Western Day.

There will be games and activities for children, including a petting zoo, plus a live band and barbecue. There is a silent auction for those who want to donate.

Tickets are $45. Children under 10 are admitted free.

B.O.K — stands for "be OK" — began in the Kulchin family's backyard in 1984. After three relocations, B.O.K. found its home at the Horse Park at Woodside.

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John Beiers is county counsel

San Mateo County Counsel Michael Murphy was succeeded by his chief deputy, John Beiers, when Mr. Murphy's retired in March.

Mr. Beiers, 50, appointed by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to succeed Mr. Murphy, joined the county counsel's office in 1995 and had been chief deputy since 2006.

Mr. Murphy had joined the counsel's office in 1982 and was appointed chief deputy in 1998. He became assistant county counsel in 2006, and was appointed county counsel in August 2007.

The county counsel is the county's attorney, serving elected officials, the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, the county courts, the grand jury, and all county departments and agencies. The office is also legal counsel to 22 of the 24 school districts in the county, as well as special districts and other local government agencies.

Before joining the county counsel's office, Mr. Beiers worked as an environmental litigator for law firms in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1983 and went on to study law at Santa Clara University, where he obtained his law degree in 1989.

He lives in San Carlos with his wife and two of his three children.


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