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Issues

Below are a few issues that seem to rise to the top of the priority list for many people.  Managing the priorities of our county and what's important to all, entails a list that long surpasses what you see below. 

I'll not only work hard on what's important to the residents of District 1, I'll work hard for all who call Mendocino County their home. 

I don't make this commitment hoping I can fulfill the promise, I make it because I've proven I can, and do.  I've worked tirelessly to help families get back home after the 2017 and 2018 fires.  I've done this through hard work—real work. I've developed strong relationships throughout the State of California over the last 10 years, and have proven to be a respected representative of the people—all of them.

 

 

 

 

Local Fire Protection / Prevention / Awareness

Education about maintaining a defensible space, keeping your property clear of fire fuel, etcetera, is nothing new. Most people know what needs to be done, but most have a hard time keeping up.  We used to be able to put out fires in the “old days”. I say “we” because I was part of that “we”. As a former paid and volunteer firefighter, I’ve been on dozens of Strike Teams, back when we were actually able to put out wildland, brush and grass fires. Conditions are different now – they just are.

Our county finally tossed a bone to the Fire Districts with Prop 172 funds – not enough. A paradigm shift needs to occur when it comes to adequately funding our fire districts. Our local firefighters are best qualified to reach out to our residents and discuss fuel abatement measures. They can’t do it on pancake breakfast fundraisers alone.  I’m most likely the only candidate with real, first-hand experience in firefighting, saving lives, auto extrication, donning an SCBA, and even delivering a baby … in Spanish.  I understand the challenges we face on this topic; I’ve been involved since the early 80’s.


Potter Valley Project

An obvious pressing item is the Potter Valley project.  Most would agree that we need to continue the hard work being done by others, and work to continue the project and the management of a much-needed water supply. 

Fortunately, we have a good number of local folks who’ve been spearheading these efforts. I’m not one to attend meetings and hitchhike on the hard work of others, but I’d continue the effort in whatever capacity I’m qualified. We just need to convince tens of thousands of people in both Mendocino and Sonoma County to be prepared to cut loose with some dough.


Fire Recovery

Not only is it important to continue, at the county level, working with the actual ‘boots on the ground” folks trying to get families back home, but there’s a budgetary shortfall with every property that doesn’t have a home sitting on it. 

I took my job as a Case Manager a little more serious than the job description required.  In addition to assisting hundreds of folks navigate the nightmares created by FEMA, insurance, mortgage, cost of building, and most importantly, the reality of losing everything they owned, I’ve helped folks deal with the challenges of wading through the Building and Planning process.  We’ve even built a few homes for those who had little or no insurance at all.

Much of our work will be done by the time 2021 rolls around, but much will still need to be done to improve the process.  I’m confident my years of experience prior to the fires of 2017, coupled with the last 2 years working directly with our county, will result in some interesting and productive conversations to help improve our overall housing crisis.  


Cannabis

I'll try to make this short and sweet. Mainly because that's how I'd like to see this issue be addressed in the future.

Why isn't it just legalized already?

Don't misunderstand that comment to believe I think a carte blanche is in order for the industry, because I don't, but I also don't believe government should get as involved as it is.

When the federal government catches up, it will determine that weed should be legalized for the following purposes: 1) For recreational purposes. 2) To decriminalize recreational possession and use, and 3) It has some medicinal benefits.

Numbers 1 and 2 are self-explanatory - I hope. Regarding the medicinal benefits, I'll agree it does, but there's a bigger supply of weed than there are illnesses it cures. So let's just get real and admit that the main reason to legalize is for the recreational benefit, and that's OK. I've seen the differences between the effects of alcohol and weed.

Now let's bring government into it. I've carried a county budget book with me since 2010. The priorities of the county is to provide essential services it's legally and morally obligated to provide. Our budget identifies those priorities. Cannabis isn't front and center in that budget book, but it seems to overshadow what is.

Aside from law enforcement protecting us from the bad actors wreaking havoc on our environment, and thieves motivated by greed and laziness, government needs to adopt a more reasonable process for our local cannabis growers who play by the rules. Government exists to provide essential services, and the cannabis industry isn't one of those services. 

My message to government and to the cannabis industry. Government has no business creating an industry within itself to manage the cannabis industry, and to the cannabis industry, government doesn't exist to carve a path for your private sector ambitions. Let's come up with a better way.

 


Health and Human Services / Law Enforcement

There's a reason I've married these two issues. 

Coming soon


Mental Health

Coming soon


County Budget

Coming soon


Native American Communities

Coming soon.


Housing

Coming soon


Roads

Coming Soon


Fire Prevention on a Larger Scale

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