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Jon will share his thoughts on the following issues, soon.

He knows there are plenty more, and would appreciate your help in identifying what YOUR issues are. 

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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.  

Health and Human Services / Law Enforcement

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

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Mental Health

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County Budget

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Native American Communities

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