Housing development is a top priority, involving not just providing shelter, but it also determines who gets to live here, affordability, density and the impact on our precious ag lands. Will we be building new cities within Butte County or expanding those already here? Do we consider traffic congestion in these decisions or simply build wherever land is available? Intelligent planning must consider the long-term effects and prosperity of all our residents.
Flood control, fire, and traffic impact must be at the center of all growth decisions. Too often these concerns are not prioritized in housing development, leading to unintended consequences. I will work with transparency, while addressing the hard issues of growth, to avoid sprawl, traffic congestion, and environmental hazards. Agriculture is paramount in District 4, providing our cultural and economic basis. I will protect this heritage as we rebuild.
Protecting Our Groundwater
Over the past few years, we have seen groundwater depletion affect not just Butte County but our entire region. Dropping water levels result in underperforming and dry wells. We must work across all local agencies in order to monitor and protect our groundwater to ensure its highest and best use. Together we will find solutions for residents, business and industry.
Keeping Communities Safe
All residents deserve to live free of fear and hardship. I am deeply concerned about public safety and will work to find solutions to ensure all of our residents are able to live with dignity and respect. This includes not only law enforcement, but fire prevention, environmental and behavioral health. One of the largest portions of the county budget focuses on this. I will work with the other Supervisors to reexamine the way our county provides health services to obtain the best results most efficiently. New thinking is needed to solve these complicated problems of mental health, PTSD, our aging populations, and Camp Fire recovery.
Strengthening Our Economy
Growth is coming to District 4. This will provide jobs, and help revitalize our towns and cities. With this growth will also come increased population and traffic. We must plan strategically to create neighborhoods that function well and insure the lifestyle we deserve. With increased population comes more schools, hospitals, retail, entertainment and tourism, which will lay the foundation for a strong economy. Good paying jobs are key to this development and I look forward to spearheading this as your Supervisor.
Providing Bold Leadership
The Camp Fire has changed everything. Actions by the Board of Supervisors in response to this disaster will affect us for generations to come. Butte County’s recovery must be decided by Butte County residents, not driven by outside special interests. I will protect our right to determine our own future.
These trying times demand bold leadership with a clear sense of accomplishment. It is for that reason, that I ask for your support in my run for Supervisor, as I am the best person to represent the interests of all of District 4, and create the county we are proud to leave to the next generation.