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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Supervisor, Supervisorial District 5Sonoma CountyJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

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June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Sonoma CountySupervisor, Supervisorial District 5

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  • 100% of precincts reporting (71/71).

About this office

Supervisors implement and refine local applications of state laws and public policy, and supervise the official conduct of public officers in the county.
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Organic Farmer/Businesswoman
12,666 votes (39.6%)Winning
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  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Providing affordable housing opportunities will be one of Lynda's top priorities. As a young mother, Lynda knows how important it is for families, workers and seniors to be able to find an affordable place to live.
  • ROAD REPAIR & INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS: Lynda will ensure road repair and improvements are one of the County's top budget priorities on the Board of Supervisors.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL, OPEN SPACE & COASTAL PROTECTIONS: Lynda is a lifelong environmentalist. As an organic farmer, she's carefully cared for our land, and on the Board of Supervisors, she'll always put the health of the land and community first.
Profession:Organic Farmer - Small Business Owner - Former Newspaper Journalist - Mother
Organic Farmer/Small Business Owner, Foggy River Farm (2008current)
Stanford University Bachelor's of Science, Coastal Land Use and Creative Writing (Double Major) (2007)
Stanford University Master's, Land Use Policy (2007)

Lynda Hopkins, an organic farmer, small business owner, mother, former community journalist with Sonoma West Publishers and graduate of Stanford University (Bachelor’s Degree in Coastal Land Use & a Master’s Degree in Land Use Policy) is ready to work with the residents of the Fifth District to improve our community.

After graduating from Stanford, Lynda and her husband Emmett moved to the Russian River Valley to farm vegetables on the family property where he grew up. They got married, started a family, and began searching for a special place where they could live near the fields and raise their daughters. Lynda and Emmett found that special home just down the road from the farm, in the small town of Forestville.

As the owner of Foggy River Farm in the Russian River Valley, Lynda has worked with her husband to grow their small business to supply fresh, locally-grown organic produce to farmers markets throughout Sonoma County, including the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market and West End Farmers’ Market. The farm’s mission is to “grow food that is good for our souls, our bodies, and the land.” 

Lynda has served the community as:

  • Executive Director, Sonoma County Farm Trails
  • Community Journalist, Sonoma West Publishers
  • Board Secretary & Farm Partner, Farm to Pantry
  • Member, Leadership Circle of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (North Coast Chapter)

 

Lynda is committed to a collaborative partnership with local residents to address important economic, environmental, social justice and other quality-of-life issues as a member of the Board of Supervisors.

  • The Press Democrat: read their editorial: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/5613117-181/pd-editorial-lynda-hopkins-fo
  • For a full list of endorsements, visit: http://www.lyndaforsupervisor.com/supporters.php
  • Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore
  • Santa Rosa Mayor John Sawyer
  • Sonoma County Board of Education Trustee Herman G. Hernandez
  • Russian River Fire Protection Board Member Mark Emmett
  • Russian River Fire Protection Board Members Kyle O'Connor
  • The Press Democrat
  • Sonoma County Farm Bureau
  • Sonoma County Alliance
  • North Bay Leadership Council
  • Jack Piccinini, Sebastopol Resident and Firefighter for 40 Years
  • John Lowry, Graton Resident, Affordable Housing Expert and former Executive Director of Burbank Housing
  • Chris Brokate, Community Advocate
  • Carmen Snyder, Occidental Resident and Executive Director of Sonoma County Farm Trails
  • Keary Sorenson, Guerneville Resident and Longtime Beach Clean-Up Volunteer/Coastal Advocate
Environmental Attorney
12,229 votes (38.3%)Winning
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  • Protecting and creating affordable housing.
  • Protecting our coast.
  • Repairing our infrastructure, including roads.
Profession:Environmental Attorney and former State Senator
State Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (20102014)
Member, California Coastal Conservancy — Appointed position (20112014)
State Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (20042010)
Councilmember, City of Santa Rosa — Elected position (19962004)
Planning Commissioner, City of Santa Rosa — Appointed position (19931996)
University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1981)
California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Arts, Government (1978)

More than 20 years experience in state and local government. Planning Commissioner and Councilmember for City of Santa Rosa for 11 years; 10 years as State Assemblymember and State Senator. Served four years on the California Coastal Conservancy the State Judicial Council, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Co-authored AB 32, which set California's first-ever carbon emissions reduction goals. Authored the Homeowners Bill of Rights, protecting homeowners in foreclosure fraud. Chaired the Legislative Budget Committee during the Great Recession and was responsible for balancing the state budget while continuing to fund education, In-Home Supportive Services, HIV/AIDS prevention, foster care, child care, and many other vital state services, including keeping state parks open. Experienced in land use planning and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). I want to bring this extensive experience and knowledge to begin to address some of Sonoma County's long-standing challenges such as affordable housing and coastal protection.

  • State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
  • The Sierra Club
  • Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee
  • Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

My governing philosophy emphasizes three things: Transparency, accountability, and results. I believe first and foremost in representing the public's best interests and involving the public in decision-making. During my 10 years in the state legislature, I created videos and power point presentations to educate the public on the causes of the State's budget crisis and held massive public hearings attended by thousands of Californians to take input on how best to balance the budget during the Great Recession. My approach was to make the cuts to services necessary to balance the budget while preserving the programs Californians need and expect until we were able to return to fiscal health. I would use this same approach on the Board of Supervisors--exercise oversight on County functions, require accountability for public expenditures, and include the public in decision-making.

— May 18, 2016 Noreen Evans For Supervisor

Sonoma County is facing serious challenges, and we need strong, independent and principled leadership to stand up against powerful interests in order to protect the resources of Sonoma County for future generations. In this video Noreen Evans speaks on how she fought to keep our state parks open for everyone, and commits to continue to do the same as Fifth District County Supervisor.

Email info@noreenforsupervisor.com
Special Education Teacher
3,355 votes (10.5%)
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  • ROADS: I am determined to see our local government commit to restoring our basic infrastructure. Repairing the neglected roads of Sonoma County will be a top priority.
  • HOUSING: I will work with all stakeholders to bring affordable housing to Sonoma County, and I support lowing fees and streamlining the permitting process.
  • ENVIRONMENT: I understand that our quallity of life depends on ensuring that our environmental standards remain high, our proud open space legacy is preserved, and our beaches remain accessible to everyone.
Profession:Special Education Teacher, Former Congressional Aide, Vetern
Email sergentforsupervisor@gmail.com
Father - Small Businessman
3,244 votes (10.1%)
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  • Affordable housing, similar to Marin's "Junior Second Dwelling Units", owner occupied homes with a spare bedroom/bath, allowed to create a small one bedroom apartment with a kitchen, with zero impact fees, hook-up fees and no affordability covenants
  • With the top 500 Sonoma County staff with salary/benefit's averaging $220,000, we need to reinvent local government as a convener, enlisting and involving volunteers, non-profits, faith based groups and private business, to restore lost services.
  • Many of Sonoma County departments have beed decimated with retirement without rehirement, the Permit and Resource Management Department as an example, once 150 staff, today 100, overwhelmed with work and unable to function, they need more resources.
Profession:Father --- Small Businessman --- 7 years appointed position to Sonoma County Planning Commission ($75/meeting :)
Economic Eligibility Worker
475 votes (1.5%)
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  • Affordable Housing for both new Home Owners and Renters/Just Cause Eviction
  • Infrastucture and Emergency Services in the Unincorporated areas of the 5th District.
  • Addressing Solutions for those who are Chronically Homeless
Profession:Eligibility Worker for Medi-cal and CalFresh AKA Food Stamps.
Eligibility Worker II for Medi-cal and CalFresh, County of Sonoma (2013current)
Pharmacy Technician, Wal-mart (20082013)
Pharmacy Technician, Radius Pharmacy New Zealand (20072008)
Pharmacy Technician, Sonoma Developmental Center (20032007)
Pharmacy Industry Training Organisation New Zealand Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician - 2 year Degree (2007)
Boston Reed and Santa Rosa Junior College Certified Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician (2003)
Santa Rosa Junior College Associate of Arts , General (1985)

My name is Marion Chase, and I am running for Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for the 5th District.  I am a native of the 5th District. My partner & I have owned a home here for the past 16 years.

People ask me “Why are you running? You're not a politician.” My response is “You are right.  I am not a politician.” I am not running as a politician, but rather as someone whose heart and life is here.
My earliest childhood memories involve going out to Doran Beach and Armstrong Woods.  In my 20s and 30s you could find me spending many of my weekends in Guerneville.  I want to preserve all that is beautiful in the 5th District while finding ways to improve our overall quality of life. To accomplish this, we need someone who does not just think outside the box, but someone who doesn’t even see the box. I do not see what can or cannot be done, but rather what needs to be done. I believe the 5th District has been neglected by the full Board and will endeavor to change that.
We are at a crossroads in our County.  I believe we need to seek balance. There are lots of voices representing special interests and businesses. I will be the voice for the homeless – the small business owner – the environment. I believe that corporate entities must be responsible neighbors. I believe growth is important, but not if it comes at the expense of the environment. Wineries and vineyards are an integral part of our District, but we need to assure that they are good stewards of the water resources and streams. Tourism is an essential part of our economy, so we must be sure that our infrastructure can sustain growth in tourism.

I hear “you will make a great Supervisor, once you get more experience.” What does that even mean? If you are like me, you have applied, at some point, for a job that requires certain qualifications or Life Experience equivalent to that qualification. I believe I meet the Life Experience in lieu of qualifications.
I was a Pharmacy Technician for 10 years. I worked at the Sonoma Developmental Center for 4 years. I was also fortunate enough to be hired over the phone to work as a Pharmacy Technician in New Zealand for 1 year. Pharmacy Technicians in New Zealand must go to school for a 2 year program. I qualified by taking and completing all 27 assessments in a 4 month period, while working full time. I completed the process for both a Work Visa and Residency Visa, in order to bring my partner with me.. I have a true understanding of what is involved in working and gaining residency in a foreign Country.

I have worked in Economic Assistance (Medi-Cal/CalFresh) for almost 3 years. I see on a daily basis that there is still income inequality in Sonoma County. There are more than 110,000 people in Sonoma County on Medi-cal. This is the equivalent of the 5th District. Sonoma County has between 12,500 and 13,000 families on CalFresh. These numbers reflect families, not individuals. We have families living out of their cars. We have homeless families split up because they are unable to find a place where they can all live together. I find this unacceptable.
 
My focus will be Infrastructure, Homeless and Housing.

We need to improve our infrastructure while interest rates are still at historic lows. We need to find innovative ways to pay for this. By investing in infrastructure, we are investing in our Future.
I want to see the Transient Occupancy Tax increased 3%. This revenue MUST be dedicated to the community it came from. If the revenue comes from Guerneville, it must stay in Guerneville. If the revenue comes from Bodega, it must be allocated to Bodega. These funds will then be used for improving roads, as well as Emergency Services for the area.  These special Districts will determine what the priority is for their community.  I recommend this, because communities in the unincorporated areas of the County cannot assess a sales tax. Currently funding for emergency services in the unincorporated districts is based on whether they existed prior to or after Proposition 13. This has led to Fire Stations, only miles apart, having very different funding.  I will push for a daily fee or by the mile fee be charged to all vehicles rented in the County by non-residents. These funds will be dedicated to paying for a Road Preservation Bond. When Recreational marijuana is legalized, we can place a tax on that as well, with a portion of that revenue going towards infrastructure and affordable housing.

We need to bring High Speed Internet access to Guerneville and beyond-to the Coast. Access to High Speed Internet allows businesses to expand. It also improves communication for the Sheriff's Department.

We cannot merely warehouse our homeless into shelters or housing that does not offer resources. There must be services nearby (Mental Health - Counseling) – including a bus line nearby or a dedicated shuttle (run by volunteers) that assures they can get to appointments and services (Employment and Training – Healthcare – Social Services).
We need to work collaboratively with the private sector to create more accommodations - such as the Palms Inn on Santa Rosa Ave. This is a perfect example of what great things we as a community can accomplish, when we work together. We need to take underutilized buildings in the County (including County owned properties) and configure them into affordable apartments to help ease rental shortages. 

What we need is the will to get this done. We need to be more concerned about building ourselves up, instead of tearing others down. We need to be more concerned about doing what is best for our County and the 5th District than what is politically expedient.

— May 23, 2016 Sonoma Independent Org
— May 23, 2016 Sonoma Independent Org
— May 23, 2016 Sonoma Insependent Org
— May 23, 2016 Sonoma Independent Orc

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