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City Council — City of Sebastopol

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About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Candidates

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Neysa Hinton

Occupation: Executive Director Senior...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. AFFORDABLE HOUSING: We need to create opportunities...
  2. PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT: Sebastopol leads the county...
  3. SMART GROWTH: I support local business, innovation...
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Michael Anthony Carnacchi

23 year small business owner with...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Traffic
  2. Improve Downtown Quality of Life
  3. Strengthen Our Sense of Community
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Jonathan Greenberg

Investigative Financial Journalist...
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Actively support the Sonoma West Medical center hospital...
  2. Walk the talk of a green Sebastopol by purchasing,...
  3. Develop and implement legislative and zoning adjustments...
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Senior Facility Director
2,674 votes (38.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING: We need to create opportunities that allow our neighbors to flourish and our children to live in the community in which they were raised. We need to grow our local economy & continue to find creative ways to add affordable housing
  • PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT: Sebastopol leads the county in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Let's encourage residents to walk and bike for quick trips around town, and work to bring a recycling station back to Sebastopol.
  • SMART GROWTH: I support local business, innovation and well planned projects that serve the greater community and enhance the quality of life for all residents.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Occupation: Executive Director Senior Care Facility
Administrator /Executive Director, Bello Gardens Assisted Living (2012–current)
Citzens' Bond Oversight Committee, West Sonoma County High School District — Appointed position (2016–current)
GSE Team Leader, To Mexico, District 4150, Guadalajara and Surrounding, Rotary International — Appointed position (2007–2007)
Chairperson, Sebastopol Farmers Market — Elected position (1990–1992)

Biography

About Neysa

Neysa Hinton is a third generation Sonoma County resident. Her grandparents moved to Freestone in 1945 to start a dairy farm. Neysa grew up in Sebastopol, where she attended Analy High School and, like many of her peers, worked part-time at Carlson’s Department Store. After graduation, Neysa attended college and pursued a career in radio that would span 25 years. She moved back to Sebastopol in 1997, got married, and started a family. Her two grown children, Jordan (Analy Class of 2011) and Jered, a senior at Analy High are Sebastopol natives.

In 2012, Neysa made the decision to pursue a career in service and became a licensed administrator. She is currently the Executive Director of Bello Gardens Assisted Living in San Anselmo, a facility for the elderly.  The work is both challenging and gratifying, and has given Neysa the opportunity to serve our seniors. On any given day, you can find Neysa engaged with staff,  residents, and their families, to address a diverse array of needs, and help to facilitate happy, fulfilling lives.

She has always had a passion to serve her community. Over the course of her life so far here in the West County, she has devoted countless hours volunteering on projects that benefit the city of Sebastopol and people who live here.

Her projects include helping launch Sebastopol’s Farm Market, and serving as its first chairperson. In 1990, Neysa was one of the first women invited to join the Sebastopol Rotary Club. For 21 years she has aspired to embody the Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” motto, participating on various committees that include,  “Learn to Swim,” “Read to Me,” Community Grants, Student Exchange, and fundraising events, like the popular Lobster Boil and Cajun Festival.

In addition, Neysa served as Event Coordinator and Fundraiser for the Sonoma County Farmlands Group. This organization’s mission is to promote farmland preservation in Sonoma County through supporting land use and resource management policies, while expanding market opportunities for local farm products.

Finally, one her most rewarding volunteer experiences came about in 2007, when she was selected to lead a team of young professionals on a group exchange focused on health services and education in the Guanajuato, Mexico area. Living with local families to improve community services strengthened her faith in the ability of ordinary citizens to work together to create positive change and thrive.

Neysa would be honored to be of service to her home town of Sebastopol as a member of our City Council. 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • Sonoma County Democratic Party
  • Senator Mike McGuire

Organizations (4)

  • Evolve
  • Santa Rosa Democratic Club
  • Operating Engineers Local 3
  • Sebastopol Tomorrow

Elected Officials (3)

  • Brigette Mansell, Healdsburg City Council
  • Susan Gorin, 1st District Supervisor of Sonoma County
  • Herman G. Hernandez, Sonoma County Office of Education

Individuals (5)

  • Marion Chase, Sonoma County Human Services
  • Tim Sergent, Teacher, Maria Carrillo High School
  • Betsy Timm, prior communications professional
  • Noreen Evans, Former State Senator and candidate for 5th District Supervisor
  • Larry Robinson, former Sebastopol Mayor

Political Beliefs

Issues

AFFORDABLE HOUSING. We need to create opportunities that allow our neighbors to flourish and our children to live in the community in which they were raised. We need to grow our local economy and continue to find creative ways to add affordable housing.

PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT. Sebastopol leads the county in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Let's continue that effort by bringing a recycling station back to Sebastopol and encouraging residents to walk and bike for quick trips around the town.

SMART GROWTH. I support local business, innovation and well planned projects that serve the greater community and enhance the quality of life for all residents.

SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY. I believe we should continue to balance the city budget, as well as continue to set aside reserves in a rainy day fund for unforeseen expenses or a downturn in the economy.

POLITICAL REFORM. I believe that a healthy democracy should not be driven by how much money can be raised and ultimately spent by a candidate running for office. When I discovered that in all of Sonoma County only Windsor, Cloverdale and Sebastopol have no campaign limits, I thought change is needed.  In elections, money buys seats and influence. In the Sebastopol City Council race of 2012, a single candidate raised $35,000 in monetary contributions and in-kind donations - way more than the average citizen wanting to run for office could raise, and an unnecessary waste of financial resources that could be put to good use to benefit any number of causes in our community.   Therefore, I have taken a pledge to only except monetary donations up to $250.00 from any individual or organization.  This is a real grass roots campaign. I want to be elected by the people, without the influence of large amounts of money, so that I can serve in accordance with my values.

 

POLITICAL REFORM

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I believe that a healthy democracy should not be driven by how much money can be raised and ultimately spent by a candidate running for office.

I believe that a healthy democracy should not be driven by how much money can be raised and ultimately spent by a candidate running for office. When I discovered that in all of Sonoma County only Windsor, Cloverdale and Sebastopol have no campaign limits, I thought change is needed.  In elections, money buys seats and influence. In the Sebastopol City Council race of 2012, a single candidate raised $35,000 in monetary contributions and in-kind donations - way more than the average citizen wanting to run for office could raise, and an unnecessary waste of financial resources that could be put to good use to benefit any number of causes in our community.   Therefore, I have taken a pledge to only except monetary donations up to $250.00 from any individual or organization.  This is a real grass roots campaign. I want to be elected by the people, without the influence of large amounts of money, so that I can serve in accordance with my values.

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Small Business Owner
1,639 votes (23.8%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Traffic
  • Improve Downtown Quality of Life
  • Strengthen Our Sense of Community

Experience

Experience

Profession:23 year small business owner with a cobbler and boot-making workshop on Main Street.
Bootmaker, Self-employed (1994–current)
Director and active member since 1994, Sebastopol Downtown Association — Elected position (1994–current)

Community Activities

Community Advocate, Various Organizations (1994–current)

Biography

In 2009, my expertise as a bootmaker was recognized by Ford's Theater in Washington DC when I was invited to personally examine the boots worn by Abraham Lincoln on the night that he was assassinated. Through my subsequent historical research and re-making of Lincoln's boots, I was inspired to get involved with politics.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Not accepting endorsements because experience shows that they create division when I seek unity.

Political Beliefs

The "W" in "We the People" has been turned upside-down to read in its singular form "Me the Person." It's time to turn the "M" in me right-side up to become "We" again.

Candidate Contact Info

Email omichaelanthony@aol.com
Journalist/Internet Businessperson
1,142 votes (16.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Actively support the Sonoma West Medical center hospital and its life saving emergency room by a) providing the hospital with free water and sewage and b) by collaborating with the hospital to seek county, state and federal fundiing and programs.
  • Walk the talk of a green Sebastopol by purchasing, for our city fleet, zero emission electric vehicles for use in our city parks, as well as implementing bike trails.
  • Develop and implement legislative and zoning adjustments to encourage attainably priced modest sized green housing such as auxiliary units.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Investigative Financial Journalist and Communications Executive
CEO, Progressive Source Communications (2007–current)
Editor, The Sonoma Independent for the non-profit Informing to Empower (volunteer position) (2015–current)
Political blogger, The Huffington Post (freelance) (2011–current)
Founding Board Member, The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute — Appointed position (2005–current)
The Community Service Society, Member Board of Trustees — Appointed position (2003–2009)
Coordinator, The Open Washington Square Park Coalition — Appointed position (2005–2008)
Policy Director for Lower Manhattan Redevelopment, New York City Council Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment — Appointed position (2002–2004)
Appointed Member Parks Committee for Design of Downtown Segment of Hud, Community Board 2 — Appointed position (1999–2000)

Education

Yale Law School Masters Studies Law Degree, Specializing in a) First Amendment law (received honors), b) trademark, copyright and patent law c) contract law (1989)
The Statue University of New York at Binghamton Rhetoric and Literature, Journalism and feature writing (1980)

Community Activities

Restore Library Hours Campaign, Founder (2012–current)
Co-founder, Sonoma County attainable Housing Coalition (2016–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Progressive Sebastopol
  • The Sonoma County Alliance

Elected Officials (2)

  • Dr, Richard Powers
  • Dennis Colthurst

Individuals (1)

  • Dr. Jim Gude

Candidate Contact Info

Email jgcouncil@hotmail.com
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