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January 2017

Supervisor Zane paintingWelcome to the first edition of my eNewsletter for 2017. I am particularly honored to have been elected to serve as Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors this year, the first time in Sonoma County’s 167 year history that we have had a majority of women governing the Board. I look forward to a day when officeholders better reflect the demographics of the constituents we represent.

With regard to women in office, in 2017 104 women serve in the U.S. Congress. Twenty-one women serve in the Senate and 83 women in the House. The number of women in statewide elective executive posts is 75, and the proportion of women in state legislatures is 24.8 percent. For more in-depth information I recommend a look at the Center for American Women and Politics, a project of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

In this edition of my newsletter I share an update on the Year of the Senior, as well as other highlights from the State of the County address I delivered on January 12.

In this Issue

  • Senior blowing out birthday candle thumbnail

    In order to both celebrate our vital local senior population, and create new strategies to promote healthy senior citizenship, the County has designated 2017 as the Year of the Senior.

  • Building Block stacked spelling the word build thumbnail

    I am happy to report that in 2017 we will prioritize building infrastructure, including new housing, new and improved parks and open space, and transportation opportunities including expanding the airport and launching SMART train service.

  • Parks thumbnail

    While new housing is critical, building new, and enhancing existing Regional Parks is another top priority this year. 

  • Road thumbnail

    While we are committed to building homes for people to live in and parks to play in, a third tier of our infrastructure comes from improvements to transportation. In 2016, we resurfaced 70 miles of roads, and in the coming year we will resurface an additional 97 miles! 

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    As dedicated as this Board is to building infrastructure in the coming year, we are equally committed to building relationships.

  • County Seal

    As we prioritize building new infrastructure and relationships, we never stop providing core services to our community’s most vulnerable individuals and families. In 2017 we will continue our work of building bridges to increase the community’s access to these available services.

  • Annual Report 2016

    Another way our County is increasing access and collaborating with our community is through the use of technology. In 2016, Sonoma County ranked first in the nation in the Digital Counties Survey, an award that demonstrates our ability to proactively address our citizen’s needs and expectations.