For our readers who don’t know you, can you provide a bit of background about yourself and what led you to serve on the Planning Commission?
I graduated from Sonoma State with a BS degree in environmental studies and planning. Upon graduation, I was hired by the County Planning Department (Later PRMD) and worked for over 30 years as a planner. A big part of my job found me bringing various permit applications and policy initiatives to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
After retirement I was appointed by the BOS to the Commission. It is interesting to me the difference between being a staff member and a commissioner at the hearings…but at least I was familiar with both roles at the time.
Is the Planning Commission your first position of service to the community?
No. In addition to serving as a County planner, I have volunteered in several capacities, participating on committees addressing safe routes to schools, solid waste, environmental health, land conservation, groundwater, and mining reclamation. As a commissioner, I also sit as an ex-officio member of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission.
Can you name a few highlights of your time on the commission?
Nothing in particular stands out, although debating County policy on issues such as cannabis, vacation rentals, and stream protection have been invigorating.
20 years from now, how do you envision Sonoma County?
Walkable towns, better transit services, affordable housing in urban areas, healthy and diverse agricultural economy, cultural diversity.
What is your favorite spot in Sonoma County?
It's difficult to pick one, but some of the places that we like to visit are just about any part of the Coast and Russian River. However, if I have to pick go-to place, it's the Sonoma Plaza.
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