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The Board of Supervisors of the County of Sonoma is charged with the responsibility of establishing policy to guide the various functions of the County and, where necessary, to establish procedures by which functions are performed.

Ad-Hoc Committees

Potter Valley

Work with Sonoma Water staff to explore options related to the future of the Potter Valley Project and Russian River water supply reliability and resiliency. Potential continuation will be reviewed during the Board discussion of ad hocs and assignments at the beginning of each year as needed.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Member 

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Countywide Assignments

First 5 Commission

The California Children and Families First Act of 1998 provided for the creation of a county Commission charged with promoting, supporting and improving the early development of children from the prenatal stage through five years of age. The Commission, now called First 5 Sonoma County Commission, was established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in December 1998.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

A separate government agency established by state law to oversee orderly development of the county related to the boundaries of local governments. LAFCO can approve or deny annexations or changes to these boundaries and can make determinations allowing the provision of services by a local government outside of its boundary.

Meets monthly the first Wednesday.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

North Coast Air Basin Control District

Air districts are grouped by air basins which represent an air shed. Northern Sonoma County belongs to the North Coast Air Basin along with Mendocino County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the North Coast Unified AQMD. By statute, these Districts are members of the North Coast Air Basin Control Council (BCC). 

A representative from Lake County Air Pollution Control District also participates through an MOU. The purpose of the BCC is to work with the Districts to coordinate all air pollution control activities and programs to best serve the public and ensure that the North Coast Air Basin is, or will be, in compliance with the requirements of State and Federal law.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Sonoma County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee

Established by State statute, the LCBC is comprised of representatives from the County Board of Supervisors, the City of Healdsburg, and the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians, and is charged with selecting grants to be funded through the local Tribal Casino Account. LCBC meets one or two times per year, when funds are allocated by the State.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary 

Upstream Investments

Chartered by the Board of Supervisors to understand the antecedents to criminal behavior and to identify upstream interventions that reduce downstream criminal justice costs.Chartered by the Board of Supervisors to understand the antecedents to criminal behavior and to identify upstream interventions that reduce downstream criminal justice costs.

Meets every other month. No reoccurring days.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Water Advisory Committee

Advises the Agency’s Board of Directors on policy and fiscal matters affecting the Water Contractors, and helps make decisions regarding water supply issues in the Agency’s service area. Members of the WAC are appointed by their respective city council or board, and represent the major cities and water districts that receive water via the Sonoma County Water Agency’s aqueduct system. Alternate shall serve only in the absence of the primary representative.

Meets every 3 months on the first Monday.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Alternate

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Regional Assignments

Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District

The Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for district governance and policy for the implementation of local, state and federal air quality regulations. The BOD appoints hearing board members to oversee appeals and supervises an executive officer (the Air Pollution Control Officer) who manages permits, compliance, and other district business.  

Unique to calendar year 2017, the BOD is newly-recomposed, including seats added for city representatives (Healdsburg, Cloverdale and Windsor).  First BOD meeting will adopt bylaws and address fundamental district business matters. 

(Note: 1-year terms)

Supervisors from Districts 4 and 5 will have default assignments on the District BOD.

Meets every other month or as needed.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Eel Russian River Commission   

Promotes proper watershed conservation and flood control measures, and promotes public and private economic development activities in the Eel and Russian River watersheds for the general benefit of the citizens in the participating counties of Humboldt, Mendocino and Sonoma.

Meets as needed no more than 3 times per year.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

North Coast Resource Partnership

Coalition of Tribes and counties working together on integrated regional planning and project implementation to enhance natural resources, built infrastructure, local economies and community health in the north coast of California. Seven counties and North Coast Tribes comprise the leadership of the North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP). Participating counties include: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Mendocino County, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, Sonoma County, Trinity County.

Meets 4 times per year (January, April, July, October)

Note: The Board makes 2 appointments, do not need to be Board members. Per SCWA, commitment requires hard work and long road trips to Yreka and Eureka

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Northern California Counties Tribal Consortium

The Board of Supervisors for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties formed this consortium to develop a common approach and strategy to address the off-reservation impacts of tribal gaming.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Alternate

Public Policy Facilitating Committee

Created when the Sonoma County Water Agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Mendocino Russian River Flood Control and Water Conversation Improvement District began a Section 7 consultation-a federal process, spelled out in the Endangered Species Act – on the Russian River project.  The agencies were consulting on three listed fish species and meet annually or biannually to receive updates and information as the Biological Opinion is implemented.

Meets once per year.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Russian River Watershed Association

An association of nine cities, counties and special districts in the Russian River Watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, fisheries restoration and watershed enhancement, and to promote cooperation and implementation of projects that protect watershed resources, restore fisheries and improve water quality at reduced cost to taxpayers.

Meets monthly the fourth Thursday.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

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State Assignments

CSAC Board of Directors

Committed to representing county government before the California Legislature, administrative agencies and the federal government. Places a strong emphasis on educating the public about the value and need for the programs and services of California’s 58 counties.

*Appointed November of each year.

(One year term - 11/2023-11/2024)

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Rural Counties Representatives of California

RCRC works with its membership to advocate on behalf of rural issues at the state and federal levels.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Golden State Finance Authority

GSFA is a local housing finance authority and a duly constituted public entity and agency, organized in 1993 and existing under and by virtue of Title 1 of the Government Code of the State of California (Articles 1-4 of Chapter 5 of Division 7).

GSFA has supported affordable homeownership in California for over two decades, providing homeownership programs featuring competitive interest rates and down payment assistance.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Golden State Connect Authority

Expand broadband in rural counties through the pursuit of technical assistance and funding for member counties; and, Install and operate open-access, municipal broadband infrastructure, starting with select initial locations and then expanding to additional project areas.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Primary

Petaluma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Formed to sustainably manage groundwater in the Petaluma Valley groundwater basin. 

Supervisor Gore's Role: Alternate

Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Formed to sustainably manage groundwater in the Sonoma Valley groundwater basin.

Supervisor Gore's Role: Alternate

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