Why transparency matters for the County Supervisor
As my team and I continue to develop what our top priorities will be if the community chooses us to do the important work of 5th District supervisor, one theme runs underneath many of the issues we want to address.
The more I’ve come to interact with county government, the more I’ve had to learn that the community has Zero trust in it’s basic goodwill toward citizens. Having attended multiple meetings with the Board of Supervisors, where items have passed via the consent agenda that I had never even heard of, let alone had a chance to communicate my support or lack of support to, I feel that radical transparency and community engagement is the only path forward.
Too many times I’ve spoken with community members who are unaware of important issues being brought forward and addressed, or find they’ve been made aware with very limited time to make their voice heard. It’s very upsetting to find out about an important measure after it’s been decided, and to only see the county and it’s representatives *responding* to issues instead of being proactive.
I plan on providing the community with what I want as a community member; I want the folks of district 5 to know who their representative is, to know I have an open door policy and am reachable. That we can work on things together, be proactive and present. Regular town hall meetings where you can speak to me, not just my staff. The Supervisor needs to be present in the community, loudly. That’s how WE can work together to improve our home. I have real hope we can come together, and make our representation and politics truly local. We’ve dealt with a ton of change over the last few years, and we need to change the way we approach government so that it serves the community the way that it should. Our best days are ahead of us!