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Fifth District MAC Candidates Ready for Communities to Choose Representatives

Nov 8, 2018

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Coast, River MAC Representatives to be selected this month

Over the past month, the Fifth District Office received more than 40 applications from people hoping to represent their community in one of the two new Fifth District municipal advisory councils.
 
The application process was both fun and educational. We enjoyed working with individuals interested in representing their community and serving it in a greater capacity. We also were encouraged by people who are new to politics and are excited by a new opportunity for a new voice within the county.

What happens next?

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Fifth District Office will announce the names of the individuals who have been chosen by their communities to be the first representatives and alternates for the Lower Russian River and Sonoma County Coast municipal advisory councils.

Due to issues with mailing out ballots, the Fifth District Office will extend the deadline to mail in Lower Russian River MAC ballots.
All ballots must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 24. Late ballots will not be accepted. Ballots may be mailed to:
 
ATTN: River MAC 
Board of Supervisors
575 Administration Drive, Suite 100A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 
Ballots may still be turned in during the Lower Russian River MAC Candidates’ Event on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Guerneville Elementary School. Provisional ballots will be available for those who did not receive a postcard ballot. Provisional ballot voters must provide proof of full-time residency within the MAC district. Ballots will be counted upon return of the Thanksgiving holiday, with candidates named by Friday, Nov. 30.
 If you have any questions, please email amie.windsor@sonoma-county.org.

But, before Nov. 21, there's a lot more work to do and more opportunities for west county residents to participate. Here's how:

River MAC

The Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory (LRR) is established to advise the Board of Supervisors and other County decision makers on local planning and management decisions relating to the Lower Russian River region, to provide a regular forum for citizen participation in the formation of advisory recommendations on those decisions and to provide a bridge for communication between the County and local residents and businesses, and the general public on local government decisions affecting the Lower Russian River.
 
Representatives for the River MAC will be chosen by a community selection process. Registered voters within the MAC districts will receive ballots for their district after Wednesday, Nov. 7.
 
Ballots may be mailed back to the Board of Supervisors office (ATTN: Fifth District River MAC, 575 Administration Drive, Suite 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403) or dropped off at the River MAC Candidates’ Event on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Guerneville Elementary School. All mailed in ballots must be postmarked by Saturday, Nov. 17.

Lower Russian River MAC Candidates:

Nine representatives determined through community selection. All members must reside within the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council area. Representatives will serve two or three years, to be determined.

FIND the Bios and Statements of Candidates on this webpage:

River-Municipal-Advisory-Council/Candidates/

Forestville: Gary Harris, Lucy Hardcastle, Vesta Copestakes, Iain Burnett, Allison Bordessa

Hacienda: Calvin Sandeen, Chelene Lopez, Claudia Sisomphou

Rio Nido: Pip Marquez, Lewis Lee Brown, John Uniack

Guerneville: Brian Applegarth, Brian Ohm, Deborah Lieberman, Dylan Ohm, Jordan Lebovich, Ron Redmon, Jeniffer Wertz

Pocket Canyon: Angie Dillon-Shore, Bruce MacDonell, Crista Luedtke, Jeanette Dillman, Kim Holliday, Marcy Cooper

Monte Rio: Chuck Ramsey, Cynthia Strecker, Kyra Wink

Cazadero/Duncans Mills: Mike Nicholls, Theresa Gwiazdowski, Tom Walls

Unregistered voters can participate in the community selection process by filling out a provisional ballot. Those wishing to participate by provisional ballot must bring a valid proof of full-time residency to the community candidates’ event and sign an affidavit affirming your residency and name.
 
Information about all of the candidates for the River MAC can be found online.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council? The Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council is a board of citizens, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, who volunteer their time to review proposed projects located within the county and related topics of interest in their community and may provide written recommendations that offer suggested change or support. The MAC is not a decision-making body. The MAC does not have the authority to make, set, provide interpretation or enforce county ordinances, policies or laws. The MAC is tasked with gathering input from the community on matters of concern that relate to the area served by the MAC, such as land use, roads, public health and safety concerns, fire protection, law enforcement and regional parks.

What neighborhoods are within the Lower Russian River MAC boundaries? Forestville, Hacienda, Summerhome Park, Rio Nido, Guerneville, Vacation Beach, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills and Cazadero proper.

Who sits on the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council? Representatives who sit on the Lower Russian River MAC are selected by the districts in which they reside. The selected individuals are confirmed by the District Supervisor and formally approved by the Board of Supervisors.

What are the duties of the MAC?  Duties of the MAC include:

  • Holding monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly meetings. MAC meetings are a recurrent and convenient venue for residents to hear about and provide comments on a number of district and countywide topics.
  • Promote and encourage public comment. The MAC should encourage public comment and maintain an impartial viewpoint regarding any topic until all information or comment has been presented.
  • Provide written advisory recommendations. Advisory recommendations from the MAC are an important element in the deliberative process of the Board of Supervisors. After the MAC has reviewed a topic, listened to presenters and gathered community input, a written advisory recommendation that provides suggested changes or support may be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.

What issues does the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council focus on? The Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council may make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the following advisory topics:

  • Use permit applications
  • Rezoning applications
  • General Plan amendment applications
  • Prioritization of transportation and transit improvements
  • Health and human safety-net services
  • Additional topics suggested by the District Supervisor

Coast MAC

The Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council (SCCMAC) comprises the towns of Valley Ford, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Timber Cove, Fort Ross, West Cazadero and the Sea Ranch.

The Sonoma Coast MAC is established to advise the Board of Supervisors and other County decision makers on local planning and management decisions relating to the Sonoma County Coast region, to provide a regular forum for citizen participation in the formation of advisory recommendations on those decisions and to provide a bridge for communication between the County and local residents and businesses, and the general public on local government decisions affecting the Sonoma County Coast.

Each MAC District within the Coast MAC opted to nominate representatives in ways that were best for their unique communities: In Bodega Bay, Bodega/Valley Ford and Timber Cove Districts, area residents created a community selection process through which residents vote for their representative. In Fort Ross, The Sea Ranch/Annapolis and Jenner Districts, representatives were nominated by a group of peers and community neighbors. 

Representatives for The Sea Ranch/Annapolis, Timber Cove, and Fort Ross have already been chosen.

The Sea Ranch/Annapolis: On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Sea Ranch Association Board met and appointed a representative and an alternate to the Coast MAC Board. The North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District will meet on Monday, Nov. 12 to nominate a representative.  Names will be announced after all applications are received and verified.

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians: Chairman Dino Franklin is in the process of working with his board to nominate a representative and alternate to serve on the Coast MAC Board. Names will be announced after all applications are received and verified. 

Fort Ross: Names will be announced after all applications have been verified

Timber Cove: Through the work of two community leaders, the Timber Cove District nominated Scott Farmer and Annie Cresswell as their Coast MAC representative and alternate, respectively.  On Sunday, Oct. 28, 67 local citizens attended a community selection meeting. During the meeting, each candidate was given an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak a few words about their qualifications and motivations for serving. This was followed by a Q&A period, during which each candidate was given the opportunity to answer questions from the audience. Following the Q&A, a vote of only those present was held by secret ballot. 

Representatives and alternates for Jenner, Bodega Bay, and Bodega/Valley Ford will be chosen by community selection on the following dates:
Jenner: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jenner Community Center
Bodega Bay: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bodega Bay Grange
Bodega/Valley Ford: Sunday, Nov. 18, 3 to 5 p.m. at McCaughey Hall

Learn more about the people who applied to serve as a Sonoma County Coast MAC representative.

Each MAC District within the Coast MAC opted to nominate representatives in ways that were best for their unique communities. In Bodega Bay, Bodega/Valley Ford and Timber Cove Districts, area residents gathered to create a community selection process through which residents vote for their representative.BIOS for Potential Community Representatives can be found on this webpage:  Coastal-Municipal-Advisory-Council/Representatives/

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council? The Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council is a board of citizens, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, who volunteer their time to review proposed projects located within the county and related topics of interest in their community and may provide written recommendations that offer suggested change or support. The MAC is not a decision-making body. The MAC does not have the authority to make, set, provide interpretation or enforce county ordinances, policies or laws. The MAC is tasked with gathering input from the community on matters of concern that relate to the area served by the MAC, such as land use, roads, public health and safety concerns, fire protection, law enforcement and regional parks.

What neighborhoods are within the Sonoma County Coast MAC boundaries?Sea Ranch, Stewart’s Point, Timber Cove, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, Fort Ross, West Cazadero, Jenner, Bodega Bay, Bodega and Valley Ford.

Who sits on the Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council?Representatives who sit on the Sonoma County Coast MAC are nominated by local community groups within the defined districts of the SCC MAC. The nominated individuals are confirmed by the District Supervisor and formally approved by the Board of Supervisors.

What are the duties of the MAC? Duties of the MAC include:

  • Holding monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly meetings. MAC meetings are a recurrent and convenient venue for residents to hear about and provide comments on a number of district and countywide topics.
  • Promote and encourage public comment. The MAC should encourage public comment and maintain an impartial viewpoint regarding any topic until all information or comment has been presented.
  • Provide written advisory recommendations. Advisory recommendations from the MAC are an important element in the deliberative process of the Board of Supervisors. After the MAC has reviewed a topic, listened to presenters and gathered community input, a written advisory recommendation that provides suggested changes or support may be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.

What issues does the Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council focus on?The Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council may make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the following advisory topics:

  • Use permit applications
  • Rezoning applications
  • General Plan amendment applications
  • Prioritization of transportation and transit improvements
  • Health and human safety-net services
  • Additional topics suggested by the District Supervisor


For more information about either MAC, visit the River MAC website, Coast MAC website

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