I am truly grateful to be able to continue working with you for the next four years. I am thankful to live in a community with such an engaged constituency, and I am also incredibly appreciative of our hardworking County staff that is always ready to serve.
2014 was a busy year! Looking back, I am proud of what we accomplished together this past year. To highlight some of our accomplishments:
- Worked with Assemblyman Marc Levine for the successful passage of Assembly Bill 1537, which lowers the default density of future housing developments in Marin County from 30 units per acre to 20 units.
- As an Advisor to the Novato Theater Board, I was pleased that soft demolition of the Theater was completed; a part-time executive director is on board with plans to go full time in June; the Film Club and Kids Club are both thriving; Educational Programming for youth and seniors is being developed; preliminary design and review was passed unanimously by the city; and architectural renderings and drawings are available on-line.
- Adopted the first two-year fiscal budget in County History. The new budget maintains services and includes $14 million to pay down retiree liabilities beyond required payments. In the past year, the County reduced its unfunded retiree liabilities by $98 million, leading all three independent bond rating agencies to give Marin County the highest rating of AAA.
- Began construction of Phase 1 of the Stafford Lake Bike Park in Novato, with plans to open this first phase of the Bike Park this summer.
- As a member of the Marin Economic Forum, we partnered with Working Solutions to create a micro-loan fund in Marin County for small businesses.
- In a partnership between the Marin County Flood Control & Water Conservation District, City of Novato and SMART – the Novato Creek Bridge has been rebuilt with an enhanced bridge design that will produce significant flood control improvements for Novato.
- Completion of the Regulatory Improvements Advisory Committee report which identifies ways to make it easier for people to understand and navigate the development review process.
- Our County Environmental Health Services Department launched a new mobile website for smartphones allowing users to easily access health inspection track records of Marin County restaurants.
- As a member of the Golden Gate Bridge District Board of Directors, we voted unanimously to approve a $76 million funding plan for installation of a suicide barrier.
- After more than four years of research and due diligence, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Tyler Technologies for a new software system to support the County of Marin’s administrative functions of business operations, including budgeting, accounting, purchasing, payroll and human resources management.
- Completed renovations at the Civic Center branch of the Marin County Free Library in San Rafael including a handy new information desk, technology upgrades, swift check-out stations, new computer tables, new lounge seating, improved accessibility and easier access to high-demand materials.
- Completed the Road and Trail Management Plan outlining a framework and process for making Marin County Open Space road and trail project decisions in an inclusive, transparent and fair process.
- As part of the County of Marin’s ongoing commitment to safety and the improvement of accessibility for people with disabilities, our Public Works Department completed a major renovation of the path of travel to the South Arch entrance of the Marin County Civic Center Administration Building including the removal of curbs, raising the crosswalk to match the height of adjacent sidewalks and resurfacing the area under the arch. New passenger loading areas improve book drop-offs for the library and other safety enhancements.
You can keep up to date on these and other issues by visiting my Hot Topics
page on my County website
I cannot promise we will always be of the same mind, but I promise I will always have an open mind.
I look forward to continuing our work together and am honored to be your supervisor.