Dan Hamburg has committed to positions on issues that matter to Mendocino.
· Mendocino County has more organic acreage than any county in the nation.
· Mendocino County has the most biodynamic acreage in the state
· Mendocino County has more artists per capita than anywhere else in the nation
· Mendocino County boasts more houses “off the grid” per capita than anywhere else in the nation.
· Mendocino County is the first county in the nation to ban the growing and production of genetically modified crops and animals (GMOs).
Letís build upon these resources. We have the ingenuity, the will and the heart to create a vibrant
and more prosperous County. All thatís stopping us is our own imagination.
BUILD A STRONGER LOCAL ECONOMY
We will create jobs together as we build a self-sufficient model that celebrates what we do best in Mendocino County. We will emphasize local economics by buying local and establishing stronger incentives for local contracting. We will promote food localization and boost our growing reputation as leaders in green technology.
Mendocino County’s vineyards and wineries, as well as its breweries, are a source of pride wealth and jobs, and are national leaders in organic and biodynamic production. Organic food production is expanding throughout Mendocino County with some 200 organic farms covering nearly 8,000 acres – that puts us in a great position to take advantage of one the fastest growing markets in the nation.
We need to keep our dollars here, circulating in our local economy. For every dollar spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. For every dollar spent at a large corporate chain, only 11 cents is reinvested locally. Read more...
We care about the source of our food, about supporting our local farmers and taking care of our land. Together we can re-localize Mendocino County's farm economy.
Imagine a local food and farming economy that is capable of feeding the people of Mendocino County. Read more...
Companies like Real Goods and Advance Power put Mendocino on the national map as the leader in solar installation over the past three decades. Now Mendocino County has more “off-the-grid” homes than any other county. We are nationwide leaders in solar, wind and non-fossilized energy production. And we’re at the national epicenter for sustainable forestry models, building and designing cob and rammed-earth homes and creating thriving companies with carbon-neutral footprints. Read more...
BROADBAND ACCESS FOR ALL
(click here for the homepage of Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance)
Lack of affordable and efficient broadband internet service in much of Mendocino County is not just an inconvenience, but a real deterrent to our economic vitality and competitiveness.
Our rugged region is underserved because federal regulation did not require large telecommunication companies to average costs and serve everyone in their vast areas. Given this reality we need to work together to achieve county-wide internet access, an effort that will be enhanced by recent stimulus funding and the Obama administration's goal of broadband for all. Read more...
High speed internet can be provided by several different technologies: fiber-optic, DSL over phone lines, cable, satellite, and wireless. For many of us the quickest and best path will be through AT&T's renewed commitment to extend its existing fiber optic lines. For very rural residents, satellite is the only current option, but it is relatively expensive and involves undesirable time delays and download limits. Wireless broadband has been proposed for these underserved or unserved residents. However, many citizens are concerned with the negative health effects of long term microwave exposure, should a nationwide provider offer this service. A local entity such as a private business, a municipality or a service district could potentially be a provider, but this would be a major undertaking.
In a perfect world, all our communities would be served by fiber optic lines--clean, contained and extremely fast--reaching each population cluster and looping back to the 101 corridor. Subsidiary fiber would extend into the rural areas. Copper phone line can accommodate broadband traffic up to two miles from such nodes.
In the real world, active organizations such as the Mendocino Coast Broadband Alliance have been the best advocates for change. I will work to support these groups and keep up the pressure on existing large service providers to reach even our most remote residents.
PROTECT OUR COAST / OUR FISHERIES
We are the stewards of a pristine coastline and landscape of incalculable beauty and wealth. Protecting the coast is the responsibility of us all, but the two coastal supervisors must take the lead.
CONSERVE OUR WATER
The way we care for our water resources is key for the future health of our economy.
The 5th District is comprised of 7 watersheds (Russian, Navarro, Little, Big, Albion , Garcia, Gualala) not one of which is in robust health. We will work with all stakeholders to improve the health and productivity of our watersheds.
RESTORE FISCAL STABILITY
As your Supervisor, I pledge to take the same pay cut as county employees and will encourage others to do the same.
The County faces a shortfall of $8 million over the next 18 months. That’s the biggest fiscal challenge the county has ever faced. But it’s worth noting we are not alone. The federal government is $14 trillion (!) in the red. The state faces a $40 billion budget deficit. Even Sonoma County -- our well-heeled neighbor to the south – is being forced to make more than $30 million in cuts over the next year and half. Read more...
INVEST IN COMMUNITY VITALITY AND SAFETY
As Supervisor, I will serve on the Mendocino Council of Governments (MCOG), which disburses county transportation funds state and federal government.
I am a member of the Mendocino County Medical Marijuana Advisory Board (MMMAB). I was a steering committee member on the No On Measure B campaign. Measure B's plant limits were recently struck down by the California Supreme Court.
Whether you like marijuana or not, it is our number one cash crop generating several times more income than timber and grapes combined.
Bottom line: marijuana can and should be taxed and regulated just like any other agricultural product.
*See my PUBLISHED ARTICLES for these issues and more*
I have decades of experience in politics—including
terms on the Mendocino County
Board of Supervisors and the United States Congress. I’ve worked on many campaigns
for environmental and social justice on the local, state and federal level.
We are painfully aware of looming budget
overruns in our state and county. How can
we weather this storm AND come out of the crisis with positive change upon which we can
build a better future? (Click here for an overview of how county government works.)
We have the capacity—with our rich resources
and pool of human ingenuity—to thrive
and to lead. We are fortunate to live here, perhaps now more than ever.
I also want to hear from you, to hear what your concerns are: Contact me here.
Vote for Dan Hamburg 5th District Supervisor on November 2nd!
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