I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve our shared community as a member of the Davis School Board, the Davis City Council, and the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. December 31, 2022 will mark the conclusion of my third and final term of office as a Yolo County Supervisor. Over the time remaining in my service, I will continue to work diligently on issues affecting Yolo County and our communities. I will also begin sharing some reflections from the arc of my public service career. As you will gather from my musings, my faith in the future is solid and strong. I hope you feel the same.

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For more than 45 years, I have served the public, working on projects big and small. And for most of my life, whether I was aware of it or not, cathedral thinking has been a driver in both my process and my actions. [Read more]

I often reflect on four pillars that drive my public service and community engagement — Be There, Be Smart, Be First, Have Fun. “Being There” paves the way for everything else. [Read more]

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I often think that my job is to change the word “can’t” to “can.”  This simple skill can lead to a foundational shift in perspective, so I will keep deleting those two characters – Apostrophe T – to reveal hidden paths toward innovation, progress, and action. [Read more]

Sometimes magic happens when we gather a group of concerned and knowledgeable people with good intentions to address a broad policy matter like improved food systems, climate sustainability, or even community mourning. In the presence of others, in deep conversation and reflection, we can find ourselves filled with energy and creative impulse. [Read more]

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Ideas and innovations need special care and patient nurturing in their beginning stages. The initial spark of a great idea can be extinguished quickly if it flickers into view too quickly.   [Read more]

On November 9, 2022, an Invisible Council of Planners, not known to me in full until that date, threw a retirement shindig for the ages. My family and I were deeply moved by the outpouring of friendship, sense of shared community and so many kindnesses at that event. [Read more]

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I frequently refer to the work of public service as tending to the social fabric of our community.  Today, I draw on another metaphor of sewing -- threading the needle. Being able to "thread the needle" among possible solutions, while navigating interests and obstacles has allowed for countless issues to move forward when they were originally perceived as impossible.   [Read more]