Key Initiatives

Board of Supervisors

I was honored to be appointed to represent Southern Marin on the Board of Supervisors in May 2011 and elected to office in June 2012. I have deep roots in Marin County and have called Southern Marin “home” since 1955.

As your Supervisor, I have devoted all my time and energy to serving you and keeping Marin the best place to live, work and raise a family. I have done this by working hard every day, meeting the people I serve, listening to your concerns and building a bright future for us and for generations to come. I have been proud to work with my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, with local elected officials and organizations, and with the residents of District 3 to create a better Marin County. Below is a list of the great work we have been able to accomplish over the past three years, since my election in 2012.


Fiscally Responsible Government

  • Tackling budget challenges while maintaining our AAA-bond rating, among the highest in California
  • Adopting the County’s first 2-year budget in 2014
  • Controlling pension costs by introducing new lower-cost pension tiers for new employees and established a pension trust fund
  • Reducing unfunded retiree liabilities by $98 million in 2014 and allocated an additional $14 million in our current budget to further reduce pension and retiree health liabilities
  • Implementing long-range strategies for a balanced and sustainable local economy that supports clean technology, green jobs and Marin-sized solutions

Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements

  • Forging a first-ever agreement with the National Park Service for a Muir Woods National Monument reservation system, including parking limitations to help reduce overall visitation, with robust law enforcement and environmental protection
  • As a SMART Board member, pushing forward rail construction to link Marin and Sonoma Counties by: 
    • rebuilding 36.5 miles of track (85% complete) from the Sonoma County airport to downtown San Rafael
    • completing marsh restoration work at the 56-acre Mira Monte Marina property,  repaired 16 bridges and replaced 10 more with only one more to go (Haystack Bridge) in 2015
    • Creating plans for at least seven permitted bicycle/pedestrian pathways
  • Working with the federal government to secure $20 million to complete construction of the SMART rail to Larkspur
  • Promoting continued local investment in the Muir Woods Shuttle, serving 33% more passengers in 2014 than in 2013, getting nearly 20% of all visitors to Muir Woods during the peak summer tourist season out of their cars and off local Shoreline Highway
  • Working with Caltrans to implement traffic light timing improvements at Tam Junction and ease traffic congestion
  • Collaborating with the Marin County Office of Education to assess countywide school transportation needs and options for future improvements
  • Initiating the “Share the Path” education and outreach campaign on the Mill Valley-Sausalito multi-use path in collaboration with Marin County Parks and the City of Mill Valley
  • Installing a pedestrian activated crossing signal to stop vehicles to allow bike/ped crossings at Pine Hill Road on Shoreline Highway/State Route 1
  • Creating a roundabout on the multi-use path at Sycamore Avenue at Bayfront Park in Mill Valley to help slow the pace of all users at this popular park and pathway convergence
  • Securing funding for roadway improvements, sidewalk repairs and speed calming projects in our Southern Marin communities
    • 2014 road paving projects included Ash Street, Laurel Way, Marin Avenue, Northern Avenue and Pine Street
    • 2015 road paving projects included Circle Way, Homestead Boulevard and Morning Sun
  • Working with the Marin County Sheriff's office and the California Highway Patrol's Special Enforcement Team to increase law enforcement at local "hot spots" including Lomita Avenue, Almonte Boulevard, the Tam Valley cross streets accessing Shoreline Highway, Flamingo Road and East Strawberry Drive
  • Improving bicycle and pedestrian pathways throughout the County, and in nearly every community in Southern Marin, including the Tennessee Valley multi-use path
  • Participating in Southern Marin Safe Routes to School Task Force, bringing school-based outreach and education to families and improving infrastructure, walking paths, paint and signage to increase cycling, walking and carpooling to local schools
  • Completing remodeling of the Marin City Transit Hub at Gateway Shopping Center, delivering bus pad improvements and amenities so transit riders are safer and less exposed to wind and the elements
  • Introducing a new community shuttle route serving the Strawberry-Tiburon-Belvedere peninsula, linking communities to the 101 corridor and regional transportation networks

Environment and Open Space

  • Sparking community engagement regarding sea level rise by:  
    • Creating the Southern Marin Sea Level Rise Pilot Project
    • Sponsoring the state-of-the-art visualization technology "OWL" viewers on the Mill Valley-Sausalito multi-use pathway
    • Launching a countywide sea level rise vulnerability assessment in collaboration with Marin towns and cities along the Bay.
  • As Chair of Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California's first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, steering expansion of service to nearly 170,000 customers
  • Developing comprehensive energy efficiency programs through MCE and the County's Climate Action Plan initiatives
  • Adopting a comprehensive road and trail management plan for County parks and open space
  • Collaborating with Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary to restore native species and enhance habitat on the Aramburu Island Preserve, providing nesting, resting and foraging for migratory birds as well as our local marine mammals
  • Implementing policies on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) on issues critical to the wise use of the Bay and encouraged regional collaboration in planning and preparing for sea level rise and storm events
  • Working to create a countywide electric vehicle system, including 7 EV charging stations at various County offices

Activities for Young People

  • Leading the Marin City Community Center revitalization campaign to create facilities for learning in science, engineering, technology, arts and math; early childhood services to the youngest children and their families; health and fitness; and community gathering
  • Supporting the work of the County Youth Commission and Youth Leadership Institute
  • Approving the Across Ages Mentoring Program that trains people 55 and older to mentor middle school students
  • Sponsoring the annual Teen Girl Conference hosted by the Marin Women's Commission
  • Supporting math tutoring and other enrichment programs for the Marin City Recreation Center summer recreation program

Aging, Health and Wellness

  • Working to limit prescription drug abuse in Marin through RxSafe Marin
  • Launching the Aging Action Initiative to address the current and future needs of older adults
  • Promoting and encouraging communities to pursue becoming "Age Friendly" (a World Health Organization designation) enabling older adults to continue living at home in their communities in a safe environment, enjoy optimal health and participate fully in their communities
  • Collaborating as a team member on the City of Mill Valley's initiative, Mill Valley Aware, a community coalition with student and school representation, examining Southern Marin's high rates of binge drinking, alcohol consumption and prescription drug abuse, working to raise awareness, spur action to change community norms and practices, and inspire healthier choices and lifestyles
  • Assisting the Marin City Health and Wellness Clinic in obtaining Federally Qualified Health Clinic status and the funding to make it a first-class community clinic providing community outreach and education, health care screening and medical, dental and other health services for everyone in Southern Marin

Equity and Housing

  • Increasing the living wage in unincorporated Marin to $13 per hour
  • Working to fashion housing policies that assess local need, maintain local character, encourage a variety of housing choices for people of all ages, and help preserve our cherished open space and sensitive habitat and wetlands
  • Successfully lobbying for state legislation that reduced housing densities from an urban to a suburban standard that better fits Marin
  • Completing a thorough and visionary analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing in Marin

Convening and Collaboration

  • Strawberry Community Visioning Open House, September 27, 2014
  • Living with Water: A Community Conversation about Sea Level Rise and Southern Marin, November 1, 2014
  • Anchorage in Jeopardy: A Community Workshop on Richardson's Bay, March 14, 2015
  • Sausalito Ferry Landing Stakeholders Workshop, June 27, 2015

Constituent Services

  • Prompt, knowledgeable and helpful
  • Providing assistance to residents regarding neighborhood concerns and guidance about County and community-based programs, services and resources
  • Helping make contacts with government agencies, local, state and federal
  • Connecting people, ideas and innovative solutions to help leverage community assets and opportunities
  • Here to listen, learn and bring a range of skills to public service to benefit the entire Marin community, current and future