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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Sonoma County, CA June 3, 2008 Election
Smart Voter

Valerie K. Brown
Answers Questions

Candidate for
County Supervisor; Sonoma County; Supervisorial District 1


The questions were prepared by the the League of Women Voters of Sonoma County and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. In your opinion, how would the proposed SMART commuter railroad impact Sonoma County?

I sit on the SMART board and am working toward a voter initiative on the ballot in November 2008. SMART provides an alternative to driving cars along Highway 101 and will eventually be able to address cargo, taking huge trucks off our roadways - much better for our quality oflife.

2. How can Sonoma County improve mental health services in the county?

Mental Health Services have been difficult since the federal government decided to mainstream everyone and disregard the complexities of those with mental illness. Sonoma County is vigilant about finding a facility for mental health referrals and working with district hospitals to fill the gap. It is unconscionable that we are incarcerating those with mental disabilities instead of treating them.

3. If elected, how will you keep yourself informed of your constituents' concerns, and your constituents informed of your stances and activities?

I remain very connected with my constituency, through public meetings, town hall get-togethers and phone calls. Plus I am accessible in the community and find the grocery store and post office are just as valuable for finding out information. We get around 150 calls in my office a month - I believe my constituents feel they are heard and responded to with usable information.

4. How would you balance the need for developing housing and business with environmental stewardship?

In our General Plan 2020 update - we are focusing on "Green" building and environmental planning focusing on energy efficiency and effectiveness. I believe our county is a model for solar energy, water management, and capital building improvements relying on "green" building. Thankfully funding is available to begin and complete projects that otherwise would be very costly. Our belief is if government to focus on environmentally sound building it will bring down the cost to residential builders improving the quality of life for all.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' answers are presented as submitted. Word limits for answers were 400 words for all 4 questions. Direct reference to opponents are not permitted.

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