Each of the cities, Woodland, Davis, West Sacramento and Winters all have local governments, each representing their citizens. With such representation all ready in place, why is it those same cities, excluding Winters, receives 4 of the five seats on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors? Why not re-draw the Supervisors districts, dividing all of Yolo County geographically between the 5 districts?
The citizens of Woodland, Davis, West Sacramento and Winters have city councils, mayors and a local governments to represent them. They are not going to call on Yolo County to fix their potholes, build a new school, or to protest a new building fee. So why do they have such an over representation on the rest of us living in the other 93% of the county?
I know this is probably a crazy idea, but I would like to see what the process would be to redraw the existing Supervisor's districts. Those of us who live in Duane Chamberlain's 5th District have grow accustom to Duane being the lone voice of reason in a sea of liberal, feel good policies, with Matt Rexroad on our side more often that not. However, the 5th district is huge.
The cattle ranchers, organic farmers, small vineyard operators and orchard owners in the Capay Valley have far different concerns from the large row crop farmers in the middle of the county, not to mention the city of Winters. Why not split up Yolo County's districts to better reflect the County as a whole?
I keep looking at the County's new General Plan and I see that the County seems to talk a good game about the importance of the rural areas.
- Principles and Objectives
Principle 1: The success of Yolo County depends upon the success of agriculture.If these truly are the principals and objectives of Yolo County, why do we only have one vote on the BOS? Why are the County's decision made by a majority of people who will not have to live with the impact of those decisions? Get the Supervisors out of their cozy neighborhoods and have them mingle with the 'little people' out here in the hinterlands. It would be a great education for them and I am sure we would learn a few things as well.
Principle 2: The benefits of open space and natural areas are essential to our quality of life.
Principle 3: Each community is distinctive, but all share the same values and a common vision for the future.
Principle 4: Safe and healthy communities allow residents to fulfill their individual potential.
Principle 5: The safest and most efficient way to move goods and people is through a variety of transportation alternatives.
Principle 6: Technology, information and communications advance our
Principle 7: A strong economy is key to the long-term sustainability of our farms, towns, cities and governments.
Crazy? Maybe, but I'm sure removing the barriers of representation between the rural and urban areas will be better for the entire County.
Don't worry, I'll buy a pair of rubber boots for each of the Supervisors out of my own pocket so they can visit their new constituents when its flooding out here in their 'new' districts. I won't worry about Duane, I know he has a good pair of boots, I see him checking his irrigation in the mornings.