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County Spending

Understanding Shasta County Spending (Part I)

County leadership has just published a recommended budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which will go before the Board of Supervisors in a few weeks. Deciding how to spend the…
homelessness data

What Homelessness Data We Need

Many believe that to make significant progress on issues like homelessness, mental illness, crime, and addiction, we’ll need a bunch more money and staff. But I’m not yet convinced. I…

Would you join Team GRIT?

The challenge before us is significant – reduce homelessness, cut crime, fix our roads – and restore the fabric of the community by uniting us as neighbors with a common…

The One Thing Everyone Agrees On

In 11 months of campaigning, I haven’t found a single person who doesn’t agree that we need to hold the government accountable to deliver results for the community. Every single…

How to Vote in this Election

Though this is a primary, this election will determine your next Shasta County District 4 Supervisor. For county races, if someone gets over 50% of the vote in the primary,…

How We Actually Gain More Local Control

Many Shasta County residents want more freedom from the state and more local control. I am among them. This is why I volunteered to be the Shasta County Chair for…

How Should We Judge Candidates?

We are getting very close to voting. Ballots should be in mailboxes starting February 5th. Remember that there will be no general election in November for this race. It will…

Who Should Get Raises in Shasta County?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to give the County CEO, David Rickert, a 5% pay increase 6 months before his performance was scheduled to be reviewed and…

How We Defeat the Fountain Wind Project

Roughly 10 years ago, a Texas-based company requested approval to build a large wind farm near Burney 1 mile west of the existing Hatchet Ridge wind farm. The project, named…

How We Fix Our Roads

Several months ago, I shared that our roads are in worse condition than all but 6 other counties in California (out of 58 counties). As I’ve knocked on thousands of…

Creating a Culture of Respect and Collaboration

Since I began this campaign in April, I’ve talked about 3 priorities: Making progress on the challenges we can all agree exist (like crime and homelessness) Making the county government effective and accountable Creating…

Statement on Millville Gun Range

On Tuesday, October 24, the Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 to approve the re-zoning of a plot of land in Millville so that Board Chair Patrick Jones could…