As the only candidate for 1st District Supervisor actively raising two young children in our community, housing affordability is extremely important to Suzanne. She wants to make sure her children, all our youth, working families and longtime residents can continue to afford to live here in the future.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Suzanne will work to preserve existing affordable housing to help protect tenants struggling to make ends meet; support the creation of appropriately-sited infill housing in existing urban areas; and for those pursuing homeownership, remain a strong advocate for Napa County’s Down Payment Assistance Program for first-time homebuyers.
Housing affordability is Suzanne’s top priority, and she will continue to take a comprehensive look at ways to preserve, protect and produce more of the housing we need for low-income residents and those looking for housing and struggling as part of the “missing middle.”
Suzanne will continue to take a comprehensive look at ways to protect housing for Napan’s and find ways to make housing affordable for future generations.
Climate change and environmental protection is vital to protecting our community well into the future. Rising temperatures and the increasing severity of drought could affect the agricultural lifeblood of the Napa Valley, which is why Suzanne wants to think globally by acting locally to protect our natural landscapes from the threat of climate change, overdevelopment and deforestation.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Suzanne will help protect heritage woodland areas, as well as the greenbelts and open spaces that provide a buffer between each of Napa County’s five cities. She will do so while supporting the electrification of the county’s vehicle fleet and transportation system; advocate for an enhanced network of electric vehicle charging stations; and support the continued efforts of MCE to provide clean, renewable energy to power Napa County’s homes and businesses.
Suzanne will fight to protect heritage woodland areas, watersheds, and greenbelts & open spaces that provide a buffer between each of Napa County’s five cities.
As someone who lives on an unincorporated county road, Suzanne has witnessed the crumbling condition of many of the roads less travelled in unincorporated Napa County. Despite the need to continue doing more, Suzanne appreciates the steps Napa County has taken in recent years to improve the condition of our rural roads and city streets, in part through increased involvement of local elected officials in regional transportation boards, and dedicated funding sources like the Measure T sales tax revenue dedicated to improving our transportation infrastructure.
According to the Napa Valley Transportation Authority, “Measure T is expected to generate roughly $500 million over a 25-year period. Funds generated under Measure T are for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of local streets and roads and related transportation improvements such as sidewalks, ADA ramps, curbs and gutters.”
As the disbursement of funds from Measure T, coupled with increased funding for roads from SB1, continues in the years ahead, Suzanne wants to make sure that local, residential roads continue to receive their fair share of funding, in addition to the more prominent collector roads and major thoroughfares.
As Suzanne thinks about our transportation infrastructure beyond the scope of repairing and repaving roads and sidewalks, she also wants those reliant on public transportation to have a convenient option to travel to and from the workplace, medical appointments, grocery stores and other needed necessities. To those ends, she will support programs that provide convenient and accessible bus service, and is also interested in bike-sharing and other transportation programs that create alternatives to vehicles for inner-city travel.
Going hand-in-hand with our transportation infrastructure, traffic congestion remains a critical issue in Napa County as residents grind through traffic between American Canyon and Up Valley during peak commute times and on weekends when visitors from the Bay Area descend into Napa County.
Suzanne is encouraged by and supportive of efforts to reduce the traffic bottleneck between Napa and American Canyon along Highway 29 at Highway 221 through the construction of roundabouts and a freeway overpass to be elevated atop the roundabout segments – a project that will reduce the bottleneck created by the existing traffic light there.
She will support other opportunities like this that improve traffic circulation in and between our communities, whether it be improved or expanded roadways, roundabouts, or other traffic-calming measures.
Suzanne also believes we must make it easier and more convenient for residents to reduce their reliance on vehicles. While she recognizes the natural barriers and landscape of Napa County lends itself to cars, she is encouraged by ongoing efforts to complete the Vine Trail, which will eventually provide a bicycle and pedestrian pathway from American Canyon to Calistoga alongside Highway 29. While Suzanne supports the trail’s broader vision, in the short-term, she wants to see the final trail gap in the City of Napa closed, and for funding from Yountville to Calistoga to begin materializing to continue construction north.
Suzanne will support opportunities that improve traffic circulation in and between our communities, whether it be improved or expanded roadways, roundabouts, or other traffic-calming measures.
It’s been less than two years since the LNU Lightening Complex fires scorched nearly half of Napa County’s land mass. Suzanne has not forgotten about the significant impact that fire had to our natural landscape and rural residents’ livelihoods.
In the wake of recent fires stretching back to 2017, Suzanne’s belief in doing more to reduce the threat of future wildfires has never been stronger. Not only does Suzanne want a more reliable and effective emergency alert and warning system for county residents, she also wants more to be done in the prevention and preparedness sectors: reducing fuel loads on public and private lands, ensuring enough firefighting resources are on staff between CAL FIRE, the county and city fire departments, as well as other mutual aid; and that residents have a plan and are prepared to evacuate when the next wildfire strikes – all in the hopes of avoiding a loss of life as was witnessed in Atlas Peak and other areas in 2017 when our community was caught off guard by significant firestorms that broke out on October 8-9.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Suzanne will collaborate with residents and first responders to make Napa County as prepared as possible before the next wildfire strikes. While fully insulating our communities from the threat of natural disasters is practically impossible, Suzanne wants to make whatever investments we can in the near term so that when the next fire strikes, best practical measures have been implemented to protect life and property to the extent possible.
As the drought endures for another year throughout Napa County and the entire State of California, Suzanne wants to make sure water conservation and drought remain top-of-mind to ensure that the county can meet its needs to residential, commercial and agricultural users.
While conservation measures remain paramount, Suzanne also wants to be sure that surface water and groundwater supplies are protected and used efficiently until plentiful rainfall returns. To those ends, water quality remains at the forefront – Suzanne wants to keep a watchful eye on sediment and other contaminants near our drinking water supplies so that drinking water quality is protected well into the future.
Suzanne wants to keep a watchful eye on sediment and other contaminants near our drinking water supplies so that drinking water quality is protected well into the future.
The rise in homelessness has caused angst for Suzanne and residents across Napa. Between the loss of housing stock following wildfires that suddenly reduces the available supply of housing, a rising cost-of-living and a lack of wraparound mental health services, the rise in homelessness is becoming more and more evident in our public places, particularly in and around Napa where Suzanne and her family live.
Despite the challenges posed by truly solving homelessness, Suzanne hopes to reduce homelessness in our community by coupling homeless and permanent supportive housing services with the need to do more to address mental heath crises facing those experiencing homelessness.
On the Board of Supervisors, Suzanne will place increased emphasis on mental and behavioral health, something she hopes will address root causes of homelessness in the first place, and create opportunities for those experiencing homelessness and mental health issues to get the help they need to lead a more productive life.
Her work addressing issues of mental health, homelessness and aiding the uninsured through her work on the Board of Directors of OLE Health will further inform her understanding of the needs of our most vulnerable.
On the Board of Supervisors, Suzanne will place increased emphasis on mental and behavioral health, something she hopes will address root causes of homelessness.
As a mother, nothing is more important to Suzanne than feeling safe in her own home and neighborhood. Suzanne values the important role first responders and law enforcement play in community safety, and will do everything she can to support the public safety personnel who keep our community safe day in and day out.
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, Suzanne will collaborate with our first responders to listen to their needs, and see how the Board can consider supporting investments in needed public safety programs in the future.
She will remain a strong and ardent backer of all public safety personnel: from firefighters and law enforcement to EMT’s and paramedics.
As COVID-19 lingers into its third year, Suzanne will also keep the needs of frontline medical workers close to heart so that their concerns are heard and addressed until the pandemic fully subsides. Her work and leadership on the Board of Directors of OLE Health will further allow Suzanne to understand the health and safety concerns of underrepresented farmworkers, as well as other members of the Latinx community.