Tuesday Dec 06 2011
Another View: Auburn fits in well with District 5
By: Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County 5th District supervisor
When I ran for Placer County supervisor, my main objective was to make the board more accessible and responsive to community input. For the past three years, I have worked diligently to uphold that ideal. I believe representative government works best when those elected to public office actually listen to those they serve. That’s not a radical idea, but it does get lost sometimes. Recently, when the State of California adopted redrawn local district boundaries, the City of Auburn and parts of unincorporated North Auburn became part of District 5. I am thrilled to represent such a forward-thinking community as Auburn. Known as the “Endurance Capitol of the World,” Auburn is a great “fit” for the 5th District, which runs from Kings Beach on Lake Tahoe, down the Interstate 80 corridor, and out to diverse communities in our forested areas. District 5 covers some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in California, and includes communities equally diverse as the terrain, all sharing bold, independent views. Auburn has proactively moved to address economic sustainability with its “Think Auburn First” campaign, focusing on reinvestment in local business and by providing a blueprint for long-term prosperity. I’ve had the good fortune to work closely with the Auburn City Council members on a number of issues. Mike Holmes and I have coordinated our efforts to keep the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA) open; Kevin Hanley and I have worked to address catastrophic fire danger through Project Canyon Safe; and Bridget Powers and I have striven to advance economic development in our respective roles as vice chairwoman and chairwoman of that board. I’ve also been truly gratified to build a strong relationship with Supervisor Jim Holmes. Without a doubt, Jim is one of the most accessible, and responsive supervisors on our board. I can’t tell you how many times Jim and I have attended the same events over the past years, but one thing is certain: They were all great causes. Auburn is one of the most community-oriented cities I’ve ever known. With his deep roots and long history here, I’ll continue working closely with Jim on all issues related to Auburn and the surrounding area. Over the past three years, I am most proud of my efforts to make government more responsive and accountable to the people it serves. I worked to reinvigorate the six Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs) in the district and to ensure that every major county initiative affecting District 5 be heard by the local MAC prior to any Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors action. I recently added a 7th MAC on Donner Summit and I personally attend as many of the monthly MAC meetings as possible. I hold monthly coffees in Foresthill and Colfax and will add two new coffees in Auburn and Tahoe. I spend three days each week in Auburn and will continue to do so. I’m proud of several of the projects that I’ve helped shepherd to completion. Some of these include: • Improving public safety by restoring a long-closed emergency vehicle exit off Interstate 80 in Colfax; • Helping to identify $2.7 million in federal funding for the Auburn State Recreation Area; • Protecting Bruin Ranch in North Auburn, (one of the largest and most resource-rich open-space acquisitions in county history); • Restoring the lights to the baseball field at Foresthill Park; • Providing phone lines to Iowa Hill for the first time in the community’s history; • And promoting locally, sustainable food production by enacting an ordinance allowing homeowners to raise hens in their backyards. I am committed to making Placer County the most attractive place in California to live, visit, recreate and do business. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing the issues that concern us all, not just in Auburn or District 5, but throughout the county. Jennifer Montgomery represents Placer County’s Supervisoral District 5, which now includes the incorporated City of Auburn.