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JOHN SAKOWICZ, CANDIDATE, FIRST DISTRICT, COUNTY SUPERVISOR

JOHN SAKOWICZ, CANDIDATE, FIRST DISTRICT, COUNTY SUPERVISOR

JOHN SAKOWICZ, CANDIDATE, FIRST DISTRICT, COUNTY SUPERVISORJOHN SAKOWICZ, CANDIDATE, FIRST DISTRICT, COUNTY SUPERVISORJOHN SAKOWICZ, CANDIDATE, FIRST DISTRICT, COUNTY SUPERVISOR



Welcome

Thank you for visiting my campaign website.  I look forward to working with you as the next 1st District, Supervisor. Please review my platform statement to understand what I believe is important for the future of our county. I welcome your donations, volunteerism, endorsements and votes on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.   ~John 

CANDIDATE PLATFORM

MY CAMPAIGN PLATFORM

There are many pressing issues that need to be addressed. My platform will bring attention and action to the following issues:



HIRING FREEZE

  • The labor contracts signed by the county this year lock in long-deserved raises for rank-and-file workers.  Costs will only be contained by a hiring freeze.

CLOSE THE WEALTH GAP

  • Mendocino County needs to eliminate some highly paid executive and manager positions.  For example, the County CEO has a total compensation package of over $350,000 which includes generous benefits.  Meanwhile, our home health aides make only minimum wage, $12 per hour, and no benefits.

PENSION HYBRID PLAN

  • The county need to save on pension costs by shifting to a benefits-defined contributions hybrid plan for new employees.  The annual savings to the county would be in the millions.

LOCAL EQUITY PROGRAM

  • A source of funding is the Local Equity Program (LEP) which is aimed at assisting individuals who were negatively or disproportionately impacted by the criminalization of cannabis.

CANNABIS PERMITS

  • Cannabis needs to be zoned as agriculture, not zoned commercial. Also, cannabis needs to be a CODE enforcement issue and not a LAW ENFORCEMENT issue.

MICRO-GRANTS AND LOANS

  • The Humboldt County Cannabis Micro-Grant & Loan Advisory Committee, aka the Project Trellis Committee is accepting applications for micro-business grants now through December 16, 2019

GUN CLUB

  • The BOS must conduct an advisability study for continuing to locate the current Ukiah Gun Club in the upscale residential neighborhoods of Vichy Springs. The BOS should explore leasing BLM land on Cow Mountain and formally operating a second gun club.

John Announces Run for County Supervisor

CAMPAIGN KICK OFF-LABOR DAY 2019

BIO AND CREDENTIALS

JOHN SAKOWICZ, CANDIDATE 1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR

CREDENTIALS

* Johns Hopkins University, MA (1979), BA (1977)

* awarded commendations by the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives for leadership in fighting the AIDS epidemic, 1990

* Wall Street 1979-2000 (see FINRA file)

* Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, 2000-2004

* vice chair Mendocino County RDA Successor Agency

* served on three years on Mendocino County Grand Jury

* served on the Retirement Board as public trustee and bonded fiduciary of the Mendocino County Employee Retirement Association (MCERA), 2012-2017

* MCERA Budget and Audit Committee, Search Committee

* proclamation from MCERA, 2017

* CALAPRS trainings and certificates in pension management from Stanford Law School, UC Berkeley Haas School, and UCLA Anderson School

* appointed to vacant seat on the board of directors at the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District, 2017

* host and produce a popular public affairs radio show, "Heroes and Patriots", on KMUD (formerly aired at KMEC and KZYX), 2009-present

* attend Adventist Church -- Ukiah

* pro union -- former member of the Deputy Sheriff's Association

* pro independent family farmer -- member of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance

* politically active -- member of the Inland Mendocino Democratic Club

POLICY POSITIONS

* will support the “two- basin solution” endorsed by Rep. Jared Huffman and intended to accommodate both the Eel River and Russian River interests for the Potter Valley Project

* will support a new gun club on property leased from the BLM on Cow Mountain and operated by the county

* will support a resolution designating the entire county as a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants

* will support reparations, however symbolic, for local Native Americans

* will support the CAO model over the CEO model for county executive management

* will require department heads to provide monthly financial reports, performance metrics, and project updates to the Board of Supervisors

* will relieve understaffing in county departments, especially at HHSA

* will fill job vacancies in the county job chart, or will eliminate those open positions that are carried indefinitely

* will support unionization of workers in the local cannabis industry (United Farm Workers, Teamsters, and United Food & Commercial Workers)

* will work to streamline and simplify the cannabis permit program

* will introduce an agenda item to "kickstart" a cannabis supply chain company that will be collectively owned and operated by a local, non-profit, farmers co-op

* will work to keep cannabis revenues in Mendocino County and not exported back to Wall Street

* will introduce an agenda item to put a new emphasis on cannabis tourism in the county

* will support a living wage for IHSS workers

* will work to close the "wealth gap" between county executive management and its rank-and-file workers

* will work for a truly balanced budget to fund new labor contracts

* will introduce an agenda item for Pension Obligation Bonds

* will oppose outsourcing, privatization, consolidation, and other union-busting measures

* will host a quarterly town hall meeting at SEIU union hall

* will never cross a picket line

CONTACT INFO

personal website: www.johnsakowicz.com
radio show website: www.heroespatriots.org
campaign website: www.johnsakowicz.org

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