David Sandino (portrait)


Key Issues Facing the County

There are three key issues facing the County: (1) land management, (2) water resources management, (3) budget shortfall, and (4) Public Electricity and SMUD

Land Management

With 750,000 new residents expected to move into the Sacramento Region by 2020, the greatest challenge facing Yolo County is to find ways to provide its share of housing, and to preserve agricultural land and wildlife habitat. The County is about to embark on the update of its general plan to address this challenge. I support

  • Directing growth to cities to preserve valuable agricultural land and habitat.
  • Encourage cities to meet their housing fair share requirements.
  • Prohibiting the County from not following city general plans by not approving projects near city boundaries.
  • Maintaining open-space buffer between Davis and Woodland.
  • Advancing regional growth and transportation solutions such as Yolo Bus and Amtrak

Water Management

Similarly, wise management of our water resources will also be essential. Yolo County’s surface water and groundwater resources require experience in this area. I support

  • Managing groundwater in a sustainable way through County groundwater ordinance.
  • Protecting Putah Creek riparian corridor and eliminating invading species problem.
  • Encouraging multi-use of Yolo Causeway maintaining public safety first.
  • Developing a levee setback solution to Cache Creek flooding problem. This approach would include environmental restoration and the potential for hiking and bike trails, linking the Capay Valley to the Sacramento River and then to American River Recreational Area.

County Budget

The County budget shortfall will require difficult choices and that priorities be established to protect essential services with limited revenue. I support

  • Reducing County spending by first looking at the Board itself to set an example. I support freezing the Board’s salary and would serve without a deputy and would do my own staff work until the crisis ends.
  • Prioritizing spending to protect essential services, which I view as public safety provided by the sheriff and judicial system, and medical, mental health, senior citizen and children services.
  • Reducing shortfall through hiring freezes where possible.
  • Maintaining fiscal reserve and not significantly reducing the reserve as a temporary fix to the problem.
  • Postponing capital improvement projects until crisis ends.
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