A Healthier Marin
Susan has used her nursing experience and PhD education to help make Marin a healthier place to live and work, for all of us.
Health & Wellness Campus
Improved access to healthcare for all, regardless of family income, through a Health and Wellness Campus. “Any door is the right door” means that Marin County residents can access healthcare and prevention services through any door on the new campus, which is located in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael.
A supporter of single-payer, universal healthcare, Susan has focused on identifying funding sources to improve local access to healthcare for Marin’s children. Each year more children receive better healthcare due to her efforts. Susan's participation on state and federal commissions also keep universal healthcare on the front burner, which remains her long-term goal.
Curbing Teen Drinking
Susan helped develop a nationally recognized Social Host Ordinance, aimed at curbing teen drinking. Marin cities with such an ordinance include Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur and San Rafael. It punishes homeowners or hosts of parties where teens are drinking, regardless of the homeowners' knowledge of the party.
Bike and Walk Options
Susan has led efforts on infrastructure improvements that allow healthier and safer choices for walking and biking in our neighborhoods. She believes if we build it, walkers and bicyclists will come... and they have.
Reinvigorating the Ten Year Plan to Reduce Homelessness, going from planning into implementation, Susan has been deeply involved with the work of the Marin Homeless Policy Coordinating Committee, bringing new housing opportunities and services to the homeless.
Treating Mental Illness
Development of a mentally ill offender’s court where non-violent mentally ill offenders are diverted into treatment instead of jail. This therapeutic approach to crime has resulted in a 85% reduction in recidivism in this population and a 54% reduction in psychiatric emergency room visits.
Marin Clean Energy
Susan was the swing vote in helping to pass the landmark legislation to implement Marin Clean Energy (MCE), which allows residents to choose greener energy sources for their homes and businesses with the goal of providing 100% clean and renewable electric energy by 2020. Having proven its ability to succeed and be sustainable, MCE is inspiring similar programs in Sonoma County and elsewhere across the country. The new revenues have allowed investments into new clean energy businesses and created new energy jobs while contributing to reductions in greenhouse gasses. No tax money is being used in the process.
Flood Protection and Watersheds
Susan lobbied state and federal representatives for funding to pay for flood control projects. She worked with the community to rebuild Pump Station 1 and allocated county funds to help offset the costs to the community. She has also been working with the county, the Flood Zone 7 Advisory Committee and the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a comprehensive levee study in Santa Venetia and has been working with multiple agencies on a comprehensive watershed program in the Gallinas Creek. Future implementation of levee and pump projects to protect the community from flooding will incorporate the information from the studies and best practices which use natural systems as part of the solution.
Resolving the Quarry Issue
Susan worked for years with local neighborhood groups and the San Rafael Rock Quarry to resolve numerous longstanding disputes such as traffic, air quality and future use. After years of heated exchanges and lawsuits, Susan brokered a deal that all sides felt were fair. This serves as a model for how Susan resolves the toughest issues.
Susan has been actively involved with parks and open space and community groups for habitat restoration, including the Santa Venetia marsh and levees, and goat grass eradication on ridges in Terra Linda. She has worked closely with parks and fire agencies to address the wildland-urban interface in creating defensible spaces. Susan also worked with members of the county Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Commission to strengthen and add accountability to a revised IPM ordinance. Now, toxic agents are not used in playground areas and least toxic approaches are used to address pests.
Protecting Wetlands, Stopping Development
Susan supported the institution of the Baylands Corridor in the general plan in order to protect sensitive habitat and address sea level rise on some of the last few remaining marshlands and open spaces along the San Francisco Bay waterfront. Susan also stopped massive development from taking root on properties East of 101 in North San Rafael. She serves on the San Francisco Estuary Partnership which works towards renewing a healthier bay estuary and marshlands.
Green Building Standards
Susan helped the county adopt and enforce rigorous new green building ordinances to reduce energy consumption and concomitant greenhouse gas generation. Marin County and the City of San Rafael are the only jurisdictions that so far have adopted the Building, Energy Retrofit and Solar Transformation (BERST) “green” building ordinance aimed at enhancing and standardizing green building standards.
New Shuttle Service
Susan helped institute shuttle service in the Santa Venetia, Marinwood, Lucas Valley and Terra Linda communities to fill in the gaps in the local transit system. Clean burning vehicles which are disability accessible are providing expanded services in the First District. Susan led the effort with 2 members of the Marin Transit District to renegotiate a contract with Golden Gate Bridge District which is bringing in more revenue to improve the bottom line of the budget and add weekend service. Enhanced senior services are also newly available.
Road and Pathway Improvements
A multitude of road repaving projects have been happening in the First District. It will be a busy year in 2013 with Idylberry in Marinwood, Adrian Way in Santa Venetia and Point San Pedro Road in Peacock Gap receiving new paving.
Re-striping roads and building Class 1 and Class 2 pathways throughout the district create safer bicycle and pedestrian access and include the Lincoln Hill and Cal Park Tunnel Class 1 multi-use paths, the Los Ranchitos and Lucas Valley Road pathways and the soon to be coming Miller Creek improvements. Safe routes to schools and disability accessibility is also a beneficiary of improved pathways.
MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE ProjectS
Relocating utilities underground along North San Pedro Road, which is not only more attractive, it's safer to drive around at night. We are also in the process of upgrading the Point San Pedro road with new asphalt that will reduce the sounds and vibration from quarry traffic for the community.