Protection from Imminent Threat
“I strongly believe we need to raise our level of collective intelligence and discourse so that we can make the very best decisions.”
We face a slow-moving freight train as climate change bears down upon us, and we need to build our resiliency as well as minimizing our contribution to the problem itself.
Two key areas of resiliency involve our risk of wildland fire, and our town’s periodic flooding. After two fires in my neighborhood, we worked together with local fire fighters to discuss proper evacuation methods and keeping defensible space cleared.
I am proud of Fairfax now having the most Firewise Neighborhoods anywhere, including my own; passing the ballot measure creating the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority; and now hiring a Neighborhood Response Coordinator.
Flooding is an increasingly frequent event, and has in the past wiped out many beloved downtown businesses. How can we significantly reduce the frequency and severity of flooding with the least impact? I serve on the Flood Zone 9 Advisory Board, which will be creating a flood detention basin at the former Sunnyside Nursery above Fairfax, and is simultaneously removing the cement obstacle in the creek that caused such flooding in San Anselmo.
With my scientific and engineering background, I seek to be a bridge between the technical details and citizens to establish solutions that work on many levels, including the critical opportunities to improve equity and build community.
We will be faced with more questions like this as we adapt and rebuild our natural world, and I strongly believe we need to raise our level of collective intelligence and discourse so that we can make the very best decisions.