Sacramento County Supervisorial debate focuses on Growth, Homeless

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 16, 2016 / comments

[BY RYAN LILLIS] The packed field of candidates seeking to replace longtime Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan took the stage of the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College on Tuesday night for a debate that focused on economic development, public safety, the homeless and transportation challenges facing the county...

“Most of the economic growth in this county has gone to the super wealthy, to the special interests,” he said. “I want to change the priorities of this county.”

Frost began the forum by saying she would focus on “fiscal responsibility, personal liberty and public safety.” She advocated for more focus on addressing homelessness and said her priority would be public safety...

She added the homeless are “creating problems” for businesses in the county and said law enforcement agencies need to address the “aggressive homeless.” She wants the county to enforce illegal camping ordinances and opposed the creation of a sanctioned tent city like the one under consideration in the city of Sacramento.

Howell leaned on her tenure in Folsom, saying the city had flourished with “well-planned growth and increased economic prosperity.” She said her priorities are public safety, expanding business opportunities and improving the county’s transportation. She advocated for the Capital SouthEast Connector road linking Elk Grove with Highway 50 in El Dorado County.

“We need to work together to attract new business and good-paying jobs,” she said.

Howell said she has taken part in hundreds of meetings on development and new growth, citing plans for Folsom to expand in the future. She said she would use that “success in growth and development and spread them out to benefit the entire region.”...

Kozlowski said “Sacramento County deserves a supervisor that has the capacity to not only be a leader, but be that cheerleader.” He advocated for a “sensible, sustainable county budget” and said the county should focus on the basics: funding public safety and improving roads. And he advocated for moving forward with the Highway 50 connector project.

He opposed a $15 minimum wage in the county and said more should be done to ease restrictions on new businesses.

On homelessness, Kozlowski said that population has become a drain on the sheriff’s department “when they can be doing other things.” Instead, he said the county should provide more funding for mental health services.

“I’d like to see us take steps to reinforce our mental health services and be that quick bridge for people that by unfortunate circumstance find themselves homeless,” he said...

Her priorities: “jobs, public safety and fiscal responsibility.”

She said new developments should be approved only when they “fit community needs,” citing concerns in Orangevale, where some residents living in rural areas oppose the approval of new housing projects. “If the residents don’t want it, the county shouldn’t impose that on them,” she said.

She ended her remarks by saying she would focus on quality schools, is “independent of special interests” and would fight to “protect open spaces from reckless planning.”

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