Board of County Supervisors:

Supervisors’ Balanced Growth Report Cards

Criteria Used to Rate Supervisors: The table below is based on supervisors’ voting records, public statements, and other political activity related to balanced growth issues. Numerous newspaper articles, e-mails from supervisors, and other information on this website document the supervisors’ positions. (Click this link for more information on supervisors’ positions.) The information is also based on county residents’ perceptions of the effects of supervisors’ tax and land use decisions on quality of life in the county, as reported in the 2005, 2006, and 2007 county surveys of residents. (Click this link for more information on the county surveys.)

The table below applies only to supervisors’ positions and votes on balanced growth issues and are in no way an attempt to evaluate their records in any other way. (PWCBG does not formally endorse any supervisors or supervisor candidates.)

The two formal development proposals referred to in the table headings below, and on which there were actual votes by the Board of County Supervisors (Brentswood 2005-2006 and Cherry Hill 2001 — columns 3 and 5, respectively) were, in oour judgement, foundational balanced growth votes that revealed a great deal about the attitudes of the supervisors. (Following Supervisor Hilda Barg’s retirement at the end of 2007, the only supervisors still on the Board who took part in the 2001 Cherry Hill vote are Supervisors Caddigan and Jenkins.)

Relative to the last column to the right, we indeed believe that residential developer campaign contributions influence politicians’ behavior in the long run and are thus germane to a discussion of balanced growth issues. If that were not true, why would donors contribute? On the other hand, we consider it even more important to judge the politican’s actual political behavior.

Link to previous supervisor report cards: | Proffers (Oct07)
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Supervisor John Stirrup Chairman Corey Stewart Supervisor  Mike May Supervisor  Maureen Caddigan Supervisor  Frank Principi Vice-Chrmn Marty Nohe Supervisor John Jenkins Supervisor Wally Covington
Opposed Brentswood Development (2005-2006). Actively opposed Actively opposed N/A Opposed N/A Supported Supported Actively Supported
Supports preservation of Rural Crescent by keeping  out development and sewer lines, which make high-density housing possible. Strongly supports Strongly supports Strongly supports Supports.  Opposed 2003 Greater South Market proposal to place a large housing development in the Rural Crescent.  Supports Mixed record. Mixed record.  Supported 2003 Greater South Market proposal to place a large housing development in the Rural Crescent. Has consistently  supported expansion of sewer lines and other development into Rural Crescent.
Opposed Cherry Hill Development
(2001).
N/A N/A N/A Opposed N/A N/A Supported N/A
Supports reasonable proffers from developers so County taxpayers won’t bear all infrastructure costs (police, fire, roads, schools, etc) of new residential development Supports Supports Supports In October 2007, voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment. N/A In October 2007, voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment. In October 2007, voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment. In October 2007, voted against increasing developer proffers to offset costs to taxpayers of  residential develpment.
Brings necessary road improvements to county and particularly his/her district in a timely manner. Yes Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes Mixed record
Supports high-quality commercial development. Supports Supports Supports Supports N/A Supports Supports Supports
Minimizes dependence on developer campaign funding (<20%), to avoid conflict of interest. Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No