Priorities

San Benito County is a great place to live. But our families face major challenges including the lack of good-paying jobs, substandard roads, rising housing costs and no/inadequate broadband connectivity. These issues are closely linked and interdependent. For instance, the shortage of local jobs is a major contributor to highway congestion as the vast majority of us commute out of the county to work.

I have a long history of tackling tough issues, and, with your vote, I pledge to do even more. I also pledge to continue to fight to improve care for our elderly and to work with our schools to improve public education for our children.

economic development

The current Board of Supervisors made an important investment in recruiting new jobs by allocating $100,000 to the county Economic Development Corp. Supervisors now must monitor the EDC and hold it accountable for results.

 

Supervisors must create the underpinnings of success by doing the work government should be doing: providing roads and public works infrastructure, and high-speed broadband that are business essentials in today’s world.

 

Let’s stop the revolving door of department heads and support staff. I will lead the creation of a culture that evaluates projects on their potential value to the county and not on personal whim.

 

affordable housing

As your Supervisor, I will be looking for projects that are balanced and include “attainable” housing for the men and women that protect us, teach our children, and spend their hard-earned dollars in the stores, restaurants and businesses that are the core of our local economy.

When it comes to housing our greatest need is clearly homes for firefighters, teachers, and others in our workforce.

As your Supervisor, I will be looking for projects that are balanced and include “attainable” housing for the men and women that protect us, teach our children, and spend their hard-earned dollars in the stores, restaurants and businesses that are the core of our local economy.

Sept. Update: Housing is more than shelter, it's also home to our dreams, our ambitions, and our vision of our community. I'm proud to share my platform for building more affordable housing in this white paper put together by me and a team of affordable housing experts. 

Affordable Housing in San Benito County, An Overview and Path Forward

 

roads

Our county roads are substandard. Years of inadequate funding for road improvements has resulted in pot-holed streets that rattle our cars and fray our nerves. I have been a leading advocate for road improvements, making frequent appearances before the Council of Governments (COG), the body that controls transportation funding.

Putting words into action, I served on the Campaign Committee for Measure G to raise money to fix our roads. Voters passed the initiative with 70 percent approval. Money is only part of the solution. We need leadership to push the roads to become a front-burner issue for the Board of Supervisors. 

And we need leaders that will stand up to Caltrans and insist that the state make highway improvements that we need and demand that our county receive the same treatment and respect as neighboring counties.

universal broadband

The COVID pandemic has highlighted systemic inequities that we can no longer ignore. The equity issue of our day is the lack of universal broadband. This prevents many students from access to distance-learning instruction. It increases the isolation of older adults and prevents them from access to telemedicine. And it hampers our ability to recruit business to our county who rely on modern broadband as an essential tool. 

Leadership is finding solutions to our challenges with openness and collaboration, while being diligent about using public resources responsibly and being accountable for the results.

areas of focus

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Contact Wayne Norton, 831.227.3530, nortonforsupervisor@gmail.com

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