A Farewell Message from County Supervisor Janet Wolf
Source: Office of Supervisor Janet Wolf
One week from today I will end my last term as your Second District County Supervisor. I want to take a moment to thank you for these past twelve years -- my constituents, colleagues, friends, advocates and staff for the honor of allowing me to serve, and for helping me navigate and create positive change along the way. Because of the passion and engagement of County residents, changes and challenges will continue, and I have confidence that my successor, Supervisor-Elect Hart, will be a responsible steward of the Second District.
As a community, I am proud of what we have accomplished during my three terms. We have tackled several long-standing issues while incorporating some new and important assets to our community.
We finally completed the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan, which serves as a blueprint for balanced growth to preserve our valued and limited agricultural sites while allowing a couple areas of housing growth. The process began in 2008, when I initiated the Planning Advisory Committee of dedicated citizens to guide us through the process. In 2015 the Plan was adopted by the Board of Supervisors, then certified by the Coastal Commission in 2016!
As you know, emergency planning has always been a priority for me and during my time on the Board, we unfortunately experienced many destructive wildfires, the Plains oil spill, and of course, the devastating 1/9 debris flow. Early in my tenure on the Board, I advocated for and urged my fellow Board members' support of a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that would serve the South Coast for years to come. The EOC was finally built in 2011 and has been an invaluable resource to the entire County.
The adult and juvenile criminal justice systems have undergone many changes in California over the past ten years. It has been my honor to serve as the Board's liaison on two County commissions advocating for continued reforms such as supervised pretrial release, alternatives to detention, enhanced resources for mentally ill offenders, and much more.
The Second District is full of beautiful parks and open spaces that enhance our quality of life and physical environment -- from the trails and views of the San Marcos Foothills to the amenities at Arroyo Burro (Hendry's) Beach County Park. It has only been with your input and the help of County staff and our Parks Commissioners that we have been able to institute improvements in park and open space staffing, add off-leash dog parks, and preserve the special place that is Goleta Beach Park.
I have also advocated for our "human infrastructure" -- those in need of social services, medical care, and mental health access with a focus on the most vulnerable....our children, disabled, and aging population.
Thankfully, while we have our challenges, our County Government is healthy and robust. We have a bright, passionate, and strong CEO, Mona Miyasato, who manages a team of professionals dedicated to public service and finding solutions to a myriad of issues and challenges. Additionally, I can say without hesitation that my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors are hard-working, intelligent, and passionate about the state of our County. I have been blessed to work with such an outstanding group of leaders.
Finally, I want to thank my Second District team, Mary, Naomi, and Hilda, whom many of you have come to know because of their outstanding community service and response to your needs and concerns. They are an awesome power team in the Second District.
While I am retiring, I will remain a passionate and informed Second District resident, and I look forward to running into many of you while out and about. Again, thank you for the honor to serve, and all my best for a very happy New Year! Greetings and Wishes to All for a Happy and Healthy New Year!