David RabbittDuring David Rabbitt’s two terms in office, he’s been a major advocate of improving our roads and infrastructure, supporting our economic vitality, balancing the budget, preserving our agricultural heritage, reforming our pension system, protecting our environment and supporting other essential government services, including education, senior services, healthcare and public safety.  Some of his accomplishments as Supervisor include:

Record spending on road repairs

As a Supervisor and Board Member/Past Chair of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, David Rabbitt has been a champion for improving Sonoma County’s road network.  Since David took office, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Long-Term Road Plan and has approved nearly $100 million towards road repairs across Sonoma County, including dozens of miles of roads in Southern Sonoma County jurisdictions in unincorporated areas of Two Rock, Petaluma, Penngrove, Cotati and Rohnert Park.  Some of the many miles of road repair work since David took office includes sections of Lakeville Road, Lichau Road, Old Redwood Highway (between Cotati city limits and Petaluma city limits), Mecham Road, Stony Point Road (between Highway 116 and Petaluma city limits), Corona Road, Roberts Road, Petaluma Hill Road, Bodega Avenue, Frates Road, Valley Ford-Freestone Road, Liberty Road, Pepper Road and Skillman Lane, amongst others.  David also supported the signalization of Adobe Road at East Washington Street to make the road safer for motorists and pedestrians.  Despite the remarkable progress by the Board over the last several years after decades of neglect, David knows we cannot let up on the continued need to repair our roads, and he will continue making road repairs a top priority in the future.  But Sonoma County is headed in the right direction, with more road repairs approved by the Board of Supervisors over the next two years to repave roads, including parts of:

Advancing the Highway 101 Widening Project

A Petaluma resident, David regularly travels the bottleneck on Highway 101.  As a member of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, he’s been a staunch advocate for completing the widening project to alleviate the traffic bottleneck once and for all.  While the SMART Train (to which David also serves on the Board of Directors) has provided some relief, David knows the only lasting solution to freeway traffic congestion will be three lanes in each direction from Windsor to Novato.  Since David took office, there has been forward progress, including the reconstruction of the Petaluma River Bridge to handle three lanes of traffic in each direction (with recent funding secured to widen Highway 101 from Petaluma Boulevard South to the Marin County line), ancillary freeway repairs near San Antonio Creek at the County line, and finishing the segment of freeway from north Petaluma to Rohnert Park.  Despite this progress, David recognizes the county alone cannot solve the problem, as the Novato Narrows, stretching into Marin County, requires cooperation with other local government agencies, but more importantly, the state and federal government to provide grants and matching funds.  David has worked hard to bring the completion of the widening project closer to completion, and in the near future, funds from SB1, grants and money already earmarked for the widening of the Narrows and central Petaluma should bring the project closer to completion.  David will not let up in this effort until both segments of the project are fully funded, constructed and completed.

Job creation & a robust economy

David was elected to the Board of Supervisors during the depths of the Great Recession.  Budget cuts and stretching a dollar were both ways of life when David entered county government.  But by taking a pro-local business approach that sought to encourage business expansion in our area, our economy and employment rates have rebounded, and employment numbers and our economic strength are at record highs.  David will continue to encourage a strong economy both to the benefit of our workforce and small business owners.

Balanced budgets & effective fiscal management

David was a leading voice in pension reform efforts, part of a larger issue of effective fiscal management.  David serves on the Sonoma County Employee Retirement Association (SCERA) Board of Directors to understand the needs of our valued county employee retirees, while also balancing the need to be an effective steward of our tax dollars.  Long before David took office, Supervisors enacted retroactive pay and pension increases that have ballooned more than 500% over the last 16 years.  David knows those decisions were recklessly unsustainable, and has been working ever since to ensure we are fair to taxpayers, while also taking care of the public employees who depend on retirement resources in their later years.  While it has been a difficult balancing act, Sonoma County has made significant strides to reduce unfunded liabilities, by enacting a new, more equitable pension tier for new and future county employees, and eliminating loopholes in the system that allowed former county employees, particularly those in management positions, to “spike” their pensions just before retirement.

Agricultural preservation

David knows agriculture is the lifeblood of the 2nd District and Sonoma County at-large.  During his first campaign for Supervisor and during his re-election campaign in 2014, David had the strong support of the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, who knew that David understood the needs of agriculture and a commitment to preserving agriculture for future generations.  David has advocated for policies to help small farming families, while also using public dollars to secure easements to permanently protect our agricultural lands for future generations.

Environmental protection

David serves on Sonoma County’s Regional Climate Protection Authority, has approved electric vehicle charging stations, and been a supporter of renewable energy projects.  Equally important, David has advocated for the protection of our local parks, greenbelts and open space areas to preserve the tranquility and stunning landscape we’ve all been able to enjoy as residents.  David is committed to being both a steward of our land while moving Sonoma County forward to remain on the cutting edge of clean and renewable energy resources.

Public safety

As a father, David knows the safety of our community is critically important to preserve our quality of life, not only for our youth but also for seniors and residents of all walks of life.  David has a strong working relationship with local law enforcement agencies, and has been working to preserve the safety of our community while increasing transparency and accountability in law enforcement operations.  As part of this, David supported the creation of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO), and will continue to be a strong voice for safe communities in the future.

Social services

David has been supportive of efforts to combat homelessness, address issues of mental health, and sustain healthcare services for our indigent and vulnerable populations.  Healthcare services is one of the larger recipients of the county’s General Fund dollars, and David will continue working to support important social service initiatives, while continuing to partner with Sonoma County’s Cities to address social service issues for those who need it most.

“Supervisor Rabbitt is one of the most pragmatic Supervisors on the Board, with a keen understanding of the challenges we face.  Yet he recognizes the finite resources we have to address these challenges, but has proven over and over again an ability to get things done with the public resources he has to work with.  He’s earned my vote to continue serving.”
- Petaluma Resident