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Upcoming Events

Join Us for Supervisor David Rabbitt's 8th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

WHEN: Friday, March 16, 2018
WHERE: Rooster Run Golf Course, located at 2301 East Washington Street in Petaluma
TIME: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

$35 per person (suggested but not required)

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Friends of David Rabbitt for Supervisor
P.O. Box 477
Petaluma, CA 94953

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News

Sonoma County, Santa Rosa consider new housing policies to help fire recovery, The Press Democrat, October 23, 2017
“I’ve heard from some who want to just plant an RV on their site and stay right there and oversee the rebuilding of their homes,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt. “There’s others that obviously want to go rent somewhere while they’re going to rebuild, or there’s those that were renting in the first place that need a new place to live. Without knowing the specific numbers on each individual category, we’re trying to make a whole menu of options available to reinforce the housing market.”

Firefight ‘turning corner’ as some evacuees allowed to return home, Petaluma Argus-Courier, October 16, 2017
“Behind every one of those numbers are people, families, that are really going to be struggling and have to deal with that,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt. “It makes the magnitude of this really just cataclysmic.”

Two Rock deal protects farm belt, The Press Democrat, October 6, 2017
“We are an agricultural county first and foremost. We always have been,” Rabbitt said. “To maintain those greenbelts, those rural areas that are so beautiful with the cows grazing on the hills under the oak trees and that typical Sonoma County scene, I think that’s an important part of it as well.”

Sonoma County supervisors back $28 million, two-year road repair plan, Petaluma Argus-Courier, September 28, 2017
“People are starting to see the difference,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, who has focused on transportation work in his two terms on the board. “We’re starting to get some pats on the back instead of kicks in the shins, which is nice. But it doesn’t mean that we let up. We need to keep going.”

Officials eye funding for Highway 101 widening, Petaluma Argus-Courier, September 21, 2017
“We’re at the tail end of the game,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, a member of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority. “We want to get over the finish line, but we don’t want to fumble the ball.”

Sonoma County Sheriff’s watchdog gets support and criticism from Board of Supervisors, The Press Democrat, September 19, 2017
Rabbitt on Tuesday said he accepted the office’s work in those areas as long as it did not come at the expense of audits. Such reviews evaluate internal investigations into deputies’ use of force, employee misconduct or complaints that originate from inside the department or the public.

New Petaluma solar site to power 600 homes, The Press Democrat, August 31, 2017
“Certainly you don’t want to come in and do something that is going to tick off all the neighbors. At the same time, we consider ourselves a progressive, energy-independent county and this is an important thing,” Rabbitt said.

Group to study long-term Petaluma flooding fix, Petaluma Argus-Courier, August 14, 2017
Supervisor Rabbitt said that Copeland Creek is the most sediment-laden waterway in southern Sonoma County. As it meanders down from Sonoma Mountain, Copeland Creek forms a wide alluvial fan made up of the brown soil the waterway carries off the mountain. This sediment also clogs and chokes the creek, like plaque in the arteries of a heart attack victim, he said.  Rabbitt said that planned detention ponds both down stream in Rohnert Park and on Sonoma Mountain will help hold excess water and better regulate the flow of Copeland Creek. Other solutions involve shoring up the creek’s banks and cleaning debris from the channel, which would trigger costly and time consuming environmental review.  “We’re fighting Mother Nature,” he said of trying to keep Copeland Creek contained within its banks. “It’s what she wants to do versus what we want her to do.”

Sonoma County expands summer pavement program, including parts of River Road and Bodega Highway, The Press Democrat, August 1, 2017
Supervisor David Rabbitt, whose district includes the Petaluma area, was glad to see D Street included in the pavement program, noting that driving on that road gets “noticeably a little louder” after motorists pass the Sonoma County line. He called the additional 5 miles a “stellar” improvement to the original 54-mile program.

Tolay Park on track to open by end of year, Petaluma Argus-Courier, July 29, 2017
Supervisor David Rabbitt said he hopes this year’s Fall Festival can also serve as the opening ceremony for the park.  “I really pushed parks last year and said it’s got to be open this year,” he said. “The Fall Festival, I’m optimistic we can make that.”

After Revival, a land deal is pending, Petaluma Argus-Courier, July 28, 2017
As the dust settles on Petaluma’s Steamer Landing Park following the Rivertown Revival gala, local officials are planning for the future of the land the annual gathering occupies — the McNear Peninsula.  The 32-acre peninsula has long been lauded by the city as a prime location for a park, and local agencies are now banding together to unlock the land for public use. The historic waterfront parcel is entangled in a complex web of ownership and is governed by stringent land use mandates that all but solidify its future use as a public park or open space…Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, who also serves as a director of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, said his agency is hoping to partner with other groups, including the Friends of the Petaluma River, to buy the land.

Sonoma County continues yearslong push in road repairs, The Press Democrat, July 17, 2017
“Will people feel like enough is enough on the tax side, or would they see this as really being, we can finally make a huge difference — if not a generational difference — in the care of our infrastructure?” Rabbitt said.

Petaluma flood control efforts receive funding, Petaluma Argus-Courier, June 24, 2017
Rabbitt, whose district includes Petaluma, said the project is key to protecting the city’s residents.  “We continue to improve on the efforts to reduce the threat to lives and property from flooding,” he said in statement. “This project includes not only flood protection, but incorporates environmental benefits into our vision of better managing floodwaters.”

County roads scheduled for improvements this summer, The Press Democrat, June 5, 2017
Rabbitt expressed hopes the county can overcome funding challenges to continue advancing the pavement program.  “I want to keep our foot down, to drive forward and keep going,” Rabbitt said.

Sonoma County opens social services office in Petaluma, The Press Democrat, June 4, 2017
Supervisor David Rabbitt, whose district includes southern Sonoma County, said the opening of a social services office in Petaluma makes economic sense and helps address the “perspective, whether it’s real or perceived” that the county is Santa Rosa-centric.  “The rent is cheaper in Petaluma at this particular location than it is in Santa Rosa,” he said. “And this is where the services are more convenient for south county residents.”

Next generation recycling comes to Petaluma, Petaluma Argus-Courier, May 11, 2017
Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt said the new facility will be “an integral part in achieving overall goals” of keeping 80 percent of waste from landfills.  He said the next challenge will be to identify a location for a composting site, though the Central Landfill is off the table.

Sonoma County supervisors create permanent citizens panel on pension reform, The Press Democrat, April 25, 2017
“I’m open to the makeup of the body,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, a longtime board member of the county pension system and a veteran leader of local reform efforts. “Looking at the bigger picture and the politics of the county and what we want to achieve, whether it’s fixing our roads, fixing our parks, you can’t deny that pension ... comes up over and over again. And it remains a political issue because of that. And we need to address it.”

Petaluma-Sebastopol bike path takes shape, Petaluma Argus-Courier, April 10, 2017
Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, who represents Petaluma, said he’s heard from residents concerned about the impacts on their property.  “And you have the issues in some areas of peoples’ backyards that are right along the path, and they’re nervous about what that means … I heard that loud and clear and I do think there are other ways”…Rabbitt expressed support for boosting connectivity between the two cities, but suggested planners consider options that could take advantage of other trails, like a proposed Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit bike and pedestrian path or choose routes like Highway 116.  “The connectivity and to be able to have the bike routes is a good thing,” he said.

Funding approved for Highway 37 traffic, flooding study, Petaluma Argus-Courier, March 10, 2017
Supervisor David Rabbitt, who chairs a committee of officials from the four counties that Highway 37 passes through on its route from Highway 101 to Highway 80, said the study is expected to provide a blueprint that will allow officials to prioritize segments of the roadway construction.  “We all recognize that Highway 37 is a vital east-west link,” he said. “We need to make sure it’s going to be there in the future.”

Sonoma County supervisors look to create new citizens’ pension reform committee, The Press Democrat, February 24, 2017
“It’s really about oversight and about giving people confidence that we have someone watching what we’re doing and recommending anything that can be done to lower the overall cost — and to really, truly understand the world that we live in, in terms of pensions in California,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, a longtime board member on the county’s pension system and key player in local efforts to reduce costs.