Thank you for supporting my campaign!
To thank all my supporters, I'm giving out classic Vote Mo stickers this month. Put them on your car, water bottle, computer, anywhere you want show your support.
Who's on Team Mo
I am thrilled to announce that I earned the endorsement of the local SEIU 2015 Chapter. SEIU Local 2015 is a diverse, ethical, and transparent 21st Century worker organization leading with vision, understanding, clarity, and agility, thereby thriving in an ever-changing world. Through the work of our members, by building partnerships, and embracing innovation and education, SEIU Local 2015 long term care workers will have achieved quality jobs that deliver livable wages, retirement security, respect, and the right to a union for all. SEIU Local 2015 will have placed the new American Dream within reach by ensuring the accessibility of quality long term care for seniors and people with disabilities, and securing a quality life for our communities which includes access to affordable quality healthcare and housing, safe neighborhoods, educational opportunities, and racial and environmental justice. To have the support and respect of the works that work so hard for others in our community means a lot to me. I won't let you down!
This week we had a few businesses endorse our campaign. Thank you Mike Gutierrez of Redwood Taxi and Jacob Bernie of Total Bern Productions!
Ronda Barela, Travis Parsons, Jef Brewer, Ocean Epstein, Mindy Keegan, Ed Jones and Willits City Councilwoman Saprina Rodriguez also joined my growing list of supporters.
What I did?
On Friday, I had a great day in Willits at Leadership Mendocino. Apparently there is a very high-end, exclusive, world renowned paint manufacturer in Willits! And in addition to all of the amazing artists who live here, Mendocino County draws people from all over the world to work at the North Street Collective. We also heard from Visit Mendocino about how they promote Mendocino County as a tourist destination and took a tour of Roots of Motive Power. We have so many amazing things to do in Mendocino County—we need to remember to be tourists in our community!
We had lunch at Roots Cafe at Howard Memorial Hospital and it was delicious. I had a salad made with produce from their garden across the street (one of only two hospitals that have their own garden in the US) and I tried a “Beyond Burger” that was delicious! We ended the day with a round table conversation at the new North Spur Brewery with the Willits Weekly, KZYX and the Mendocino Voice about how journalism has changed in recent years. I've always thought that Willits was precious, but now I love it more.
We've been door knocking and phone banking every day to make sure that everyone gets out the vote in February so we can wrap up the election in March! I brought Andie, my youngest daughter, to help me phone bank at the SEIU 1021 headquarters on Tuesday night. She jumped into the action making calls herself to invite people to vote for her mom, she even translated her script into Spanish. I know I am biased but she's the greatest "almost" 10 year old I know!
Where I went ?
I went to a few meetings as well! I attended the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and one of the major concerns is the potential loss of funding for Whole Person Care activities. These are funds that offer the ability to stretch the dollar a little farther to get homeless and mental health clients needs met without using their medical funds. I am monitoring this situation closely to make sure that we are prepared to get people what they need to transition out of homelessness.
For about a year, I've been a part of a grassroots coalition of people interested in bringing more arts (of all types) to public spaces and more art studios to our community. We had a meeting this week and I love hearing about all the exciting projects that people are working on. We have so much talent here!
I also attended my first Housing Action Team for Inland Mendocino County meeting. The team is ready to set goals and make sure the community is educated about housing options. My first task was to create a Facebook page to facilitate community outreach so please make sure you like and follow us @HATInlandMendo on Facebook.
If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to see the article by Curtis Driscoll of the Ukiah Daily Journal about our campaign.
Ballots will begin arriving the first week in February. Help us win outright with 51%+ of the vote. Every vote matters in this race!
Thanks again for your support!