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County Update

With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman

Fall Update 2021

Share Your Vision for a Climate-Friendly Santa Clara County

The County is creating a Climate Roadmap

2030 that will outline actions the County and partners will take to combat climate change . The Roadmap will also identify actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create an environment to enhance natural resources and habitat , and improve community health and well-being . Get involved by visiting the virtual visioning board to share your vision for a climate-friendly Santa Clara County . You can post ideas , pictures , comments and more . Visit the project website to view the recently completed Countywide and Unincorporated County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and Forest , sign up for updates and learn about future engagement opportunities at tinyurl . com / SCCvirtualboard .
Supervisor Mike Wasserman is the President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors . He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 and 2018 . He represents District 1 , which includes Gilroy , San Martin , Morgan Hill , Los Gatos , Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose .

Farmworker Housing Proposed

The Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan reports that the County ’ s agricultural industry employs more than 8,000 residents and contributes approximately $ 830 million annually to the economy . But the County still has an estimated shortfall of more than 1,400 seasonal and 700 long-term housing units to support the employment demands of the industry . Our local agricultural industry needs workers and our workers need housing . It ’ s the only way we can keep the industry viable over the long haul . To help address this unmet need , Supervisor Joe Simitian and I are proposing the development of affordable housing for local farm labor workers . In June , we directed County staff to identify options for building affordable farm worker housing in South Santa Clara County , where the majority of farming occurs . The proposal asks staff to consult with relevant stakeholders , including the agricultural community , environmental advocates and the farm labor workforce . County staff will return to the Board of Supervisors with options for consideration at the Board ’ s Housing , Land Use , Environment and Transportation Committee meeting in September 2021 . The agenda and relevant documents for that meeting are available on the County website at www . sccgov . org


Mike Wasserman , President Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors www . supervisorwasserman . com e-mail : district1 @ bos . sccgov . org office : 408-299-5010
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