Juliette Beck talks about her plans if elected county supervisor – Daily Democrat
With less than a month to go until the June 7 statewide primary election, The Daily Democrat will pose five questions to candidates in Yolo County, allowing them to articulate challenges or issues they feel they need to address. concentrate when they are elected or if they are elected.
Juliette Beck is running to represent District 2 on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors against Davis Vice Mayor Lucas Frerichs. The position has been represented for more than a decade by Supervisor Don Saylor, who announced last year that he would not seek re-election after serving more than 25 years in three elected offices.
Beck said she was a resourceful and innovative community organizer who “specializes in bringing diverse groups of people together to solve difficult problems on a limited budget,” according to her biography.
Q: What prompted you to apply for a position as a departmental supervisor?
A: I am a mother raising a 5th generation Central Valley family with my husband Nick. I have a deep love for this land and its people. We are in a critical and decisive decade where the actions and decisions of our government have an enormous impact on the habitability of the climate for all future generations.
Here in Yolo County, with the intensification of drought, wildfires and heat waves, we are clearly on the front lines of this unprecedented and worsening crisis. After the Supervisory Board’s decision in January to approve the Teichert aggregate mine in the Lower Cache Creek watershed for another 30 years, ignoring their own planning commission’s recommendation to minimize negative impacts on the quality of the air, greenhouse gas emissions, and the nearby nature reserve—especially the sanctity of the Patwin-Wintun Maintenance and Gathering Garden—I decided to run for supervisor to provide climate leadership and help build a truly sustainable and inclusive economy.
As the Intellectual Architect of the Yolo County Climate Action Commission, I want to help manage the implementation of the commission’s work to achieve a carbon neutral county by 2030 and ensure climate change n does not increase inequality, but allows the county’s diverse communities to live more sustainably with a high quality of life here in Yolo County.
Q: How do you intend to help the communities of interest within the county if they are elected?
A: I will deepen my relationship with community leaders and representatives, especially with historically marginalized communities, in a way that builds trust and understanding. I will go directly into the communities – meeting them in their homes, workplaces, places of worship, sporting events, etc. – to stay connected, be visible and accessible.
My doors will always be open to all residents of Yolo County. As the District 2 representative, I will be splitting my time with Winters and Davis and will have offices in both locations. I will host regular town hall meetings and work with the Yolo County Communications Department to improve public education and awareness using all channels available to us – social media, website, press releases, videos – in emphasizing visual and culturally sensitive communication. strategies.
Q: What kinds of projects do you hope to champion with respect to the U.S. bailout funds the county is tasked with doling out over the next few years?
A: I am working with local coalition partners on a number of proposals, including:
- The Comida Digna program to combat food insecurity and promote food sovereignty
- Participatory budgeting to allow people to have a direct voice on where funds are invested in their community
- Yolo County Coalition for Green Schools to promote outdoor learning and toxic-free schools
- Community Resilience Centers to establish solar-powered community centers equipped with independent battery backup storage in neighborhoods most vulnerable to power outages and soaring energy costs
- Traditional Ecological Stewardship Training at Cache Creek Nature Reserve
- Green and Drought Friendly Landscaping Training in Spanish for Landscapers
- Blueprint for a Just Transition: Community Wealth Creation and Economic Development Planning for a Just Transition
- Eco-audits and sustainability plans for small businesses
- Bikes for All – universal access to children’s bikes throughout Yolo County
- Departmental network of cycle paths
Q: Do you have any ideas or plans for how to address drought-related struggles in the county given that groundwater levels have dropped significantly in recent years?
A: Yes — we need to bring all landowners together to solve this problem. We need a moratorium on new wells for historically unirrigated land. We should partner with the State of California to help our farmers switch to low water crops and water efficient technologies.
We need an emergency relief fund for low-income rural residents whose wells are going dry. If and when these families need to get water from rural fire departments, we must ensure that the water is potable and safe to drink or provide bottled drinking water.
Q: What do you think the county should do to continue to address homelessness in the county given that in 2019 the county had far more homeless people in every city than there were beds available?
A: At last count, there were about 600 homeless people in Yolo County, and it’s growing every day. I support immediate efforts to keep families in their homes and not make homelessness worse for people living in their cars or on the streets by having an emergency rental assistance program.
Homelessness needs a regional response – Paul’s Place in Davis is a good stop, but our homeless shelters need to be expanded in Woodland and other parts of the county, especially during the winter and during the heat waves in summer. We need to build a kennel so that homeless people can come with their pets to seek refuge. In the longer term, the county should support the construction of small communities of small houses, such as co-housing. The public bank could be a way to finance this type of ecological and socially just housing that would have a very low carbon footprint and be connected to the land to grow food for the local community.