I'd like to offer my commendation and gratitude to the leaders in Merced County including Supervisors John Pedrozo and Jerry O'Banion for organizing community meetings that reach out to their constituents. Counties deliver essential services, including public safety, emergency response, health care and behavioral health services. In counties like Merced, covering close to 2,000 square miles, it is increasingly important to make it easy and convenient for people to participate in local government. Supervisor Pedrozo has a long history of holding community meetings in some of the further reaches of his district, and Supervisor O'Banion recently borrowed from his playbook, hosting an outreach meeting in Santa Nella that drew about 100 people. As local elected officials and county staff we are first and foremost public servants. Our jobs are to try to make things better for the people in our communities. Getting out into the community and listening to our constituents is the best way I know to make sure we are meeting the needs of the people we serve.
>DAVID FINIGAN, President, California State Association of CountiesDel Norte County