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Open seats on the MACs

By Christian Kallen

Sonoma County First District Supervisor Susan Gorin’s monthly newsletter focused on several seats open on local Municipal Advisory Councils. “MACs are important tethers between residents of the unincorporated reaches of our county and county government,” she wrote. In addition to the two District One MACs, there are MACs in the Fourth and Fifth Districts, representing unincorporated communities with shared interests such as the Lower Russian River and the Sonoma Coast.

There are upcoming vacancies on the two in the Sonoma Valley.

Springs Municipal Advisory Council (Springs MAC)

Monthly meeting date: Second Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

The first MAC created in District One, the Springs MAC, represents the unincorporated communities of Boyes Hot Springs, Fetters Hot Springs, El Verano, and Agua Caliente. The Springs MAC began meeting in 2019.

The Springs MAC has completed several projects in the community, including partnering with the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center on a vaccine clinic and acquiring emergency preparedness and disaster relief supplies for the Springs community. Additionally, councilmembers have taken an interest in issues including pedestrian safety, mental health, and much more. The Springs MAC provides simultaneous Spanish interpretation for its meetings.

Seven community residents and two atlarge residents living in the boundary area serve on the MAC. Applicants to fill vacancies on the Council are interviewed by the supervisor, chair, and vice-chair of the MAC, and are recommended for approval by the Board of Supervisors.

North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSV MAC)

Monthly meeting date: Third Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

The North Sonoma Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NSV MAC) was established in the summer of 2020 and is the newest of the District One groups. The NSV MAC coverage area includes Kenwood and Glen Ellen, and other areas greatly impacted by the 2017 fires.

Over the past year, the NSV MAC has taken a particular interest in the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan process, SDC being within the MAC’s boundaries. Ad-

ditionally, the council has hosted speakers on emergency preparedness, traffic and safety, and vacation rentals, among other topics of interest.

Similar to the Springs MAC, seven community residents and two at-large residents living in the boundary area serve on the MAC. Applicants to fill vacancies on the Council are interviewed by the supervisor, chair, and vice-chair, and are recommended for approval by the Board of Supervisors.

Those interested in applying for any of these seats, or other county boards and commissions, can do so online at https://sonomacounty. ca.gov/boardsandcommissions. Please indicate what board/commission you are applying for.

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