Moulton-Peters, who won her seat with 80% of the vote in a March 2020 election after Sausalito’s Kate Sears chose not to run for re-election after two terms. participated in her first meeting January 5 and was feted by an array of local officials, family and friends. In a short speech at the outset of the supervisors meeting, Moulton-Peters identified health, equity and the environment among her highest priorities.
A Los Angeles native and Stanford graduate, Moulton-Peters managed environmental regulatory compliance and sustainability programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company for more than a decade and has additional experience in communications and nonprofit philanthropy. In her 12 years on the Mill Valley City Council, she served as mayor three times and emphasized wildfire safety and preparedness, streetscape and transportation improvements, and climate change adaptation.
“As I adapt to representing Southern Marin on the Board, I will continue to promote responsive, transparent and inclusive local government,” Moulton-Peters said. “I and my staff will be reaching out to our local communities and using creative ways to engage with our residents and businesses to hear what’s on their minds and how we can be of service.”
Katie Rice, who represents the Ross Valley as District 2 Supervisor, handed the gavel to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni as she completed her second term as Board President, guiding the County government through a tumultuous 2020. She thanked the County staff, emergency and essential workers, and all local public servants for adapting to the COVID environment and continuing service delivery to the residents of Marin. She also acknowledged the wildfires, the apocalyptic smoke, the threat of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), the economic challenges, and the isolation prompted by the sheltering order that took place during her tenure as Board President.
“This has been not only a pandemic but a nationwide awakening, a reckoning, with racial injustice and socioeconomic inequities that exist,” Rice said. “The past year challenged us as individuals, as organizations, as a community, and as a nation. It has changed the way we think about community and our sense of responsibility to each other. Everything the government does from here on out must be considered through the equity lens – honestly, openly, with humility, and with a commitment to creating a more equitable community so that everyone thrives.”
Rodoni, an Olema resident and West Marin native, was first elected to the Board in 2016 and was sworn in at the first meeting of 2017.
“I am truly honored to be Board President,” he said. “I know 2021 will continue to test us, but I am confident we are ready and able to meet those challenges. Getting our communities vaccinated will start us on the road to recovery with some stability for our businesses, schools, and residents. Recovering and moving forward together, everyone is essential to having a community and county that flourishes.”
As Board President, Rodoni will run the Board’s meetings while continuing the County’s ongoing commitment to encouraging public participation. The President speaks for the Board once the Board has acted and works with County staff to set Board of Supervisors’ meeting agendas.
The Board meets most Tuesday mornings via online conference as long as the pandemic prevents meetings at the Marin County Civic Center’s Board chamber. Meeting start times are usually 9 a.m. but are subject to change. Occasionally agenda items are heard by the Board in the early afternoon and special workshops sometimes begin at 5 p.m.
All Board meetings are televised live on Comcast channel 27 in Marin County and streamed live on www.marincounty.org. Videos of the meetings dating to 2005 are archived on the website as well.
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