Candidate Viewpoint with Wendy Skillman

The election is just weeks away. In Cotati it is a four horse race for three available seats on the City Council plus there is always the possibility of a write-in candidate. The Patch is talking with each candidate so we can learn about why they think

Editor's note: Please note this is not an endorsement by the Patch for this or any candidate. We are giving the same questions and opportunity to all candidates so that they may express their thoughts to our readers in an attempt to get to know them better and what they think is important.

Wendy Skillman's background includes 12 years as an attorney. She has been an environmental prosecutor, primarily in central California and worked as a deputy district attorney in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. For the past 5 years she has called Cotati home and in the time has spent three-and-a-half years as part of the Community and Environment Commission. She was appointed as a Planning Commissioner in June of this year.

Why are you running?

I really have enjoyed the work that I have done so far with the city and I have gotten to know some great people within the community. I would like to try and keep moving forward in a positive way to help the community, fill empty stores, and do what I can for Cotati.

What do you want to accomplish?

From my time working on the general plan it seems like we are moving in the right direction. I want to keep working towards keeping the small town feel that Cotati has but also get new businesses into the city. Also I would like to help streamline the process to help local businesses do more in Cotati such as making it simpler to move from one location to another location or into a bigger store.

Are there any issues critical to you?

The budget will be a critical issue. We lost some redevelopment funds, as many other cities have, and that will require adjustments. There is a need to try and maintain grants for current projects and obtain new ones. I also think it is important to keep the area safe and maintain our police department so we have a safe community to raise a family.

What qualifies you?

A lot of my work as an attorney involved coordinating with various people that had varied opinions on one issue. My experience from those past jobs has been in finding the middle ground while listening to all parties concerns and points of view. While it is important to listen to all sides you then need to be able to step back and look at the big picture and how it all fits together. I have excelled at bringing people to a point to agree and reach a resolution.

Why should people vote for you?

I work really well in getting resolutions. My background, skills, and experience can be brought to the table to work with people, including other council members, to reach resolutions to problems and keep things going in a positive manner for our city.

Being a parent I spend a lot of time thinking about education and planning for the future in the community I live in. It is important to me to be in a place where my son can safely ride his bike to a friend's house and we have great activities and events to go to along with having good schools that provide the education we want.

Election Day is fast approaching. November 6 is right around the corner so make sure to stay tuned to the Patch for more information about each candidate to help you make your choice.

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Doug Strickland October 18, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Having a background helping with the General Plan is not exactly an accomplishment, since the town is in a lot of disagreement over the future of Cotati. Since attorney's (as opposed to say a mediator) is interested in owning the prevailing thought, how do you propose to mend the discord without simply creating another imbalance? Things aren't 'going well' for our city. What consensus building strategies will you use to bridge the opinions of our disparate council members (assuming confidently that there will be some New contention when George and/or John takes a seat at the table)?
Milan Moravec October 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Wake up wendy! University of California Berkeley has the skill to use the additional education funding from Prop 30, 38. Here is how they practiced. The more non-Californians admitted to public University of California the fewer residents can be. Fall admit rate for residents drops to record low 18%: 43 percent jump in the number of affluent foreign and affluent out-of-state students. Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($450.000), Provost Breslauer ($306,000) shed thousands of eligible in-state applicants. Residents are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad affluent foreign and affluent out of state students. And, Birgeneau Breslauer subsidize affluent foreign and affluent out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while they double in-state tuition (Harvard College now less costly). Birgeneau Breslauer hapless leadership accepts $50,600 tuition to displace California residents (When depreciation of tax funded assets, infrastructure, cost of bonds etc, are included (as they should be), out of state, foreign tuition is more than $100,000 and does NOT subsidize in-state tuition. With the influence of University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau Provost George Breslauer deployed excessive force by his campus police - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Chancellor’s Provost’s doubling of in-state tuition. Retire dysfunctional Provost Breslauer. Birgeneau resigned.
Nick Walden October 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Hey Milan, what exactly does your point about Prop 30 and 38 have to do with the City Council race in Cotati?


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