FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 21, 2011 —
By Steve Marschke
West Sacramento’s Mike McGowan announced this month he will run to defend the Yolo Board of Supervisors seat he has held since 1993. He has also just been named president of the California State Association of Counties – which is now involved in serious negotiations with the administration of Governor Jerry Brown as Brown tries to tackle state debt.
The governor proposes to shift more duties from the state to the counties, and the struggle is over making sure that enough revenue comes along with it.
‘Realignment’ is a fancy word for shifting more work to the counties,” said McGowan. “We want to make sure the money will be there, too.”
McGowan said he thinks that local agencies can serve their communities better on a lot of fronts than the state, so in principal, “realignment” could work well.
“I think it depends on the funding,” he said. “I believe locals are really better at identifying a problem, because we live in it, we’re here.”
And how’s Yolo County doing on the whole?
McGowan said he and his fellow board members, fortunately, have shared a common vision for development. As a former West Sacramento mayor (the city’s first, actually) McGowan saw growth as the city’s friend. It’s different for the county.
After almost 20 years on the board, McGowan sees himself as something of the “grayback gorilla,” he said. He’s been involved in health administration, Native American casino issues, water rights from Conaway Ranch, and more.
“It is busy. I love it.”
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