Davis Enterprise: Give Provenza another term
The issue: Experience, accomplishments merit re-election
One of the fortunate aspects of living in a town like Davis is the sheer quality of candidates we get for local office. We doubt that there is any district in the state that has anyone as qualified as the three candidates who are running for District 4 of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.
FROM THIS well-qualified group, we see the incumbent Jim Provenza as the clearest choice to serve the people of the district, which includes much of north, east and south Davis. Provenza’s dozen years on the board have been marked by his diligent work on behalf of his constituents and the most vulnerable residents of the county.
He came to the board in 2009, following a lengthy career as an attorney that included stints at the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County, where his work focused on domestic violence, consumer fraud and civil rights violations; with Legal Services of Northern California, where he focused on housing discrimination cases; as counsel to both the state Senate Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Public Safety Committee; and as a representative of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the state Capitol.
He is the chair of First 5 Yolo, an agency that improve the lives of the county’s youngest residents, from early developmental screenings to child abuse prevention efforts.
Likewise, staff and volunteers at the Yolo Crisis Nursery credit Provenza with helping save the nursery when it was on the verge of being shuttered several years ago. The nursery, located in Davis, provides care to children 0-5 whose parents are in crisis. That care keeps young children safe while their parents receive the help they need. It is one of the most effective systems we have for keeping kids out of the welfare system.
On other end of the spectrum, Provenza is also the chair of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, an agency he helped create in 2010 to coordinate services for the county’s senior citizens. He is focused on building a new Adult Day Health Center, which provides a range of services for individuals and families dealing with challenges like dementia and chronic illness.
He has also been a champion of agriculture and environmental concerns, helping preserve open spaces in the rural areas of the county.
For his experience, his service and the good things he still has yet to accomplish, we are proud to recommend to the voters of the District 4 to send Jim Provenza back to the Board of Supervisors for another term.