Jim introduced a resolution that led to agreement with UCD to provide housing to match increases in student population. He supported construction of affordable housing for students, seniors, low income residents and special needs housing for mentally ill and disabled persons. He is currently working to prevent the closure of Pine Tree Gardens and other similar facilities. Jim assisted Legal Services of Northern California in obtaining funding to represent tenants facing unjust evictions.
Jim was instrumental in the enactment of one of the strongest AG Land protection ordinances in the state, including 3 to 1 mitigation for development on farmland. He strongly supported the Williamson Act extension and other measures to provide financial incentives to keep land in farming.
Jim chaired the Yolo Conservancy for three years, delivering a habitat conservation plan that will protect endangered and threatened species as well as many local threatened species. The plan is unique in California in that working farms will be used as a permanent location for habitat, thus protecting both species and agriculture. He also chaired the Delta Conservancy for several years, allocating millions of state dollars to Yolo habitat and water projects. He is a strong supporter of the successful drive to establish the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
Jim helped establish one of California’s first Climate Action Plans, meeting and exceeding our goals for greenhouse gas reductions. He voted to establish Valley Green Energy, an alternate energy provider for Yolo County and Davis residents that provides increased renewable energy and permits residents to use up to 100 percent renewable power in their homes.
Jim is Chair of the Yolo First 5 Commission, an organization that uses money from the tobacco tax to fund programs for children age 0 to 5. He is currently helping develop a countywide effort to provide early intervention and prevention for at risk children throughout the county. Jim was instrumental in the successful effort to save the Yolo Crisis Nursery in Davis. The nursery keeps families out of the child protective services system by providing care for infants and young children when their families are in crisis. He is also working to expand childcare and quality preschool in Yolo County.
Jim established and now chairs the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance, an organization that empowers seniors through education, advocacy and collaboration. Recent projects include fall prevention, advocacy for memory care and a drive to rebuild a new adult day health care center for the county and new memory care facility in Davis. Jim is working through the aging commission to develop a plan to identify elderly and disabled residents who need special assistance in the event of fires, floods or other natural disasters.