On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the Lake County Board of Supervisors took a powerful step toward a brighter future, conceptually approving “Vision 2028: Reimagining Lake County,” a list of “Ten Key Priorities” for the next decade.
The County’s Vision 2028 priority statement continues a process that began in January, when hundreds of County residents attended Community Visioning Forums, and voiced their concerns and hopes for the future.
“There was an overwhelming theme,” shared County Administrative Officer Carol J. Huchingson, “We need to move forward in positive ways: we need to keep our residents safe; develop our infrastructure in support of vibrant communities; and take comprehensive, intelligent steps toward local Economic Development.”
Huchingson described the “Vision 2028” statements as, “An overarching umbrella,” from which the County will operate over the next ten years.
“This is a living document, that’s going to be [updated] at least annually, perhaps more often.” offered Huchingson. “There will be considerable discussion over what [these priorities] actually mean, many subtasks and specific marching orders to meet [these] overarching [priorities].”
Here is the full Vision 2028 priority list:
Consider and promote the well-being and economic resilience of every Lake County resident.
Maintain a transparent County government that is responsive, efficient, effective and fair.
Continue rebuilding and all efforts to recover from our recent disasters.
Enhance Public Safety: protect our citizens and serve them well
Grow our economy and spur creation of quality local jobs:
- Focused Economic Development
- Clean up our neighborhoods through Code Enforcement
- Foster a business-friendly environment
- Pursue funding to strengthen communities
- Market Lake County as a premier California outdoor recreation destination
- Advocate for Lake County’s needs through targeted political action
Improve our infrastructure:
- Roads and transportation
- Internet access for all
Support the County workforce, through targeted training, retention and recruitment initiatives.
Collaborate with Tribes, Cities and community groups to maximize opportunities.
Care for our County’s defining feature: Clear Lake.
Invest in Lake County’s richest resource: our People
- Provide pathways for our youth, leading to bright futures living in Lake County
- Encourage volunteerism, service and action toward the common good
- Recognize the wisdom and experience of Senior Citizens and serve them well
“The priorities are not in order,” said Huchingson. “However, the first, ‘Consider and promote the well-being and economic resilience of every Lake County resident,’ serves as a crucial declaration that Lake County’s government must serve the interests of all.”
“Sometimes, when we’re up here making decisions, we forget about the most vulnerable in our community,” related District 4 Supervisor Tina Scott. “I think that’s something we have to keep in the forefronts of our minds: Who is it going to hurt and who is it going to help?”
“Every decision we make is a financial decision for somebody,” added District 1 Supervisor Moke Simon.
“It doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of that every time we make decisions,” voiced District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown. “[Vision 2028] is a thoughtful approach to exactly what’s happening, realistically, in our world. I don’t [know] that 57 other counties have that.”
“Every Code Enforcement issue we take care of covers a lot of this stuff, I’ve been preaching it for over twenty years,” enthused District 2 Supervisor Jeff Smith, “I love the way [Huchingson and staff] laid this out!”
“It’s been a long road getting to this point, and a lot of things have happened,” commented District 3 Supervisor, Jim Steele. “I think this is a great direction.”
“[We] intend to make it clear to the 64,000 [Lake County residents] that we show up to work for every day, we’re here to champion the broad scope of [your] needs. We’re here for you. Everything we’re doing is for the betterment of your life here,” emphasized Huchingson.