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County Update With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and re-elected in 2014. He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose. PRESERVING AGRICULTURAL LANDS helps safeguard our agricultural heritage for future generations. Santa Clara County is working with Morgan Hill and Gilroy on a Sustainable Agricultural Policy Framework for Southern Santa Clara County. The proposed Framework is intended to produce a new regional program to preserve agricultural lands and sustain a strong farming economy. If we can successfully complete the Framework it will increase the County’s competitiveness for agricultural conservation easement grants – thus helping to preserve our farmlands and agricultural heritage. SPRING IS HERE AND SO IS MOSQUITO SEASON. Keep your family safe from West Nile virus by reducing areas where mosquitoes might breed. Dump or drain any standing water weekly, use mosquito repellent, and wear protective clothing especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Help vector control keep our county healthy; report dead birds, neglected pools, and other mosquito breeding sources. You can call (408) 918-4770, or go online or download the County SCC Vector App. The County recently joined the SILICON VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY AUTHORITY (SVCEA) along with 12 other cities and towns including Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority will offer competitive electricity rates from greener electricity sources and reinvest the profi ts in renewable energy projects. Residents and businesses may be offered the program as early as 2017. Under Community Choice Energy (CCE), PG&E would continue to provide essential services as a partner, delivering the electricity over existing infrastructure, maintaining the power lines, sending bills, and providing customer service. The difference is that customers would receive cleaner energy and profi ts would be re-invested locally. When a community decides to create or join a CCE, all customers within that jurisdiction are automatically enrolled. However, customers can choose to opt-out of the CCE and remain with PG&E. For more information, visit GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 17