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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. ( Housing in Our County O ne of the most frequent complaints I hear is about the lack of housing in Santa Clara County. Most people would agree that prices are too high and supply is too low. While this seemingly intractable issue is frustrating for some people, for others it means homelessness. To address the issue head on, voters took action in November 2016 by approving the County’s “Measure A” Housing bond, which allows the County to borrow up to $950 million by issuing general obligation bonds to acquire or improve real property. The funds will provide affordable local housing for vulnerable populations including: veterans, seniors, the disabled, low and moderate income individuals or families, foster youth, victims of abuse, the home- less, and individuals suffering from mental health or substance abuse illnesses. Housing may include supportive mental health and substance abuse services. According to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Santa Clara Coun