John Ferrera Announces Bid For 4th Supervisorial Seat

Yesterday evening at his home with his wife, family, and a throng of supporters made up of community leaders, friends, and other members of the community, John Ferrera formally announced his intentions to run for the 4th Supervisorial Seat currently held by Mariko Yamada. Mr. Ferrera, currently the Chief of Staff to State Senator Denise Ducheny, was introduced by Supervisor Helen Thomson, Davis’ other representative on the Board of Supervisors.
In addition to Supervisor Thomson, John Ferrera is endorsed locally by Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Asmundson, City Councilmember Stephen Souza, Former School Board Member Marty West, and State Senator Mike Machado. Other community leaders attending the event included Councilmember Don Saylor, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, and School Board Member Keltie Jones, among others.

In his release, Mr. Ferrera stated:

The Yolo County General Plan process will most likely spill over into 2009, when the next supervisor assumes the 4th District seat. “I plan on being completely up to speed and ready to hit the ground running if I’m elected to the Board. There’s no time to waste and I believe I owe it to my constituents and the other Board members to get to work right away finishing and implementing the new General Plan.”

John Ferrera spoke briefly to the crowd of around 50 people.

“I’ve worked on the issues that we need to deal with over the next 25 years to keep Yolo County the way we love it to be. A place where we protect the environment, a place where we protect open space, a place where we respect agriculture and the people who toil in it every day like Marc Wilson who I really appreciate…

We can scream at each other and try to ignore the fact that we might grow a little bit. It’s not something that any of us would choose but if we don’t embrace those issues and deal with them intelligently and use experience on how to do things right then we will get overtaken. If we work together, then we’ll do well and we’ll be able to preserve what we love about our community and about our county.”

John Ferrera joins Davis School Board President Jim Provenza who announced his intention to seek the 4th Supervisorial District back in March.

Jim Provenza in a statement to the Vanguard, said:

“I am pleased to welcome John into the race. I look forward to a discussion of issues of importance to Davis and Yolo County citizens, such as the role of a county supervisor in protecting farm land, preserving the environment and assuring that seniors and young people will have the services they need to lead healthy and happy lives.”

The race to succeed Mariko Yamada, who is running for the 8th Assembly District, will pit the two Davis Supervisors against each other as well with Supervisor Thomson supporting John Ferrera and Supervisor Yamada supporting Jim Provenza.

Supervisor Yamada has endorsed Provenza describing him as filling the needs of Yolo County.

“Jim has the intelligence, integrity, and independence to be a great Yolo County Supervisor. He’s the right fit for the District and Yolo County.”

Supervisor Thomson described Ferrera as experienced with a good disposition and demeanor as well as a strong sense of humor and strong convictions all which will be needed during times of intense debate over policy issues.

John Ferrera described Yolo County as a beautiful place to live between two large and growing areas and vowed to preserve our quality of life.

“We are in the middle of two quickly growing areas, Sacramento and the Bay Area. Yolo is a beautiful place to live. The county plays a pivotal role in maintaining that quality of life by guiding our land use and local economic development. I’ve learned a lot in 20 years of working on these issues, and bringing together diverse groups to reach their goals. It takes leadership, creativity and vision.”

The Vanguard will be interviewing John Ferrera later on this week and publish that interview right here.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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68 comments

  1. DPD: In your upcoming interview with Ferrera,I hope that you ask and press him, if necessary, to clearly state whether he supports honoring the existing Davis’ Pass-Through agreement with the County and will not support any change in the current agreement that now gives Davis sole decision-making control of development on its periphery. It is a simple question that has a simple answer; no obfuscations,platitudes or rhetorical “dodges” should be tolerated.

  2. DPD: In your upcoming interview with Ferrera,I hope that you ask and press him, if necessary, to clearly state whether he supports honoring the existing Davis’ Pass-Through agreement with the County and will not support any change in the current agreement that now gives Davis sole decision-making control of development on its periphery. It is a simple question that has a simple answer; no obfuscations,platitudes or rhetorical “dodges” should be tolerated.

  3. DPD: In your upcoming interview with Ferrera,I hope that you ask and press him, if necessary, to clearly state whether he supports honoring the existing Davis’ Pass-Through agreement with the County and will not support any change in the current agreement that now gives Davis sole decision-making control of development on its periphery. It is a simple question that has a simple answer; no obfuscations,platitudes or rhetorical “dodges” should be tolerated.

  4. DPD: In your upcoming interview with Ferrera,I hope that you ask and press him, if necessary, to clearly state whether he supports honoring the existing Davis’ Pass-Through agreement with the County and will not support any change in the current agreement that now gives Davis sole decision-making control of development on its periphery. It is a simple question that has a simple answer; no obfuscations,platitudes or rhetorical “dodges” should be tolerated.

  5. He’ll get a similar interview to what I asked from Jim Provenza. I am pretty sure, Provenza was asked about the pass-through agreement, we’ll have to wait and see what John’s response is.

  6. He’ll get a similar interview to what I asked from Jim Provenza. I am pretty sure, Provenza was asked about the pass-through agreement, we’ll have to wait and see what John’s response is.

  7. He’ll get a similar interview to what I asked from Jim Provenza. I am pretty sure, Provenza was asked about the pass-through agreement, we’ll have to wait and see what John’s response is.

  8. He’ll get a similar interview to what I asked from Jim Provenza. I am pretty sure, Provenza was asked about the pass-through agreement, we’ll have to wait and see what John’s response is.

  9. It is unclear from your article if all people present have endorsed him. I take it that Don Saylor, Ed Prieto and Keltie Jones attended the event but haven’t endorsed him, correct?

    I’m looking forward to reading the interview, because I’ve never heard of this guy and do not know what he is about at all.

  10. It is unclear from your article if all people present have endorsed him. I take it that Don Saylor, Ed Prieto and Keltie Jones attended the event but haven’t endorsed him, correct?

    I’m looking forward to reading the interview, because I’ve never heard of this guy and do not know what he is about at all.

  11. It is unclear from your article if all people present have endorsed him. I take it that Don Saylor, Ed Prieto and Keltie Jones attended the event but haven’t endorsed him, correct?

    I’m looking forward to reading the interview, because I’ve never heard of this guy and do not know what he is about at all.

  12. It is unclear from your article if all people present have endorsed him. I take it that Don Saylor, Ed Prieto and Keltie Jones attended the event but haven’t endorsed him, correct?

    I’m looking forward to reading the interview, because I’ve never heard of this guy and do not know what he is about at all.

  13. “In addition to Supervisor Thomson, John Ferrera is endorsed locally by Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Asmundson, City Councilmember Stephen Souza, Former School Board Member Marty West, and State Senator Mike Machado. Other community leaders attending the event included Councilmember Don Saylor, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, and School Board Member Keltie Jones, among others.”

    I thought I pretty well distinguished in the first sentence those who have endorsed from those who also attended.

  14. “In addition to Supervisor Thomson, John Ferrera is endorsed locally by Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Asmundson, City Councilmember Stephen Souza, Former School Board Member Marty West, and State Senator Mike Machado. Other community leaders attending the event included Councilmember Don Saylor, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, and School Board Member Keltie Jones, among others.”

    I thought I pretty well distinguished in the first sentence those who have endorsed from those who also attended.

  15. “In addition to Supervisor Thomson, John Ferrera is endorsed locally by Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Asmundson, City Councilmember Stephen Souza, Former School Board Member Marty West, and State Senator Mike Machado. Other community leaders attending the event included Councilmember Don Saylor, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, and School Board Member Keltie Jones, among others.”

    I thought I pretty well distinguished in the first sentence those who have endorsed from those who also attended.

  16. “In addition to Supervisor Thomson, John Ferrera is endorsed locally by Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Asmundson, City Councilmember Stephen Souza, Former School Board Member Marty West, and State Senator Mike Machado. Other community leaders attending the event included Councilmember Don Saylor, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, and School Board Member Keltie Jones, among others.”

    I thought I pretty well distinguished in the first sentence those who have endorsed from those who also attended.

  17. DPD, you did distinguish who has endorsed John so far and who attended his event.

    It sounds like Anonymous @9:17 a.m. did not read your article carefully.

    Thanks for covering this race. I look forward to reading and learning more about both candidates.

  18. DPD, you did distinguish who has endorsed John so far and who attended his event.

    It sounds like Anonymous @9:17 a.m. did not read your article carefully.

    Thanks for covering this race. I look forward to reading and learning more about both candidates.

  19. DPD, you did distinguish who has endorsed John so far and who attended his event.

    It sounds like Anonymous @9:17 a.m. did not read your article carefully.

    Thanks for covering this race. I look forward to reading and learning more about both candidates.

  20. DPD, you did distinguish who has endorsed John so far and who attended his event.

    It sounds like Anonymous @9:17 a.m. did not read your article carefully.

    Thanks for covering this race. I look forward to reading and learning more about both candidates.

  21. I know Jim has a relationship with former Senator John Burton, and John has a relationship with some of the current democrat leaders…so it will be interesting to see if Jim seeks out Burton’s help on fundraising and endorsements.

    This will be an interesting race. I like John, as a person, but do not necessarily know his personal politics. I also like Jim and do know his politics and really like them.

    John would seem to have to play a bit of catch-up with Jim to get his stances out. But being endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson, for me, is not a good start.

  22. I know Jim has a relationship with former Senator John Burton, and John has a relationship with some of the current democrat leaders…so it will be interesting to see if Jim seeks out Burton’s help on fundraising and endorsements.

    This will be an interesting race. I like John, as a person, but do not necessarily know his personal politics. I also like Jim and do know his politics and really like them.

    John would seem to have to play a bit of catch-up with Jim to get his stances out. But being endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson, for me, is not a good start.

  23. I know Jim has a relationship with former Senator John Burton, and John has a relationship with some of the current democrat leaders…so it will be interesting to see if Jim seeks out Burton’s help on fundraising and endorsements.

    This will be an interesting race. I like John, as a person, but do not necessarily know his personal politics. I also like Jim and do know his politics and really like them.

    John would seem to have to play a bit of catch-up with Jim to get his stances out. But being endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson, for me, is not a good start.

  24. I know Jim has a relationship with former Senator John Burton, and John has a relationship with some of the current democrat leaders…so it will be interesting to see if Jim seeks out Burton’s help on fundraising and endorsements.

    This will be an interesting race. I like John, as a person, but do not necessarily know his personal politics. I also like Jim and do know his politics and really like them.

    John would seem to have to play a bit of catch-up with Jim to get his stances out. But being endorsed by Saylor and Asmundson, for me, is not a good start.

  25. Thanks for this article. In the Emptyprize, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close). And this is the person who will be reporting on these races for the Emptyprize? The person who leaves each Board of Supervisor’s meeting early and misses key issues prior to writing her summaries? God help us….
    Keep up the good reporting.

  26. Thanks for this article. In the Emptyprize, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close). And this is the person who will be reporting on these races for the Emptyprize? The person who leaves each Board of Supervisor’s meeting early and misses key issues prior to writing her summaries? God help us….
    Keep up the good reporting.

  27. Thanks for this article. In the Emptyprize, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close). And this is the person who will be reporting on these races for the Emptyprize? The person who leaves each Board of Supervisor’s meeting early and misses key issues prior to writing her summaries? God help us….
    Keep up the good reporting.

  28. Thanks for this article. In the Emptyprize, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close). And this is the person who will be reporting on these races for the Emptyprize? The person who leaves each Board of Supervisor’s meeting early and misses key issues prior to writing her summaries? God help us….
    Keep up the good reporting.

  29. “In the Enterprise, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close).”

    All things,

    You’re wrong, but your misunderstanding of where “Winters” begins is understandable. Elisabeth Sherwin was (technically) correct in her article.

    If you look at this map of District 2, you will see that Thomson’s district extends to Road 95A. For purposes of mailing addresses, that is the borderline between Davis and Winters. People west of that road have Winters addresses; people on 95A and to the east have Davis addresses. Ms. Sherwin did not make reference to incorporated areas. She simply said “Winters.”

    Of course, none of that matters, as Mr. Ferrera will be competing for the District 4 seat, not District 2. While I have no opinion of him yet — I live in Thomson’s district, so I can’t vote in that election, anyhow — I think it’s a good thing to have two (or more) good candidates vying for the seat. Thomson has not faced a serious challenge since since returned to county politics, and Yamada was barely challenged the one time she ran. It says good things about Provenza that he is so popular already. But the voters will be far better served to have a choice and a place to turn when one or the other stands for something they don’t like.

  30. “In the Enterprise, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close).”

    All things,

    You’re wrong, but your misunderstanding of where “Winters” begins is understandable. Elisabeth Sherwin was (technically) correct in her article.

    If you look at this map of District 2, you will see that Thomson’s district extends to Road 95A. For purposes of mailing addresses, that is the borderline between Davis and Winters. People west of that road have Winters addresses; people on 95A and to the east have Davis addresses. Ms. Sherwin did not make reference to incorporated areas. She simply said “Winters.”

    Of course, none of that matters, as Mr. Ferrera will be competing for the District 4 seat, not District 2. While I have no opinion of him yet — I live in Thomson’s district, so I can’t vote in that election, anyhow — I think it’s a good thing to have two (or more) good candidates vying for the seat. Thomson has not faced a serious challenge since since returned to county politics, and Yamada was barely challenged the one time she ran. It says good things about Provenza that he is so popular already. But the voters will be far better served to have a choice and a place to turn when one or the other stands for something they don’t like.

  31. “In the Enterprise, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close).”

    All things,

    You’re wrong, but your misunderstanding of where “Winters” begins is understandable. Elisabeth Sherwin was (technically) correct in her article.

    If you look at this map of District 2, you will see that Thomson’s district extends to Road 95A. For purposes of mailing addresses, that is the borderline between Davis and Winters. People west of that road have Winters addresses; people on 95A and to the east have Davis addresses. Ms. Sherwin did not make reference to incorporated areas. She simply said “Winters.”

    Of course, none of that matters, as Mr. Ferrera will be competing for the District 4 seat, not District 2. While I have no opinion of him yet — I live in Thomson’s district, so I can’t vote in that election, anyhow — I think it’s a good thing to have two (or more) good candidates vying for the seat. Thomson has not faced a serious challenge since since returned to county politics, and Yamada was barely challenged the one time she ran. It says good things about Provenza that he is so popular already. But the voters will be far better served to have a choice and a place to turn when one or the other stands for something they don’t like.

  32. “In the Enterprise, we were again treated to an uninspired report by Ms. Sherwin, who erroneously reported that District 2 goes all the way to Winters (not even close).”

    All things,

    You’re wrong, but your misunderstanding of where “Winters” begins is understandable. Elisabeth Sherwin was (technically) correct in her article.

    If you look at this map of District 2, you will see that Thomson’s district extends to Road 95A. For purposes of mailing addresses, that is the borderline between Davis and Winters. People west of that road have Winters addresses; people on 95A and to the east have Davis addresses. Ms. Sherwin did not make reference to incorporated areas. She simply said “Winters.”

    Of course, none of that matters, as Mr. Ferrera will be competing for the District 4 seat, not District 2. While I have no opinion of him yet — I live in Thomson’s district, so I can’t vote in that election, anyhow — I think it’s a good thing to have two (or more) good candidates vying for the seat. Thomson has not faced a serious challenge since since returned to county politics, and Yamada was barely challenged the one time she ran. It says good things about Provenza that he is so popular already. But the voters will be far better served to have a choice and a place to turn when one or the other stands for something they don’t like.

  33. Rifkin,

    From now on, we will refer to everyone and everything by their postal address, not city limits. Thank you for stepping up for your fellow Enterprisian by arguing her ‘correctness’ on a technicality. I’m sure residents of the western half of Road 95A will be pleased to learn they now live in Winters.

  34. Rifkin,

    From now on, we will refer to everyone and everything by their postal address, not city limits. Thank you for stepping up for your fellow Enterprisian by arguing her ‘correctness’ on a technicality. I’m sure residents of the western half of Road 95A will be pleased to learn they now live in Winters.

  35. Rifkin,

    From now on, we will refer to everyone and everything by their postal address, not city limits. Thank you for stepping up for your fellow Enterprisian by arguing her ‘correctness’ on a technicality. I’m sure residents of the western half of Road 95A will be pleased to learn they now live in Winters.

  36. Rifkin,

    From now on, we will refer to everyone and everything by their postal address, not city limits. Thank you for stepping up for your fellow Enterprisian by arguing her ‘correctness’ on a technicality. I’m sure residents of the western half of Road 95A will be pleased to learn they now live in Winters.

  37. And what do we do when someone lives in a city with multiple zip codes? Our whole system fall apart! And those residents of western parts of CA, where zip codes cover multiple unincorporated areas? Nevermind! City limits no longer have any meaning, thanks to the stance of the Lexicon Artistewithan’E’. Zip codes are the new geopolitical boundary, thus say the followers of Sherwin.

    From now on, I demand that we have no cities, only numbers. The Enterprise shall refer to residents of 95616, and 95618. Those who have P.O. Boxes will be considered homeless. 95617 will be the shunned community.

    Circle the wagons, Enterprisians!