City Council Candidate Sandra Maurer
Community organizer with focus on health and environmental wellness
My name is Sandra Maurer and I am running for Sebastopol city council. I am a 34 year Sebastopol resident and director of the EMF Safety Network. I have been a council watcher, engaged with the city council since 2007, and a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) intervenor. Our family owns a small business. I am a mother, grandmother, artist, gardener, and have a daily meditation practice.
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As a CPUC intervenor, I have worked in a professional capacity with lawyers and legal documents. I am well prepared to participate in city decision making. I am a successful community organizer and staunch advocate for health and environmental justice. I value the range of people’s viewpoints and believe inclusivity of public opinion is essential to solving community challenges.
Historically Sebastopol has been a vibrant community, where residents feel a sense of belonging and responsibility for its well being. The pandemic has taken a toll on us, economically and emotionally. We need people-centered policy making to assist in our recovery.
The cornerstone of my service as your council member will be community and environmental wellness. I will ask: will this decision or project create a more vibrant community, a city where our children and grandchildren want to live?
Why am I running? Several people asked me to run, and as I considered this, I remembered a teacher’s advice to accept responsibility when it’s offered. I talked with family, and reflected on it. I feel confident committing to the challenge.
I will be a watchdog on ALL environmental issues. I will defend and uphold Sebastopol’s General Plan and historic environmental policies to reduce EMFs (electromagnetic fields and wireless radiation) to protect public health and safety. Independent peer-reviewed studies show ALL life (bees, birds, trees, and humans) are affected by EMF pollution.
Sebastopol is facing important local issues. For example, the proposal to consolidate the fire department; support for a thriving small business community; PG&E smart meters and smart water meters; the unhoused; family centered affordable housing; traffic, bike and walk safety; climate; zero waste and more.
I am meeting with civic leaders and community members and will be forming positions on these and other important issues.
Postal: PO Box 1016, Sebastopol CA 95473
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It's been great getting to know Sandra Maurer better and learning more of her commitment to really *working* for Sebastopol during this campaign season. I highlight this as I do see how hard-working Sandi is, and how much her word is her bond. She does not make promises or claims unless she expects to be able to follow-through on them. Sandi is also incredibly smart and goes deep "into the weeds" of public concerns, as well as policy, rules, and procedures. I think she's got the makings of serving our town with diligence, caring, and heart. I think people will be really happy to see her as one of our New City Council Members.
I've been involved in a number of politcal campaigns in Sonoma County, and have been most impressed by Sandra Maurer who is running for Sebastopol City Council. Her leadership skills are unsurpassed! There's a good reason why she is being endorsed by so many excellent organizations and individuals, including the Sierra Club, Sebastopol Tomorrow, North Bay Labor Council, and the Sonoma County Democratic Party. She has a deep commitment to community vitality and environmental wellness, which is critical at this time. Sebastopol will be lucky to have her as a Council Member.