Building Bipartisan Collaboration in Sacramento

Sep 1, 2015

California's Second State Senate district, now represented by Mike McGuire, includes all of six counties--Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino and Trinity--and just over 70% of Sonoma County.

A freshman state senator faces a steep learning curve upon arriving in Sacramento. One lesson that former Sonoma County supervisor Mike McGuire has embraced is rooted in the demographics of his district.

A painting of the main administration building at the Sonoma Developmental Center.
Credit Parent Hospital Association

  State Senator Mike McGuire has also been in the midst of the long-standing tug-of-war over the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center. Changes are overdue at the aging facility, he acknowledges, but the fast-track deadline to relocate the remaining residents at the SDC is a poor way to begin.