Parmer-Lohan Focuses on Climate Change and Preventing Wildfires – Palo Alto Daily Post

Laura Parmer Lohan

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Ever since she was young, San Carlos City Councilwoman Laura Parmer-Lohan has loved the outdoors, which is why some of her top priorities are tackling climate change and wildfires in her run for council. San Mateo County Surveillance.

One of the reasons she got involved in local politics was because her then 12-year-old son, who is now almost 18, expressed concern about politicians at the national and state level. our environment, Parmer-Lohan told The Post yesterday in an interview.

Parmer-Lohan, 55, said during his “listening tour” of voters in San Mateo County’s District 3, which covers both the county’s coast and bay, residents expressed their concern about forest fires and drought.

That’s why Parmer-Lohan is in favor of a package tax proposal to raise money for projects related to fighting wildfires, drought and rising sea levels. pointed out that county residents will be able to vote on the idea and decide whether they want such projects funded. Some councils have approved “access codes”, where cities prohibit gas hookups in new construction. Parmer-Lohan said she would consider banning natural gas in new buildings if the conditions are right.

Wants more police transparency

San Carlos is one of the few towns in San Mateo County that gets its police services from the sheriff’s office. She helped the sheriff secure congressional funding so officers could receive better training. Although the sheriff is independently elected, he works with the board of supervisors. Parmer-Lohan said she would ask for more transparency about the sheriff’s policies.

On whether the county should lift its Covid-related state of emergency, Parmer-Lohan said she’d like to get assurances there won’t be a “catastrophic” variant before ending the emergency. She noted that if the trend of reopening continues, she would be in favor of doing so.

Also, she said it’s time to accept that Covid will be here and we will live with it for a long time.

For his day job, Parmer-Lohan is chief of staff at biotech company Amgen and owns his own marketing firm, Ruckus Partners. She has served on the San Carlos City Council since 2018. If elected, she would be among the first “moms” in recent memory to serve on the council.

The other candidates

Parmer-Lohan is one of four candidates vying for the seat currently held by Don Horsley on the supervisory board. Horsley cannot run again due to term limits. Its district includes San Carlos, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, and parts of Menlo Park and Belmont.

Other candidates for Horsley’s seat are Menlo Park Councilor Ray Mueller, Harbor Commissioner and Menlo Park Fire Board member Virginia Chang Kiraly and Steven Booker, a Half Moon Bay resident and political director of IBEW 617.

The Post publishes articles after interviewing candidates for the various races on the ballot. The Post has previously run stories about the candidates Parmer-Lohan is running against, but still runs stories about candidates from other races who will appear in the June 7 ballot.

Teresa H. Sadler