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Retiring county supervisor Janet Wolf receives honors

By Joe Payne

The beginning of the the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Dec. 11 meeting included a fair share of honors, thanks, and some held back tears for 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf's last day on the dais.

Wolf, who retires from the board after three four-year terms, was celebrated by nonprofit organizers, fellow supervisors, and national, state, and local representatives. The comments came as the board considered a county resolution of commendation for Wolf, while the mayors of Goleta and Santa Barbara delivered proclamations honoring her, and representatives from state Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) delivered honors as well.

State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) spoke at the meeting, saying Wolf was "my sister from another mother," explaining how she met Wolf and the two became friends.

"There are so many areas where you have been a leader and role model, not just for women, that you can be tough and fair, forceful and compassionate, and these are the qualities that you have brought to this organization," Jackson said. "Your participation, your accomplishments, have been extraordinary."

Wolf was lauded for her focus on services for underserved and vulnerable communities, environmental protection, and her work with other county boards and agencies. She has served on the Air Pollution Control District, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, the South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety, and several others.

Remaining supervisors shared their own sentiments from the dais, including 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, who said that he and Wolf "have had our disagreements," but that "when this board steps off this dais, it stays up here."

"A lot of people think we disagree on a lot of issues, but I went back and looked at it, and it's really only two things: It's land use and anything else that isn't land use," Lavagnino laughed.

Fourth District Supervisor Peter Adam said that when he was first sworn in to the board that he was "just scared as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs," but that speaking with Wolf helped calm his nerves.

"Janet just made me comfortable and became my best friend," Adam said. "And I'm going to miss you so much. Thank you for being my buddy here."

For 1st District Supervisor Das Williams, Wolf was a "stalwart in the conscience of the board," especially with her focus on criminal justice reform and advocacy for "the most vulnerable in our community."

"They've all been inspirational to me in terms of the dedication and the principles you put forth," he said.

During her closing remarks, Wolf thanked her colleagues and constituents in the county's 2nd District, but she also spoke about being a "representative for all of Santa Barbara County." She spoke about work she did years ago in North County as a rehabilitation consultant, where she met people from Santa Maria, New Cuyama, Guadalupe, and Lompoc.

"I loved their stories, their concerns, and their work ethic," Wolf said. "When I was elected supervisor, I wanted to do my best to ensure that they received the services and attention that they needed." 

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