The Powers That Be2018-08-07T15:15:56+00:00

The Powers That Be – Elected Officials and Government Agencies

The following links can help you learn more about elected officials and government agencies making policies that affect our bioregion.

Upcoming Local Meetings – Quick Links

Here’s where you can access meeting agendas for the county and selected (south county) cities. When there are particularly important issues to be discussed in an upcoming meeting, we will also highlight that information in our newsletter and on the Siskiyou Progressives calendar linked to our home page.

Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors

City of Weed

City of Mount Shasta

City of Dunsmuir

McCloud Community Services District

US Federal Government

US Congress – Doug LaMalfa (Rep incumbent) and Audrey Denney (Dem challenger – November 2018 election)

US SenateKamala D. Harris (Dem incumbent – next election 2024); also Dianne Feinstein (Dem incumbent) and Kevin De León (Dem challenger – November 2018 election)

Federal Agencies – Today, environmental policies are under attack by the current federal administration – a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates these changes may lead to 80,000 extra deaths per decade. Here’s a list of selected federal agencies and their local offices:

The US Department of Agriculture oversees the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Forest Service. Local USFS divisions include:

The US Department of the Interior oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs,(BIA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), the National Park Service (NPS) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Local divisions include:

The Environmental Protection Agency oversees its Region 9 Pacific Southwest Office located in San Francisco.

State of California

State Assembly District 1 – Brian Dahle (Rep incumbent) and Caleen Sisk (Dem challenger – November 2018 election)

State Senate District 1 Ted Gaines (Rep incumbent – next election 2024); to resign if he wins a BOE seat (see below)

State Board of Equalization District 1 George Runner (Rep incumbent, term ending); November 2018 election candidates Ted Gaines (Rep challenger) and Tom Hallinan (Dem challenger)

State Agencies

Here’s a list of state agencies involved in water issues.

Here’s a list of selected state environmental agencies and their local offices:

The California Environmental Protection Agency oversees:

The California Natural Resources Agency oversees:

Siskiyou County:

There are five geographical districts within the county, each electing one member of the county Board of Supervisors. Current members include:

  • District 1 (McCloud, eastern county) – Brandon Criss, next election 2020
  • District 2 (Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, etc.) – Ed Valenzuela, next election 2020
  • District 3 (Weed, etc.) – Michael Kobseff, currently running unopposed
  • District 4 (Yreka, etc.) – Lisa Nixon, next election 2020
  • District 5 (western part of the county) – Ray Haupt, currently running unopposed

Several other county departments are headed by elected officials, while others are appointed. Please see the county website for details.

The County Clerk administers voter registration and elections. Please see her elections website for further information.

The county Community Development department administers building permits, code compliance, environmental health and planning. Each supervisor appoints one member of the county Planning Commission which makes decisions on a variety of zoning and building issues – more information on that function is here.

A number of special districts, such as the Air Pollution Control District operate in the county. While some are under the jurisdiction of county government, others are independent. This page on the county website includes quick links to various types of information about county services.

South County Cities and Community Services Districts:

The three main cities are:

Each city elects city council members, appoints planning commissioners, and hires staff to fulfill its functions. Other cities in Siskiyou County include Dorris, Etna, Fort Jones, Montague, Tulelake and Yreka. There are also a variety of unincorporated communities in the county.

Community services districts are local government agencies which do not have all the powers of cities. These include:

Intergovernmental Groups:

We participate in the Upper Sacramento Regional Water Action Group, along with representatives from cities, tribes, nonprofit organizations and others to develop water infrastructure projects.

Please sign up for our newsletter and read through the Policy Advocacy section of our website for further information on current issues affecting the health of our bioregion.

Volunteers are needed to attend public and private meetings, and review agendas and records of decision making. We strongly believe in collaborating with other citizen and environmental groups to accomplish our shared goals!