Our homeless problem is getting worse, and 35% of our jail population has mental health issues– there’s a connection. We’re either going to throw away millions on clean up and jail time, or we can spend a fraction on mental health care, substance abuse intervention and jobs training. We need a coordinated effort between agencies to help those in long-term need, while offering better solutions for homeless vets, women and children escaping abuse, and the financially insecure. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s more cost-effective and prevents disruption in neighborhoods.
Economic Development must be a coordinated effort between the county, cities, business, labor and schools. We need to focus on job training for 21st century jobs, reconnecting trade education with schools, incentivizing local hiring, and recruiting bay area jobs back here to where the housing is. There’s plenty of room in our existing business parks, but we need to be doing a better job of re-tooling them for today’s jobs and pitching that to bay area employers.
We must address the root cause of crime if we ever hope to have safer neighborhoods and communities. Crime is the result of multiple interacting adverse social, economic, cultural and family factors. Impoverished and run-down neighborhoods tend to have higher crime rates due to higher unemployment, limited opportunities, lack of access to transportation and amenities (including grocery stores), and vacant and vandalized buildings. Investing in those neighborhoods, connecting residents to job training programs, employment opportunities, and youth to positive high quality education and after-school opportunities is the first step. Public Safety results from a partnership between cities, neighborhoods, law enforcement, social services, and schools.
The impact on our environment should be part of every decision we make - from housing and transportation to energy and infrastructure. I'll work for a county parks system, community choice energy programs and making the new Pacific Flyway Center a showcase for environmental education.
Developing a robust county-wide transit network keeps people employed, reduces our impact on the environment, increases the life of our streets and highways and lets families spend more time together.
We can build a stronger and healthier Solano County for this generation and the next while making responsible investments with tax dollars. We can make our communities safer and more attractive to job creators and bring good paying jobs here by bringing business and labor together with local government and schools.
Rochelle Sherlock’s list of community involvement reads like a laundry list of progress in Solano; from helping seniors and youth to reducing crime and fixing our transportation infrastructure, Sherlock is a fixture in Solano’s non-profit world. Today, Sherlock is intent on finding a real solution to the surge of homelessness in recent years.
Rochelle wrote the successful $6 million grant to build Prop 47 engagement in Solano – which reduces recidivism among non-violent offenders and gets them off the streets. She’s led more than a dozen transportation summits for seniors and people with disabilities, creating better transit access. In her work with seniors, she founded the Fall Prevention Partnership, the award-winning Mini-Medical School, the Centenarian Commemoration, Senior Poverty program and Living Legacy Awards.
She is also the co-founder of the Volunteer Center of Solano County and Solano Commission for Women and Girls – where she serves as the Chair. In addition, she Chairs the Measure P Oversight Committee in the City of Fairfield and helped launch Solano’s first Give Local Campaign.
Rochelle started her career as a social worker in no small part because of her own life experiences. Raised by a teenage mother, Sherlock didn’t experience real stability in her childhood – her mother, brother and sister moved 31 times by the time Rochelle left home. She rarely spent a full year in one location or school, and the family spent three months homeless, living in a tent. By 19, Rochelle was working to help put food on the table; by 22 she was the primary breadwinner for the family. These experiences drove her to forge a better life not just for herself, but for other women and children facing similar circumstances.
Her work in social services eventually led to her interest in helping organizations better serve their communities, and to her professional interest in growing leadership. Today, Sherlock is a sought-after expert in leadership transitions, working with corporations and organizations across the West Coast.
Rochelle has been recognized for her work in the community with numerous awards, including the Travis Air Force Base Hometown Hero and Florence Douglas Center’s Community Partner awards this year. She has also been recognized as Woman of the Year by Congressman John Garamendi and Senator Bill Dodd, and as a Community Champion by The Leaven
Rochelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from CSU Stanislaus, a Master’s in Psychology from CSU San Bernardino and Master’s in Organizational Development from Sonoma State University. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organization and Human Development at The George Washington University. Sherlock and her husband, Joe, the Regional Silviculturist for the Forest Service, live in Cordelia. They have three adult children – Jeremiah, Allison and Doug.
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