Bio:

  • Jim Provenza has dedicated his life to fighting for equality, public

    safety, victim’s rights, and vital services for children and the elderly. As District 4 Supervisor representing Davis, El Macero, Willowbank and the Yolo Wildlife Area, Jim has spent over a decade ensuring Yolo County maintains a strong budget with substantial reserves, while promoting local job growth and economic development. 

  • He was instrumental in the enactment of Yolo County’s model farmland protection ordinance, and as chair of the Yolo Habitat Conservancy and the Delta Conservancy, he has developed policies to protect open space and habitat that complement the agricultural economy.
  • Jim’s commitment to children and seniors is a hallmark of his career. He serves as chair of Yolo First 5 and Yolo County Children’s Alliance and has developed programs to benefit the elderly as chair of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. In addition, he is a liaison to the Yolo Crisis Nursery and is working to establish a  family justice center to assist victims of domestic violence and  child abuse. Before being elected Supervisor, Jim served on the Davis School Board where he advocated for special education,English learner programs, and equal education for disadvantaged students.
  • Besides his decades of public service, Jim has nearly 40 years of state and local government experience and a long career in public interest law. He recently retired as a Special Assistant District Attorney where he worked in Sacramento to develop legislation protecting children from domestic violence and child abuse and  specialized in developing laws to prevent sexual abuse of children.
  • Jim previously worked as chief counsel of the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety ans as counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee. His first job out of law school was at Legal Aid in Santa Barbara and Sacramento, where he represented women and children in child abuse, somestic violence, housing and government benefit cases. He also handles civil rights cases, including the representation of victims of pregnancy discrimination.
  • Jim and his wife Donna live in the Mace Ranch development in Davis.  They have two children and three grandchildren and believe nothing is more important than assuring that all children grow up in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.

Jim Provenza posted a viewpoint to the issue Climate Change Risk Assessment
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Please see my viewpoint on the issue titled "Climate Change Policy Goals" at this link 


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Jim Provenza posted a viewpoint to the issue Food Policy: Home Cooking
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I would be happy to establish a task force to look into home kitchens and to join a delegation to Riverside County to study the implementation of their ordinance.

AB 626 of 2018 permits a county to allow home kitchen operations. However, the legislation is deeply flawed. Currently, restaurants and...


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Jim Provenza posted a viewpoint to the issue Cannabis
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Previous Actions- I voted YES for cultivation licensing, pilot projects for nurseries and processing, development agreements, and a process for developing a permanent ordinance that will be both flexible and provide much needed certainty for cultivators. I worked with the industry to help pass...


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Jim Provenza posted a viewpoint to the issue Yolo County Strategic Plan
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We have completed our strategic plan. It past by a vote of 5 to 0. It is an excellent plan. I will work hard with other board members to implement it.


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Jim Provenza posted a viewpoint to the issue Emergency Preparedness
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I chair the The Yolo County Commission on Aging and Adult Services (YCCAAS). We recently identified in a report emergency preparation and evacuation necessities for older adults and persons with access or functional needs. The report was presented to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors during...


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