In the News - City Councilmember Jack Tibbetts

Fires fuel a daunting push to solve Sonoma County housing crisis

By ROBERT DIGITALE  |  February 24, 2018  |  The Press Democrat

Many agreed the wildfires’ toll on housing has given elected leaders a new sense of urgency, perhaps tipping the political scales for those supporting a new embrace of housing development. “It’s our issue right now, and I think this is our defining moment,” said Santa Rosa Councilman Jack Tibbetts.

A leader in the push for a countywide housing bond, Tibbetts, 27, said the housing crisis was “the main issue that made me want to run for office” in 2016. “I saw it affecting people in my generation,” he said.

30,000 homes in 5 years? Sonoma County eyes aggressive approach to ease housing crisis

By J.D. MORRIS  |  February 6, 2018  |  The Press Democrat

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday floated an ambitious goal of building 30,000 new housing units over five years — a number equal to 130 percent of the current stock in Petaluma — as part of a moonshot project to alleviate a regional housing crisis deepened by October’s devastating wildfires.

“To me, it still seems we don’t have the tools to address this crisis and keep pace with rising demand,” said Santa Rosa City Councilman Jack Tibbetts, who presented the idea to supervisors. “It’s almost as if we’ve given ourselves a hammer to build a house but we haven’t given ourselves the nails to bring it all together.” Tibbetts said the bond could take the form of a levy on each $100,000 in assessed property value or a parcel tax — a uniform fee applied to each property. The bond could be used by local officials to initially fund the proposed renewal enterprise district, he said.

Post-fire outlook colors Santa Rosa homeless budget

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  January 30, 2018  |  The Press Democrat

In a sign of what may be painful choices ahead, Santa Rosa officials cited the bleak post-fire budget outlook, scaling back or scrapping plans to expand homeless services . . . Councilman Jack Tibbetts pushed to have city properties, such as City Hall, explored as places where people could sleep overnight in the parking lot.

“At least they’d have a place to go where they don’t have a flashlight shined in their eyes at 2 a.m.,” Tibbetts said.

Wine Country disaster aid ensnarled in Senate brawl over stopgap spending

By CAROLYN LOCHHEAD  |  January 25, 2018  |  Napa Valley Register

The current bill does not include money for December's wildfires in Southern California and the subsequent mudslides this year. "Those costs are still being calculated," said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry Brown. But the bill for the Southern California damage is expected to be lower than in Northern California because, while the fires around Ventura burned more acreage, they did not burn as many structures.

Jack Tibbetts, a Santa Rosa City Council member, said it is critical that the city receive a funding formula for wildfire aid that Thompson got included in the House bill. Under that formula, the federal government would pick up 90 percent of the costs, and state and local governments 10 percent.

National Guard Armory in Santa Rosa to become a temporary overnight homeless shelter

By J.D. MORRIS  |  December 16, 2017  |  The Press Democrat

Santa Rosa’s National Guard Armory will once again become a temporary overnight homeless shelter in the coming weeks, run by a local nonprofit hoping to keep as many as 80 people out of the cold each night this winter.

The shelter should launch sometime before Christmas and will be open daily from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., according to Jack Tibbetts, the nonprofit’s executive director who also is a Santa Rosa City Council member. The shelter plans to start with about 60 beds but can expand up to 80 as needed, Tibbetts said.

As California still burns, Sonoma starts long rebuilding process

By ELIZABETH WEISE  |  December 15, 2017  |  USA Today

The removal process itself is an enormous undertaking. It's been made easier because the Army Corps of Engineers is coordinating removal for all homeowners who agree to the process.

The majority of homeowners have signed up, said Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts . . . Officials hope most lots will be fully cleared by January. While they wait, homeowners are meeting with their insurance companies to determine how much money their policies will pay out and when they can start to rebuild.

Concerns raised over lapses by Santa Rosa debris clean-up contractor

By EMILY TURNER  |  December 4, 2017  |  CBS SF Bay Area

But now the company has also become the center of concern for several Santa Rosa city officials. “If from this point forward, people are being exposed to negative health consequences as a result of poor contracting, it's actually our city that’s going to be on the hook for that and we will be paying the price for that down the road,” said Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts.

Investigators believe garage doors responsible for at least 5 of the 44 killed in wildfires

December 4, 2017  |  KSRO

Fire investigators believe at least five of the 44 people killed in October’s wildfires might have survived if their electric garage doors opened. And that has local and state lawmakers considering requiring battery backups in new construction or installations. Many people who fled the fires say they had trouble opening their garages after the power went out, despite manual releases.

Santa Rosa Councilman Jack Tibbetts plans to bring up the issue at tomorrow’s council meeting and State Senator Bill Dodd of Napa says he’s considering state legislation that would mandate battery backups with new garage door purchases.

Northern California fire survivors and victims couldn't get past garage doors

By J.D. MORRIS  |  December 2, 2017  |  The Press Democrat

It’s not clear whether backup batteries could have saved any victims, but policymakers are considering making them a requirement, at least in certain areas, perhaps as part of a building code change. “They’re not that expensive, and they can save lives,” said Santa Rosa Councilman Jack Tibbetts. “I think if people had them in this fire, the death toll would not be as high as it was. I feel strongly about it.” Tibbetts plans to ask city staff to look into the backup-battery requirement at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, he said.

Sonoma's wildfire housing strategies take shape

By ANDREA FOX  |  November 6, 2017  |  EfficientGov

Sonoma County officials are focused on post-disaster transitional housing that will place those with jobs in the area, said County Supervisor James Gore. Gore said the county along with federal, state and local officials are looking at a transitional mass housing plan possibly composed of modular homes constructed on county or city land, though plans are still taking shape. Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts echoed Gore. He said new housing policies, such as reduced building-related fees, are anticipated by the Santa Rosa City Council.

North Bay fires pave long road ahead for rebuilding housing

By LILIAN KIM  |  October 18, 2017  |  ABC 7

"How do they walk into our planning department and get a permit that day to rebuild the current footprint of their home to help it get up as quickly as possible. I want our permitting department to be that fast," said Santa Rosa Vice-Mayor Jack Tibbetts.

Where will they go? North Bay fire evacuees scramble to find temporary housing

By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  October 18, 2017  |  The Mercury News

Though the City Council has not met since the fires, Tibbetts said he expects a flurry of new housing policies, including reducing building-related fees and relaxing laws that could slow development. There are multiple housing projects in the pipeline, and they are needed now more than ever, he said.

“I got to believe the political will is here,” Tibbetts said.

Immigration defense fund a tough sell in ‘Indivisible’ Santa Rosa

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  September 26, 2017  |  Press Democrat

The most supportive council member was Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts, who read a section from the city’s February declaration urging the county and other cities to embrace measures protective of undocumented residents and claiming to “welcome opportunities to partner” with groups that “support and defend these populations.”

“This is exactly what we are talking about today,” Tibbetts said.

Sonoma County housing activist, architect promote tiny house campaign for homeless people

By J.D. MORRIS  |  August 09, 2017  |  Press Democrat

Santa Rosa City Councilman Jack Tibbetts was involved with the county’s tiny home efforts when they were in their earlier stages, developing a mock-up of a village for supervisors in 2015, before he was elected to city government. He has remained optimistic about how they fit into local efforts around housing and homelessness.

“I think they fill an important need that a lot of people have, and that’s the need for independence and self-determination,” Tibbetts said of tiny homes. “Too often, models around homelessness involve packing people into a single space together, whether that’s the shelter model where they all occupy the same actual room or you have a lot of people in small rooms as part of a larger project.”

Santa Rosa to spend $2.75 million to spur four affordable housing developments

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  June 16, 2017  |  Press Democrat

Council members unanimously approved the outlay, and while some expressed regret the funds didn’t go further, the majority lauded the effort.

“I find this really exciting,” Councilman Jack Tibbetts said.

Following rent control defeat, Santa Rosa City Council looks forward

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  June 07, 2017  |  Press Democrat

The day after the defeat of Santa Rosa’s controversial rent control measure, City Council members took stock and expressed hope the city would find other ways to solve its housing crunch. Tibbetts thinks the inevitable result of rent control’s defeat is that it will force the ad hoc committee, established to explore floating a housing and infrastructure bond in 2018, to lean more heavily on subsidizing affordable housing projects over other city infrastructure needs.

Smith: Wedding vows returning to Old Courthouse Square

By CHRIS SMITH  |  June 05, 2017  |  Press Democrat

Three couples will be married at this week's Wednesday Night Market by Mayor Chris Coursey and Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts. They are: Brandon Ashby and Roxanna Barker, Gabe Eggers and Amber Tansey, and Noah Gunnell and Larisa Ashley.

Close to Home: Yes on Measure C, but there’s a middle ground

By JACK TIBBETTS AND JENNI KLOSE  |  May 07, 2017  |  Press Democrat

Too often in politics we develop policies that create stark winners and losers. When discourse around complicated social and economic challenges breaks down, voters are left with policies reflecting traditional political battle lines that impede creative and collaborative solutions. We offer a middle ground proposal that gets us to yes on Measure C.

Santa Rosa’s outdoor cannabis cultivation ban shelved for second time

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  MAY 02, 2017  |  Press Democrat

Councilman Jack Tibbetts appeared surprised by the move. More than a dozen residents had shown up Tuesday to take in the council discussion.

“I am disappointed that this got pulled from the agenda for a second time,” Tibbetts said in an interview afterward. “It’s not fair to the people who have taken time out on a Tuesday to listen to us take up issues that are important to them.”

Sonoma County law enforcement use virtual reality to train officers on use of force

By NICK RAHAIM  |  April 26, 2017  |  Press Democrat

The use-of-force simulators are for more than training law enforcement; they allow politicians, media and the public to experience use-of-force situations.

“It was eye-opening,” said Santa Rosa City Council member Jack Tibbetts, who tested the simulator in March. “It became apparent right away it was very difficult. I didn’t know when I should pull the gun or whether I should use a Taser.”

Creating Peace: SRJC students write letters to future generations in new book

By SYDNEY NORRIS  |  February 28, 2017  |  Press Democrat

Students and university officials gathered at Copperfield’s Books in Santa Rosa Feb. 23 for a reading of selections from “Creating Peace.” It was a poignant night as the student authors expressed emotion and honesty in their personal narratives.

Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts attended the event and said the letters carried a valuable message. He connected with one letter in particular. “I’m going to leave here tonight trying to make this my motivating force, the paragraph that guides me over the course of the next four years on city council, because I think it’s beautiful.”

Santa Rosa boosts Legal Aid funding for low-income renters

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  February 28, 2017  |  Oak Leaf

A divided Santa Rosa City Council agreed Tuesday to support legal services for low-income renters facing evictions and poor housing conditions after some council members acknowledged the city’s efforts to enact rent control last year may have exacerbated some of those problems. The council voted 4-2 Tuesday night to give $20,000 to Legal Aid of Sonoma County to help the struggling nonprofit organization.

“I believe the City Council’s actions really created a wake that had a significant impact on the organization,” Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts said.

Santa Rosa declares itself an ‘indivisible city’

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  February 7, 2017  |  Press Democrat

"Santa Rosa unanimously declared itself an 'indivisible city' Tuesday in an effort to express its support for undocumented immigrants without using the controversial term 'sanctuary.' [...] A key piece of the resolution says city employees, including police, 'shall not enforce federal civil immigration laws and shall not use city monies, resources or personnel to investigate, question, detect, detain or apprehend persons solely on the basis of a possible violation of immigration law.'

Vice Mayor Jack Tibbetts said he felt Coursey’s alternative was 'a really eloquent term, especially in the times that we live in now.'"

Homeless living under Santa Rosa overpasses defy easy solution

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  January 12, 2017  |  Press Democrat

"'It is apparent to me that having these service providers in such high density in this part of town … has a negative impact on the neighborhood,' said new Councilman Jack Tibbetts, the executive director of the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Tibbetts said he has to balance that knowledge with his compassion for the homeless and the St. Vincent De Paul Society’s mission to serve them."

Sanctuary Santa Rosa?

By TOM GOGOLA  |  December 28, 2016  |  North Bay Bohemian

"Before heading back to Brooklyn, where de los Angeles works as a university professor, she says city leaders here pledged to have a conversation, at least, about sanctuary status in Santa Rosa, and she notes that newcomer city councilman Jack Tibbetts attended the rally-performance."

Santa Rosa marchers want city to be sanctuary for undocumented immigrants

By J.D. MORRIS  |  December 22, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Whether activists can make that conversation happen remains to be seen, but their march Thursday did get the attention of at least one local official: newly elected City Councilman and vice mayor Jack Tibbetts, who said he showed up to speak with demonstrators and listen to their concerns."

Golis: Can a new generation move beyond the old politics?

By PETE GOLIS  |  December 18, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Since people in both groups are friends of mine, I know they mean to keep feuding. So, uninvited, let me offer season’s greeting to Tibbetts, Hopkins and another young newcomer to local government, Santa Rosa City Councilman Chris Rogers."

Santa Rosa considering homeless services on city properties

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  December 17, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Jack Tibbetts said he hoped the correct information got out about what he viewed as a closely regulated program, which he called 'wonderful.'

'I think it has an important role to serve in the city,' Tibbetts said."

Chris Coursey named new Santa Rosa mayor

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  December 6, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Santa Rosa City Councilman Chris Coursey was named mayor Tuesday, and the man who cast the deciding vote for him, 26-year-old Jack Tibbetts, was tapped as vice mayor, a shakeup that puts a progressive at the helm of North Coast’s largest city for the first time since Susan Gorin was named to lead the council in 2008."

Coffee with Jack

By TOM GOGOLA  |  November 23, 2016  |  Bohemian

"Jack Tibbetts was once an angsty teenager with blue hair. But earlier this month, he was the top vote getter for the Santa Rosa city council. A product of Catholic school, he embraces the church's mantra 'to serve the greater good.'"

Golis: Making good on the promise of more housing

By PETE GOLIS  |  November 13, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Unlike the baby boomers who serve on the council, Rogers and Tibbetts have experienced firsthand what it’s like for young people to try to make their way in this changing economy."

Santa Rosa City Council Race Has Two More Newcomers Joining Two Incumbents

November 11, 2016  |  KSRO

"Newcomer Jack Tibbetts of the Board of Public Utilities leads in the 4 seat race with 29 percent of the vote followed closely by incumbent Julie Combs."

Santa Rosa council members seek options to curb unlimited spending in future elections

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  November 11, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"To be eligible to run for council, a candidate needs to be nominated by 20 registered Santa Rosa voters, a fairly simple process that involves gathering 20 signatures. But Tibbetts said increasing that number, perhaps to 200, would force candidates to work harder for the right to run. “I think it would help us identify candidates who are really eager to serve,” he said."

The latest: Sonoma County during election night

By MARTIN ESPINOZA and RANDI ROSSMANN  |  November 8, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Santa Rosa City Councilman Chris Coursey said he was pleased with the results of the city council race, which appears it will add newcomers Jack Tibbetts and Chris Rogers."

Santa Rosa City Council race taken by newcomers Jack Tibbetts and Chris Rogers, incumbents Julie Combs and Ernesto Olivares

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  November 8, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"In final returns, Jack Tibbetts, a member of the Board of Public Utilities and top fundraiser in the race, led with 21 percent the vote. He was followed closely by incumbent Julie Combs, a champion of rent control and now the only female member of the council, with 20 percent."

Campaign finance gap allows large donations in Santa Rosa council race

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  October 20, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"I think it undermines our ability to have grass roots democracy, which at the local level is so important,' said Tibbetts, who has raised the most money for his campaign of any of the six candidates."

Golis: Is Santa Rosa welcoming to young people?

By PETE GOLIS  |  October 16, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"During a forum for Santa Rosa City Council candidates last week, candidate Jack Tibbetts asked a ballroom full of teenagers for a show of hands: How many of you expect to come back to Santa Rosa as adults? Only four hands went up."

Santa Rosa City Council candidates forum shows split over rent control

By GUY KOVNER  |  September 29, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Jack Tibbetts noted that rent control is “not a very targeted policy.” But, he said, he knows people who have been priced out of housing here and it’s appropriate to “take time out, go to the drawing boards” on affordable housing."

Santa Rosa council candidates to attend public forum

By GUY KOVNER  |  September 28, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Six candidates for the Santa Rosa City Council are expected to participate in a public forum Thursday night sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Two incumbents — Julie Combs and Ernesto Olivares — are vying for four council seats along with Jack Tibbetts, Chris Rogers, Don Taylor and Brandi Asker. Council members Gary Wysocky and Erin Carlstrom are not seeking re-election."

Fate of rent control could be decided in Santa Rosa City Council election

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  September 25, 2016  |  Press Democrat

"Tibbetts said he would have supported a moratorium on rent increases, which the council passed over the summer to prevent landlords from raising rents before the rent control law took effect. But he would have preferred an earlier sunset date. Currently, the policy calls for the council to consider — but would not require — repeal of the ordinance if the rental vacancy rate exceeds 5 percent for a full year."

PD Editorial: Julie Combs, Ernesto Olivares, Chris Rogers and Jack Tibbetts for Santa Rosa council

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  |  September 18, 2016  |  Press Democrat

“But our support goes to Tibbetts, who enters this race with a higher level of enthusiasm and preparation for tackling the key issues facing the city. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Tibbetts has worked for the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and is currently the community and government affairs director for California Clean Power.”

Santa dishes out Christmas cheer to poor families in Santa Rosa

By ANGELA HART  |  December 25, 2015  |  Press Democrat

“I think this is important because it reminds people who are down on their luck that the greater community cares about them … that we haven’t forgotten about them,” said Jack Tibbetts, an executive committee member for the local St. Vincent de Paul who is also running for the Santa Rosa City Council.”

Brandi Asker, Jack Tibbetts, Nelly Schuler launch Santa Rosa City Council bids

By KEVIN MCCALLUM  |  November 21, 2015  |  Press Democrat

“The most recent entry into the race is Jack Tibbetts, a 25-year-old environmental activist and member of the city’s Board of Public Utilities. He officially kicked off his campaign last week, but his plans were hardly a secret.”

Sonoma County to spend $75,000 to study proposed tiny homes for homeless

By ANGELA HART  |  November 3, 2015  |  Press Democrat

“Jack Tibbetts, a member of Santa Rosa’s Board of Public Utilities who says he plans to run for City Council, first approached Zane with the idea last year. He said he sees the concept as one way for homeless people to help themselves out of poverty.”

Benefield: Roseland Cup soccer tournament a unifying force

By KERRY BENEFIELD  |  September 21, 2015  |  Press Democrat

“Jack Tibbetts envisioned a community gathering based around sport at the inaugural Roseland Cup last year but doesn’t mind admitting he was surprised when some pretty decent soccer broke out.”

Campaign builds steam for Sonoma County library branch in Roseland

By DEREK MOORE  |  August 6, 2015  |  Press Democrat

“Roseland is fast becoming one of the youngest neighborhoods in Sonoma County, and it is also one of the most diverse,” Tibbetts said. “In that vein, it’s important that children have easy access to library enrichment opportunities and all of the resources a library provides.”

Sonoma County to study tiny homes as way to provide shelter for homeless

By ANGELA HART  |  July 28, 2015  |  Press Democrat

“So many homeless people I encountered were working or families living in cars,” Tibbetts said. “I thought about how terrible it is to be employed and not able to find stability or get out of poverty.”

Soccer tournament brings together deputies, southwest Santa Rosa youth

By LORI A. CARTER  |  November 1, 2014  |  Press Democrat

“One of the young soccer players on Troy Newton’s team for Saturday’s inaugural Roseland Cup tournament wants to learn about Newton’s work as a crime scene investigator for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s what we want,” said Jack Tibbetts, one of the organizers of the eight-team tournament. “To open minds, to really build friendships.”

In-state students shouldn't get left out in cold at UC

By JACK TIBBETTS  |  April 29, 2014  |  April 29, 2014

“In the last 10 years, out-of-state student enrollment has doubled and out-of-state freshman enrollment has nearly quadrupled here at UC Berkeley. This means that hundreds of Californians have lost places in the prestigious UC system.”

State Sen. Noreen Evans' oil extraction tax plan passes senate committee

By DEREK MOORE  |  April 24, 2014  |  Press Democrat

“The outcome remained uncertain for most of the day while lawmakers waited for a quorum on the education committee in order to vote. The downtime allowed Tibbetts and a group of bill supporters to make one more sweep through the Capitol building to lobby three committee members — all Democrats — who were said to be on the fence.”

Oil severance tax will fund education, state services

By ELIZABETH LARSON  |  February 20, 2014  |  Lake County News

"Tuition levels are vulnerable to a fluctuating economy,” said Harrison “Jack” Tibbetts, a senior at UC Berkeley and author of the California Modernization and Economic Development Act. “The endowment avoids this reality by growing during a booming economy and protecting students and their families during the bust. Many other states who tax oil extraction use this same model and have a flourishing education system."

College student with Sonoma County ties leads effort for oil extraction tax

By DEREK MOORE  |  May 25, 2013  |  Press Democrat

"The focus has always been on creating opportunity," Tibbetts said. "We have this horrible funding problem for higher education. All these people are dropping out left and right."

California oil tax push would direct new funds to schools

By JEREMY B. WHITE  |  May 20, 2013  |  Sacramento Bee

“Working in concert with the legislative push is Harrison "Jack" Tibbetts, a UC Berkeley junior who has written an oil severance tax ballot initiative and met with Evans to discuss it. The initiative is intended as a parallel effort, Tibbetts said, a tool to rally public support and serve as a fallback if the legislative route fails.”

California Oil Tax: Will Golden State Voters Hit Energy Companies Where It Hurts?

By AARON SANKIN  |  April 24, 2013  |  Huffington Post

“California, which at just over 500,000 barrels a day is the fourth largest oil drilling state in the country, is the only major energy-producing state without a significant, specific tax on taking oil out of the ground. U.C. Berkeley student Jack Tibbetts hopes to rectify that problem.”

Cal students want oil money for education, green energy, county governments and state parks

By DOUG OAKLEY  |  April 23, 2013  |  Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune

“California is hurting right now, and our tuition costs $14,000 a year," said UC Berkeley student Jack Tibbetts, 22, during an Earth Day rally on campus. "Because of the rising tuition, we're seeing a reduction in people graduating universities and community colleges, and that is going to create a huge economic problem for the state."

They’re Out To Save a Buck this Holiday Season

By CHIRS SMITH  |  December 1, 2012  |  Press Democrat

“That moment, Tibbetts knew he had to do something for Sonoma County people reduced to living out in the elements. He and some fellow Cal students created Warm 4 the Holidays and began to solicit warm clothing and sleeping bags.”

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