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Pat Wiggins

Assemblymember Pat Wiggins (Ret.) began her political career in local government, as a member of the Santa Rosa City Council. She then became the Assemblymember for the 7th District (Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties) until she was forced out of office by term limits in December of 2004. During her time in the legislature, she served as Chair of the Local Government and Banking Committees. She is currently a candidate for the 2nd Senate District (North Coast) in 2006.

In 2000, Assemblywoman Wiggins founded the Legislature’s Smart Growth Caucus, which grew to include 47 of the legislature’s 120 members over the next few years. She is the author of AB 857 (statutes of 2002), the most comprehensive state land use planning legislation in thirty years. AB 857 established California’s spending priorities for future growth to help prevent sprawl, and to promote compact development and greater social equity. She is also the author of legislation to facilitate farmworker housing, to promote mixed-use development, and to increase funding for agricultural protection. Other legislative initiatives included:

* AB 2878 (2001), which would have required cities to swap a portion of their sales tax revenue with counties for a portion of the counties’ property tax revenue

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