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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de PetalumaCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Bill Wolpert

Planning Commissioner/Architect
12,894 votos (22.3%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Promote smarter development that provides the tax base to fix our streets, sidewalks and aging infrastructure
  • Address affordable housing
  • Take action to make our community more resilient against Climate Change



Owner/ Architect, Green Building Architects (2005–current)
Commissioner, former Chair, Petaluma Planning Commission — Cargo designado (2011–current)
Committee Member, Sonoma County Climate Action 2020 Advisory Committee — Cargo designado (2013–2016)
Committee Member, SMART Rail Station Area Master Plan Advisory Committee — Cargo designado (2010–2013)
Committee Member, Petaluma Historic and Cultural Review Committtee — Cargo designado (2006–2011)


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Architecture and Environmental Design (1977)
Cal Poly, SLO Architecture (1977)


Bill Wolpert was born in California’s Central Valley and raised on a dairy ranch. He and his younger brother and sister were active 4H members. After attending  Cal  Poly’s School of Architecture, he began his architectural career in Southern California. Bill was very active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, becoming its President in 1994.

Following his AIA service, Bill was asked to join Pasadena Heritage, a non-profit advocating for architectural preservation and education. While on the Board of Directors, they formed a sub-organization, Heritage Housing Partners. Heritage Housing Partners (HHP) buys dilapidated historic properties and underutilized land to develop safe, attractive affordable homes. This organization remains active today and has helped to replicate the success in other communities.

Moving to the Bay Area in 1999, Bill met his wife, Megan Donner, and they soon settled in Petaluma where Bill opened Green Building Architects and Megan began teaching Culinary Arts at Casa Grande High School.

As a licensed architect for 30 years focusing on sustainable practices, Bill was involved Petaluma’s 2005 General Plan update. In 2007, he was appointed to Historic Site Plan and Architectural Review Committee (SPARC) until 2011, when the Petaluma City Council appointed him to the Planning Commission. After becoming its Chair in 2014, Bill was reappointed to the Petaluma Planning Commission in 2015 by a unanimous vote of the Petaluma City Council.

In addition to his service on the Petaluma Planning Commission, Bill participated on the Advisory Committee for the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Station Area Specific Plan. The Station Area Plan is the critical guiding document created to implement a mixed use urbanized area to support the SMART train and historic downtown. Bill is concerned about larger issues that will impact us locally and globally, that is why he joined the Stakeholder Committee responsible for drafting the Sonoma County Climate Action 2020 Plan. Bill has been a member of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee since 2011, representing Sonoma County. In June 2015, Cordell Bank and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries expanded their boundaries to Point Arena.  This area encompasses one of  the most productive upwelling zones in North America, and is now protected from exploitation.

Bill and Megan have lived in Petaluma for 15 years. They are passionate about protecting the environment and spending time outdoors. Their hobbies include fly fishing amd hunting wild edible mushrooms. As avid cyclists, Bill and his wife Megan, participate in many cycling events and are members of the Petaluma Wheelmen Cycling Club.


¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (7)

  • Coalition for Grassroots Progress
  • Coalition for a Better Sonoma County
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • North Bay Labor Council
  • Sonoma County Democratic Party
  • Sierra Club

Funcionarios electos (3)

  • Mariko Yamada, Candidate for State Senate, former CA Assembly member
  • Teresa Barrett, Petaluma City Council
  • Mayor David Glass

Individuos (3)

  • Jocelyn Lin, Petaluma Planning Commissioner
  • Jennifer Pierre, Petaluma Planning Commissioner
  • Diana Gomez, Chair, Petaluma Planning Commission

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I am a life-long Democrat and environmentalist. I believe that local government works best when the community's residents are actively engaged and listened to. In Petaluma, we are fortuate to have a community of active volunteers, but less so when it comes to representation. The residents have helped create a wonderful vision for how they want to grow into the future, as contained in our Geneal Plan, but have a City Council that is more interested in appeasing developers. As a result, we have more traffic without the benefit of a sufficient tax base.

We need smarter development that provides robust mixed-use, better public transportation, and a more walkable and bike-friendly community. Our kids need adequate and safe atheletic fields and parks, too. We need affordable housing to be included within residential development, not just a contribution to a fund. It is becoming increasingly difficult to afford living here, especially for teachers, health care workers, and seniors. 

I want to preserve the unique qualities of our community, our historic neighborhoods and downtown. Our Urban Growth Boundary needs to be respected and preserved. I want to better support local businesses and encourage companies that provide better wages and opportunities for employees. 

Regarding the environment, we have the highest percentage of electric vehicles in the country, yet we don't incentize their use. We should encourage charging stations for residential garages. The building industry is having a renaissance with new technology to make our homes more comfortable and energy efficient, yet we mandate only the minimum code requirements. We should be taking incremental steps towards the state mandate of net-zero energy homes by 2020.

I see Climate Change as a real threat. Our oceans are rising and becoming more acidic. We face increased drought at the same time we may experience greater flooding. It is irresponsible to not address it in the fullest terms if we care about future generations.

I am proud to be endorsed by the Sonoma County Democratic Party and be supported by SEIU and North Bay Labor Council. I am also honored to be supported my several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, SCCA, Coalition for a Better Sonoma County and the Coalition for Grassroots Progress. Also being endorsed by the Latino PAC indicates that I intend to represent all of my community. Our diversity is what makes us strong.

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I will appreciate your vote on November 8th. 




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