About Mark Luce
Term Expiring 2016
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Mark was born in Toledo, Ohio, on Oct. 12, 1956. He moved to California in 1969 and attended Carlmont High School in Belmont, California, where he met Kathy, his wife-to-be, in 1972. They were married in 1977. Mark received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from San Jose State University in 1978 and a master's of science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1980.
Mark and Kathy moved to Napa in 1980 where Mark began working at Chevron Research Company. He worked as a Senior Environmental Engineer providing advice to Chevron operating companies on how to prevent pollution, manage hazardous waste and remediate contaminated sites.
Mark became active in a number of local issues and was elected Chairman of the American Canyon Concerned Citizens in 1983. He was appointed to the Napa County Planning Commission in 1985 and served until 1989. In 1990, Mark won a seat on the Napa City Council where he served his four-year term. Mark was subsequently elected to the Napa County Board of Supervisors in 1996, where he continues to serve. Mark retired from Chevron in 2006 to attend full time to his role as County Supervisor.
Mark and Kathy have four children who went through Napa public school with great distinction and have now graduated from college and are each pursuing graduate degrees.
Kathy obtained her master's Degree in physical therapy and her physician's assistant certificate and works at St. Helena Hospital and Community Health Clinic Ole.
Issues Facing Napa County
We must not only live within our means, but also anticipate future needs. Thus, through careful budgeting and planning, we achieve the following priorities:
- Growth for the long-term benefit of our citizens: This includes protecting agricultural lands and beautiful surroundings while encouraging a strong economy within urban boundaries. It will require creativity in addressing such issues as water availability and housing for local workers.
- Keep our streets safe: Early intervention with proven methods can turn a would-be future criminal into a productive citizen. Supporting such a program is critical to minimizing our need for a larger jail and more police. However, strong enforcement of our laws is also a critical part of this effort.
- Maintain a quality infrastructure, including roads and public buildings: Funding is a challenge most recently, but our roads, pipelines, and other facilities must be maintained as this is the most basic role of local government.
- Provide the safety nets for our poor and vulnerable: This is a fundamental obligation of a civil society. Supporting efforts to assist the elderly to maintain their independence, the homeless or abused to find shelter and the hungry to find food are part of our funding priorities.
- Other priorities: A changing world continually poses new challenges. Pest invasions, terrorism, natural disasters, sudden economic disorders, and other surprises must be anticipated where possible and responded to with flexibility and focus.
- Veterans services is a top priority.
Committees & Commissions for 2016
- Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) - Executive Committee; General Assembly; Hazardous Waste Management Facility Allocation Committee
- Airport Industrial Area Subcommittee (AIASC)
- California State Association of Counties (CSAC) - Housing, Land Use and Transportation Policy Committee
- Napa County Transportation & Planning Agency (NCTPA)
- Napa Valley Transportation Authority (NVTA)
- North Bay Water Reuse Authority Committee (NBWRA) (Alternate)
- Napa Sanitation District (NSD) (Alternate)
- Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
- Napa County Legislative Subcommittee
- Napa County Treasury Oversight Committee (Treasurer manages appointments)
- Napa-Vallejo Waste Management Authority (Alternate)
- Upper Valley Waste Management Agency
- Metropolitan District Commission (MTC)
- Napa County Community Correctional Partnership Executive Committee