I was elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in 1996 and from 1993 to 1996 I served on the Santa Rosa Planning Commission. During my terms I am proud to have accomplished the following:
- Adoption of a 20-year, voter-approved urban growth boundary
- Adoption of new campaign finance reporting requirements, closing a loophole in state law
- Defeating an effort to exclude Santa Rosa's City Council and citizenry from participating in the process to approve local development
- Adoption of a plan for pedestrian safety improvements
- Adoption of a city-wide plan for building bicycle paths and lanes
- Ongoing revision of city standards for design of residential neighborhoods
- Inclusion of a Youth and Family Element in Santa Rosa's General Plan
- Adoption of a General Plan goal to re-use wastewater for irrigation
- Protection for Brush Creek Road, a scenic and historic roadway in Santa Rosa and development of similar protections for other scenic and historic roads
- Assisting in bringing to Santa Rosa an American Institute of Architects-sponsored team to evaluate Santa Rosa's downtown
- Opposing unnecessary sewer and water rate increases
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
I have worked in our local schools for many years, assisting teachers in the subjects of mathematics, reading, and writing. Last year I worked in the 6th grade classroom at Madrone Elementary School. I have also assisted in teaching reading for several years at two other local elementary schools, Brush Creek Elementary School and Montessori Visions Elementary School. I am a frequent chaperone on school field trips. I have been a youth soccer and Futsal coach for many years.
Since 1982 I have been an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa. My family has been active in Congregation Beth Ami.
In 1978 I graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a BA (with honors) in Political Science. During my senior year, in addition to a part-time job and full-time course load, I worked as an intern at the Sacramento County District Attorney's office and served as a judge of the associated student body Board of Justice.
Following graduation from college, I was admitted to University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. I received my Juris Doctorate in 1981, graduating in the top 1/3 of my class, again having worked my way through law school. I was Associate Editor, then Editor, of the Nevada Legislative Review and I clerked for the United States Attorney's office in Sacramento. In 1980 I was a member of the McGeorge Trial Advocacy Team and in 1981 received the Emile Gumpert Award for Outstanding Trial Advocacy. During my final year in law school I clerked for the State Court of Appeals, 3d District for Hon. Edwin Regan.
After graduating and taking the California Bar Examination, I studied international law at the University of Salzburg, Austria and clerked for A & L Goodbody of Dublin, Ireland in a work/study program in conjunction with McGeorge School of Law. After completing that program, I traveled throughout Europe for three months before returning home to employment in Santa Rosa.
In 1982 I was hired as the first female litigation attorney at what was then the largest and oldest California law firm north of San Francisco, Spridgen, Barrett, Achor, Luckhardt, Anderson, James and Ziegler. At that time the Sonoma County Bar Association was extremely small and there were few female lawyers in the county. When the Spridgen law firm dissolved, I was hired as an associate by one of its successor firms, Gray, O'Brien, Sawyer, Watters & Davis. Two members of that firm are now Sonoma County Superior Court judges. In 1987 I was named partner in the firm. With time out for taking care of my young children, I remained with this law firm until 1995.
Since 1995 my husband and I have been partners in a small firm, Fudem & Evans. Our specialty continues to be litigation, primarily in personal injury, business and workers' compensation.
I have served for many years as an Arbitrator for the Sonoma County Superior Courts.
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