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County of Madera

California

District #3- Rick Farinelli

District 3 of Madera County largely represents the City of Madera west of Highway 99. It extends north around the Madera Municipal Airport and south to Avenue 12.

The district is home to most of the industrial manufacturers and is at the heart of the non-agricultural economy for Madera County. Both the government centers of the City of Madera and County of Madera are located within the district.

The following landmarks are located in District 3:
    • Madera County Government Center
    • Madera County Superior Court
    • Madera County Library
    • Madera County Courthouse Park
    • Madera City Hall
    • Madera County Office of Education
           o Gould Educational Center School
    • Madera Unified School District
           o Elementary: Alpha, Howard, James Madison, Lincoln
           o Middle: Thomas Jefferson
           o High: Madera High, Madera South High
    • St. Joachim Catholic Church & School
    • Madera Municipal Airport
    • Madera Chamber of Commerce
    • Madera Municipal Golf Course
    • Madera District Fairgrounds
    • Lion’s Town and Country Park
    • Vernon McCullough Fresno River Trail

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Welcome to my Supervisor’s page. I am honored to be your Supervisor and serve the 3rd District of Madera County. While I represent the 3rd District, my responsibility is to the entire Madera community, and I never stop working towards making Madera the best County in California.

On my page you’ll find information I hope you will find useful. It includes a more about District 3, a listing of my committee appointments, contact information, as well as common resources you may need in interacting with your local government:

rickandjan2Rick and his wife Jan (Pira) Farinelli are life-long Madera residents and graduates of our local schools. Reared on a family farm in Madera, and the great-grandson of immigrants, Rick understands sacrifice, hard work, and dedication. Rick served our country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He is a patriot, parent and professional. Rick and Jan have been married for 45 years and have three wonderful and successful adult children who along with their spouses all live in Madera County. They are also the proud grandparents of six.
Rick is believes in serving the Madera community on more than just Tuesdays. He serves on more than 40 different boards, commissions, and agencies. These agencies include the Interagency Council for Children and Youth Services, Behavioral Health Board, Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Madera Center for the Arts Partnership, Madera Unified Career Technical Education Advisory Committee, Madera Unified Facilities Committee, Park Restoration Committee, Madera County Economic Development Commission, and the Sustainable Forest Action Coalition.
He also has his own Gang Intervention Task Force, which gathers leaders in our community as a clearinghouse for new programs and ideas for keeping kids out of gangs and rehabilitating those already in them. Rick is also a Board Member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California, and has explosively expanded the program throughout Madera County and the Central Valley.
Rick represents the County and is very active in multi-county groups like California State Association of Counties, where he has served on the “Administration of Justice” committee since he joined the Board. As Chairman, he also serves on CSAC’s Board of Directors. Through CSAC, he has helped lead the conversation about rural gang crime in California, and has connected successful gang intervention and law enforcement programs, like the Sacramento Police Academy, with our local school districts and agencies.
Rick is also a member of the National Association of Counties, and serves on the Steering Committee for their “Justice and Public Safety” Committee. He remains very dedicated to Rural County Representatives of California, the only statewide coalition of California’s Rural Counties, whose mission is to make sure rural interests are heard in Sacramento.
He also is a member of more local collaborations like the Central California Truancy Task Force, and Foreign Trade Zone Advisory Board. Rick was a key player in the creation of the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority, the new agency created to help secure surface water projects for our communities. All of these activities and more had Rick invited to meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to discuss the issues facing the Central Valley.
Rick remains committed to Madera and his service on the Board of Supervisors. He looks forward to continuing the County’s successes while keeping it on the financial straight-and-narrow.

Children and Families
    • CHILDREN & FAMILIES COMMISSION (FIRST FIVE) [WEBSITE]
    • INTERAGENCY CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Civic Development & Operations
    • COURTHOUSE PARK RESTORATION COMMITTEE
    • ELECTED DEPARTMENT HEADS NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE
    • MADERA COUNTY PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORITY
    • REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION COMMITTEE
    • MADERA CENTER FOR THE ARTS PARTNERSHIP
Government Partnerships
    • FRESNO/MADERA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS JOINT MEETING
    • MADERA CITY/COUNTY JOINT PROJECTS COMMITTEE
    • SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY REGIONAL SUPERVISOR ASSOCIATION [WEBSITE]
    • CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (CSAC) - BOARD OF DIRECTORS [WEBSITE]
    • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (NACo) - CSAC DELEGATE [WEBSITE]
    • REGIONAL COUNCIL OF RURAL COUNTIES (RCRC) [WEBSITE]
Economic Development
    • MADERA COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION [WEBSITE]
    • MADERA COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND RECRUITMENT TEAM
    • MADERA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE
    • FOREIGN TRADE ZONE ADVISORY BOARD [WEBSITE]
    • MADERA COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
    • NATIVE AMERICAN LIAISON COMMITTEE SB 621 INDIAN GAMING LOCAL COMMUNITY BENEFIT
Health
    • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH BOARD [WEBSITE]
    • COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP OF MADERA COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE & BOARD OF DIRECTORS [WEBSITE]
    • MADERA COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING (alternate)
    • FRESNO-MADERA AREA AGENCY ON AGING (alternate) [WEBSITE]
    • IN HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES [WEBSITE]
Environmental
    • CENTRAL SIERRA WATERSHED COMMITTEE 
    • FLOOD CONTROL & WATER CONSERVATION AGENCY [WEBSITE]
    • RCRC ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY (JPA) [WEBSITE]
    • SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE [WEBSITE]
    • SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY [WEBSITE]
    • SUSTAINABLE FOREST ACTION COALITION [WEBSITE]
    • MADERA GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY
    • SUSTAINABLE GROUNDWATER AGENCY – MADERA SUB-BASIN FORMATION COMMITTEE (alternate)
    • SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY [WEBSITE]
Law Enforcement/Justice/Gang Intervention
    • CALIFORNIA STATE ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (CSAC) - ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE [WEBSITE]
    • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES (NACo) - ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE STEERING COMMITTEE [WEBSITE]
Transportation
    • MADERA COUNTY TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (alternate) [WEBSITE]
    • SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY RAIL COMMITTEE [WEBSITE]
Other Committees and memberships (not county-appointed)
    • Central California Truancy Task Force
    • Gang Intervention Task Force - Founder
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California – Executive Board [WEBSITE]
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1981 - Lifetime Member [WEBSITE]
    • MadTown Robotics (2006-2015)
    • Madera Unified Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee [WEBSITE]
    • Madera Unified Facilities Improvement Committee (2015-2016)
    • Madera Unified Superintendent’s Round Table
    • Madera County Historical Society [WEBSITE]
    • Elks Lodge #1981 [WEBSITE]
    • Executive Manufacturing Committee

As District 3 Supervisor, I appoint members of the district to various boards and commissions that serve our County. These appointments include:

  • Behavioral Health Board
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Mosquito and Vector Control District
  • Fish and Game Fine Committee
  • Planning /Airport Land Use Commission
  • Madera Cemetery District

Are you interested in serving your community on one of these commissions? Contact my office at 559-662-6030 for more information on vacancies and requirements.

My commitment to Madera County:

Gang Prosecution and Intervention
There’s two ways to combat gangs – one is prosecution, the other is intervention. I strongly support all of our law enforcement agencies in their duty to protect our community and fully prosecute those guilty of gang crimes. I also support and even coordinate my own pre-emptive intervention efforts to gang recruitment. That means providing at-risk youth alternatives to joining gangs, through school programs and activities, mentoring, and other services that give kids positive outlets and paths for their future.

Trades Education
Our kids are our future and for too long our schools have not been providing them the tools to be productive and thriving members of society. For decades I have supported programs to help mentor/intern youth in manufacturing, construction, and robotics. Now as your Supervisor, I am more actively involved with our School Districts in promoting and advising in numerous career pathways for our youth. Some children will go to college, others will go to work in a trade. We owe it to both groups to prepare them for their futures.

Economic Development
Madera County like much of the Central Valley has an unemployment rate higher than the statewide average and has high rates of poverty. Our economy is largely ag-dependent, but many don’t know just how much industrial potential Madera County offers. I work with our County partners to actively pursue and recruit new manufacturers and the high-paying jobs they create to our community. Madera County is also on the verge of becoming the a major center for sports tourism.
I am working with my fellow Board members on multiple projects that will create thousands of new jobs:
    • North Fork Rancheria Resort Hotel & Casino
    • Sports Tourism Complex
    • Black Hawk Off-Highway Vehicle Park
    • South-East Madera Community Development
    • Castellina Development
    • Brickyard Industrial Park

Fiscally Sound Government
One of the primary roles of civil government is to provide essential services to its constituents in the most effective and efficient ways possible. Our lights are on only because thousands of hard working Maderan’s pay our bills, and we owe it to them to use their hard-earned tax dollars in the most efficient ways possible. Madera County learned a valuable lesson in the recession, and after many tough years involving layoffs, budget cuts, and restructuring, Madera County is now focused on innovative service. The County now has an A+ credit rating from Standard and Poors, and so long as I am your Supervisor we will remain focused on responsible management and good fiscal planning.

Veteran Services
Every veteran whether they have been wounded or not have sacrificed greatly for our nation. We as a nation and a community owe them a great debt of service. As the only veteran on the Board of Supervisors, I help promote veterans related activities throughout the County, and even helped host a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial at Courthouse Park in 2014.
Some vets struggle reintegrating into our community. I strongly support programs that help vets find jobs and get the services they need. I am committed to fighting veteran homelessness and the unacceptable high-rate of suicide, and work closely with our local agencies to find and recruit the best programs and support services for these groups.

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Madera County Board of Supervisors

Rhonda Cargill
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Madera, CA 93637
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Supervisor- District 3
Richard Farinelli
200 W. 4th St
Madera, CA 93637
(559)662-6030
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