The California legislature's intent, in enacting the MAC law in 1971, was to provide residents of unincorporated and rural communities the opportunity for more direct representation than can be provided by a County Board of Supervisors. For example, in Mendocino County, only 1 supervisor represents Redwood Valley (along with the rest of the district), and the 4 other supervisors may have no knowledge of issues of concern to our community. The Redwood Valley MAC provides greater opportunity to review issues, assess community perspectives, and convey them to the wider Board of Supervisors and County staff.