Local committees, commissions looking for members

Residents serving on local committees and commissions are a big part of what makes the world of shaping communities go round. The Town of Danville as well as Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho are asking residents to consider applying for open seats throughout the region.

Some of the opportunities highlighted by the Town of Danville include the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, Contra Costa County Library Commission, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Citizens' Advisory Committee and Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee. Find the specific openings and details on terms at the Town of Danville's website.

For more information on Town and regional commissions, as well as those who are currently seeking members, contact Danville's City Clerk Marie Sunseri at 314-3401 or

Piepho is seeking qualified and motivated candidates to serve on these county advisory committees: Mobile Home Advisory Committee, Tenant Seat; Family & Children's Trust Committee; Contra Costa Commission for Women; Emergency Medical Care Committee; Mental Health Commission, Consumer seat; County Library Commission, Alternate seat; and Merit Board.

Candidates for these boards must live in District 3, which his comprised of San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay.

For information on how to apply, call Piepho's Deputy Chief of Staff Lea Castleberry at 820-8683 or Applications can be downloaded on the county's website.

— staff reports


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Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Dear Dolores,

Neighborhoods are very curious about the selection and preference process used by Mary Piepho for appointment to what appear to be worthwhile committees and commissions. On several occasions in the past including applications for the CCC-MAC Alamo last year, neighbors never heard from district 3, the county or were their names listed as applicants. In some cases the applications were delivered in person to district 3 Danville offices with no acknowledgment of the process that would be used in selection and no further response.

Exactly who does Mary Piepho want to apply?

Your journalism is needed.

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Posted by [removed]
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Wouldn't the right person to ask be Mary Piepho?

What will you and your flock do when Mary Piepho is gone, Hal? Don't be a coward, answer an honest question.

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Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Dear Dolores,

First, we must acknowledge that Don Flint, a Delta region neighborhood participant, has not commented in this exchange (Google courtesy).

As you confidentially know I have associates in global news services. With news service polling results sent this afternoon among district 3 neighborhoods, I was able go gain answers to what district 3 neighborhoods, including me, will celebrate when Mary N. Piepho is no longer part of district 3 aggregated politics.

It seems at present Mary N. Piepho has an 18% approval rating among eligible district 3 voters according to news services sponsored polling. As a result, a majority of voters look forward to electing a representative as district 3 supervisor that works to our will and interests. There are exceptional candidates, including Candace Andersen, that deserve the right to serve our district 3 communities and neighborhoods.

Most neighbors invite you to start now with a Diablo Views that asks, "What's next" for our elected and, sadly, appointed officials in our region and corridor. As usual your journalism is needed.

Let us not be distracted from the purpose of this exchange. We are asking Ms. Piepho and staff for their selection process and criteria in choosing appointees to commissions and committees. Since it is personal and subjective, neighbors deserve an answer from their representative, Ms. Piepho, on how they might qualify for service on worthwhile and important advisory commissions and committees.

It does seem to be a simple question,

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