One year as Contra Costa County supervisor
Original post made on Jul 11, 2013
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on Jul 11, 2013 at 8:17 am
I have had some minor disagreements with Ms. Andersen, but over-all she is a fine public servant, and is a person the rest of the Board of Supes would do well to emulate.
on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
I pretty much agree with Rick Pshaw's comment, above. Ms. Anderson is maybe not quite as staunch a fiscal conservative as I'd prefer, but in fairness, her positions are reasonably conservative in light of the overall make-up of the County Board of Supervisors. Nudging in the right direction is probably the pragmatic approach.
Having the county employees' pension fund lower its anticipated rate of return from 7.75% to 7.25% is a good step in the right direction, even if it is vary arguably not enough. But it will serve to have a more conservative funding level for pensions, going forward.
I am more concerned, however, with elimination of pension-spiking methods, where there has been very little progress. I hope that Ms. Anderson will lead the charge, so to speak, in reducing and/or eliminating the pension-spiking abuses that are currently allowed. Being paid for unused vacation time is one thing. But you shouldn't be able to have the unused vacation time lump-sum payment count in your lifetime pension calculation. (As just one example of the pension spiking that goes on.) The basic pension formula for most county employees is already very generous, and far better than anyone receives in the private sector (if you even have a pension). The various pension-spiking methods (on top of the basic formula) are basically pouring salt on the wounds of the taxpayers.
on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:42 am
Danville Rotary is honored to have Supervisor Andersen as our guest speaker at our luncheon meeting on Monday, July 15th at Faz in downtown Danville at noon. If you are interested in learning more about the good work of Rotary and about Supervisor Andersen's perspective on the Board of Supervisors, please join us on Monday. Lunch is $15.