The Danville Express and San Ramon Express will host a debate for District 2 supervisor candidates on April 26 from 6-8 p.m. Two of the three candidates will discuss important issues related to Contra Costa County and the San Ramon Valley, but many residents may be asking the same question: Exactly what is a supervisor?
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is a five-member group tasked with overseeing different areas, or districts, within the county. The recently redrawn District 2 encompasses Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Canyon, Saranap and part of Walnut Creek. Gayle Uilkema, who will retire in January 2013, currently represents the area.
Contra Costa County is home to approximately 1,030,000 people and over 23,000 businesses that are served by 19 cities and more than 250 special districts. District 2 is the second largest in the county with 218,917 residents as of the 2010 Census.
"Supervisors make decisions on many subjects -- from the management of social programs to service decisions. We also make land use and environmental decisions that affect the quality of life of all Contra Costans. Each Supervisor also has areas of particular interest," Uilkema said on her website.
Along with supervisors John Gioia, Mary Piepho, Karen Mitchoff and Federal Glover, Uilkema is tasked with appointing most county department heads and creating officers, boards and commissions as needed. The supervisors also oversee the operations of various departments.
The Board of Supervisors also has financial responsibilities, including adopting an annual budget, sponsoring an annual audit of all county accounts, books and records, as well as awarding all contracts exceeding $25,000. The board also provides for the compensation of all county officials and employees.
Additionally, supervisors are tasked with acting as an appellate body for planning and zoning issues. Recently, the board denied a resident group's appeal to revoke the land use permit for Alamo's Fire Station 32.
The Board of Supervisors hold regular weekly meetings at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the County Administration Building (651 Pine St., Room 107, Martinez). All meetings are open to the public. Applications for personal subscriptions to the weekly board agenda may be obtained by calling the clerk of the board at 335-1900.