Fire Chief Price to lead Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley

President Stepper has headed group since 2005

Richard Price was sworn in as president of the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley today, after Karen Stepper being at the helm since the local club opened in 2005.

"He'll be great," said Stepper, who is also a member of the Danville Town Council. "He hardly ever misses meetings. Plus it coordinates so well with what we do."

Price is chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, which works with the club on its Child Abuse Prevention Day to fingerprint children and offers safety tips to families. The local club also heads up the Sept. 11 commemoration at Oak Hill Park in Danville each year, and the Fire District provides the honor guard and sometimes the chaplain.

"There is a lot of overlap," Stepper noted.

Another project of the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley is putting replicas of 30 historical American documents, call Freedom Shrines, into schools and public buildings, such as the library.

"We have put in 13 so far," Stepper said.

Price said he plans to continue to focus on community outreach related to child abuse prevention, as well as to promote issues of special importance to the nation and culture of the United States. He said he will also "work to strengthen the education of our children."

The service club meets for lunch monthly on the second Wednesday at Faz Restaurant with speakers from public agencies and other groups of interest. For more information, visit


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Posted by Phil Lindner
a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2012 at 7:46 am

Dolores, Thanks for the nice article on our Exchange Club installation. However, the Exchange Club meets for lunch once a month on the second WEDNESDAY with socializing and check-in commencing at 11:30am and the meeting commencing at 12:00pm and adjourning at 1:00pm. Our future meeting dates can be found in your Community Calendar.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

Yesterday was a great day! Chief Price will be a fantastic leader with the Exchange Club, just as he is in every other aspect of his life.

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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of Danville
on Jun 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

Now that he is retired, I hope Chief Price is enjoying his spiked pension that we San Ramon Valley Fire District taxpayers are paying for. I wonder if he will be speaking at the Exchange Club about how great it is to get his $250,000+ pension every year for the rest of his life.

Price is only about 52 or so. Can you imagine being able to retire at 52, let alone with an incredible pension?!!! Let's do the math. If he lives to be 84, he will have collected $8,000,000 from us!! Forget parcel taxes for our local schools---we have to save that money to pay for his pension!!!

If you are sick and tired of paying for outrageous pensions and public employees retiring at full benefits at age 52, check the backgrounds for the candidates for the San Ramon Valley Fire District Board for the November election. You will likely notice that many are either fire fighters in other jurisdictions or are related to firefighters by blood or marriage. If you care about your wallet, DO NOT ELECT THOSE CANDIDATES. Let's hope we have some good alternate choices! Anyone willing to run?

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Posted by Jake
a resident of Alamo Elementary School
on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Chief Price is "retired" on paper but continues to work in his same job with the same hours and responsibilities, just now as a volunteer. He is a very experienced and capable Chief, a local resident, and is saving taxpayers the entire cost of a replacement fire chief (salary+benefits). His retirement after a 32-year career is a normal service retirement - no disability, no spiking. If you have questions about his retirement you should ask him. He openly discusses challenges with the public pension system and has implemented several reforms in the District. You should get to know him and more about his broad involvement and commitment to our community. If you do you will feel differently. His email is

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jun 22, 2012 at 10:00 am

Concerned citizen is spot on with his comments. for years I have pointed out that many candidates on the District Fire Board have direct family members that are firefighters and so have an obvious conflict of interest regarding pension matters. The Pleasant Hill Police Chief's retirement last week at age 51 because "economically it just doesn't make sense for me to work anymore" is a gret example of this. In the private sector guys at age 51 are normally hitting their prime productivity and levels of responsibility. the Pleasant Hill chief is taking his $198,000 per year pension and is moving to Colorado. I am not knocking Mr Price, however THIS IS SIMPLY NOT SUSTAINABLE FOLKS!!! Who in their right mind does not understand this? We are getting fleeced, ripped off and totally taken advantage of. Again, these incredibly lucrative packages are not available in the private sector.

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Posted by B Gates
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Really? .....Really?

JRM, Say Hello to my little (private sector) friends; Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, Debbie Fields, Don Trump, and David Duffield to name a few!

-S Jobs

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Danville
on Sep 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Remain vigilant on pension abuse and the firefighter rip off is still happening and elections for the board are coming...note we will probably pay Richard Price a whopping 8 million dollars at the end of the day. We are not STUPID!!
We need sustainable economic models, not selfish pension abuse!

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