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Andersen named chair of Board of Supervisors

Former Danville mayor says she's running for second supervisor term this year

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted the San Ramon Valley's representative, Candace Andersen, to serve as board chair for 2016 -- a year in which the former Danville mayor will also seek re-election as District 2 supervisor.

This marks the first turn as board chair for Andersen, who was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in June 2012. The board rotates the chair position, typically during an annual reorganization meeting in January.

"I look forward to working as a united board to solve the county's problems," Andersen said in an email interview. "Although our board votes are not always unanimous, we respectfully disagree and move on to other issues. Each of us serves on the Board of Supervisors because we care about our county and want to improve the quality of life for all of its residents."

She said her top priorities for 2016 as board chair include enhancing public safety, improving transportation, continuing fiscal responsibility and fostering a climate of economic development.

Other key goals include protecting the county's natural resources, helping people in need, and repairing and maintaining the county's buildings and infrastructure, according to Andersen.

While serving as board chair, Andersen will also be running for her second term as county supervisor representing communities such as San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda and parts of Walnut Creek.

She served on the Danville Town Council from 2003 until June 2012, including two stints as town mayor. An attorney by trade, Andersen also served on the Morgan Hill City Council in 1993-94.

Andersen elaborated on her plans for achieving her top priorities for the county as board chair, listing public safety enhancements as her No. 1 goal for the next year.

She said the county needs to "continue our efforts to recruit and retain the staffing needed to keep our communities safe, address the constant cycling of the mentally ill through our justice system (and) enhance what we are doing to prevent recidivism by criminals."

Andersen also pointed out that this year the Contra Costa Transportation Authority updates its expenditure plan.

"There is the opportunity to prioritize the projects in each of our districts that will improve the gridlock many of us face on the freeway, especially on 680," she said. "We also need to continue to improve and maintain our roads and infrastructure, and increase transit ridership through more efficient systems."

Ongoing efforts to address the county's employee pension liabilities are key to maintaining its financial stewardship, Andersen said.

"When I took office in 2012, our pensions were funded at 69%, and through a variety of measures supported by this board, we're now 82% funded," she added. "Our county retirement board, CCCERA, is looking at additional ways to improve that percentage and ensure that we're sufficiently funded. We will continue to reduce our other post-retirement obligations."

Andersen said she hopes the county will continue striving to do what it can to support a climate of economic development.

"We need to partner with educators to provide an appropriate workforce and have the infrastructure in place to attract businesses," she said. "As we create jobs, we need more housing of all types to keep up with employment growth, and the county should continue to implement ways to streamline the development process."

She added, "While we want to see more housing built and increased economic development, any growth needs to be done in a thoughtful way that protects our natural resources and quality of life."

The county will also need to expand its programs aimed to "break cycles of homelessness and poverty," Andersen said, pointing to early education and mental health and behavioral health services. Partnerships with nonprofits and community organizations are also key, she added.

And in order to better maintain county infrastructure, Andersen said officials need to "continue to prioritize capital improvement projects so that we preserve and better maintain our existing buildings and infrastructure, and find additional opportunities to make improvements to better serve the public."

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2 people like this
Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Jan 9, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Herman Glates is a registered user.

She’s a decent leader, but she ticked me off when she said she will vote yes on allowing that ginormous Tassajara cemetery to be built.

Someone needs to talks some sense into her for cripes sake.

If she votes yes, I swear I will never vote for her again. I don’t care if she’s the only Republican out there. Total betrayal.


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Posted by Candace Andersen
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2016 at 7:43 am

Herman, I want to assure you that I have not made any decision about the Tassajara Cemetery, or any other land use project that may come before the Board of Supervisors. I always wait until a matter goes through the environmental review and planning process, and until people have had an opportunity to express their opinions before both the County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Then I decide how I will vote.


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Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Ms. Andersen, while on the Danville town counsel, or while on the County Board of Supervisors, have you ever accepted any campaign donations from any developers, or individuals associated with developers?

Can you please also explain why you approved the horrible new large housing project near Green Valley Elementary School, despite how it will affect the already horrible traffic for parents driving their children to Green Valley Elementary, Los Cerros, and Monte Vista High?


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Posted by Cray Ditwardu
a resident of Danville
on Jan 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm

So, she's rendered Glates speechless? A true public servant!


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Posted by Larry
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 11, 2016 at 10:50 pm

Hi Ms. Andersen.
First of all, I have to comment you on reading and responding to the issues raised by your constituents. I am a county employee; we had a pay cut when the economy wasn't that great. Compared to Kaiser, my pay is significant lower. I have had difficult time of retaining good employees. Many jumped ship to work for Kaiser. I wouldn't mind if every county employees get the same paid cut. However, nurses got a paid raise in bad time and have just gotten another large paid raise. On the other hand, my pay stays the same. I know nursing unit is very strong and powerful, but we all should be treated equally regardless of our union affiliation.

I like what I am doing and want to continue to work for the county. The rewarding part is when someone told me that :" I am glad that you do not work for Kaiser, ..." So, please take into the consideration of what private sector offers when you vote down on a pay raise and cut benefits, and all union members should be treated equally regardless of how big/powerful the union is.

Best,

Larry - DPh


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Posted by Herman Glates
a resident of Danville
on Jan 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

Herman Glates is a registered user.

That ain’t the real Candace Andersen.

The real one wouldn’t be dumb enough to respond to someone like me.

Plus, she would’ve used her Registered User account.

But look what we have here. Public employee Larry asks for a raise because, “we all should be treated equally.”

NO, not everyone gets a trophy, son.

You raise a fair point that nurses get too good a deal. Bay Area nurses are paid 38% above the national average. The fix is to fight the nurses’ union rather than hand out undeserved money to other public workers.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Danville
on Oct 27, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Nurses are paid more here because in order for the counties to keep any quality nurses at all, the unions have to bargin more money.

Don't blame working people on the costs of living here. If we paid less we'd keep costs of payroll down, but the quality of care would suffer - which leads to outcomes in health issues and expensive costs elsewhere.

I'm a center-left democrat and I'll keep voting Candace as long as she continues standing for working people.

Unbelievable Herman, blaming unions for anything other than rising the standards of the middle class is asinine.


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