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Perspective - July 18, 2008

Danville leaders

It was good news that Danville Mayor Candace Andersen and councilmen Newell Arnerich and Mike Doyle have decided to run again for Town Council in November. Their terms expire this year.

Doyle has been on the Town Council the longest, serving since 1991. Arnerich was first elected in 1995. Andersen was appointed in 2003 when Millie Greenberg left to become County Supervisor for District 3, and then she was elected the following year.

The three made the announcement together last week because they said they share a vision for the town, including fiscal responsibility, protection of open space and improving transportation. They are proud, as are all the Danville Town Council members, of being able to work with a tight budget and to keep Danville's small-town charm while the population continues to grow.

Also all three see the importance of monitoring growth in Tassajara Valley, having learned lessons from the building of Alamo Creek at the edge of Danville on Camino Tassajara. The developer had hoped the neighborhood would be annexed by Danville until it realized the town's strict rules about density and park space. Negotiations after a lawsuit saw the developer paying $1 million for roads and giving additional land at Diablo Vista Middle School although Danville would have preferred to see Alamo Creek developed at a lower density.

The filing period for Town Council opened Monday and closes Aug. 8. The three incumbents saw fit to announce their candidacy early, they said, because they feared that in the excitement of the national race for president, the local contests might get lost in the shuffle. We don't think this will happen. Danville residents are proud of their community and know it didn't just happen. Future decisions will impact Danville's downtown greatly, for instance the remodeling/rebuilding of the Veterans Memorial Building and the property adjoining the historic Danville Hotel.

The town has been and continues to be well planned and maintained thanks to the dedicated efforts of people like Andersen, Arnerich and Doyle.