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One year as Contra Costa County supervisor

Original post made on Jul 11, 2013

District 2 County Supervisor [Web Link Candace Andersen] has always been busy. After a year of being in office and innumerable meetings, the Danville resident and mother of six reflects on her responsibilities and upcoming issues in the district.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 5:45 PM

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
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.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
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.

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Posted by Kathy Chiverton
a resident of Danville
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.

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Posted by Policy of Truth
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Candace certainly has you fooled. She contradicts herself throughout the article and you didn't even catch it! Have any of you watched or been to a Board of Supervisors meeting?

Andersen is out of touch with the board and as a result hasn't accomplished much. In reality she is the most ineffective Board member in recent history.

What a waste.

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Posted by GARFIELD
a resident of Danville
on Jul 12, 2013 at 9:45 am

There will always be many "political views" on most anyone in an "elected public office." Actually seeing Supervisor Andersen "out working & active in our community" on a very regular weekly basis is positive. She is seen often out in the community "speaking" with those she represents. Just after taking office she was out supporting the Danville Veterans Memorial Building - the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Danville - at music concerts at Alamo's Lavornia Park on Fridays & Danville's Oak Hill Park - site of the All Wars Memorial... and even up in Crockett for an Armed Forces Day "Walk of Honor" for our Veterans. Clearly she is supporting those who proudly serve and have served our nation - from her district and others.

I am honored to be a small part of the legacy of those who proudly wore a uniform... providing the "freedom" for everyone else - to freely express their opinion! Supervisor Andersen is clearly an active part of our community - with both feet on the ground.

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Posted by Policy of Truth
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2013 at 10:36 am

Very nice post GARFIELD, however my comments were based in fact, and directly have to do with Andersen's actual job performance, not her political showboating. We are all entitled to our own opinion, but not our own facts. Her policital activities are common place for those who seek political attention rather than actually working hard to reap results. Not only did she contradict her self in the article numorous times, she attempted to take credit for things she has had no vote in. Did she somehow sneak on the contra costa retirement board? (The answer is no, she has no vote) Web Link

Please do a little bit of homework before forming an opinion based on her attendance at community events, veteran affairs and social affairs. (That's what weak politicians do).

Thanks for your service GARFIELD and for the record, I wore a uniform too.

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