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Highway 4 construction related lane closures and traffic information for Oct. 3 – 9

Friday, October 2nd, 2015


There are no full freeway closures planned for this week.


State Route 4:

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Railroad Avenue and Loveridge Road on Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between Bailey Road and Loveridge Road on Monday through Friday from 4:00 am to 12:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Hillcrest Avenue and Contra Loma Boulevard/ L Street on Monday through Friday evenings from 9:00 pm to 4:00 am.

State Route 160:

There are no highway lane closures of State Route 160 planned for this week.


There are no ramp closures planned for this week.


There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of Contra Loma Boulevard/L Street between Lemon Tree Way and Saint Francis Drive on Monday through Friday evening from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Cavallo Road will be closed in all directions between E. Tregallas Road and Sunset Drive starting on Saturday morning at 7:00 am and ending on Sunday evening at 8:00 pm. For questions or comments please send e-mail to

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Congressman DeSaulnier backs Biennial Budgeting Act

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Gives bipartisan reform bill enough votes to pass House

Washington, DC – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) became the 218th cosponsor of the bipartisan “Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act” (H.R. 1610), introduced by Congressmen Ribble (WI-08) and Schrader (OR-05). The bill now enjoys bipartisan support from the majority of Members of the House of Representatives, which guarantees its passage should Speaker Boehner bring it to the floor for a vote. Under the biennial budgeting process, Congress would complete its budget resolution and appropriations bills in the first year of each Congress, and conduct much needed oversight of federal programs in the second year. This process would result in a more comprehensive review of federal spending, and would allow for a greater focus on performance budgeting and good governance.

There is no question our current budgeting process is broken. It is long past the time for Congress to end the cycle of yearly funding crises and short-term budget extensions. This bill provides the stability our government agencies need, and the accountability our taxpayers deserve. I am proud to help this strong bipartisan bill reach the majority needed to pass the House, and I urge Speaker Boehner to immediately bring it to the floor for a vote,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

America is a tremendous economic engine, and our federal budget needs consistency, reliability, and thorough oversight to function efficiently. I introduced the Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act to takebudgeting out of election years and force Congress to conduct better oversight of federal agencies, and I am proud to have Representative DeSaulnier on the bill as our 218thcosponsor,”said Congressman Ribble (WI-08).

When I chaired the Budget and Appropriations Committee in the Oregon Legislature, we operated with a biennial budget system, and it worked very well. There is no reason we should not be doing the same in this body,” said Congressman Schrader (OR-05). “We’re facing budget crisis after budget crisis and by adopting this bill we would able to avoid stress and uncertainty, not only for our government, but for the American people who expect us to do our jobs.”

Biennial budgeting is a practical reform that has already been implemented by fifteen states. It has strong bipartisan and bicameral support. The bipartisan Senate companion legislation, the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act (S. 150), is led by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and currently has 25 additional cosponsors. Congressman DeSaulnier introduced and passed a similar bill when he served in the California State Senate, which was signed into law by Governor Brown.

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County workers and County reach tentative agreement on lowering healthcare costs

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Martinez, CA—On September 30, a coalition of public sector workers and Contra Costa County reached a tentative healthcare agreement affecting over 4,000 workers and Contra Costa families.

After months of negotiations, we reached an agreement that will contain healthcare costs and provide an ongoing Labor/Management partnership to continue lowering healthcare costs for the County and workers through smart plan design,” said Dan Jameyson, SEIU 1021 Contra Costa County Chapter President, bargaining team member, and Contra Costa Eligibility Work Specialist.

The proposed 2-year agreement between workers represented by AFSCME Local 512, AFSCME Local 2700, IFPTE Local 21, SEIU 1021, and the Western Council of Engineers that makes healthcare costs more affordable. Additionally, the agreement—once ratified by the County Board of Supervisors and the unions—gives workers and their families options for a number of health plans offered by the County.

Furthermore, a Joint Labor/Management Benefit Committee will continue to work on benefit plan design to save even more money in future years, and address potential excise tax issues under the Affordable Care Act. The committee will continue to work towards common-sense proposals that would simultaneously contain rising healthcare costs while maintaining quality health care for thousands of Contra Costa families.

The healthcare labor coalition will bring the tentative agreement to a vote with their members in the next week. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will have the opportunity to ratify the agreement at their October 6th Board meeting.

The healthcare labor Coalition represents 4,000 Contra Costa County workers who make it a safe and healthy place to live in and raise families. The members of AFSCME Local 512, AFSCME Local 2700, IFPTE Local 21, SEIU 1021, and the Western Council of Engineers nurse our sick, make our neighborhoods safer, educate our children, clean our schools, and care for our seniors and developmentally disabled.

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Deer Valley High teacher, Maria McClain chosen one of county’s two Teachers of the Year

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Maria McClain, math teacher, Deer Valley High School, Antioch Unified School District

Maria McClain, math teacher, Deer Valley High School, Antioch Unified School District

PLEASANT HILL, Calif., September 25, 2015 – Last Friday night, in an energy-filled and packed Concord Hilton banquet room, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, announced Maria McClain, of Antioch Unified School District and Kate Perry of Liberty Union High School District as the county’s 2015–2016 Teachers of the Year.

Maria McClain recently began her 28th year of teaching grades 10–12 for the Antioch Unified School District. For the past 19 years, McClain has been at Deer Valley High School (Antioch). McClain has taught high school pre-calculus, AP Calculus, AP statistics, and algebra, as well as junior high school mathematics and algebra. McClain obtained her undergraduate college units at Diablo Valley College, followed by earning her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and teaching credentials at California State University, Sacramento.

Through her dedication, Maria McClain consistently demonstrates the finest qualities and attributes of a highly skilled educator and serves as a solid role model for her fellow peers,” says Susan Ceballos, vice principal, Deer Valley High School. “It is truly refreshing to observe how she creates an academic environment that is both engaging and enriching for all her students. On a daily basis, Ms. McClain maintains a standards-based instructional program that not only promotes an appreciation for mathematics, but also provides her students with the fundamental learning concepts for life-long application. At the same time, she implements successful instructional strategies that address the diverse learning needs of all students. In doing so, she differentiates her instructional approach by employing an array of strategies and activities to monitor student progress daily. Perhaps and most importantly, Ms. McClain is able to motivate her students by establishing high expectations while still maintaining a nurturing rapport with them during the instructional period.”

This past July, Kate Perry began her fifth year of teaching social science to grades 9–12 at Independence High School, in Brentwood. The nine-year teacher also taught social studies at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School, in Vallejo, and worked as a service learning coordinator for Irvington High School in Fremont. Perry attained her bachelor’s degree in political science from San Francisco State University, earning her teaching credentials at Mills College and University of California Extension. Last year, she received her master’s degree in education from Mills College.

I enrolled into Independent High School as a sophomore, after dropping out six moths prior from my first high school,” reports Perry’s former student, Tiffany Montana. “When I came to Ms. Perry, I didn’t have goals and graduation was farfetched. That was not good enough for her. She showed me that if I stayed focused on my schoolwork and I worked hard, I could graduate on time. Ms. Perry knew I could be anything I wanted, and helped me realize that I really could be anything I wanted to be. While attending Independence, she would text or call me before class to make sure I was going to come in. As a teacher, she provided me with the push I needed. Knowing my decisions could potentially disappoint her was enough for me to do my best. When I graduated on time, in 2014, I had a 3.7 GPA and was looking forward to my future. I owe this drastic change to Ms. Perry’s dedication to my education.”

After both teachers were named Teacher of the Year by their school districts, last March, McClain and Perry successfully proceeded, with the other 16 eligible county candidates, through a rigorous countywide selection process, it included an application screening, classroom evaluation, interview, and speech presentation. Their fellow finalists are Dawn Foote, Liberty Union High School District (Ron Nunn Elementary) and Paul Fitzgerald, Acalanes Union High School District, (Miramonte High).

More than 400 attendees were on hand for an evening that will certainly not be forgotten. The audience was made up of the TOYs’ family members and friends, as well as numerous local educators, business partners, and elected officials. Kicking off the festivities were a few high-energy musical numbers, featuring intricate rhythms of percussion instruments and complementary harmonies of a 60-student group from Alamo Elementary. The tremendous performance was lead by their music teacher, Nancy Raaum.

The evening also featured Sakata introducing the TOY class of 2015–2016 of sharing with the audience her visits to each of the teachers’ classrooms, and the comments their students gave her about their teachers. This was followed by speeches of the TOY finalists on the topic: “What I have learned from my students.” After the finalists’ speeches were given, McClain and Perry’s announcement was made by Sakata.

McClain and Perry will now compete with all the other county representatives in the California State TOY competition. The California State Teachers of the Year are expected to be announced in late October. The county TOY program is coordinated by the Contra Costa County Office of Education. (For additional TOY info, visit the CCCOE’s Teacher of the Year page).

About the Teacher of the Year Program

In 1972, California began recognizing outstanding teachers, establishing the Teachers of the Year Program. This program is open to all teachers in public & private schools who teacher pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. Contra Costa County has participated in the program since its beginning, when Joseph E. Davis, Jr., of the Acalanes Union High School District, was named the county’s first representative.

Since that time, four teachers from this county have been State finalists: Janet Neill, San Ramon Valley Unified (1975); David Eakin, John Swett Unified (1981); William Thomas, Mt. Diablo Unified (1982); and Janice Bergamini, Mt. Diablo Unified (1991). In addition, William Pence, San Ramon Valley Unified (1999), was selected to represent California at the National Teacher of the Year level. And, in the last two years, the County has had two other state representatives – Mary Allan, Antioch Unified (2001) and Janet Gower, Mt. Diablo Unified (2002). For a list of all of the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Representatives please click here.

The county’s TOY program is directed by the CCCOE. With such a high caliber of teaching professionals to draw from, the CCCOE’s TOY program uses a three-stage selection process, with a point and percentage system to determine the final candidate as follows:

Application Screening:

On March 20, a committee of 13, representing the county’s education, business, and public-sector partners meticulously reviewed the applications submitted by the school districts. This committee independently rated each application. After the application screening and scoring were completed, five teachers were selected to advance to the next phase as semifinalists.

Classroom Observation and Interview:

During the weeks of late April and early May, a small committee of education specialists and business partners will observe the semifinalists interacting with their students. Immediately following, the committee interviews the candidates, discussing topics such as their teaching philosophy and techniques. The results of the two screening processes are then combined to determine the four finalists.

Speech Presentation:

This coming August, the four TOY finalists will each give a three- to five-minute speech to another panel of a dozen educators, business, and public-sector representatives who will judge the finalists on their speech and presentation skills.

On the evening of September 24, 2015, all 22 TOYs, accompanied by their families, friends, and co-workers (an audience of approximately 400) will be honored at the annual Teacher of the Year Dinner Celebration, held at the Hilton Concord. Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, who serves as master of ceremonies, introduces the TOYs by sharing a special story that reflects his classroom visits of each teacher during the recent spring and summer months. This will be followed by the four finalists giving their three- to five-minute speeches (same speeches given in August) to the filled banquet room. The excitement-filled evening will come to a dramatic close with the announcement of the 2015-2016 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year.

The County representative is announced at the Awards Dinner in September at a gala affair that honors each district’s Teacher of the Year. Local business and community organizations generously donate classroom grants, services and other items to each of the district winners.

For more information and to see all of this year’s finalists, visit

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Report: Antioch household income decreased 22.7% from 1999-2013, third highest in California

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Rising costs and stagnant wages are a nationwide issue but some Californians are feeling an especially tight squeeze. To determine which California city’s residents are most affected by rising homeownership costs and wages that have not kept pace with inflation, consumer finance site NerdWallet analyzed and ranked 207 cities in the state on these key economic factors, adjusted for inflation, over the past 14 years.

The report found that household income has trailed inflation in Antioch, decreasing 22.70%, the third highest in the state, behind Palm Desert at 24.2% and Westminster at 23.9%. That compares to a 7.8% drop in annual household income in California, on average and accounting for inflation.

The report also provides comparisons on a city-by-city basis of housing and college education costs during that time.

The full report can be found here.

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Antioch Police calls for service highlights, Sept. 17-23, 2015

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

From Antioch City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report, dated 9/25/15, as provided by Police Chief Allan Cantando:

- On 9/23/2015 at 11:02 pm, officers responded to the report of an accident in the 200 block of Wilbur Ave. The subsequent investigation revealed that 67 year old Alberto Torres was driving westbound on Wilbur Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway. He crossed over a lawn in front of an apartment complex and came to rest against a parked car after going through a small fence. Torres was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to a local hospital and later booked at the county jail.

- On 9/22/2015 at 9:59 pm, an officer contacted 23 year old William Landers walking in the area of “C” and W.19th streets. A records check revealed Landers had an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested without incident and booked at the county jail.

- On 9/22/15 at 8:03 am, officers responded to a residence on Terrace Dr. regarding an assault involving a knife. The 50 year old female victim became involved in a heated argument with 54 year old Lance Rebeles. As the argument escalated, Rebeles grabbed a knife from the kitchen and started slashing at the victim while threatening to kill her. The victim got a frying pan and fended him off. Other people at the house intervened and Rebeles put the knife away. Afterwards, he punched the victim several times in the head and face until people separated them. Rebeles was arrested and later booked at the county jail on the charges of felony threats and assault. The victim was not stabbed and sustained moderate injuries.

- On 9/21/2015 at 11:19 pm, officers responded to 2727 Hillcrest Ave. regarding a suspicious vehicle at the location possibly dumping items. When officers arrived, they found the vehicle and determined it was occupied by 33 year old Carlos Morales. A records check revealed Morales had an outstanding arrest warrant charging vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools. He was arrested without incident and booked at the county jail.

- On 9/21/2015 10:21 pm, officers conducted follow up on burglaries from the prior night which had occurred at the Delta RC store on W 10th St. In both incidents, the suspect used an SUV to drive through the doors of the store and merchandise worth approximately $22,000 was stolen. The investigation led to the identity of the suspect, 22 year old Dominique Spears. The officers determined Spears was residing at 850 E Leland Rd. in Pittsburg. Officers contacted Spears at this location and placed him under arrest. They were able to locate and recover $8575 worth of the stolen items at the apartment. Spears was booked at the county jail.

- On 9/21/2015 at 7:48 am, officers responded to KB Massage at 2580 Sycamore Dr. regarding an out of control employee, 44 year old Choung “Henry” Nguyen. Officers learned that Nguyen was a transient and allowed to stay at the business. Today, Nguyen was yelling and screaming for no apparent reason. When officers arrived, Nguyen had walked to the Shell gas station and was screaming in the parking lot. Upon contacting Nguyen, he was aggressive, shouting and attempted to spit on officers. As one officer issued commands to Nguyen he tried to punch her. The officer deployed her Taser and Nguyen fell to the ground. As the officers attempted

to take him into custody, Nguyen bit the officer on the right wrist. Another officer assisted taking Nguyen into custody. Fortunately, the bite did not break the officer’s skin. Officers suspected Nguyen was under the influence of a controlled substance and a blood draw was conducted. Nguyen was booked for felony resisting arrest, assault on officers, being under the influence of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant for assault on medical staff, trespass and resisting arrest.

- On 9/21/2015 at 7:00 am, officers responded to the call of an abandoned car blocking the roadway on Golf Course Rd. near Cache Peak Dr. The investigation led officers to the registered owners house where it was determined the vehicle had been taken by a friends husband, 38 year old Filipe Pollard, without permission. As officers were taking the stolen report from the victim Pollard pulled up to the house in another car. Pollard was detained and found to be intoxicated. Pollard was arrested for DUI and auto theft and booked at the county jail.

- On 9/20/2015, a victim of a recent auto burglary was notified that her credit card was being used to rent a room at the Days Inn at 1605 Auto Center Dr. She reported this to the police. Officers went to the hotel and determined which room was rented with the stolen credit card. Officers made contact in the room with 28 year old Candice Freitas and 41 year old William Donithan. They were found to be in possession of numerous items of stolen property belonging to the victim. Both were arrested and booked at the county jail on identity theft and fraud related charges. Donithan was also booked for violating his parole.

- On 9/19/2015 at 4:37 pm, officers responded to Sears at 2600 Somersville Rd. regarding 31 year old Leonarht Binns being detained for shoplifting. When officers arrived, a records check was conducted and Binns was found to also have an outstanding arrest warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Binns was taken into custody and later booked at the county jail.

- On 9/19/2015 at 10:28 am, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of the Bonfare market at 907 W. 10th Street on the report of two subjects passed out in a vehicle. 31 year old Jennifer Felix and 25 year old Kevin Herman were both contacted in Felix’s vehicle and found to be under the influence of heroin. Both admitted to using heroin and were booked at the county jail.

- On 9/18/2015 at 11:27 pm, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office STAR 3 helicopter was overhead near A Street and Bryan Ave. The crew reported repeatedly being struck by a green laser. The crew was able to pinpoint the source to the 10 block of Bryan Avenue. Officers responded and located three suspects at 31 Bryan Avenue. They were identified as 18 year old Jose Saborialopez, 23 year old Alejandro Munoz and 19 year old Manuel Munoz. The trio admitted to shining a high powered green laser at the helicopter. They stated they were “messing around” and did not know it was illegal or dangerous. The laser was recovered and all three were issued promises to appear in court.

- On 9/18/2015 at 10:49 am, officers investigated a suspicious vehicle parked in front of 38 W. Madill St. The license plates were reported as lost or stolen. Upon further investigation, the truck was found to be a reported stolen vehicle from U-Haul. The U-Haul markings had already been removed from the truck. Three subjects in the

vehicle were arrested. They were identified as 47 year old Jarrett Jacobs, 37 year old Barton Ramsey and 30 year old Brian Sarmento. In the bed of the truck were several sheets of specialized plywood, new power tools, and sporting equipment. The items appeared to have been taken in some sort of theft. Officers investigated the origin of these items and were able to locate the owner of the sporting equipment who said they were stolen in Walnut Creek two days ago. The trio was booked at the county jail on various felonies. Property from the truck was secured in evidence and a county wide bulletin was published in an attempt to identify the owner of the possible stolen tools and building materials.

- On 9/17/2015 at 6:24 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Monterey Dr. regarding a report that 36 year old Lee Brasier was in possession of a firearm. When officers arrived, they spoke to Lee near a parked truck. Lee is a convicted felon and he denied possessing a gun. A search of the home and the truck were conducted and a shotgun shell and eleven rounds of .32 cal ammo were seized. Although no firearm was located, Lee was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammunition. He was booked at the county jail.

- On 9/17/2015 at 2:21 pm, officers located an occupied stolen vehicle in the area of “L” Street and Lemontree Way. Officers followed the vehicle as it turned on to westbound S.R. HWY 4. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it failed to yield. The vehicle eventually stopped on the off-ramp for Bailey Rd. in Bay Point. With the assistance of CHP, both the driver and passenger were arrested and the vehicle was towed. The driver, 26 year old Brett Kroh, was booked at the county jail. The passenger was released pending further investigation.


Service Calls and Arrest Data:                                     Time Period: 09/17/15 00:00:00 – 09/23/15 23:59:59
Number of Calls for Service: 1,685
Number of Case Reports: 267
Number of Arrests: 77
Felony: 22
Misdemeanor: 53
Infraction: 2
Arrests with DUI charge: 2
The data is based upon unaudited CAD/RMS data at time of report generation.


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Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance Initiative awarded $1.6 million in federal grants

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Contra Costa County’s coordinated approach to addressing the devastating impacts of domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking has been given a financial boost and vote of confidence with the announcement today of two significant federal grants.

United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch announced $44 million in grant funding for programs across the country that combat human trafficking and support survivors.

Contra Costa County, considered to be among the leaders nationwide in its efforts to end domestic violence and human trafficking, was awarded a $727,364 three year grant so it can build upon its efforts of identifying victims and providing services for children and adults trapped in labor and sex trafficking. Zero Tolerance Chair, Devorah Levine says, “This grant is an endorsement of our accomplishments. It’s our responsibility to understand how modern day slavery exists in our community and how to best help victims.”

Also announced today, another $26 million dollars for programs nationwide dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.  Contra Costa County received a $900,000, three year grant for its programs working with victims and perpetrators. Says Levine, “We are making progress, and an opportunity like this grant, helps catapult our efforts to reach more people.” The money will be used to advocate for victims, offer assistance with restraining orders and law enforcement training. Hiring a full time probation officer to monitor 35-40 high risk domestic violence probationers is among the strategies planned to deescalate violence.

For more information about Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance Initiative, contact Devorah Levine, Chair Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Initiative dlevine@ehsd.cccounty.us925-313-1524.

Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence”, an initiativeof the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, is apublic/private partnership designed to reduce domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse and human trafficking in Contra Costa County. Authorized by the California Legislature as the first Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence County in the State, the initiative is aligning policies, practices and protocols, coordinating services, and creating a climate where violence and abuse are not tolerated.

Zero Tolerance functions on the principle that no one entity can do it alone; placing emphasis on public systems and private providers working, advocating and taking concerted action together.

Twitter: @ContraCostaEHSD Facebook: Contra Costa Employment and Human-Services.

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Oakley Mayor Doug Hardcastle to challenge Piepho for County Supervisor

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Doug Hardcastle

Doug Hardcastle

By John Crowder

Oakley Mayor Doug Hardcastle has decided to run for Supervisor in District 3, the seat currently held by Supervisor Mary Piepho. He sat down with Herald Staff this past week to answer questions about his candidacy.

Why are you running for Supervisor?

As a taxpaying citizen, I’m very concerned about what is going on financially in Contra Costa County, right now. Over the last few months we’ve seen tremendous controversy generated with some of the Supervisors voting themselves large raises, a decision that was only rescinded after intense public pressure was brought to bear. On top of that, there have been questions concerning the car allowance. Controversies like these cause people to lose faith in their government. We need people of integrity to lead our county, and people who know me, and have worked with me, know that is a quality that I possess.

At the same time, these issues, voting raises for themselves and such, have been distracting from more serious, and very pressing matters. The East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is one example. We’re down to a handful of firefighters responsible for hundreds of square miles, now. There doesn’t seem to be any solution in sight.

Yet, the County has a budget of $3.6 billion. Imagine if you were able to cut back only 1%. That would free up $36 million, money that could be used, for example, to ensure adequate fire protection.”

What philosophy would guide your legislative decisions?

I’ve already mentioned integrity. That means putting the good of the citizens of the county above other concerns. It means that, as Supervisors, we can’t be guided by the latest polls, or worries about how our personal, political futures will be impacted. We have to be willing to takes stands, and to do what is right.

Equally important is using common sense. When an issue is brought forward, we need to weigh the costs and the benefits, and think about the unintended consequences of our decisions.”

What do you believe are the most important issues facing the County at present?

The biggest issues all revolve around financial matters. It’s all about the money. Unfunded retirements is probably the most important of these that needs to be faced.

The safety of our citizens is another concern. As I mentioned earlier, the fact that we are not adequately funding what is needed for public safety is a major concern. We need to make sure that we have enough firefighters and police officers to do the difficult, and often dangerous, jobs that we ask them to do. We need to make sure that they have the right resources, the equipment they need, to do their jobs.

We also need to make sure that we are maintaining our transportation infrastructure. In Oakley, where I’m currently on the City Council, we’re spending a good deal of money on street maintenance at the moment. This is money that’s well spent. It’s a lot cheaper to maintain our infrastructure on a regular basis, than it is to let it go and then have to replace it.”

What is your previous political experience?

I served on the board of the Ironhouse Sanitary District for twelve years. During that time I was involved with the building of a new water treatment center. It was a long process. As board members, we had to ensure that state regulations would be met, and we had to obtain funding. We lobbied Sacramento on behalf of the District. I’m proud to say that the treatment center came in ahead of schedule, and under budget.

More recently, I’ve been a member of the Oakley City Council. Here, I’ve continued to watch out for how taxpayer’s money is being spent. One example is the construction of the fountain. Staff originally came in with cost projections of well over a million dollars, but we sent them back to take another look, to consider other bids, and ended up saving over half-a-million dollars on that project alone.

Also in Oakley, we’re transitioning from a contract with the Sheriff to our own police department, a move expected to save the city about $800,000 per year.

One of the things that I think is very important is accessibility. Once a month I set up a table in front of one of our local supermarkets, Raley’s, Lucky, or Grocery Outlet, and spend Saturday morning meeting with members of the public. I call it, ‘Mayor at the Market.’

People in town also know that, as a local businessman, they can find me here at my business, whenever we’re open. I’m always happy to speak with my constituents about their concerns. If they raise a question, or have an idea, I go to the city staff member responsible for the area they’ve addressed, and make sure they get an answer.

I do my best to be accessible, approachable and accountable.

I also serve on the East County transportation boards including Transplan, the State Route 4 Bypass Authority and the East Contra Costa Regional Fee and Financing Authority, for which I am currently Vice Chair. I also serve on the county Mayor’s Conference.

What else have you been involved with in your community?

I was involved with the local chapter of the Lion’s Club for twelve years, having served both as President, and as Chaplain. I’ve helped out at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the last ten years. I’m also active in the local Chamber of Commerce and served as Vice President for two years. Most recently, I volunteered at Stand Down on the Delta, an event held to help homeless veterans in need.”

Is there anything else you’d like the voters to know about you?

I’ve been in Contra Costa County my entire life. I was born in Martinez, and lived there and in Concord, while growing up. I graduated from Ygnacio Valley High School. I spent two-and-a-half years in the army as the crew chief of a Chinook helicopter.

I’ve been married to my wife, Lyn, for 43 years, and together we’ve raised two children, a son and a daughter. We have four grandchildren. We’ve been in Oakley for 35 years.

I attend Golden Hills Community Church, and have been in their choir for fourteen years. Really, I’m the most blessed man I know.”

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