Accomplishments

Here are a few highlights of my accomplishments:

  • Refocused our County finances to fund public safety as a top priority.  The Sheriffs' Department and District Attorney's office are cornerstones to this accomplishment.
  • Addressing and funding our Other Post Employment Benefit (OPEB) liability, which was $2.6 billion when I joined the Board and is now under $800 million.
  • Created the Vasco Road Safety Corridor and saving lives with lane dividing delineators, safety realignment and roadway widening.  This effort continues to be a work in progress.
  • Stopped depending on County reserves to balance our budget and have rebuilt our reserves with new policies to protect them.     
  • 2015/2016 brought our fifth structurally balanced budget in a row and increased reserves of $220 million.  This positions us well to achieve long term fiscal sustainability for the benefit of taxpayers.
  • Grown from a declining AA rating to a glowing AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor's.  We worked hard to achieve this and there is no higher rating available.
  • Highway 4 widening is nearly complete, 8 lanes to the Antioch/Nejedly Bridge in 2016.
  • EBart stations are being built to Pittsburg and Antioch with studies for a Brentwood station.
  • Highway 4 Bypass project nearly complete creating improved vehicle access and safety and economic development for Far East County allowing families to spend more time together.
  • Designed and implemented policies that open up economic opportunities and future potential for our farmers and agricultural lands with value-added marketing and wine and olive processing.  We now have nationally recognized award winning wines and olive oils from Contra Costa County.
  • My Delta advocacy has been very personal to me.  My father, the late State Senator John A. Nejedly, is well known for his leadership fighting against then Gov. Jerry Brown and his Peripheral Canal in 1980-1982 and I have found myself fighting against the 21st century version known as the "Twin Tunnels" and the same/new Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • Lead the creation of the Delta County Coalition (DCC) to protect Delta Counties against state and federal politics that protect south Delta water exporters over in-Delta interests.  I knew from my dad's fight against the Peripheral Canal that the Delta Counties needed to stand strong together in order to be effective.  And we have.
  • Fought for Delta solutions that protect and enhance our Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta from further degradation, environmental harm and advocated for affordable and reasonable solutions that actually create water for all Californians.
  • Sought and achieved in the 2009 Delta Reform Act a stronger Delta Protection Commission, creation of the Delta Conservancy and a seat on the newly formed Delta Stewardship Council for a Delta County Supervisor.
  • Created the "No Tow Zone" for Delta waterway safety.  While this was considered controversial by a few, it has made an enormous impact on saving lives and raising awareness in a very dangerous and congested area of the Delta. 
  • Lead the successful efforts for greater funding and treatment to fight invasive aquatic weeds in the Delta (egeria dense, water hyacinth, etc.).
  • Acquired property in Brentwood for an East County Government Center to deliver County services locally for East Contra Costa County citizens.
  • Leading policy and economic development efforts for the Byron Airport to grow jobs and economic development in East County.
  • Leading the effort to study Route 239/TriLink connecting Brentwood and Tracy with a proposed expressway, particularly a Vasco Road to J4 connector.
  • Fought for improved Veteran support services Countywide; supported funding for improvement to the Brentwood VFW Hall and lead the effort to transfer the Danville Veterans Hall to the Town of Danville. 
  • Lead the ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County.
  • Implemented Laura's Law, a California state law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for those with serious mental illness.
  • Lead efforts to create an opportunity for a more viable and sustainable East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.