Refocused our County finances to fund
public safety as a top priority. The
Sheriffs' Department and District Attorney's office are cornerstones to this
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
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.
widening is nearly complete, 8 lanes to the Antioch/Nejedly Bridge in 2016.
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
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
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.
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.
"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.).
in Brentwood for an East County Government Center to deliver County services locally for East Contra Costa County citizens.
and economic development efforts for the Byron Airport to grow jobs and
economic development in East County.
effort to study Route 239/TriLink connecting Brentwood and Tracy with a
proposed expressway, particularly a Vasco Road to J4 connector.
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.
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