As we enter 2016, I'm excited to build on the momentum of Contra Costa County's accomplishments last year, highlighted below.
I'm proud to have worked alongside so many other great people, from community groups, business, labor, and government, to improve the quality of life in our County, and look forward to continuing our partnerships.
I believe our accomplishments demonstrate the positive role that government can play in making our community a better place to live. Here are a few highlights:
We improved the health of Contra Costa residents
More County residents than ever are now covered by health insurance
because of our successful local Medi-Cal expansion effort under the Affordable Care Act. Nearly one-fifth of County residents (that's nearly 200,000 people) are enrolled in our Contra Costa Health Plan and a majority of them are being cared for in our own hospital and clinics.
We saved lives of County residents who suffered heart attacks.
Last year, the American Heart Association nationally recognized our Emergency Medical Services Agency for its work in optimizing the care of heart-attack patients during transport to the hospital, and in emergency rooms.
We improved public safety in our County
We improved ambulance response times
by approving an innovative public-private partnership between the Contra Costa Fire District and AMR to provide high quality emergency ambulance service to most County residents (including West County). This will speed ambulance response time, reduce service duplication, and allow us to obtain new federal funding.
We opened two Family Justice Centers
(in Richmond and Concord) to provide vital one-stop services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse.
expanded services to the formerly incarcerated
to help them get stable housing and employment, which reduces the likelihood of criminal recidivism and improves community safety. We helped open a one-stop Reentry Success Center in Richmond and created housing opportunities in Central and East County.
We made our County a more sustainable place to live
We approved a Climate Action Plan
identifying how the County will achieve its greenhouse gas reduction targets while supporting public health, energy efficiency, water conservation, and air quality goals. These efforts will result in lower energy bills and enhance our quality of life.
We supported our most vulnerable families
We helped families affected by mental illness
by implementing Laura's Law to provide assisted outpatient treatment to individuals with serious mental illness, and by further integrating our mental health, substance abuse and homeless services.
We honored and supported our Veterans
by helping, through our Veterans Service Office, nearly 6,000 veterans access $24 million in well-deserved and life-changing benefits.
We protected the taxpayer and the County's fiscal health
We supported the hard work of our County employees
I'm looking forward to continuing to serve Contra Costa residents and am always open to your ideas or suggestions. Please send an email to
with any thoughts or concerns.