Businesses Need to be Supported and Jobs Created

Supervisor Andersen has taken a leadership role in economic development in the region, serving as the 2nd Vice Chair of the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.  She is committed to creating government policies which help support our businesses:

Business Climate

  • Simplify the permitting processes so that construction and  new or expanding businesses don’t incur greater expenses and significant delays.
  • Create a more business-friendly environment by curbing fees and regulations that hurt local businesses.
  • Facilitate the improvement of needed infrastructure such as improved broadband.

Education

  • We must support a strong public education system to both benefit our children and produce a qualified workforce.  This will keep jobs in our region and attract new businesses.
  • We should encourage greater business involvement with K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities to ensure that graduating students will have the skills to meet the business community’s employment needs.

Transportation

  • We need to maintain and continually upgrade our transportation infrastructure in order to support business and job growth. Through her service on the Southwest Area Transportation Committee, the Tri-Valley Transportation Council,  the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and the Executive Committee of the Association of Bay Area Governments, Supervisor Andersen understands the transportation issues and the importance of the County and Cities working collaboratively to ensure a well functioning transportation system.

    Supervisor Andersen at the Ribbon Cutting of the Caldecott Tunnel, a local transportation project built under budget and on time.

    Supervisor Andersen at the Ribbon Cutting of the Caldecott Tunnel, a local transportation project built under budget and on time.

  • Public Transit is also essential to businesses and job growth.  We need to continue to improve transit to our employment centers.  Supervisor Andersen also serves on the County Connection Board of Directors  and understands the importance of reliable and efficient transit so that people can get to work and school without having to always be in a car.

Land Use Planning

  • We need to facilitate  the rebuilding of obsolete areas to become more productive with new businesses and technologies.
  • We must work with communities to help develop housing appropriate for their area to meet the workforce needs.  Local Control is critical.  Each elected City Council should decide the type of housing they want in their own community.
  • Supervisor Andersen has extensive land use planning experience from serving on both the Danville and Morgan Hill City Councils and from her practice as an attorney.   She understands the important balance of maintaining a community’s character with the desire and need for new housing to support the East Bay Area’s growing regional economic base.

Climate Change and Businesses

  • As we implement Sustainability and Climate Change Policies, it is important to focus on the needs of businesses.
  • Supervisor Andersen serves on the Recycle Smart (formerly Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority) Board of Directors Recycle Smart, where along with overseeing the collection of recycling and garbage, it implements programs promoting sustainability and helps communities comply with State Climate Change laws.
  • Recent State Legislation mandates increased commercial recycling.  It is important that we continue to implement and promote sustainable policies that work for businesses and do not create an undue economic burden.

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