Gioia, Andersen Appointed As Chair, Vice-Chair Of Contra Costa County Board Of Supervisors

January 19, 2019 19:00 pm · 5 comments

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors held its annual reorganizational meeting Tuesday morning in Martinez, appointing District 1 Supervisor John Gioia as board chair and District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen as vice chair.

Both supervisors have served as board chair during past terms. Gioia was first elected to the board in 1998, while Andersen has served since 2012. Gioia will be succeeding outgoing chair Karen Mitchoff, who represents
Contra Costa County’s District 4.

The board also confirmed appointments to roughly 100 seats on various regional boards and committees, most of which are unpaid positions that the supervisors will fill themselves.

That became a matter of some contention during public comment, when one speaker asked them to postpone the appointment of District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which is responsible for transportation planning and finance, to find a member of the public to appoint.

“Every elected board in the San Francisco Bay Area that has appointing authority has selected an elected representative to that body,” Gioia said in response.

Andersen pointed out that the board has the option to appoint members of the public, but Mitchoff explained that there was currently no political will on the Board of Supervisors to do so.

Mitchoff made a motion to approve the appointments, with Andersen seconding the motion, which passed unopposed. A full list of those appointments and any stipends available to the appointees has been posted online, courtesy of county staff, at

The board adjourned shortly after that, heading over to Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion for a reorganization luncheon.

Dorothy January 19, 2019 at 8:35 PM

So let’s just take care of ourselves and our buddies first and to @#$%! with the public. A lot of these “unpaid” positions still get a “fee” for sitting on them.

Please don’t vote for incumbents. Elected over 10 years is too long in one office.

RANDOM TASK January 20, 2019 at 4:07 AM

wow the board just said too bad they make the rules after this quote
Mitchoff explained that there was currently no political will on the Board of Supervisors to do so.

political will ???

lol you mean you don’t want the board to be transparent
you mean buzz off …
ahhh dems ruling with the iron fist of me first

Socialism Win January 20, 2019 at 8:12 AM

Yeah… Socialism does win hands down in California… All the key players are being lined up. if you don’t like it why do you still vote for the one party system here in California? The leaders have not been lying to you, you voted them in, and you voted for them to make your life choices, that’s what happens in Socialism states… #socialismforever

Newellian January 20, 2019 at 11:45 PM

I wish that people would wake up to the fact that Gioia ansyMitvhoff have appointed themselves to the BAAQMD, and are responsible for all of the BS that comes out of that organization. DRIP (don’t return incumbent politicians.)

Dr. Jellyfinger January 21, 2019 at 9:23 AM

I studied the picture for an hour…. even used a magnifying app…
I give up! Where’s the Seal?

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