CCT Episode 031: Supervisor Karen Mitchoff Talks Contra Costa County

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On this episode, I chat with Contra Costa County Board of Supervisor Karen Mitchoff on a variety of issues from public safety, fire service, cannabis the delta, illegal dumping & hauling, libraries and even bring up the New England Patriots and the possibility of the Oakland Raiders playing in San Francisco.

Episode Overview:

  • Intro –
  • 00:46 – Karen Micthoff explains why she is anti-Patriots and Tom Brady
  • 01:08 – Michoff explains why she doesn’t want the Oakland Raiders in San Francisco.
  • 01:36 – Mitchoff explains her love of books, even reading 67 books last year and on average, reads about 50 books per year. Debate over whether audio books count as books read or not.
  • 02:43 – What people should know about Karen Mitchoff?
  • 03:37 – Explains why she got emotional as outgoing Chair of Board of Supervisors.
  • 06:50 – Public Safety, how does the Board of Supervisor work to provide Sheriffs Office with tools to keep communities safe. Explains her pro public safety stance and expansion of Richmond Jail. Highway 4 cameras with CHP along Highway 4 and other local freeways.
  • 10:24 – Blight and homelessness in the County, what are Micthoffs’ thoughts on addressing the issue. How the CORE team is assisting.
  • 15:49 – Mitchoff discusses fire services around the County and impact of Alliance with AMR.
  • 22:18 – Mitchoff provides an update on the Delta and a recent meeting with Governor Gavin Newsom.
  • 25:13 – Cannabis in Contra Costa, Mitchoff talks about where she believes its headed.
  • 28:01 – How important has County Administrator David Twa been to Contra Costa County?
  • 30:01 – Explains the important of trusting County Staff and department heads. Mitchoff explains why she has high expectations of staff.
  • 35:25 – On Mitchoff being the one supervisor encouraging people to get to the point, Mitchoff explains where that came from – she encourages people to get to the point.
  • 37:18 – Mitchoff explains her typical work week as a Board of Supervisor.
  • 39:55 – On surprising Debbie Toth, Choice in Aging as the Chair of the Board Award.
  • 42:52 – Mitchoff shares what she is most proud of in politics and future endeavors. Discusses future of libraries.
  • 48:38 –  closing