Candace Andersen, a candidate for a seat on the Board of Supervisors of Contra Costa County, criticized her chief opponent’s support for expensive labor agreements. Speaking at a fund-raiser in Walnut Creek on Wednesday night (April 18), Andersen, the mayor of Danville, expressed disappointment that Tomi Van de Brooke, Andersen’s chief opponent, has, as a member of board of directors of the Contra Costa College Community College District, supported Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s), which generally require the use of unionized labor.
On construction projects, PLA’s can raise the cost of labor by 20 percent or more.
Both Andersen and Van de Brooke are candidates for the county’s District Two supervisorial seat, which includes such parts of the county as Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, San Ramon, Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, and a segment of Walnut Creek.
The current District Two supervisor, Gayle Uilkema, a former mayor of Lafayette, is retiring. Uilkema is supporting Andersen’s campaign.
When questioned about the county supervisors’ vote, in December 2006, to raise their salaries by 60 percent, Andersen said that such an increase was excessive.
Andersen is a lawyer. Van de Brooke is a resident of Orinda.