Keeping our CommunitY Safe
Providing Law Enforcement with the Tools They Need Ensuring the safety of our communities is paramount. Providing law enforcement with the tools and funding they need to keep our cities and unincorporated communities safe is critical.
As a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu, Supervisor Andersen believes that the County must continue to provide the resources needed so that criminals will be prosecuted and victims protected.
Addressing Racial Disparities Supervisor Andersen also recognizes that racial disparities exist in our Contra Costa County justice system. There are a disproportionate number of people of color prosecuted and incarcerated, and far fewer sitting on our juries. She strongly supported the formation of the County’s Racial Justice Task Force and the implementation of its recommendations. More information about the task force and its recommendations can be found here.
Preventing Gun Violence Our children should not go to school fearing for their lives. Supervisor Andersen facilitated a presentation about the Sandy Hook Promise to the Board of Supervisors and advocated for the Board’s passing of a resolution supporting it. She has encouraged school districts within the County to adopt its initiatives that encourage Mental Health & Wellness Programs to identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. It also encourages gun safety practices to ensure that firearms are kept safe and secure.
Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Supervisor Andersen continues to be a staunch advocate of the County's Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence, recently renamed as the Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse and a strong supporter of the creation of Family Justice Centers throughout the County. She is an active supporter of the County’s “No More” campaign, which is similar but started several years before the #MeToo movement.
Fire and Emergency Medical Services As a Board Member of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District and working closely with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and Moraga Orinda Fire Protection District Supervisor Andersen is working to ensure that we have the appropriate fire and emergency medical response needed in each of our communities.
She advocated for the rebuilding of Fire Station 16 in Lafayette, year, which will be completed next providing additional fire and emergency medical coverage for District 2 and the entire County.
Stopping the MENTALLY ILL FROM CYCLING THROUGH OUR Jails
Supervisor Andersen introduced the adoption of the Stepping up Initiative in Contra Costa County. County departments are working together to provide the mentally ill with the medical and psychiatric help needed to help reduce them from repeatedly being arrested and incarcerated for committing minor crimes.
Supervisor Andersen also led the implementation of Laura’s Law, or Assisted Outpatient Treatment in Contra Costa County, helping the severely mentally ill who reject the mental health treatment they need.