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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Contra Costa CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Conrad Dandridge

Program Analyst
2,123 votes (5.55%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Making the commitment to truly represent the District by regularly participating in community and/or town hall meetings, I promise to hold a meeting in each of the incorporated and unincorporated areas and to attend city council meetings once a month
  • Solving the exploding homeless issue. Working with those members of the community who actually work on the front line to solve this problem, and work together with the goal of eliminating the issue. Affordable Housing and Tiny Homes must be looked at
  • Reversing the cuts made in last five years to fire protection. First, by reopening the closed fire stations in Martinez and Pittsburg. Then, developing a solution to expand fire protection in areas that have been under served.



Profession:Management and Program Analyst, US Department of Homeland Security
Management and Program Analyst, United States Department of Homeland Security (2002–current)
Program Manager, Contra Costa County, Arts and Culture Commission (2000–2001)
Team Leader, Contra Costa County Office of Education (1999–1999)
Member, Diablo Valley College Accreditation Team, Financial Standards — Appointed position (1995–1996)
Member, Pacheco Municipal Advisory Council — Appointed position (1993–1994)

Community Activities

Weekly Classroom Volunteer, Las Juntas Elementary School, Martinez Unified School District (2014–current)
Tutor and Mentor to middle and high school student, Diablo Valley College Tutoring Center/Program (1996–2002)


I have lived in unincorporated Pacheco and Vine Hill since 1967, attended College Park High School, Diablo Valley College and UC Berkeley. I am a husband, father of two children, a homeowner and a public servant for over 25 years.

My wife, Dana, grew up in Clayton. My Parents have been in Contra Costa County for 48 years, my father is retired having worked at Concord Naval Weapons Station for over 30 years, and has been a substitute teacher for the Mt. Diablo School District. My mother is retired having been a community college instructor at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. I have a brother who presently lives in Tokyo, Japan. My mother –in –law is presently an elementary school teacher in East County. Both of my parents have small businesses that the run during their retirement years.

I have worked for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Contra Costa County Office of Education, Contra Costa County Office of the Administrator, and US Government, along with several non-profit organizations that aided at-risk children, battered women, people in recovery and the homeless and that focused on health care issues. I served on the Pacheco Municipal Advisory Council for two years, appointed by then Supervisor Sunne McPeak. I was in charge of field operations in Contra Costa County, covering today’s District 5 for Census 2000, leading more than 200 employees. I am presently a Management and Program Analyst with US Department of Homeland Security, working there for over 13 years.

I have spent countless hours volunteering and working with children over the last 30 years, working with hundreds, if not thousands of middle and high school students. Presently, I volunteer weekly at Las Juntas Elementary School in Martinez. I am also president of my homeowners association.

I know and understand the rich history of Contra Costa County, and the unincorporated communities and cities of District 5.

My life experiences have afforded me the opportunity to work with a diverse collection of people; different backgrounds, ages, beliefs, political philosophies from conservative to liberal, ethnic/racial/cultural backgrounds, to find common ground, define problems, build consensus and to develop effective solutions, valuing their time and energy.

Contra Costa County faces many challenges and issues including: the homeless, pipeline and railroad safety; chronic traffic and transportation problems; fire protection; community safety pertaining to local refineries and chemical plants; and the administration of county services ranging from public health to public works. Solutions to such issues must be responsive to county residents, while maintaining a disciplined budget. We need effective county leadership to do this, especially in Supervisorial District 5; where so many of these issues are concentrated. I believe I can provide such leadership.

An example of this occured while I was a member of the Pacheco Municipal Advisory Council. I had only been on the council a few months, when the question of a housing development on the site of Pacheco Elementary School, was to be decided. The night before the Council meeting and our vote, two representatives of Braddock and Logan, the developer, showed up at my door, it was around 7 pm and for the next two hours they presented me with how they thought that the housing development should be designed, from street changes to the number of homes. Needless to say both representative left thinking that they had me in their pocket. but what a difference 24 hours make. To make this story, the Pacheco MAC, led by me, denied all of the changes that Braddock and Logan wanted. In fact we in exchange for our vote on allowing the development to continue, Braddock and Logan agreeded to build, at no cost to the county or public, the Pacheco Community Center, to pay for the development of the creekside park, and finally the removal of the historical cermanic tile mosaic on the wall of the Pacheco Elementary School Cafeteria and then to reassemble it piece by piece on the north inside wall of the Community Center, again at no cost to the county and public.

We made sure that the voice of the Community was heard, and that the Community gained something tangable in return for a developor being able to make a profit.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration (1)

Do you see the rising cost of living in Contra Costa as a problem, and if so, what solutions do you propose?
Answer from Conrad Dandridge:

Yes it is, and it is a complex problem, some say affordable housing is the answer, others will point at better paying jobs, still some will call for rent control. Well it is all of the above, but the unintended consquence of  this rising cost of living is homelessness. The numbers have more than quadruped since 2000. And it is not just those who substance abuse issues or the mental ill. It now includes veterans who have faithfully served there country and families with children, trying to make ends meet, all needing a break. Relief in the county ought not to be dependent upon the cities or the community non-profits. The county can commission the building of Tiny Homes on county-owned lots to aid homeless individuals. These can be clustered so that the newly housed individuals can get the assistance they need, from health care, job training, etc. To assist families who are homeless, the county can take over abandoned properties that have tax liens against them, instead of selling them, and utilize partnerships with groups such as Habitat for Humanity. Existing structures can be fixed-up, or new structures can be built. This plan has the support of Martinez Citizen of the Year Doug Stewart and it will begin to turn the tide of homelessness.

Then we must really examine the causes behind the rising cost of living, to formulate an effective and real solution to it!.

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