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Crime and Justice

People feel that there has been an increase in crime along with a decrease in the holding of criminals accountable.
I agree. We need to support a movement of courts to the local cities to deal directly with the low level crimes and quality of life impacts that demonstrate swift and proper justice. This allows the central courts to concentrate and do more to process arrests quickly. We need to support our communities protecting them from repeat offenders be it vandalism, tresspass, theft and disturbing the peace.


People feel that the homeless represents a major concern in the District.
In short these are some steps I want to take that can be done through the County:
1. Increase the temporary shelters along the style of the one in Concord with individual rooms
2. Create county wide small safe parking areas that are monitored and controlled for those living within RV’s and Cars with the cooperation of non-profits and religious organizations
3. Create small organized, screened controlled encampments for groups of 30-40.
4. Increase the transitional housing pathway along with job training
5. Treat those with mental illness by expanding facilities for that treatment
6. Reduce the root causes of the homeless and implement reasonable prevention methods
7. Contain those that are a safety danger to society
8. Explore the various successes with cost effective approaches relative to entry into transitional and termporary housing.


Housing has become so expensive that it has damaged the American Dream of independent -stable living.
I agree. We need to increase the availability of affordable housing along with market rate housing by all means. This can include reduction of red tape and outrageously high fees such as $30,000 for a water meter, cooperative planning, allowing for a greater mix of housing types including tiny homes, starter homes, and cheaper apartments.

Mental Health

Mental Health is a concern to all levels of society.
I agree. We have seen the start of an increase in the diversion of 911 mental health crisis from basic police to enhanced mental health professionals. This needs to be advanced plus we need to have a return to the providing of facilities to hold those that are a danger to themselves and society. We have seen too often the release of those detained under 5150 within hours.


Renewable Energy
I lead the movement to bring MCE renewable energy sources to replace PGE in the City of Concord. Assigned to serve on the MCE board where I currently expanded my involvement to be on the Executive Committee as well as the special Bond group to support the expansion of services in Northern California. Three times, including most recently the Summer of 2021 I have advocated on the City of Concord’s City Council to move the City Government’s own electric plan to 100% renewable sustainable sources from just 50%/ I shall not give up on this. As Supervisor I will continue to support the effort for governments’ own electric sources to be fully renewable.

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Edi Birsan for Supervisor 2022 FPPC#1439316

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