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Osvaldo Castillo

El Observador

On Tuesday January 29, Supervisor Ken Yeager, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, delivered the 2013 State of the County Address, which is an assessment of County government and signals the direction of the County leadership for the year ahead.

“When I first became President of the Board in 2010, I had outlined 12 key objectives that I wanted to accomplish and I am proud to announced that all those objectives have been achieved,” Yeager said. “We implemented key best practices to improve employee wellness, we strengthened anti-smoking laws, and we established food standards for county sponsored events. We also ensured that county sponsored activities are zero waste events. We banned the single use of plastic bags in un-corporated areas and we created important partnerships to improve community health.”

Yeager went on to say that his goals for Santa Clara County in 2013 are as ambitious as they were in 2010, if not more so.

“My top priority for this year is to make sure that Santa Clara County is prepared for national healthcare reform. We must get this right. The lives of tens of thousands of people depend on it.”

Yeager said. “We have already committed to new information clinics, increased access to primary care, and more effective partnerships with our safety net providers. But there is much more that we need to do. We must measurably improve health outcomes, improve client satisfaction, and lower the total cost of care.”

Another issue that Yeager wanted to address was that of crime and gun violence.

“This is an issue that is on all of our minds, as well as those across the country. The horrific and senseless shooting that we have seen in the past year highlights a particular need for us to focus on this issue. I will be working with Sheriff Laurie Smith and District Attorney Jeff Rosen to create a comprehensive program to curb gun violence by reducing the number of guns in our county,” Yeager said. “I would like to create a gun buy back program that allows county residents to voluntarily turn in their firearms, no questions asked, in exchange for cash. In addition, there are people in our community who are ineligible to possess firearms because they have felony convictions, restraining orders placed against them, or they are have been determined by a court to be a danger to themselves and to others. I will be working with Sheriff Smith to have those residents surrender their guns.”


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