County Supervisorial Candidate Teresa Alvarado Announces Sweeping Reform Agenda

Reforms call for greater transparency and county oversight 

SAN JOSE — Saying “It is absolutely critical to change the culture of County government, and that change should begin at the top,” Teresa Alvarado, a candidate in the June 4th special election to fill the vacant District 2 seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, announced a sweeping agenda of good governance reforms which she would seek to implement if elected.

“Ethical governance and conduct are at the core of Santa Clara County’s civic character,” added Alvarado, the daughter of Santa Clara County civil rights pioneer and Spanish language radio personality José J. Alvarado, and former San José City Councilwoman and County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado. “There is no reason for corruption scandals to ever infect the body politic of our county.”

Alvarado is running to replace former Supervisor George Shirakawa, Jr., who resigned March 1st in the wake of numerous ethics violations.

Her reform proposals are focused on three key areas:


  • Publish online calendars for all County elected officials and their Chiefs of Staff.
  • Disclose communications between County elected officials and all individuals or groups proposing or seeking to influence County policy.
  • Develop an executive summary to the final budget document to provide the public with budget highlights and key deliverables for the year ahead.

Public Access

  • Post County board meeting agendas and staff reports online at least 10 days before meetings to allow board members and the public adequate time to review and comment on agenda items during meetings.
  • Post special and committee meeting agendas and staff reports online at least 5 days before the meetings.
  • Conduct evening board meetings on a recurring basis to allow members of the public who cannot attend meetings during the workday to have input on decisions that affect our community.
  • Establish five “County Stores” in publicly accessible shopping centers throughout the county to provide one-stop, convenient and accessible service to residents.


  • Appoint an independent task force of community members to develop and implement a new Sunshine Ordinance, codified in County law and promoted throughout the County organization.
  • Relocate the County’s existing anonymous whistleblower program to the District Attorney’s Government Integrity Unit and ensure whistleblower protection from retaliation.
  • Fully fund a Government Integrity Unit, charged with investigating any  improprieties identified by their office or other local agency whistleblower.

Experts in government ethics from across Santa Clara County have already announced their support of the Alvarado agenda.

“These reforms are necessary to improve transparency and oversight at the County and will play a critical role in restoring confidence in our leaders,” said Carl Cookson, respected Santa Clara County ethics advocate. “If implemented, Ms. Alvarado’s proposals would be an effective catalyst for changing the culture of county government.”

Alvarado plans to collaborate with current Board Members as well as the community to craft and implement her reform agenda.

“Rather than waste money fixing problems and cleaning up messes, the Board of Supervisors must set an example of responsible leadership,” Alvarado said. “That is what the public expects, and what we deserve.”

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