Elections 2012: Karen Mendonca, Candidate for Moraga Town Council

A member of the Moraga Town Council since 2008, Mendonca has served as the town's vice mayor and mayor during her tenure.

General Information

Name : Karen L. Mendonca
Age : 58
Place of residence : Moraga



Attended college : Yes
College : California State University, Chico
Degree : Bachelor of Arts
Year of graduation : 1974

Grad school

University : California State University, Chico and the University of San Francisco
Degree : M.A. in Education and M.A. in Educational Psychology/Counseling
Year of graduation : 1976 and 1977

Ph D.

University : University of California, Berkeley
Area of research : Academic Pioneers: a national study of women and presidential leadership
Year of graduation : 1995

Employment Information

Job titles held : Vice President; Associate Vice President; Senior Director; Director; Counselor; Mathematics Teacher
Employers : The California State University; Santa Rosa Junior College; Gravenstein School District

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Moraga Town Council
Chamber/district: Moraga
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 04 November 2008
Previous elective offices : Moraga Town Council, 2008 - 2012 Served as Councilmember, Vice Mayor, and Mayor
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : none to date

Party HQ

Address N/A - non-partisan office

Campaign Manager

Name : Clay Serrahn
Title : Campaign Manager


Website : www.karenmendonca.com
Facebook : N/A
Youtube : N/A

Other facts

After serving on the Moraga Town Council during the past four years--as Councilmember, Vice Mayor, and Mayor--I am seeking re-election. I served as Chair of the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority Board, member of the Audit and Finance Committee, liaison to Saint Mary's College, Moraga School District, and the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee, and founded monthly "Ask the Mayor and Town Manager" open public meetings. I have thoroughly enjoyed working collaboratively with our community and Town staff in order to make informed decisions that both respect our Town's history and positively shape its future. I earned my Ph.D. degree in Education with a specialization in Policy and Management Research from UC Berkeley and completed a 25-year administrative career with the California State University. My spouse and I have lived in Moraga since 1991. If re-elected, I will continue to work to: protect Moraga's open space and semi-rural character; maintain our fiscally-responsible budget, including our sound reserve; repair and maintain our infrastructure (streets and storm drains); revitalize local businesses through responsible planning; fund public safety and support traffic measures to ensure citizen safety; support and enhance our high-quality schools. I would appreciate your consideration and your vote. www.karenmendonca.com

Fritz 'Congodog' Stoop November 05, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Folks naive enough to say this election has nothing "to do with speed bumps" or protecting our ridgelines, involved citizenry voicing their points of view to their elected official, or the scandalous mismanagement of the MOFD. It IS about those issues and more, as they point to the ineffective (or lack of) leadership on our Council This entire subject was intended to be about Karen Mendonca's candidacy and it quickly eroded into the RED HERRING of RLP! She is essentially the impetus of the wastrel issue, but it is not her only failing. Mendonca, a career bureaucrat, is an 'inside the box' thinker that lacks innovative drive and insight. An inveterate defender of the status quo, she is exactly the type of politician that we do not need in this time of fiscal volatility. She represents the sort of thinking that got us here and will keep us here far longer than necessary. The Town's way of life is at risk here. I am no stranger to politics or policy making and Mendonca does not impress. Out of touch and a relative lightweight in light of the challenges we face, I cannot consider her a viable candidate. Horrible scandals in our school system and 4 years of of circular, treadmill effort around an established tradition have made Moraga a National laughing stock. I sincerely urge our citizens to staunch the bleeding and clean house. Wylke and Freeman equal solid, practical, extensive experience in the areas lacking on the current Board. They deserve your vote.
Douglas Home November 08, 2012 at 02:58 AM
One of the good people who helped remove anti-Mendonca campaign signs late last night was followed home and had a large rock thrown through their car window. Thankfully, they weren't in it at the time. This is unbelievable! And we're supposed to believe that posting a few signs around town is "uncivil" while Mendonca supporters steal, trespass and now vandalize? I think it's perfectly clear who claims the moral high ground on this one.
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