Su­per­vi­sor: Merced County ‘healthy, not wealthy’

Merced Sun-Star - - Los Banos Enterprise - BY THAD­DEUS MILLER

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Los Banos na­tive Scott Sil­veira joined the Merced County Board of Su­per­vi­sors Mon­day, say­ing elected of­fi­cials and county em­ploy­ees should strive for ser­vice.

The third-gen­er­a­tion dairy­man took the oath of of­fice from Sher­iff Vern Warnke while a crowd in­clud­ing many res­i­dents of the West­side looked on.

The 40-year-old ran on a pro-busi­ness plat­form, say­ing county of­fi­cials can best help the econ­omy by stay­ing out of the way.

“There’s never been a fee that a developer or busi­ness liked, but it’s (about) what can we do in the county to stream­line the process?” he said. “The one thing peo­ple crave is cer­tainty.”

The Merced County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing has what of­fi­cials call a “one-stop shop” for those look­ing to pull per­mits or con­duct other busi­ness. Sil­veira said it doesn’t go far enough.

“I think it needs some re­fin­ing,” he said. “I don’t like when I hear peo­ple say the county is the rea­son for a (busi­ness) hold up . ... We are in the cus­tomer ser­vice busi­ness.”

Sil­veira said he’s spent the past six months learn­ing what he can by meet­ing with depart­ment heads and other county of­fi­cials. “I think ba­si­cally the county is healthy, not wealthy,” he said. “It’s healthy. We’re mak­ing good choices there. There’s al­ways room for a lit­tle bit of im­prove­ment.”

Be­fore winning the elec­tion in June, Sil­veira served as a coun­cilmem­ber in Los Banos go­ing back to 2010.

The new su­per­vi­sor rep­re­sents the West­side com­mu­ni­ties of Dos Pa­los, Los Banos, Mid­way, Santa Nella, South Dos Pa­los and Volta. That seat was held for the past 28 years by Jerry O’Ban­ion, who re­tired in De­cem­ber.

Sil­veira coasted to vic­tory in June, bring­ing in more than 60 per­cent of the vote while fac­ing three other can­di­dates. He also far out­paced his com­peti­tors in cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, pulling in three times the amount of any other can­di­date, ac­cord­ing to county records.

District 3 Su­per­vi­sor Daron McDaniel took his oath for a sec­ond term dur­ing a sep­a­rate cer­e­mony on Thursday. He ran un­op­posed for re-elec­tion. District 3 cov­ers At­wa­ter, north Merced, Franklin-Beach­wood and McSwain.

Scott Sil­veira

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