County Supervisors Share Summer Vacation Experiences

Summer brings a brief reprieve for local elected officials—for some more than others. No longer beholden to the “tyranny of the packet,” as Joe Simitian put it, Santa Clara County supervisors took the chance to vacation, exercise, catch up on personal reading and do a little schmoozing. In addition to vacationing with his wife at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Simitian carved out time to read a biography about Charles De Gualle, the novel Stoner (unfortunately, not what it sounds like) and a tome about the Affordable Care Act (unfortunately, exactly what it sounds like). Ken Yeager hung out at a total SausageFest, which was actually a 5K in Los Gatos that raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but that wasn’t his only outing. The notably fit supervisor also tackled his first mud run, a half-marathon and Yosemite hike. He also attended an event in nation’s capitol with First Lady Michelle Obama to try and get people to drink more water. Apparently not everyone is in a drought. Between reading sessions and meetings with reporters who don’t work for San Jose Inside, Supervisor Cindy Chavez hopped on a Rural/Metro ambulance for what we imagine was a behind-schedule ridealong. South County supe Mike Wasserman says he never took a vacation, but instead worked a booth at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, toured a new shelter in Morgan Hill and spent the bulk of his time shuffling to and from the 28 committees he currently serves. Fly didn’t ask him to name them all. Aspiring San Jose mayor Dave Cortese was meticulous enough to mark his supervisorial calendar with every single gym sesh, meal break, car ride and private appointment, which seems kind of pointless to note but does make his calendar look busier than simply writing GTL. But Cortese's office said he’s also been busy gearing up for the San Jose  mayoral runoff against Sam Liccardo.

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