The always frank former Contra Costa County Supervisor Donna Gerber has retired from her job as the government affairs director for the California Nurses Association.
Gerber, 62, is headed in a few weeks to London, which will become her home base for the next six months as she travels throughout Europe and enjoys her new-found freedom from politics and policy.
“I needed a break,” Gerber told me when I reached her by phone earlier today.
You may recall that Gerber served several terms on the Board of Supervisors prior to running unsuccessfully against then-Assemblyman Guy Houston in 2002. Gerber then left the board to return to the CNA where she has been working ever since.
Gerber took center stage in Contra Costa politics on several controversial fronts, chiefly the contraction of the countywide urban limit line in 2000 and the design of the transit village at the Pleasant Hill BART station now under construction.
During her time at CNA, the nurses waged one of the most successful campaigns in California history as the nurses beat down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prized special election measures.
But while Gerber is in Europe, she says she will have plenty of time follow the issues that most interest her such as the development of livable, desirable communities where people can live, work and job without driving vast distances.
And the by time she returns, she says she hopes to “be able to see the near completion of the transit village at the Pleasant Hill BART station, which looks as though it will look just as we designed it,” Gerber said.