Everyone loves a good New Year's resolution -- as long as it is someone else's, right?
In that spirit, here's a sampling of promises that local government leaders offered last week when asked to send over a serious and not-so-serious 2013 resolution:
Clayton Councilman Howard Geller: Get back on the treadmill. Not to get upset when I lose on "Words with Friends."
Antioch City Manager Jim Jakel: Take more time to write for enjoyment, not just work. Always think twice before rushing to return a phone call from (CCT columnist) Dan Borenstein.
Contra Costa Supervisor Karen Mitchoff: Donate shoes and purses I haven't worn or used in the past year to a worthy cause. Ace the "Jeopardy" online test so I can become a contestant.
Pittsburg Councilman Pete Longmire: Make a difference in the lives of five people I know or will know.
Contra Costa Supervisor Candace Andersen: I could still really use a few more hours in the day. Since that's not going to happen, I'm hoping to be more efficient.
Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor: As mayor, build a new gazebo in the park and finish the Highway 4 bypass. As the resident Thanksgiving turkey, keep promoting chicken.
Richmond Councilman Tom Butt: Grasp unfunded pension liabilities in a way that will make (CCT columnist) Dan Borenstein proud and compel him to hold me up as a shining example instead of excoriating me.
West Contra Costa Health Care District Director Eric
Pleasant Hill Councilman Jack Weir: Ask the right questions, and stop shouting answers at one another. Encourage LisaV to cut out the occasional humor in her columns and take her job more seriously. (Yeah, like that's going to happen. See Eric Zell's entry.)
Pinole Councilwoman Debbie Long: Erase at least 400 old emails a week. If I haven't answered them since 2009, chances are I'm not going to get to them!
Concord Councilman Dan Helix: Encourage common sense and fairness. Cut chocolate old-fashioned doughnut intake.
Moraga-Orinda Fire District Director Alex Evans: Help write a long-term sustainable financial plan for the agency that wins community support.
Former Mt. Diablo Health Care District Director Jeff Kasper: Add 15 new full-time positions to my company. Continue to gracefully decline requests to serve on commissions, boards, etc., so that I can stay out of (this) column.
Hercules Councilwoman Myrna de Vera: Live in the present as a "woman of discernment," per Indian philosopher Chanakya.
Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder Steve Weir: Finish carving an owl out of mahogany that I last touched in February 1979. Lose 10 pounds, grow two inches and cycle 6,000 miles in 2013 without one flat tire.
Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder: Celebrate my oldest daughter's wedding and my other daughter's college graduation. Lose 25 pounds and still enjoy an occasional Martinez martini.
Orinda Councilwoman Amy Worth: Live in the present, be grateful for the past, and look to the future with optimism. Lose those 10 pounds from last January.
El Cerrito Councilwoman Rebecca Benassini: Ride my bike to work, even when it's cold or wet. Be a better UCLA Bruins fan. They need it after that tough showing in the Holiday Bowl!
Pinole Councilman Phil Green: Spend more time with friends and family, especially my mother of 85.
Antioch Councilwoman Mary Rocha: Smell the roses as I go down the yellow brick road.
Lafayette Councilman Don Tatzin: Enjoy my wife's and my first full year of being retired, and learn some new skills.
Martinez Councilwoman Lara Delaney: Proactively communicate with fellow Martizians. And speaking of engagement, pick a wedding date.
Contra Costa Supervisor Federal Glover: Don't overbook, and save time for constituents. Schedule time for family. Uh, refer to No. 1.
Contra Costa Treasurer-Tax Collector Russell Watts: Love my wife each new day more than I loved her the day before, and remind her how grateful I am to have her forever by my side.
GOT POLITICS? See the full resolutions list at PoliticswithLisaV.blogspot.com.
AND FINALLY: Reading these resolutions inspired me.
I hereby resolve to have more fun in 2013 by trouncing a certain Clayton councilman in "Words With Friends" with one hand and sipping a chocolate martini with the other, all while bicycling in the rain along Antioch's aromatic yellow brick road wearing Supervisor Mitchoff's castoff heels.
Happy New Year!