Most municipal government leaders in California would be envious of Lafayette.
While cities scramble to shore up their post-recession budgets, Lafayette actually has a slightly larger general fund than it did five years ago. And, of 60 city employees half a decade ago, the city has lost only one police officer and two other positions.
The city has no pension liability because it offers employees a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan. And the small health insurance program for retired employees is fully funded.
So, with three seats open in the Nov. 6 election, our first endorsement is easy. The only incumbent seeking re-election, Mike Anderson, deserves a third term. He is calm and thoughtful, and has been part of a team that deserves credit for excellent stewardship.
For the other two seats, we support Traci Reilly and Mark Mitchell. If elected, they will face challenges for which they are well-prepared.
Reilly, who chairs the city's Crime Prevention Commission, will provide valuable expertise as Lafayette faces possible service reduction due to the budgetary problems of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
Mitchell, a 10-year member of the Planning Commission and 50-year resident who grew up in Lafayette and raised his family there, will strengthen the council as it develops guidelines for implementing the new downtown specific plan.
With its advisory committees, the city has developed an