Weekly Update - April 21, 2022
Earth Day is April 22nd - Celebrate with East Bay Parks
Celebrate Earth Day with the East Bay Regional Park District.

Every day is Earth Day in the Park District! There are all kinds of ways to celebrate and honor the Earth. 

Join in for an Earth Day-themed activity – take a hike or ride in nature, or volunteer at an Earth Day clean-up event in a park or in your neighborhood. This year, the Park District will celebrate Earth Day with numerous programs and multiple volunteer project opportunities throughout the Regional Parks on Saturday, April 23. Events are scheduled throughout the month of April. 

Learn how you can continue the Earth Day tradition, as we honor those who had the passion and vision to create this special day over 50 years ago, go to East Bay Parks Earth Day
Contra Costa Resource Conservation District Earth Day Events
The Contra Costa Resource Conservation District helps the communities of Contra Costa County thrive in balance with the natural systems that support clean water, clean air, healthy soils, and a healthy environment.

Put on some gloves and participate in a town or watershed clean-up. Go to Earth Day events to find out more.
Blackhawk Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. on April 26
at Tassajara Hills Elementary School
California Statewide Primary Election is on June 7, 2022
Contra Costa Voters! The Primary Election is scheduled for June 7, 2022. Go to coco.vote for information.

The Contra Costa County Elections website has helpful information on Voting Registration and Voting Options. With the June 7th primary just around the corner, be sure you are up-to-date and informed on your choices.

The registration and voting options page has information on voting by mail, how to register to vote, voting rights, official ballot drop boxes, voting before election day and voting on election day, and looking up your personal voting information.

Election Day is an exciting opportunity for your voice to be heard through your vote. Be ready!
Covid Cases Stable, But Slightly Rising
Please go to www.coronavirus.cchealth.org to review more data.
Free Covid-19 Home Test Kits
Available for Pickup at our Danville Office
We still have Covid-19 home test kits. If you have a need for tests, please come to our Danville office, 309 Diablo Road, Monday - Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to pick up test kits. They will be available as long as our supply lasts.

More reliable PCR testing continues to be available for free by appointment only at various County sites. More information about where to get tested can be found here: coronavirus.cchealth.org/get-tested.
We have distributed all of our N95 masks.
Second Booster Doses Available for
Contra Costa Residents Who are 50+
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) is offering second booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to people who are 50 and older or who are immunocompromised by certain health conditions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now recommends a second booster dose for:

Anyone with questions about their eligibility should consult their healthcare provider.

Vaccination – including getting boosted whenever we are eligible – remains our most effective protection against serious illness from COVID-19. Appointments are available online or by calling 1-833-829-2626.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
presents East Bay Forward
The East Bay is home to one of the world’s most dynamic economies and fastest-growing regions in the U.S. It is the most populous and geographically diverse region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

East Bay Forward is a regional economic assessment and guide to best position the East Bay for a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable economic recovery. Learn more and download the full report today.

East Bay Forward’s guiding principles will help to achieve an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable economic future.
Walnut Creek Rotary Welcomes Supervisor Andersen
On Tuesday, April 19th, Supervisor Andersen joined the Walnut Creek Rotary at the Gardens at Heather Farms to talk about the recent redistricting and other current county topics.

Pictured on the right, Supervisor Andersen stands with Club Past President Cathy Durfee. 

If you would like to learn more about the Walnut Creek Rotary, go to WC Rotary
Supervisor Andersen Speaks to the
Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley
On Thursday, April 21, Supervisor Andersen had the pleasure of joining the 7:15 a.m. meeting of the Moraga Kiwanis, who invite her back each year to provide a county update. This was a special meeting, which also included members of the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley who had ventured up to Moraga on this rainy morning, as well. 

A special thanks to Sam Sperry, who wrote new lyrics to “Funiculi Funicula” in Candace’s honor. 

Shown in this picture with Candace is Club President Leslie Engler and longtime Kiwanian John Haffner.
MTC’s Coordinated Plan Survey Now Open for Participation
Our friends at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) want to hear about your transportation needs and challenges. Your responses will help MTC address transportation gaps faced by Bay Area residents. Take their survey now for a chance to win one of three $100 gift cards: survey.alchemer.com.
Upcoming Free Virtual Home and Worm Composting Workshops
The Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development is sponsoring composting workshops, open to all Contra Costa County residents. Click on the date below for registration to the workshop.



Make sure to reserve your place today.

To learn more about composting or recycling, just go to our Solid Waste & Recycling webpage.
An Evening with Lucinda Jackson - Leading and Finding Solutions: Women in the Workplace and in our Next Acts
Hosted by Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Lucinda Jackson will speak about empowering women in the workplace and your next acts. She’ll suggest ideas for leading and overcoming gender barriers in your careers and in your post-careers. She will teach how to take the strengths used in your careers into planning and actualizing your Next Acts!! 
Lucinda Jackson, a scientist and business executive spent almost fifty years at three universities and four Fortune 500 companies before moving on to her Next Act. She experienced the unequal treatment of women in the working world which spurred her to write Just a Girl: Growing Up Female and Ambitious. She has continued her story in Project Escape: Lessons for an Unscripted Life or 'How to have a remarkable Next Act'.  
Join in for a fabulous evening - online on Zoom Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. Find zoom info here: daw-ca.aauw.net/2022may.
Public Works to Perform Weed Abatement Work for Fire Safety Along the Iron Horse Trail
In preparation for the fire season, a Contra Costa County Public Works Department contractor will perform mowing along the Iron Horse Trail from Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon to Mayette Avenue in Concord through Tuesday, June 7, 2022, barring unforeseen circumstances. Work will occur between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting.
This work is to improve trail, fire, and general safety along this portion of the Iron Horse Trail. The trail will not be blocked to pedestrian and/or bicycle access during this work activity.
For more information about CCCPWD, please visit the website at www.cccpublicworks.org or contact: Jason Quinones at 925.313.7023; or Carl Roner 925.313.2213.
Trinity Center's "Opportunity Blooms" Coming up in May at
the Ruth Bancroft Gardens
Trinity Center has grown from a part-time service center to now fulfilling a critical role day-to-day in the County system for homeless services. Their vision is of a community working together to address the devastating effects of poverty and remove barriers to stable housing through compassionate services, education, shelter, and advocacy. They advocate for those who are seeking housing, financial stability, and wellness. We invite everyone to join us in our mission to uphold the values of dignity, respect, inclusion, equity, and vibrancy of life for all. 

They rely heavily on public awareness and fundraising to support this mission and have a fantastic event "Opportunity Blooms" coming up in May at the Ruth Bancroft Gardens. If you would like to attend the celebration and auction on May 19th at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available here:  

April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

April 27, 2022, Denim Day
This is the day when millions of people will wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors; educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. Please support survivors and stand in solidarity.

Wear Denim
Post on social media

April 27, 2022, Virtual Film Screening, The Empathy Gap
6:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.
Meeting ID 831 1936 8772 Passcode 109532

Filmmaker Thomas Keith examined how American culture bombards young men with sexist and misogynistic messages. In The Empathy Gap, he looks more closely at the ways these messages short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take feminism seriously.

April 28, 2022, Take Back the Night
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Contra Costa College, San Pablo

For more information contact: Erica Padilla, [email protected].
NAMI Basics Education Program
Danville Police to Host “Drug Takeback Day”
Residents can drop off prescription drugs at April 30 event
Danville residents looking to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs will have the opportunity to do so on Saturday, April 30, 2022, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the Danville Police Department joins with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to hold a drug disposal event at the Danville Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

At the event, officials will accept pills and other solids such as patches and liquids in consumer containers. Illicit drugs, intravenous solutions, needles, and other sharps will NOT be accepted. For ease of disposal, participants are asked to place the medications in a sealed bag for drop-off.

For the free and anonymous event, residents can bring their prescription drugs to the Town Offices from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and drop off their medications for safe disposal.

Individuals who cannot attend the Drug Takeback Day can still drop off pharmaceuticals, including sharps, in bins at the front desk of the Danville Police Department during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other Police Departments in our Supervisorial District, including Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek also have bins in their police department lobbies. Additional drop-off sites can be found here.

For more information about the Danville Drug Takeback Day, contact Lt. Jason Ingrassia at (925) 314-3700 or [email protected].
APPLY NOW! Open Seats on CAB - Applications Due April 28
Community Advisory Board (CAB) on Public Safety Realignment

Seeking Applications for (3) Alternate Member Seats. Anyone interested in public safety, reentry, and justice system issues is encouraged to apply!
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) on Public Safety Realignment was established by the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) Executive Committee in December 2012 to provide input on community needs; assess implementation of the realignment plan; review data on realignment outcomes; advise the CCP on community engagement strategies; offer recommendations for ongoing realignment planning; advise County agencies regarding programs for implementation in the County; and encourage outcomes that are consistent with the County’s Reentry Strategic Plan. 

The Community Corrections Partnership is seeking applications for three (3) VACANT Alternate Member seats on the CAB. Below is a complete timeline of this recruitment process to fill the three (3) vacant CAB seats:

  • April 28: Final Day of the Application Period, due by 5:00 p.m. 
  • May 3: Outreach & Community Engagement Subcommittee Special Meeting: Interviews 
  • May 12: Community Advisory Board General Monthly Meeting: Nominations
  • June 3: Community Corrections Partnership Appointments

For more information on CAB membership duties and activities, please visit their website - here

Submit an Application Online by clicking below. Questions? Contact: Nicole Popczuk, Administrative Services Assistant II, Office of Reentry & Justice, by phone at (925) 313-4139, or by email at [email protected]

Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice
Commission Seeks Members
Are you interested in being involved in your community by providing citizen oversight for youth who are caught up in the juvenile justice system or placed in congregate care (i.e., group homes)? Joining the all-volunteer Contra Costa County Justice Commission is a rewarding opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth!
PURPOSE: The Commission’s purpose, as defined by state law, is to be a public conscience in the best interest of justice for youth in the county.
WHAT WE DO: The Commission reports to the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for the county and makes recommendations to the Probation Department related to public policy regarding in-custody and at-risk youth. Our primary responsibility is to provide citizen oversight of the juvenile justice system, which includes inspecting juvenile hall, police departments holding youth, and group homes in the county.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMMITMENT: You must be a Contra Costa County resident to be considered for appointment to the Commission, and you cannot be a current employee of the County. Commissioners must be willing to attend a monthly Commission meeting and will be expected to help conduct between four to six weekday inspections of juvenile institutions throughout the year with another Commissioner.
HOW TO APPLY OR LEARN MORE: The Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 PM at the Walnut Creek Superior Court, Department 38, 640 Ygnacio Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA. Feel free to come and observe our public meetings.
Applications are always accepted for Commissioner vacancies. To apply, please visit www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/2335/Juvenile-Justice-Commission. Following a successful interview with members of the Commission, qualified candidates will be reviewed by the Presiding Juvenile Court Judge for an appointment to the Commission.
Contra Costa County
Hazardous Materials Commission Seeks Applicants
 Do Hazardous Materials Policy Issues Interest You? 

The Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission is seeking applicants to fill an Environmental Justice Seat. 

You may apply if you … 
  • Have an understanding of, and a commitment to, the principles of Environmental Justice, as defined in County policy; 
  • are a layperson from a community in Contra Costa County that is highly impacted and burdened by hazardous materials facilities and releases, and will be able to represent community interests; 
  • have an interest in hazardous materials issues; and 
  • can attend monthly Commission and committee meetings. 

The Commission is a voluntary body appointed by the Board of Supervisors and makes policy recommendations to the Board and County staff on issues concerning hazardous materials and hazardous waste. 

The Commission’s 14 members and alternates serve four-year terms and include representatives of industry, labor, civic groups, environmental organizations, environmental engineers, the general public, cities, and Environmental Justice communities. 

To obtain an application form, or for further information, contact Michael Kent, Executive Assistant to the Commission, at (925) 250-3227 or [email protected]. Applications may also be obtained from the Clerk of the Board located at 1025 Escobar Street 1st Floor, Martinez CA 94553. 

You may also submit an application by mail, e-mail, or online: 
Applications must be received by May 31, 2022 and, if mailed, mailed to the Clerk of the Board. 

Interviews for qualified applicants will take place from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on June 10, 2022. 
Opportunity to Serve on the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
IHSS Public Authority Poised to Fill Several Vacancies
The In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority Advisory Committee currently has four (4) volunteer vacancies for individuals who are current or past users of IHSS or Personal Attendant Services. Individuals who are in the following categories can fill the vacancies:
  • Consumer 60 or Older - Two (2) vacancies
  • Consumer Any Age - Two (2) vacancies
Additionally, there are two (2) District volunteer vacancies representing Districts II (Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Danville, and Canyon), and District V (Hercules, Martinez Pittsburg, Antioch). Individuals residing or working in either of these two (2) Districts, with professional experience in the following categories, may apply:
  • Senior Advocate
  • Advocate for Younger Persons with Disabilities
  • Representative from the Developmental Disability Community
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Representative from a Community Based Organization
  • Representative from a Home Health Agency
  • Current or Previous IHSS Provider
Individuals who reside or work in Contra Costa County who are interested in applying for these Volunteer Vacancies on the IHSS Public Authority Committee can obtain an application from Monique Rodriguez by calling (925) 363-6670 or emailing [email protected].
Applications should be returned to the IHSS Public Authority as soon as possible. All applicants will receive acknowledgement in writing. Following the review of applications, the review committee will forward recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for appointment.
District 2 Volunteer Opportunities
Now is a great time to consider ways you might want to give back to your community. If you are interested in participating in government, then perhaps one of these volunteer opportunities is of interest to you:

Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (CSA P-2B/APSAC)
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo/Danville community for police services.
2 Alternate Seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo community for police services.

Alamo Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC)
Alternate Seat
To advise on issues and concerns related to services provided by the County or other local agencies located within Alamo, which includes parks & recreation, lighting & landscaping, land use, code enforcement, public safety, and transportation.

Alamo Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC)
Youth Representative

County Service Area, P-2A Citizen Advisory Committee (Blackhawk)
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The County Services Area, P-2A Citizens Advisory Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Blackhawk community for extended police services which shall include, but not be limited to, enforcement of the State Vehicle Code, crime prevention, litter control, and other issues.
You must reside within the Blackhawk community to serve on this board.
Police Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM, at the Blackhawk Police Service District Office at 1092 Eagle Nest Pl.

County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee (Roundhill Residents only. One alternate seat available)
The P-5 Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Alamo community for extended police services for Roundhill.

In-Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee (IHSS)
1 Seat
Public Authority has an Advisory Committee whose membership is composed of individuals who are current or past users of personal assistance services paid for through public or private funds and professional representatives from the Community https://ehsd.org/elderly-disabled/public-authority/ihss-public-authority-advisory-committee/.

Mental Health Commission https://cchealth.org/mentalhealth/mhc/
The primary purpose of the Commission is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and to the Mental Health Division and its staff. Mission Statement: To influence the County's Mental Health System to ensure the delivery of quality services which are effective, efficient, culturally relevant and responsive to the needs and desires of the clients it serves with dignity and respect; and to be the advocate with the Board of Supervisors, the Mental Health Division, and the community on behalf of all Contra Costa County residents who are in need of mental health services.

Find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body here co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418. To apply online go to www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/.