Weekly Update - April 6, 2023

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Wishing Everyone a Joyful Holiday Weekend

Alamo Rotary Egg Hunt on April 8

29th Annual César E. Chávez Commemorative Celebration and Youth Hall of Fame Recognition

The Board of Supervisors celebrated the 29th Annual César E. Chávez Commemorative Celebration recognizing several youths from around the County for their exceptional contributions.

Pictured on the left, Supervisor Andersen congratulates Youth Hall of Fame Rising Star Makenzie Lee Foster.

To read the full list of honorees in the official program, click on the button below.

29th César E. Chávez Celebration Official Program

Reminder! Diablo Road Closed Through April 13

Use Alternate Routes Between Diablo and Blackhawk

A full road closure, between Alameda Diablo and Avenida Nueva, began on March 23 and will remain closed until April 13, at the completion of the project.

The Town of Danville has developed a detour route map shown on the right, with the area identified, as well as suggested alternate routes for eastbound and westbound travel to avoid the project area. 

Please note that the Diablo Community Services District – not affiliated with the Town - has closed the intersection of Avenida Nueva at Diablo Road to everyone, including Diablo residents. Only school buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed to travel through this intersectionOnly school buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed to travel through this intersection. That closure is noted on the detour map and questions can be directed to: [email protected].

Download Map Here
Visit the Project Website

Contra Costa County Surveys Community for

Arts and Culture Planning

What is the future of Contra Costa County’s arts and cultural landscape? As part of the County’s efforts to develop an Arts and Culture Strategic Plan, a survey will be available to residents during the month of April to gather community feedback. 

The County has contracted with Arts Orange County as Project Manager to lead the arts and culture planning process. The goal is to guide an arts and cultural planning effort through an inclusive community engagement process that recognizes and respects the geographic and demographic diversity of the County. The process also includes an inventory of the County’s arts and cultural assets, including organizations, venues, and public art. 

The survey will be open until April 30, 2023. To participate, click the button below.

Arts & Culture Survey

Alamo Improvement Association Receives Grant and Provides Drone to San Ramon Valley Fire

Supervisor Andersen joined San Ramon Valley Fire District Chief Paige Meyer on April 3 at Fire District Headquarters to thank the Alamo Improvement Association for securing a grant from the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to use for several Pipeline Emergency projects benefitting Contra Costa County residents.

Part of the funding has been used to assist the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in acquiring a Drone Package to provide ariel overviews of Fire/Emergency events to aid in response time and effectiveness.

The Drones Made Easy Package includes the following camera features: 48 Megapixels, 16x1 Magnification, and Thermal Imaging, allowing the drone to fly at higher elevations above the fire/emergency incident location while still providing excellent resolution at 640x512.

There are more than 800 Miles of Pipelines located within Contra Costa County, including a major Kinder Morgan Pipeline located within the Iron Horse Trail right of way that bisects Contra Costa County from north to south and continues to the San Jose Airport.

On October 18, 2018, an incident occurred within an operator's pipeline vault near Bay Point, west of Pittsburg, CA. Contra Costa Fire on the scene discovered a vegetation/grass fire that led to an active fire located within a large pipeline vault - burning from a natural gas leak. This set up an evacuation of a half-mile radius due to a potential rupture in the line. Approximately 4000 residents involving 1400 households were quickly evacuated as a safety measure. The Pittsburg Police’s drone was utilized to assist Chevron and Contra Costa Fire with heat detection on the pipeline. Chevron then cleared the line and flushed it with nitrogen to extinguish the fire so Contra Costa Fire could gain control of the situation which may have had the potential of becoming a much larger incident.  

The clarity of the picture above taken from the hovering drone is quite outstanding. Joining President Roger Smith and other members of the Alamo Improvement Association in the photo are Fire Chief Paige Meyer, Supervisor Andersen and San Ramon Valley Fire Board Member Matt Stamey.

Mattress Recycling Program

This Earth Day, there are many easy opportunities to love our planet. One simple way to divert waste from landfills is through the Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program.  

This program, whenever possible, leverages the existing solid waste infrastructure. For many Californians, this means your mattress is being diverted from waste to recycling whether your retailer takes it back with your new purchase, your city or a waste hauler picks it up curbside, or you drop it off at a participating location.

More than 75% of a mattress can be recycled. The steel, foam, fibers, and wood are turned into everyday products like carpet padding, industrial filters, construction rebar, and garden mulch. 

MRC’s program recycles foam and innerspring mattresses, futon mattresses that can separate from the futon frame or base, as well as box springs. At collection locations, unit limits vary by location, and residency restrictions may apply. It is recommended to contact the location prior to drop-off.

This Earth Day, visit ByeByeMattress.com by clicking on the button below to learn how to recycle your mattress or share this information with a friend or family member.


Interfaith Earthfest

Free Buses this Weekend Between Orinda and

Rockridge BART Stations

This weekend, free buses will replace train service between Rockridge and Orinda stations while BART conducts major trackwork. Riders can expect delays of 30 minutes in the work area. Riders can keep up with service impacts including the latest real-time departure information by downloading the official BART app or by viewing the service advisory


This is the first of five nonconsecutive weekends between now and early June, where free buses will replace train service between these two stations. The four other weekends are: April 15-16, May 13-14, May 27-29 (Memorial Day weekend), and June 10-11.

People Who Make A Difference Awards

April 28th, Clean Slate Day

Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Club is Hosting Truck Time

Dougherty Valley / San Ramon Rotary Club is hosting Truck Time, an interactive outdoor family festival that encourages children (and their adults) to explore the trucks and vehicles they see around them all the time, and maybe, some they might never have seen before and to imagine how these vehicles enhance our lives.


The  TRUCK TIME event is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 2700 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA. The event consists of a display of diverse types of vehicles that kids and their families may view and/or sit in (if possible) as they explore the fascinating world of unique vehicles and trucks and the occupations and purposes associated with each one. Please click on the button below for tickets, sponsorship, or vehicle display information.

Truck Time

Measure X Community Advisory Board

Supervisor Andersen is seeking an individual who represents broad and diverse voices and perspectives to fill the District 2 Alternate Seat. To be considered for this seat, candidates must either live or work in District 2. The Measure X Community Advisory Board currently meets monthly.


Measure X is a countywide 20-year, ½ cent sales tax approved by Contra Costa County voters on November 3, 2020. Collection of the tax began on April 1, 2021. The ballot measure language stated that the intent of Measure X is “to keep Contra Costa’s regional hospital open and staffed; fund community health centers, emergency response; support crucial safety-net services; invest in early childhood services; protect vulnerable populations; and for other essential county services.”

For more information on Measure X, please click on the button below.

Measure X Information

Lamorinda CERT Presents a Head to Toe

Assessment Presentation

On Monday April 10, 2023, Lamorinda CERT will present a refresher class for the PERISHABLE SKILL of Head-to-Toe Assessment. The class will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library.

There will be an all-new PowerPoint slideshow including a video of a professional responder doing a CERT style assessment. Handouts will include a step-by-step checklist of everything you need to do so you can keep it in your backpack and refer to the sheet in the event of a disaster.

After the presentation, there will be plenty of time to practice on one another until we are all comfortable in our knowledge.

The primary instructor for the evening is Daniel Lin. Dan is an Occupational Therapist who works with people of all ages with disabilities of all kinds. He is one of the primary instructors for medical modules at Lamorinda CERT.

Register here

Equity Committee of the Council on Homelessness is

Looking for Your Input

For 2023, the Equity Committee of the Council on Homelessness is focused on creating "accessible information, outreach, and educational materials to engage underserved and/or previously unreached communities in Contra Costa County so that people experiencing or at risk of homelessness have equitable access to housing resources and housing outcomes.”

To support this work, they've developed surveys for two groups:

  • Amplifiers: people/agencies/groups who may have contact with people seeking homeless/housing services and can help share out materials/information
  • People With Lived Experience: people who have a lived experience of homelessness),

The surveys will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and ask what people currently know about homeless services and what kinds of information and materials (communication tools) are needed about these types of services.

Click Here for the Survey

Would You Like To Serve on the Advisory Council on Equal Employment Opportunity? 

The Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Equal Employment Opportunity (ACEEO) has one (1) vacant Disability seat open to applicants. The successful candidate must reside or work within Contra Costa County, be an active participant in the disabled community, and have an interest in equal employment matters. The ACEEO meets the fourth Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. except for holidays.

The ACEEO assists with the implementation of the County’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Contracting Programs and serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Supervisors. The ACEEO reviews the Equal Employment Opportunities Program and recommends actions to facilitate the attainment of the County’s goals for equal employment opportunities regardless of gender, and race/ethnicity.

The Board of Supervisors established the ACEEO on July 9, 1991. The Council has 13 seats representing the following groups: 4 Community seats; 2 Labor seats; 2 Management seats; 1 Educational seat; 1 Disability seat; 1 Business seat; 1 Veteran seat; and 1 Labor/Trade seat.

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 655- 2000 or by clicking on the button below. Applications should be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 1025 Escobar St., 1st Floor, Martinez, CA 94553. Applications can also be emailed to [email protected].

Applicants should plan to be available for public interviews. For further information about the ACEEO, please contact Antoine Wilson at [email protected] or (925) 335-1455. See past agendas or find out more about the Council by clicking on the button below.

Application Form
Advisory Council Website

County Connection Advisory Committee Member Wanted

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking an individual to serve on the County Connection Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee’s role is to review and analyze issues and policies relating to fixed-route and paratransit service and advise the County Connection Board of Directors accordingly. The County’s appointee will also act as a citizen liaison from the County.

Regular meetings of the Advisory Committee are held bi-monthly on the second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Concord. This is a volunteer position. The appointment will be for a two-year term ending June 30, 2025.

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 655-2000 or apply online by clicking the button below. Applications should be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, County Administration Building, 1025 Escobar St., Martinez, CA 94553, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2023. Applicants should plan to be available for public interviews in Martinez on Monday, April 10, 2023.

Further information about the County Connection Advisory Committee can be obtained by calling Ruby Horta at (925) 680-2048 or by clicking below.

Apply Online
County Connection Website

Volunteer Opportunities

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking individuals with a sound business background, experience in pension fund investment or administration, or in equity investments or banking, to serve on the Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association Board of Trustees. To be considered, candidates must be County residents, must not be Retirement System members or retirees, and may not market any investment, consulting, or related service to the Contra Costa County Retirement Board or any other 1937 Act Retirement Board.


Regular meetings of the Retirement Board are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. and sometimes extending into the afternoon. There may also be additional meetings on special topics that arise from time to time. 

Further information about the Retirement Board can be obtained by calling CCCERA CEO Gail Strohl at (925) 521-3960 or by visiting their website www.cccera.org.

Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Boardhttps://cchealth.org/aod/board/

District 2 Seat Term is expiring. To advise the Board of Supervisors in collaboration with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, providing input and recommendations as they pertain to alcohol and other drugs prevention, intervention, and treatment services.