Marsh Creek Bridge Project Wins National Award

Supervisor Burgis is excited to report that the Marsh Creek Road Bridge Replacement project has recently been selected by the American Public Works Association (national organization) as one of the Projects of the Year for 2019 in the category of Transportation for less than $5 million.

The notification email from the national office in Kansas City states "Your selection puts you in a very elite group of winners and APWA is proud to have those on this project epitomize the public works profession and our association." This award is the national version of a similar honor this project was awarded back in February by the NorCal Chapter of APWA.



Meals on Wheels Ride-Along

In recognition of National Volunteer Week and March for Meals, Supervisor Burgis spent the morning on a ride-along with Meals on Wheels volunteers and  Susannah Meyer, Community Engagement Director.

As a former Meals on Wheels volunteer, Supervisor Burgis was glad to be with and recognize the many volunteers who deliver meals and visit with seniors on a weekly basis.

Thank you to Meals on Wheels Diablo Region for all you do to address senior hunger and isolation.


Building Safety Through Community Dinner

Family Justice Centers serve families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking.

Please support the work of building of a new 
East Center for  Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance.



Missed the Board of Supervisors Meeting?

You can see  the most recent Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meeting  starting at 6:00 p.m. on the following Thursday on CCTV. 

You can view meetings online the same week they are held, usually within 48 hours. To find the recording online, visit the Video Library page.
 
Contra Costa Census 2020


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everyone is counted!

Red Cross Sound The Alarm Luncheon

The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored nine fire districts and three community members and organizations from Contra Costa County for their acts of courage and compassion at the Sound the Alarm Kickoff Luncheon.  

The event was held on Tuesday at the Round Hill Country Club.   Dan Ashley  of ABC7 News was the Master of Ceremonies, and the San Ramon Valley Firefighters Honor Guard was the color guard for the event.

The county's nine fire districts were recognized for their life-saving work when disaster strikes our community, and the collaboration and support for Sound the Alarm activities. Also, these community members and organizations will be recognized for their acts of bravery and assistance in times of need. 

Honorees are featured below.
  • Good Samaritan Award: Bryan Canty (Antioch)
  • Disaster Services Award: Samantha Barnhouse (Antioch)
  • Community Service Award: San Damiano Retreat (Danville)


 









 
Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge


Contra Costa County Cities of Antioch, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek, and Sustainable Contra Costa are launching a new online platform, the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge, to help residents create an even cleaner, healthier community.

The Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge is available countywide, with outreach campaigns to engage residents. Challenge participants measure their household carbon footprint online, commit to taking sustainable actions, track improvements, and save money! 

The Challenge website is filled with helpful resources, including local rebates, workshops, and tools for sustainable living.  Join the Challenge by visiting:  CleanerContraCosta.org

Not everyone can make it to the polls on Election Day, which is why you have the ability to vote early both in person and by mail.
 
Voting by mail gives you flexibility in casting and returning your ballot. It's simple too. Ballots are mailed 29 days before Election Day along with voting instructions and information on how to return your ballot. 

Place your marked ballot in the return envelope and seal it. Be sure to sign the addressed return envelope. Without a signature the ballot cannot be counted.
 
Become A Vote-By-Mail Voter!
You can become a permanent vote-by-mail voter and have a ballot mailed to you before every election. To become a permanent vote-by-mail voter: http://registertovote.ca.gov/ 
 
Complete the Online Registration Form and select "Yes" in the vote-by-mail box.


"April of this year [1972] marks the 100th anniversary of Arbor Day, an observance that holds as much significance for the future as it does for the past.

"On a monument erected in Nebraska City to commemorate the founding father of this celebration, J. Sterling Morton, there is this inscription: 'Other Holidays Repose Upon The Past; Arbor Day Proposes For The Future.' So it does, for the planting of trees is an action that yields a long-range benefit on generations to come. Arbor Day uniquely symbolizes the truth that the earth belongs to every generation, not just to ours.

"Einstein is believed to have said that a person should put back into this world at least as much as he takes out of it. The best available evidence suggests that an individual American, in his lifetime, uses the wood produced by some 200 mature trees. It is probably too much to expect that each American plant that many trees, but it is not too much to ask that each American assume a large, personal responsibility for renewing and preserving our environmental heritage."

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Legislation

Supervisor Burgis    celebrated the successful passing of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area, which was proposed in legislation by Congressman John Garamendi (H.R. 357) and Senator Diane Feinstein (S. 316) in early 2019, which was included as a provision of S. 47 (John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act). It passed by both houses of Congress this past Fe bruary & it was signed into law by President Trump on March 12th.

"Congressman Garamendi was kind enough to honor and recognize those of us that have served past and present on the Delta Protection Commission and supported his 10+ years of effort that it took to get this designation.. (I have served on the DPC representing the cities of Contra Costa & Solano Counties while on the Oakley City Council & now as a County Supervisor) My predecessor, Supervisor Mary Piepho was recognized as well." Said Burgis.

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.NHAs are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects. Leveraging funds and long-term support for projects, NHA partnerships foster pride of place and an enduring stewardship ethic. NHAs have no effect on water rights, property rights, or hunting and fishing rights within the designated area.

For more information visit
http://delta.ca.gov/delta_heritage/delta_national_heritage_area/

Delta Counties Caucus

The DCC works to give one voice to the Delta.

The California Delta region is made up of five counties -- Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo -- and is home to over four million people. The Caucus allows legislators to maintain a more united voice on important issues affecting the region by keeping them updated, briefed and educated while also providing a venue for collaboration with various public and state entities.

"Our goals are to improve the Delta ecosystem, provide a more reliable water supply for the State,  protect and enhance Delta communities, and reduce reliance on the Delta.  Essentially addressing the provisions and mandates set forth in the 2009 Delta Reform Act." Burgis said.

Working with local, state, and federal stakeholders to develop and implement solutions that address California's water management issues in a comprehensive, sustainable manner.

The DCC supports a diversified approach to addressing CA's long-term water needs.
 




California Habitat Conservation Planning Coalition 

As Chair of the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy, Supervisor Burgis was honored to welcome conservation leaders from around the state to the California Habitat Conservation Planning Coalition 2019 Annual Meeting.











Thank you to Abby Fateman for coordinating the meeting and to all attendees for the work you do to protect our most precious natural resources.

For more info about the Habitat Conservancy visit: 
Antioch 2019 State of the City

Help us Sound the Alarm about Fire Safety * May 1st


Every day, 7 people die and another 36 people suffer injuries because of home fires. You can help change that and prevent these tragedies. 

To save lives and reduce fire-related injuries, the American Red Cross launched a nationwide Home Fire Campaign. The Red Cross is teaming up with fire departments, volunteers, and partners to Sound the  Alarm with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in communities across our county. 

Join us in one of the following roles: 
* Canvassers by phone or in person - this is done ahead of time
* Smoke Alarm Installer - Conduct home visits, test existing smoke alarms, replace batteries, and install smoke alarms using a drill. 
* Disaster Safety Educator - Provide live-saving education and assist residents in completing a home fire escape plan. 
* Documenter - Complete service acknowledgment forms and reports for campaign tracking, and assist educator and installer as needed. 
* Driver - Transport installation teams and supplies to and from headquarters and residences. 
* Restocking supply bags - this is done post event to get ready for the next session
* Data Entry - this is done post event to input all the necessary information

To volunteer for our event to be held in Antioch at Chateau Mobile Homes and Vista Diablo Mobile Estates on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 please contact Marcelle Indelicato from OES at:minde@so.cccounty.us  | 925-313-9609


District 3 Committees and Commissions

The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation from numerous citizen advisory boards on a range of issues. Boards usually meet monthly on a regular basis.

Candidates for these positions must live in District 3 or any specified boundary area for special districts. District 3 is comprised of the cities of Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Blackhawk, Diablo, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay.

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District III Committee Openings
 
Mental Health Commission
1 Consumer seat
1 Family Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To review and assess the community's mental health needs, services, facilities, and special problems, in order to advise the Board of Supervisors concerning local mental health services and programs.
 
The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. located at 550 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill.
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Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Advisory Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To review and advise on annual operations and capital budgets, review Fire District expenditures; advise the Fire Chief on district service matters; and serve as liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the community served by the fire district.
 
The Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December located at the Administration Building, 2010 Geary Road in Pleasant Hill.
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County Library Commission
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian; provides a forum for the community to provide input concerning Library operations, and recommends proposals to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian which may improve the Library.
 
The Commission meets on the 4th Thursday of every other month at 7:00pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.
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Family & Children's Trust Committee
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
Conduct a bi-annual needs assessment on family and children's services in the County.
 
The Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. located at Employment and Human Services Dept., 40 Douglas Drive in Martinez.

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County Service Area, P-6 Citizen Advisory Committee (Discovery Bay)
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To make reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on extended police protection services which shall include, but not limited to, enforcement of the State Vehicle Code where authorized by law, crime prevention, and litter control.
 
The Committee meets quarterly at 6:00p.m. located at the Discovery Bay Community Center, 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay.

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Boards usually meet monthly on a regular basis.

Candidates for these positions must live in District 3 or any specified boundary area for special districts. District 3 is comprised of the cities of Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Blackhawk, Diablo, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay.

You may also download an application from the County's website at  http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418.

Applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board's office (925-335-1900) located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553.

For more information, including on how to apply, you may contact Supervisor Burgis' Deputy Chief of Staff, Lea Castleberry at 925-252-4500 or Lea.Castleberry@bos.cccounty.us
CCRMC Clothing Closet Needs

Our clothing closet at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center needs donations of NEW (in package or with tags still on) socks and underwear for homeless patients  who need clothing when they are discharged from the hospital.

Black crew socks with toe and heel reinforcement are preferred. We particularly need for large and extra-large men's underwear.

Drop off items at the 
CCRMC volunteer office M-F 9-4. 

Questions? Call 925-370-5440.



Save the Date  -  May 10th  -  Northern Waterfront Forum