May 18, 2016   
Contra Costa County's new Racial Justice Task Force has an important role  
I'm proud to announce that the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors recently established a Racial Justice Task Force to study racial disparities in our criminal justice system. 

There are opportunities to serve on the task force.  

The county is looking for seven representatives from community based organizations as well as an unaffiliated member of the public. 

Anyone interested in serving on the task force should contact Tim Ewell at (925) 335-1036, or fill out this form and mail it to: 
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553. You can also email the completed form to

This important task force will make recommendations toward creating a more effective and equitable criminal justice system. While Contra Costa County is not alone in facing equity challenges that are decades in the making, we want to be leaders in gathering important data and implementing policies and training programs that support a criminal justice system that is more fair and just, and more efficient and better able to protect the public. 

You can learn more and support this work by attending the Racial Justice Coalition Summit this Saturday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Richmond Art Center, located at 2540 Barrett Avenue (next to City Hall). The summit will cover priorities for racial justice in Contra Costa County and how the community can lead in shaping them. 

For more information on the summit, contact Claudia Jimenez at or 510.414.9025.

I hope you'll join me supporting the work of this important task force, and I look forward to providing updates on its progress.   
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone