Children ages 12-15 now eligible for vaccination in Contra Costa County 
 
Children between the ages of 12-15 can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at all county-run clinics. 

The County is expanding eligibility after the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommended Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for use in this younger age group. Previously, the Pfizer vaccine was only approved for people ages 16 and older.

“This is a big day for parents and kids who have been eager to get vaccinated against COVID,” said Supervisor Diane Burgis, chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “We are looking forward to many households in Contra Costa County where all the adults and children are fully vaccinated.” 

The County has already begun working with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, local school districts, and Kaiser Permanente to host vaccination clinics at various middle schools and high schools in the coming weeks. Details will be announced in the next few days.  Read more...
Find a COVID-19 vaccine near you
Use Vaccines.gov to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.


Walkups are available.

Happy Nurses Week!
Today and every day, we thank our CCHS nurses for the incredible work they do and the care they provide day in and day out.

Join us as we celebrate, recognize, and thank our hardworking CCHS Nursing Staff.

Your skill and dedication save lives. You make our hope for a brighter future possible.

If you would like to thank our healthcare heroes and frontline workers, click here to submit a short message 
Eagle Scout Leads Pledge at Supervisor's Meeting
This week's Pledge of Allegiance was led by Riley Lee, a member of Scouts BSA Troop 514 in Discovery Bay, and a member of the Golden Gate Area Council in Northern California completed her Eagle Scout Board of Review on October 23, 2020.

Riley is now a distinguished member of Boy Scouts’ Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts in the United States. She is one of approximately 900 girls in the nation to earn this honor.
Supervisors this week adopted a resolution proclaiming May 13th - 20th, 2021 as the 25th Annual East Bay Affordable Housing Month.


Join us in celebrating our annual Affordable Housing Month (formerly Affordable Housing Week) in 2021!

We will recognize leaders in affordable housing and celebrate our work together as we continue to organize and fight for the communities we long to live in. We’ll have a special performance by musician, Emcee, and producer Kev Choice.
You are invited to Supervisor Diane Burgis’ Non-Profit Roundtable. 
When: May 20, 2021, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM with Networking until Noon.
 
Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other nonprofits, hear about grant opportunities and ways to be involved with the County, and local cities, and learn about the Foundation Directory service at the CCC Library system.
 
Register in advance for this meeting:
 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

May 20, 2021 
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Networking 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Watch a video of the recent Morgan Territory Reserve and Marsh Creek Fire Season Preparation meeting held in coordination with Contra Costa County, District 3, ECCFPD, CAL FIRE, CocoCWS, CalOES, and CCCSheriff.

Important information and links shared during the meeting can be found HERE

Find this and other helpful information about preparing your home and property on Supervisor Burgis’ MTR-MC Webpage.
Fighting Back Fraud and Scams

You are invited to an upcoming Virtual Town Hall: “Fighting Back Fraud and Scams” as part of Older Americans Month. 

Please join California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Micki Nozaki, Director of California Health Advocates, Senior Medicare Patrol Project for a virtual town hall. They give you the tools to fight back and protect yourself against fraud scams directed towards older Californians.

It is imperative for you to have up-to-date information on services and resources. Experts from the Department of Aging and the Contractors State License Board will also join us.

The event will be held on:
Thursday, May 20, │1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Please email your questions in advance and no later than 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13. Please submit your questions to crb@insurance.ca.gov with Older Americans Month in the subject line.
NO-COST HR HOTLINE!
Answers to your labor law questions 
Call 1-888-599-7645
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit helps individuals, families, and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The E Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying
Tribal lands.

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Follow this link to find out more: https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit 
COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Starting March 15, 2021, Contra Costa County tenants and landlords impacted by COVID-19 can apply for assistance from the COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Over $75 million is Contra Costa County’s allocation of federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program funds from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which allocated $2.6 billion to Californians in need of rental relief. 

“This funding for COVID-19 relief cannot come any sooner to help provide the hardest-hit individuals and families in Contra Costa with financial assistance with rent and utility payments and help them gain back financial and housing stability,” said Board Chair, Supervisor Diane Burgis. “My colleagues on the Board and I remain committed to helping residents get back on their feet, especially now that we have safe, effective vaccines that will help end this pandemic.”

Check eligibility and apply online for COVID-19 Rental Relief and in Spanish Ayuda con la Renta. Tenants and landlords can contact the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Call Center at 1-833-430-2122 for assistance to apply. To learn more and find state resources, visit HousingisKey.com.

Call 211 for Resources

The nonprofit Contra Costa Crisis Center runs the 211 call center for Contra Costa County, answering calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and suicide prevention counseling, and referrals for disaster assistance, food, health care, and insurance assistance, stable housing and utility payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, and childcare and family services.

The Board supports the Contra Costa Crisis Center’s efforts to broaden awareness about the vital services provided through its 211 call center and encourages residents to utilize the free, confidential services to seek support for themselves and their loved ones.

Ensuring Opportunity (EO) and the Family Economic Security Partnership (FESP)
are excited to share information about a new project that will enhance advocacy efforts and impact in Contra Costa County.  
 
The Contra Costa Collaborative Advocacy + Power Partnership (CAPP), 
a project funded by the San Francisco Foundation is launching soon!
 
We will be recruiting a diverse and committed learning cohort that brings together: 
 
• Direct service organizations that are working on a wide range of issues and are committed to economic justice and racial equity, who want to learn about and move into advocacy; 
Advocacy organizations wanting to expand their reach and impact and work across issue areas; and
Residents who have personally experienced economic and racial inequities and want to have a deeper impact on systems that are affecting their lives and the lives of their loved ones and neighbors.

Through CAPP, you will benefit from a nine-month, interactive learning and planning process, beginning in July 2021.  Stipends will be given to all participants. 
 
This is an opportunity for a few special organizations and residents to work together in an exciting, innovative, and collaborative process to create more equitable communities in Contra Costa. We hope you will join CAPP, and share this announcement with your networks.  Look for more information coming soon! 

For information:
Mariana Moore, Senior Director
Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa
(510) 234-1200, ext. 311
RCF Connects, 1014 Florida Ave., #200, Richmond CA 94804
@endpovertycc

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

In the last year, millions of people across the country suffered the heartbreaking loss of a family member to COVID, and at the same time, many are struggling financially because of the pandemic. 

Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), people who lost loved ones to COVID will soon be able to apply for a reimbursement for funeral costs. I want to share a few important details about this program.

The maximum reimbursement offered through FEMA will be $9,000 per burial. In order to apply, you will need to provide documentation that includes a funeral contract, receipt, and more. The program will begin on April 12, 2021. For more details, please click here.
I began working on this effort with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last spring when the pandemic was at its worst. Families that are struggling during this challenging time should not have to worry about the cost of properly grieving their loved ones.

Any applicant must provide the following documents:
  • Official death certificate attributing the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. 
  • Funeral expenses documents, such as receipts or a funeral home contract, includes the applicant’s name, the deceased person’s name, the number of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred. 
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Hot Line: 844-684-6333 or TTY: 800-462-7585
Tri Delta Transit now offers free WiFi on all buses.

All fixed route, paratransit, and Tri MyRide buses are equipped with WiFi.
WiFi-enabled vehicles are one of many technological advancements for Tri Delta Transit. Visit https://trideltatransit.com/wifi.aspx to find out more.

In addition, Tri Delta Transit is seeking partnerships with community organizations to launch their summer program “WiFi on Wheels.” Tri Delta Transit buses will be driven to community organizations and parked for time slots of 3 hours in requested locations, providing free WiFi connection for devices within a 200-foot radius around the bus.

To become a Tri Delta Transit community partner and request a WiFi bus, please email comments@eccta.org with the subject line “WiFi on Wheels.”
May is National Bike Month. Biking improves health, reduces climate change, and is just plain fun. Celebrate National Bike Month by pedaling wherever you need to go! Visit 511ContraCosta.org/biking to learn more.
Measure X Community Advisory Board seeks public input
Measure X, Contra Costa’s new countywide, half-cent sales tax, is expected to raise $112 million for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Measure X Community Advisory Board was formed to identify unmet community needs and recommend spending priorities to the county Board of Supervisors.

The Advisory Board meets at 5:00 pm every Wednesday via Zoom: https://cccounty-us.zoom.us/j/81176769191.

Each meeting features a panel of presenters who have expertise in the need or issue being discussed. Panel members include county staff, community-based organizations, and residents.

Community members are welcome to provide public comments verbally after each panel presentation. Comments can also be submitted in writing to Lisa.Driscoll@cao.cccounty.us. If you submit written testimony by noon on Friday prior to the following week’s meeting, it will be included in the agenda packet that is published for Advisory Board members and the public.

Schedule of issues and needs to be discussed:
May 12 - Seniors, disabled people, veterans
May 19 - Community safety: Fire protection
May 26 - Early childhood
June 9 - School-aged youth & young adults
June 16 - Healthcare
June 23 - Mental health and behavioral health
June 30 - Housing & homelessness
July 7 - Community safety: Justice systems
July 14 - Safety net (jobs, public benefits, economic security)
July 21 - Immigration, racial equity across systems
July 28 - Library, arts & culture, agriculture, environment, transportation
August 4 - Develop draft priorities & recommendations
August 11 - Finalize recommendations to submit to Board of Supervisors
District 3 Commission Openings
 
 
Countywide Bicycle Committee
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee provides input to the County and the county's cities on bicycle projects for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to construct bicycle/pedestrian projects and provides advice to cities and the County on bicycle planning matters.
 
Assessment Appeals Board
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Assessment Appeals Board conducts impartial hearings on property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the county assessor. Based on the evidence presented at these hearings, the appeals board determined the value of the disputed property or determines other matters of property tax assessment within the board’s jurisdiction.
 
Qualifications:
Applicants should possess five or more years of professional experience in California as one of the following: licensed real estate broker, attorney, certified public accountant (CPA) or public accountant, property appraiser accredited by a nationally-recognized professional organization, property appraiser certified by the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, or property appraiser certified by the State Board of Equalization.
 
Compensation:
This is a volunteer position. Assessment Appeals Board members are compensated for their time at hearings and reimbursed for their mileage to attend assessment appeals hearings.
 
The Assessment Appeals Board meets every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. located at 651 Pine Street, Room 107 in Martinez.
 
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 pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.
 
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Advisory Fire Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Commission is 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 the liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the community served by the fire district.
Meetings are typically held the second Monday of even months @ 7:00 PM. The location of the meeting has been changed to 4005 Port Chicago Highway, Suite 250, Concord, CA 94520.
 
County Planning Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Planning Commission was established under State law to implement the planning power of the county. The Planning Commission develops or approves land use plans, development initiatives, planning programs, and permit applications, among other duties.
All meetings start at 7 pm and are held at 30 Muir Rd, Martinez in the ZA Room. Refer to the website for a schedule of meeting dates: http://www.cccounty.us/4314/County-Planning-Commission
 
Economic Opportunity Council
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Economic Opportunity Council makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on all program proposals and budgets related to Community Services Block Grant and the Weatherization program and performs other functions as specified in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
The EOC meetings are held every second Thursday of every month at 1470 Civic Ct. Suite 200, Concord, CA 94520 from 6:00-8:00 PM.
 
 
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Background: The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation from numerous citizen advisory boards on a range of issues. Boards usually meet monthly regularly.
 
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. Find out more by visiting the Board of Supervisors Appointed Bodies, Committees & Commissions webpage.
 
Download an application here:

Applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board’s office located at 1025 Escobar Street, 1st Floor, Martinez, CA 94553 or by email clerkoftheboard@cob.cccounty.us

 
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