Supervisor Diane Burgis
There's Still Time for October Feline Frenzy Adoptions!

contra costa animal services feline frenzy

Kitten season is still in full swing and we need your help finding homes for the scores of cats and kittens we have in our shelters. 

Running through October 31st, adopters will have the opportunity to take advantage of our  Feline Frenzy promotion, where all cats over one year of age can be adopted for $5, and all kittens can be adopted for $25.

Whether you're looking for a single feline companion, or have been waiting for the right time to bring a litter of kittens into your home, you'll want to take advantage of this reduced cost promotion. Typical feline adoption costs can run from $84-$127.

*Please note: this promotion does not include the cost of the license or refundable surgery deposit. 

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 Supervisor Attends  "Hidden Untapped Talent" Event

Supervisor Burgis spoke to a full house at last week's "Hidden Untapped Talent" Event.
The program held on October 9th, 2019 was hosted by Workforce Development Board & Contra Costa Employer Advisory Council. The t arget audience included  Employers, Hiring Managers, HR & Recruiters (Over 200 registered guests that included over 80 businesses).  
Sponsored by the  Cities and Chambers of Antioch, Brentwood, Pittsburg & Oakley, the event f ocused  on hiring Veterans, people with disabilities, giving ex-offenders a second chance, and hiring youth and seniors. This supports the community and fills the talent gap for businesses.

Workforce Development's Patience Ofodu with Supervisor Burgis, Keynote Speaker Lady Idos and Donna Van Wert, Executive Director of Workforce Development
Supervisor Burgis said " It is critical that we all work together to bring jobs to East County.  It is good for our economy.  It is good for the entire region because it provides opportunities to reverse the commute for East Contra Costa residents, reducing the commute time for the whole county.  And, it is good for the untapped talent who reside here in East County.
Hiring veterans, people with disabilities, youth and seniors, and giving ex-offenders a second chance fills the talent gap for you, the businesses and recruiters.  But, mostly importantly, it supports the community and creates jobs for our most vulnerable residents.

Thank you to everyone who came out to learn more about an untapped pool of hidden talent that when hired, benefits all of us!"

Tips for Seniors and People with Disabilities During a Power Outage

Here are some tips and ideas that may help you during and after a power outage:
  • Speak with your neighbors about setting up a check-in system.  Decide how you will communicate with each other (by phone, knock on doors, etc.)
  • Keep your prescription medications and durable medical equipment in a convenient location.  Be sure glasses, hearing aids, and other assistive devices are within easy reach.
  • Have information about your medical conditions, medications, emergency contacts, and insurance provider nearby.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets at all times. If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information notes the best way to communicate with you.Have a pen and notepad or paper handy.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible.  An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about four hours. If in doubt about the safety of any food, throw it out.  
  • Eat canned and non-perishable foods, and keep a manual can opener on hand.  Meal/snack ideas that don't require cooking:
  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Salad
  • Prepared tuna salad kits, readily available in most grocery stores
  • Canned fruit or vegetables
  • Consider combining food and resources such as camping stoves, gas grill, or water filter to benefit your immediate community.
  • The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and other local food pantries, are available for people in need.  
  • Unlock electric security gates and garage doors to ensure you can get in and out.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Keep a flashlight or battery-operated lantern within easy reach.  Do not use candles for heat or light, as they can be a fire hazard.
  • Use portable generators cautiously.  Operate them outdoors only in a well-ventilated area.  Refuel generator only after it has cooled.  Do not connect a generator to your home's electrical system.
Dial 211 for information and resources during the outage.  
Dial 911 for emergencies only.

Partial listing collected from various sources, including:  
California Department of Aging
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross
Department of Homeland Security

Blackhawk Public Safety Town Hall  

Blackhawk Public Safety Town Hall 

Diablo Vista Middle School 
Multi-Purpose Room 

Tuesday, November 5th 
6:00pm - 8:00pm 

Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis is hosting a Blackhawk Public Safety Town Hall along with Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston and San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Fire Chief Paige Meyer.  

They will address current public safety issues in the Blackhawk community including PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program and funding for local law enforcement services.  

Police services in Blackhawk are provided by the Sheriff's office and funded through a parcel tax.  

The Blackhawk Police Services Advisory Body, County Service Area P-2, Zone A (P2-A) are appointed by the Supervisor and will also be on hand to explain their role as your liaison and   to discuss their recommendation to the Supervisor on raising the parcel tax and why the committee feels it is in the best interest of the community.  

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Please contact for more information
District 3 Senior Town Hall  

Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis, and  
Contra Costa Area Agency on Aging Invite you to a 
Senior Town Hall and Needs Assessment Survey 
November 6, 2019 - 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Contra Costa Board of Supervisors in conjunction with Area Agency on Aging are having these town halls across the County informing Area Agency on Aging's work developing the County Master Plan on Aging.

We are seeking your input on any gaps in services, 
resources needed, we want to hear from you!

The AAA was formed in 1975 by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to develop a system of care and support for adults aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities to lead independent and dignified lives in their own homes for as long as possible. Committed to identifying services and meeting unmet needs, the AAA works to coordinate existing programs and develop new services by partnering with community organizations and pursuing funding resources which would help to enhance or create new programs.  
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Board of Supervisor's Honors

Arts Recognition Awards
Contra Costa County demonstrates a wealth of artistic expression in every corner of the county.  This year, at the October 22 Board of Supervisors meeting, AC5 presented Seven Arts Recognition Awards to honor outstanding achievements in the Arts. 

AC5 is pleased to honor those who have made a significant artistic or philanthropic contribution to Contra Costa's Arts and Culture.

This year's honorees are:
  • Dr. Leonard E. Anderson, Founder of the Danville Community Band and Music Educator from Danville
  • Napoleon Dargan of the Art of Health and Healing Initiative, from San Pablo
  • Rosalinda Grejsen Co-Founder of the Art Guild of the Delta, Inc, from Brentwood
  • Leslie Noel, Founder of The Peter Pan Foundation, from Lafayette
  • Kelsey Wengel with Dougherty Valley High School and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, from San Ramon
AC5 also presented two Commission Special Awards:
  • Lafayette Town Hall Theatre, in Celebration of their 75th Anniversary of presenting theatre of the highest professional standards and their 300th Production
  • The Blue Devil Performing Arts Organization (aka Concord Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps) in celebration of their 62nd anniversary and the Blue Devils A Corps for winning their 19thDrum Corps International World Championship.
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Other Board of Supervisor Presentations included:

Declaring October 23 - 31, 2019 as 
Red Ribbon Week  in Contra Costa County. 
(Fatima Matal Sol, Health Services Department)

Presentation recognizing 
Contra Costa County Cities Citizen Corp CERT Committee (C-8)  for their award from 
the State of California Office of Volunteers, Office of the Governor of California. (Supervisor Gioia)

Proclaimed November 6, 2019 
Contra Costa County Shelter-in-Place Education Day. 
(Randy Sawyer, Director of Hazardous  Materials)
Public Works Projects

Marsh Creek Road Retaining Wall Work

One lane of traffic will be closed on Marsh Creek Road on 

October 24 & 25, 2019 
between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

at the bridge just east of the Marsh Creek Springs resort, 
12510 Marsh Creek Road.

The lane closure is needed to refinish the retaining wall adjacent to the bridge. 
Drivers can expect traffic delays of approximately 5 minutes.


Help Save Lives

There is an urgent need for blood donations.

Your blood or financial donation enables the Red Cross  to 
prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disaster. 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is 
Saturday, October 26, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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

Local Collection Sites:
Brentwood Police Dept.
9100 Brentwood Blvd.
Brentwood, CA 94513

Oakley Police Dept.
3231 Main Street
Oakley, CA 94561

Antioch Police Dept.
300 L Street - Front Lobby
Antioch, CA 94509

Contra Costa Sheriff's Office
Blackhawk Station
1092 Eagle Nest Place
Danville, CA 94506

Operation Documentation Event

Clerk-Recorder's Office and Veteran Services are once again partnering to host a free event to help veterans and their families gain access to benefits they are entitled to because of their honorable military service to this country.
The third annual Operation Documentation event will be held 8 am to Noon on Wednesday, November 13th outside the Clerk-Recorder's Office, located at 555 Escobar St. in Martinez. The DMV, and staff from the Assessor's Office, Human Resources, and Treasurer/Tax Collector's office and other area veterans groups will also be on hand to provide information to veterans.
There are roughly 54,000 veterans in Contra Costa County, yet less than 150 had recorded their DD-214 documents at our office between 2006 and 2016. Over the past two years, thanks in large part to the Operation Documentation event, we've recorded well over 150!
The Clerk-Recorder Division offers veterans a place to record and store their DD-214 honorable discharge documents free of charge. These documents provide veterans and their spouses access to veteran benefits, medical insurance, compensation, and even discounts at some retail stores. Often these documents can be displaced when the veteran or their family needs to find them. These documents can also be destroyed during natural disasters such as fires or even earthquakes. This event also provides a place for veterans to learn about all the latest law changes and potential benefits they are eligible to received.
You may be asking: why is this important? Well, as one veteran told us recently, recording the DD-214 document here offers "peace of mind."


Bethel Island Community Meeting #2

Bethel Island Residents...
We Want to Hear From You!

Scout Hall
3090 Ranch Lane 
Bethel Island, CA 94511

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 
6:30 PM

For more information and to share your ideas online, visit:
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.
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: 
Complete the Online Registration Form and select "Yes" in the vote-by-mail box.
The Contra Costa County Administrator's Office of Reentry & Justice (ORJ) is pleased to announce, on behalf of the Board of Supervisors, the solicitation of proposals from responders to implement "Innovative Reentry Programs" during the period of January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.   Up to $300,000 (three-hundred thousand dollars) will be awarded to successful bidder(s).
Final responses will be due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 651 Pine Street, 10th Floor, Martinez, CA 94553.
The RFP #1909-365 document can be downloaded on the ORJ's website at: .
The decision to award any contracts related to this RFP is scheduled to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to working with our community partners in providing innovative reentry programs to our returning residents.
District 3 Committee Openings

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.


District 3 Committee Openings

Mental Health Commission
1 Consumer 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.
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.

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 7pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.

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.
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.
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.
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 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 .

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