Grand Opening of the East Family Justice Center 

The Family Justice Center is thrilled to announce the 
Grand Opening of the East Center located in Antioch. 

We hope you will join us! 

Friday, September 27th, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3501 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA

Light refreshments will be served.



The Family Justice Center is a  warm and welcoming one-stop Center for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and human  trafficking. By locating many service providers in one place, the Center helps people in crisis to find hope, safety, and healing through a single door.

When survivors of family violence seek help, they are often frustrated by a fractured system. They may have to travel to multiple locations and tell their story repeatedly. National estimates show that victims may access as many as 32 different agencies for assistance. These hurdles can discourage their efforts, and cause many people to simply stop seeking help. The Center brings multiple partners, both public and community-based, to provide holistic services to victims of interpersonal violence.

Stand Down on the Delta a Success

The theme of this year's "Stand Down on the Delta" was "Remembering the Vietnam Veteran"

Supervisor Burgis was honored to help welcome 304 veterans/dependents and dozens of volunteers at the 3rd Stand Down on the Delta, a weekend filled with community, care and comfort for our homeless veterans.

"Thank you to J.R. Wilson, Chevron, White Pony Express, and all who made this incredible gift happen.
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WWII Veteran Mickey Ganitch

Everywhere I turned there were signs of resilience and inspiration. I was humbled to be in the presence of Mickey Ganitch, WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor, who on November 18, 2019 will  be 100 years old impressed us all with his humor and joy of life.

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Julie Weissman-Steinbaugh

National Junior Vice Commander of the DAV Auxiliary Julie Weissman-Steinbaugh's keynote address was candid and spoke to veterans and volunteers alike. Her closing words offered reassurance to those seeking the respite that Stand Down offers - if anyone can overcome adversity, veterans can.

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Delphine Metcalf-Foster 

Delphine Metcalf-Foster and Julie are shining examples of women overcoming adversity to rise to the highest ranks in their organizations. Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Retired Army First Sergeant, disabled American veteran (Desert Storm), and daughter of a Buffalo soldier is the first woman and first African-America female to serve as the National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans. 

She is also the first female elected to lead one of the country's major veterans service organizations.

My heart is full with the outpouring of love and support for our veterans of all wars, and particularly our Vietnam-Era veterans who are owed our long-overdue gratitude.
Thank you and welcome home!"

For more information about "Stand Down on the Delta" 
Please visit:  deltaveteransgroup.org

Delta Veterans Group
815 Fulton Shipyard rd
Antioch, CA 94509

Marsh Creek Cleanup 2019

Marsh creek clean up was a success with lots of trash recovered.
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We picked up 13 miles of creek trail, with 157 volunteers, 
and removed over 1,720 pounds of trash! Marsh creek cleanup

Thank you to all the volunteers that come out every year to 
beautify and protect this special resource.

For more info: https://www.fomcw.org/
Census2020 News


To keep up with Census 2020 happenings, 
please visit

We need YOU to help ensure that 
everyone is counted!
Contra Costa County Census 2020
Grant Funding Available - Request for Proposals Released

Contra Costa County announces its Census 2020 Outreach and Assistance Grants through a Request for Proposals (RFP). The grant opportunity is available to tax-exempt organizations, schools, and public agencies to help ensure that every person in Contra Costa County is counted.  
 
The County seeks to fund grantees that are committed to ensuring a complete count of County residents with an emphasis on Hard to Count populations. Grant amounts in phase one of the RFP released today will range between $2,000 to $20,000 to support Census outreach and education in Contra Costa County.
 
The grant funding was approved by the Board of Supervisors based on the recommendation of the County's Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee to invest in and support Census 2020 outreach and education efforts. The Complete Count Steering Committee was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to help ensure a fair and complete 2020 Census count.
 
"Contra Costa County is proud to support organizations that will mobilize our communities to ensure a complete count of all residents," said Board Chair, Supervisor John Gioia. "A fair and accurate count is important to ensure that Contra Costa County gets its fair share of federal funding for vital services and infrastructure."
 
Census data collected every 10 years is the source of important information for communities, businesses, and governments. Many households will begin receiving communications from the U.S. Census Bureau in March, 2020. This Census count determines how many representatives each state has in Congress and how over $675 billion in federal funds are distributed to tribal, state and local governments each year to support education, infrastructure, and social services that are vital to our communities.
 
A George Washington University study estimates that for every person not counted, California and its local governments lose an estimated $2,000 a year per individual. Forty-two percent of Contra Costa County's funding comes from federal and state resources.
 
"We cannot underestimate the importance of guaranteeing an accurate Census 2020 count. It is critical that we work together to educate, motivate and activate all Contra Costa County residents, particularly those who may not be aware of the Census, or who may be reluctant to respond," said Supervisor Diane Burgis, District 3, and Chair of the County's Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee.
 
"This funding will help trusted messengers in our hardest-to-count communities to share that the Census is easy, safe and important," Burgis added. "And that we must all be ready to say "Count Me In" because "We All Count" in Census 2020."
 
To help support local organizations and agencies that are working to engage and promote the participation of all Contra Costa County residents, particularly in hard to count communities, the County released Phase 1 of the RFP for Census 2020 Outreach and Assistance Grants. Grant applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 30, 2019 via email to  Barbara.Riveira@cao.cccounty.us .
   
For more information about Contra Costa County's Request for Proposals and its Census 2020 work and resources, visit www.contracosta.ca.gov/census2020 . Questions about the RFP can be directed to Barbara Riveira, Office of the County Administrator, at (925) 335-1018.




Join the Conversation!

Be part of the conversation about the future of Contra Costa County! The County is updating its Climate Action Plan, which outlines actions the County will take to address our changing climate.

We'd like your input on goals and strategies to reduce pollution emissions and be more resilient.  We're holding three community meetings, each in a different region of the county. 

Thanks to partners Crockett Community Services District, Sustainable Rossmoor and the City of Antioch.

We Want to Hear From You!

East County:
Prewett Family Park, Multi-Purpose Rm.
4701 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531
Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM

Central County: 
Creekside Complex, Fairway Room
1010 Stanley Dollar Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM

West County: 
Crockett Community Center
850 Pomona Street
Crockett, CA 94525
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM

For questions or to learn more about the Climate Action Plan Update
please visit:  www.envisioncontracosta2040.org ,call (925) 674-7871

We hope to see you there!
The Envision Contra Costa 2040 Team
Contra Costa County Workforce Development Event

Contra Costa Has a New Website!


Contra Costa County has launched a new website or "virtual office" to assist the public.

See its fresh new look, mobile-friendly design, clickable icons, How Do I section, new Permits and Tax Portals, and more at:  https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/

CALFRESH NOW AVAILABLE TO OLDER, DISABLED SSI RECIPIENTS

The State of California recently expanded its CalFresh food program to include older adults and individuals with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
This decision will help many who are currently struggling to make ends meet, and provide them access to healthy and nutritious foods. 

For more information on CalFresh, go to GetCalFresh.org. https://www.getcalfresh.org/
*CalFresh is the new name for California's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
Disability and Access Forum


Help update Contra Costa's Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Everyone needs to prepare for wildfires. 
Help update the community wildfire protection plan for Contra Costa County.
We want your input on wildfire risks and hazards. Share your concerns and local knowledge. Give us your opinion on recommended strategies to reduce risks.
 
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a collaboratively developed plan that identifies wildland fire hazards, prioritizes ways to reduce those hazards and recommends measures for homeowners and communities to reduce ignitability of structures.
 
The Diablo Fire Safe Council is working with local fire departments, agencies, homeowner groups and others to update the existing Contra Costa County CWPP.
 
Participate in our survey at http://bit.ly/2019CoCoCoCWPPUpdate
 
Share your knowledge, test your wildfire awareness and learn more about what you can do to reduce the threat of wildfire.
 
For more information contact:
Cheryl Miller, (510) 282-1265 or email DFSCMiller@comcast.net

Visit our website for the latest updates. www.diablofiresafe.org


Contra Costa County Photo Contest


June 2016 winner - Michael Cohen of Walnut Creek

Aspiring photographers and amateurs alike are encouraged to take part in this fun contest.  The winning photo will be seen by over 650,000 Contra Costa residents!
 
The theme for this competition is "Flora and Fauna of Contra Costa County," so get out there and take that great picture of Contra Costa's nature and wildlife! More details and submission forms are available online at  https://www.cocovote.us/our-photo-contest-is-back/ .
 
Photos can be submitted until midnight on September 30th. Send submissions to  Outreach@vote.cccounty.us  and include "Photo Contest entry" in the subject line.


CCCOES Power Outage Preparedness

 
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: http://registertovote.ca.gov/ 
 
Complete the Online Registration Form and select "Yes" in the vote-by-mail box.
The Council on Homelessness (COH) is an advisory board appointed by the Board of Supervisors. 

The COH is the planning body that coordinates the community's policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness in Contra Costa County, California. It is a regional, year-round collective planning body of stakeholders ranging from non-profit service providers to local governmental entities. 

The Council's work includes gathering and analyzing information in order to determine the local needs of people experiencing homelessness, implementing strategic responses, educating the community on homeless issues, providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, and measuring performance as related to serving the homeless population in Contra Costa County.  

All Council members must reside or be employed in Contra Costa County and be willing to sign and abide by the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policy upon being seated as a Council member and annually thereafter.  

Council members must demonstrate a professional interest in, or personal commitment to, addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness. A person must contribute unique expertise, opinions, and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council is comprised of 17 seats designated by area of expertise.  

Council on Homelessness members serve for a two-year term, which may be renewed.  

Council on Homelessness meetings take place the first Thursday of the month from 1 pm - 3 pm in Concord. Continuum of Care meetings take place on the third Thursday of January, April, July and October from 1:00-3:00 pm, in Concord. Members of the Council also participate in various subcommittees.  

Where can I learn more about the Council on Homelessness?  

The following seats are accepting applications:  
  • Public Safety #2: Candidates must work in the Public Safety field in Contra Costa County in a role that includes shaping and/or implementing policy at agency or in field of Public Safety. 
  • Reentry Services Representative: Candidates must work in the field of Reentry (supporting individuals reentering the community after criminal justice involvement) in Contra Costa County in a role that includes shaping and/or implementing policy at agency or in field of Reentry. 

If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Council on Homelessness,  

Complete the online application here: https://contra-costa.granicus.com/boards/forms/321/apply/1577210?code=acd85b31-3a85-475b-85c7-474e80e0a470 NOTE: Select "Contra Costa Council on Homelessness" from the drop down menu and enter the Seat Name you are applying for) 


 

You may be contacted for an in person or phone interview. 

Initial application must be received by Friday, October 18, 2019. 

 

For More Info: cchomelesscouncil@cchealth.org  or  925-608-6716 
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.

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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.


Sustainability Commission
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date:  5 pm on September 16, 2019

The Sustainability Commission has twelve members and five alternate members, all of whom are residents of the County. The Sustainability Commission advises the Board of Supervisors and staff on design and implementation of the County's Climate Action Plan, including opportunities to realize equity and fairness across the diverse communities of Contra Costa County and how to better engage County residents and businesses on climate issues. 
The Sustainability Commission meets every other month on the fourth Monday, 5-7 p.m., except in December.  Meetings are held at 30 Muir Road, Martinez, unless otherwise noted in the agenda, which is posted online a few days before the meeting. 

For more information, see the Solicitation Notice.

 
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.
 
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.
 
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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 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