Today is Earth Day 2021 As we focus on reasons to be grateful for our Earth, Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect and take action. Find some outdoor space at the East Bay Parks Finder.

While we wait for the return of in-person programs, you can enjoy Earth Day, every day, Virtually!

Visit East Bay Parks District for Earth Day Activities.
You'll find lots of Nature Cams at Earthcams too.
Health officials urge residents ages 16+ to get vaccinated so positive trends against COVID-19 continue​.
 
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED
Walk-up vaccine clinic
4709 Lone Tree Way

Open 9am to 4pm, 7 days a week through April 25.
Can't make it to the Walk-up clinic?
Vaccine Appointments are available for Residents 16+

Vacunación para los Residentes de 16+ Años de Edad
"Help Your Neighbor" Program
If you know someone who is eligible for a COVID-19 immunization appointment right now, but may need a little help, please make that offer. You can help someone you know – and the whole community. How Can I Help Someone Make an Appointment?
ShelterInc program for those affected by the COVID-19 virus.

  • Payment of past-due rent
  • Payment of current month's rent
  • Payment of future month's rent
  • Payment of utilities (PG&E, garbage, water)
  • Participants affected by COVID-19
  • Able to prove how they are being affected by COVID-19 virus
  • No need to prove self-sufficiency
  • Not able to pay past, present, and/or future rent

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 utilities 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 loved ones.

Visit cccc.myresourcedirectory.com
You deserve 1,000 thank-you presents for your kindness as a blood donor. That’s why we’re giving five lucky winners a $1,000 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice!* Come to give by April 30 and automatically be entered for your chance to win! 

Imagine what $1,000 could buy you…a truly spectacular grocery haul if you’re feeling practical, a bunch of fancy at-home spa goodies if you’re feeling indulgent, or maybe even the materials to renovate a room in your house in honor of springtime cleaning. 

Will you sign up to donate blood and meet the need for patients today?    

P.S. Have you recently received a COVID-19 vaccine? If not, are you thinking about getting one? Good news: you can still donate blood even after you’ve been vaccinated. There is no deferral time for eligible blood donors who are vaccinated with an inactivated or RNA-based COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, or Novavax. 
Upcoming opportunities to give blood near you:

Sponsor Code: InterfaithCommunity

Sponsor Code: BRENTWOOD

Volunteers - Contra Costa Needs You!
Volunteers are important assets to our Contra Costa County communities. During COVID, volunteers have been essential in helping our neighbors distribute and receive food and provide support to essential services.

Post-COVID, volunteers are critical to building trust, strengthening our neighborhoods, advancing climate justice and securing an equitable social safety net for everyone.

Please attend this event:
Thursday, April 22, 2021
4:00PM – 5:00PM

Online Event

This panel discussion will highlight volunteer opportunities and organizations that connect individuals with groups seeking volunteers as we endeavor to rebuild our communities and support our neighbors.

This Community Conversations webinar will feature presentations from Supervisor Diane Burgis, Sandra Scherer from Monument Crisis Center, Marti Roach from 350 Bay Area, Carla Lehn from Volunteer Match, Elaine Kociolek from Project Second Chance, and our moderator, Kristin Connelly of the East Bay Leadership Council.

Closed captions are provided by the library.
This program will be recorded for later viewing on our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/theccclib
A Shred-It event will be held Thursday, April 29th from 9 am – 1 pm at the Tri Delta Transit facility: 801 Wilbur Avenue, Antioch. Paper will be shredded on-site. Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. More information: (925) 754-6622.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 24.

This is an opportunity to safely clean out medicine cabinets and dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications. 

Collection sites will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.  
 
For more information:  https://takebackday.dea.gov/
DRAFT GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN
PUBLIC REVIEW OF SECTION 6 AND ONLINE SURVEY
The East Contra Costa Groundwater Sustainability Working Group is preparing a Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan (Plan) and seeks input on Section 6 of the Plan.

The East Contra Costa Groundwater Subbasin is a medium priority subbasin and requires preparation of a Plan under the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) as required by the State.
 
The Groundwater Sustainability Agencies received comments on Sections 1-4 of the Draft Plan and are now asking for input on Section 6 that discusses the proposed monitoring network and data management system. The previous four Sections can also be found at the link below, or email groundwaterinfo@dcd.cccounty.us and request the documents. Comments are due on Monday, May 3, 2021.
 
Link to document and other information: https://www.eccc-irwm.org/about-sgma
 
Link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ECC_GSP_Sec6
 
For additional SGMA inquiries, to provide more detailed comments, or to be included on the email list, please send us an email.
 
“Planning a secure groundwater future”
Delta Protection Advisory Committee
 
Accepting Applications
Due April 23, 2021
 
 
The Delta Protection Commission is advised by a Delta Protection Advisory Committee (DPAC), a 15 member volunteer body consisting of representatives of diverse interests within the Delta. Members are appointed by the Commission to a 3-year term and may be re-appointed. DPAC generally meets 5-6 times a year. Currently, meetings are held virtually via Zoom but may resume in Walnut Grove as COVID-19 protocols all lifted. The Commission strives for diversity in representation on DPAC, including geographic diversity throughout the entire Delta region.
 
We are seeking applications from individuals to serve on DPAC representing the following categories: 
 
·     Delta Business Representative
·     Delta Agriculture Representative
·     Delta Recreation Representative
·     Delta NGO Habitat/Conservation Representative
·     State Agency Representative
 
The application form (PDF) is available. For more information on the Delta Protection Advisory Committee, please see the DPAC Charter (PDF). Applications are due by close of business on April 23, 2021. The Commission is anticipated to consider the appointments at its May 20, 2021 meeting.
District 3 Commission Openings

Family & Children’s Trust Committee
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Committee makes funding recommendations for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect and supportive services for families and children.
 
Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 9:30 AM in central Martinez.
 
Countywide Bicycle Committee
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
The Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee provides input to the County and the cities of the County on bicycle projects for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to construct bicycle/pedestrian projects and also provides advice to cities and the County on bicycle planning matters.
 
First 5, Contra Costa Children and Families Commission
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
First 5 Contra Costa helps young children start school healthy and ready to learn. They invest in programs and advocate for policies focused on children during their first five years, the most important time in children's development.
 
The commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm located at 1485 Civic Court, Suite 1200 in Concord.
 
Knightsen Town Advisory Council
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
Applicants must reside within the Knightsen TAC boundaries to serve on this board.
 
The Council advises the Board of Supervisors on land use and planning matters affecting the community of Knightsen and may represent the Knightsen community before the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Administrator on such issues as land use, planning, and zoning. The Council may also represent the community before the Local Agency Formation Commission on proposed boundary changes affecting the community.
 
The Council may advise the Board of Supervisors on services which are or may be provided to the community by Contra Costa County or other local government agencies. Such services include, but are not limited to, public health, safety, welfare, public works, and planning. The Council may also provide input and reports to the Board, County staff, or any County hearing body on issues of concern to the community.
 
However, it is understood that the Board of Supervisors is the final decision-making authority with respect to issues concerning the community and that the Council shall serve solely in an advisory capacity.
 
The Council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm located at the Knightsen Farm Bureau in Knightsen.
 
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 7pm located at 777 Arnold Drive 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.
 
Download an application here:

 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