Grand Opening of the East Family Justice Center 

Grand Opening of the East Center located in Antioch. 
Expanding Services to East County.

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.

East Family Justice Center - Antioch CA
East Family Justice Center - Antioch CA

"The Family Justice Center in Antioch will be a refuge where East County residents experiencing domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and trafficking will get the support and resources that they need to get out of tough situations," said District Three Supervisor Diane Burgis. "Bringing these services to East County has long been a priority of mine, and I am excited to celebrate the opening."

 Supervisor Meets with Singapore Economic Development Bureau

Supervisor Burgi s   welcomed representatives of  the Singapor e  Economic Development Bureau  and Singapore Civil Aviation Authority   to Buchanan Field  this week . The group toured the  Xwing  operations, and learned more about efforts to bring emerging technologies to Contra Costa County .

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

ECCFPD Awarded Certificate of Excellence

We congratulate East Contra Costa Fire Protection District who just received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.

"This award is a testament to East Contra Costa Fire Protection District's commitment to open government," said, Fire Chief Brian Helmick. "The entire district staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight." 

To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

"I am ecstatic to hear that we have worked through the process, to acquire this certificate of excellence," said, President Brian Oftedal. "It is extremely important to me, that we are accessible, promote transparency and maintain public trust." The application process to obtain this certificate is not easy. There is an extensive list of requirements. "I am thrilled that we
are now able to showcase East Contra Costa Fire Protection District's commitment to transparency."

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.
Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, wastewater treatment, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation,

mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.

ABOUT THE EAST CONTRA COSTA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT: The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is a rural-funded fire district that protects a population of more than 120,000 across its 249 square-mile service area. The District provides firefighting personnel, emergency medical services (basic life support) and fire prevention to the residents and businesses of the cities of Brentwood and Oakley as well as the unincorporated communities of Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek, and Morgan Territory. Learn more at or social media via Facebook (East Contra Costa Fire Protection District),, Instagram (@east_contra_costa_fire), Twitter (@ECCFPD ) or our YouTube channel (East Contra Costa Fire Protection District).

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Buchanan Field Airport to Simulate and Extinguish Plane Fire

Buchanan Field Airport plans to hold live fire training exercises the week of October 7-11, 2019. The exercises include Contra Costa County Airport Operations, ConFire, Contra Costa County Sheriff, Office of Emergency Services and other mutual aid agencies. Residents should contact Buchanan Field Airport at (844) 359-8687 with any questions. 

Buchanan Field Airport is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Logistic Support Area for rotorcraft in the event of major catastrophic events such as earthquakes or fires in the Bay Area.

Cross training with mutual aid agencies helps Buchanan Field Airport prepare for any emergencies that Buchanan Field and the surrounding community may face. Buchanan Field Airport maintains a strong safety record serving a mix of aviation and non-aviation businesses.

Board of Supervisor's Honors

Supervisors recognized October 2019 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 
October 6-12, 2019 as Code Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week, and 
October 6-12, 2019 as National 4-H Week. 

Public Works

Contra Costa County Public Works will perform work along the shoulder of the eastbound lane of 
Marsh Creek Road, approximately 0.3 miles west of its intersection with Morgan Territory Road 
starting October 8 through October 31, 2019 weather permitting. 

The Public Works Department's contractor will repair a sinkhole along the shoulder of Marsh Creek 
Road.  Traffic may be affected by temporary lane closures between the hours of 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, 
Mondays through Thursdays. 

Drivers can expect delays of approximately 5 minutes. A changeable message sign and other construction signs will be placed in advance of the construction activities.

Delta Bridge Closure Alert

Beginning October 1, Isleton, Three Mile Slough, and Paintersville bridges will begin alternating overnight closures for repair. 

Rio Vista Bridge on Highway 12 and west of Highway 160 will remain open with a current nighttime work schedule using one-way traffic control. Vehicle traffic is open during daytime hours for all bridges. Currently, and at least through the nighttime vehicle traffic closure dates below, 
Three Mile Slough Bridge is not open to boating traffic except small recreational boats that do require the bridge to open.

Affected Days and Times:
Isleton Bridge: 9 PM - 5 AM October 1, 2, 3, 7, 8
Three Mile Slough Bridge: 9 PM - 5 AM October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20
Paintersville Bridge: 9 PM - 5 AM October 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21
To motorists using the State Route 84 Real McCoy and SR-220 Ryer Island Ferries as a bridge detour, additional ferry information is on the Caltrans Delta Ferries website.

Help Save Lives

There is an urgent need for blood donations as Hurricane Dorian has forced blood drive cancellations in impacted areas. 

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

Please give now. See these local blood drives:

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

Mobility Matters Needs You!

Mobility Matters is a nonprofit agency that provides free, door-through-door, one-on-one rides to ambulatory seniors and veterans who cannot take other forms of transportation primarily for medical appointments and grocery shopping. 

In September, John Muir's Caring Hands program ended their senior ride services and Mobility Matters is now providing rides for those seniors. Since Mobility Matters took over several new clients all at once they are in great need of new volunteer drivers.  

Each ride is only about 3 hours and you get to schedule your own hours.  Most volunteer drivers provide one ride every week or two. 

Please contact David Benet at Mobility Matters at (925)284-2215 or if you are interested in more information about volunteer opportunities.

Save Mount Diablo hiring Land Stewardship Manager

This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Land Programs Director. SMD owns land in fee simple, holds conservation easements and manages land for partner agencies. This position plays a key role in planning for, budgeting and managing Save Mount Diablo properties, with an emphasis on Curry Canyon Ranch and capital projects.

See  for  more info.

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: 
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 Council on Homelessness is seeking applicants for three (3) seats: 


  • Health Care Representative: Candidates must work in the Health Care field in Contra Costa County in a role that includes shaping and/or implementing policy at agency or in field of Health Care.
  •  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: 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:  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.


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