July 2, 2020
Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July
An American flag waving over a wood background with Happy 4th of July
Each year as we celebrate the 4 th  of July, we are reminded that we need to look out for one another and keep each other safe. This year is no different.

I don’t want to rain on your 4 th  of July festivities, although we could use rain, but fireworks are illegal in Contra Costa County, including sparklers and any other “safe and sane” fireworks. That includes selling them, buying them, or lighting them off. They create a fire hazard, scare veterans and animals, and are just generally a nuisance.

I know that there won’t be big displays and that you feel that you are already missing out on so much due to the COVID pandemic. Do something different this year. Gather your family around the TV and watch re-runs of previous fireworks displays from around the world.

Let's start with the Guiness Book of Records’ largest firework display.
Happy 4 th  of July!
All Fireworks Banned in Contra Costa County
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff would like to remind all county residents about the use of fireworks during the 4th of July holiday.

Contra Costa County is a ‘fireworks-free zone’; the sale, possession or use of fireworks of all types and sizes (including Safe & Sane fireworks) are banned in the county (County ordinance 44-2.002). This includes the unincorporated areas as well as the cities.

Deputy Sheriffs and officers on patrol will confiscate all fireworks. Typical fireworks problems in the past have included aerial skyrockets of varying sizes, from bottle rockets to three inch mortar launched shells. Fireworks purchased in neighboring counties, other states, or over the internet are illegal to use or possess in Contra Costa County.

Offenders could also face up to $500 in fines. Possession of dangerous fireworks, like M-80’s or cherry bombs, constitute a felony and could result in fines of up to $5,000 and imprisonment. Violators may either receive a citation in the case of a misdemeanor, or they could be booked in jail for felony use or possession of fireworks.
Status of Fire Services in East County
discusses the reduction of Fire Services in East County in this Podcast from Eastcountytoday.net

For more info, see https://www.eccfpd.org/
Health Services Updates

Get Tested.
By appointment only
Call 8 a.m. – 3:30 pm
7 days a week

For Seniors Sheltering in Place
As the positive cases of COVID continue to surge, we need everyone to do their part to protect others and themselves.

We especially need our beloved seniors and most vulnerable to stay at home sheltering in place except for essential trips.

There are many resources to connect you with people who will shop and bring groceries and medicines to you. They will also call to check in on you, and to just visit.

Visit the INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE Senior Resources website.

Call Info/Assist (800) 510-2020
TDD line for the hearing impaired, call  (925) 602-4198

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you do need to go out, please follow the protocols. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance from others outside of your home unit.

Also expect businesses to operate in a safe way for you. If you see something that you don’t think is right, please contact our office .
Watch for the Census2020 Caravan!
This weekend, there is an exciting and unique opportunity to recognize and promote the 2020 Census -the cities of Oakley and Brentwood are collaborating with the Contra Costa Census Office to bring the Census directly to our neighborhoods with a special Census 2020 Caravan this Saturday, July 4th.

The Caravan will start in the Summer Lake neighborhood of Oakley at 10:00 a.m., visiting parts of Emerson Ranch and the Downtown Oakley area. The City of Brentwood will take over at the corner of Brentwood Boulevard and Sands Creek and continue the Caravan through their streets.

Participants of the Census 2020 Caravan include Supervisor Diane Burgis, Oakley’s Vice Mayor Sue Higgins, Council Member Michael Krieg, Oakley Police Department, the Oakley Recreation Department, the Rotary Club of Oakley, the Kiwanis Club of Oakley, and more!

The Caravan is designed as a fun way to bring attention to the 2020 Census, which is vital to our communities. There is much happening in the world today that it may seem like the Census is an afterthought, but the Census is actually incredibly important- Census data will help determine how over $675 billion are spent on the state, county and local level.

“The Census will help the people of Oakley and Brentwood to be accurately counted so they get their fair share of funding and representation for the next decade,” said Gabriela Baños, program coordinator for You, Me, We Oakley! “It’s a simple thing to do which can really change the future of our communities for the better.”

So please take a moment this Saturday morning to recognize our nation’s Independence Day and greet the Caravan from your front yard, door, or window while complying with social distance ordinances.

And if you have not already done so, please complete your Census form go to the website my2020census.gov or do it by phone at (844)3 30-2020. It takes only a few minutes and can make such a big difference!
You can find the Contra Costa County SRR report as of 6.22.20 here.
P-EBT Program Extended
Families can receive up to $365 per child for groceries with a
Pandemic EBT card. Extended until July 15th.
July 4th is Free Fishing Day!
Have you ever wanted to learn to fish or just need to feel the pull of the line?

Head out to your favorite Delta location for Free Fishing Day - no license required! 

Have a great time, but remember...fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours, and stream closures remain in effect.

Visit the  CDFW website  to learn more.
Franks Tract Futures Project Exploring Concepts