1. Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style.
  2. Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.
  3. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  4. Select healthier options when eating away from home.
  5. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that's right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  6. Keep it simple. Eating right doesn't have to be complicated.
  7. Make food safety part of your everyday routine.
  8. Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
  9. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  10. Consult the nutrition experts. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

    Visit Contra Costa Health Services for more info!
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.
 
The Contra Costa Elections Division has received a Clearinghouse Award from the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) for their accessibility work! 

The Clearinghouse Awards recognize best practices in election administration and highlight exemplary models which can serve as examples to other officials and jurisdictions.
 
The award was for "A Simple (Accessible) Path for All"  which describes the innovative Accessible Polling Place Locations and Equipment (APPLE) class and new kits for establishing and maintaining accessible polling places.

For more information visit us at:  https://www.cocovote.us/
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.



Supervisor Diane Burgis celebrated the completion of the Marsh Creek Bridge Replacement Project with participating contractors: 

Contra Costa County Public Works Department, 

Bridgeway Civil Constructors Inc. and Substrate, Inc.

Vision Zero 

The County is in the process of developing a Plan to address severe and fatal collisions on County-owned roadways. The Plan will identify key collision trends in the County, priority corridors in which severe and fatal collisions occur, and an implementation strategy to address the collision trends. The implementation strategy will include engineering, education, and/or enforcement measures.
 
Through a holistic and data-driven approach, the County and its partner agencies are implementing studies and programs to help people move safely.
 
We want to hear from you!
Provide share any transportation safety concerns you may have in Unincorporated Contra Costa County trough our web map application.
 
*NOTE* Webmap input is for data gathering purposes. County staff's ability to address issues is dependent on availability of resources. Please contact staff directly for any questions.
 
Get Involved
Sign up here to receive notifications about Vision Zero news and upcoming event.

For more information, visit http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/7057/Vision-Zero




Susannah Meyer and 
Lauren Garcia (MOWDR) with  the Board of Supervisors
as they recognize the annual March for Meals event.

Every day for the last 50 years Meals on Wheels Diablo Region has provided the support that allows Contra Costa County's most vulnerable older adults to remain healthy and
independent. 

Close to 10,000 people a year call Meals on Wheels looking for help. For all of their clients, the trained staff makes a holistic assessment of their life needs and connects them with a network of support services; these range from nutrition to social interaction to fall prevention to health and wellness activities.

Supervisor Burgis' office will be at the March for Meals event. We hope to see you there!

For more information visit: http://www.mowdiabloregion.org/

Debbie Toth accepting a proclamation from The Board of Supervisors. 

The Board of Supervisors Recognized Choice in Aging's 70th Anniversary 
at February 12th Board meeting.

Choice in Aging is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Contra Costa  County and the broader Bay Area  since 1949, continuing to support their mission, "To promote dignity and independence of people with disabilities and special needs.
 
Choice in Aging runs several programs including: two Adult Day Health
Care Programs, two Multi-Purpose Senior Services Programs, and the California
Community Transitions Project.
 
They also offer a licensed program, Alzheimer's Day Care & Resource Center, for participants who are in the mid-to-late stages of Alzheimer's or related dementia, which provides respite for caregivers, in-depth case management, exercise, and social interaction
 
In 2017, the Board of Directors approved and created Choice in Learning Montessori and implemented the Young at Heart Intergenerational Program, which brings together Mt. Diablo  Center and Choice in Learning through sing-alongs, story time and other traditional  preschool activities.Choice in Aging is also a teaching institute and provides internship opportunities certified nursing assistants, nurses and social workers.

For more information about Choice in Aging Visit:  choiceinaging.org
Help us Sound the Alarm about Fire Safety * May 1st

Every day, 7 people die and another 36 people suffer injuries because of home fires. You can help change that and prevent these tragedies. 

To save lives and reduce fire-related injuries, the American Red Cross launched a nationwide Home Fire Campaign. The Red Cross is teaming up with fire departments, volunteers, and partners to Sound the  Alarm with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in communities across our county. 

Join us in one of the following roles: 
* Canvassers by phone or in person - this is done ahead of time
* Smoke Alarm Installer - Conduct home visits, test existing smoke alarms, replace batteries, and install smoke alarms using a drill. 
* Disaster Safety Educator - Provide live-saving education and assist residents in completing a home fire escape plan. 
* Documenter - Complete service acknowledgment forms and reports for campaign tracking, and assist educator and installer as needed. 
* Driver - Transport installation teams and supplies to and from headquarters and residences. 
* Restocking supply bags - this is done post event to get ready for the next session
* Data Entry - this is done post event to input all the necessary information

To volunteer for our event to be held in Antioch at Chateau Mobile Homes and Vista Diablo Mobile Estates on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 please contact Marcelle Indelicato from OES at: minde@so.cccounty.us | 925-313-9609


District 3 Committees and Commissions
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 III Committee Openings
 
Mental Health Commission
1 Consumer seat
1 Family 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.
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Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Advisory Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
To review and advise on annual operations and capital budgets, review Fire District expenditures; advise the Fire Chief on district service matters; and serve as liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the community served by the fire district.
 
The Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December located at the Administration Building, 2010 Geary Road in Pleasant Hill.
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County 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 7:00pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.
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Family & Children's Trust Committee
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
 
Conduct a bi-annual needs assessment on family and children's services in the County.
 
The Committee meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. located at Employment and Human Services Dept., 40 Douglas Drive in Martinez.

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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.

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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
Knightsen Town Advisory Council Members Sought

Contra Costa County Supervisor Diane Burgis is actively recruiting for volunteers to serve on the Knightsen Town Advisory Council (TAC).
 
The Knightsen TAC advises the District Supervisor on land issues and planning matters affecting the Knightsen community.
 
The Knightsen TAC may also advise the District Supervisor 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 Knightsen TAC will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm (meeting time subject to change) located at the Knightsen Garden Club, 3067 Knightsen Avenue in Knightsen.
 
To apply for the Knightsen Town Advisory Council, you can download an application from the County's website at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418, 

or contact Lea Castleberry from Supervisor Burgis' office at 
(925) 252-4500 or Lea.Castleberry@bos.cccounty.us .
 
Applications are due by Friday, March 22, 2019.  

Applicants must be a resident of Knightsen.

Contra Costa County's C.O.R.E. Homeless Outreach Team
Contra Costa's Coordinated Outreach Referral, Engagement (C.O.R.E.) program works to engage and stabilize homeless individuals living outside through consistent outreach to facilitate and/or deliver health and basic need services and secure permanent housing.

C.O.R.E. teams serve as an entry point into Contra Costa's coordinated entry system for unsheltered persons and work to locate, engage, stabilize and house chronically homeless individuals and families. 

The outreach teams identify individuals living on the streets, assess their housing and service needs, and facilitate connection to shelter and services.

To notify a C.O.R.E. team about an unsheltered homeless
individual or family, 
please call 211. 

Please note that C.O.R.E. teams are not designed for crisis response. 
For medical or other emergencies involving homeless individuals, please call 911.
For more information about homeless services, please visit:
Northern Waterfront Forum  *  Save The Date
Diablo Aviator, Contra Costa County Airports' Newsletter
The winter edition of the Diablo Aviator, Contra Costa County Airports' Newsletter, is now available on the Airport website at the following link: http://www.cccounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/57745/Diablo-Aviator-Winter-2019.

Airports staff encourages you to stay in touch with happenings at the Airports by subscribing to the website's "Newsflash" and "Calendar" features, located here: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/list.aspx. 

By doing so, you can opt to receive email or text message notifications when Airport news and/or event calendar updates are made. Thank you for your interest in Contra Costa County Airports!
District Attorney's Office * Summer  Internship Program
The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is now accepting applications for the College and High School Summer Intern Program. 

High School students must be entering their senior year in the fall of 2019 to qualify.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey at dyancey@contracostada.org by March 15.

Building Veterans' Self-understanding through Self-portraits
AC5 is pleased to again offer ABOUTFACE workshops to serve our Veterans wanting to explore their artistic side. 

FREE portrait-painting workshops are being held on weekends during the months of March, April and May.
 
We are pleased to be working with Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley. 

No art experience is required, bring your family to join in on the fun. All painting materials will be provided.
 
 
Open to any Veteran living in Contra Costa County