March 26th Board of Supervisors Meeting Presentations
Supervisors enjoyed the 26th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Celebration on Tuesday, March 26, following the Board of Supervisors meeting. 

Keynote speaker Mayra Padilla, Ph.D from Contra Costa College spoke to the audience. The Board enjoyed Mariachi's and dancers as well as the music of the Kennedy High School band.
 

Board of Supervisors Recognize Retirees
Sharon Hymes-Offord
Congratulations to retirees recognized by Supervisors this week:

Nancy Zandonella on the occasion of her retirement after 33 years of service with Contra Costa County, and

Sharon Hymes-Offord on the occasion of her retirement from Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Gioia.

Thank you for your service to Contra Costa county, and best wishes for the future!
Supervisors Honor Youth Hall of Fame Recipients

Youth Hall of Fame Awards
Rita Benitez , Good Samaritan , Senior, Richmond High School,
Ellora Easton, Volunteerism, Senior,  Northgate High School,
Marlen Munoz , Teamwork , Senior, Richmond High School,
Christiana Aranda, Leadership/Civic Engagement, Senior, Pittsburg High School  and 
Raven Richardson, Resilience, 
Senior, Pittsburg High School.

Congratulations to all awardees!
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.
 
In honor of   Women's History Month , the U.S. Census Bureau released a graphic showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the  2017 American Community Survey

The occupation table shows the female earnings for full-time, year-round workers in 2017 and figures on the number of women in select occupations.

The Census Bureau collects data  on industry, occupation and class of worker   for the labor force.

The Census 2020 Awareness Kickoff Event will celebrate the importance of the 2020 Decennial Census and how a complete count helps to improve our communities.  The Census provides a once a decade count of every person living in the United States. This 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. 
Contra Costa Census 2020 Awareness Kickoff Event
April 2, 2019
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano 
4010 Nelson Ave. 
Concord, CA 94520
 
The program beginning at 12:30 pm will consist of a media event with brief speeches about the importance of the Census. The short program will be followed by a volunteer opportunity to bag food for distribution at the Food Bank.

For more information about Census 2020, visit  www.cccounty.us/census2020  for more information. 


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 Contra Costa Board of Supervisors honored more than 200 local businesses on Tuesday for demonstrating outstanding food safety and sanitation standards during recent health inspections.

The  inaugural Food Safety Excellence Awards , issued by Contra Costa Health Services' Environmental Health Division (CCEH), recognizes holders of commercial food permits in Contra Costa that passed at least three routine inspections during the past two years without any major violations.

"These businesses are doing their part to keep our community safe and healthy by reducing the potential for food-borne illness," said Supervisor John Gioia, chair of the board. "We want to hold them up as responsible community partners and examples of how to operate successful food facilities in Contra Costa County."

The 237 recognized food establishments include restaurants, schools, full-service delis, skilled nursing facilities, grocery stores and markets and detention facilities.
Depending on the type of business and food preparation, county food permit holders receive between one and three routine health inspections annually. When CCEH inspectors find major health violations, they place yellow or red placards in public view.
The honorees all got only green placards from inspectors since the program began in 2017, meaning there was no evidence of major violations such as improper hand-washing, improper cooking and holding temperatures, poor sanitation, contaminated food or signs of vermin.

CCEH wanted to recognize each type of food facility in the county and chose five facilities to represent each supervisorial district to attend the March 19 Board of Supervisors meeting to receive the board commendation. The representative honorees are: De Anza High School in Richmond, China Palace in Walnut Creek, Panda Express #950 in Brentwood, Safeway #1541 in Pleasant Hill, and Alhambra Convalescent Hospital in Martinez.

Visit  cchealth.org/placard  for more information about the CCEH placarding program, and  cchealth.org/eh  for more information about Contra Costa's new Food Safety Excellence Awards, including a full list of this year's award recipients.

Supervisor Burgis honors Brentwood Panda Express


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

Join EarthTeam , Contra Costa County Flood Control District,  Contra Costa Resource Conservation District and   Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed on Earth Day!

Bring your sturdy shoes, gloves and reusable water bottle!
Will your team win the trash pick up competition?
Help plant the volunteer nursery with Oaks and remove invasive species!

Learn how to protect your watershed.
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
Save the Date  -  May 10th  -  Northern Waterfront Forum
Guaranteed Ride Home Program
Do you walk, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, or take public transit to work, but worry about being stranded during an emergency?

511 Contra Costa's Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program alleviates this problem by providing "commuter insurance" for alternative commuters who need a ride home due to unexpected circumstances.

The program is free to commuters who work in Contra Costa County and participants can use the program up to six (6) times in a calendar year. 

 
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