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District 2 Staff

Gayle Israel
Chief of Staff
Field Representative;
San Ramon & Danville

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Jill Ray
Jill Ray
Field Representative; Canyon, Moraga & Orinda

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Lauri Byers  
Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative; Lafayette

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Jennifer Quallick
Field Representative; Alamo & part of Walnut Creek, including; Parkmead, Rossmoor & Saranap
 


District Offices

San Ramon Valley Office   

309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526

 

Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785

  

Danville Office
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Lamorinda Office

  Fire Station #15

3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549

 

Hours:

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

and by appointment, please call

 

Phone: (925) 646-6067 

 

 
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Mosquito and Vector Control

Contra Costa Crisis Center

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East Bay Regional Park District

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National Night Out
The 34th Annual National Night Out (NNO) for Contra Costa County residents is Tuesday, August 1st. NNO is a community-building campaign started by the National Association of Town Watch that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. 

NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for (and participation in) local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and establish police-community partnerships. Get involved and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

Neighborhoods participate by having block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, and youth programs. The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office will stop by some neighborhoods to interact with residents and share crime prevention tips. These events are fun, effective, and inexpensive ways to interact with your neighbors and law enforcement while strengthening those relationships and learning about crime prevention. To learn more about National Night Out, click here
Hemme Station Park in Alamo Nears Completion

Finishing touches are being made on Alamo's new Hemme Station Park and we look forward to celebrating the grand opening in early September. The park is located  at Hemme Avenue and Danville Boulevard and is accessible only from the Iron Horse Trail. It will provide an inviting respite spot for travelers on the Trail and for the local community. It includes restrooms, drinking fountains and water station, bike racks, benches, shade structure with picnic tables, trash and recycling cans, "Mutt Mitt" station, decomposed granite walking path, a central turf area, and associated landscaping. A train themed tot lot play area and interpretive elements with historical and park environment information are also included.  The park will be fenced with semi-solid fencing adjacent to the roadways and Iron Horse Trail, and solid fencing adjacent to private property. The facilities will be accessible, per American with Disabilities Act guidelines. Access for park users will be via a paved connector to the Iron Horse Trail. Please call our office at (925) 957-8860 for the grand opening celebration details. 
Fire Relief Fund For Nine Lafayette Businesses  
A devastating fire ripped through 100 Lafayette Circle on July 13th, destroying nine Lafayette businesses including the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and La Finestra restaurant. Lafayette Community Foundation has set up a general Fire Relief Fund to assist the businesses that were affected by the fire. The money collected will help cover expenses that will not be covered by insurance and help those businesses get back up and running as quickly as possible. This fund will remain active until December 31, 2017. 
 
You can donate online by visiting the website  here, and clicking the Fire Relief Fund button or by sending a check to: Lafayette Community Foundation, P.O. Box 221, Lafayette, CA 94549. When writing a check, please indicate that your donation is for the Fire Relief Fund. 
 
Please do not specify a particular business as IRS rules do not allow donations to be designated for specific individuals. 
 
Please note that this effort is independent of LCF's ongoing mission to raise funds for local nonprofits through their annual Excellence Grants program.  To learn more about the Lafayette Community Foundation,    click here .
White Pony Express Needs Volunteers 
to Deliver Food to the Needy    
Due to an increase of food donations, White Pony Express (WPE), is urgently seeking volunteers who will happily sacrifice their own time to help families and individuals in need: 
  • Use their vehicles to pick up food rescued from supermarkets, restaurants and farmers markets and deliver it to nonprofits who feed the hungry in our community; or 
  • Accompany drivers to help load and unload at donor or recipient locations (need to be able to lift 30 lbs.)
Volunteers should be willing to commit to driving or helping on a regular basis (weekly or bi-weekly) for periods of two to four hours (or as much as you can fit in).
 
WPE, whose mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County, currently rescues about 5000 pounds of food each day. In just over 3 1/2 years, WPE has rescued and delivered 5 million pounds of food. This is fresh, high-quality food (meats, dairy, produce, deli, and baked goods) that, if not rescued, would go to the landfill and create more methane gas.
 
You can have a direct, immediate impact on the lives of the thousands of those suffering from hunger in our community.
 
If you are interested, please Contact Mandy Nakaya: (925) 818-6361;  mandy@whiteponyexpress.org ; or  click here.
CCCERA Member Recognized for Service

On July 11th, the Board of Supervisors recognized Debora Allen for serving as one of the Board of Supervisor's representatives to the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement association (CCCERA). 
Debbie gave up her seat on CCCERA to dedicate her time to her new position as a BART Director .
Critical Blood Shortage - Red Cross Issues Call For Donors
        Click here to sign up                               Click here to sign up
Goodwill Store Opens in Walnut Creek
Chief of Staff Gayle Israel, (right - back row) attended t he Grand Opening Celebration of Goodwill of the Greater East Bay's new retail store and donation site in Walnut Creek on Wednesday, July 12th. 

The revenues received in their retail stores from the sale of clothing, household goods and electronics, which are received from generous donors, provide job training and job placement services for individuals seeking employment.

Goodwill of the Greater East Bay is a leading employer with over 700 employees. They are one of the largest employers of disadvantaged and disabled residents in the East Bay, serving Contra Costa, Alameda and Solano counties.  

The new store is located at 2536 N. Main Street in Walnut Creek.  To learn more about Goodwill of the Greater East Bay, click here.
San Ramon Valley Kiwanis 4th of July Parade 

Supervisor Andersen and husband Phil Andersen, ride in the back while Chief of Staff Gayle Israel and husband Richard Israel cruise through the Danville 4th of July parade. There was a large turn-out for the parade, enjoyed by adults and kids alike. The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley sponsors and organizes the annual parade.
Orinda Celebrates Annual 4th of July Flag Raising

Supervisor Andersen joined Orinda residents at the Flag Raising on the 4th of July, held in front of the Community Center. 
Pictured above, Amy Worth, Steve Harwood, and Candace enjoy the patriotic event.
Elections Department Holding a Photo Contest

International Overdose Awareness Day Event
An average of 120 Americans die each day from an overdose, which leaves thousands of families and friends devastated from a preventable loss each year.  The National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) and Support 4 Recovery are hosting their second annual IOAD event from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on August 31st at Concord Community Park, 2501 Cowell Road in Concord to remember those lost to overdose deaths, support the family members and friends they left behind and to learn how each of us can help turn this national epidemic around.
 
During this remembrance and prevention event, free educational materials will be available and local prevention and support experts will be on hand for consultation.  Contra Costa County's Emergency Medical Technicians and Chaplains will be thanked and recognized for the lives they save from overdose each year and for the support they provide families who have lost a loved one from overdose.   
 
Overdose rescue training will be provided by New Leaf Recovery Foundation and Naloxone rescue kits will be available to those who complete that training.  Specially trained dogs will be on hand to offer comfort and tribute will be paid to lost loved ones during a special remembrance that will include the reading of an original poem written for the occasion by Kathy Moore, the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate. Attendees are encouraged to pay tribute to their lost loved ones by bringing photos, banners, posters, etc. to share. 
 
This is an opportunity for community members to help break down the stigma of overdose deaths, support those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one, and to learn what you can do to make a difference. 

For more information about NCAPDA, click here. For more information about Support 4 Recovery, click here
Fun on the Farm
Learn about the history of ranching and farming in San Ramon on August 26th at 11:00 a.m. and August 27th at 2:00 p.m. Pioneer family members will be on hand to tell their stories of life on San Ramon farms and ranches.  Fun activities and farm tours for all!

Forest Home Farms is located at  19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon. For more information about Forest Home Farms, click here. 
Danville Hot Summer Nights

Dominique Yancey, Deputy District Attorney and Supervisor Andersen enjoy the beautiful summer evening at the Danville Hot Summer nights. The 23rd Annual Hot Summer Nights Car Show, which features cars, food, music, and family fun was held  on July 13th.

If you missed the fun on July 13th, there is another Hot Summer Nights Car Show on August 10th, in downtown Danville. Click here for more information.
VESTIA 2017 Project Ready-to-Learn Backpack Drive



Summer may still be going strong, but for many parents in our community it's time to start worrying about how to afford basic school supplies. It is difficult for many families to make ends meet and school supplies can be expensive for those on a limited income. You can be a part of supporting children's education by providing the building blocks for classroom learning - a NEW, well-equipped backpack stuffed with supplies! By stuffing a NEW backpack, you will help make a difference in the life of a child in Contra Costa County.

Join us as we strive toward our goal of 1,500 stuffed backpacks.

Drop off your stuffed backpack through August 10th at the locations listed below:

East Bay Times
175 Lennon Avenue, Suite 100, Walnut Creek
925-935-2525
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F
 
Diablo Valley Federal Credit Union
1051 Detroit Ave., Suite A, Concord
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-F
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sat.
925-771-5600
 
Kaiperm Diablo Federal Credit Union
1600 South Main St. Ground Floor,
Walnut Creek
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. M-F
925-939-5626

Rakestraw Books
3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
925-837-7337
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. M-F
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sun

SCHOOL SUPPLIES BY GRADE LEVEL:

GRADES Kindergarten - 3rd
Pencils, eraser & pencil sharpener, 1 box of colored markers, 1 box of colored pencils, 1 box of crayons, scissors, glue sticks, ruler, pencil box, dictionary, 3-ring binder, 2 folders
 
GRADES 4th - 8th
Pencils, eraser & pencil sharpener, pens (black, blue, and 2 red), ruler, highlighters (1 yellow, 1other color), 1 box of colored pencils, zipper pouch, spiral notebooks (3), paperback dictionary & thesaurus (optional), 3-ring binder, binder paper (college ruled), simple business calculator, 2 or 3 Pee Chee type folders, 2 glue sticks
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Pencils, eraser & pencil sharpener (at least 10 pencils), pens (black, blue, and red 5 each), 2 highlighters (1 yellow, 1 other color), 4 spiral notebooks college ruled, 3-ring binder, 3 folders, binder paper (college ruled), scientific calculator, math kit (compass, protractor, etc.), index cards, post-it notes
 
* Please, NO red or blue backpacks due to gang affiliation

For more information call 925-521-5060.
Still time to see TOTALLY TRAINS at the 
Museum of the San Ramon Valley!
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley presents "Totally Trains-Models and Memorabilia". The exhibit will run through August 27th. 
 
The main layout of the exhibit has two elevations with 4 running trains, scenery, bridges, a trestle, tunnel and a village with a replica of the Museum, the former Southern Pacific Depot. A secondary layout features a number of working accessories. On display are items from three private collections of model trains dating from the early to mid-1900s. They include Lionel & American Flyer Standard gauge and Marx O gauge.
 
Don't forget to purchase the TOTALLY TRAINS FAMILY PASS!  This family ticket is only $10.00 and allows for unlimited visits to the exhibit!
 
TOTALLY TRAINS will be open through August 27th with special train hours:
 
Tuesday through Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(Closed Mondays)
 
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located in the restored train depot on the corner of Railroad and Prospect Avenues in downtown Danville. Free parking is available.
 
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
205 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA  94526
925-837-375

To learn more click here.
Lamorinda Safety Fair
The Lamorinda Safety Fair and Police Motorcycle competition will be held on Saturday August 5th, 8:00 a.m. at Saint Mary's College. The event features information from area first responders, including Moraga Police, safety classes, a classic car show and a police motorcycle competition involving police officers from across the western United States. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
9/11 Community Remembrance

Health Officials Remind Residents Not to Touch Bats 
After Rabid Bat is Found in Park
Contra Costa Public Health and Animal Services are reminding the community not to touch bats after a bat found at a local park tested positive for rabies.
 
The bat was found on a pathway at The Grove Park, 
6100 Main Street in Clayton the morning of Sunday, July 16th. The bat was immediately removed from the park and was being rehabilitated but died several days later. Test results came back positive on the afternoon of July 27th.

Rabies is spread from animals to humans main ly through bites. People who did  not touch the  bat that morning are not at risk of developing rabies. The bat  was not found in the play structure area and there is no information that the bat was touched by any children.
 
"Although we think it is highly unlikely anyone was exposed to this bat we feel it's important to remind the community that it's never ok to touch bats,"  said Paul Leung, Contra Costa Public Health Communicable Disease Programs Chief.
 
To prevent the spread of rabies, the community should make sure their pets are up to date with their rabies vaccines and avoid handling wildlife.

"Although most bats pose no risk of rabies a bat that behaves unusually, such as lying on the ground or being active during the daytime is concerning and  people should not attempt to handle it but instead should contact us right away," said Cpt. Jane Andreotti of Contra Costa Animal Services.  Anyone who has touched a bat or has been bitten by wildlife should contact their health care provider.  More information about rabies is available by  clicking here .
Alamo Rotary Honors Lt. Haynes

Supervisor Andersen presented Alamo Valley Station Commander Lt. Jason Haynes with a proclamation at the Alamo Rotary's July 26th luncheon where he was honored with the Alamo Rotary Community "Service above Self" award  for his dedication and commitment to the Alamo community. Lt. Haynes spearheaded the Automated License Plate Reader program that was recently approved by the Department of the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors, and will be implemented soon in the community of Alamo.
City of San Ramon Citizen's Planning Academy
The Citizen's Planning Academy is a six-week course designed to educate and engage residents in the City's planning process and demonstrate how planning shapes our community. The course objective is to assist participants in becoming more familiar with the City of San Ramon planning process and to encourage future participation.

Sessions are designed to include discussion, presentations, Q&A, and a field trip. Presenters/speakers include City staff, local architects, planning professionals, and Planning Commissioners.

Except for one Saturday morning tour, classes will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The course concludes with a Mock Planning Commission Meeting for a theoretical project, where the participants serve as the Planning Commission, developers, staff, and residents. The Citizen's Planning Academy members will be recognized before the San Ramon City Council.

Applications are due by Friday, August 18, 2017. San Ramon residents are invited to apply, with the class limited to 20 participants.

For an application  click here.

Week 1: September 18, 2017
Planning 101 - Nuts and Bolts
Week 2: September 25, 2017
The Land Use Balance - Planning for Housing, Transportation, and Open Space
Week 3: October 2, 2017
Zoning 101 and the Environmental Review Process
Week 4: October 9, 2017
The Development Review Process Demystified
October 14, 2017
Bus Tour at 9:00 a.m.
Week 5: October 16, 2017
The Planning Process Real Time
Week 6: October 23, 2017
Mock Planning Commission Hearing
November 14, 2017
City Council Recognition

For more information, please contact : Debbie Chamberlain, Planning/Community Development Director by clicking here or (925) 973-2566.
Don't Feel Like Talking? No Problem, Text 2-1-1

The Contra Costa Crisis Center is excited to announce that phase one of their new texting program has launched. 211 Information & Referral services can now be accessed via text message Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Text your zip code to 898-211 (TXT211) for resources and services in your area. 
 
As the California PUC designated 211 provider, the Crisis Center answered nearly 35,000 calls last year from Contra Costa residents looking for help with food, shelter or homelessness related services, mental health, substance abuse treatment, financial assistance, and many other health and social services.  

But for some, talking on the phone may be difficult, intimidating, or may not be private enough for their circumstances. By expanding to include texting services, the Crisis Center is increasing the access and availability of services to those who would prefer to communicate through a non-verbal medium. 211 text offers the same high-quality, responsive, and confidential service provided by expertly trained Call Specialists in a convenient text format. 

Unsure where to start or how they can help? Simply text your zip code to 898-211 and the Call Specialists will guide you through a series of questions to help you find the resource most helpful in that moment. Texting will not sign you up for unsolicited communication. Evening and weekend hours coming soon! 
People Who Make a Difference Awards

Once a year the Alcohol and other Drugs Advisory Board of Contra Costa County acknowledges both volunteer and non-volunteer individuals and groups that have significantly contributed towards reducing alcohol and other drugs in Contra Costa communities.

Supervisor Andersen was honored to acknowledge the hard-working individuals and groups from all districts.  Within district 2, the honorees were Patty Hoyt, Debbie Berndt, Leah Bahramipour and Walgreens in Walnut Creek. 

For the past seven years Patty Hoyt has worked as a volunteer board member for the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA). Patty is personally and professionally very well connected with the three local San Ramon Valley communities which has led her to actively participate in multiple community events spearheaded by NCAPDA. She has been actively involved in volunteering at National Take Back events, collecting prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month Proclamations on NCAPDA's behalf and planning the Dose of Awareness 5K & Health Expo. She has been a great partner for the coalition and works effectively across all systems.  

For the past few years Debbie Berndt has been an active member of the Alcohol and Drug Prevention Team (ADAPT) Lamorinda Coalition. Recently, she has be-come the chair of this coalition and a vocal advocate against the legalization of marijuana. A self-proclaimed expert on Proposition 64, Ms. Berndt has voiced her opinions and concerns at community meetings. After the passing of Proposition 64, she has been working on a project to educate parents on how their role may change now that recreational marijuana is legal.  

The Youth Leadership award went to Leah Bahramipour. For the past two years, Leah has organized the leadership class at Campolindo High School to distribute notes to students attending Junior and Senior Prom/Ball with reminders about not drinking. 

The Certificate of Merit was awarded to Walgreens locations in Walnut Creek and El Cerrito. They are the only chain pharmacy locations in Contra Costa County that have prescription drug drop off-boxes. Prescription Drug abuse is a national and local epidemic. Disposing of unwanted medication is key to reducing access to medications and providing drop off boxes throughout the community makes this convenient for the community at large.  

The mission of the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board is to assess family and community needs regarding prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug-related problems. Resultant findings and recommendations are forwarded to the Health Services Department and the Board of Supervisors. The Board also serves as an advocate for these findings and recommendations to the communities that they serve.
New Elder Abuse Prevention Project
The purpose of the Elder Abuse Prevention Project is to prevent and combat the abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders and dependent adults in Contra Costa County. The project's services incude:
  • Elder abuse case management
  • Case review by our multi-disciplinary team of professionals
  • Training of law enforcement and services providers
  • Restorative justice circles
  • Elder abuse public awareness campaigns and education
  • Civil legal services
One website reaches Elder Abuse Prevention Project partners across Contra Costa. Click here to learn more or call (510) 974-7200   or   (925) 521-6366.

Orinda Welcomes Food Trucks
The City of Orinda recently approved food trucks in front of the Community Center on Thursday evenings.  Seven food trucks from Taste of the World will park from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each Thursday from August 5th to October 19th. 

A beer and wine truck will be part of the group. Live music will play on the library plaza where tables will be provided. The City's objective is to provide more family-friendly venues this summer. 

The Orinda chamber supports the idea of the food trucks and urges retail on that side of town to stay opened. However, restaurants are being asked to monitor their patronage on Thursday night. The city will evaluate the program at the end of October and would appreciate reports on the impact of the food trucks on existing businesses. 
Discover & Go offers free BART tickets to select venues in August, September, and October
The Contra Costa County Library is once again offering free BART tickets for use with   Discover & Go   reservations from August through October. County residents who are 18 or older can submit a request for BART tickets by clicking on the banner ad on their Discover & Go pass.

To sign-up for BART tickets, view your reservation on your Discover & Go account:
1) Click "View" and "Print Pass"
2) Click on the 511 banner on your Discover & Go pass to request your BART tickets. The banner will look like this:



BART tickets will be mailed to cardholders' homes within five business days of their request. The offer is limited to one request per household (for up to two $15 BART tickets) and is available while supplies last. This promotion is a partnership between 511 Contra Costa and the library, and is intended to encourage the use of public transportation to visit museums.

"Discover & Go is a wonderful way to explore many of the unique venues in the Bay Area and beyond," said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. "We are proud to partner with 511 Contra Costa to make traveling to these venues a little easier."

Since its inception in 2011, Discover & Go has met Contra Costa County Library's goal of providing access to culture inside and outside the library by partnering with over 90 northern California museums, and making 900,000 cultural visits possible for library cardholders.

511 Contra Costa is a comprehensive Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program that promotes transportation alternatives to the single occupant vehicle and encourages "green commutes". For more information, visit   511contracosta.orgTry 511-Contra Costa's   Trip Planner   feature to plan your Discover & Go trip.
 
For more information about the program, contact Virtual Library staff by   clicking here  or call (800) 984-4636. 
 9th Annual Lafayette Senior Symposium


The Lafayette Community Foundation presents its 7th annual Senior Symposium, "Aging By Design" , from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 5th at Lafayette  Lafayette Elementary School,  950 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA.
 
This event focuses on aging adults and care providers. Space is limited. Click here to register. Registration is free.

In addition to the speakers, the symposium will include a resource fair of vendors representing agencies and services that provide assistance to seniors in Contra Costa County. 
 Campaign Spending Reports Now Available in Real-time on County Elections Website
It i s no w easie r  for the  public to follo the money  t ha t i s raise d an d spen t i n Con t r a Cos ta Coun ty ele ct io n c a m paigns Th e Con t r a Cos ta Coun ty Ele ct ion s D ivisio n ha s m ad e al l c ampaig n an d c andidat e finan c ia l do c u m en ts availabl e fo r th publi c to vie w i n real- t im e o n i ts websi t e.  Click here and click on Elections to view.

The goal of the database is to promote transparency and voter confidence, by m aking  it easier for vot ers to be fully inform ed and know who lawm ak ers rec eive financ ial c ont ribut ions from, and where they spent c am paign m oney.

Previously, those interest ed in these doc uments had to go to t he Elect ions D ivision office in M art inez to view paper c opies. The Elect ions D ivision has work ed since early 2016 on sc anning paper doc um ents from previous years to m ake t hem available online.

The doc um ents post ed online date back seven y ears for m ost offic es and indefinit ely for the B oard of S upervisors. The online sy st em feat ures enhanced search c apabilit ies. Users c an search for inform at ion by c andidate nam e,  c o mm i tt e e t ype , th e da te o f t h e ele ct ion , o r c andida te iden t ifi c a t io n nu m ber . Th e onlin e da ta allow s user s to sear ch  fo r i t e ms su ch a s ho w m uc h c o m panie s o r poli t i c a l group s suppor t variou s c andida t e s wi th independen t expendi t ures , o r sear ch fo r a n individua l c andida te b y na m e .

The Cont ra Costa Elect ions D ivision handles financ ial disc losure docum ents for all c omm itt ees and c ampaigns pert aining to c ounty offic es, fire dist rict s, wat er dist ricts and school dist ricts throughout the c ount y. Cit ies are responsible for handling financ ial documents for t heir elect ed offic ials.

For m ore inform at ion, c ontact t he Elect ion D ivision at  (92) 335-7800.
Cal Shakes Presents
How far would you go to come home again? Black Odyssey premieres on the West Coast August 9th through September 3rd at Cal Shakes.  A thrilling and music-infused new play that mashes up Greek mythology and African-American folklore, this visionary new take on Homer's classic marks the Cal Shakes debut of Oakland native Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep). 

After he is lost at sea and presumed dead, American soldier Ulysses Lincoln struggles to find his way home to his wife and son. But manipulating his journey are a host of gods: the dignified Deus and the scheming Paw Sidin, playing with Ulysses' fate like a game of chess, and the radiant Aunt Tina, who has her own reasons for setting her sights on the wandering warrior. A fable about confronting the burdens of ones past before you can truly find "home," this electric epic from one of the shining new voices of American theater comes to the Bruns stage helmed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Eric Ting. 
For tickets,  click here .
Foster Children Need You
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for a  volunteer opportunity? To follow is a list of vacant seats which will allow you to learn more about county government and offer your expertise to improve services within Contra Costa County:
 
District 2 vacancy available:
  • Agricultural Advisory Task Force
  • County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board http://cchealth.org/aod/board/
  • First 5 - Contra Costa Children and Families Commission http://www.first5coco.org/
  • Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee - Alamo Seat Click here for information about the committee
In addition, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the following list of countywide advisory bodies that currently have seats available:
 
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
Arts & Culture Commission (AC5)
Aviation Advisory Committee
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Developmental Disabilities Board
Economic Opportunity Council
Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education
Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Council
Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Managed Care Commission
Workforce Development Board

To apply for any of these seats, 
click here .
July Board Actions
Ever wonder what your Supervisor does at the Board of Supervisors Meeting held on most Tuesdays? Here are some of the board actions from the month of July which impact the residents of District 2:  

Adopted Ordinance 2017-10, to regulate the location of tobacco retailing businesses and prohibiting the establishment of hookah lounges, vapor lounges and significant tobacco retailing businesses.
 
Introduced Ordinance No. 2017-01 to establish restrictions on the retail sales of emerging tobacco products such as electronic smoking devices, regulate the sale of flavored tobacco products and menthol cigarettes, prohibit tobacco retailing in pharmacies, and establish a cap on the number of tobacco retailer's licenses issued by the County; WAIVED reading; and FIXED July 18, 2017, for adoption.
 
Passed a Resolution recognizing Debora Allen for serving as the Board of Supervisors representative to the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.
 
Reassigned the District II Alternate Seat of Marilyn Loucey to the District II Seat of the First 5 Contra Costa Children and Families Commission for the remainder of the term with an expiration date of August 16, 2018 effective immediately, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.
 
Supported the Stand Down on the Delta for Homeless Veterans to be held August 11-14, 2017 at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch.
 
Accepted the Health Services Department's recommendation to reconvene the initial Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Workgroup with structural changes as developed in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission. 
 
Adopted Resolution No. 2017/251 approving Contra Costa County to receive and use State of California (State) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds for eligible activities as approved by the State in accordance with all State ESG Program requirements, and other rules and laws.
 
Authorized the Chair of the Board of Supervisors to submit a letter of interest to participate in the SolSmart Program of the National Association of Counties and the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
Opposed state bills SCA 12 (Mendoza): Counties: Governing Body: County Executive and SB 649 (Hueso): Wireless Telecommunications Facilities, as recommended by the County Administrator.
 
Accepted the Chief Engineer's Report for Annexation No. 4 to Drainage Area 76A (DA 76A), for Minor Subdivision 16-0004; Alamo Area.
 
Adopted Resolution Approving the Stormwater Utility Assessments for Fiscal Year 2017-2018, Countywide.
 
Presentation of the "People Who Make a Difference" Awards 2017 by members of the Board of Supervisors.
 
Accepted the final report from the Employment and Human Services Department on the Contra Costa County Covered California Call Center; and terminate Family & Human Services Referral No. 108 Call Center Oversight and Health Care Reform due to the Call Center closure.
 
Accepted report on the preliminary framework and options for cannabis regulation within unincorporated areas of the County, provide direction to staff to develop land use and health ordinances.
 
Considered options for the taxation of cannabis activities in the County's unincorporated area and engaging Hinderliter, de Llamas & Associates (dba HdL Companies) to prepare a study with recommendations on taxation of various permitted activities.
 
Accepted the filing of the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Final Annual Report on assessment charges in County Service Area (CSA) M-30 ("Final Annual Report"), Danville area.
 
Adopted Resolution No. 2017/243 Confirming Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Final Annual Report for County Service Area T-1 and Levying the Assessment Charges, Danville area.
 
Passed a resolution recognizing Beth Batchelor of Alamo at the celebration of her 100th Birthday.
 
Adopted Ordinance No. 2017-01 to establish restrictions on the retail sales of emerging tobacco products such as electronic smoking devices, regulate the sale of flavored tobacco products and menthol cigarettes, prohibit tobacco retailing in pharmacies, and establish a cap on the number of tobacco retailer's licenses issued by the County.  
 
Accepted the resignation from the District II Alternate Seat of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Commissioners effective immediately, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.
 
Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to execute, on behalf of the County, Contract #28-530-24 with the City of San Ramon, a government agency, to provide home-delivered and congregate meal services for County's Senior Nutrition Program, for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.