News from Around the District - August, 2018
Emergency Preparedness Fair Set for September 29th
Supervisor Andersen to Moderate Tri-Valley Mayors' Summit
Updated Tri-Valley Rising Economic Report Now Available
An updated report released by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute on July 18 examines the economic juggernaut that is the Tri-Valley, an area encompassing the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon.

Tri-Valley Rising was first published in 2014 with the aim of taking inventory of the Tri-Valley region’s assets and resources, explaining its impressive economic success, identifying challenges that could threaten to impede its future growth, and providing policy recommendations to ensure its continued vitality. Among the report’s findings were that the Tri-Valley’s innovation assets were driving its economy, high-value connections between the Tri-Valley and the broader region were growing, a high quality of life was a large part of the Tri-Valley’s competitive advantage, and improving transportation systems between the Tri-Valley and broader region would support growing economic activity and improve competitiveness.

This July 2018 update to Tri-Valley Rising builds on the findings and information presented in the first report, while also exploring more policy options for local and regional stakeholders to better connect and strengthen the Tri-Valley’s economy as it continues to grow.

Click here to read the report.
"Where's Waldo?" He's in Our Office!
Supervisor Andersen enjoyed watching Logan (pictured here with Candace) and many other youngsters as they searched the office for Waldo. Rakestraw Books of Danville sponsored the "Where's Waldo" challenge again this year.

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs visited twenty-two different local businesses throughout the Danville community last month. Those who spotted him won prizes, including stickers, sweet treats, book coupons and more. Families were able to support local business and the Shop Local movement with this great summer vacation activity.

Lafayette Celebrates 50 Years of Incorporation
Supervisor Andersen presented a Board of Supervisors proclamation recognizing Lafayette's 50th Anniversary to Mayor Don Tatzin at the community celebration on July 29th.

The celebration included a street fair, parade, BBQ dinner, and live music.

Lafayette continues to work to create an ever-improving community for tomorrow.
Raising the Flag in Orinda
Supervisor Andersen joined Alex Evans, Orinda City Councilmembers Inga Miller and Darlene Gee, and former Councilmember Victoria Smith in Orinda at the July 4th annual celebration event. The flag raising ceremony kicked of a day filled with fun and food for all.
Tri-Valley Heroes Seeks Nominations
Danville/San Ramon and the Pleasanton Weekly publishers are seeking nominees for their annual Tri-Valley Heroes award program.

Individuals who live or work in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo or Livermore are eligible, as are organizations and businesses headquartered in these communities. If you know a person, organization or group deserving of recognition, please nominate them by clicking here. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.
Contra Costa County Community Warning System
Sign up your cell phones and email addresses today for the Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS), which is recognized as one of the nation's most modern and effective all-hazard public warning systems. CWS is designed to deliver time-sensitive and potentially life-saving information to the people of Contra Costa County. The CWS Telephone Emergency Notification System is a computerized system that makes telephone calls to the known telephone numbers or email addresses in the vicinity of a hazard, based on incident-specific issues, and would be used to warn of an incident in the areas you specify at registration. While most landlines are already in the system, cell phones and email addresses are not. More and more people are no longer using landlines, or aren’t home to receive emergency calls. That is why it is so important to sign up your mobile devices. To register, please click here.
Danville Celebrates the 4th of July with Annual Parade
Supervisor Andersen rode with her husband Phil in the Danville 4th of July parade. They were driven by her Chief of Staff Gayle Israel, and her husband, Richard. Adults and kids enjoyed another fun-filled successful parade, organized by the Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley.
National Night Out
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.

Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

Anyone interested in organizing a National Night Out event to build neighborhood spirit and unity (the first defense against crime) should click here to register, and also contact their local Police department for more information. Police and Fire units try to visit each of the neighborhood groups and celebrate this important event.
District Attorney's Office Summer Intern Program
Each year, the Contra Costa District Attorney's office invites College and High School students to apply for their Summer Intern Program.

High School students must be entering their senior year in the fall of that year to qualify. 
 
This year, all of the participating summer interns were recognized for their involvement at the July 10th Board of Supervisors meeting.

For more information about their intern program, contact the coordinator, Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey, by clicking here.
Hacienda Nights in Moraga
Enjoy a lovely summer evening dining and relaxing with family and friends. Come to the green lawn at Moraga's beautiful Hacienda for delicious food, fun games for all ages, and cool, refreshing drinks. Six food trucks will provide you with a variety of mouth-watering meal options, including Yummy BBQ; Flavors of Cali; Costa Nostra Pasta Truck; Sip & Slide (sliders with a twist); Golden Gate Gyro; and Izzy's Frozen Ice Cream Custard. Hacienda Nights will be held on Fridays this summer from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 10th, 24th, and September 14th at Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga.

Exchange Club of San Ramon Valley
Supervisor Andersen attended the monthly meeting of The Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley on July 11th.

Amy Worth, City of Orinda Mayor and Metropolitan Transportation Commissioner (MTC) was the featured speaker. She shared with club members how MTC shapes policies that guide transportation and development in the Bay Area.

Pictured at left are Supervisor Andersen, Danville Council member Karen Stepper, Orinda Mayor Amy Worth and Exchange Club President Tim White.

Could you Survive Poverty?
San Ramon Presenting Series
Celebrating its 11th Season
This fall, the City of San Ramon will present its 11 th Season of Entertainment at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. This season is full of great music and illuminating entertainment options.

Kicking off the season are The Romantics on October 12, 2018. The original members of The Romantics, Wally Palmar, Jimmy Marinos, Mike Skill and Rich Cole, formally became a band on Valentineʼs Day, 1977. Bred on the mean streets of Detroitʼs east side, they were inspired by the British punk invasion and their hometown rock scene. Nearly 30 years later they are still known for having created some of the most influential and beloved rock and roll of all time. In 1980 The Romantics released their debut LP. Anchored by “What I Like About You,” “When I Look In Your Eyes” and a cover of The Kinks, Ray Davies' “She's Got Everything.” The album is an exemplary pop-rock period piece. The Romantics evoked a youthful portrait, haunting in its innocence, a direct contrast to the tough world they knew in Detroit. 

For more information, to see the rest of the line-up and to buy tickets, click here.
NorCal Kids Triathlon needs Volunteers on Aug. 18
Volunteers are needed for Saturday morning, August 18th to help with NorCal Kids Triathlon at Miramonte High School in Orinda. The Event will be over around noon. Volunteers do not need any technical or athletic experience, just interest in helping out. To register to volunteer and for more information,  click here.
County Library Annual Book Giveaway
San Ramon City Center Coming Soon!
San Ramon's much anticipated City Center Shopping Center is scheduled to open in early November. The Renzo Piano designed City Center will be anchored by THE LOT, a 10-screen luxury cinema and dining venue. Joining this cutting edge retail experience will be personal fitness center Equinox, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Boba Guy, Ramen Hiroshi, M (a brand new clothing store), Alys Grace, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and West Elm.
For more information on the City Center project please  click here .

What is Contra Costa County doing about pest control?
Contra Costa County has reduced its pesticide use by 75% since the County’s IPM Program began. The Board of Supervisors adopted an IPM Policy in 2002 that requires the County to focus on long-term pest prevention and to combine the use of physical, horticultural, biological, and chemical control methods to manage pests. When pesticides are used, they are selected and applied in a way that minimizes risks to human health, to beneficial and non-target organisms, and to the environment.

In 2009, the County hired an IPM Coordinator and created an IPM Advisory Committee to advise the Board of Supervisors on pest management in County operations. The 13-member Committee is composed of both County staff and members of the public. The Committee is working with County staff to document the decision-making process for pests the County deals with. The Committee also created a presentation for in-home visitors to help them recognize pest issues in their clients’ homes and to provide information on pest prevention. To date, Committee members have trained 233 in-home visitors.

The County manages rats, mice, ants, and cockroaches in and around 200 County buildings that comprise about 3.2 million square feet. The Grounds Division manages 132 sites on a weekly basis, and is on call for the rest of the landscaping around the more than 400 County properties. The Public Works Department manages vegetation on about 375 miles of the County’s 660 miles of road and on 76 miles of flood control channels.

Over the past 15 years, the County has instituted a number of pest management innovations. In and around buildings, the County manages rats and mice solely by trapping—no rodenticide is used.
Gophers and moles are managed by trapping or by injecting carbon monoxide into their burrows. Last year, the Public Works Department used goats to graze 375 acres of creek banks and flood control basins to reduce fire risk. Woodchips are used to suppress weeds on County properties, and every year the Grounds Division grinds dead trees into $25K to $45K of woodchip mulch.

The County has piloted several alternative control methods for rodents. In 2009, the Agriculture Department erected 20 raptor perches on Lime Ridge and Shell Ridge Open Space to attract hawks to help with ground squirrels. In 2012, the Agriculture Department experimented with live trapping ground squirrels along an East County road. In 2016 and 2017 the County worked with Eagle Scouts to install three owl nest boxes: one in Livorna Park and two in Kubicek Basin along Pine Creek in Walnut Creek.

The County is dedicated to continually improving how pests are managed and to using the least toxic and most cost-effective control measures. With its IPM Program, the County endeavors to lead by example.

For more information on the County’s IPM Program, click here.
What You Can Do about Ants in Your Home
Where you see one ant you are bound to see more. Their small size allows them to easily enter your home. They crawl in through openings around water and electrical lines, and through cracks and crevices in the foundation.

Argentine ants are the main nuisance ant in the Bay Area. They don’t bite and they don’t carry disease, but they invade homes. Outdoors, they protect insects like aphids and scales from natural insect enemies. Their ability to create giant colonies makes them difficult to control.

The scouts, whose job it is to locate food for the colony, will search your home high and low for sugary drinks, fruit or other sweet foods, and meat. Adult ants feed only on liquids. One of their favorite foods is the “honeydew” produced by plant-feeding insects like aphids and scales. Adults collect solid food to feed to the young in the nest.


Use the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods below to prevent this pest from infesting your home.

Argentine Ant Identification
Argentine ants are ⅛ inch long and a shiny brown to black in color. They love the moist soil we create with our irrigation. They make shallow nests in the soil, under stones, logs, debris, concrete slabs, and often in potted plants. They make nests in wall voids, insulation, and cracks and crevices. They can even take up residence inside the overflow drain of a bathtub or sink, under carpets, and under piles of boxes. 

What You Can Do when Ants Are inside Your Home
1.     Spray ant trails with soapy water and then wipe them up.
2.     Clean up spilled food and drinks immediately.
3.  Keep food in the refrigerator or tightly sealed in metal, glass, or heavy plastic containers.
4.     Use caulk to seal cracks and crevices around the interior of the home.
5.     Apply gel bait at the entry points ants are using to get inside your home.

What You Can Do to Keep Ants away from Your Home
1.     Trim vegetation at least one foot away from the foundation to prevent access.
2.     Remove or treat aphid-infested plants and trees and pick ripened fruit to reduce food sources.
3.     Regularly clean the inside of garbage and recycling cans to remove residue that will attract ants.
4.     Use caulk to seal cracks and crevices around the exterior of the home.
5.     It is futile to try to kill all the ants outside your home, but where you see ant trails leading into the building, or find ant colonies that are close to the building, install exterior bait stations.

This article was written by Pestec IPM Provider staff in conjunction with the Contra Costa County IPM Advisory Committee. The County is dedicated to continually improving how pests are managed, and to using the least toxic and most cost-effective control measures. With its IPM Program, the County endeavors to lead by example.

For more information on the Contra Costa County IPM Program, click here. For more information on ants, click here to ask a Master Gardener.

Orinda Annual Classic Car Show Weekend
On Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., the town of Orinda will host the 14th Annual Classic Car Show. This free event continues to delight car fans of all ages and benefits Seniors Around Town, Orinda Association, Orinda Historical Society, Orinda Rotary, Orinda Community Foundation and other local organizations.

The 14th Annual Orinda Classic Car Show Weekend kicks off the night before with "Dancing with the Cars" at the beautiful Orinda Country Club on Friday September 8th at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are available online by clicking here.
Contra Costa County Summer Services Block Party
ARM of Care Annual Reach to Restore Event
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Candace Andersen is looking for interested, motivated residents to serve on a few Contra Costa County citizen advisory boards. These volunteer boards usually meet monthly and advise the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues. They play a vital role in county government, and the input provided is invaluable.
 
Alamo Municipal Advisory Council, Youth Representative  click here
To advise on issues and concerns related to services provided by the County or other local agencies located within its boundary, which includes parks & recreation, lighting & landscaping, land use, code enforcement, public safety, and transportation.
 
Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (CSA P-2B)
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo/Danville community for police services.
 
Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board (AB109) - Central and East County representation needed  click here
To provide input on community needs; assess implementation of the realignment plan; review data on realignment outcomes; advise the CCP on community engagement strategies; offer recommendations for ongoing realignment planning; advise County agencies regarding programs for implementation in the County; and encourage outcomes that are consistent with the County’s Reentry Strategic Plan.
 
Mental Health Commission-Family Member Seat  click here
To influence the County's Mental Health System to ensure the delivery of quality services which are effective, efficient, culturally relevant and responsive to the needs and desires of the clients it serves with dignity and respect; and to be the advocate with the Board of Supervisors, the Mental Health Division, and the community on behalf of all Contra Costa County residents who are in need of mental health services.
 
In addition, to follow is a list of countywide advisory bodies that currently have seats available: 
 
Advisory Council on Aging
Alcohol & Other Drugs Advisory Board
Arts & Culture Commission
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity Council
Early Care and Education, Local Planning and Advisory Council for
Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Council
Family and Children’s Trust Committee
Hazardous Materials Commission
Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Managed Care Commission
Commission for Women
Workforce Development Board
To find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body, click here click here.
 
To apply online click here 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:

Presentation by the Board of Supervisors for 2018 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Presentation by the Board of Supervisors recognizing the District Attorney's Office Summer Internship Program.

Introduced Ordinance No. 2018-22, imposing a general tax on commercial cannabis activities, including commercial cannabis cultivation, cannabis distribution, cannabis manufacturing, cannabis retailers, cannabis testing laboratories, and vertically integrated cannabis businesses.  

Adopted Resolution No. 2018/218, authorizing the County Administrator, or designee, to submit to the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) an amended application for the dissolution of the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (District) and a plan for providing comprehensive health-related services within the territory of the District, including maintaining the existing grant program for non-profit agencies providing health related services within the district..  

Accepted report from the Director of Environmental Health regarding allegations that loads of material that may not have been adequately screened for radioactivity were trucked from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site to multiple different landfills in the state, including the Keller Canyon Landfill.

Endorsed and Supported the East Bay Stand Down to be held September 13 - 16, 2018 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Appointed Christopher Farnitano, M.D., to serve on the Contra Costa First 5 Children & Families Commission replacing William Walker, M.D.

Accepted the Office of the Public Defender's Stand Together Contra Costa 2017 annual report for the fiscal year 2017-2018.   

Partially adopted the "Racial Justice Task Force--Final Report and Recommendations," prepared by Resource Development Associates and recommended by the Public Protection Committee of the Board of Supervisors.  

Adopted the Contra Costa County Reentry System Strategic Plan, 2018–2023, as recommended by the Public Protection Committee.

Held a community forum regarding the provision of access of certain individuals to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, pursuant to Government Code section 7283.1(d

Adopted a Resolution honoring the 58th annual Contra Costa Championship Swim Meet.

Adopted a Resolution recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the City of Lafayette

Appointed Ryan Buckley to the District 2 Alternate Seat on the Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission for a term with an expiration date of March 31, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.
District II Office Staff
Gayle Israel
Chief of Staff
Field Representative;
San Ramon & Danville

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


Lauri Byers
Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative;
Lafayette

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

District Offices
Danville Office
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
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
Candace's Committee Assignments
District II Supervisor Candace Andersen
309 Diablo Road | Danville | CA | 94526| (925) 957-8860
3338 Mt. Diablo Blvd. | Lafayette | CA | 94549 | (925) 646-6067