News from Around the District  - December,  2016
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Gayle Israel
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

San Ramon Valley Office   

309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526



Monday - Friday

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


Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785


Danville Office


Lamorinda Office

  Fire Station #15

3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549



Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

and by appointment, please call


Phone: (925) 646-6067 


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Supervisor Andersen's Annual Holiday 
Open House - December 15th
Please join Supervisor Candace Andersen and her staff for a Holiday Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at our office located at 309 Diablo Road in Danville.

We will also be gladly accepting monetary or food donations to the Food Bank of Contra Costa County.  No family should be without food for the holidays.

We hope you can stop by for some appetizers and hot cocoa.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP by December 8th to (925) 957-8860 or email by clicking here
Join Community Members at Local Chanukah Events

Local Chabad organizations are hosting separate Public Chanukah Menorah Lighting Celebrations on Tuesday, December 26th in Blackhawk and Alamo, and a nightly lighting at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek.

The Community Chanukah Lighting at Blackhawk Plaza will be on December 26th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  See flyer below for more information.

In Alamo, you can attend the first ever Public Menorah Lighting at Alamo Plaza on December 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Enjoy music, latkes, doughnuts, crafts, and more!

In Walnut Creek, the weeklong tradition to celebrate Chanukah will continue nightly from December 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017.  All are invited to enjoy the Grand Menorah Lighting and celebration on Sunday, December 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there will be a Live Concert with Jewish Blues by Saul Kaye, hot latkes, doughnuts, crafts, face paint & more!  The East Bay's largest Menorah will be placed near the Promenade Fountain, across the street from Nordstrom. Nightly Menorah Lighting times vary. Click here for more information.

Everyone is welcome to join in on the celebrations!

Christmas Memories Exhibit Returns to the 
 Museum of the San Ramon Valley
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley's traditional Christmas Memories exhibit opened November 22nd with decorated trees, toys, dolls, flying Santa, Ferris wheel, antique sleigh, memory tree and more. Special collections of Teddy Bears, Santas and international dolls from the 20's and 30's will also be featured.
Come and share your special recollections of the magic, miracles, and memories of Christmas and make your visit a part of your family tradition.
Christmas Memories will be open from November 22nd through December 31st.  The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at 205 Railroad Avenue in downtown Danville and is open 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tuesday -Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sunday.  For more information visit their website by clicking here .
Annual Alamo Tree Lighting Festival
Coping With Stress and Depression 
During the Holiday Season
Contributed by Will Taylor, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Contra Costa County Executive Director

For most people, the Holiday season begins in November and continues through New Year's Day. This time of year is usually accompanied by feelings of joy, excitement, love, and warmth. However, the holiday season can also bring with it stress, anxiety, and depression due to all of the commitments, entertaining of relatives, parties, shopping, and cooking that is expected. Coping with holiday stress and depression is manageable if you plan correctly. Identifying triggers that may contribute to stress and depression during this time is important in helping to prevent emotional turmoil.
Here are some tips recommended by the Mayo Clinic to combat stress and depression during the holiday season:
1.  Acknowledge your feelings of            sadness/grief
2.  Reach out to others for support
3.  Be realistic about family and friends involvement in holiday plans
4.  Set aside differences with family members and friends
5.  Stick to a budget for the holiday season
6.  Plan ahead to avoid last minute scrambling
7.  Learn to say no if you are feeling overwhelmed
8.  Don't abandon healthy eating, resting, or habits
9.  Take a breather and make some time for yourself
10.  Don't be afraid to seek counseling if you need it
NAMI Contra Costa County provides support, outreach, education, and advocacy to individuals living with and families affected by mental illness. For more information about the organization including free programs and support groups in the community, please call at 925-942-0767 or visit our website by clicking here. If you are feeling stressed or depressed during the holiday season and in crisis, please contact the Contra Costa County Crisis Center at 800-833-2900. You can also dial 211 for information and referrals, or visit the Crisis Center website by clicking here.   
Contra Costa Family Justice Center Alliance honored with East Bay Leadership Council Philanthropy Award
Supervisor Andersen with Zero Tolerance Director Devorah Levine 
and Supervisor Karen Mitchoff

The Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance, a project of  Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative, was honored as Outstanding Collaborative Project on November 3rd at the 6th Annual East Bay Leadership Council Philanthropy Awards. 

The Family Justice Alliance oversees the County's network of Family Justice Centers, which are a warm and welcoming one-stop Center for people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, child abuse, and human trafficking. By locating many service providers in one place, the Center helps people in crisis to find hope, safety, and healing through a single door. Family Justice Centers have been established in Concord and Richmond, with third Center planned for East County. For more information about the Family Justice Centers and/or to seek help from one of the Centers, click here
Moraga Art Gallery Hosts, "Beauty Near and Far"
The Moraga Art Gallery announces, "Beauty Near and Far," a new exhibit featuring oil landscapes by Walnut Creek artist Kerima Swain, whose vibrant colors and sun-dappled landscapes transport viewers to sites around the world from St. Mary's College and the Golden Gate to the Greek isle of Hydra and beyond. Also featured is a boldly-hued collection of pit and saggar-fired ceramics by guest artist Lesley Jensen, whose one-of-a-kind vessels reflect the influence of ancient Greek, Minoan, Hittite and Native American cultures. The show, which includes a wide variety of work by the gallery's 15 member artists and several guest artists, is now in progress and runs until January 7th. The gallery is located in the Rheem Shopping Center, at 522 Center Street, Moraga. Extended December hours are from 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. For more information, click here or call 925-376-5407. 
Survivors' Reunion Luncheon
Pat Frost, Emergency Medical Services Director, presented Richard Price with the Heart of EMS award at the First Annual Survivors' Reunion Luncheon on November 9th. Retired San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Price created the PulsePoint phone app.  The mission of PulsePoint is to make it easier for citizens who are trained in CPR to use their training to save lives. Through the use of modern, location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. For more information or to download the app:  click here.
Danville Old Oak Tree Lighting
Supervisor Andersen opened her office again this year to serve hot cocoa and sweet treats to Danville area community members celebrating the lighting of the Old Oak Tree on November 25th. She is pictured above with Danville Town Council Members Robert Storer and Mike Doyle, her husband, Phil Andersen, Joanne Doyle and Sandra Storer.
MOFD New Station 43 Groundbreaking

On November 9th Chief Stephen Healy, Board Members of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, MOFD personnel, and community members gathered to participate in the Fire Station 43 Groundbreaking ceremony.
Station 43 had to be razed due to severe deterioration and the new Station 43 will be located on the same site at Via Las Cruces, Orinda.
The MOFD firefighters are working out of temporary quarters in the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church parking lot, just next door.
Help a Family in Need This Holiday Season

STAND! suggests three easy ways to help end the cycle of family violence this holiday season:

1. The Holiday Program pairs sponsors like you with families in need. The sponsor purchases gift cards from specific grocery and retail stores, which are passed on to client families.  D onations of cash or gift cards enables clients to make purchases for their families they would not have otherwise been able to, empowering each family to create special holiday memories to cherish.
2. TART Outlet Shop for a Cause and Kendra Gives Back are a fun way to make a difference while getting a jump on your holiday gift shopping. Cute clothes, chic accessories, and 20% of the proceeds benefit STAND!. 
3. Amazon Smile is great for those of us who can't bring ourselves to face the mall. Just sign up and choose STAND! For Families Free of Violence as your beneficiary for a percentage of every order to be donated to STAND!. 

To donate or to learn more  click here .
Mental Health Commissioners Give Thanks and Bid Farewell to Longtime Executive Assistant Karen Shuler Upon Her Retirement
Glass House Museum Holiday Tours
See a magical Victorian Christmas come to life on a special holiday tour of the Glass  House Museum. Built in 1877, this fully restored home will be decorated in old- fashioned Christmas finery. After the tour, Children can visit the activity room to  make their own Christmas calling card to take home. Tickets are $5 per person (age  3 and up) payable at the door with credit card only.

The Holiday Tours are offered on Saturdays, December 3rd, 10th & 17th at 1:00 p.m. The Glass House is located at Forest Home Farm, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon.
International Consulate Luncheon Hosted by 
East Bay Economic Development Alliance

Over 20 international business organizations and cities participated in the 2016 East Bay Economic Development Alliance international business expo. The Consulate Luncheon on November 10th was attended by 19 Consuls General, celebrating the robust international activity in our region, and exploring ways to expand trade, service and investment opportunities.

Supervisor Andersen is pictured above with Honorary Consul General Nicolas Theophanous and his wife Honoray Deputy Consul Sotira Theophanous from the Republic of Cyprus, and Mayor Elect Lily Mei, first woman mayor of Fremont.
Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
FACT 2016-17 Needs Assessment Survey
The Family and Children's Trust Committee (FACT) is engaged in a bi-annual Needs Assessment to identify funding priorities for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect and supportive services for families and children in Contra Costa County.

The Family and Children's Trust Committee (FACT) is a subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors. established in 1985 to make funding recommendations on the allocation of specific funds for the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect and supportive services for families and children. Funding for FACT supported projects derived from federal and state program legislation, and donations to the County's Family and Children's Trust Fund.

Please take just a few moments to complete this brief survey. Your response is valuable in helping establish the committee priorities.  The survey results will be compiled in late December. Names and/or organization's name will be kept confidential and will not be included in the summary of results.

Link to the survey for service providers:  click here.

Link to the survey for parents and caregivers in English: click here.

Link to the survey for parents and caregivers in Spanish: click here.

For more information about the Family and Children's Trust Committee (FACT), click here
Alamo School Field Moratorium
After a busy season of baseball, soccer and field sports, it is the time of year to let sports fields rest. The Alamo Elementary School Field will be closed for turf maintenance December 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.

Field moratoriums are necessary in order to give maintenance crews the opportunity to conduct routine maintenance on the fields by aerating, re-seeding and giving the turf time to rest, heal and grow in preparation for 2017 Spring activities.

For more information, contact Victoria Skerritt at Contra Costa County Public Works at (925) 313-2272 or e-mail by  clicking here.
California State Association of Counties (CSAC) 
122nd Annual Meeting
Supervisor Andersen joins District 3 Supervisor-Elect Diane Burgis, former County Supervisor Sunne Wright McPeak and District 4 Supervisor Karen Mitchoff at the recent California State Association of Counties conference.
Contra Costa Sustainability Commission 
 Now Accepting Applications
The Contra Costa County Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee of the Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications from individuals to fill five (5) member seats on the newly created Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission.  Five (5) member seats will be filled by direct appointment by each of the five County Supervisors. Applications are due by Monday, December 19, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. 
The Sustainability Commission has ten members: 
  • Five District representatives nominated by individual members of the Board of Supervisors (representatives must be a resident of that district);
  • Two members representing community groups whose mission includes sustainability and/or environmental issues;
  • Two members representing commercial groups or organizations whose business focuses on sustainability and/or environmental issues; and
  • One member representing environmental justice issues and who lives in a disadvantaged community.
The Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee considers applications from all interested individuals and conducts interviews even when an existing member seeks reappointment. The term of office will be two years, with initial terms will be staggered to maintain continuity of committee deliberations.  There is no term limit at this time.
Sustainability Commission meetings will be held every other month on a day and time to be determined. For more information regarding the Sustainability Commission, please visit the Commission's website by clicking here. A fillable application is available on the website for your convenience.
Applicants must be residents of Contra Costa County and submit an application by December 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Applicants are encouraged to include a resume and cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for serving on the Commission.
Address:  Contra Costa County
Clerk of the Board
651 Pine Street
1st Floor, Room 106
Martinez, CA 94553
Fax:      925-335-1913
To E-mail: click here 
The Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee will review applications and interviews will be scheduled in January or February.  If you have any questions please contact Jody London, staff to the Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee, directly by phone at 925-674-7871 or email by clicking here.
Groundbreaking for Riviera Apartments in Walnut Creek
Supervisor Candace Andersen, along with other elected officials and project leaders at November 4th groundbreaking for the Riviera Family Apartments. 

The Riviera Family Apartments project is being built on two separate parcels along a narrow street between Interstate 680 and North Main Street in Walnut Creek.

The Project received almost $5 million in funding from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities' Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The fund is replenished as part of a statewide "cap-and-trade" program mandated by Assembly Bill 32, passed in 2006. Maximum emission standards are set for various industries; entities who figure to produce relatively low pollution can auction off credits to other entities who figure to pollute more. Those auction proceeds go to that Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, and projects like Riviera can apply for some of that money, and show they are themselves environmentally friendly. This is the first such "cap-and-trade" building project in Contra Costa.

The Riviera project is within walking or biking distance of downtown shopping, with easy access to BART and County Connection buses. Resident households will have free County Connection bus passes for three years, and there will be secure storage space for 112 bicycles.

The city of Walnut Creek contributed $6 million to the project; the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development awarded $2 million, and the state Department of Housing and Community Development contributed $2.8 million.  To learn more about the Riviera Family Apartments,  click here .
The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and Discover San Ramon in Partnership with the City of San Ramon Presents The San Ramon 150 Celebration
In 2017, San Ramon will come together to celebrate 150 years of community. This yearlong celebration will commemorate the 1867 completion of the first permanent schoolhouse in the village of San Ramon, highlighting the establishment of San Ramon as a thriving center for the educational, social, political, commercial and religious needs of local residents. Dedication of the schoolhouse marked a time when San Ramon had all the components of a well-rounded, viable community - a place folks were proud to call home. 150 years later, San Ramon remains a successful and cohesive community of diverse residents, quality education, prosperous businesses and beautiful parks, open space and community assets.
With the adoption of Resolution 2016-004, the San Ramon City Council authorized the establishment of the year 1867 as the founding date for San Ramon. In the 150th year and through a series of San Ramon 150 events, programs and presentations, San Ramon will reflect on its proud past, as well as celebrate its exciting present and promising future. In addition to unique San Ramon 150 celebrations, look for some of the traditional City of San Ramon events and programs to include San Ramon 150 commemorative enhancements.
One of the first San Ramon 150 events will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Forest Home Farms from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Celebrate and learn about San Ramon's first two-room school house and what school was like 150 years ago. Everyone will have the opportunity to try out an old-fashioned pen and ink well.
To learn more about San Ramon 150 and to stay up to date on all the celebration happenings, click here or follow on Facebook  by  clicking here .
Veterans Day in Moraga

Supervisor Andersen was delighted to once again join the Moraga Veterans Day celebration  hosted by local Boy Scout Troops 212, 234, 246, and 249 and coordinated by Scoutmaster Wendell Baker on Friday, November 11th at Moraga Commons Park Candace is pictured above with Elizabeth Patton of Senator Glazer's Office,  Retired USN Captain John Haffner, Ryan-Thomas Brown of Congressman DeSaulnier's Office, Mayor Mike Metcalf, USN Chaplain Lieutenant Bill Sperry, and Cindy Chin of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's Office.  
Veterans Day Honored in Danville

Supervisor Andersen, joined by Danville Town Council members Robert Storer, Mike Doyle and Vice-Mayor Renee Morgan, enjoyed the San Ramon Valley Veterans Day Honorary Celebration at San Ramon Valley High School's performing arts theatre.
Walnut Creek Now Offering an Electric Trolley

Supervisor Andersen along with local Dignitaries and members of the public got ready to ride the first of four all-electric zero-emission transit vehicles in downtown Walnut Creek. The new vehicles, which will be charged wirelessly overnight at the Walnut Creek BART station, were funded by a $4.2 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant that was awarded to County Connection. They will be replacing the diesel trolleys that have been in service since 2002. Manufactured locally, they are among the first generation of all-electric transit vehicles in the Bay Area. 
These new battery electric trolleys represent the latest in cutting edge technology and achieve zero emissions throughout their 12-year service life.

The November 5th ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in front of the Lesher Center for the Arts, and hosted by County Connection, in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek. Click here for the Free Ride Trolley schedule. 
Veteran of the Year Honored by Board of Supervisors

Congratulations to Contra Costa County's 2016 Veteran of the Year, Stephen Todd.   A true advocate for veterans, Stephen works closely and tirelessly with other veteran and civic organizations to make a difference in his community, including the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post District 10 where he is Junior Vice-Commander, as a member of the American Legion Post 202, as the Delta Diablo Marine Corps League Detachment 1155 and as a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 7.  

Thank you for your dedication, hard work and loyalty to all Veterans in your community.
Community Services Bureau Joint Training Event

Supervisor Andersen attended the Contra Costa County Community Services Bureau Annual Joint Training event on November 2nd.  The Community Services Bureau (CSB) is part of a national network of Community Action Agencies established by the 1964 War on Poverty to address the underlying conditions that cause poverty. With an annual budget of almost $30 Million and approximately 400 employees in 15 service locations across the county, CSB is the largest childcare provider in Contra Costa County. Each year we combine federal Head Start and State Child Development funds to provide primarily full-day, full-year Early Childhood Education Services to over 2,000 children and their families. To learn more visit their website by clicking here
Annual Hospice Tree of Lights Ceremony Around District 2
The Annual Hospice of the East Bay Tree of Lights ceremonies over the past thirty years have served the dual roles of comforting members of the community who have incurred a loss, as well as raising funds to support Hospice East Bay's patient care services.

Blackhawk - Friday, December 2, 5:00 p.m.
Blackhawk Road at Blackhawk Drive
Orinda - Saturday, December 3, 4:30 p.m.
Orinda Village by Bank of America
This ceremony is part of Orinda's community holiday celebration. Memorial names are not read at this ceremony.
Walnut Creek Tree - Wednesday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.
John Muir Medical Center, Main Entrance, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek

For more information, click here.
Lamorinda Business Women Visit 
With  Supervisor Andersen
On Friday, November 18th, Candace spoke to the Lamorinda Business Women, who gathered for their monthly meeting in her Lafayette office. The Supervisor gave an overview of the County's diverse responsibilities, and the many opportunities open to women in the County.
Medal of Honor Recipient

Supervisor Andersen stands with Vietnam War Army Major (Retired) James A. Taylor, a Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, at the Danville Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 12th.  A reception was held honoring James Taylor and all veterans who have served our country. 
Webelos Visit Supervisor Andersen

On Tuesday, November 8, two local Boy Scout Troops from the Alamo/Danville area met with Supervisor Andersen to work on their Citizenship and Community Merit badge. They asked questions about issues in the San Ramon Valley and the responsibilities of the County Supervisor. The boys were also happy to indulge in some treats homemade by the Supervisor.
Public Mental Health Services Community Forum

On November 3rd, Supervisor Andersen gave the welcoming remarks at the Contra Costa Mental Health Services Act Community Forum in Pleasant Hill. An overview of the Mental Health Services Act and the Community Program Planning process was discussed by the community members in attendance. To learn more about Mental Health Services click here.
Lafayette 37th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast
Bright and early on November 18th, Supervisor Andersen joined a packed house at the Lafayette Methodist Church for the annual Thanksgiving breakfast. Guest speaker Dick Callahan entertained the crowd with his many amusing and heartfelt stories.
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Community Corrections Partnership Community Advisory Board is Seeking Applicants
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) has several vacancies and is currently accepting applications to fill five seats, each for a one-year term commencing January 2017. The CAB provides community input to the County's Community Corrections Partnership regarding the spending of AB109 funds. The CAB has been an important voice in criminal justice and public safety policy development in the County. Applicants should have an interest in or experience with the criminal justice system, including formerly incarcerated individuals.  To apply, please click on the following link to be redirected to the CAB application:  click here
Contra Costa District Attorneys' Association 
Partners for Justice Fundraiser 

Supervisor Andersen and Supervisor Federal Glover joined the Contra Costa County District Attorneys' Association on November 15th at their 5th Annual Partners for Justice fundraiser to support Community Violence Solutions. All proceeds will go to support programs delivered by Community Violence Solutions including:
  • Children's Interview Center where children allegedly victimized by sexual abuse have a safe and comfortable setting to tell their story.
  • 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline that provides assistance and support to victims.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Response Team, and Sexual Assault Response Team. 
For more information about Community Violence Solutions and the work they do, click here
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for a way to give back? Interested in getting involved and learning more about County Government? Do you have special talents that you would like to use to benefit your community? Check out these Volunteer Opportunities!
District 2 vacancy available:
In addition, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the following list of countywide advisory bodies that currently have seats available:
Advisory Council on Aging
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
Airport Land Use Commission
Community Corrections Partnership
Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Developmental Disabilities Area Board
CCC Local Planning Advisory Council for Early Care & Education
Economic Opportunity Council
Advisory Council on Equal Employment Opportunity
Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Managed Care Commission
Workforce Development Board

To apply for any of these seats, 
click here .
November 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 November which impact the residents of District 2:  

To view Board of Supervisors Meeting agendas, click here

Approved/Authorized the Public Works Director to fully close the north bound lanes of Danville Boulevard between Orchard Lane and Jackson Way, and to fully close Jackson Way at the intersection with Danville Boulevard, on December 4, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of the Annual Alamo Tree Lighting Event.

Approved/Authorized the Auditor-Controller to issue a payment on behalf of the Public Works Director, from County Service Area R-7A, payable to the Community Foundation of Alamo for the holiday lights at Andrew H. Young Park, Alamo.

Honored the Contra Costa Chorale on its 50th Anniversary of providing musical excellence by and for the community.

Proclaimed November 2016 as Adoption Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Proclaimed November 2, 2016 as the Contra Costa County Shelter-in-Place Education Day.

Recognized November 2016 as Homeless Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Approved/Authorized the Conservation and Development Director to execute a contract amendment with First Carbon Solutions, to increase the payment limit with no change to the term of September 10, 2014 through September 9, 2018, for services required to prepare the Environmental Impact Report for the Tassajara Parks Project in the Tassajara Valley, San Ramon.

Adopted the 2017 meeting schedule for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, including the cancelation of those meetings at which it is anticipated that there will not be a quorum of Board members present, as well as fixing the dates for the specified events planned for the year.

Accepted the report from the Employment and Human Services Department on the department's implementation of the foster care Continuum of Care Reform.

2016 Veterans' Day Celebration and Presentation of Colors to honor the men and women of Contra Costa County who have served and are currently serving in our United States Armed Forces.
  • Recognized Stephen P. Todd as the 2016 Veteran of the Year in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
  • Recognized and honored veterans in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
  • Honored and thanked the Martinez Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic for their dedication, commitment and loyalty to all veterans they serve in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Accepted as complete, the contracted work performed by GradeTech, Inc., for the Camino Tassajara Shoulder Widening Project, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

Received a presentation from Assemblymember Susan Bonilla recognizing Contra Costa County Animal Services Department.

Received a presentation of legislative update from Assemblymember Susan Bonilla to Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

Adopted the 2016 California Building, Residential, California Green Building Standards, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical, and Existing Building Codes, with changes, additions, and deletions.

Created a Sustainability Commission to advise the Board on issues related to the County's Climate Action Plan and opportunities to realize equity and fairness across the diverse communities of Contra Costa County in sustainability programs that support the Climate Action Plan, and provide suggestions to staff and the Board on how to better engage Contra Costa County residents on sustainability issues and implementation of the Climate Action Plan.

Approved/Authorized the Chair, Board of Supervisors, to execute, on behalf of Contra Costa County, agreements with Contra Costa Transportation Authority authorizing the County to provide right of way and eminent domain services for the I-680 North Express Lanes Project, effective April 1, 2016, and take related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Recognized Helen Benjamin upon her retirement as Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized Michael McDonald and Ed Best of the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council for their dedication, hard work and loyalty to Alamo and its residents, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized November 17, 2016 as "World Pancreatic Cancer Day" in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized Fred Weil and Alex Evans of the Moraga Orinda Fire District Board for their continued support to the communities of Moraga, Orinda and Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Launched the 2016 "Contra Costa County Cares" Holiday Food Fight, as recommended by the County Administrator.

Recognized Carla Young Garrett, President of the Center for Economic and Civic Education, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Approved amended Conflict of Interest Code for the Moraga Elementary School District and the Lafayette School District as recommended by the County Counsel.