News from Around the District - December, 2019
Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Open House
How To Help With the 2020 Census
Prepare Now! Flood Prevention List
2019 Holiday Food Drive and Food Fight
Help Supervisor Andersen keep the Little Apple Award for Supervisor collecting the most donations by donating to the Food Bank here
2020 Contra Costa County Youth Hall of Fame Awards
Now Accepting Nominations
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Contra Costa County Youth Hall of Fame Awards. The Youth Hall of Fame Awards are presented annually to outstanding young Contra Costa County residents between the ages of 12 and 18. Nominees should demonstrate exemplary behavior in one of five categories: good Samaritans, volunteerism, teamwork, leadership and civic engagement and perseverance. Submit your nominations by completing the nomination form and submitting it with your letter of recommendation. Nominations are due by January 31, 2020. Instructions for submitting are on the nomination form. Download the nomination form here.
Danville Holiday Tree Lighting
Rain didn't put a damper on the Annual Danville Holiday Tree Lighting on November 29th. Our office hosted attendees with hot cocoa and butterscotch brownies immediately following the tree lighting. Shown here with Supervisor Andersen are former Danville Mayor Mike Doyle and his wife Joe Ann.
Help Restore San Ramon Creek by Planting Native Plants at Hap Magee
Join The Restoration Trust, Friends of San Ramon Creek, and the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14th for a CA native planting event in Danville. The group will be planting native plant plugs along a portion of San Ramon Creek in Hap Magee Park. Re-vegetating the creek with native plants makes it more difficult for non-native invasive plants to establish themselves, and it provides habitat and food for wildlife.

For this event, registration is limited to 30 volunteers, so sign up ASAP. Visit for more information and to register.
Supervisor Andersen attended the Stanford Communication Health Interactive for Parents of Adolescents and Others (CHIPAO) event at Monte Vista High School on Sunday, November 3rd.

This event, sponsored by the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and the Culture to Culture Foundation, brought parents together for a insightful workshop to understand how to better communicate with their teens and avoid generational differences. To learn more about this program go to .

Pictured at the event with Candace are Danville Town Council Member Newell Arnerich and SRVUSD Board Member Rachel Hurd.
This Holiday Season Donate to the Animal Benefit Fund
Hacienda Holiday Faire in Moraga
Find all your handcrafted holiday gifts and support local artisans at the annual holiday faire at the historic Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, in Moraga

The faire starts Friday, December 6th, noon - 8:00 p.m., and runs through Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7th and 8th, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Hand-crafted gifts, décor and specialty foods from over 45 local artisans will be displayed.This event is sponsored by Moraga Parks & Recreation.

There will be complimentary wine tasting with Captain Vineyards from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec 6th, and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday Dec 7th & Sunday Dec 8th. For more information email or visit
“It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” Holiday Celebration
The annual "It's a Wonderful Life" celebration is December 6, 2019 from 4:00-6:30pm at Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette. This fun, family-friendly celebration includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, kid’s crafts, holiday treats and more.

Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. Santa is scheduled to arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park (corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road) at 4:30 p.m. A must-not-miss for the little ones.

Throughout the event there will be activities for the kids and light refreshments.

The event and all activities are free including free hot chocolate provided by the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary.

Those attending are encouraged to support our community by bringing a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. Enjoy the beautiful holiday drawings created by Lafayette’s 3rd graders that will be exhibited at the event.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the event, including local student musicians and singers:

4:00pm Stanley Middle School Chorus
4:20pm Lafayette Kids’ Cottage
4:30pm Santa Arrives
4:45pm Lafayette Nursery School
5:00pm Sizzling Latin Dance Studio
5:15pm Performing Academy
5:45pm Tree Lighting & Sing-along
6:00pm Town Hall Theatre Kids
6:15pm Team VOCE

Already a popular Lafayette holiday tradition, the “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” holiday event is designed as a time to share holiday cheer as we celebrate this wonderful community tradition.
Recognizing Veterans in District 2
Supervisor Andersen and Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson at the Lafayette Hillside Memorial.
City of Walnut Creek Veterans Memorial Celebration at the Lesher Center for the Arts.
Supervisor Andersen with Moraga Vice-Mayor Kymberleigh Corpus and her mother, and former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker honoring Veterans at the Moraga Veterans Memorial Ceremony.
Philanthropy Awards
Supervisor Andersen attended the 9th Annual East Bay Leadership Council Philanthropy Awards on November 7 at the Blackhawk Museum.

This annual event honors philanthropists from all over Contra Costa County for their desire to help their community and those around them.

Pictured on the right, Candace stands with Donna Colombo, the Judges Choice Award winner. Donna is a longtime East Bay resident, community leader, affordable housing advocate and voice for the less fortunate. Also pictured, Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva.
National Wreaths Across America Day
Join Supervisor Andersen on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to help remember and honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths with Wreaths Across America at Alamo Cemetery, 130 El Portal, Danville. Wreaths will be laid on the graves of our Country's fallen heroes and each name of every veteran will be read aloud. . To learn more about Wreaths across America, go to
East Bay EDA International Trade and Investment Forum
Supervisor Andersen spoke at the East Bay EDA 2019 International Trade & Investment Forum on Thursday, November 21st in Oakland.

East Bay EDA has been instrumental in promoting the East Bay region on a global basis. They are the regional voice and networking resource for strengthening the economy, building the workforce and enhancing the quality of life in the East Bay. 

Pictured above with Supervisor Andersen are Anne O., Chief of Staff to Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Stephen Baiter, Executive Director of East Bay Economic Development Alliance, and Patience Ofodu, Business Services Manager with the Contra Costa Workforce Development Board.
Diablo Valley College - San Ramon Campus
 Breaks Ground on New Library
Supervisor Andersen participated in the Diablo Valley College San Ramon Campus groundbreaking on November 1st, to kick-off construction of the new Library and Academic Support Center.

The project will also include renovation of the Learning Commons to include a new Café, Bookstore Services, and collaborative indoor and outdoor spaces for student engagement and learning.

Annual Industrial Association Forum
The Industrial Association hosted their 2019 Forum Luncheon on November 14th in Pleasant Hill. 

The Annual Board of Supervisor’s Forum included all five Supervisors, who gave updates on Contra Costa County, and discussed a variety of topics including how the County promotes itself as a business friendly county, the current status of the Industrial Safety Ordinance, how they are continuing to promote a healthy environment, and specific ideas to maintaining a strong and effective working relationship between elected officials and the business/industry community.
Annual Hospice Tree of Lights Around District 2
For twenty-eight years, the Hospice Tree of Lights ceremonies have offered members of the communities they serve a way to honor the lives of their friends and loved ones. The funds raised allow Hospice to provide additional programs and services such as their Vigil Program which ensures no one has to die alone.

Join the Tree of Lights ceremony in your community:

Orinda Tree of Lights
Saturday, December 6, 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.

Alamo & Bruns House Tree of Lights
Wednesday, December 10, 12:15 p.m.
Alamo Women’s Club, 1401 Danville Blvd. 
Dedicated to Bernice Glueck

Blackhawk Tree of Lights
Friday, December 12, 5:00 p.m.
Blackhawk Road at Blackhawk Drive
Dedicated to Hazel Pappalardo

Moraga & Lafayette Tree of Lights
Sunday, December 14, 5:30 p.m.
Moraga Country Club, 1600 St. Andrews Drive. Reception to follow.
Dedicated to Emilie Johnson
Bah Humbug! 5K and Kids Dash
Donate a Toy This Holiday Season
Jingle Jam - A Christmas Family Experience
Join the Annual Pilates for a Purpose Class
Walnut Creek Police Department Seeks Community Advisory Board Members
The Walnut Creek Police Department is creating a Community Advisory Board, with the goal to hear additional community voices on issues that pertain to a variety of public safety issues.  

The Chief’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) is established under the direction of the Chief of Police. The Board is created to act as a resource for the Chief in the formation of strategies, development of community policing concepts, increasing public awareness, furthering engagement and transparency efforts and identifying best practices. The board is intended to provide a forum for discussions concerning community issues and the goal is to have a broad spectrum of viewpoints represented.

The CAB will meet on the third Thursday of every month, beginning January 23, 2020, at the Walnut Creek Police Department at 6 P.M. and ending at 7:30 P.M. It is expected that each board member will contribute and provide input on the topics the board and Chief of Police deem appropriate and timely.

The Board will be comprised of 10-15 stakeholders, featuring a diverse cross-section of active community members throughout the City of Walnut Creek. These members will represent a range of interests and experience, such as business owners, education, non-profits, public relations, faith community, youth representation, and more.

The application process is available via their online survey.
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Candace Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for
County Advisory Boards
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
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.
County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee (Roundhill Residents only)
To advise the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Alamo community for extended police services for Roundhill.

First 5 – Contra Costa Children and Families Commission -
The commission works to support early childhood development through a strategic plan developed pursuant to the California Children and Families First Act of 1998.

Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee -
Established to provide citizen input for a management program for the Iron Horse Corridor.
Find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body here . To apply online go to
Community Advisory Board on Public Safety Realignment
Contra Costa County is seeking applicants who may be interested in serving on its 15-member Community Advisory Board (CAB) on Public Safety Realignment.
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) on Public Safety Realignment was established by the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) Executive Committee in December 2012 to provide input on community needs; assess implementation of the realignment plan; review data on realignment outcomes; advise the CCP on community engagement strategies; provide 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.
The CAB is composed of 12 Voting Members and 3 Alternate Members with expertise in adult education within a correctional setting, domestic violence prevention, workforce development, behavioral health issues, post-release reentry services, services for reentering women, criminal and drug court, and law and policy related to issues of the formerly incarcerated and crime survivors.
All CAB members either live or work in Contra Costa County.
The County is now seeking applications for two (2) of the Voting Member seats and three (3) Alternate Member seats. All interested community members are encouraged to apply. 
Appointments to the CAB will be for a term of three years. Members will serve without compensation, stipends, or reimbursement of expenses. The CAB meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. at the Probation Department (50 Douglas Drive, Second Floor, Martinez, CA). 
Applicants will be interviewed by the Outreach and Community Engagement Committee (OCEC) of the CAB. The nominations for the CAB members will then be forwarded to the full CAB for consideration and recommendation to the CCP for appointment action. 
Application forms can be obtained from the Office of Reentry and Justice by calling (925) 335-1022 or by downloading from the County’s website at
Completed applications should be emailed to the Office of Reentry and Justice at Applications can also be returned to the Office of Reentry and Justice, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, 10th Floor, Martinez, CA 94553.
The County looks forward to receiving applications from community members who would like to inform and advise the CCP and improve the County’s realignment process.
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:

Recognized the launching the "2019 Counties Cares Holiday Food Fight".
Declared November 2019 as Homelessness Awareness month in Contra Costa County.
Declared November 2019 as Adoption Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.
Accepted the report from the County Administrator on the appointment process of a new Clerk-Recorder, and provided staff direction as to what actions the Board wishes to take in this regard.

Convened a special meeting at the Industrial Association of Contra Costa County Supervisors Luncheon event and discussed Supervisors’ goals and plans for County services and initiatives in 2020.

Recognized Contra Costa Television (CCTV) on its 25th anniversary.

Recognized November 17-23, 2019 as "United Against Hate Week" in Contra Costa County.

Honored Rachel Hurd as the San Ramon Citizen of the Year.

Adopted an Ordinance Calling for a Special Election for a Local Sales Tax for Transportation Improvements and Growth Management.

Adopted Ordinance No. 2019-34 to prohibit the sale of tobacco vaping products, flavored tobacco products, and menthol cigarettes, and to prohibit the sale or delivery of cannabis vaping products.

Considered the interdepartmental Cannabis Proposal Review Panel's recommendation on the scoring and ranking of proposals for storefront retail cannabis businesses and commercial cannabis cultivation businesses.  

Agendas and videos of Board of Supervisors meetings can be found by visiting
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;

Cameron Collins
Field Representative;

Dom Pruett

Policy Analyst, Field Representative; Walnut Creek and Lafayette

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
Lamorinda Office
  Fire Station #15
3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549
  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