News from Around the District  - February, 2017
In This Issue
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She serves as an alternate on the following :

 
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District 2 Staff
Gayle Israel
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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Board of Supervisors Annual  
 Reorganization Meeting
The n ew District 3 Supervisor Diane Burgis, Supervisor and 2017 Chair of the Board Federal Glover, and Supervisor Candace Andersen are sworn in at the January 10, 2017, Board of Supervisors Annual Reorganization meeting. 
San Ramon Valley Interfaith Council MLK Event

Supervisor Andersen enjoyed attending the Interfaith Council of San Ramon Valley's Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream of Nonviolence and Peace, and listening to the inspiring words of the Reverend Staci Current on January 16th at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo. Reverend Current is the District Superintendent of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Danville Residents Mark Your Calendars
Two important events will be held in t he Town of Danville in March.  

The Mayor's Town Hall Address is on Saturday, March 25th, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Hall, 400 Hartz Avenue. The topic will be a legislative update.



And on March 30 at 11:30 a.m., the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Danville Chamber Logo State of the Town Address will be held at Blackhawk Country Club. Mayor Renee  Morgan will discuss her plans for her term as Mayor. A ls o,  The  Board of Directors will be installed and The Danville Area Cha mber of Commerce Community Service Awar ds will be presented.  To learn more or register for the State of the Town Address, click here .
Food Bank Policy Breakfast
On Friday, January 27, Supervisor Andersen attended the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties First Annual Policy Breakfast. Attendees included legislative representatives from County, State and Federal elected officials offices. Food Bank staff outlined issues of hunger and poverty in the community, and gave updates of Federal, State and local advocacy successes and priorities. Director Larry Sly (pictured with Supervisor Andersen) gave a tour of the Food Bank facility afterward. For more information about the Food Bank, such as how to donate, volunteer or get help for yourself or others, click here
Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley

Candace stands with Kim Thomas, President of the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Club.

Supervisor Andersen gave an overview of the County and update on local issues to the Kiwanis of San Ramon Valley at their weekly meeting on January 26th.
Jefferson Award Presented  for Public Service
At their January 17th meeting, the Board of Supervisors honored James Rivers who was recently chosen to receive the Jefferson Award for Public Service.  James has served the youth of Contra Costa County for nearly 20 years as a Probation Counselor, a Deputy Probation Officer, an Institutional Supervisor I, an Institutional Supervisor II, and now, Probation Manager. James has played an instrumental role in ushering in an era of rehabilitation-focused juvenile justice reform in Contra Costa County. Click here to see the CBS Bay Area news story about James.
Earn it, Keep it, Save it!
No Cost Tax Preparation Help

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Martin Luther King, Jr.  Humanitarian Award 
 Recipients are Honored
James Noe of Alamo was named the Humanitarian of the Year and Paige Godvin of Diablo was named the Student Humanitarian of the Year at the January 17, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.

James (Jim) Noe had a long and successful career  after graduating from Purdue University with a degree  in Economics in 1960. He gathered an MBA and  additional education along the way. He served our  Country honorably as a Supply Officer in the Navy as a  Lieutenant Junior Grade, serving on the U.S.S. Zelima  and at the Alameda Naval Air Station. He worked in banking and real  estate finance for years, retiring in 2006.

Upon retirement, Jim threw himself into yet another full time world of  volunteering, serving as a board member and later Board President at  Shelter Inc. He launched the highly successful "Swing for Shelter" golf  tournament to raise much needed funding, and as a member of St.  Joan of Arc Catholic Church's St. Vincent de Paul Conference in San  Ramon, and as an active volunteer with Loaves and Fishes. Jim has  spent the past 25 years doing all he can to give back to the community.

Through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County, Jim  used his time and resources, both financial and skills-based, to identify  needs in the community and find ways to have them met. The St.  Vincent Family Resource Center in Pittsburg, and the nearby medical  clinic that sees 1,500 patients each year - Jim was the anchor for  efforts to develop those much needed facilities because he knew how  big the need was to provide those services. With his tireless support,  the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room partners with Loaves & Fishes now  to provide more than 120 meals per day, more than 31,000 meals per  year.

Paige Godvin is clearly an outstanding student in  class and out. The Monte Vista High School Senior  was nominated by her physics teacher, who captured  the essence of a leader in the making who has  already developed a passion for serving others. At  Monte Vista, she has taken on a wide variety of  philanthropic roles, serving in the Red Cross Clue, the Blind Babies  Awareness Foundation Club, and the Monte Vista Medical Club.  Those roles have to be carefully juggled with a heavy academic load,  a decade of involvement in a competitive dance team and enough  practice to land a Certificate of Merit award as a pianist.  It is her commitment to the community outside of her school that  continues to touch the hearts of so many people. Her mentoring to  younger kids at her church, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian, is  evidenced by her service as both as a leader of the Middle School  youth group and a teacher of Sunday School curriculum. Her  involvement with this organization is also marked by her  participation in four mission trips to locations including Salinas, the  Navajo Nations of New Mexico, and Wapato, Washington, all  culminating in her role as a youth leader on the Middle School  mission trip to Los Angeles last summer.

An avid photographer and creator of her own photography business,  Paige Godvin Photography, she volunteers her services to both local  groups and charitable organizations such as NephCure Kidney  International and the Monte Vista High School dance program. She  also uses her talent to support Flashes of Hope, a foundation that  provides free professional photography to families who have a child  with cancer, and has helped photograph more than 30 families to  date. Because of the profound impact Flashes of Hope has made on  her, Paige plans to pursue a medical degree after college and  become a pediatric oncologist, continuing to focus her energy in  making the lives of children healthier and happier.

Contra Costa County is proud to award Paige Godvin and James Noe with this year's Humanitarian Awards.
Contra Costa Association of Realtors 
January Inaugural Installation Event
Supervisor Andersen attended the Contra Costa Association of Realtors Inaugural Dinner and Dance on January 7th at the Blackhawk Auto Museum. Individuals were recognized at the event for their contributions to the Association and the community. Joining Candace in the photo are Ken Mintz, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education Member; Cindy Chin, District Director for Assemblymember Catharine Baker; and Candace's husband, Phil Andersen. 
Free Pet Adoptions February 8th - 14th!


It's never been easier to find love! Between February 8 th and Valentine's Day (February 14 th), all dogs, puppies cats and kittens will be FREE to adopt at Contra Costa Animal Services' (CCAS) Martinez and Pinole shelters.  

How to Adopt:
Contra Costa County operates two animal shelters, one in Martinez and one in Pinole. Our flagship shelter is located in Martinez at 4800 Imhoff Pl. We also have a West County shelter located in Pinole at 910 San Pablo Ave. Our shelters are open 10:00am-5:00pm Tuesday-Saturday, and 10:00am-7:00pm every Wednesday. To learn more about how to adopt, or to view adoptable animals, please visit CCAS' website by  clicking here.     
 
For Pet Owners - Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter:
At Contra Costa County Animal Services, winter is one of the busiest times of the year for taking in lost animals. In fact, 74 animals were brought into our County shelters on the first two days of 2017. With heavy rains and high winds on the horizon, we expect to continue to see an increased number of animals coming into our shelters over the next couple of months. While CCAS staff and volunteers have done a stellar job of significantly increasing the number of adoptions in recent years, the high volume of animals we see coming into our shelters every day requires our community's support in adopting and networking animals that are available for adoption. So if you're ready to adopt, or even just thinking about adopting, there's no better time than now to welcome a new four-legged friend into your home and start the new year off on the right paw! Check out the San Francisco Chronicle's coverage of this issue in this recent article.
 
The winter season brings rain, wind, colder temperatures and other aspects that can harm your pets. Also, the destructive tendencies of winter weather can cause pets to become lost. Making sure that your pets are licensed, collared and micro-chipped helps tremendously in reuniting lost animals with owners, and we cannot stress enough the importance of taking those measures to ensure the safety of your animals. To help you safeguard your pets this winter, CCAS is providing some helpful tips on their website about steps you can take to keep pets safe and at home during the winter season. Click here to go to that page.  
Earn & Learn East Bay Looking for Local Employers
2017 Kickoff Breakfast on March 3rd
Earn & Learn East Bay connects employers to regional  efforts designed to help grow our future workforce. The program places students and young adults in meaningful workplace experiences including year-round and summer jobs, internships and apprenticeships or in industry-led summer learning experiences. They facilitate employer participation on Industry Advisory Boards to advise and assist educators with career pathway programs, and as guest speakers in high school and community college classrooms. They support teachers by helping them gain a deeper understanding of industry needs and by arranging for them to experience the workplace.

After successful 2015 and 2016 initiatives, this breakfast event launches  Earn & Learn East Bay's 2017 campaignEmployers involved in this initiative build their workforce, contribute to the economic and social well-being of the region, and help students and young adults build a career while earning money for their future.

Attend the Earn & Learn East Bay Kickoff Breakfast to learn more about how your company can join others in helping to grow the East Bay's future workforce. The breakfast is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, March 3rd at the  Concord Hilton, located at  1970 Diamond Boulevard,  Concord.

If you can't attend but want to learn more, or are interested in sponsoring the breakfast, click here to contact the click here. To register for the breakfast, click here
Bay Area Express Lanes 
Project Update: I-680 Express Lanes between 
Walnut Creek and San Ramon 
Want to travel free in the express lanes? Carpools will continue to travel toll-free on the I-680 Contra Costa Express Lanes with a FasTrak Flex® toll tag when they open later this year. Carpools of 2 people will set the toll tag switch to the "2" position and carpools of 3 or more people will set the toll tag switch to the "3" position. Click here for more information about how to get a FasTrak Flex® toll tag.
 
To find carpool partners, visit carpool.511.org. 511 offers several ride matching options, including apps. These apps, like Scoop and Carzac, are different from Lyft and Uber in that the driver is already making the trip, so you can sign up as a driver or a rider.
 
It's a win-win; drivers earn a few dollars for a trip they are making anyway and riders save the cost of driving. Rider and driver both save time by riding in the express lane. Travelers can also register for the 511 Ride matching System which will provide names of people with similar commutes and people can match themselves the old-fashioned way via a phone call or email.
 
Things may have appeared quiet to passing motorists on the future 
I-680 Express Lanes over the last few months, but a lot of work is going on behind the scenes. Crews are continuing to lay the conduit and pull and splice the fiber needed to power the tolling system and carry tolling data. Toll system installation and testing are ongoing throughout the corridor . You can expect the following activities: 
  • Intermittent and alternating nightly closures will occur in the northbound and southbound directions on I-680 from Martinez to Dublin in the lanes closest to the median and in the lane closest to the shoulder. Approved construction work hours are: Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. - 5 a.m., Friday from 8 p.m. - 7 a.m., Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Construction crews will be present on some city streets during the day near I-680 from Martinez to Dublin with temporary and minor pedestrian detours to maintain public safety.
Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice. Work is subject to weather conditions.
Stepping Up Conference

Supervisor Andersen along with Tom Kensok, Deputy District Attorney, Captain Chris Simmons, Sheriff's Office,Todd Billeci, Probation Chief, Robin Lipetzky, Public Defender, and David Seidner, Chief of Detention Health, attended the Stepping Up Conference in Sacramento.

Stepping up is a national initiative to reduce the number of people who suffer from mental illnesses who are incarcerated. Many mentally ill individuals cycle through our jails and this has reached crisis levels. In counties across the nation, jails now have more people with mental illnesses than in their psychiatric hospitals. The situation is hurting real people. Communities, judges, police officers, mental health professionals and others have already started stepping up to combat the problem To learn more or how you can help  click here .
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Student Recognition Project Open House
The 2017 Student Recognition Project Open House is a wonderful community event that showcases hundreds of projects completed by talented high school students in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. This district-wide competition recognizes and rewards high school students for projects completed outside the normal classroom curriculum. Local community members who are experts in the category fields do all project judging. The event includes culinary treats served by one of the high school culinary programs, and speeches by SRVUSD Board President, Mark Jewett, and SRVUSD Superintendent, Rick Schmitt.



Projects for this year will be from the following categories:

  • 3D Art/Applied Design
  • Community Service & Awareness
  • Creative Writing
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Digital Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Drama
  • Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneur
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Film Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Instrumental Music
  • Piano
  • Journalism
  • Leadership
  • Poetry
  • Science
  • Video Production
  • Visual Arts-Black & White
  • Visual Arts-Color
  • Vocal Music

The Student Recognition Project Open House will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on  March 13, 2017 at  Bishop Ranch 15 (12667 Alcosta Boulevard, Suite 250) in  San Ramon.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information about the Student Recognition Project, click here .
Civil Grand Jury Seeks Applicants

The Contra Costa County Superior  Court is  accepting applications for Civil Grand Jury Service for the fiscal year 2017-2018 term.
 
The Civil Grand Jury is  made up of 19  members who serve for one year, July through June, to monitor, review and report on city and county governments, special districts and school districts. 
           
Every effort is made to ensure that the Grand Jury reflects the makeup of the residents of the county.  Approximately 75 applicants will be selected to be interviewed by the Grand Jury Selection Committee, which is composed of Superior Court Judges. After interviews, the judges will nominate approximately 30 applicants to constitute a grand jury pool from which the final panel of 19 will be selected by random drawing. The drawing is scheduled for Friday, June 16, 2017, with the members of the 2017-2018 Grand Jury officially being sworn in on the same day.
           
Individuals selected for service will be expected to be available during the last two weeks of June to meet with outgoing jurors, tour county facilities, meet with department heads, become familiar with their colleagues, learn about juror responsibilities and procedures, and select committees on which they will serve.
           
Grand jurors must be United States citizens, 18 years of age or older, and have been a resident of Contra Costa County for at least one year prior to selection.  They cannot currently hold any elected position within the county.  Applicants should have reliable transportation to Martinez, and must be prepared to devote at least 20 hours per week to Civil Grand Jury service.  Citizens who work should apply only if they can be released from their jobs to perform the jury duties.  Applicants selected as one of the 30 nominees will be fingerprinted before the drawing.
           
Jurors receive a stipend for attending full jury and committee meetings and are reimbursed 53.5 cents per mile for allowable jury travel.  Parking permits may be provided to park in the City of Martinez while performing Grand Jury duties.
           
Persons interested in applying may contact the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at (925) 608-2621, or visit the website by clicking here to receive additional information regarding service on the Civil Grand Jury and to obtain an application. 
Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest

Street Smarts held their 13th annual storybook poster contest, announcing the winners on Wednesday, January 25th. There was great community support on hand to congratulate the winners who are listed below.

Cover - Keertana Sreekumar Neil Armstrong Elementary, Grade 5
  • Ashley Kim - Golden View Elementary  - Grade 5
  • Olivia Brandeis  - Golden View Elementary - Grade 4
  • Khushi Mehrotra - Hidden Hills Elementary - Grade 4
  • Noor Gowra - Live Oak Elementary - Grade 2
  • Nikitha Bangalore - Hidden Hills Elementary - Grade 5
  • Jasmine Wong - Live Oak Elementary - Grade 5
  • Niharika Bangalore - Hidden Hills Elementary - Grade 5
  • Hridayesh Arora - Montevideo Elementary - Grade 1
  • Katie Scielzo - John Baldwin Elementary - Grade 1
  • Anushka Bora - Hidden Hills Elementary - Grade 5
To learn more about Street Smarts,  click here.
Support4Recovery Fundraiser
Join Support4Recovery for an evening of dining and a silent auction at Bridges Restaurant in Danville. On Tuesday, February 21st, Bridges Restaurant will host a 3-course meal with seating at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $70 per person, which includes tax and tip on your meal. There is a limited number of seats, so register early.

Support4Recovery, Inc. is a grass roots non-profit organization made up of individuals and families in recovery from Alcohol and Other drugs, as well as respected members of government and our community.

Their Mission is to assess the needs of the recovering community, develop action plans to support, educate and empower our community and thus promote successful long-term recovery.  To learn more and to register for the fundraiser  click here.
San Ramon Cultural Arts Activities
San Ramon Art & Wind Festival Call For Vendors

The annual San Ramon Art and Wind Festival blows into town on May 28th and 29th.  Join the best festival in the East Bay and reach thousands of people to promote  your business or non-profit.
 
They are seeking vendors in the following categories:
  • Food and Beverage - must be a nonprofit organization to apply
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Specialty Food
  • Activity Vendor
  • Business Vendor
  • Non-profit Information/Government Agency Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here  for more information. 
Night at the Improv
Ages 14+ Tickets: $10
Front Row Theater, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon.
Join Suburban Thunder Improv Company for spontaneous improvisational theater.

Love is in the Air
Saturday, February 11 at 8:00pm
The troupe will tell your story of romance, love, passion and comedy in their Valentine's  Day Special. Bring your date and be a part of this once in a lifetime show all based on your suggestions.
 
 
San Ramon Youth Symphony Concerts
Monday, February 6th at 8:00p.m.
Monday, April 24th at 8:30 p.m.
 
All Ages FREE
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts
Center  located  at 10550 Albion Road in San Ramon.

Be inspired by the incredible musicianship of the San Ramon Youth Symphony led by  Director David Sego. The group is made up of 40 talented young people from the T ri-valley area. You will be impressed and entertained as they play both classics  and well known music. This is a great opportunity for future prospective Youth Symphony  members to see what playing in this group is all about. Admission to the 45 minute concert if free.
BART to Install Carport Solar Panels at Lafayette Station Parking Lots January 23rd to March 31st
Starting Monday, January 23, BART began temporarily fencing off sections of the Fee parking lots at Lafayette Station in order to allow Solar City to install carports with solar panels on top. Approximately 200 spaces in each section have been fenced off at a time. This work will proceed in three phases. Please see the map for the sections/dates for each phase.
 
The carports will have LED lighting on the underside for safety and will provide protection from the sun during the summer months. The solar power generated by the panels will help to meet sustainability goals as well as generate cost-savings.
 
BART realizes that this will be inconvenient and appreciates your patience during this important work.


Holocaust Survivor Tells His Story at Lesher Center Event


Supervisor Andersen was honored to welcome those in attendance at the Lesher Center on January 15th to hear the story of Holocaust survivor Albert Rosa. Chabad of Contra Costa hosted the event.

As a Jew from Salonika, Greece, Albert went through concentration camps and death marches before putting on an American uniform, becoming the only non-American to receive a purple heart for his bravery. After joining the Irgun in Israel, Albert came full circle when he was imprisoned by the British in his native Greek-speaking Cyprus. The crowd was mesmerized by his incredible story of courage, faith and resilience.  A 2016 Colorado State video of him sharing the events of his life can be found by clicking here
2017 2nd Annual Hansamo Samulnori Showcase & Scholarship Award Night Invitation Event


Hansamo members and the Korean community held their 2nd Annual Samulnori Showcase & Scholarship Award Night on Friday, January 27th. Suervisor Andersen's Chief of Staff, Gayle Israel, was on hand to present certificates to the high school scholarship recipients and participants.  Supervisor Andersen appreciates so much all that Hansamo does to enrich our community. Click here for more information about San Ramon Hansamo. 
San Ramon Library Gala Fundraiser and Grand Re-Opening

Can't wait to see the newly renovated library? Join the San Ramon Library Foundation  and the City of San Ramon on February 4th for a special event to see an exclusive preview of the new  space! Enjoy food, wine, world-class jazz entertainment, and library tours. All funds  benefit library programs and collections. For more information and tickets  click here .
 
San Ramon Library Grand Opening
Enjoy a day exploring the newly renovated library. The March 11, 2017 event will begin at 10:00 a.m. and include a ceremonial  ribbon cutting, activities for kids, teens and families throughout the day. Subscribe  online to the email newsletter to get more details by clicking here
 
Coming Soon in the Renovated Library -  The San Ramon Library Foundation Bookstore
Gently used books are needed for the store. Save your donations for a book  drive in early 2017. For more information on events supporting the San Ramon  Libraries, including the upcoming bookstore, book drive and book sale dates click here.
War Comes Home: The Legacy  Comes to the 
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
Exhibition Features Correspondence Revealing How War Changes Lives, Families, Communities
Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, new exhibition "War Comes Home: The Legacy" opens on January 29th at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, located at 205 Railroad Avenue in Danville. The traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier's homecoming.

"War Comes Home: The Legacy" is part of Cal Humanities' current War Comes Home initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community. The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.

The exhibition explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and displayed on thirteen interpretive panels, War Comes Home: The Legacy explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war. As Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres writes, "Those of us coming back...are not looking for sympathy. We might be reluctant at first to talk about what we've been through...[but] your support has made this journey an incredible one...Thanks, above all, for listening." 

To learn more, click here. This exhibition runs through April 9, 2017. 
Family Justice Center is accepting Applications for the 
2017 Community Fellowship 

Lafayette Business Person of the Year Honored  
Mayor Delivers State of the Town Address
On Friday, January 27th, at a dinner held at the Lafayette Park Hotel, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce recognized  Brenda Oum as the 2017 Lafayette Business Person of the Year. Oum serves more than coffee in the cozy corner café that is Papillion Quality Gourmet Coffees. Brenda received over 40 nominations from her patrons; one of them said "Papillon is the Cheers of Lafayette." Brenda's life story was the subject of a recently published book Remember to Remember. She is pictured here with her husband Tom and Supervisor Andersen.

The event also included the State of the City address by Mayor Mike Anderson and an introduction of the 2017 Chamber Board of Directors.
Rehabilitation Services of Northern California Changes 
Name at the "Big Reveal"
On Thursday, January 12th, Rehabilitation Services of Northern California held an event at the Pleasant Hill Senior Center to announce their new name, "Choice in Aging." Pictured below, Debbie Toth, Chief Executive Officer, talks about the new name and the dedication and support of the staff and community. To learn more about their services,  click here.

Lamorinda Arts Council 14th Annual Visual Arts Competition
The 14th Annual Visual Arts Competition, sponsored by the Lamorinda Arts Council, is right around the corner.  This event is a thrilling opportunity for all high school students living in Lamorinda, or attending school in a Lamorinda school or school district.  The competition offers students an avenue to show their creativity, originality and degree of expertise in their chosen medium of art, including drawing, painting, 3D sculpture and digital art.  

To register, click here between February 1st and 15th.  Students will drop off their work at the Orinda Library Art Gallery on February 27th. Judging will then take place and a reception announcing the winners will be held on March 8th.  All participants will enjoy the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Orinda Library 
Lamorinda Village Holds Event on Aging
"The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older"
The event, presented by Beacon Hill Village in celebration of 15 years of the Village Movement, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13th.  The guest speaker will be  Atul Gawande MD, MPH, author of " Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End."

Local host Lamorinda Village will live stream the event at the  Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, located at Oak Room  49 Knox Drive, Lafayette. The d oors open  at 1:30 p.m. Discussion and light refreshments will follow. For more information or to RSVP, click here.
Contra Costa Arts & Culture Holds Special Event for Veterans
ABOUTFACE: Building Veterans' Self-understanding through Self-expression
 
February 1st & 8th, 2017
Concord Library
2900 Salvio Street, Concord, CA
Admission i s FREE.
 
The highly acclaimed ABOUTFACE program is being offered again beginning in February!
 
Painting workshops are being offered by the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County and Contra Costa Veterans Service for all veterans in Contra Costa County.  These free workshops, titled ABOUT FACE: Building Veterans' Self-understanding through Self-expression, will engage veterans in the act of art making.   
 
Six four-hour painting workshops facilitated by a veteran and taught by experienced artists will take place between February and March at selected Contra Costa Libraries. These workshops and all materials are FREE OF COST to all Contra Costa County Veterans because of the support from the County and the State. 

Click here to register and for more information. 

Other Dates in February:
 
NIAD Art Cente r - Sundays February 5th and February 12th
551 23rd Street, Richmond, CA 98404
   
Antioch Library - Wednesdays March 15th and March 22nd
501 W. 18th Street, Antioch, CA 94509

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services 
 Invite you To a Fundraiser

Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
It is a New Year and here is a list of volunteer opportunities to use your time, talent and experiences to give back to your community:
 
District 2 vacancy available:
   
Agricultural Advisory Task Force
Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (formerly CSA P-2B)
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board click here
Arts & Culture Commission of CCC  click here
Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee - Alamo Seat, click here for more inform ation about the committee
CCC Merit Board  click here
CC Commission for Women  click here

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
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
Family & Children's Trust Committee
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 .
January 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 January which impact the residents of District 2:  

Accepted report entitled "The Economic Outlook - Focus on Contra Costa County" prepared by Beacon Economics and presented by Dr. Christopher Thornberg, Beacon Economics. Click here for the presentation.
 
Accepted report entitled "Drivers and Trends Shaping What's Next: The Art and Adventure of Crossing to the Future" and presented by Mary O'Hara-Devereaux, Ph.D., President, Global Foresight. Click here for the presentation. 
 
2017 REORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
  • Swearing in of District Supervisors by former Congressman George Miller
    • District II Supervisor-Elect Candace Andersen
    • District III Supervisor-Elect Diane Burgis
    • District V Supervisor-Elect Federal D. Glover
  • Comments of the Outgoing Chair, Supervisor Candace Andersen
  • Election of the 2017 Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors
  • Swearing in of the 2017 Chair and Vice Chair by Clerk-Recorder Joseph Canciamilla
  • Presentation by Supervisor Glover of token of appreciation to the 2016 Chair Candace Andersen
  • Comments of the Incoming Chair
  • Introduction of Staff and Comments of Board Members 
Approved recommendations for Board Member appointments to local, regional and statewide committees, boards, and commissions, adopting Resolution No. 2017/1 amending the Master List of Board Member appointments for 2017, and approving the posting of Form 806 to the County website to report additional compensation that Board members receive when serving on committees, boards, and commissions of a public agency, special district, and joint powers agency or authority.

Attachments
 
Adjourned in memory of Richard "Dick" Waldo, Former Mayor of the Town of Danville.
 
Adopted Resolution recognizing Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Maddock upon his retirement, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
 
Authorized a letter to Senator Jim Beall, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, regarding the California Traffic Control Device Committees review of Senate Bill 632 (2015-Cannella, Baker, Bonilla) regarding vehicle speed limits around schools.
 
Adopted Position Adjustment to establish the classification of Office of Reentry and Justice Program Manager-Project and add one full-time Office of Reentry and Justice Program Manager-Project position in the County Administrator's Office.
 
Appointed Melinda Self to the position of Director of Child Support Services.
 
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract amendment with the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Program, to increase the amount payable to the County for the "Provide Immunization Services to the General Public" Project.
 
Authorized sending a Notice of Intent to Apply to the Proposition 47 Grant and Authorized the Director of Behavioral Health to submit a Grant Application to the Board of State & Community Corrections (BSCC), to provide the County, if awarded, an amount not to exceed $6,000,000, for mental health services, substance use disorder treatment, diversion programs, housing-related and other community-based supportive services, or some combination thereof, for the period from June 16, 2017 to August 15, 2020.
 
Approved/Authorized the Public Works Director to execute a contract amendment with LSA Associates, Inc., to extend the termination date with no change to the contract payment limit to complete work associated with the Camino Tassajara Shoulder Widening, 1.1 miles south of Highland Road to 0.30 mile north of Windemere Parkway-Environmental Studies Project, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.
 
Approved/Authorized the Clerk-Recorder to execute a contract amendment with SOE Software Corporation (dba Scytl), to extend the term and increase the payment limit for website hosting and Election Night reporting services.
 
Approved/Authorized the Sheriff-Coroner to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of San Mateo's Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, including modified indemnification language, to share information as it relates to narcotics trafficking, organized crime, and terrorism related activities.
 
Approved/Authorized the Fire Chief to apply for a FY 2016 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in an amount not to exceed $2,900,000 over a three year period.
 
Acting as the Board of Directors for the Wiedemann Ranch Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD), accepted tabulation of ballots and any objections, confirming the assessment, and authorizing the levy and collection of the assessment for the annexed territory of the Podva (aka Red Hawk) subdivision to the Wiedemann Ranch GHAD, as recommended by Patricia E. Curtin, GHAD Attorney and General Manager.
 
Accepted presentation of draft technical study of Community Choice Energy options for possible implementation by the County and participating cities, as recommended by the Internal Operations Committee.
 
Adopted Ordinance to extend an urgency interim ordinance for one year to prohibit various activities related to the cultivation, delivery and sale of marijuana, and Directed staff to schedule a workshop before the Board to consider long term regulatory options.
 
Accepted Year-End reports on the County's 2016 legislative programs, adopting the Proposed 2017 State and Federal Legislative Platforms, and providing further direction to staff and legislative advocates regarding legislative advocacy efforts.
 
Adopted a position of support on Assembly Bill 1 (Frazier/11th Assembly District) which will increase revenues for transportation infrastructure purposes through tax and fee increases, streamline project delivery through environmental review process revisions, and other protective actions relative to transportation revenue.
 
Adopted the FY 2017/18 Recommended Budget development schedule.
 
Proclaimed January 2017 as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Contra Costa County.
 
Recognized January 2017 as Eligibility Worker Month in Contra Costa County.
 
Recognized the Chinese American Cooperation Council for their dedication in the past and in the future, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
 
Honored James Rivers for his service to Contra Costa County and for being awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
 
Recognized February 2017 as American Heart Association Month in Contra Costa County.
 
Honored Brenda Oum, 2017 Lafayette Marquis Business Person of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
 
Approved/Authorized the Employment and Human Services Director to execute a contract with Crowne Plaza Hotel Concord for the Foster Parent Recognition Retention Support Program, Caregiver Appreciation Recognition event scheduled for May 4, 2017.
 
Approved Conflict of Interest Code for the Orinda Union School District, as recommended by the County Counsel.
 
Accepted the report from the Health Services Department on the implementation of the Secondhand Smoke Protections Ordinance.
 
Accepted the 2016 year-end report from the Family and Human Services Committee and Approved carrying forward twenty-four referrals to 2017 as recommended by the Committee.
 
Adopted Resolution to ratify the County Administrator's proclamation of local emergency arising out of the damage caused in this County by the series of rainstorms in January 2017; and Determined whether an additional proclamation or other actions are necessary to address a continuing local emergency.