News from Around the District - February, 2018
County Considers Cannabis Ordinance
Supervisor Andersen Presenting Framework to City Councils
On November 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to seek public input on its Preliminary Working Draft Framework for Regulating Cannabis in the Unincorporated Area of Contra Costa County ( click here to view framework).

The approved Framework provides an overview of the general direction of potential cannabis regulation for the County and was prepared with preliminary input from the public and various County departments.

It should be noted that the Board recently reaffirmed its current prohibition on all commercial cannabis activities and has indicated that any change to allow such uses would be predicated on voter approval of tax on commercial cannabis in the unincorporated areas.

As part of the public outreach plan, Supervisor Andersen will be attending public City and Town Council meetings to discuss and receive input regarding possible options for what the County plan might look like in her District. She will be on the agendas as follows:

  • Danville - Tuesday, February 6th - 7:30 p.m.
  • San Ramon - Tuesday, February 13th - 7:00 p.m.
  • Walnut Creek - Tuesday, February 20th - 6:00 p.m. (with Supervisor Mitchoff)
  • Lafayette - Monday, February 26th - 7:00 p.m.
  • Moraga - Wednesday, March 14th - 7:00 p.m.
  • Orinda - Tuesday, March 20th - 7:30 p.m. (tentative, please call us to confirm)

County staff will be presenting the framework to the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) on Tuesday, February 6th. The Alamo MAC meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Boulevard, Alamo.

For more information about Contra Costa County Cannabis Regulations and Licensing, as well as a full list of public meetings in the County, click here.
Board of Supervisors Annual Reorganization Meeting
At the January 9th Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Karen Mitchoff was elected Chair of the Board for 2018. Supervisor John Gioia will serve as vice-chair.

Before handing over the gavel, Supervisor Glover spoke about the achievements the Supervisors accomplished during his tenure as 2017 Chair. Click here to read about the 2017 Board of Supervisors Achievements.

Pictured at left, Supervisor Mitchoff, Gioia, Burgis, Glover, Andersen and County Administrator David Twa at the annual reorganization luncheon held at the Contra Costa Country Club in Pleasant Hill.

New County Administration Building Groundbreaking
On January 8th, in the pouring rain, the County broke ground for the new County Administration Building and Emergency Operations Center. In the background of the photo to the left is the renovated Morrow House, which will house the project construction office. The Morrow House will also be the new headquarters for the County's Office of Reentry and Justice.

Pictured are Sheriff David Livingston, County Administrator David Twa, Supervisors Diane Burgis, Federal Glover, Mitchoff and Andersen.

To learn more about the Administration Building and the EOC, please see the article that follows.
New County Administration Building and EOC Building
The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to replace the outdated 12 story County Administration Building located at 651 Pine Street. The current Administration Building was built in the early 1960's and is in terrible disrepair. County Public Works estimates the building has $25M in deferred maintenance.

The new Administration Building will be four stories, 71,000 Sq. Ft. and is designed to complement the Martinez Downtown Area.

As part the first stage of construction, the Morrow House has been refurbished to be utilized as the project offices and for the Office of Reentry & Justice (ORJ).

The new parking lot, which is expected to be completed in June of 2018, will provide 155 new stalls with an additional 75 stalls to be located behind the existing Martinez Detention Facility (MDF).

The Contracts for construction of the new Administration Building are expected to be awarded in March, 2018 with construction completed in early 2020.

Pictured above is the rendition for the proposed Emergency Operations Center.

At the same time, construction will commence on the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Public Safety Building that will be located just South of Highway 4 next to the current EOC in Martinez.


The costs for all three projects will be paid for by $100 Million in 15-year lease-revenue bonds with an interest rate of 2.387% that were issued by the County in 2017. 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrated in Alamo
Supervisor Andersen stands with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and event organizer Laura Sanchez at the community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream for Today's Children, held at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, on Monday January 15th.
Fun on the Farm in San Ramon
Open to the Public - Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Make plans to stop by the Farm and enjoy the beautiful setting and natural environment.

• Take the Self-Guided Tour
• Enjoy themed presentations and hands-on activities at Fun on the Farm, Saturday’s 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
• Tour the Glass House Museum at 1pm every Saturday ($5 fee, credit card only)
• Visit the Tractor Barn and see our collection of antique tractors and engines
• Shop for unique gifts and toys in the Gift Shoppe on Saturdays
• Themed group field trips and Glass House Museum tours are scheduled by appointment. Call (925) 973-3284 for information

February 10, 2018
Victorian Valentines February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. Learn how the Victorian’s celebrated Valentine’s Day and make your own Victorian Valentine.

February 24, 2018
Canning & Jam Canning was an important part of life on a farm. Come learn about the process of canning and taste a few jams that Ruth Boone made and sold at Forest Home Farm.
Supervisor Andersen Visits Danville Rotary
Joyce Feldman, current President of Danville Sycamore Valley Rotary, and David Behring present Candace with a library book being donated in her name to a local school after she addressed their club's breakfast meeting on January 30.
Blood Donation Shortage
National Red Cross Launches Urgent Appeal
On Monday, January 8th, the American Red Cross launched an urgent appeal for blood and platelet donations nationwide to help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Red Cross blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations come in, and in particular – platelet and type O negative and B negative blood donations are critically needed right now.
Winter weather can have a tremendous impact on the blood supply this time of year, when brutally cold temperatures keep many donors home and snow and ice storms often result in the cancellation of blood drives. Blood donations during the busy holiday and winter weather months of November and December were already more than 28,000 donations below expectations. Additionally, hectic holiday schedules in November and December contributed to nearly 550 fewer blood drives hosted by volunteer sponsor groups and coordinators than the two previous months.

Upcoming Blood Drives:

CENTRAL COUNTY
Monday, February 19, 2018, Alain Pinel Realtors, American Red Cross Bus
1646 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, Ca 94596
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Whole Foods Market, American Red Cross Bus
1333 Newell Avenue, Walnut Creek, Ca 94596
10 am – 4 pm

SOUTH COUNTY
Friday, February 16, 2018, Danville Community Blood Drive, The Grange Hall
743 Diablo Road, Danville, Ca 94526
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 pm
Moraga Town Manager Retires
After serving 37 years with the Moraga Police Department, including seven years as Chief, Bob Priebe left law enforcement to become the Moraga Town Manager in 2016.
Last month, he retired as Town Manager.

Pictured at right, Jill Ray, Staff to Supervisor Andersen, Samantha Reneau, of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's office, and Teresa Gerringer from Senator Steve Glazer's office present Bob with resolutions and retirement gifts.
Contra Costa County Selects New Director of Health Services
After a nationwide search, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors appointed Anna Roth as the new director of Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) on January 30. Anna has served as Chief Executive Officer of Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and Health Centers for nine years. Roth succeeds Dr . William B. Walker, who served more than two decades as Health Services Director and over three decades as County Health Officer.

Roth holds a master's degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Master in Public Health from Harvard University. She is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of health care experience and is an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Quality Improvement Fellow. Roth is a renowned leader in system redesign and innovation and a strong advocate for the inclusion of patients, families and the community as full partners in the delivery of health services.

In addition to Roth's healthcare experience she's also held executive leadership roles locally, statewide, and nationally as board member and chair of both the Essential Hospitals Institute and the California Health Care Safety Net Institute. Roth is also a lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

CCHS is the largest department of county government in Contra Costa, with more than 4,400 employees and an annual budget of $1.8 billion . CCHS includes primary, specialty and inpatient medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, public health programs, environmental health protection, hazardous materials response and inspection and emergency medical services, as well as a county operated health maintenance organization, the Contra Costa Health Plan.
San Ramon Upcoming Activities
Parents Night Out: Camp Central After Dark
Saturday, February 24, 4:30-9:00pm
Dougherty Station Community Center
Grades K-5

Introducing Camp Central After Dark! Send your kids to experience a fun evening adventure. Kids will choose two staff led mini camps, including slime science, fuse beads, art explorations and Crazy 4 Sports. After some pizza, kids will meet in the theater for a movie and wrap up the night with a game of dodgeball. For more information contact San Ramon Parks & Community Services @ 925-973-3200

Winter Family Fun Night
March 2, 2018 6-8pm
Dougherty Station Community Center

Enjoy a free family date night and get your fun on! The event will feature games like ping pong, spike ball and basketball. Relax in the theater and enjoy some classic cartoons or get artistic with face painting and free crafts. Admission is free!
Contra Costa District Attorney's Office Accepting Applications For Summer Intern Program
The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for the College and High School Summer Intern Program. Interns will be assigned to units within the office and will learn about the criminal justice system and assist Deputy District Attorneys in the preparation of cases. They will also have the opportunity to attend trials. Interns will be able to participate in several field trips during the summer. Previous trips included tours of San Quentin, the Contra Costa County Crime Lab and U.S. Coast Guard Facility in San Francisco.  

High School students must be entering their senior year in the fall of 2018 to qualify. Those interested should send a cover letter and resume by March 15 th to Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey at dyancey@contracostada.org
Museum of San Ramon Valley Presents A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is proud to present a new traveling exhibit documenting the 1873 overland journey of artists Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny, A Great Frontier Odyssey: Sketching the American West. This exhibit will be on display at the Museum which is located at 205 Railroad Avenue, Danville, from January 20th to March 18th.
 
The opening of the West with the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869 coupled with the flood of Americans and immigrants to this new frontier created a clamor for images of the American West. This promoted the leading publication of its day, Harper Magazine, to send two artists west to provide images of the West.
 
Harper's selected two artists from France, Paul Frenzeny and Jules Tavernier, for this exciting project. Paul Frenzeny was one of the leading “special correspondents” of his time and had become the illustrator of choice for western adventure stories and novels such as the Jungle Book. His cohort Jules Tavernier was a celebrated French painter who after their adventure became world renown for his Hawaiian volcano paintings. 

Frenzeny and Tavernier showed the plight of the common man to landscape images of this new frontier. Their paintings helped to shape the view of the new emerging West to America. 

Sketching the West is extremely relevant today as it provides us with the foundation of Americas view of its new frontier and its people the West.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is open Tuesday to Friday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 pm. Visit their website by clicking here or call 925 837 3750.  
Contra Costa Elections Division Photo Contest
It's Beginning to Look a lot like Rat and Mouse Season
When it gets cold, most of us want to be warm. The same can be said for the  rats and mice that are found in Contra Costa County  because they are commensal-they live close to humans and can depend upon us for food, water, and shelter. It's no surprise, then, that the change in seasons prompts rats and mice to migrate to areas closer to or literally inside your warm home.
 
If you suspect your home has rat or mouse activity,  contact the District to request free rat and mouse service . The District's service includes valuable, detailed information, guidance and recommendations.
 
District employees provide an inspection to determine:
 
1. The type of rat or mouse infestation (rats need not be present).
2. How they are gaining access to a home or other structure.
3. What is attracting the rats and mice to the location?
 
Once the inspection is complete, District employee provides feedback that includes:
 
1. A summary of what evidence was found.
2. Recommendations on what to do to get rid of the current rats and mice.
3. Instructions on what to do to prevent future rats and mice from gaining access.
 
District employees do not bait or set traps, and they do not remove any animals from the premises. Ensuring a rat and mouse-free environment reduces the risk of contracting diseases from these rodents.

For additional information, click here to visit their website, or contact: 
Nola Woods
Community Affairs Representative
Contra Costa Mosquito &
Vector Control District
155 Mason Circle
Concord, CA  94520
925.685.9301    Main
Join the Dose of Awareness Walk
Contra Costa Board of Supervisors Celebrates the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and
Humanitarian of the Year Awards
Phil Arnold was honored at the 2018 Humanitarian of the Year. A county resident and community activist for more than 25 years, Phil Arnold is well-known by many. Mr. Arnold is a U.S. Veteran and retired software industry executive but more important to him is being a husband of 46 years, father to three, and grandfather to six.

Before starting a career in the tech industry Mr. Arnold proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era.

Mr. Arnold’s mantra is, “You can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to show up!” When it comes to “showing up” Mr. Arnold has been a great asset to his community and therefore recognized for his selfless efforts. He was named Humanitarian of the Year by Concord’s Human Relations Commission as well as the recipient of the Association of California School Administrator’s Outstanding Friend of Education Award.

Throughout Mr. Arnold’s magnanimous career in community
service he has served as President of the Black Families Association of Central Contra Costa County as well as past team lead for the Government Alliance on Race and Equity. Currently he serves on several other committees and boards benefitting the community.

 As a man who believes community involvement is one of the benchmarks of a fulfilled life, Mr. Arnold is achieving just that.
The Board of Supervisors were honored to present the 2018 Student Humanitarian Award to Sienna Camille Terry. Sienna Terry’s calm and strong leadership has transformed the lives of her student body and faculty at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.

In 2016 Sienna was the target of racist bullying. Her story encouraged administration to initiate an Equity Summit where Sienna spoke to student leaders about her experiences, gathered her friends and began the Las Lomas Diversity committee, using the tools and resources she learned from a trainer at the summit. She has faithfully attended the District Equity Committee meetings, helped lead a student panel that spoke to students about equity issues, met with the leadership teacher, school administration and other faculty about some of the student activities that were seen as exclusive and insensitive.

Sienna’s leadership and the leadership of her team has gotten results. Sienna and her friends established “Care Week” at Las Lomas that had students leading equity discussions and activities every day for a week in November of 2017. A Latino Unidos club started and is now flourishing at the high school.
Come Join Mobility Matters
Mobility Matters is a nonprofit organization that serves as a mobility management center for Contra Costa County, working collaboratively with public, private, and nonprofit transportation providers that offer accessible transportation for seniors, adults with disabilities, and low income individuals. It also operates a toll-free call in Transportation Information & Referrals Helpline 1-855-234-RIDE (7433) that matches riders to the appropriate provider to meet their individual mobility needs. In addition, Mobility Matters directly provides rides through its two volunteer driver programs: Rides for Seniors and Rides 4 Veterans.

In the Rides for Seniors program, screened and trained volunteer drivers provide free, one-on-one, escorted rides using their own cars. The cost of gas can be reimbursed if necessary. These rides are for ambulatory individuals, age 60+, residing at home in Contra Costa County who cannot access other forms of transportation, primarily because they need door-through-door standby or elbow assistance. Walkers, canes, crutches, and knee scooters can be accommodated, but not wheelchairs. In the Rides 4 Veterans program, the qualifying criteria are the same, except it is for veterans of any age. Many of our volunteer drivers for this program are also veterans! Certified service animals are welcome to accompany the rider in both programs.

Rides are given primarily for outpatient medical, surgical, and psychological care, dental services, and basic necessity shopping, like groceries. At this time, rides for other purposes can be requested, but are usually not available, because all volunteer drivers are booked for those priorities.

If you are a senior or a veteran who cannot access other forms of transportation, please call (925) 284-6161 to see if you qualify for rides in one of our volunteer driver programs. If not, we will help connect you to an appropriate transportation provider.

If you are a caring, mature, licensed driver between the ages of 25 and 75, who owns a reliable, safe, registered and insured car, has an excellent driving record and a criminal free background, please call (925) 284-2215 to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.

When a volunteer driver joins the Mobility Matters team, one to three more riders can be enrolled. Come join our team and find out what a difference you can make in other people’s lives. It will change their lives for the better, and it will most certainly change yours!

You can also read about our services on line by clicking here.
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation through a variety of advisory boards, covering many different issues. It is very likely you have skills and experience that the whole county could benefit from. Won’t you consider volunteering today?
 
To follow is a list of advisory bodies that currently have vacant seats:
 
District 2 vacancies available:
 
County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee
Advise the Board of Supervisors regarding community desires in the area of extended police protection for the Roundhill area of Alamo.
 
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board  click here
Provides input and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Health Services Department concerning family and community needs regarding prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug related problems.
 
First 5 – Contra Costa Children and Families Commission click here
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 - Alamo Seat  Click here for information
Provide citizen input for a management program for the Iron Horse Corridor.

Library Commissionclick here
Provides a forum for the community to provide input concerning Library operations, and recommends proposals to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian which may improve the Library.
 
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
Arts & Culture Commission
Aviation Advisory Committee
CCTA Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
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
Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Local Enforcement Agency Independent Hearing Panel
Managed Care Commission
Treasury Oversight Committee
Workforce Development Board
 
To find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body, and to apply online, 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 2018 Reorganization of the Board of Supervisors, elected Karen Mitchoff as 2018 Chair of the Board and John Gioia as 2018 Vice Chair.

Accepted Board Member assignments to 2018 Board Committees, special county committees and regional organizations.

Accepted the County’s Development Impact Fee Annual Report for fiscal year 2010/2011 through fiscal year 2016/2017, for areas of benefit in unincorporated Contra Costa County, as recommended by the Interim Public Works Director, Countywide.  

Approved and authorized the County Administrator, or designee, to execute a contract amendment with the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, to extend the term from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020 and decrease the hourly service rate for County-provided emergency radio and other radio support services.

Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to accept on behalf of the County, a Grant Award from the Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation, for the Public Health Literacy Project for books and educational materials for children in low income families, for the period from October 19, 2017 through October 18, 2018.

Accepted the 2017 Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission Annual Report and 2018 Work Plan, as recommended by the Sustainability Commission.

Presentation proclaiming January 2018 as Eligibility Workers' Month.

Presentation proclaiming January 2018 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Approved and authorized the conveyance of two Assignment of Easements on behalf of Contra Costa County to Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, pursuant to Government Code Section 25365, as recommended by the Interim Public Works Director, Walnut Creek area.

Resolution recognizing Robert Priebe upon his retirement from the Town of Moraga as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Allocated $20,000 from the Livable Communities Trust (District II portion) to the Public Works Department and direct the Interim Public Works Director to execute, on behalf of the County, a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of San Ramon to participate in the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Program for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Presentation recognizing the Career Online High School Class of 2016/2017, Graduate Jordan Smith. 

Accepted the year-end reports on the County’s 2017 federal and state legislative advocacy efforts and adopted the proposed Contra Costa County 2018 Federal and State Legislative Platforms.

Reassigned Clark Johnson from the Alternate seat to the Appointee 3 seat on the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council for the remainder of the term with an expiration date of December 31, 2020, and appointed Jennifer Carter to the alternate seat.

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