News from Around the District - February, 2020
Happy Lunar New Year
Novel Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and its partners are working closely with state and federal health agencies to monitor a new coronavirus that originated in China in Dec. 2019.



What is the risk?
  • Contra Costa residents are at low risk of becoming infected. Only people who recently traveled to China or have had close contact with someone who became ill with the novel coronavirus after recent travel in China could be exposed.

How can I avoid getting sick and what should I do if I have symptoms?

What is being done in Contra Costa?
  • All hospitals in the county, including Contra Costa Regional Medical Center & Health Centers, are asking patients about symptoms of coronavirus and recent travel to China. People calling 911 will also be asked about their symptoms and recent travel to China.
  • Contra Costa Health Services has sent information about coronavirus to local medical providers, ambulance paramedics and schools.
  • County health officials are in ongoing contact with the CDC and the California Department of Health to get the latest information.

This a rapidly evolving situation with new information emerging every day. For the latest updates, please visit our website at cchealth.org/coronavirus.
2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors held their 42nd Annual celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 21st, in Martinez.

Soloist Linda Jackson shared with the crowd her musical talent. Linda is very active in the Richmond community and is known throughout the Bay Area as an educator, vocalist and recording artist.

Bisa French, interim Police Chief for the Richmond Police Department was the keynote speaker for the event. Chief French is the first female Chief in the department's 110-year history.

Christina Mazzi, pictured in the photo above, was named Student Humanitarian of the Year. Christina is a 17-year-old at Concord High School. Through the encouragement of mentors, friends, and family Christina loves giving her time and energy back to the communities that did so much for her when she was younger.

During the summer of 2018, Christina founded ProjectWOC, an Instagram based community organization working to inspire the younger generation of girls of color. Through both local and international mentorship programs, Christina and her Board of Directors are successfully making a difference in young girls’ lives. 

When Christina is not doing schoolwork, working at a part time job, or leading ProjectWOC, she loves to give time to the clubs that she leads at school. She is the president of the California Scholarship Federation club, the Co-President of Black Student Union, and the Co-President of The Cub Project—a local mentorship group she started under ProjectWOC.

Tamisha Walker was named Humanitarian of the Year. Tamisha is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Safe Return Project, a Richmond organization invested in securing the freedom of formerly incarcerated individuals. She has been a community organizer and advocate on issues of mass incarceration and racial disparity in the criminal justice system since her release from incarceration in 2009. 

As a current Rosenburg Foundations Leading Edge Fund fellow, she advances the work of social justice to build a movement of highly skilled, formerly incarcerated leaders fighting discrimination based on criminal history. In 2017, she received the San Francisco Robert C. Kirkwood Leadership Award. Her leadership was recognized at the 2018 The Black Elected Officials of the East Bay, “Shine,” and honored with a Community Excellence award for demonstrated excellence in her field. 

Her educational experience includes professional training in research and advocacy for the formerly incarcerated and their families, and a Bachelors in Psychology from California State University East Bay. 

Tamisha serves on Contra Costa County’s Racial Justice Oversight Body, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the Contra Costa LEAD PLUS Local Advisory Committee, a diversion program in Antioch.
Trinity Center Temporary Location Update
Trinity Center administrators recently learned that their new community center at St. Paul’s Commons will not be ready until late March 2020. Their landlord has extended their lease at 1300 Boulevard Way through April 2020 in order to enable them to continue services until their new space is completed. Please visit trinitycenterwc.org for more information. Anyone who has been part of a building or home rehab project will surely sympathize with what can happen, despite everyone’s best hopes. On a more rewarding note, eight of their members have been approved for apartments in the new building and will begin moving in this week.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday – 8 am to 4 pm – breakfast, lunch, laundry, showers, clothes closet, food pantry, and volunteer assistance.
Wednesday – 12 noon to 4 pm – WOMEN ONLY
Evening Hours December 9 through March 29: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Weekend morning shelter drop off: 7:00- 7:30 am

Transportation: Trinity provides a shuttle during the morning, and upon closing to and from downtown to reduce foot traffic. As some members may use bus services, Trinity staff monitor the bus stop nearby. Many of their members own their own vehicles and will be able to park at the location during operating hours. Overnight shelter staff and members staying in the Armory this winter are authorized to park their cars overnight until the shelter at the Armory ends. 

Neighborhood Helpline:
To report concerns or incidents to Trinity staff, please call 925.949.8712, extension 8 and leave a message for Marjolein Daas. Other resource staff include: Pam McGrath, Administrative Services Manager, 925-457-4678,  pamm@trinitycenterwc.org and Jenny Quijada, Executive Program Assistant, 925-457-4533,  jennyq@trinitycenterwc.org.

For lawless activity your resources are:

City of Walnut Creek Police: Lt. Cashion
cashion@walnutcreekpd.com
925-256-3519

County Sheriff's Office: 
Lieutenant Sliger
bslig@so.cccounty.us
924.646.6055

Trinity Center appreciates your support as they eagerly look forward to their transition to their historic downtown “homebase.”
Contra Costa Animal Services
Super Bowl Prediction Adoption Challenge   
With the Super Bowl this weekend, Contra Costa Animal Services (CCAS) is providing an opportunity for adopters to help predict the winner of Sunday’s game and win the biggest prize of all – a new companion animal! 
They have assembled two Pro Bowl rosters of available dogs and cats, one team of 49ers pets and one team of Chiefs pets. For every pet that is adopted from one of the teams through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, one point will be awarded to their team. The team with the most points at the end of Saturday will be the predicted winner of the Super Bowl. But we all know who the real winners will be – the adopters and their new furever friends.

The results of the challenge will be posted to CCAS’s social media platforms Sunday morning prior to the Super Bowl. Interested adopters can participate in the challenge by visiting CCAS’s Martinez and Pinole adoption centers to meet animals and adopt their new family member. 

Standard adoption fees include the cost of adoption, spay/neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations and license. Refundable deposits may be required for spay/neuter surgery.

To view animals available for adoption, visit www.ccasd.org.  
The County Elections Division is Looking for Poll Workers
Try This Convenient Voting Option
Iron Horse Corridor Active Transportation Study
Draft Study Available for Public Review
In Contra Costa County, the Iron Horse Trail is an 18.5 mile corridor from the Alameda County line to Mayette Avenue in Concord. Formerly a Southern Pacific Railroad route, the Iron Horse Corridor now features a paved multi-use trail for walking, jogging, and bicycling along with adjacent unpaved or soft trails in some areas. The trail is managed by the East Bay Regional Parks District with Contra Costa County Public Works supporting the management and development of the trail in Contra Costa County.

The Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study is investigating the potential for the corridor to support increased mobility using active transportation – walking, bicycling, and similar modes of travel, and possibly adding separated trails for bicycles and pedestrians. The study sets out a vision for the future of the Iron Horse Trail, considering the trail, crossings with streets and highways, and access to the trail. The objective is to help maximize the safety of trail users, while expanding the number of trips that the trail can support through active transportation.

The DRAFT Iron Horse Corridor Active Transportation Study is available for public review until Thursday, February 13, 2020. The DRAFT Study is available at contracosta.ca.gov/6886/Iron-Horse-Corridor-Active-Transportatio.

Visit www.ihtactive.com for more information about the study and interactive maps.

Please provide comments by no later than Thursday, February 13, 2020. Delivering your feedback by this time will assist the County in finalizing the Study. Comments may be sent to jamar.stamps@dcd.cccounty.us.
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Holds
2020 Legislative Lunch & Learn
With the recently retirement of Larry Sly, and under new leadership, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano held their annual Legislative Lunch & Learn policy event on January 24th.

Pictured on the right, Joel Sjostrom, the new Executive Director of the Food Bank speaks to the attendees.

Advocacy and Community Engagement coordinator Mary Ann Buggs, was one of many speakers discussing the goals and challenges facing the food bank.

The food bank does not just provide food for those in need, they also hold listening sessions with the community, have a speaker series, and a community advisory panel listening to the needs and concerns of Contra Costa residents and consumers of the food bank.

To learn more about the food bank, or how you can be a part of the solution to feeding the hungry, visit foodbankccs.org.
Lafayette Rotary Annual Gala
Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and
Climate Change at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley's current exhibit displays exquisite photographs of California's wildflowers, bringing awareness of the beauty of the Golden State as well as the dangers facing our natural habitats from climate change. All geographic regions of California are highlighted in this stunning show. From the high alpine "rock gardens" above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Death Valley National Park's below-sea-level environment, the majesty of the golden state will be on display.
 
Photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter are based in the Bay Area and have been capturing powerful images for over three decades.
 
Beyond the beauty and information enjoy the hands-on experience of seeing stunning pressed wildflowers projected from a microscope onto a screen. You can choose which wildflowers to project. Learn about the role of the citizen scientist in understanding and documenting climate change. This beautiful and informative exhibit will be on display through March 29.
 
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at 205 Railroad Ave Danville CA 94526. Our hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-4, Saturday 10-1,Sunday 12-3. You can contact the museum at museumsrv.org or call 925-837-3750.

San Ramon Valley Education Foundation
The Run for Education Logo Contest
Through Saturday, February 15th, the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation will be accepting submissions of a logo for the 37th Annual Run for Education. The winning design will be highlighted on T-shirts and the winning student will receive $100 in gift cards.

Requirements:
Must be a student of SRVUSD

Logo must include the SRVEF tree in the design
Must include the words "37th Annual Run for Education" and "Chevron Presents"
Please submit as a PDF file and include student name, grade, and school with entry
     
Other Criteria Used:
Logo must be colorful and easy to see from a distance
Groups of runners, start line, finish line, course, etc.
 
Submission:
Please email all entries to info@srvef.org with the subject line "Run for Education Logo Contest" by Saturday, February 15. One winner will be chosen and will receive $100 worth of gift cards from local businesses.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.srvef.org.
County Makes it Easier to Prepare for Switch to "Real ID's"
Starting October 1st, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require a valid passport or other federally approved document, like a REAL ID driver license or identification card, to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities and military bases.

To apply for a REAL ID, Californians must visit a DMV office and bring the following documents:
• One proof of identity* – original or certified (examples: valid passport, birth certificate)
*Legal name change document(s) if name on proof of identity is different from the name on the other documents (examples: marriage certificate, adoption papers)
• One proof of Social Security number
• Two proofs of California residency – paper copies (examples: utility bill, bank statement)

For more information about the Records Within Reach program and future off-site service locations, go to www.contracostacore.us. For more information about REAL ID, visit realid.dmv.ca.gov.
Town of Danville Offers Art Sponsorship Opportunity
Applications for Grand Jury Service Sought
The Contra Costa County Superior Court is accepting applications for Civil Grand Jury Service for the Fiscal Year 2020/21 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 schools. Jurors receive a stipend for attending full jury and committee meetings and are reimbursed for allowable jury travel. Contact the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at 925-608-2621 or visit cc-courts.org/grandjury for additional information and to obtain an application. Applications are due by March 13th.
The Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville Hosting Closing Reception
For First Exhibition of 2020
The Town of Danville’s Village Theatre Art Gallery partnering with the Richmond Art Center (RAC) as a satellite exhibition space for the RAC’s 24th Annual Art of The African Diaspora (previously titled the Art of Living Black). The exhibition will feature the artistic talents of artists who reside in the Bay Area and are of African Descent.

Co-founded by the late Jan Hart-Schuyers and the late Rae Louise Hayward, Art of The African Diaspora is a group exhibition showcasing works of more than 150 artists. The exhibition at the Village Theatre Art Gallery will spotlight a number of these artists. This event is organized by The Art of Living Black Steering Committee in partnership with the Richmond Art Center. The Steering Committee is a dedicated group of established Bay Area artists touched by the vision of founders Jan Hart-Shuyers and Rae Louise Hayward. The group’s mission is to preserve and expand the vision of their beloved founders by supporting emerging, mid-career and established artists of African descent.

A Closing Reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and as always, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Visual Arts Coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier at (925) 314-3460 or mnelsonbleier@danville.ca.gov.
Street Smarts Video Contest Awards
Talented videographers in the San Ramon Valley created some great traffic safety videos to help their peers and our community stay safe. Pictured above with the winners and Supervisor Candace Andersen are San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, SRVUSD Board of Education President Greg Marvel, Danville Vice Mayor Lisa Blackwell, and San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Fire and Life Safety Inspector Deborah Vanek at The Village Theatre and Art Gallery. For more information about Street Smarts and to see winning videos, visit street-smarts.com.
Contra Costa District Attorney Offering Summer Internships
East Bay International Jewish Film Festival - Celebrating 25 Years
Great films have the power to bring us together, teach us, give us hope, and even move us to action. The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival will be screening in Orinda and Pleasant Hill from February 26th through March 8th.

From the early days showing a few thought-provoking films in a community center auditorium, this annual festival now features more than 45 carefully curated films from around the world. Film lovers of every age, ethnicity, faith and lifestyle gather to share, learn, laugh, cry and expand their worldview.

For schedule and more information, visit   eastbayjewishfilm.org.
A Valentine's Day Destination Wedding
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 co.contra-costa.ca.us/3595/Alamo
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.

Established to decide disputes between property owners and the Assessor's Office. Disputes are heard by the Assessment Appeals Board, which is composed of members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
 
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 -  www.first5coco.org/
The commission works to support early childhood development through a strategic plan developed pursuant to the California Children and Families First Act of 1998.

Find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body here co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418 . To apply online go to www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/
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:

Approved 2020 Board Member assignments to Board Committees, Special County Committees, and Regional organizations.

Recognized the 2020 Reorganization of the Board of Supervisors, heard comments of the Outgoing Chair, Supervisor John Gioia and Swore in the 2020 Chair, Andersen and Vice Chair, Burgis. 

Recognized January 2020 as Positive Parenting Awareness Month.

Appointed Mariana Valdez to the District II Seat on the Family and Children's Trust Committee for a term with an expiration date of September 30, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.

Approved and Authorized the Auditor-Controller, to reissue a payment on behalf of the Public Works Director in the amount of $2,000 from County Service Area R-7 (CSA R-7), payable to the Alamo Rotary Foundation for the holiday lights event at Andrew H. Young Park, Alamo area. (District II)  

Adopted Resolution No. 2020/1 to amend governing requirements and policies for making appointments to advisory bodies to the Board of Supervisors, and to supersede Resolution No. 2011/497.

Considered applicants for the County Clerk-Recorder position and determined which applicants would be invited to advance in the application process and selected acting Clerk Recorder Deborah Cooper as the finalist, with a formal appointment to take place on February.

Adjourned in memory of Don Anderson of Lafayette and Dr. Lance Gershen of Walnut Creek.

Authorized the submission of a letter to the U.S. Department of State indicating the County’s consent to refugee resettlement in Contra Costa Count as per the terms of the Executive Order 13888 on Enhancing State and local Involvement in Refugee Resettlement. 

Declared the Board's intent to adopt a FY 2020/21 General Fund budget that balances annual expenses and revenues.

Acknowledged that significant issues will continue to create financial pressure on the Board of Supervisors in its effort to provide essential services and programs which Contra Costa County residents need, or expect will be provided to them by the County.
 
Recognized Don and Joan Kurtz and the 1888 One Room Schoolhouse Program.
 
Recognized 2019 Salesian varsity football team for winning the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship.
 
Recognized January 2020 as Eligibility Workers Month in Contra Costa County. (Kathy Gallagher, Employment and Human Services Director)
 
Recognized January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Adopted Ordinance No. 2020-01 to establish regulations and permitting procedures for accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units.  

Considered accepting a report and recommendations on Language Interpretation Services at Board of Supervisor Meetings.

Directed the County Administrator to report to the Board on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, on whether there are any results of the background check that would prevent the Board of Supervisors from appointing the Finalist(s) to the position of Clerk-Recorder.

Approved and Authorized the Public Works Director, or designee, to allocate up to $60,900 from County Service Area R-7 (CSA R-7) funds to present the Alamo “2020 Summer Concert Series” and Alamo “2020 Movie Under the Stars” events at Livorna Park, Alamo area. 

Agendas and videos of Board of Supervisors meetings can be found by visiting cccounty.us/4664/Board-Meeting-Agendas-and-Videos.
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

Cameron Collins
Field Representative;
Alamo

Dom Pruett

Policy Analyst, Field Representative; Walnut Creek and Lafayette

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