News from Around the District - January, 2018
Supervisor Andersen and her Staff wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year!
Contra Costa Board of Supervisors 40th Annual
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Mark your calendars and save the date for the County's annual tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The Humanitarian and Youth Humanitarian of the Year Awards will also be presented. The event will be at the Board of Supervisors chambers in Martinez at 651 Pine Street.
Alamo's Sharon Burke Leaves LAFCO
Applications Now Being Accepted for the Public Member Seat 
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) honored and thanked long time member Sharon Burke at their December meeting. Sharon stepped down from serving on LAFCO to spend time traveling with her husband.

Sharon's interest in LAFCO started with the proposed incorporation of Alamo. She was one of the chief proponents, and became a regular attendee at LAFCO meetings. Her financial aptitude benefitted the incorporation process, as well as Contra Costa LAFCO. Sharon was appointed to LAFCO in 2009 as the Alternate Public Member to fill a vacancy. Sharon was reappointed to LAFCO in 2012 and again in 2016. She was a member of the LAFCO Policies & Procedures Committee.

Sharon’s departure from LAFCO has left a vacancy for the Public Member seat. Applications to fill this position are being accepted through January 31. More information about LAFCO can be found here. To apply for the vacant seat, click here.
Alamo Annual Tree Lighting
Supervisor Andersen is pictured with Alamo MAC Chair Susan Rock and Immediate Past Chair Anne Struthers at the classic holiday tree lighting in Alamo, complete with caroling, music, treats and beverages. Adoptable animals from ARF were also in attendance.

The Community Foundation of Alamo sponsors the annual event each year.
Exciting News for the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1.5 million to the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District for the restoration of Lower Walnut Creek. This project will restore up to 110 acres of tidal wetlands and an additional 100 acres of transitional habitat (areas that will become wetlands as sea levels rise). To learn more about this project click here .
California Highway Patrol Start Smart Teen Driver Classes
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) in partnership with San Ramon Valley Street Smarts and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will offer 15 on site Teen Driver Classes at four high schools in the SRVUSD. Beginning in School Year 2018-2019, SRVUSD students and their parent/guardian must attend a (free) two-hour CHP Start Smart traffic safety class to be eligible to purchase a student parking permit.

Start Smart provides an opportunity for teens, and their parents/guardians, to discuss the laws, obligations, responsibilities, and family expectations that are part of driving a vehicle. During the class, CHP officers will discuss traffic avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities, and seatbelt usage. The goal is to promote and create safe driving habits around SRVUSD schools and in the community.

At a recent SRVUSD Board of Education meeting, the CHP Start Smart program was presented and well received by the board members. When the classes first became available in the SRVUSD, Supervisor Andersen attended the class with her then 16 year old son who was preparing to get his driver’s license. She also found it very helpful and worthwhile. Classes will begin during the current school year (2017-2018) for parking pass eligibility for the following school year. Classes are open to anyone over the age of 15, and must be attended with a parent/guardian, due to the graphic content of the class.     Registration and schedule can be located by clicking here .

A Community Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join Supervisor Andersen and the community at 4:00 p.m. on January 15, 2018 to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream for Today's Children in the sanctuary at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Boulevard, in Alamo. The event will feature words of Dr. King and thoughts by Mr. Delbert Walker of Downs Memorial United Methodist Church of Oakland. Also featured at the celebration will be creative expressions of peace by children and youth.

This event is presented by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Justice Committee of San Ramon Valley UMC.
Blackhawk Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Supervisor Andersen, along with Danville Town Councilmember Renee Morgan, joined with Rabbi Shmuli Raitman and the Chabad Jewish Center to enjoy the annual Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at the Blackhawk Plaza. Also in the photo is Mushky Raitman, wife of Rabbi Raitman.
Guaranteed Carpool Program Expands to Orinda, Rockridge
On November 13th, BART began reserving parking spaces in the permit area at the Orinda and Rockridge BART stations for commuters using the carpool app,  Scoop. This opening is an expansion of the Carpool to BART program, which currently operates at the Concord, Dublin/Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Millbrae, and San Bruno BART stations.
 
The Scoop to BART Carpool program aims to expand BART’s parking capacity to create an easier parking experience for commuters. Most of the agency’s 48,000 parking spaces fill by 8:00 a.m. each weekday. Solo drivers, according to a 2016 passenger survey, take Ninety-five percent of those spots. BART’s new program offers commuters the opportunity to secure a parking space in exchange for a shared trip.
 
Scoop makes it easy to enjoy this new program, as evidenced by the program’s popularity at the Dublin/Pleasanton station. The app matches commuters into carpools the night before the trip to the station, and provides drivers with information on how and where to park.
 
To get guaranteed parking at Orinda and Rockridge BART stations: download the app at takescoop.com; use promo code BARTLOVE05 to receive a $5 credit; type in the BART station name; and schedule a ride either before 9:00 p.m. the night before the morning commute or by 3:30pm for that evening’s commute. Shortly after the deadline, Scoop notifies commuters who have matched with one of their 65,000+ users. Scoop coordinates with BART to help verify carpoolers and ensure smooth operations every morning.
 
Contra Costa residents going to the Orinda station are also eligible for discounts on the Scoop app through a  partnership  between 511 Contra Costa, Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Scoop.
 
This program was developed by MTC, BART and Scoop, and made possible with funding from a Federal Transit Administration Mobility On Demand Sandbox grant. The grant includes enhancements to the app that will make the trip to BART seamless for commuters. Scoop to BART commuters will be able to find a match, pay or receive money for the carpool, and pay for BART parking through the app. Enhancements will also synchronize travel times with BART schedules, add stations as destinations within the app, and allow drivers to indicate whether their vehicles are wheelchair accessible.
 
BART, MTC, and Scoop plan to continue expanding this service to additional BART stations throughout this and next year.

More information about this program can be found at  Rideshare.511.org or click here.
Lights, Camera, Action...Lamorinda Short Docs
Grab your camera and get ready for the third annual Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest!  
 
Lamorinda Arts Council will accept submissions of documentary films, 6 minutes or less, from filmmakers of all ages from now through January 14, 2018. Finalist filmmakers will be notified by January 28, 2018.  
 
Judges will select finalists in each of four categories by age (Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult). Finalists' films will be screened and winners announced live at the festival event on February 11th, 2018. 
 
To register, click here and secure your spot at the documentary development workshop, run by award-winning local filmmaker, Réka Pigniczky, on December 9, 2017.
 
For additional information, please contact the Lamorinda Arts Council at 925-359-9940 
 
District 2 Communities Say Farewell to Outgoing
and Welcome New Mayors for 2018
Incoming Orinda Mayor Amy Worth, Supervisor Andersen and outgoing Mayor Eve Phillips pictured above at the December 5th Town Council meeting.
Danville Councilmember Karen Stepper, Supervisor Andersen and outgoing Mayor Renee Morgan at the Danville Town Council meeting on December 5.
Supervisor Andersen stands with outgoing Walnut Creek Mayor Rich Carlston at the December 5th City Council meeting. Justin Wedel was welcomed as the Mayor for 2018.
On December 11th, Supervisor Andersen thanked Mike Anderson for his year of service as Mayor of Lafayette and welcomed incoming Mayor, Don Tatzin for 2018.
Moraga held their Town Council meeting on December 13th appointing Dave Trotter as the new Mayor. Pictured above, Supervisor Andersen thanks Teresa Onoda for her dedication to Moraga while serving as Mayor for 2017.
Saranap Community Meeting
Supervisor Andersen sponsored a public meeting on December 4th at Parkmead Elementary School to discuss future development in Saranap and find out what the community would like to see.

Learn more about the Saranap Ave/Boulevard Way Planning process by clicking here.  
Spreading the Holiday Cheer
At left, Supervisor Andersen visits with Stephen and Evelyn Lin and their daughter, and Katie DeFerrari at the District 2 holiday open house on December 7.

The Supervisor and her staff enjoyed hosting the many constituents that came by to chat and share in the homemade treats.
Stepping Up Conference
Supervisor Andersen attended the Stepping Up Peer Exchange hosted in Maricopa County, Arizona from November 30th through December 1, 2017. The National Association of Counties (NACo) and county representatives engaged in a one-and-a-half-day peer exchange on county behavioral health and criminal justice issues. The event brought together county leaders from across the country to visit Maricopa County and learn about its efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the jail by impacting the four key measures of the national Stepping Up initiative . Participants also engaged in discussions about how to implement change in their own counties.
BIG Book Sale at San Ramon Library
Presented by the San Ramon Library Foundation January 27 & 28, 2018 at the San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery Street in San Ramon.

Thousands of quality books in all genres will be sold at great low prices of $.50 per item. There will be a huge selection of children and young adult books. The sale hours are: Jan. 27 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: San Ramon Library Foundation Members Only; 12-4:00 p.m.: Open to the Public; Jan. 28, 1-4:00 p.m.: Open to the Public. Bring the whole family!
Annual Homeless Point in Time Count
Volunteers needed! The Continuum of Care Planning, Health, Housing and Homeless Services Division is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Homeless Point in Time Count in late January. Volunteers will be trained on how to administer a short survey and then will be stationed at specific community sites with other volunteers to conduct the surveys. This survey provides valuable information on the scope of homelessness, particularly around the number of unsheltered people on the streets and the progress being made to end homelessness. It is also used by local agencies to help plan services and programs appropriately, address strengths and gaps, increase public awareness, and attract resources to help end homelessness.
Volunteers are needed to help conduct surveys on Wednesday, January 24th and Thursday, January 25th. Volunteers who want to participate will need to attend a training the week of January 15th before being able to administer the survey, even if they've volunteered with the Point In Time count before. 

To get more information and to volunteer, please  click here .
Fun on the Farm
Join the fun at Forest Home Farms on Saturday, January 13th and Saturday January 20th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at 1 9953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., in San Ramon.

January 13 - Victorian Tea Time
Learn about the tradition of tea and see many of the antique tea cups & saucers from the collection. Sample some teas and make a fun craft.

January 20 - Embroidery
Victorian’s loved to embroider. Come learn some basic embroidery stitches and see what you can create.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation
Annual Board of Trustees Meeting
The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation “LLLCF” held their annual Board of Trustees meeting on December 13th. Kristin Connolly, outgoing President of the Board of Trustees, was presented a certificate from Supervisor Andersen by staff member Lauri Byers, thanking her for her dedication to the library.


Contra Costa County Librarian Melinda Cervantes was the guest speaker at the meeting. Melinda updated the group on library projects, upgrades and future plans.
Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah in Alamo
On December 13th, Supervisor Andersen delivered a Happy Hanukkah message to the crowd at the Alamo Hanukkah Menorah lighting. Alamo resident JoAnn Jacobson, pictured to the right with her husband Arnold and Supervisor Andersen, was instrumental in helping to make the Alamo menorah lighting an annual event. JoAnn lit the shamash candle while Rabbi Berkowitz recited the blessing and lit other candles.
Annie Kids Showing in San Ramon
The sun will come out tomorrow in this classic children’s musical! Annie Kids features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. Performed by the 5-10 year old students of Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s Education Program.

Don't miss this enjoyable classic, showing at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center located on the Dougherty Valley High School Campus at 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon.

There are several dates to choose from: Monday, January 15; Tuesday, January 16 Wednesday, January 17; Thursday, January 18 and Friday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Cost for the performance is $10. Call (925) 973-3343 for ticket information.

Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
To welcome in the New Year have you considered making time to volunteer? 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!
 
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.
 
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
Arts & Culture Commission
CCTA Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity Council
Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education
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
Managed Care Commission
Workforce Development Board
 
To find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body, and to apply online, click here.

December 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 December which impact the residents of District 2:

Recognized hazardous materials incident response team success 2017-Continuing the Challenge Hazardous Categorization Contest.
 
Recognized November 2017 as Homeless Awareness month in Contra Costa County.
 
Recognized the month of November 2017 as adoption awareness month.

Adopted Resolution No. 2017/402 approving and authorizing the Interim Public Works Director, or designee, to fully close the north bound lanes of Danville Boulevard between Orchard Lane and Jackson Way, and to fully close Jackson Way at the intersection with Danville Boulevard, on December 3, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of the Annual Alamo Tree Lighting event, Alamo area.

Recognized the Contra Costa County Veterans in Contra Costa County upon the occasion of Veterans Day.
Recognized Small Business Saturday in Contra Costa County on November 25, 2017.

Reappointed Glenn Umont to the District 2 Seat of the Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee for a two-year term with an expiration date of December 31, 2018, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen

Honored the winners of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County 2017 Art Recognition Awards. 

Received a presentation launching the 2017 "Contra Costa County Cares" Holiday Food Fight benefitting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County.

Accepted the report on Winter Storm Preparedness in Contra Costa County, as recommended by the Chief Engineer, Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Countywide.

Accepted the report from the Health, Housing and Homeless Services Division of the Health Services Department with an update on homeless service activities and the Contra Costa Homeless Continuum of Care Annual Report for fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Adopted Resolution No. 2017/415 which affirms Contra Costa County's commitment to racial equity, diversity, and the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) initiative.

Directed the Department of Conservation and Development to delay preparing an ordinance amending the County Building Code to require the installation of solar photovoltaic systems for new residential construction, as recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainability until the proposed language to revise the State Building Code is released early this year.

Accepted the report from Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) staff on the proposed approach for updating the Contra Costa County General Plan 2005-2020

Adopted Resolution No. 2017/438 approving and authorizing the Interim Public Works Director, or designee, to execute the Maintenance Agreement between Contra Costa County and the Round Hill Estates North Property Owners Association, Inc., to memorialize the maintenance of two as-built entryway monuments, as recommended by the Interim Public Works Director, Alamo area

Approved and Authorized the County Librarian, or designee, to apply for and accept a grant in the amount of $2,250 from California State Library and the California Center for the Book to provide for author visits for the period December 4, 2017 through June 2018.

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