News from Around the District  - July, 2017
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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

San Ramon Valley Office   

309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526



Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785


Danville Office


Lamorinda Office

  Fire Station #15

3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549



Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

and by appointment, please call


Phone: (925) 646-6067 


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Happy 4th of July Weekend!
july4th_words_fireworks.jpg With July 4th on Tuesday, many of us have today and or Monday off and a long weekend to look forward to. Picnics, BBQ's and other celebrations will likely begin tomorrow.

But please remember that the sale, possession and use of all fireworks is illegal in this county.  The law even prohibits the use of sparklers and other so-called  "safe and sane" fireworks.   Heavy winter rains and warmer summer temperatures  means high fire danger in the county. Illegal fireworks cause injuries and fires each year.  Parents should make sure their children don't  have any fireworks and teach them that fireworks are dangerous. If you have illegal fireworks for disposal you can call your police department or fire district. Do not take fireworks to fire stations for disposal

However, there are many ways to enjoy fireworks by attending public displays conducted by professionals. Here are some local events:

Moraga 4th of July Celebration - Fun Runs, pancake breakfast, dog parade, food and community booths, children's bike parade, evening concert with Dave Martin's House Party, and much more. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 4th, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Moraga Commons Park, 1425 St. Mary's Road. Click here for more information.
Pleasant Hill - Parade at 9:30 a.m., fun at the park at 10:30 a.m., f ireworks begin around 7:15 p.m., entertainment, games and more, Tuesday, July 4th.  Click here for more information.

Concord 2nd Annual 4th of July Festival - 5k run, parade, picnic, kids carnival, food booths and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 4th.  Click here  for more information.

Martinez 4th of July Fireworks Show down at the Martinez Marina - 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th.  Click here  for more information.

Livermore 4th of July Family Fun Fireworks Celebration - Fireworks display will be launched off of the top of the parking structure on Railroad Avenue at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4th. Click here for more information.

Alameda County Fairgrounds 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular - Show begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. set to music performed by the Oakland Symphony, along with a Salute to Hometown Heroes Video on Tuesday, July 4th in Pleasanton. Click here for more information.

There is other entertainment besides watching fireworks:

San Ramon Central Park - Live music featuring Kalimba (Earth Wind & Fire music), picnic, dancing, crafts, patriotic celebration, and salute to local veterans. Additional parking will be available at Iron Horse Middle School. Tuesday, July 4th, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 12501 Alcosta Blvd. For more information please call (925) 973-3200.

For parades and other events, please see the articles that follow.
Danville Kiwanis 4th of July Parade
The Annual Kiwanis 4th of July parade takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th, in downtown Danville. The event has over 100 entries and draws 40,000 to 50,000 spectators the day of the parade. 

The Kiwanis Club of San Ramon Valley has organized and conducted the Annual Kiwanis 4th of July Parade since 1975. The parade offers a great way to build community, enjoy festivities, and celebrate America's birth. The parade is co-sponsored by the Town of Danville, sponsored by local businesses and individuals, and is supported by community groups such as the Aktion Club and Boy Scouts of America. All proceeds raised through sponsorship and participant registration fees are redistributed to local nonprofits through grants issued by the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Foundation. 

The parade starts at the North end of town, and goes down Hartz Avenue and San Ramon Valley Boulevard, for about one mile.  You can view the parade along either side of the street.  Please note that the Town of Danville allows you to set up chairs along the parade route at 6pm on July 3rd, but asks that you do not use tape or chalk to mark out your spot.  There is plenty of room for everyone to see the parade, so if you show up on the morning of the 4th, you will still have a great view of the parade.

Sidewalk space is available for bring-your-own-seating on a first come, first served basis. In past years, parade-goers have set blankets and chairs out the evening before the parade to 'reserve' their spot. Parade organizers will continue to support this tradition, but members of the community are kindly asked to respect the following:
  • No chairs placed or other forms of setup to begin before 6pm on Monday, July 3rd. Anything placed prior to this time is subject to removal!
  • Marking sidewalks with chalk, tape, or other materials is prohibited. Marking sidewalks places the burden of cleanup on parade organizers, volunteers, the Town of Danville, and downtown merchants. Markings are subject to removal
  • Please be considerate. Space is limited and the downtown area will be very crowded before, during, and after the parade. In addition to the above items, everyone in attendance is asked to exercise patience, consideration, and common sense throughout the event.
The streets along the parade route will close at 7am on the day of the parade. Please arrive early or plan on parking on the outskirts of Town and walking/biking in to the parade route. Parking in or near the downtown area will be very limited and alternative travel arrangements such as walking or biking are strongly recommended. Disabled parking and bike parking will be available. We recommend that patrons park at the Sycamore Park and Ride. Walk to the parade along the Iron Horse Trail.  Per Town of Danville ordinances, consumption of alcohol in a non-designated area is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Due to noise, crowds, heat, and the presence of young children, we do not advise bringing non-service animals to the 4th of July Parade. For more information about the parade, click here.
Join in the 4th of July Fun in Orinda
Run San Ramon
Rossmoor Celebrates 4th of July With All Day Events
Rossmoor  has a busy day of fun events for the entire family.  Fourth of July events scheduled at Dollar Clubhouse picnic grounds include:
  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Dunkin' Doughnuts and coffee by Lions Club
  • 10:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. - Fourth of July opening ceremony- Rotary stage
  • 10:40 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Hawaii State Club Dancers- Rotary stage
  • 11:10 a.m.  to 11:40 a.m. - Rossmoor Rhythm Review-Rotary stage
  • 11:55 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Tice Valley Jazz Band-Rotary stage
  •  1-2 p.m. - Walnut Creek Concert Band 
There will be many activities going on all-day, including arts and crafts, animal petting zoo, free popcorn and peanuts, and balloon characters for the grandchildren to enjoy.

Stick around to enjoy an evening concert:
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. - SuperHuey: Huey Lewis and the News Tribute Band

Introducing our Summer Interns
We are excited to welcome Rahul Arockiaraj and Chloe Chu to our office as summer interns. So far, they have had the opportunity to see some very controversial issues up close, such as the Board of Supervisors vote on jail expansion, a discussion to keep tobacco out of the hands of minors, and the appointment process to replace the District Attorney.

Rahul is an incoming senior at The Athenian School in Danville. As the president of the Model UN club, a member of the Ambassador program, and a county winner in the National History Day competition, Rahul is invested in the field of politics and international/public relations. Besides his academic interests, Rahul is a year-round swimmer and is on the  Varsity swim team. Additionally, he is interested in film and movies, which has led him to make multiple short documentaries concerning the relationship between history and current events. Unfortunately, he is an avid supporter of the Los Angeles Lakers, not our hometown Warriors, which has led to some tension in the office. As an intern in Supervisor Andersen's office, he has had the privilege of attending Board of Supervisors meetings, the Dougherty Valley Oversight Committee, and a Public Works meeting. Rahul hopes to learn more about the shape of government and would like to eventually pursue a career in the political world.                                                     
Rahul and Chloe with Supervisor Andersen at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Martinez

Chloe is a rising senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville, and she is currently a CAPA (Chinese American Political Association) intern for Supervisor Andersen. Her strong passion for learning and community service has led her to become a part of this internship program, which encourages Asian Americans to participate in the political process. She is a five-year volunteer for the American Red Cross, mentor for Science Alliance, and the President of Monte Vista's Public Health Club. Outside the classroom, Chloe enjoys playing the piano, running track, reading sports articles, and keeping up with the latest social issues. She hopes that this opportunity will provide a foundation for her to pursue a career in public health in the future and to generate positive changes in communities around the world. Throughout her internship thus far, she has gained further insight on the responsibilities and commitments of a county supervisor by attending meetings of the Board of Supervisors and various committees. She looks forward to becoming more familiar with the impact of local government on our surrounding communities as her internship progresses. 
Livorna Park Bocce Ball Courts Grand Opening
Supervisor Andersen, Alamo MAC members, Alamo Improvement Association members, East Bay Parks representatives, County Public Works, and community members were all on hand to celebrate the unveiling on June 13th of the recently completed bocce ball courts at Livorna Park in Alamo.
The new courts were funded through East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW grant funds and include two bocce lanes, a shade structure, tables, seating and landscaping. The courts are designed for recreational use only and are available on a first come, first served basis, with a park permit required for groups of twenty or more. Click here to watch a video of the ribbon cutting and celebration.

First Ever Senior Fair in Orinda

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the City of Orinda, Lamorinda Village, and the Orinda Association to offer to the community the first Orinda senior fair. The themes are: different options for healthy living, resources for seniors and their caregivers, technology, cultural life, and entertainment. 

It will take place at the Orinda park the same afternoon as the Opera in the Park event. This first edition is limited and only a dozen spaces will be available, with priority given to partners and Chamber members. Please click e-mail to reserve your spot.  

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Supervisor Andersen pictured with Eagle Scouts Cyrus Miller, Levi Smythe and Tyson Wilde at their Court of Honor on June 3rd.
Be a Powerful Voice for a Child in Foster Care - Attend
 CASA Info Session to Learn How
Learn more about how you can advocate for a child in foster care as a (Court Appointed Special Advocate) CASA volunteer to make a difference for generations to come! Sign up for a no-obligation Informational Session:

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
2151 Salvio St., Ste. 295, Concord, CA 94520

CASA volunteers advocate one-on-one for abused and neglected children and youth in the foster care system to make sure they do not get lost in the over-burdened legal system or languish in an inappropriate placement. They are their voice in court and speak up for the child or youth's best interests during the dependency process. 

You must be 21 years or older to volunteer. For more info call 925-256-7284 ext. 7 or 
click here.
County Clerk Offers Extended Summer Hours

Sheriff's Office Hosts Youth Academy
The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff will be hosting a one-day Youth Academy on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The Youth Academy, a condensed version of the 6-week Citizens Academy, is geared towards youths who are 13-19 years old. The day will include tours of the Coroner's Office, Crime Lab, and Dispatch center. There will also be a presentation by the SWAT Team and mock vehicle stops. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Sheriff's Office, see what goes on behind the scenes, and meet some Deputy Sheriffs and staff. The goal of the Youth Academy is to educate and involve the youth of Contra Costa County with the Sheriff's Office and build relationships and partnerships with the community. Interested youth, ages 13-19 years old, should have their parent or guardian contact Specialist Carlye Slover by clicking here, or call 925-313-2713 or contact Sergeant Kevin Briggs by clicking here for an application.
San Ramon Library Summer Reading Program: 
Adventure in Space Show
Meet aliens, travel to a distant planet and help defeat an evil villain in this interactive  theatre show. Audience participation is encouraged, because the world needs a  hero... like you! This free, 45-minute show at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18th at Dougherty Station Library is brought to you by Contra Costa County  Library Summer Reading program.

While at the San Ramon Library, check out the:
  • Gently Used Books
  • Great Low Prices
  • Books for All Ages
Donations of gently used books accepted! San Ramon Library Foundation Bookstore Located inside the San Ramon Library is open during regular library hours.  For more information email Fran Bartholomew by  clicking here .
 Gold Star Families to be Honored at Annual 
Tribute to the Troops Concert in Lafayette
Families will have a chance to relax together, bring a picnic, enjoy great patriotic music and, most importantly, honor all who currently serve or have served in the military, especially those Gold Star families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice, during the fourth annual Tribute to the Troops concert beginning at 5:00 p.m. July 15th at the Lafayette Reservoir. For more information  about this event  click here .
Hacienda Nights in Moraga

Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary is Raffling off a Tear Drop Trailer
The Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, known for its engaging humor,  enthusiasm and community outreach, has done it again! 
In 2013-2014, they handcrafted and raffled off a gorgeous canoe. This year, the Rotary Club has built and is raffling off a magnificent Tear Drop Trailer, with raffle proceeds providing funds for community service programs including Home Team, Las Trampas, Interfaith Housing, Camps Venture and Royal, the AAUW STEM conference at St. Mary's College, and many others.

If interested in donating to the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Endowment Fund, a 501 (c )3 charity, with the possibility of winning this one of a kind hand built Tear Drop Trailer, please contact John Fazel by clicking here or Chuck Yaeger, click here

Raffle tickets are 6 for $100; a single ticket is $20; 35 for $500, and 80 for $1,000. Click here for a view of the Tear Drop Trailer itself. Tickets will also be sold at Lafayette's Friday night Summer of Love concert series through June, at the Orinda July 4th celebration, at the local Farmer's Markets, and at Town Hall Theater.

For more information about the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, please email by  clicking here  or go to their  website here . The Rotary Club meets every  Friday morning for breakfast  and terrific speakers at the Lafayette Park Hotel, Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA. 

Rotary, founded in 1905, is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders who meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and, through that, able to get things done in a community, having fun in the process. Rotary today represents membership of 34,000 clubs and 1.3 million members worldwide.
Enjoy a Benefit for the Child Abuse Prevention Council
For more information or to buy tickets online, click here
Supervisor Andersen Swears in New Attorney

Supervisor Andersen administered the oath of admission to the California State Bar, swearing in new attorney and Alamo resident Josh Bromley, pictured here with his parents Debbie and Dave Bromley of Danville.
Culture to Culture and Directing Change
This  year, Culture to Culture again had the honor to be in partnership with "Directing Change" for a statewide film contest which engages high school students and young adults throughout California to learn about the warning signs for suicide, mental health, and how to help a friend by creating short films about these topics.

"Directing Change" is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

This year 456 films, representing 1,343 youth from 110 schools and organizations across California, were received.  It is the hope that the experience of making or watching these films will inspire youth to become agents of change, standing up for and reaching out to other young people who are experiencing tough times. They will be aware of the warning signs for suicide and reach out to a trusted adult if they are concerned about a friend.  And as a result, young people will get the help they need, find acceptance and won't face mental illness alone.

For the category of "Through the Lens of Culture" which was sponsored by Culture to Culture, the winning films can be viewed by  clicking here,  or  click here  for all other winning films under other categories.
County to Receive $5.984 Million from the Board of State and Community Corrections for Jail Diversion Program
Contra Costa County has been awarded a three-year, $5,984,000 state grant to implement "CoCo LEAD Plus," an innovative program intended to break the cycle of repeated incarceration for people with mental illness or substance use disorders in Antioch, California. 
Funded by the statewide savings generated from Proposition 47, a voter-approved initiative passed in November 2014, CoCo LEAD Plus is a partnership of Contra Costa County's Behavioral Health Services, the Antioch Police Department, County Probation, the Contra Costa Housing Authority, the County's Health, Housing, and Homeless Services, and community-based organizations.
In collaboration with the Antioch Police Department, the program will implement new arrest-diversion protocols and intensive, coordinated services for people with behavioral health issues who have been repeatedly arrested for a broad array of low-level, non-violent charges. 
The partnership between the County and the Antioch Police Department will strengthen public safety by bringing much-needed services to people who struggle with addiction and/or mental illness. Start-up activities will begin this summer, with services beginning by the end of 2017.
Passed by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 47 - also known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act - is designed to reduce incarceration across the state by reclassifying certain low-level crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors, and to reinvest the subsequent savings into community-based drug and mental health treatment, programs for at-risk students in K-12 schools, and victim services.
Supervisor Andersen Speaks to Civil Grand Jury

Supervisor Andersen and summer intern Chloe Chu attend the new Civil Grand Jury member training in Martinez on June 22nd. Supervisor Andersen spoke to the group about current issues affecting her district and countywide.
Do You Have a Stormwater Management Project 
that Needs Funding?
The Contra Costa Clean Water Program is developing the Contra Costa Watersheds Stormwater Resource Plan (SWRP). The SWRP will use a watershed-based planning approach to both compile existing stormwater management project concepts as well as develop new project concepts to help meet water quality requirements and provide additional community and environmental benefits. Projects included in the SWRP will be eligible for Proposition 1 Stormwater Grant funds as well as other State funding sources.  Bottom line: You want to make sure your projects are on the SWRP list!
SWRP projects must have a stormwater management component and will ideally provide multiple community and environmental benefits.  Attached is a fact sheet with more information on the SWRP.   Potential benefits could include: water quality, water supply, flood control, environmental benefits, or community benefits related to water or environmental benefits.  From a landscape perspective, potential benefits could include creating and restoring wetlands for riparian habitat, improving in-stream flows, increasing park and recreation lands, increasing urban green space and tree canopy, augmenting recreation opportunities, reducing the heat island effect, and improving air quality. Project examples include: stream restoration, flood control facilities, groundwater recharge, or neighborhood or regional scale green infrastructure, such as sustainable streets projects including bio-retention facilities, or a constructed wetland.  Aside from a stand-alone stormwater project, stormwater could be a component of a larger road, park, or other CIP project.

Please send the information about your planned projects using the spreadsheet, by July 7, 2017.    
The spreadsheet includes an "Instructions" tab, and a "Database" tab.  The "Database" tab should be filled out with your project information. The "Instructions" tab includes a description of each column header in the database.  For your project(s) to be included in the SWRP project list, please fill out the cells below the "Required" (i.e., orange) column headers in the "Database" tab. Each project should be included on a separate line in the database.  If known, you can also fill out any of the information below the "Optional" (i.e., yellow) column headers.  Many columns include drop down lists you can select from when you click on the cell.

"Required" information that must be submitted for your project(s) includes:
  • Project Name
  • Project Jurisdiction
  • Project Location (address, intersection, APN)
  • Facility Type
Please save a version of the spreadsheet and fill out the "Database" tab for all of the planned or potential projects your group would like to submit, and return to Mitch Avalon you can email by clicking here no later than July 7, 2017. Questions about completing the database may also be directed towards Rachel Kraai, the SWRP Project Manager at the Contra Costa Clean Water Program click here to email, or Kelly Havens who is part of the consultant team working on the project click here.
I-680 Express Lane Update
The I-680 Contra Costa Express Lane opening is getting closer with an expected opening in September 2017!
The lanes will operate Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. During times when traffic is light, tolls will automatically adjust lower so that traffic in the corridor flows across all the lanes and additional congestion is not created. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which operates and manages the I-680 Contra Costa Express Lane, will continuously monitor lane operations to ensure that traffic flows the best it can.

All-day operating hours encourage and reward carpooling whenever there is congestion, which often happens outside the peak commute hours. The goal of express lanes is to get more people, not just cars, where they need to go. The hours are also consistent with neighboring lanes on I-680 and I-580 in Alameda County to limit driver confusion.

All drivers must have FasTrak® to use the lanes between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. Carpools must have a FasTrak Flex® toll tag to use the lanes toll-free. With all-day hours of operation, be sure to consider all of your travel when selecting your FasTrak toll tag. Solo drivers need a standard FasTrak or FasTrak Flex toll tag to pay to use the lanes between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Visit for more information about express lanes or to order a toll tag.

Construction Highlights
Testing of the electronic toll signs and the toll system continues through opening. Motorists can expect to see dots, test toll amounts, and notification that testing is underway on the electronic signs. All toll system signs are affixed with static "Under Construction" stickers. While motorists will see prices on the signs, cars will not be tolled during the tests. Nighttime lane closures on I-680 continue throughout the next month.  To learn more  click here .
Learn About Hope in Action

Celebration of Chinese Culture and Art of China

Supervisor Candace Andersen, along with San Leandro City Councilman Benny Lee and his wife Rose, and Supervisor Diane Burgis enjoyed a spectacular Chinese exhibit and performance at the Blackhawk Museum honoring owner Ken Behring at his 89th birthday celebration.  
Rossmoor Rotary Celebrates 50 Years
The Rossmoor Rotary Club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the same year the Rotary Foundation celebrates its 100th anniversary.

During Rotary's 50 years in the community, the club has partnered with Rossmoor, not only by providing services at community events, but by contributing to major projects that help Rossmoor residents.

Some of the projects include the Rotary Peace Park, the stage at Dollar picnic grounds, the pavilion at Sportsmen's Park at Hillside, the Hillside bus shelter, the fountain on the Creekside Grill patio, the flag pole at the entrance gate, and the ID plaques on the trees at Dollar.

Rotarians are very involved in the Rossmoor community and have accomplished wonderful things.
Supervisor Tours Soon to Open Fire Station  in Alamo

Supervisor Andersen joined the Valley's elected officials and community leaders on a private tour of the soon to be open Station 32 in Alamo. The new 7,968 square foot station (4,597 square feet is living space) will house 15 members of the Fire District (5 are on duty each day). Pictured above with Candace are; Lea McSweeney from the office of Assemblymember Catharine Baker, Alamo MAC member Steve Mick, SRV Fire Chief Paige Meyer, Alamo MAC member Susan Rock, Alamo MAC member Anne Struthers, and Alamo Improvement Association Mike Gibson.
Station 32 serves the Westside of Alamo from Amy Way to Kirkcrest Lane and the Eastside from Dorchester to Golden Grass Drive.  The new station is expected to open in July.
New Elder Abuse Prevention Project
The purpose of the Elder Abuse Prevention Project is to prevent and combat the abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders and dependent adults in Contra Costa County. The project's services incude:
  • Elder abuse case management
  • Case review by our multi-disciplinary team of professionals
  • Training of law enforcement and services providers
  • Restorative justice circles
  • Elder abuse public awareness campaigns and education
  • Civil legal services
One website reaches Elder Abuse Prevention Project partners across Contra Costa, click here to learn more or call 510-974-7200   or   925-521-6366.

Cal Shakes Presents

To learn more about The Glass Menagerie and other upcoming productions presented by Cal Shakes, click here.
Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley 
Scholarship Winners

Supervisor Andersen's Chief of Staff, Gayle Israel, joined with Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley leaders to recognize Exchange Club Annual College Essay Scholarship Essay Competition winners at the San Ramon City Council meeting on June 13th. This year's essay topic was, "The U.S. Constitution - First Amendment - What restrictions should be placed on individuals and the media as the 4th branch?"

Pictured above are: Danville Councilmember and Exchange Club Past President Karen Stepper, Exchange Club President Tim White, Exchange Club Scholarship Contest Chair Donna Kerger, Exchange Club Treasurer Marvin Remmich, Gayle Israel,  2nd place - Nava Majlesi, 10th Grade Dougherty Valley HS, 3rd place - Maria Christabella Terrenal, 12th Grade Dougherty Valley HS  and 1st place - Srisai Nachuri, 10th Grade Dougherty Valley HS. For more information about the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley, click here
San Ramon Senior Center Summer Fun BBQ
Enjoy a chance to be outdoors, be with friends and eat good food. A small fee  provides barbecued burger, chips, salad or beans, drink and dessert. This year will  also feature musical group, Flashback: Keys to the Past, a fun band specializing  in music from the 60's 70's and beyond! Come share in old memories and make  some new ones!

For ages 55+ $5 Residents, $6 Non-residents. Friday, July 28th from 12PM - 2PM, at the  Alcosta Senior & Community Center.
Contra Costa Elections Division Holding a Photo Contest

Do you have a knack for taking great photos? Are you an aspiring photographer or do you just enjoying taking pictures with you smartphone? If you answered yes to any of these, you should consider taking part in a fun program from the Contra Costa County Elections Division. The winning photo will be featured on the cover of the June 2018 Voter Information Guide, which is mailed to over 600,000 residents!

The Contra Costa County Elections Division invites local photographers of all ages and skill levels to participate in their Photo Contest.  The theme for this contest is "Civic life in Contra Costa County."

The Elections office will be accepting photos from Contra Costa residents through midnight, August 6th. Submissions should be sent to and include "Photo Contest entry" on the subject line.  For more information and full photo contest details, visit their contest webpage by  clicking here .
26th Annual Moraga Rotary Field Day
For 26 years, Moraga Rotary has been conducting a mini-track & field meet for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in Moraga Schools. The children and many teachers really look forward to this event; it is fun but competitive. Medals are given, and outstanding athletes are recognized. Plaques are given to the high point school and the teacher whose students have achieved the most points. Members of the St. Mary's College men's and women's basketball teams help run many of the events, and coach Randy Bennett runs the relays. It's a pure service project of Rotary; there is no charge to participate.
Camino Pablo School's 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders won for the third straight year, amassing a record total of 103 points, eclipsing last year's 97 points.  Second place went to Rheem School, with a total of 89 points.  Camino Pablo had the highest participation, with a record 60% of its potential athletes competing, and fielded 127 of the record 367 contestants from all Moraga schools including Saklan which fielded 15 athletes. The total medal points for each school were:  Camino Pablo, 66; Rheem, 41; Los Perales, 35, and Saklan, 2. 

Moraga Rotary conducts Field Day as a community service to introduce elementary school children to entry-level track and field competition among the Moraga schools. The main goal is for the athletes, parents, and teachers to enjoy the competition and to have a good time. 
Rotary Club of Moraga also supports elementary education in Moraga by providing grade-appropriate newsletters selected by teachers such as Time and National Geographic for curriculum enrichment, and by donations to the Moraga Education Foundation. It is a local service club within Rotary International, one of about 33,000 Rotary Clubs in about 200 countries.  Regular meetings are held on most Tuesdays at the Soda Center at St. Mary's College.  For further information, please call Frank May at 925-376-8195, or click here.
Lunch in the Library Program

The Contra Costa County Library is serving lunch at nine library locations in the county this summer, in an effort to prevent a summer nutrition gap. Many low-income children face nutrient deficiencies when school closes for the summer break. This year branches in Pinole and El Cerrito have been added to the program.

Lunch in the Library is part of a statewide collaboration between the California Library Association (CLA) and the California Summer Meal Coalition to unite libraries and summer meal providers and keep kids healthy and engaged when school is out. 

In addition to lunch, the libraries will offer a variety of free programs including board games, arts and crafts, musical performances, Legos, movies, and more. For more information about the Lunch at the Library program,  click here .

Lunch in the Library locations and schedule:

501 W. 18th Street
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 12 - 2 p.m.
June 13 - August 3
For more information, call (925) 757-9224

2900 Salvio Street
Tuesday and Thursdays: 1 - 2 p.m.
June 20 - July 20
For more information, call (925) 646-5455

991 Loring Avenue
Wednesdays and Fridays: 12 - 1 p.m.
June 14 - August 11
For more information, call (510) 787-2345

El Cerrito
6510 Stockton Avenue
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12 - 2 p.m.
June 12 - August 17
For more information, call (510) 526-7512

El Sobrante
4191 Appian Way
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 12 - 2 p.m.
June 12 - August 17 
For more information, call (510) 374-3991

740 Court Street
Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
June 19 - August 9
For more information, call (925) 646-9900

2935 Pinole Valley Road
Mondays and Fridays: 12:30 - 1:30
June 12 - August 17
For more information, call (510) 758-2741

80 Power Avenue
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
June 13 - August 4
For more information, call (925) 427-8390

220 Pacific Avenue
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 - 2 p.m.
June 14 - August 11
For more information, call (510) 799-2606

Support for Summer Lunch at the Library, a collaboration between the California Library Association and the California Summer Meal Coalition, is provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. For more information about the project,   click here .
Elder Abuse Awareness Month
Private citizens and public agencies must work to combat crime and violence against elders and dependent adults. All Contra Costa residents are strongly encouraged to report suspected abuse of an elder or dependent adult by calling their local adult protective service agency, Long-Term Care, Ombudsman, law enforcement, or emergency services agencies. To learn more about Adult Protective Services, or to contact them click here.
Build Your Brain!

Contra Costa County Library Summer Reading is coming, and  that means it's time to Build Your Brain! From June 5 to August 5, all ages can visit the  summer reading  page for brain-training activities and challenges to keep those minds toned and trim! Visit your community library for free and fun happenings all summer long. All finishers will take home a free book and a raffle entry to win amazing prizes. To learn more about Build your Brain activities this summer click here.

Lamorinda Theaters Presents
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
Here are some volunteer opportunities currently available which will allow you to learn more about county government and offer your expertise to improve services within Contra Costa County:
District 2 vacancy available:
Agricultural Advisory Task Force
County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District - Fire Advisory Commission-Alternate
First 5 - Contra Costa Children and Families Commission
Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee - Alamo Seat Click here for information about the committee
In addition, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the following list of countywide advisory bodies that currently have seats available:
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
Arts & Culture Commission (AC5)
Aviation Advisory Committee
Bicycle Advisory Committee
Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Developmental Disabilities Board
Economic Opportunity Council
Local Planning and Advisory Council for Early Care and Education
Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Council
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
Mosquito & Vector Control District
Commission for Women
Workforce Development Board

To apply for any of these seats, 
click here .
June 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 June which impact the residents of District 2:  

Board of Supervisors recognized June as Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
Board of Supervisors recognized Bill Granados upon his retirement from the Contra Costa County Fire Boards and Commissioners Association.
Board of Supervisors recognized the 25th Anniversary of Leadership San Ramon Valley.
Board of Supervisors recognized the Honorable George V. Spanos upon his retirement.

Adopted Ordinance No. 2017-13 implementing community choice aggregation in unincorporated Contra Costa County by becoming a member agency of the Marin Energy Authority (Marin Clean Energy or MCE) joint powers authority.

Adopted resolution confirming the report and assessing charges. Alamo Springs, Danville area.
Adopted resolution confirming the report and assessing charges County Service Area T-1, Danville area.

Approved and authorized the County Administrator, or designee, to apply for and accept grant funding from the California Arts Council, a state agency, for the County to provide advocacy for the advancement of arts and the Poetry Out Loud program for the period October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Approved and authorized the Sheriff, or designee, to apply for and accept a grant from Contra Costa County Keller Mitigation Trust Fund. The funds will be used to provide bicycle helmets, bicycle repair, an instructional class on safety and bicycle raffles.
Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to execute, on behalf of the County, Amendment Agreement with the California Department of Public Health, effective May 1, 2017, to increase the amount payable to County, for the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program, with no change in the original term of October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019.
Approved and authorized the Chief Engineer, Flood Control and Water Conservation District, or designee, to execute on behalf of the Contra Costa Clean Water Program, a contract with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., for stormwater-related technical services necessary to comply with federal and state stormwater rules, for the period June 6, 2017 through June 30, 2020, Countywide. 
Approved and authorized the Sheriff-Coroner, or designee, to execute a contract with Men and Women of Purpose for the provision of mentoring and placement services to assist adult inmates transitioning back into the community for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Approved and authorized the Sheriff-Coroner, or designee, to execute a contract with the Contra Costa County Office of Education to continue providing educational services to inmates for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to execute, on behalf of the County, Novation Contract with Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to provide coordination, supervision, and support to County's Senior Nutrition Program, for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Adopted Resolution 2017/161 approving the designation of the Contra Costa County Arts and Culture Commission as the Authorized State-Local Partner.
Accepted the 2015-2016 Annual Report from the Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice-Delinquency Prevention Commission.
Interviewed five finalists for the Board of Supervisors Appointee #5, #9, and the Alternate to BOS Appointees #4, #5, #6 and #9 seats on the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association Board of Trustees, and reappointed John Phillips and Jerry Holcombe to the Primary seats, and Eric Kwon to the alternate position.
Conducted a hearing to establish restrictions on the retail sales of emerging tobacco products such as electronic smoking devices and flavored tobacco products, regulate the sale of menthol cigarettes, prohibit tobacco retailing in pharmacies, and establish a cap on the number of tobacco retailer licenses issued by the County.  This matter was continued to a future date.
Approved and authorized the Employment and Human Services Department Director, or designee, to execute a contract with the California Department of Education to provide State Preschool services, for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Approved and authorized the Conservation and Development Director, or designee, to execute a contract amendment with First Carbon Solutions, to complete the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Tassajara Parks Project in the Tassajara Parks / San Ramon area, with no change to the original term ending on September 9, 2018.
Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to execute, on behalf of the County, Contract with Anka Behavioral Health, Incorporated, a non-profit corporation, to provide housing assistance services for County's Homeless Program, for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to execute, on behalf of the County, with Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to provide shelter, coordinated entry, outreach and permanent supportive housing programs for homeless youth and adults in Contra Costa County, for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Approved and authorized the Employment and Human Services Director, or designee, to execute a contract with Contra Costa Family Justice Alliance, a non-profit corporation of California, to provide support services to victims of interpersonal violence and coordination of community family justice workshops for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Authorized the Auditor-Controller to issue a warrant in the amount of $24,000 to the Contra Costa County Office of Education from the Child Care Mitigation Fund to help fund the 2017 Comprehensive Countywide Child Care Needs Assessment and Child Care Facility Study.
Approved spending $25 million, including fund balance from the General Fund Reserve (0005) and 2011 Local Revenue Fund/Community Corrections (0295/2982) and appropriate it in Plant Acquisition - General Fund (0111) for the cash match portion of the State SB 844 jail construction program awarded to the County for the West Contra Costa County Reentry, Treatment, and Housing Facility project; and  direct the County Administrator, or designee, to execute a Certificate of Accompanying Match Funding certifying that the County has appropriated matching funds to the West Contra Costa County Reentry, Treatment, and Housing Facility project. 
Adopted Resolution No. 2017/222 approving and authorizing the Chief Engineer, Flood Control and Water Conservation District (FC District), or designee, to impose the annual Drainage Area Benefit Assessments (DABAs) for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 for Drainage Areas 67A, 75A, 76A, 520, 910, 1010, and 1010A, in the Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Alamo, Oakley, and Danville areas.  
Reappointed  Catherine Taughinbaugh as the District II-C Seat of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board of Contra Costa County for a three-year term with an expiration date of June 30, 2020, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen. 
Appointed Anthony Rocca to the Alternate 2 Seat on the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee for the remainder of a two-year term with an expiration date of December 31, 2018, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.

Appointed Matthew Guichard to the District II Seat of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Advisory Commissioners effective July 1, 2017 for a four-year term with an expiration date of June 30, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen  
Approved and authorized the Conservation and Development Director, or designee, to execute a First Amendment to the 2017 Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) subcontract with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to reduce the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) grant-funded reimbursement limit by $23,500 to a new limit of $128,593, with no change to previously agreed upon modified indemnification language and no change to the original term of January 1 through December 31, 2017.
Approved and authorized the Health Services Director, or his designee, to execute, on behalf of the County, Novation Contract with Golden Rain Foundation of Walnut Creek, a non-profit corporation, to pay County an amount not to exceed $16,142, to provide congregate meal services for County's Senior Nutrition Program, for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. This Contract includes a three-month automatic extension through September 30, 2018.