News from Around the District - June, 2018
Please Vote! This Tuesday is Election Day and the County is Making It Easy for You to Vote On or Before June 5th
Contra Costa County voters don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote in person. The Elections Division’s increasingly-popular Regional Early Voting program returns with eight sites throughout the county.

Registered Contra Costa voters will be able to obtain their ballot and vote at any of the locations. The sites will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday June 1st, and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd.

Regional Early Voting sites are structured so that any registered Contra Costa voter can vote where it’s most convenient for them to vote in the County. For example, a Concord resident who works at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon can vote in either of those cities. The sites are geographically balanced and are located in easily accessible locations.

• Antioch Community Center, 4703 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
• Bay Hills Community Church, 4000 Klose Way, Richmond
• Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek
• San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon
• Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point
• Monument Crisis Center 1990 Market Street, Concord
• El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
• Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office, 555 Escobar Street, Martinez

In addition to these sites, vote-by-mail voters can drop off their ballots at "CoCo Vote-N-Go" drop-off boxes at all 19 city and town hall buildings and the County Administration building at 651 Pine Street, Martinez through June 5th. No postage is required. 

Ballots may also be dropped off at any polling place on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before June 5, 2018. Voting has become much more convenient than it used to be, so please take the opportunity to vote in this primary election.

Click here  for a link to Polling Places for June 5th.  Click here  to visit the elections website for additional information.  
Supervisor Andersen Participates in Bike to Work Day
The Bay Area’s 24th annual Bike to Work Day took place on Thursday, May 10th with nearly 100,000 commuters from all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month.

Supervisor Andersen and her Chief of Staff, Gayle Israel, rode their bikes together from their homes to our Danville office. They are pictured in the adjacent photo visiting the Energizer Station behind Lunardi's Market in Downtown Danville with Thomas Valdiz and Mark Ballock of Street Smarts San Ramon Valley.
Contra Costa County Administration Building Groundbreaking
Ground was officially broken at the site of the new County Administration Building on Tuesday, May 22nd. The Board of Supervisors along with other County and City of Martinez officials attended the ceremony kicking off the construction for a transformative new 71,000 square foot County Administration Building that will be located at 1025 Escobar Street in downtown Martinez. 

Joining the five Supervisors in the photo are County Administrator David Twa, and former County Administrator John Cullen. To see the architect's renderings of the new building, click here .
Summer Concerts in Your Town
Join your neighbors this summer for fun and relaxing free concerts in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Enjoy the music in the family friendly atmosphere.

See the list below for summer concerts in your town:

Moraga Commons Park
Thursday evening Free Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

June 21st - 3 Day Weekend - Classic rock
June 28th - Beatles Flashback - Beatles tribute band
July 4th - David Martin's House Party - Dance party & show songs (7pm concert)
July 12th - Spill the Wine - Party music for your soul
July 19th - Foreverland - Electrifying tribute to Michael Jackson
July 26th - Kings of 88 - Classic piano rock hits
August 2nd - Moonalice - Bay Area 60's psychedelic rock
August 9th - Mixed Nuts - Hits from the 40's to present
August 16th - Houserockers - Rock & soul

Lafayette Rock the Plaza
Free Concerts every Friday in June at the Lafayette Park Plaza, starting at 6:30 p.m.

June 1st - The dr D Band
June 8th - SONA
June 15th - The Big Jangle
June 22nd - Trouble with Monkeys
June 29th - Lamorinda Idol

The  Alamo Municipal Advisory Council  proudly presents the free Summer Concert Series at Livorna Park, corner of Livorna Road and Miranda Avenue in Alamo, on Fridays 6:30 - 8:30pm, for more information call 925 313-2272.

June 22nd - Petty Theft
June 29th - Sun Kings
July 6th - Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys
July 13th - Fog City Swampers
July 27th - Jake Gill

San Ramon Free Concerts
5:30 p.m. unless noted
Central Park Amphitheater 12501 Alcosta Blvd.

July 4th - Foreverland 
July 8th - Majestic
July 15th - Aja Vu
July 22nd - The Groove Doctors
July 29th - Petty Theft
August 5th - The House Rockers

Orinda Free Concerts in the Park
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
28 Orinda Way

June 12th - 3 Day Weekend
June 19th - Priceless
June 26th - Kenya B Trio
July 10th - Crawdad Republic
July 17th - Lamorinda Idol
July 22nd - Opera in the Park (Sunday - 5-7p.m.)
July 24th - The Swampers
July 31st - Bay Bridge Beat
August 7th - Little Dog 2
August 14th - Floorshakers

Danville Free Summer Concert Series
Saturdays, June 23 - July 21, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Oak Hill Park 3005 Stone Valley Road

June 23rd - The Big Jangle
July 7th - Stealin' Chicago
July 21st - A Touch of Class
August 11th - The Fog City Swampers
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremonies in
Walnut Creek and Danville  
Supervisor Andersen had the privilege of attending moving Memorial Day services in both the City of Walnut Creek and the Town of Danville. Walnut Creek’s 30th annual ceremony was held in Civic Park and included the outstanding Walnut Creek Concert Band and remarks by both Mayor Justin Wedel and author Carrie Pepper, who shared the story of learning more about her brother, Marine PFC Tony Pepper, who was killed in Vietnam.
Danville held its annual Memorial Day ceremony at Oak Hill Park to honor fallen Veterans. The Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley hosted the ceremony, which was emceed by Richard Lambert. The Danville Community Band performed at the event, which featured speakers Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich, and keynote speaker Gary Villalba, who formerly served as and the county veterans service officer. Mr. Villalba spoke about the many services available to veterans in the County and how much he enjoyed his time in the role.

Pictured below are Mayor Arnerich, Council Members Karen Stepper and Renee Morgan, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Supervisor Andersen, and Vice Mayor Robert Storer.

If you or someone you know is in need of veteran's services, please click here or call (925) 313-1481.
ROP Students of Excellence Award Ceremony
On May 8th, the Contra Costa County Office of Education hosted the Students of Excellence Awards for their outstanding achievement in their ROP/CTE (Regional Occupational Program / Career Technical Education) classes. Honored students were awarded a certificate of merit and a $300.00 scholarship award.

Pictured at left, Rebecca McCourt of Monte Vista High School - AP Environmental Science, accepts her award from her Instructor, Cheryl Costello.

Other students from District 2 who received awards of excellence are Tanya Aggarwal from California High School, Tyler Colman from San Ramon Valley High School, Emma Hall from California High School, Drew Halvorson from California High School, Zachary LeClaire from San Ramon Valley High School, Shannon Lee from California High School, Bethany Long from California High School, Brigitte Marinier from Campolindo High School and Rebecca McCourt from Monte Vista High School.
Rotary Club of Alamo Honors Local Educators and Students
One of the Rotary Club of Alamo’s most rewarding annual programs is the awards the Club presents to the Educators of the Year and Students of the Year from six local schools, including Alamo Elementary School, Rancho Romero Elementary School, Lucille Mauzy School, Stone Valley Middle School, Monte Vista High School, and San Ramon Valley High School.
 
In the picture above, from left to right are; Rancho Romero Principal Sandy Kontilis, student Natalie Shepherd, Jen Quallick, Supervisor Andersen's Field Representative, Judy Lloyd from Senator Steve Glazer's office, and Sam Reneau from Assemblywoman Catharine Baker’s office.
Maya Bazaar Festival in San Ramon
Supervisor Andersen attended the “Maya Bazaar”, a magical summer outdoor festival put on by the Bay Area Telugu Association (BATA) on Saturday, May 19th at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon.
 
The celebrations/open bazaar included interactive live Indian and Western characters, a showcase of Indian Art forms, non-stop cultural programs on the stage, a special play area and arcade for kids, and many vendor booths with unique food, clothing, jewelry, and beauty products.

Bay Area Telugu Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the awareness and promotion of Telugu culture in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1971, it is one of the biggest Indo-American organizations in the Bay Area and is one of the oldest Telugu Associations in North America.
June Activities in San Ramon
Run San Ramon 10K Run, 5K Fun Run & Walk - Wednesday, July 4 10K and 5K Fun Run & Walk starts at 8:00am
Race day registration tables open 6:45-7:45am
Start & Finish: San Ramon Central Park Community Center 12501 Alcosta Blvd.. San Ramon

Everyone can get a healthy start to their 4th of July with this Independence Day Classic. Enjoy an all new family friendly, flat, and paved course through San Ramon. The 10K course is a double loop of the 5K course. Participants will receive a short sleeve commemorative shirt, a patriotic American flag will be given out to all finishers, and goodies provided by local sponsors. The Run San Ramon 10K and 5K will be a chip timed race.

Registration Fee: $35 for online registration and postmarked registration by June 24th. Registration fees increase to $45 starting June 25th through race day. Pre-registration for the family race of 3 or more is $30 per person until June 24th and increases to $45 on June 25th. Must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time. Registration available online at www.active.com, search Run San Ramon. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

Awards: Mayor’s Cup trophies will be awarded to the winning pre-registered San Ramon resident, male & female of the 5K & 10K. Mayor’s Crown trophy will award the lowest combined times of the 2017 Bah Humbug and 2018 Run San Ramon pre-registered 5k male and female runner 5K Run Stroller Division - Overall Male and Female Jogger/ Stroller award for the fastest 5K time. Medals to the top three finishers in each age division.

Packet Pick-Up: All pre-registered participants may receive their shirt and bib prior to the event start at a packet pick-up hosted by San Ramon Sports Basement located at 1041 Market Place San Ramon, CA 94583, on Saturday, June 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Receive 20% off any purchase with your race bib. Some exclusions apply. All pre-registrants who wait to pick up until race day will receive their shirts upon completion of the race on a “first come-first served” basis. Shirts can only be guaranteed to preregistered participants at the packet pick-up.

Family Camp Out
Sat-Sun June 23 - 24
All Ages $21(R)/$26(N)
Rancho Community Park

Find the great outdoors just minutes from your house! Camp under the stars and enjoy traditional camp activities including games, crafts, star gazing with the Mt. Diablo Astronomy Society and a real Ranger-led camp fire program. A BBQ dinner, commemorative water bottle and a light breakfast are included. Please bring the following: Chairs; Clothes and personal items; Flashlights; Sleeping bags; Snacks; Tent. Please Note: No pets. Price is per person; each participant over age 2 must be registered. Check-in Saturday 3 - 5pm. Activities begin at 4pm.

Emergency Preparedness
The City of San Ramon is continually working to improve its emergency preparedness should a critical incident or disaster affect the San Ramon Valley. One of the most important aspects of emergency preparedness is effective communication during a crisis. As a City, San Ramon has the capability to send mass communications through landline calling, emailing, text messaging, as well as the old-fashioned way, through AM radio broadcasts. On August 16, 2018, they will be conducting a test of their mass calling and texting capabilities. At 6 pm on August 16, 2018, landlines within San Ramon will receive an emergency notification test call from the City of San Ramon. At the same time, an emergency alert text notification will be sent to everyone who has registered for their emergency alert text notification system. In addition, they will also be emailing an emergency alert message and continually broadcast an emergency alert message on their emergency radio frequency (AM 1610).

If you would like to register for San Ramon Emergency Alerts via text message, simply text your San Ramon Zip Code (94582 or 94583) to 888777 and you will be automatically enrolled. To sign up for emergency alerts via email click here. If you have additional questions regarding the City of San Ramon’s emergency communication plans, please contact Captain Denton Carlson, of the San Ramon Police Department, click here to email.

May 1 - September 30, FREE! - Trails Challenge
Explore the trails of San Ramon and discover the health benefits of outdoor recreation! The San Ramon Trails Challenge is a self-guided program that encourages you to hike five featured trails. Be one of the first to register for the San Ramon Trails Challenge and receive a FREE 2018 Trails Challenge T-Shirt while supplies last. click here for more information.
The Board of Supervisors Recognized May 20 – 26, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services Week 
Emergency medical services (EMS) is a vital public service. Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury.
The emergency medical services system consists of emergency medical dispatchers, law enforcement officers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, first responders, educators, and administrators.

EMS plays a critical role in public outreach and injury prevention, and is evolving in its role as an important member of the healthcare community. The year 2018 marks the 41st anniversary of the implementation of a paramedic program enhanced EMS System within Contra Costa County. Contra Costa EMS System is recognized in the state as a leader in exceptional EMS system performance improvement practices focused on improving patient care outcomes

The Board of Supervisors recognized the event and proclaimed the week of May 20 – 26 2018, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK with the theme "EMS STRONG: Stronger Together", and encouraged communities to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. 
Contra Costa County Library celebrates
Summer Reading 2018
The Contra Costa County Library is proud to kick off Summer Reading on Monday, June 4th. The program is the Library’s yearly effort to keep kids reading during the summer months, preventing “brain drain.” Summer Reading runs through Saturday, August 4.

This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere” and the program is filled with activities, events and reading lists designed to show you that reading can take your imagination anywhere. Reading and learning help to spark new ideas and flex your creative muscles.

“The theme is fun because reading can take you physically or figuratively anywhere,” said County Librarian Melinda Cervantes. “We want reading to connect people to the places they love and dream of going.”

The artwork for Summer Reading is a partnership between the San Francisco Public Library and Chronicle Books and illustrated by Shawn Harris, illustrator of “Her Right Foot” by Dave Eggers.

For babies, the pre-reading program is meant to encourage early literacy practices in families while the baby’s brain is still in a critical developmental phase. Summer Reading also includes activities, programming and challenges for teens and adults.

Readers of all ages can participate online or use a paper reading record. Completed reading records or online completion certificates should be returned to one of the 26 Contra Costa County Library branches by Saturday, August 4th. All finishers will receive a book prize and be entered into a drawing to win prizes. New to this year’s program will be four additional chances to win prizes simply by visiting your local branch.

Raffle prizes include: Nintendo Switch 32GB Console, Sphero R2-D2, HERO5 Session 4K Action bundle, Oakland Athletics tickets, San Francisco Giants tickets and Oakland Zoo passes, just to name a few.

For more information on Summer Reading including a list of prizes, challenges and events, visit your local Contra Costa County Library branch or click here.
Meals on Wheels Recognized for 50 Years of Service
At the May 1, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting, Meals on Wheels Diablo Region was recognized on its 50th anniversary.

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region delivers the support that keeps seniors in their own homes, out of hospitals and nursing homes, saving millions in Medicare and Medicaid costs, while also offering better care for seniors in our community.

Investing in the preventive care that Meals on Wheels Diablo Region provides is a win-win for our seniors, our families, and our community. To learn more about Meals on Wheels Diablo region, click here.
Sheriff's Office Offers Safety Tips for Boating Season
The Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally marks the start of boating season on the Delta. Significant numbers of boaters are expected to be on the water this summer, especially on the weekends, to go fishing, boating or take part in other recreational activities, like water-skiing.

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Marine Services Unit would like to remind all boaters to be safe, alert, and obey the rules. Here are some important ones:

  • As of January 1, 2018, anyone 20 or under who operates a vessel that is propelled by an engine, regardless of whether the engine is the principal source of propulsion, must have in their possession a California Boater Card issued by the state. For more information on the California Boater Card, click here.
  • All vessels must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person. The life jacket must fit the person intending to wear it. Children under 13 must always wear a life jacket while aboard any vessel, regardless of length, unless they are surrounded by an enclosed cabin or bulkhead.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to operate a power boat or personal watercraft. All persons on a personal watercraft are required to wear an approved life jacket.
  • Boats over 16 feet are required to have an approved throwable flotation device which must be readily accessible.
  • Always travel at a safe speed. Slowdown in narrow channels and blind areas and navigate on the right side of the waterway. At a cross waterway, the boat on the right has the right of way.
  • Blue Light law — Any vessel approaching, overtaking, being approached, or being over-taken by a moving law enforcement vessel operating with a siren or an illuminated blue light, or any vessel approaching a stationary law enforcement vessel displaying an illuminated blue light, shall immediately slow. Boaters cannot make a wake near a law enforcement vessel displaying a blue light.
  • Always have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, warm clothing, cell phone, VHF radio and chart. Boaters are encouraged to call Sheriff’s Dispatch at (925) 646-2441 for emergencies on the water. Be sure to file a float plan before you depart.

Boating under the influence (B.U.I.) enforcement is a high priority. Those arrested for B.U.I. will face the same consequences as those who drive a motor vehicle under the influence, including fines and possible incarceration.

The ‘ABC’s of Boating’, a handbook of boating rules, is available from most boating shops. Boaters can go to the California Division of Boating and Waterways website at www.dbw.ca.gov for information on boating safety and the California Boater Card. If anyone has any questions about boating safety, please contact the Marine Services Unit at (925) 427-8507.

East Bay Housing Organizations
Affordable Housing Week Advocacy Event
The Multifaith ACTION Coalition, Ensuring Opportunities Campaign and the League of Women Voters Diablo Valley co-sponsored the Affordable Housing event at the Walnut Creek Library on May 14th.

Pictured at right, a Panel on “How Advocates Can Best Support Elected Leaders in Obtaining Housing for All,” included County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Walnut Creek City Council member Rich Carlston, and Supervisor Andersen.

Guest speaker Anthony Federico discussed, “Nuts and Bolts on How to Become a More Effective Advocate.”

SRVUSD PTA Recognition Breakfast
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District honored PTA Presidents and Executive Vice Presidents for their service at their annual Recognition Breakfast on May 24th at Blackhawk Country Club.

The Council of PTAs represents all 35 school PTAs and PTSAs in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Each year these remarkable volunteer leaders are recognized for their commitment and dedication to the school, students, educators, parents and communities that they assist. Thank you to each any every volunteer for their service.

Pictured in the photo above are Golden View Principal Christine Huajardo, SELPA Executive Director, MaryAnn Frates, Live Oak Elementary Principal, and Nadine Rosenweig joined Supervisor Andersen’s Field Representative Jen Quallick.
Contra Costa Resource Conservation Outdoor Screening of "Rivers of a Lost Coast"
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, bundle up and enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars at 6:30 p.m. on June 9th at the J ohn Muir National Historic Site Orchard, 4202 Alhambra Avenue in Martinez .
 
Sit among the trees, have a hot cup of cocoa or cider and enjoy a picnic boxed dinner while you view Rivers of a Lost Coast - a documentary about the adventures of the famous fly fishermen of the Northern Coast. If the weather permits, bonfires will be lit for a little extra ambiance.
 
Dinner will be provided by the Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa.  This is a zero-waste event. Please bring your own mug, thermos or cup to be filled.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
First 5 Contra Costa First Annual Policy Breakfast
First 5 Contra Costa held their inaugural Coffee & Kids policy breakfast on May 24th at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.

Over 100 local leaders and community advocates came together to discuss issues affecting young children in our county, and shared findings from Contra Costa's first county-wide school readiness assessment.

Joining Supervisor Andersen in the photo are County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata, East Bay Leadership Council President and CEO Kristin Connelly, Deputy County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey, Theresa Karr with the Office of Senator Bill Dodd, and Supervisor John Gioia.

If you are interested in First 5 Contra Costa's kindergarten readiness report, Ready or Not, Here We Come, you can read it by clicking here.
Home Match has Homes
San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Night with the Stars
The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation honored a Shining Star from each San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Affiliate on May 7th at their annual Night with the Stars event at the Blackhawk Museum. Also honored were 2017-18 Teachers of the Year for SRVUSD and Classified Employee of the Year. Recognizing the exceptional people and talking about the important role of the Foundations at schools were highlighted at the event.

Pictured at left are Susanna Schlendorf, Judy Lloyd from Senator Steve Glazer's office, Danville Council Member Renee Morgan, Supervisor Andersen, Kathy Chiverton, Executive Director of Discovery Counseling Center, and San Ramon Regional Medical Center CEO Ann Lucena.
Hidden Hills Wins Grand Prize from Street Smarts
San Ramon Valley elementary school students were invited to complete a basic five-question survey with their parent after viewing the Street Smarts Traffic Safety Assembly in their school. The goal was to have children and parents discuss school safety together. The school with the highest participation percentage won a Grand Prize. This year’s winning school was Hidden Hills Elementary in San Ramon. The school requested traffic safety signs as their prize award. Street Smarts board members presented the prize at an all school assembly on May 9th. Representing Street Smarts, and surrounding school Vice Principal Ava Angeletopoulos and Principal Melody Huynh were, left to right in the photo, Danville Town Councilmember Lisa Blackwell, Supervisor Andersen’s Chief of Staff Gayle Israel, San Ramon City Councilmember Dave Hudson, Board of Education member Rachel Hurd, and San Ramon Valley Fire District Inspector Debbie Vanek. For more information about Street Smarts and their school safety programs, click here.
Danville 2018 Summerfest
Don't miss out on this year's Danville Summerfest to be held on Saturday and Sunday June 23rd & 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Danville's historic downtown. This popular event is sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Summerfest features outstanding artists from the western United States. Families attending Danville Summerfest enjoy an emphasis on youth activities. The children's area, located near School Street and Hartz, includes amusements geared for kids of all ages such as Spider Mountain, a Climbing Rock Wall, Pony Rides and Bungie Jumping! The Museum of the San Ramon Valley will run a train ride in the Faz Restaurant Parking Lot both Saturday and Sunday.  The Classic Car Show shows off on Sunday. with more than 50 of the coolest cars in the Valley. This year's Summerfest has a great selection of 'cuisine' opportunities ranging from Chicken Skewers to Tempura Fried Vegetables. Click here to learn more about Summerfest.
Recognizing Older Americans Month and the
WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
On May 1st, the Board of Supervisors recognized Older Americans Month in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities efforts.

In Contra Costa County, the population of people aged over 60 currently is 20.4%, and if following growth projections of California, will be at 25% in 2030. Making cities and communities all age friendly is one of the most effective policy approaches for responding to demographic aging.

San Ramon Valley Military Recruit Swearing-in 
Supervisor Andersen attended the annual Military Recruit Recognition and Swearing-in Ceremony on May 20th at the Veterans Memorial Building of the San Ramon Valley. Sixteen recruits and their families were in attendance representing the Marines, Navy, Air Force, US Naval Academy and the US Military Academy at West Point.

Keynote speaker Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, who was twice deployed to the North Pole, encouraged the recruits to take everything in as they travel the world and learn about new cultures while serving their country.
Groundbreaking for New Emergency Operations Center
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on May 3rd for the new Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Public Safety Building to be built at Muir Road and Glacier Drive in Martinez.

This project takes the first steps of increasing public safety for the County and the cities within the County. This will allow the county to finally have a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center ready to respond to emergencies, disasters or a domestic terrorism incident.

The new building will be equipped with state-of-the-art disaster management and public safety technology. Sheriff’s Administration, Fiscal, Personnel, and Emergency Services will also be located in this building. The two-story 38,000 square foot building is designed to operate independently during an emergency if city utilities become unavailable. It is scheduled for completion in March 2020.
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:

Alamo Municipal Advisory Council, Youth Representative
Advise the Board of Supervisors and the County planning agency regarding community parks and recreation, lighting and landscaping, land-use and code enforcement, public safety, transportation and other county services. Must be an Alamo resident and High School student to apply.

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.
 
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.
 
Mental Health Commission, Family Member Seat - click here
The primary purpose of the Commission is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and to the Mental Health Division and its staff. Mission Statement: To influence the County's Mental Health System to ensure the delivery of quality services which are effective, efficient, culturally relevant and responsive to the needs and desires of the clients it serves with dignity and respect; and to be the advocate with the Board of Supervisors, the Mental Health Division, and the community on behalf of all Contra Costa County residents who are in need of mental health services.

Contra Costa Sustainability Commission, District 2 Alternate - click here
Provide advice to staff and the Board on successful implementation of the Climate Action Plan, including suggestions on how that work can be performed more efficiently and effectively; Advise the Board on opportunities to realize equity and fairness across the diverse communities of Contra Costa County in sustainability programs that support the Climate Action Plan; Provide suggestions to staff and the Board on how to better engage Contra Costa County residents and businesses on sustainability issues and implementation of the Climate Action Plan.
 
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
Alcohol & Other Drugs Advisory Board
Arts & Culture Commission
Economic Opportunity Council
Early Care and Education, Local Planning and Advisory Council for
Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Council
Family and Children’s Trust Committee
Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Managed Care Commission
Planning Commission
Commission for Women
Workforce Development Board

Interested in the Criminal Justice System? Here is a volunteer opportunity for you:
Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board (AB109) - Central and East County representation needed. Click here for information.
 
To find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body, click here click here.
 
To apply online click here click here.
May 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 May which impact the residents of District 2:

Adopted Ordinance No. 2018-06, expanding the ability of residents in unincorporated Contra Costa to raise chickens and small farm animals in residential zoning districts and regulated the keeping of roosters in agricultural zoning districts.

Accepted report from the Director of Environmental Health and the Director of Conservation & Development regarding media coverage asserting that loads of material that may not have been adequately screened for radioactivity were trucked from Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site to multiple different landfills in the state, including Keller Canyon Landfill.

Recognized the Intergenerational Network of All-Age Friendly Cities and Communities.

Declared the month of May 2018 as Community Action Month.
Reappointed Supervisor Candace Andersen and Supervisor Federal D. Glover as the Board of Supervisors' representatives to the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission to new four-year terms ending on May 2, 2022.

Recognized May 2018 as Foster Parent Recognition Month.

Proclaimed the month of May 2018 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Accepted report on Health Services Department staff recommendations on the establishment of local health regulations for commercial cannabis activities.
  
Directed the Health Services Department to prepare a health ordinance to regulate commercial cannabis activities consistent with staff recommendations.

Considered options for the taxation of cannabis activities in the County's unincorporated area and provided direction to staff on development of a County ordinance and ballot measure.

Approval of Fiscal Year 2018-19 recommended budget actions.

Proclaimed May 2018 as Foster Parent Recognition Month.
Adopted resolution recognizing the 50th Annual Kennedy King Memorial College Scholarship Fund's Awards Dinner

Appointed Mr. Jan Afridi to the County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee 2nd Alternate seat for a term with an expiration date of December 31, 2019, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.  

Appointed Ellie Lank to the District II Seat of the Contra Costa Commission for Women for a term with an expiration date of February 28, 2019, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen. 

Accepted the Contra Costa County Historical Landmarks Advisory Committee (HLAC) 2017 Annual Report.

Declared May 15th to June 15th as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Recognized the week of May 20-26, 2018 as National Emergency Medical Services Week, with the theme of “EMS STRONG: Stronger Together" and May 23, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services for Children Day.

Considered accepting the 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and discuss First 5 activities to support young families in Contra Costa.

Approved and authorized the Public Works Director, or designee, to allocate up to $55,400 from County Service Area R-7 funds to present the Alamo “2018 Summer Concert Series” and Alamo “2018 Movie Under the Stars” events at Livorna Park, Alamo Area.

Appointed Sienna Cowing to the District II-A seat of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board of Contra Costa County for a term with an expiration date of June 30, 2019.   
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