News from Around the District - June, 2019
State of the District in San Ramon with Supervisor Andersen
Family Justice Center Gala
Contra Costa is fortunate to have a network of Family Justice Centers, serving families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. 

This year, their annual fundraising event, "Building Safety Through Community", was held at the Blackhawk Museum on May 2nd, receiving tremendous community support.

Pictured at left with Supervisor Andersen are Antioch City Council Member Monica Wilson and Deputy District Attorney Dana Filkowski. Dana supervises the Human Trafficking Task Force/Prosecution Unit, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Family Justice Centers. Learn more about the Family Justice Centers here
Don't Miss Out on the Summer Reading Program
The Contra Costa County Library is launching into Summer Reading on Saturday, June 8. The program is the Library’s yearly effort to keep kids reading during the summer months, preventing “brain drain.”

This year’s theme is “Take Me to Your Reader” and celebrates everything about outer space in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions. The Apollo missions included the first moon landing, which occurred on July 20, 1969. To mark this important accomplishment in space history, Summer Reading will include programming, experiments and challenges all with outer space in mind.

Special programming will include:
  • NASA Astronaut Dan Bursch, veteran of four space flights, talking about his experiences on the International Space Station
  • Dr. Pascal Lee, Director of the Mars Institute, sharing his knowledge and experiences in planning future human missions to Mars
  • Exploration Stations which include fun activities, hands-on experiments and demonstrations

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 passport. Completed passports or online completion certificates should be returned to one of the 26 Contra Costa County Library branches by Thursday, August 8. All finishers will receive a book and be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Drawing prizes include: Oakland Athletics tickets, San Francisco Giants tickets, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom passes, Oakland Zoo passes, LEGO NASA set, Celestron telescope and more.

Summer Reading runs from Saturday, June 8 to Thursday, August 8.

For more information on Summer Reading including a list of prizes, experiments, and events, visit your local Contra Costa County Library branch or
Bike To Work Day
Supervisor Andersen participated again this year in Bike to Work day. On the right, Candace is pictured on her ride to her Danville Office with the friendly volunteers at the Lunardi’s “Fueling Station” in Danville.

The 2019 Bike Commuter of the year is Contra Costa's own Transportation Planning Division Director John Cunningham. John is a longtime cyclist who not only works to make commute routes throughout the county safe for cyclists and pedestrians, he cycles daily from his home in the Lamorinda area to his office in Martinez. Keep up the good work John!
Participate in Census Solutions Workshops in June 2019
The future of your community starts here. The census provides a once a decade count of every person in the United States. This count determines representation in Congress and funding for our communities, including roads, affordable housing, schools, and parks. 

Contra Costa County’s Census 2020 Complete Count Steering Committee seeks to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census. In order to get a complete count, it will require strong collaboration between the County, cities, and community partners.

Here is how you can help:
  • Provide insight about your community to inform a local outreach effort.
  • Learn about potential mini-grant programs to reach hard-to-count populations.

The Census Solutions Workshops are focused on potential organizations, businesses, and agencies serving hard to count populations in Contra Costa County. Participate in a workshop to learn about the importance of the Census in your community ( register online ):

June 8, 9am – 11:30am
West County Census Solutions Workshop
City of Richmond City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

June 13, 1:30pm – 4:00pm
East County Census Solutions Workshop
Brentwood Veterans Building, 757 1 st  Street, Brentwood, CA 94513

June 13, 5:30pm – 8pm
South County Census Solutions Workshop
Danville Community Center, 420 Front St, Danville, CA 94526

June 20, 2:30- 5pm
Central County Census Solutions Workshop
Willow Pass Community Center, 2748 East Olivera Rd, Concord, CA 94519

See a list of all Census Solutions Workshops for Contra Costa County and register for a workshop at: .

Spanish translation services provided. Light refreshments available.

Sign up to be a Census 2020 partner or learn more at .
Father's Day Car Show
The annual Blackhawk Museum Father's Day Car Show is Sunday June 16th, at the Blackhawk Museum. Join the many car enthusiasts that bring their vehicles every year. The fun kicks off at 8 am and runs until noon. This year's entertainment is provided by The Spirit of '29 Dixieland Jazz Band, playing from 9 am to noon. To register for this run event go to
Military Recruit Ceremony in Danville
Each year our Veterans in the San Ramon Valley hold a special Military Recruit Ceremony for all of the graduating high school seniors who are either enlisting or have been accepted into one of the Military Academies.

Supervisor Andersen attended the May 19 ceremony, and met some amazing young men and an outstanding young woman who, upon graduation, are enthusiastically serving our Country, sacrificing much to protect our freedoms and democracy around the world.

Pictured above, left to right, are San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, Supervisor Andersen, former Danville Councilmember Mike Doyle, United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Brian D. Chandler, Commander, 364th Recruiting Squadron, McClellan Park CA, San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education member Ken Mintz, Danville Mayor Robert Storer, San Ramon Councilmember Sabina Zafar, Danville Councilmember Newell Arnerich, Judy Lloyd, Senior District Representative for State Senator Steve Glazer, Former San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson.
Enjoy Moraga's Annual Hacienda Nights - Fun for the Family
John Muir Land Trust Annual Gala
John Muir Land Trust celebrated their 30th Anniversary at this year's annual gala on Saturday, May 4th. The event was held at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez.

Supervisor Andersen is shown here with Linus Eukel, Director of the Land Trust, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in the many acquisitions and accomplishments of the organization.

To learn more about the John Muir Land Trust, visit their website here
Visit the San Ramon Library and Explore Science Exhibits,
Experiments and Demonstrations
Socks for the Homeless
Being homeless is tough enough without having to worry about blisters from wearing out a pair of socks. Your donation of NEW breathable cotton, acrylic, or light wool adult socks is just what we need to help our homeless neighbors stay comfortable and have healthy, happy feet!

Please call (925) 521-5060 to arrange drop off of your new sock donation, or mail them to:
VESTIA - 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Hindu American Foundation Event
Many outstanding artists performed at the Hindu American Foundation Tri Valley gala on May 5th at the Shannon Community Center in Dublin, honoring 16 years of advocacy.

The event featured a fireside chat with MI State Rep. Padma Kuppa and OH State Rep Niraj Antani as they shared their personal experiences of shattering the ceiling as proud Hindu American elected officials. After the chat, a live musical performance by IndianRaga San Jose, entertained the crowd.

At left, Supervisor Andersen and Dublin Mayor David Haubert stand with some of the talented artists and performers.
Riviera Family Apartments Grand Opening
On Wednesday, May 15th, Supervisor Andersen joined Resources for Community Development and local officials at the completion of Riviera Family Apartments in Walnut Creek. Riviera Family Apartments, are a 58 unit, scattered site, multi-family housing development for low income families situated in downtown near the BART station.

Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva (shown in the photo, second to right, along with Supervisor Andersen and others who helped get the project built) emphasized that the development helps further the City’s goal of integrating more residential units into the downtown, creating a true live/work neighborhood. Two new buildings replaced a vacant lot and several dilapidated houses. Together, they provide eight studios, 24 one-bedroom units, seven two- bedroom units, and 19 three-bedroom units. The first floor of each building includes a lobby, secure bike parking, and stacked car parking.

Riviera Family Apartments integrates eight apartments reserved for households with a member living with HIV/AIDS. Eighteen units are assisted by the Project-Based Voucher Program, which means that residential rents for these households will be no more than 30% of their total household income.
Become a Tutor with Project Second Chance, Contra Costa County Library’s Adult Literacy Program
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 12% of adults in Contra Costa County lack the basic writing and reading skills necessary to complete every-day tasks. Project Second Chance, Contra Costa County Library’s adult literacy program, was founded in 1984 to help tackle this problem. Project Second Chance has helped more than 6,000 adults in Contra Costa County develop skills to read to their children, advance at work, write to family and friends, follow directions, engage in their communities, and perhaps most significantly of all, feel better about themselves.

Tutoring is done by trained community volunteers who meet one-on-one with their students for an hour and a half, twice a week, at times and public locations convenient to both. Project Second Chance serves all of the communities in the Contra Costa County library system, with administrative offices at the Pleasant Hill, Antioch, Brentwood, Hercules, and San Pablo libraries.
Applications are now being accepted for Project Second Chance’s upcoming September new tutor training series, which will be held on September 4, 7, and 14 in Martinez. No teaching experience or degrees are required; good tutors are empathetic, patient, able to give clear directions, and willing to learn new skills themselves. For more information, please visit or call (925) 927-3250.

Vote by Mai l
Request to receive your ballot by mail today. Email or call 925-335-7800. 
Board Recognizes Innovation Award Winners
At the May 7th Board of Supervisors meeting, Sigray Incorporated, located in the community of Pacheco, was recognized for receiving the East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s (EBEDA) 2019 Innovation Award in the category of Engineering and Design.

The Board of Supervisors also recognized Trov, headquartered in the Town of Danville, for being named a finalist in the category of Information and Communication Technology.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance along with the San Francisco Business Times celebrate and award those companies that most contribute to the East Bay's culture of innovation. The annual awards ceremony highlights the competitive advantages of the East Bay and showcases outstanding companies who embrace innovation in their manufacturing, products, services, design and information. The East Bay’s assets attract innovative businesses to locate and grow successfully in this region. Learn more about East Bay EDA here
Lafayette's Dogtown Downtown Walk
Contra Costa County’s Area Agency on Aging Launches Survey to Gather Valuable Information for Helping Seniors and Their Caregivers
Contra Costa County’s Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has announced its 2019 Needs Assessment Survey of residents who are 60 years or more. The survey’s purpose is to gather valuable data on the service needs of older adults and their caregivers residing within the county’s 19 cities. AAA will use the data for the county’s Four-year Area Plan on Aging. 
The AAA is encouraging all seniors and caregivers to respond to the survey so the agency can collect accurate data for implementing services for the community. The Needs Assessment Survey is available online at, as well as in print. Seniors and their caregivers may take the survey from May through September 2019. AAA will tabulate the results during the fall and winter months, and present at the agency’s public meeting in March 2020.

The AAA Needs Assessment Survey is key to the entire planning and service delivery process. It presents questions to help in determining which services to establish. The survey will inform the development and implementation of the Contra Costa Four-year Area Plan on Aging. It will help identify existing and potential needs of older adults within the county, the area’s existing resources, as well as unmet needs, under-utilized services, and barriers that may prevent access to available services. The goal of the Four-year Area Plan on Aging is to provide a comprehensive view of how local services will address the need(s) the survey identifies, and demonstrate integration into the community service network.

Contra Costa County’s AAA mission is to provide leadership in addressing issues that relate to older Californians, to develop community-based systems of care that provide services which support independence within California’s interdependent society, protect the quality of life of older adults and persons with functional impairments, and promote citizen involvement in the planning and delivery of service. EHSD’s Aging & Adult Services Bureau leads the Area Agency on Aging which the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors formed in 1975.
North Orinda Shaded Fuel Brake
North Orinda Shaded Fuel Brake (NOSFB) project is a joint project among several local government agencies and funded by Cal Fire to remove or reduce certain vegetation and fuel beds in a continuous line stretching from Pleasant Hill Road in Lafayette to Tilden Park. The areas in our jurisdiction include a widening of a ridge top fire trail and thinning of brush and trees on East Bay Parks property above Lafayette, as well as thinning of trees and grasses along Bear Creek Road and portions of Wellesley Drive and Happy Valley Road near Lafayette.

The goal of the project is to provide a fuel break to slow the spread of a potential fire in the area and give firefighters additional areas with which to directly suppress or direct the spread of fire in these improved fuel reduction zones.
The North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break project area will encompass 1,515 acres along 14 miles of open space in the East Bay between the eastern portions of Tilden Regional Park and Pleasant Hill Road near Acalanes High School. This project is being carried out to reduce dangerous wildfire fuels in a deliberate manner designed to minimize environmental impacts to wildlife and protected plants as well as to help protect residents in the communities of Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda, from a wildfire approaching from open space to the north and northeast. This area receives seasonal Foehn winds in the fall, also known as “Diablo winds”, that were the dominant influence in several major nearby wildfires, including the 1991 Tunnel Fire in the Berkeley/Oakland Hills and the 1923 Berkeley Hills Fire. Foehn winds are hot, dry off-shore winds that have been a contributor to many of California’s most destructive fires and can drive mega-fires that exceed initial firefighting capacity.
The NOSFB will significantly reduce the threat by reducing fuels critical to the spread of a wildfire. These fuels are understory vegetation, dead/dying trees, and highly combustible brush. Reducing the quantities of these fuels will lower the intensity and speed of a wildfire allowing more time for firefighters to respond. The tree canopy formed by healthy mature trees will remain largely intact to reduce the future growth of brush and understory vegetation to include invasive non-native plant species. The desired result is to restore fuel loading to more natural levels that can be maintained by the periodic introduction of prescribed fires. Slowing fire spread also allows more time to carry out an effective evacuation and reduces the risk of residents being unable to escape an approaching fire. The North Orinda Fuel break follows a strategically important route that supports these goals. 
The first prescribed burning in the project is being planned for mid-June along Bear Creek Road near the City of Orinda. Some smoke from these prescribed fires may be seen and smelled in the area. Local residents will be well noticed regarding any prescribed fires. Traffic control and intermittent road closures may be necessary while crews and equipment are working adjacent to roadways. The project will have minimal impact on major roadways. Some temporary trail closures may also be required when crews and equipment are working in the area. 
Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and the East Bay Regional Park District and some private property owners are working collaboratively to plan and implement the North Orinda Shaded Fuel Break (NOSFB) project. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District is providing staff to manage the project and funds are being provided through a services contract between CAL FIRE and MOFD. To view a map of the fuel break project, click here. For more information on how to prepare your property for the coming fire season visit-
Iron Horse Trail Corridor - Active Participation Study
In Contra Costa County, the Iron Horse Trail is an 18.5 mile corridor from the Alameda County line to Mayette Avenue in Concord. Formerly a Southern Pacific Railroad route, the Iron Horse Corridor now features a paved multi-use trail for walking, jogging, and bicycling along with adjacent unpaved or soft trails in some areas. The trail is managed by the East Bay Regional Parks District with Contra Costa County Public Works supporting the management and development of the trail in Contra Costa County.

The Iron Horse Trail Active Transportation Corridor Study is investigating the potential for the corridor to support increased mobility using active transportation – walking, bicycling, and similar modes of travel. The study will set out a vision for the future of the Iron Horse Trail, consider the trail itself, crossings with streets and highways, and access to the trail. The objective is to help maximize the safety of trail users, while expanding the number of trips that the trail can support through active transportation. For more information, visit the County’s official website for the project. For more information or to participate in the study go to
Supervisor Andersen Provides the Moraga Kiwanis
with an Update on County Issues
Supervisor Andersen, pictured with Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley President, Ian Cook and Secretary, Sam Sperry, enjoyed an early morning breakfast on May 23rd and provided the group an update on current issues and activities in District 2 and the County.

The Club meets at 7:15 a.m. every Thursday at the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room, located at 10 Moraga Valley Lane.
Dogs of Danville - Unleashed
Art enthusiasts and dog lovers alike will find much to love this summer as the Town of Danville’s first ever public art project, ‘Dogs of Danville, Unleashed,’ is here!  
This fantastic temporary public art project features 15 life-sized fiberglass dog sculptures that have been uniquely and artistically embellished by 15 different Bay Area artists. The first ever project is the result of a collaboration between the Town and the art community. Local businesses were sought out to sponsor a dog and house them for the summer. 
Exhibition dates for the dog sculptures are May 10 – September 19, 2019. The Dogs will remain outdoors in Downtown Danville all within a few blocks radius of each other. A walking map will be available at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery and at all of the other 15 host sights. Dog and art lovers are encouraged to stop by during regular business hours and get a stamp in their Dogs of Danville Passport booklet. 
At the end of the summer, a closing reception will be held and the dogs will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. Bring your stamped passport booklet to the closing reception and enter it into a raffle. One per household. Closing Reception/Auction is set for 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Village Theatre Art Gallery. Information on this project can be found at
For more information, contact Cultural Arts Coordinator Marija Nelson Bleier at (925) 314-3460 or

Blackhawk Museum Saturday Morning Speaker Series
“The Transcontinental Railroad and the Chinese Workers”
As part of the Blackhawk Museum Saturday Morning Speaker Series, Gordon H. Chang, professor of American History at Stanford University, will present “The Transcontinental Railroad and the Chinese Workers” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on June 1st at the Museum.

Chang is also a renowned author and Director, Center for East Asian Studies. His particular area of focus is trans-Pacific relations, the inter-connections between East Asia and America. He is interested in political, social, and cultural interactions from the earliest days of America to the present. His current research project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in North America.

His latest book, Ghosts of Gold Mountain, was just published this Spring, and in this groundbreaking account, Gordon draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, Ghosts of Gold Mountain returns these “silent spikes” to their rightful place in our national saga. It is a breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now.

There will be a question and answer session after the presentation as well as a book signing. There will be a limited quantity of books on hand to purchase. This Speaker Series event is free with admission to the Museum and Museum Members are always free. For more information, visit
Summer Concerts in Your Town
Join your neighbors this summer for fun, relaxing and free concerts. Bring a picnic and your lawn chairs and enjoy the music in a family friendly atmosphere.

See the list of concerts below in your community:

The Moraga concert series is held at Moraga Commons Park, located at 1425 St. Mary's Road. The Snack Bar opens at 6:00 p.m. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.

Moraga schedule:
June 13 - Retroactive
June 20 - 3 Day Weekend
June 27 - Beatles Flashback
July 4 - House Rockers 
July 11 - Apple Z
July 18 - Foreverland
July 25 - Mixed Nuts
August 1 - Moonalice
August 8 - Bell Brothers

The Orinda 2019 summer concert series, holds concerts every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Orinda Community Center Park, located at 28 Orinda Way.

Orinda schedule:
6/11 Grateful Bluegrass Boys
6/18 JetBlacq
6/25 West Grand Blvd
7/9 Flashback
7/16 Lamorinda Idol 
7/23 Dirty Cello
7/28 Opera in the Park, special time 5-7pm
7/30 Vintage Jukebox
8/6 Site 6 Band
8/13 Floorshakers

WoodStock Lafayette celebrates 50 Years of Woodstock at Lafayette's 2019 Rock the Plaza Concert Series, Friday nights in June, from 6-8:30pm at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd and Moraga Road.

Lafayette schedule:
June 7- Fog City Swampers
June 14 - ZEBOP! 
June 21 - Purple Haze
June 28 - The Keep on Trucking' Woodstock Tribute

Alamo Municipal Advisory Council present the 2019 Summer Concert Series at Livorna Park, corner of Livorna Road and Miranda Avenue, every Friday from 6:30 - 8:30pm.

Alamo schedule:
June 21 – The Sun Kings
June 28 – SONA
July 5 – Mixed Nuts
July 12 – Fog City Swampers
July 26 – Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys

Join friends and family for on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm in San Ramon's Central Park. A selection of savory and sweet food truck options from Food Truck Mania will be available each week.

San Ramon schedule:
July 7 – The Groove Doctors
July 14 – Long Time
July 21 – Pride & Joy
July 28 – The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
August 4 – East Bay Mudd

The Town of Danville is holding their summer concert series, Music in the Park, at Oakhill Park, located at 3005 Stone Valley Road. June – August, from 6:00-8:00pm

Danville Schedule:

June 22 - Lumberyard
July 6 - Nate Botsford
July 20 - Matchbox Twenty-Too
July 27 - Majestic
August 10 - East Bay Mudd *This concert will be held at the Town Green
Orinda Movies in the Park Summer Schedule
Bring the entire family to the movies! Starting in June, many communities will hold their summer movies in the park programs.

In Orinda, on Thursdays at dusk, at the Orinda Community Center Park will start their season on

June 20 - Mary Poppins Returns
July 11 - Lego Movie 2
July 18 - A Dog's Way Home
July 25 - Incredibles 2
August 1 - How to Train Your Dragon - Hidden World
Alamo Movies Under the Stars
Danville Summerfest Fun for the Family
Homes Available to Share
2019 Homeless Point in Time Count Report
Reach to Restore Fundraiser to Benefit Victims of Human Trafficking
ARM of Care uses the Creative Arts to restore and empower youth and young adults who have been or are at risk of exploitation through human trafficking.

ARM of Care's annual 'Reach to Restore' benefit dinner will be held in the Chateau Ballroom of the Pleasant Hill Senior Center at 233 Gregory Lane, surrounded by a lovely park (and lots of parking) on Sunday September 8th, 2019 in Pleasant Hill. Guest speaker Lisa Whitehouse will share stories and insights from her own healing journey as a survivor of human trafficking. To find out more and purchase TICKETS AND SPONSORSHIP, click the link Check back regularly in August to see all of the auction items available on the night of the event.

District 2 Has Two Seats Available on the Assessment Appeals Board
Assessment Appeals is separate from the Assessor's Office and was established to decide disputes between property owners and the Assessor's Office. It is staffed from within the Clerk of the Board by the Assessment Appeals Secretary. Disputes are heard by the Assessment Appeals Board, which is composed of members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
The Board is made up of Five Appeals Board Members, and 5 Alternate members. A person is eligible for nomination for membership on an assessment appeals board when he or she has a minimum of five years’ professional experience in this state as one of the following: certified public accountant or public accountant, licensed real estate broker, attorney, property appraiser accredited by a nationally recognized professional organization, property appraiser certified by the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, or property appraiser certified by the State Board of Equalization. Assessment Appeals Board members serve staggered three year terms.
Currently, District Two has a Regular Seat and an Alternate Seat available.
For more information, or to apply online, please click here:
Help Get Rid of Invasive Species in Your Backyard
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Candace Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for
County Advisory Boards
Supervisor Andersen is looking for interested, motivated residents to serve on a few Contra Costa County citizen advisory boards. These volunteer boards usually meet monthly and advise the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues. They play a vital role in county government, and the input provided is invaluable.
Alamo Municipal Advisory Council
To advise on issues and concerns related to services provided by the County or other local agencies located within its boundary, which includes parks & recreation, lighting & landscaping, land use, code enforcement, public safety, and transportation.

Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (CSA P-2B)
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo/Danville community for police services.

Established to decide disputes between property owners and the Assessor's Office. Disputes are heard by the Assessment Appeals Board, which is composed of members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee (Roundhill Residents only)
To advise the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Alamo community for extended police services for Roundhill.
Community Corrections Partnership, Community Advisory Board (AB109) - Central and East County representation needed
To provide input on community needs; assess implementation of the realignment plan; review data on realignment outcomes; advise the CCP on community engagement strategies; offer recommendations for ongoing realignment planning; advise County agencies regarding programs for implementation in the County; and encourage outcomes that are consistent with the County’s Reentry Strategic Plan.
Mental Health Commission, Member at Large Seat and Consumer Seat -
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. 

Find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body here . To apply online go to
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:

Approval of 2019-20 recommended budget actions.

Held a public hearing on an appeal of a Planning Commission decision to approve a Wireless Access permit for a Verizon Wireless cell site on a utility pole located in the Smith Road right of way, near 279 Smith Road, in the Alamo area.

Accepted the report on Bike to Work Day outreach efforts in Contra Costa County and directed staff as appropriate. 

Adjourned in memory of the Honorable Norman Spellberg, retired Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge.

Adjourned in memory of the Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Former Congresswoman.

Approved plans, specifications, and design for the Camino Tassajara Bike Lane Gap Closure Project, San Ramon Valley area.

Passed a resolution proclaiming May 11 to May 19, 2019 as the 23rd Annual East Bay Affordable Housing Week in Contra Costa County.

Passed a resolution congratulating Sigray for its 2019 Innovation Award.

Passed a resolution congratulating Trov for being recognized as a finalist for the 2019 Innovation Awards.

Proclaimed the Month of May as Watershed Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Recognized National Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2019.

Reappointed Robert Sarmiento and Jerry Fahy to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, with term expiring December 31, 2019. 

Accepted an update on Contra Costa County's implementation of the Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number people with mental illnesses in jails.  
Adopted a resolution recognizing May 2019 as Foster Parent Recognition Month, as recommended by the Employment and Human Services Director.

Recognized the Month of May, 2019 as Mental Health Awareness Month.

Recognized the week of May 19-25, 2019 as National Emergency Medical Services Week, with the theme of "EMS STRONG: Stronger Together" and May 22, 2019 as Emergency Medical Services for Children Day.

Received update for CENSUS 2020 Project, Adopted Strategic Plan, and Next Steps.

Approved the Danville Boulevard Underground Storage Tank Removal Project and took related actions under CEQA.

Approved Cannabis Exclusion Zoning Text Amendment and Rezoning to Include Blackhawk and Bollinger Canyon Areas into Exclusion District.

 Agendas and videos of Board of Supervisors meetings can be found here.
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;

Cameron Collins
Field Representative;

Dom Pruett

Policy Analyst, Field Representative; Walnut Creek and Lafayette

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