News from Around the District  - March, 2017
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Gayle Israel
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

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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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Supervisor Andersen Participating in 
Danville Mayor's Town Hall 
Civil Grand Jury Seeks Applicants
The Superior Court is accepting applications through MARCH 24th for Civil Grand Jury service for the 2017-2018 term. The Grand Jury is made up of 19 members tasked with investigating and reporting on the operations of local government. The Grand Jury's fact-finding efforts result in written reports which contain specific recommendations aimed at identifying problems and offering recommendations for improving government operations and enhancing responsiveness.  
Every effort is made to ensure that the Grand Jury reflects the makeup of the residents of the county.  Civil Grand Jurors are appointed to serve a 1-year term, from July 1st through June 30th. Each applicant is interviewed by a group of Superior Court Judges. Those applicants who are deemed qualified are placed in a pool and 19 are randomly selected as Grand Jurors. Some individuals are selected as alternates, who may be sworn-in during the term if a vacancy occurs.   
A person qualified to be a grand juror must be a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, a resident of Contra Costa County for at least one year prior to selection, and possesses a sufficient knowledge of the English language to communicate both orally and in writing.  Jurors cannot currently hold any elected position within the county. No particular background, training or experience is necessary to be a grand juror. 
Jurors receive a stipend for attending full jury and committee meetings and are reimbursed 53.5 cents per mile for allowable jury travel.  Parking permits may be provided to park in the City of Martinez while performing Grand Jury duties.
Persons interested in applying may contact the Office of the Civil Grand Jury at (925) 957-5638, or click here for additional information regarding service on the Civil Grand Jury and to obtain an application, or click here for the application only.  Applications are also available in our office.  
Orinda Volunteer of the Year and William Penn Mott Award
Supervisor  Andersen presented a Board of Supervisors' Resolution Honoring Brian Waters as the 2016 William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award and Fix Orinda Roads Committee as the 2016 Volunteers of the Year at the Orinda Association's Annual Volunteer of the Year Awards Dinner on February 26th at the Orinda Country Club. 

This annual celebration honors the citizen or group that has displayed outstanding contributions through volunteer efforts that benefit the community and the citizen or group that has displayed outstanding contributions in the area of education and/or preservation of our environment. For more information about the Orinda Association, click here.
APAPA Lunar New Year Celebration

Supervisor Andersen was delighted to be a guest at the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) Tri-Valley Chapter Lunar New Year Celebration Gala on February 26th at the Blackhawk Museum. She is pictured above with Shirley Ma, Assemblymember Tim Grayson, Nancy Chen, and Assemblymember Catharine Baker.

APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization founded in 2001 by C.C. Yin and a pioneering group of fellow civic-minded friends and community leaders. APAPA was established with the primary mission of empowering Asian Pacific Islander (API) Americans in civic and public affairs through education, active participation, and leadership development. 

APAPA also focuses on youth leadership, providing internship and scholarship programs. For more information about APAPA, their internship or scholarship program, click here
Street Smarts "Be Reel" Video Contest Awards Ceremony
Join Street Smarts at the "Be Reel" Video Contest Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Village Theatre in the Town of Danville from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Finalists videos will be viewed and awards will be given to the top three placed videos.

The "Be Reel" Video Contest gives San Ramon Valley middle school students (grades 6-8) the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of traffic safety by producing public service announcements (PSAs) that educate their friends, family and community. As a component of the Street Smarts Program, the contest aims to raise awareness about traffic safety issues to both the students participating in the contest and those who see their work. The top student's videos will be honored at this Awards Ceremony. Tickets are not required but registration and more information can be located by clicking here.
Become a Certified Mediator
Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Unfortunately, conflict can deeply impact a business in both obvious and subtle ways. The Center for Human Development offers conflict resolution training that is tailored to your business. Their training does not eliminate conflict, but equips employees to manage conflict, identify problems early, and use conflict to grow and improve relationships. 

Gain skills in conflict management, problem identification, and strategies for achieving agreement. Learn the structure, design, and practice of dispute resolution. Practice acquired skills through simulations and specially-designed exercises. The Center for Human Development's (CHD) Mediation programs have provided mediation services and conflict management training to Contra Costa County residents and business groups since 1984. Early Registration (before April 1, 2017) is $ 485. After April 1st  registration is $535. 

Mediation Training Dates: May 18th - 21st;   June 1st - 4th;   June 8th - 11th.  If interested, call Steven Cross, Mediation Program Coordinator at (925) 349-7344 or email by clicking here .
ConFire Graduation

Staff member Jill Ray attended Contra Costa Fire Protection District's (ConFire) graduation of academy #50 on February 10th. Eight probationary firefighters have joined the ranks to serve Contra Costa County.   Click here to get a glimpse into the experience of a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District fire academy, with Academy 49. 

Applications for new firefighters are now being accepted through March 17, 2017. For more information click here .
Advance Care Planning is for Everyone
According to extensive surveys, 60% of people asked said it's important that their family not be burdened with making end-of-life care decisions for them, but more than half have not talked with their loved ones about the care they would want to receive. 82% said it is important to put their end-of-life care preferences in writing, but only 23% have done so. And equally important, 70% said they would prefer to die at home, but only 32% actually do so. Don't wait until a crisis to think about your health care preferences. Start the conversation today. The East Bay Conversation Project (EBCP) is a community coalition focused on educating patients and health care professionals of all ages about what is commonly referred to as advance care or end-of-life care planning. EBCP offers extensive information and training on key issues and how to make sure that your preferences for end-of-life care are documented, known, and honored. To learn more click here.
Meals on Wheels Honored for Delivering 5 Millionth Meal

At the February 7th meeting, the Board of Supervisors congratulated Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, Inc., on achieving the milestone of having subsidized delivery of 5 million Meals to frail homebound elders through the countywide Meals on Wheels Program since its founding in 1990. 

The countywide Meals on Wheels Program is administered by the Public Health Division of County Health Services under an interdepartmental agreement with the County Office of Aging administered by the County Employment and Human Services Department, and sub-contracts with four nonprofit community based organizations that coordinate services regionally throughout the county, including: West Contra Costa County Meals on Wheels; Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services; Public Health Foundation Enterprises: and J-Sei Inc.  To learn more about Meals on Wheels  click here .
March is Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month
In 2013, March was established as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness month in California. This designation gives all of us the opportunity to raise awareness about America's prescription drug abuse epidemic through community awareness events and other actions. See the five items that follow to participate in local awareness events. Learn more about most of these events by visiting the NCAPDA website by clicking here.  
Join The Dose of Awareness Walk in Concord

Join the Dose of Awareness Conversation

ADAPT Lamorinda Hosts Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Evening
March is Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month. Prescription Drug Abuse  is a national epidemic. Join Adapt (Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team) Lamorinda on  March 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Orinda Community Center,  Room 8 for a presentation on how this issue impacts all communities. Learn  about:
  • Local drug trends
  • Signs and Symptoms of prescription drug abuse and overdose.
  • Advice on parenting and when to intervene.
  • Law enforcement's perspective on this issue.
  • How to properly manage and dispose of prescription medications.
  • Lieutenant Tim Simmons, Richmond Police Officer and California licensed Pharmacy Technician
  • April Rovero, Executive Director of the National Coalition against Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Jaime Rich, Coordinator of ADAPT Lamorinda
For more information e-mail Jaime Rich by  clicking here .
Free Film and Discussion Surrounding the 
 Prescription Drug Epidemic

East Bay Safe Prescribing Coalition is 
 Developing a "Consumer Toolkit"
The East Bay Safe Prescribing Coalition, a collaborative effort by the East Bay medical community, consumers, and community leaders to promote safe and appropriate prescribing practices and reduce prescription drug abuse in our community is in the process of developing a "consumer toolkit" to assist patients in being active and knowledgeable consumers when it comes to opioid prescribing.   
The purpose of this toolkit is to change the messaging that patients receive about pain: how to best manage it, the risks of opioid prescribing, and alternative approaches that may be better suited for patients with certain conditions. Patients should feel empowered to talk to their doctor about the best approach to managing their pain and not be passive consumers of powerful opioids.
The Safe Prescribing Coalition will be hosting a meeting with stakeholders and interested members of the public to get their feedback on how best to reach the public and share this message with the community. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30th at the offices of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (6230 Claremont Avenue, 3 rd Flr., Oakland, CA 94618). Dinner will be served.
Please RSVP by email by clicking here or by phone at 510-654-5383.
For more information, please contact:
Nick Draper
Associate Director, Advocacy and Policy
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association
6230 Claremont Avenue, 3 rd Floor, Oakland CA 94618
P: 510-654-5383;
F: 510-654-8959
Moraga Business Person of the Year
The Town of Moraga recognized Sam Saleh of 7-Eleven as their 2016 Business Person of the Year. 

Supervisor Andersen was delighted ot present Sam with a Board of Supervisors resolution at the Moraga Chamber of Commerce sponosored event held on February 28th at the Moraga Country Club. 

As the owner of the local 7-Eleven Store located at 633 Moraga Road, Sam has become a beloved member of the Moraga community, supporting the fundraising activities of schools, Scouts and athletic teams. During the past 17 years he has been rewarded by 7-Eleven Corporation for running one of the most successful franchises in California.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District 
 Introduces EduTalk 
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is excited to announce their new e-newsletter for community members who may not receive their parent/staff e-newsletter. EduTalk will be distributed three times throughout the school year in November, January, and April. To subscribe, click here. If you have questions, please click here.
Grant Award Funding to Jump Start Next Phase of 
Lower Walnut Creek Restoration
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors heard good news last month from the Flood Control and Water Conservation District, which announced the award of a $537,000 grant for planning funds to help with the District's Lower Walnut Creek Restoration project. The money, granted by the California Department of Fish and Game will fund half of the next phase of project development. 
Project Manager Paul Detjens, District Senior Engineer from the Flood Control District, noted that the grant will support much of the behind the scenes work that is critical to getting the more visible elements of the project shovel-ready. He estimates this phase to take about two years, resulting in a project expected to be highly competitive for future grant funding for construction.

The Project represents a new, sustainable way of thinking and is different than a traditional flood control project, making it an opportunity to restore wetlands that have suffered large historic losses, and restore connections between the Walnut Creek channel and its floodplain.

The Walnut Creek watershed is the largest in Contra Costa County, with its boundaries including 8 cities and more than 300,000 residents. The District's long-term vision is to restore and enhance habitat in Lower Walnut Creek, and to provide sustainable flood management, while enhancing opportunities for public access and recreation.  The project will significantly restore coastal wetlands for the benefit of native and special status species and advance sustainable flood management and public access.

The Flood Control District is encouraging Contra Costa residents to participate in the ongoing conversation about Lower Walnut Creek on the project's Facebook page, which can be accessed through the project's website by You can learn more about the project, and view a multi-episode video series produced by the District called Lower Walnut Creek Adventures.  The video series is also available on YouTube by clicking here.

The District invites residents to check out the project area in person, with tours of the Lower Walnut Creek region offered on March 11th and April 22nd. These tours offer a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the restoration potential of Lower Walnut Creek. To find out more and register,  click here
Annual Chinese American Cooperation Council  Gala
The CACC (Chinese American Cooperation Council) held their Fourteenth Annual Tri-Valley Chinese Culture Day to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Rooster on Sunday, February 19th at the Amador Performing Arts Theater.  

Since its founding in 2003, CACC has thrived continuously to become an exciting and influential organization to serve the community. One of their many programs is a thriving Chinese school teaching Chinese and enrichment classes to youth and adults.

The Gala is a very well orchestrated and entertaining event, filled with beautiful performances. Supervisor Andersen's Chief of Staff Gayle Israel stands with Jun Xue, President of the Chinese American Cooperation Council.   To learn more about the CACC, click here.
Pension Board Seeks Applicants
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking individuals with a sound business background, experience in pension fund investment or administration, or in equity investments or banking, to appoint to the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association Board of Trustees. To be considered, candidates must be County residents, must not be Retirement System members or retirees, and may not market any investment, consulting, or related service to the Contra Costa County Retirement Board or any other 1937 Act Retirement Board. 
Regular meetings of the Retirement Board are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. and sometimes extending into the afternoon. There may also be additional meetings on special topics that arise from time to time.  Members of the Retirement Board receive $100 per meeting up to a monthly maximum of $500, plus reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses.  The County is seeking to fill two regular seats and one alternate seat. The appointments will be for full three-year terms beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020.
Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 335-1900 or by clicking here . Applications should be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA  94553, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017. Applicants should plan to be available for public interviews on Monday, May 8, 2017.  Further information about the Retirement Board can be obtained by calling CCCERA CEO Gail Strohl at (925) 521-3960 or from their website by clicking here.
Contra Contra Solano Annual Food Fight is Recognized
At their meeting on February 14th, the Board of Supervisors recognized all County Departments and County Employees who participated in the 2016 Annual Food Bank fundraiser. In the 2016 drive, Contra Costa County employees raised $109,859.37, bringing their cumulative total raised in 14 years to over $1.25 million. The combined efforts of employees of Contra Costa and Solano counties netted the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano a grand total of $151,639.58 in 2016, providing more than 300,000 meals to approximately 190,000 "food-insecure" residents of both counties  . To learn more about the food bank or to find out how you can help, click here. 
Central San "Citizens Academy"
Curious where water goes after it goes down the drain? The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District's six-week "Citizens Academy" will provide a behind-the-scenes look at one of the community's core services, the wastewater industry. This FREE academy will be held on Tuesdays from April 4th to May 9th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will include a tour of the treatment plant, laboratory and recycled water fill station. For more information and to apply, visit the Central San website by clicking here.
San Ramon State of the City Address
On Thursday, February 9th, Supervisor Andersen attended San Ramon's State of the City address. She is pictured above with San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson and Ron Wetter of Kaiser Permanente.
Hosted by the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, Clarkson's yearly speech updated the group of business professionals, public officials, residents and other community members about the city's fiscal situation, public safety, and key public and private projects from the past year as well as providing a look at initiatives for the year ahead.

To read more about the event and other activities in San Ramon  click here.
Paid Crossing Guard Position Available in Alamo

Click on the flyer above or here for more information and to apply. For assistance with completing the application, call (925) 552-5021.
 The internment of Japanese Americans during WWII 

At the February 14 Board of Supervisors meeting, Japanese-Americans were recognized on the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066.

Japanese Americans had been living and working in Contra Costa County since the late part of the 19th Century. On Feb. 19, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcibly moving Americans of Japanese descent out of restricted zones which included El Cerrito, Pinole-Rodeo, Crockett, Pittsburg, Martinez, Byron and Concord.

Scores of Contra Costa residents, some who had lived here for two and three generations, were ordered to report to Civil Control Stations with only what they could carry. The Japanese American families were forced to give up their businesses, terminate their studies or sell their land.
The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Interment of Civilians issued a report on Feb. 24, 1983 condemning the internment as unjust and motivated by racism and xenophobic ideas rather than factual military necessity and U.S. President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 apologizing for the treatment suffered by the Japanese Americans, and President George H.W. Bush issued a formal apology on Dec. 7, 1991 on the 50 th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack.

Contra Costa County will forever regret the way its residents of Japanese descent were treated with the loss of their rights, property and civic standing. On the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, the Board of Supervisors on behalf of the residents of Contra Costa County, issued a formal apology to the Japanese American community and to the Diablo Valley Japanese American Citizens League for the unjust treatment of our neighbors of Japanese descent and the humiliation and financial losses that they suffered. 

Community Corrections Partnership 
Community Advisory Board is Seeking Applicants
Formally known as  the Criminal Justice Realignment Act, Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) was signed into legislation and went into effect in 2011. It is the cornerstone of California's efforts to reduce overcrowding in the state's prison system. The legislation changes the place where many felony sentences are served in cases when the defendant is not granted probation. Instead of being sentenced to state prison, many defendants will be serving their "prison" term in county jail.
As an element of Realignment, each county was required to create a Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) that is responsible to recommend a local plan to the County Board of Supervisors for the implementation of the Realignment Act. This process is managed by the CCP, which is comprised of the Chief Probation Officer (as chair), a Chief of Police, the Sheriff, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the Superior Court, and specified county representatives.
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was established by the CCP in December of 2012 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.
The Community Advisory Board meets the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Probation Department (50 Douglas Drive, Second Floor Martinez).
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) includes 12-members with expertise in adult education within a correctional setting, domestic violence prevention, workforce development, behavioral health issues, post-release reentry services, services for reentering women, criminal and drug court, and law and policy related to issues of the formerly incarcerated and crime survivors. All members live or work in Contra Costa County.
The CAB has one vacancy. This seat has an expiration date of December 31, 2017. Applicants should have an interest in or experience with the criminal justice system, including formerly incarcerated individuals.
To apply, please click here to be redirected to the CAB application For more information and to review past agendas, please  click here .
For further information:
Donté Blue
Program Manager
Office of Reentry and Justice
Real Estate Marketing Association 
On February 9th, Supervisor Andersen met for breakfast with the Real Estate Marketing Association at their weekly meeting the Veterans Memorial Building in Danville.   

Candace gave an update on current County activities and upcoming plans for  future projects. Pictured on the right, Candace stands with President Carol Peterson and members Bill White and Rick San Vicente.

To learn more about the San Ramon Valley Real Estate Marketing Association click here.
City of San Ramon Upcoming Events and Activities
Spring Fashion Show and Tea
Welcome the spring season with an afternoon of fashion, food and fun for all ages. The San Ramon Senior Center Foundation will present the Spring Fashion Show and Tea on Saturday, April 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the San Ramon Community Center at Central Park. All ages welcome, with a $25 per person cost. Fabulous door prizes and opportunity drawings will be included. Proceeds benefit the San Ramon Senior Center Foundation that supports senior programs and Meals on Wheels in San Ramon.
St. Patrick's Day Concert
The luck of the Irish will be with you if you attend the San Ramon Community Chorus Concert. The chorus will perform favorite Irish tunes along with folk music. The McGrath Irish Dancers will also be in attendance to perform traditional Irish dances. Presented by the San Ramon Community Chorus on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Front Row Theater. Admission is free. Bring the entire family and don't forget to wear green!
San Ramon Library Grand Opening
The San Ramon Library, located at 12501 Alcosta Blvd, will hold its Grand Re-Opening at 10:00 a.m. on  April 15th.  Enjoy a day exploring the newly renovated library. The event will include a ceremonial ribbon cutting, activities for kids, teens and  families throughout the day. Subscribe online to the email newsletter, or to get more details click here .
Coming Soon in the Renovated Library:
The Library Foundation Bookstore!  Gently used books are needed for the store. Save your donations for an upcoming book drive. For more information on  events supporting the San Ramon Libraries, including the upcoming book store, book drive and book sale dates click here .
Danville Area Chamber State of the Town Address
On March 30 at 11:30 a.m., the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
Danville Chamber Logo State of the Town Address will be held at Blackhawk Country Club. Mayor Renee  Morgan will discuss plans for her term as Mayor. A ls o,  The  Board of Directors will be installed and The Danville Area Cha mber of Commerce Community Service Awar ds will be presented.  To learn more or register for the State of the Town Address, click here .
Lamorinda Sons in Retirement Branch 171

Supervisor Andersen spoke to the Lamorinda Sons in Retirement (SIR) group on February 8th. SIR Branch 171 meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Holy Trinity Cultural Center in Moraga. For more information about SIR Branch 171, click here.
San Ramon Art & Wind Festival Call for Vendors

The annual San Ramon Art and Wind Festival blows into town on May 28th and 29th. 
Join the best festival in the East Bay and reach thousands of people to promote 
your business or non-profit.
Vendors are needed in the following categories:
  • Food and Beverage - must be a nonprofit organization to apply
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Specialty Food
  • Activity Vendor
  • Business Vendor
  • Non-profit Information/Government Agency Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information. 
War Comes Home: The Legacy  Comes to the 
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
Exhibition Features Correspondence Revealing How War Changes Lives, Families, Communities
Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, new exhibition "War Comes Home: The Legacy" opens on January 29th at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, located at 205 Railroad Avenue in Danville. The traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier's homecoming.

"War Comes Home: The Legacy" is part of Cal Humanities' current War Comes Home initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community. The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.

The exhibition explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and displayed on thirteen interpretive panels, War Comes Home: The Legacy explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war. As Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres writes, "Those of us coming back...are not looking for sympathy. We might be reluctant at first to talk about what we've been through...[but] your support has made this journey an incredible one...Thanks, above all, for listening."  To learn more, click here . This exhibition runs through April 9, 2017. 
Contra Costa County Aging & Adult Services Presents Public Hearing about 2016-2020 Four-Year Area Plan
Did you know that by 2020, one in five Contra Costa County residents will be a senior citizen? That's nearly 200,000 people who can potentially benefit from the 2016-2020 Four-Year Area Plan.  The plan will allocate more than $3 million dollars to senior services which include programs that provide adequate nutrition, adult day healthcare, Alzheimer's and legal services, to name a few. 

To address this plan, a public hearing will be held March 15, 2017 from 10:30 am to Noon at 500 Ellinwood Way (first floor conference room) in Pleasant Hill, CA. 

Residents will be informed about proposed activities and will be provided a forum for comments and questions to the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging. Topics will include: 
  • Contracted Services
  • Area Agency on Aging Direct Services
  • Program development and coordination (PD&C)
  • Administration Activities
  • Outreach/Targeting 
  • Area Plan goals 
  • Community service areas and focal points 
  • Estimated grant allocation plan 
Federal law and regulations require the Area Agencies on Aging to conduct its business so as not to discriminate on the basis of language or disability. If the public hearing presentation presents a language barrier, please contact Jaime Ray at 925-602-4172 as soon as possible so suitable arrangements can be made. The meeting place is accessible and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend. Copies of the Area Plan summary will be available at the hearing. If you wish to have a copy in advance, please contact the Area Agency on Aging at 925-602-4172.
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
Have some spare time? Looking for a volunteer opportunity to give back to your community? Here are some opportunities waiting for you!
District 2 vacancy available:
Agricultural Advisory Task Force
Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (formerly CSA P-2B)
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board click here
Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee - Alamo Seat, click here for more inform ation about the committee
CCC Merit Board  click here

In addition, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the following list of countywide advisory bodies that currently have seats available:
Advisory Council on Aging
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Developmental Disabilities Area Board
CCC Local Planning Advisory Council for Early Care & Education
Economic Opportunity Council
Advisory Council on Equal Employment Opportunity
Family & Children's Trust Committee
Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Managed Care Commission
Mosquito and Vector Control District
Workforce Development Board

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

Accepted the 2016 Annual Report from the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (Flood Control District); Directed the Chief Engineer to implement the Action Plans in the report, with a follow-up report to the Board of Supervisors annually; and Referred the Flood Control District's efforts to develop sustainable funding.
Accepted the report from the Employment and Human Services Department on aging and adult services, including the progress made to address the issue of elder abuse in Contra Costa County.
Approved the County's proposal to be awarded $70 million in State financing for the West Contra Costa County Reentry, Treatment, and Housing facility project in the Richmond area, authorizing the Sheriff to submit the proposal to the State, and taking related actions. 
Authorized the Public Works Director to advertise the Countywide Trash Capture Project for the manufacturing and installation of full trash capture units in 154 inlets.
Approved the Walnut Creek Crosswalk Improvements Project and related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act, and Authorized the Public Works Director to advertise the Project and submit a 2017/2018 Transportation Development Act Grant Application to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the total amount of $78,500, for fiscal year 2016/2017, Unincorporated Walnut Creek.
Approved the development of the Contra Costa Watershed Storm Water Resource Plan and related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act, and Authorized the Chief Engineer to advertise the Plan.
Approved/Authorized the Public Works Director to execute, on behalf of the County, an amendment to the Transportation Service Agreement with the Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency (TRAFFIX), to agree to pay TRAFFIX one-half of the costs to operate two school bus routes within County Service Area T-1, Danville.
Recognized the five millionth meal delivered to a homebound elder in Contra Costa County.
Appointed Beth Mora to the District II seat of the Contra Costa Commission for Women, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Adopted a "Support" position on Senate Bill 1 (Beall): Transportation Funding, which will increase revenues for transportation infrastructure purposes through tax and fee increases, streamline project delivery through environmental review process revisions, and other protective actions relative to transportation revenue, and Authorized the Chair of the Board of Supervisors to sign a letter communicating the Board's position.
Approved/Authorized the Employment and Human Services Director to issue a Request for Proposals for prevention and intervention services to abused and neglected children and their families.

Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract amendment with Contra Costa Interfaith Transitional Housing, Inc., to increase the payment limit to provide community-based mental health services for seriously disturbed youth.

Approved/Authorized the Conservation and Development Director to execute a contract amendment with Environmental Science Associates, to extend the term, and increase the payment limit, to provide continued service to complete the environmental impact report for the Saranap Village Mixed-Use Project.
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract with First Place for Youth to provide community-based mental health services for transitional age youth who are seriously emotionally disturbed.
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract with Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. to provide mental health outreach services for the homeless mentally ill.
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract with Anka Behavioral Health, Inc. to operate care centers and provide evening outreach services for the Homeless Coordinated Entry System of Care.
Approved request of property owner to place 66 and 67 Stonecastle Court in the Alamo area onto the County Historic Resources Inventory and related California Environmental Quality Act findings.
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract containing modified indemnification language with Family Justice Center, to allow the Behavioral Health Services Division to provide services for the Senior Peer Counseling Program at the Family Justice Center.
Accepted report presented at Board of Supervisors retreat on January 31, 2017 covering the new Public Safety building and Emergency Operations Center, the new Administration building and the Capital Facilities Plan policies for next five years, and approve related actions. Click here to see plans.
Approved/Authorized the Fire Chief to apply for and accept grant funding from the State Homeland Security Grant Program in an amount not to exceed $225,000 for the purchase of equipment for hazardous materials emergency responses and training.
Accepted a report on the projected budget cuts to the public housing program for federal fiscal year 2017.
Proclaimed the existence of a local emergency arising out of the damage caused in this County by the series of rainstorms in January and February 2017.
Accepted the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project Status Update.
Approved/Authorized the Public Works Director to expand the Adopt-A-Road Program, to include other publicly-owned facilities and initiate an outreach campaign to recruit volunteers to remove trash from these facilities.
Recognized Sam Saleh as the 2017 Moraga Business Person of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Recognized Brian Waters as the 2017 recipient of the William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Recognized Fix Orinda Roads as the 2016 Orinda Volunteer of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Recognized the participation and generosity of County employees in the 2016 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight.
Reappointed Gordon 'Nate' Ball, Mark Cordone, Jason Dudum, Robert Besse and Linda Schultz to the County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Reappointed William Nelson, David Dolter, Karen McPherson, and Joe Rubay to the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director, or designee, to execute a contract with Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Inc. to provide housing and other support services to families that are homeless.
Approved/Authorized the Auditor-Controller to issue payment to Anka Behavioral Health, Inc., for the additional mental health outreach services provided to homeless mentally ill clients.
Continued the emergency action originally taken by the Board of Supervisors effective January 19, 2017 regarding the hazardous conditions caused by a series of severe rainstorms in Contra Costa County
Continued the emergency action originally taken by the Board of Supervisors on November 16, 1999, and most recently approved by the Board on February 7, 2017, regarding the issue of homelessness in Contra Costa County.
Called and noticed election of Retirement Board Members Number 3 (general), 7 and 7 Alternate (safety members of the Association), as recommended by the Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement Association Board.
Authorized the issuance and sale of "Moraga Elementary School District General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2016, Series A" in an amount not to exceed $12,000,000 by the Moraga Elementary School District on its own behalf pursuant to Sections 15140 and 15146 of the Education Code, as permitted by Section 53508.7(c) of the Government Code.