News from Around the District - March, 2019
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Academy #52 Graduation
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District honored Academy Class 52 at a graduation ceremony at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Thursday, February 14th.

24 Academy Graduates received their badges and joined their firefighter comrades in commitment and dedication to keeping the communities of Contra Costa County safe.

At right, ConFire Chief Carman talks to his final class of graduates, friends and family, in advance of his retirement.


Save the Date! Cesar E. Chavez Celebration
PG&E Submits Wildfire Safety Plan for Alamo
PG&E submitted their Wildlife Safety Plan for Alamo to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The plan describes actions that the company is taking to help further reduce wildfire risks and keep customers and the communities they serve safe. You can find a copy of the plan by clicking this link.
 
Enhancing our Community Wildfire Safety Program
In the Wildfire Safety Plan, you can find details about how PG&E is expanding and enhancing their Community Wildfire Safety Program, given the continued and growing threat of extreme weather and wildfires, and as an additional precautionary measure to further reduce wildfire risk following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires.

The plan includes conducting accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure in high fire-threat areas and further strengthening and upgrading the electric system to make it more resilient. The plan will also increase real-time monitoring by adding new weather stations and high-definition cameras.
 
Beginning with the 2019 wildfire season, PG&E will also be expanding their Public Safety Power Shutoff program to include all electric lines that pass through high fire-threat areas – both distribution and transmission. While customers in high fire-threat areas are more likely to be affected, any of PG&E’s more than 5 million electric customers could have their power shut off for safety only as a last resort when forecasted fire danger conditions warrant. PG&E will work with the residents as they implement these critical wildfire safety efforts in the community. More information is also available at pge.com/wildfiresafety.
Free Rides Through the Bay Area Carpool Program
The Bay Area Carpool Program is spurring its mission to reduce single drivers, emissions, and congestion through its new incentive: Five Free Rides to all new Scoop and Waze Carpool riders in the nine-county Bay Area.

Five Free Rides was designed to kick-off sustained carpool behavior by offering new users ample opportunity to experience the ease of carpooling with improved technology. Scoop and Waze Carpool provide matches, scheduling, and seamless payment.

The promotion is available February 1 – June 30, 2019. New Scoop users simply download the app to get access to free rides automatically placed into their account. New Waze Carpool users must download the app and enter promo code CARPOOL to activate the free rides. On both apps, the offer expires two weeks from download.

Program data shows most carpoolers travel distances of 15 – 25+ miles to/from work. Carpooling can reduce peak hour traffic on well-traveled highways and bridges to the region’s job hubs. The height of trip requests and available matches on Scoop and Waze Carpool align with peak travel times, ideal for a new carpooler looking to improve their work commute.

Five Free Rides is a collaboration between public and private sectors to benefit commuters, a shared goal. More information is available at  carpool.511.org.
AboutFace 2-day Workshop for Veterans
Family Justice Institute - March Trainings
Join us in our upcoming March workshops!

March 1 - IPV and Juvenile Justice System
March 8 - DV & Work Place Violence
March 15 - Diversity and LGBTQ clients

Click the link below to register.

Supervisor Andersen Welcomes Two New Staff Members
Supervisor Andersen is proud to welcome two new members to her staff.

Dom Pruett joined the team as a Policy Analyst/Field Representative for Supervisor Andersen. In addition to working on a multitude of policy issues related to the district, Dom represents Supervisor Andersen in advisory body and community meetings and handles constituent casework. Prior to joining Supervisor Andersen’s staff, Dom worked in Assemblywoman Catharine Baker’s district office as her Constituent Services Manager. Dom graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. He is currently pursuing his MBA at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.
Cameron Collins represents Supervisor Andersen in the community of Alamo. Prior to joining Supervisor Andersen's staff, Cameron worked for a local State Assembly Member and has experience in coalition building, community outreach, residential and commercial land use efforts and supporter recruitment and activation. Cameron earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in History.
Walnut Creek Watershed Volunteer Opportunity
Walnut Creek State of the City Luncheon
On February 19th, the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau held their annual State of the City Luncheon.

Cindy Silva, Mayor of Walnut Creek, and Tim Argenti, Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau reviewed the current status of Walnut Creek and discussed plans for the coming year.

At left, Supervisor Andersen stands with Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva. 
Nominations Being Accepted for People Who Make A Difference Awards
Contra Costa County “Poetry Out Loud” 2019 Competition
At the February 9, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting, Grace Gilroy, a junior at San Ramon Valley High in Danville, was awarded First Place, John Higgins, a senior at Prospects High in Antioch, was awarded Second Place, and Wesley Little, a senior at Monte Vista High in Danville, was awarded Third Place in the Contra Costa County “Poetry Out Loud” Competition, a competition which emphasizes language skills and public speaking.

Pictured above with the Supervisors, is first place winner Grace Gilroy.

Over 3,000 students countywide participated in this year’s program, which was started by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and run by the California Arts Council in the State, and locally by the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5), to engage high school students in the presentation of poetry through memorization and performance.

The “Poetry Out Loud” program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by recognizing the latest trends in poetry: recitation and performance. To excel as Ms. Gilroy, Mr. Higgins, and Mr. Little have done, a young person must demonstrate, in addition to a great deal of natural ability, an outstanding spirit of dedication, enthusiasm and hard work.
Annual Contra Costa - Solano County Food Drive Results
Each year, Contra Costa County and Solano County participate in an annual fundraising competition around the holidays. Contra Costa is proud to announce their employees raised $73,963.57 for the Food Bank in 2018.

In the friendly competition between the Supervisors' offices, Supervisor Andersen was pleased to raise the most money with the help of her generous constituents and take home the "Little Apple Award."

In the photo above, Supervisor Andersen proudly displays her trophy with other winning departments and individuals.

Although the holidays are always tough for those in need, the food bank of Contra Costa welcomes and appreciates donations year-round. To learn how you can help, go to https://www.foodbankccs.org/
The Fifties at Sixty at the Museum of San Ramon Valley
The Sixties at Fifty exhibit is now at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. The Sixties were an exciting, awful, inspiring innovative but always memorable time. This exhibit shows the Sixties through a national as well as San Ramon Valley perspective.

The Fifties at Sixty has a busy, informative and entertaining March with a group of programs and movies that capture the many themes and activities that took place in the 60’s.
 
  • March 8th at 1:45 p.m. - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at the Village Theater Danville. Admission is free

  • March 14th at 7:00 p.m. at The Vets Hall, 400 Hartz Ave. Danville - Melissa Jackson a professor from Diablo Valley College will present What's So Funny? Women's Lib Comics from Ms. to #MeToo. An entertaining and enlightening talk about the relevance of humor in the movement for women's rights. Admission is free

  • March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley 205 Railroad Ave Danville - A presentation entitled “I-680 Changed Everything. Where was this new freeway to be put, how could we save the heritage oak trees, where would the off ramps be located. These and many more issues around 680 will be discussed. Admission is free.

  • March 29th at 1:45 p.m. - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at the Vets Hall, 400 Hartz in Danville. Admission is free  

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at 205 Railroad Av Danville CA 94526.
The hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-4, Saturday 10-1, and Sunday 12-3. For more information contact us at 925 837 3750 or visit our website at museumsrv.org.

San Ramon State of the City Luncheon
Supervisor Andersen attended San Ramon's State of the City address on February 20th at the San Ramon Marriott. Pictured on the left are San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, Danville council member Renee Morgan and Supervisor Andersen.

Hosted by the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce, Clarkson's yearly speech updated the group of local business professionals, public officials, and community members about the city's achievements of the past year and covered upcoming initiatives.
District Elections in San Ramon
San Ramon is in the middle of a very historic decision for their city. They are going through the process of moving to District Elections and City staff is updating the website regularly with information. Citizens of San Ramon are asked for their input and feedback on the maps. It is very important and suggestions are being encouraged.

Visit their website to see maps and offer ideas www.sanramon.ca.gov/residents/district_elections.
Celebrating National Weights and Measures Week in
Contra Costa County
Do you ever wonder what truck scales do? When you fill up your tank at the gas station, how do you know if you are getting the 10 gallons of gas you’re paying for? Or, does that box of cereal at the grocery store really hold 18 ounces of product?
 
From luggage to jewelry, how do you know you are getting what you’re buying? Celebrating National Weights and Measures Week March 1 – 7, 2019 means recognizing Contra Costa County’s Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures and its work “behind the scenes”. 

From sales of gasoline to cherries, charges for taxi rides, or your grocery bill, every commercial transaction in some way is based upon a weight, measure, count or volume. Weights and Measures officials inspect and verify the accuracy of commercial transactions involving scales, meters, price scanners, and net quantity labeling on packaged goods throughout the marketplace.
 
In Contra Costa County, the investment in regulatory oversight is approximately $1.30 per resident per year, which is almost nothing, when you compare the chance of losing much more than that in a single trip to the grocery store or gas station. For example, at $4.00 per gallon for gasoline, a one percent inaccuracy of the meter over-registering a 20-gallon delivery of gas will result in an 80-cent overcharge for that single transaction, or when buying a steak at $10.00 per pound, just a one hundredth of a pound error over-registering the weight of that steak will result in a 10-cent overcharge to the consumer. Day in and day out, all this can add up to significant losses or gains for buyers and sellers.

On an annual basis, the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures inspects approximately 10,200 commercial weighing and measuring devices and conducts 455 electronic point of sale inspections at various retail locations, scanning over 12,000 packages. In 2018, 198 overcharges and 42 undercharges were found out of 12,002 packages scanned. When errors are found, warning notices are issued, and when overcharges are significant, fines are levied to encourage future compliance.

The County’s Department of Agricultural/Weights and Measures regularly inspects devices such as petroleum fuel meters, utility sub-meters, vehicle odometers, taximeters, LPG meters, grocery store check-out scales, deli scales, jewelry, postal, vehicle, luggage, cattle, truck and shipping scales. Inspectors even make “undercover” purchases at grocery and retail stores to compare prices charged to prices advertised or posted on store shelves.

All this helps ensure that commercial weighing and measuring devices are accurate, the products you purchase contain the quantity stated on the label, and the scanner prices charged to you are correct.

If you have questions regarding overcharges, contact the Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures at (925) 608-6600, or visit www.contracosta.ca.gov/1542,
Moraga Chamber of Commerce Honors Business of the Year
The Moraga Chamber of Commerce honored the Business of the Year, and the non-profit of the year, at the Chamber's annual event.

The Olsen Team was honored as the Business of the Year, recognizing Sue Olsen and her son Ben for their successful real estate partnership and their generous donations to education and other community groups within Moraga.

Also recognized at the event was the Moraga Citizens Network (pictured above) as the 2018 non-profit of the year. Moraga Citizens Network was founded in January 2005, with about 25 people with the intent to stimulate a greater flow of information from the Town Council and Town staff in order to encourage greater participation in town matters. Long-time Moraga resident Ellen Beans serves as the Executive Director.
District Attorney's Office Accepting Applications for
Summer Intern Program
The Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office is now accepting applications for the College and High School Senior Student Summer Intern Program. Interns will be assigned to units within the office and will learn about the criminal justice system. Previous intern field trips included tours of San Quentin, the Contra Costa County Crime Lab and U.S. Coast Guard Facility in San Francisco.  
 
High School Students must be entering their senior year in the Fall of 2019 to qualify. Those interested should submit a resume and cover letter to Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey at dyancey@contracostada.org by March 15th.
Culture to Culture Celebrates Lunar New Year
Supervisor Andersen and Chief of Staff Gayle Israel were honored to join the Town of Danville and Culture to Culture sponsored Senior Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday February 17th at the Oak Hill Park Community Center.
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Candace Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for
County Advisory Boards
Supervisor Candace 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 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.
 
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.
 
Contra Costa County Juvenile Justice Commission   http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/2335/Juvenile-Justice-Commission
The Commission reports to the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court for the county and makes recommendations to the Probation Department related to public policy regarding in-custody and at-risk youth. Primary responsibility is to provide citizen oversight of the juvenile justice system, which includes inspecting juvenile hall, police departments holding youth, and group homes in the county.
 
To apply online go to the website http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/
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:

Recognized the participation and generosity of Contra Costa County employees in the 2018 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight.   

Recognized Choice in Aging on the occasion of their 70th anniversary.

Accepted report on the twentieth anniversary of the Industrial Safety Ordinance.

Accepted a report from the Department of Conservation and Development on "Envision Contra Costa 2040," the effort to update to the Contra Costa County General Plan, Zoning Code, and Climate Action Plan.

Approved the Request for Proposal (RFP) and selection process for the limited commercial cannabis permits uses and directed the Department of Conservation and Development to release the RFP.

Recognized The Olsen Team as the 2018 Moraga Business of the Year.

Recognized The Moraga Citizen's Network as the 2018 Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

Appointed William Nelson to the Appointee 4 Seat on the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee for a two-year term as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.

Appointed Aparna Madireddi to the Supervisorial District II seat on the 2020 Census Complete Count Steering Committee. 

Accepted 2018 Annual Report on CCC Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Countywide and implemented the Action Plans in the 2018 Report, with a follow-up report to the Board annually.

Held a hearing on an appeal of a Planning Commission decision to approve wireless facilities access permit for Verizon Wireless cell sites in Alamo and unincorporated Walnut Creek.

Recognized Carole and Andy Amstutz as 2018 Orinda Citizens of The Year.

Recognized William Hudson as the recipient of the William Penn Mott Jr. Award.

Recognized the Winners of the Contra Costa County Poetry Out Loud 2019 Competition.

Authorized the Public Works Director, or designee, to submit an application to enroll and to participate in the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program.

 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;
Lafayette

Cameron Collins
Field Representative;
Alamo

Dom Pruett

Policy Analyst, Field Representative; Walnut Creek and Lafayette

District Offices
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