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Lauri Byers  
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Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785


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Lafayette, CA  94549



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Fix Our Roads Press Conference

Supervisor Andersen spoke at the  Fix our Roads Press Conference.  She is joined in this picture by Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder, Clayton Vice Mayor Jim Diaz, Walnut Creek Mayor Loella Haskew, and Concord Vice Mayor Ron Leone.
On Wednesday, February 17th, a group of public officials and labor leaders gathered at the Interstate 680 - Highway 4 interchange to ask the Governor and Legislature to fix State transportation funding.  The conference was scheduled to highlight the estimated $754 million cut from the California Transportation Commission's five-year plan for the future state highway, intercity rail and transit improvement programs. One of the projects being affected is the Highway 4/I-680 interchange project.  Construction was scheduled to start next year, but now its future is uncertain.
Counties Care Holiday Food Fight

Contra Costa County departments and employees again stepped-up to the annual challenge to raise funds for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano during the 2015 holiday season. 

During the 2015 drive, Contra Costa County employees raised $98,187.46, bringing their cumulative total raised in 13 years to over $1,144,000. 

The Board of Supervisors honored and thanked all of the tireless department team leaders and congratulated all participating Contra Costa County departments, department heads, and employees for their inspired and inspiring efforts on behalf of their community and those in need.  You can donate to the Food Bank any time through out the year by  clicking here .
Street Smarts Brings the CHP "Start Smart" 
Driver Safety Education Program 
Back to the San Ramon Valley
Driving can be dangerous for teens. Teen drivers are more likely to get into traffic collisions than any other age group. Even more troubling is the fact that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teens aged 15 to 19. What causes teens and teenage drivers to be at such risk?
Find out on March 29th, when the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts hosts the California Highway Patrol's "Start Smart" program. Start Smart is a two-hour driver safety education class given by the CHP to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. The Start Smart event will be held from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center at Dougherty Valley High School, 10550 Albion Rd, San Ramon. At the event, CHP officers will discuss collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, and driver/parent responsibilities. Parent and child attendance are strongly recommended. (Note: The presentation contains actual, graphic "accident" images.)
The March 29th event is free and open to teens/parents in the San Ramon Valley and beyond. To register,  click hereFor more information, please contact Dolores Pita, at 925-973-2581 or by  clicking here .
To learn more about the Start Smart Program, contact CHP Officer John Fransen at 925-646-4980 or visit the CHP's website by  clicking here.
Applicants Wanted for County Planning Commission and Retirement Board
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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking an individual who is interested in serving on the County's Planning Commission. The Commission is responsible for hearing and deciding applications for proposed projects that generate more than 100 peak hour trips, and all appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator.  The Commission also may initiate preparation of general plans, specific plans, regulations, programs, and legislation to implement the land use planning power of the county; is generally responsible for advising the legislative body of matters relating to planning; is the designated advisory agency for the purpose of passing on subdivisions; and hears and makes recommendations regarding proposed development agreements.
Meetings of the Planning Commission are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Martinez.  Members of the Planning Commission receive $50 per meeting up to a monthly maximum of $300, plus mileage expense.  The appointment will be for a full four-year term beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2020.  Further information about the County Planning Commission can be obtained by calling Aruna Bhat, Deputy Conservation & Development Director, 674-7784, click here to email, or visit the County's website link by clicking here.

The Board of Supervisors is also seeking individuals with a sound business background, experience in pension fund investment or administration, or in equity investments or banking, to serve on 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 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 appointment will be for a full three-year term beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2019.  Further information about the Retirement Board can be obtained by calling Retirement CEO Gail Strohl at (925) 521-3960 or click here to visit the website.

Application forms for both bodies can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 335-1900 or by visiting the County website 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 8, 2016 . Applicants should plan to be available for public interviews on Monday, May 23, 2016.  
2nd Annual Dose of Awareness Walk 
Supervisor Andersen spoke at the 2nd Annual "Dose of Awareness" 5K Walk and Health Expo, organized by the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA), where community members gathered to walk in memory of thousands of Americans who have been lost to the national prescription drug abuse epidemic. March is Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month. For more information about Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month events and activites, and NCAPDA, click here
East Bay Innovation Awards 

Supervisor Andersen celebrates the innovators with 
Danville Mayor Karen Stepper and 
Dublin City Councilmember Doreen Wehrenberg

The East Bay Innovation Awards, held on February 25th at the Fox Theater in Oakland, celebrated the cutting-edge innovators in business that make the East Bay one of the preeminent regions of innovation in the nation.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance along with the San Francisco Business Times honored companies that most contribute to the East Bay's culture of innovation. 

Two of the honorees headquartered in Contra Costa County are Ekso Bionics in Richmond, and Delta Diablo Wastewater Treatment Plant in Antioch. 

Ekso  Robotic  exsoskeletons (wearable  robots) are being used in more than 100 rehab  centers and hospitals throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Of  those, 18 - eight donated by the Soldiers Strong foundation - are  in use at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centers and other Veteran  Administration hospitals.  The suits are primarily used with patients who have had  strokes or spinal cord injuries. If those injuries are "incomplete,"  patients may be able to relearn how to walk on their own using  gait training while wearing the Ekso suit; in the case of complete  spinal cord injury, patients may have the opportunity to improve  their overall fitness by getting periodic walking sessions. Learn more about Ekso Bionics by clicking here

Delta Diablo serves as the lead agency  for the Western Recycled Water Coalition  (WRWC), which is developing secure, reliable  water supplies for the region, and the  Bay Area Biosolids to Energy (BAB2E) Coalition,  which is implementing innovative  resource recovery technologies that promise  to transform the industry. Read more about Delta Diablo by clicking here

The Awards produce a prestigious cohort of award recipients each year and make a special effort to recognize the up-and-coming innovators who have opportunities to be leaders in the East Bay in future years.
Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office College and High School Student 
Summer Internships

The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office is currently accepting applications for the College and High School Student Summer Internship Program.

Those interested are requested to email a cover letter and resume to Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey by clicking here. Must be received by
 March 31, 2016.
12th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2016 "Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate" 
Join your local state legislators, local elected officials, business leaders, early childhood educators, families, and the community in a dialogue about the current movement to elevate the quality of Early Care and Education services for all children and promote increased compensation.

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Registration and resource fair begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Cost: $15 - Register NOW - Space is limited. Resources, continental breakfast and light lunch provided.

Community colleges and higher education instructors may apply for a group registration waiver to invite a student cohort (groups of 5-10) to the forum. Interested faculty can contact Mary Louise Vander Meulen for registration information at (925) 942-5313. *Certificates showing 5 hours of professional growth will be given at the end of the day.  To register  click here .
I-680 Express Lanes Construction Update

In March, the final cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) pile sign foundation will be installed for the express lanes between Walnut Creek and San Ramon, and crews will continue to install overhead sign frames on the foundations. 

 An overhead sign frame that will display tolling information. 

Crews will also begin work on the express lanes communications network. This work will occur from Martinez to Dublin, and will primarily include laying conduit and installing fiber-optic cable along I-680 and some city streets. 
The overhead sign frames will support the future travel and toll information signs and the communications network will facilitate the transmission of data for the express lanes. 

During construction, you should expect: intermittent and alternating nightly closures will occur in the northbound and southbound directions in the lanes closest to the median, in the lane closest to the shoulder, and at some ramps from Walnut Creek to San Ramon. Approved construction work hours are: Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. - 5 a.m., Friday from 8 p.m. - 7 a.m., Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.;  construction crews will be present on some city streets during the day near I-680 from Martinez to Dublin with temporary and minor pedestrian detours to maintain public safety;  temporary k-rail, construction signage and orange plastic fencing will be installed from Martinez to Walnut Creek to maintain a safe work zone;  construction lighting will be present and directed away from residential areas. For more information, click here
Supervisors Welcome New CHP Commander to Contra Costa County

At the February 2nd Board of Supervisors meeting, Captain Daniel G. Seaman was introduced as the new California Highway Patrol Commander stationed in Contra Costa County.  CHP Public Information Officer John Fransen is also pictured.
Cesar Chavez Celebration
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors invites you to join them as they pay tribute to the life and legacy of farm worker and labor leader Cesar Chavez during their 23rd Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Celebration. 

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place on Tuesday, March 29th from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

The Keynote Speaker will be  Blanca Hernandezan Immigrant Rights Paralegal with  The International Business Law Firm in Washington D.C.

This year's celebration will also include a "Youth Hall of Fame," which will recognize outstanding Contra Costa County residents between the ages of 12 and 18. The Committee will select winners in each of the following categories: volunteerism, Good Samaritan, school and/or sports leadership, and artistic skill.  Click here for more information.
Open House - Contra Costa ACTiOn Team
Mental Health Systems is proud to present Contra Costa  County's first Assisted Outpatient Treatment program: the Contra Costa ACTiOn Team! A collaborative project with Contra Costa County's Behavioral Health Services, the ACTiOn Team will provide outreach, engagement and support to those consumers  who are appropriate for AB 1421, also known as "Laura's Law."

The event will be held on Thursday, March 10th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at 2280 Diamond Blvd., #500 in Concord.

Composed of a multi-disciplinary staff, the ACTiOn Team supports consumers through an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model, where needs such as housing, vocational rehabilitation, medication management, mental, physical and behavioral health and a host of independent living and relational skills are addressed through compassionate, consistent and client-centered care. Whether consumers come by way of court order (AOT) or voluntarily agree to participate, the goal of this program is to help individuals develop team-driven relationships that will provide support, encouragement and hope for a better tomorrow. The program's "Whatever It Takes" philosophy is demonstrated through 24/7 support, field-based service and a respect for the dignity, strengths and unique perspectives of each individual.  To learn more  click here .
Property Tax Postponement Program for Seniors
The State Controller's Office is accepting applications for the California Property Tax Postponement Program (PTP). This program can assist seniors who are having trouble paying their property taxes.  Information and applications are available free from the Controller's office.  To request this information for distribution at your senior center, please call the office of State Controller Betty Yee toll-free at 1-800-952-5661and leave a message, or you can email by clicking here and let them know how many pamphlets you need.  For further information, you can call 916 322-6407.
Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest 
Awards Ceremony

Each year, San Ramon Valley elementary school students compete to have  their illustration featured in the Street Smarts traffic safety storybook.  With over 270 entries, eleven illustrations were chosen to be featured  in this year's book called "The Crazy Comet from Outer Space!"

The community is invited to attend the 12th Annual Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest Awards  Ceremony presented by Sunset Development Company on March 10, 2016 at  the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. The event will be emceed by  Elizabeth Graswich, Director of Communications and Community Relations  for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Awards Presentations will be delivered by Mayor Karen Stepper of Danville, Mayor Bill Clarkson of San Ramon, Supervisor Andersen, SRVUSD Board President Greg Marvel, Sunset Development, and a San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Board Member.
All entrants' posters will be displayed in the Exhibit Hall prior to the award ceremony, and each entrant will receive a Certificate of Recognition for participation. Additionally, all students attending the event are entered in a drawing for great prizes! The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the chosen posters for the new storybook called The Crazy Comet from Outer Space written and narrated by local author Dana Mentink. There will be a post-ceremony book signing following the ceremony. 
 To learn more about Street Smarts and the Poster Contest, click here.   
Why Should You Become a Civil Grand Juror?

Have you ever wanted to help local government become more effective? Cons ider  applying to be a Civil Grand Juror. Dedicated community vo lunteers are needed to serve  on the next Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury. The  Superior Court is accepting  applications for Civil Grand Jury service for the 2016-201 7 term now through the end of  March.  The Civil Grand Jury is tasked with investigating and repo rting on the operations of local  government The Grand Jury ' s fact-finding efforts result in written reports which con tain  specific recommendations aimed at identifying problems and offeri ng recommendations  for improving government operations and enhancing responsiveness . In this way, the  Grand Jury acts as a representative of county residents in promot ing government  accountability.

Civil Grand Jurors are appointed by the Superior Court to s erve a 1-year term, from July  1st  through June 30th. Individuals may be recommended by the Judges  of the Superior  Court or may volunteer to serve. Each applicant is interviewed  by a group of Superior  Court Judges. Those applicants who are deemed qualified are placed i n a pool and 19  are randomly selected as Grand Jurors. Some individuals are selected as a lternates, 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 cit izen, 18 years of age or  older, a resident of Contra Costa County for at least one y ear prior to selection, and  possesses a sufficient knowledge of the English language to  communicate both orally  and in writing. Jurors cannot currently hold an elected pos ition. No particular  background, training or experience is necessary to be a grand juro r. In fact, it is the  diversity of its members that is one of the grand jury ' s greatest strengths.

Applicants should have reliable transportation to Martinez, and must be prepared to devote at least 20 hours per week to Civil Grand Jury service. Citizens who work should apply only if they can be released from their jobs to perfor m the jury duties. Those  selected will be fingerprinted before the drawing.  Jurors do receive a stipend for attending full jury and commi ttee meetings and are  reimbursed for allowable jury travel ($15 per day for committee meetings and an  additional $15 per week for Plenary meetings) that amounts to  $60 per week and  mileage reimbursement. Parking permits are provided to park in th e City of Martinez  while performing Grand Jury duties.  Serving on a Grand Jury is both an interesting and gratify ing way to give back to our  community, and helps improve local government. Persons interest ed 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 Gr and Jury and to obtain an  application. Applications are also available in my office. The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2016.
Community Members Fill the Room 
For  Joint Danville Town Hall Meeting

Town of Danville Mayor Karen Stepper, Supervisor Candace Andersen, and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker gathered Saturday, February 6th to share thoughts on community issues, legislation, and other policies affecting the State, County and Town.
Contra Costa County Animal Services 
Department is Serving You
Nearly every community in Contra Costa utilizes the  County ' Animal Services Department. Antioch is the only city that has it own program. Contra Costa ' s Animal Services Department is  committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all  people and animals in our community through enforcement of  state and local laws, providing compassionate care for every  animal regardless of its temperament or condition, and reducing  the number of animals that enter our County shelters.  To help the County achieve its mission, the Contra Costa County  Board of Supervisors recently appointed Beth Ward to be the new  Animal Services Director. Ms.  Ward brings a wealth of experience in animal service and welfare.

Ms. Ward plans to  place an increased emphasis on lifesaving, with a goal of  significantly reducing the number of euthanized animals, animal  surrenders, and increase the department ' s live release rates.

Contra Costa Animal Services is the largest animal welfare  organization in Contra Costa County. The department operates  two shelters, in Martinez and Pinole, where  it  provides  hi gh - quality animal care services; shelters homeless, abandoned and  lost animals; places animals in safe, caring homes; and provides  education and services to enhance the lives of people and their  animal companions.

Since most cities rely on the County's Animal Services, our officers are kept quite busyThe job duties and responsibilities of our Animal Services Officers range far and wide. Below are just some of the services our Officers, Sergeants and Lieutenants perform on a daily basis:

- Animal cruelty investigations
- Illegal animal fighting investigations (dog fighting and      cockfighting )
- Sick and injured animal pick-up (domestic animals and
- Loose and/or injured livestock response
- Animal rescue
- Stray dog patrols
- Nuisance investigations
- Response to dead or live animal impound requests
- Response to rattlesnake calls
- P ro vide public education regarding the safe handling         and  humane care of animals. 

Are you interested in helping? Our Animal Services team is always  in need of volunteers. The only requirement is that you must be  at least 18 years of age. Some areas that need volunteers include:  Martinez Lost and Found; Canine Companion; Feline Friend;  Bunny Buddy; Humane Education; Mobile Adoption Team; and  Foster Program, to name but a few. If you are interested in  volunteering, please contact Noell Crosse, Manager, Volunteer Program at (925) 335-8335 or via email by clicking here.
Antioch Health Center Grand Opening

Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, Supervisor Candace Andersen, Congressman Jerry McNerney and Contra Costa Health Services Medical Director Chris Farnitano  gathered on February 17th to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new County Health Center in Antioch, part of Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). The new location on Country Hills Drive replaces the Lone Tree Way site where the county previously offered health care services. The new building has nearly twice as many exam rooms,  expanded programs and some upgrades that will improve health care in East Contra Costa County. This facility will also provide more services at one location, with health care for adult medicine, pediatrics and behavior health services.

CCHS provides fully integrated health care services, community health improvement, and other services through Contra Costa Regional Medical Centers, Contra Costa Health Plan, Behavioral Health Services providing Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs and Homeless Services, and Public and Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials.  To learn more about CCHS, click here.
Lafayette Holds 26th Annual Marquis 2016 
Business Person of the Year  Event
On Friday, January 29th, Lafayette honored Andy and Wendy Scheck, owners of The Lamorinda Weeklya local newspaper they started in 2007. Newly elected Mayor Mark Mitchell also addressed the crowd, presenting his State of the City address.

Wendy and Andy Scheck with Staff member, Lauri Byers

Moraga Chamber Business Person of the Year 
On Tuesday, February 23rd, Kevin Reneau was honored by the Moraga Chamber of Commerce as the Business Person of the Year. Kevin  is the owner and CEO of Senior Helpers of Contra Costa, one of the most successful in-home care agencies in the East Bay. Since Kevin and his wife Pam, started the business in 2007, they have assisted over 500 families in Contra Costa County, helping seniors stay safe and independent in their own homes.  Supervisor Andersen presented Kevin with a resolution from the Board of Supervisors.
San Ramon Announcements and Events
Battery Recycling
Starting April 1st, San Ramon residents can join other District 2 residents who already have this service, and set out household batteries for recycling on their regular collection day.  Batteries must be enclosed in a clear plastic bag (e.g. a Ziploc sandwich bag) and set out on top of the recycling cart.  Batteries should not be placed inside of the recycling cart or on the ground next to the cart. Household batteries include: AAA, AA, B, C, D, 9-volt, small button batteries, rechargeable batteries, and cell phone batteries.  

A Jane Austen Easter
Wear your favorite Easter bonnet while taking a trip back to the 1800s to celebrate Easter and Spring traditions the old fashioned way. Use natural dye to make an Easter egg, create a bon bon box and fill with candies to take home and participate in an Easter egg roll on the lawn. All ages welcome, everyone age 3 and up must pre-register.
Held at the Glass House Museum at Forest Home
Farms Historic Park.
Saturday 3/26 11am-12:30pm
Saturday 3/26 1-2:30pm
To register click here  or call 925.973.3200 
Spring Fashion Show & Tea
Presented by the San Ramon Senior Center Foundation on  Saturday, April 16th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the  Community Center at Central Park.  Tickets are $20.  Welcome the spring season with an afternoon of fashion, food and fun  for all ages! Fabulous door prizes and opportunity drawings will be included.  Proceeds benefit the San Ramon Senior Center Foundation, which supports  senior programs and Meals on Wheels. Please preregister at the Alcosta Senior  & Community Center by April 8. Space is limited.
Orinda Chamber Business Awards Luncheon

Supervisor Andersen joined the Orinda Chamber of Commerce at its 2015 Business Awards luncheon on February 12th. This year, businesses and businesspersons were recognized in five categories for their remarkable contribution to the Chamber of Commerce and the community of Orinda. The New Business of the Year was Piccolo Napoli, Peter Eberle and his wife Maria Napoli owners; they are a great addition to Theatre Square. The Business Person of the Year was Michael Karp, who just opened the Fourth Bore, his third Orinda restaurant.  The Chamber Member of the Year was Derek Zemrak of Lamorinda Theatres. Zemrak is a distinguished supporter of the community and the Chamber of Commerce. California Shakespeare Theater was named the Local Business of the Year. Eric Jorgensen was the Ambassador of the Year. 

Additionally, some retiring chamber members were honored for their dedication and efficiency managing the Chamber of Commerce: Sylvia Jorgensen, immediate Past-President and on the Board of Directors for 8 years; Patti Camras, 17 years on the Board of Directors as Past Secretary and Past President; Candy Kattenberg, 10 years as Executive Director.
A Night of Comedy in Orinda

Danville Chamber Business Awards Luncheon

Bob Hammer of the "Have a Ball" Foundation was recognized at the Danville Chamber Awards luncheon as the Citizen of the year.  Other award recipients at the event were Gianni's Restaurant, Business of the Year, and co-winner Heritage Bank of Commerce; Richard Delfosse of Richard's Arts & Crafts, Business Person of the Year; Lazarex Cancer Foundation, Charitable Organization of the Year; and Steve Simpkins, Police Chief, Town of Danville, Employee of the Year.

Pictured above, left to right, are Judy Lloyd from Senator Glazer's office, Assemblymember Catharine Baker, Supervisor Candace Andersen, and Danville Mayor Karen Stepper. 
21st Annual Cal Shakes Gala

Celebrate the arrival of Cal Shakes' new Artistic Director Eric Ting at the 21st Annual Gala.

Featuring gourmet dining, fine wines and specialty cocktails, dancing, and live performances, along with exhilarating live and silent auctions, you'll experience the thrill of making a difference, and have a great time while you're at it.  To learn more or to purchase tickets click here
Community Invited to SRVUSD Student Recognition Project Open House 

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District invites the community to stop by Bishop Ranch 15 at 12667 Alcosta Blvd.  Ste. 250 on Monday, March 14, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to view the great work being done by high school students in the SRVUSD.  This annual Open House of the  Student Recognition Project showcases hundreds of student projects representing 20 categories ranging from art to community service to entrepreneurs.
These projects are judged by professionals with extensive expertise in the various categories. The Open House unveils the winners in each category while showcasing all entries.
The program is coordinated by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and sponsored Chevron and Bishop Ranch. The program creates collaboration between students, educators and the business community in the San Ramon Valley; promotes educational excellence; and prepares students for future career possibilities.
There is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be provided. To find out more information on the Student Recognition Project,  click here .
Orinda Association Honors 
Community Members
On Sund ay, February 21st, the Orinda Association honored Anna Taque as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year at their annual event.

Mark Roberts, pictured below with  Supervisor Andersen, accepted the William Penn Mott award on behalf of the Orinda Community Foundation. 

Boy Scouts Visit  the Supervisor's Office

On February 10th, a local Boy Scout Troop met with  Supervisor Andersen to learn about Contra Costa County and to work on their Citizenship and the Community merit badge. The boys asked questions about issues in the San Ramon Valley and how they could help with solutions.
February 2016 Eligibility Workers' Month

On February 9th, the Board of Supervisors recognized and honored the Eligibility Workers in Contra Costa County. Costa County Eligibility Workers are experts in the primary programs of CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, General Assistance, and Foster Care and work under tremendous pressure assisting needy families for benefits and services. Despite the pressures, County Eligibility Workers continue to process complex applications for CalFresh, CalWORKs, Welfare-to-Work, Medi-Cal, General Assistance, Foster Care, Adoption Assistance Program, and KinGAP in a timely manner. 
Health Care in Contra Costa County Discussion
The  public is invited to join members of The League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley and Health Care for All, in a discussion about Healthcare in Contra Costa County. Discussion will include how health care providers are meeting current needs and what are some systemic changes that might be considered.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 19th, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Community Center, McHale Room, 320 Civic Drive in Pleasant Hill.  Light refreshments will be served. To learn more  click here.
I nterested in Participating in Government?
Volunteers are Needed Throughout
District Two
Advisory Body Volunteer Opportunities! To follow is a list of available opportunities to share your time and talents for the betterment of your community:
District 2 vacancies available:
*In-Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee  - Click here for information.
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
  • Agricultural Task Force Committee
  • Airport Land Use Commission
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
  • Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • Contra Costa Commission for Women
  • CCC Local Planning Advisory Council for Early Care & Education
  • County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Area Board
  • East Bay Regional Park District Advisory Committee
  • Economic Opportunity Council
  • Advisory Council on Employment Opportunity
  • Family & Children's Trust Committee
  • Hazardous Materials Commission
  • Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
  • Managed Care Commission
  • Treasury Oversight Committee - Click here for information - applications due for the vacancy on March 4th. 
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 January which impact the residents of District 2:   

Introduced Captain Daniel G. Seaman, the new California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commander stationed in Contra Costa County.

Accepted a report from the Department of Conservation and Development on the proposed approach and schedule for the 2016 Urban Limit Line Mid-term Review required under Measure L - 2006.

Adopted an urgency interim ordinance that prohibits the cultivation of medical marijuana and the delivery of medical marijuana in the unincorporated area of the county.

Approved the 2016 Road Surface Treatment Project and related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act, Alamo and Danville.

Approved the Parcel Map for a project by Albert R Rubey, Alamo area.

Approved the Parcel Map and Subdivision Agreement for a project by RL Livorna, LLC, Alamo.

Adopted Resolution for road acceptance for a project by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

Accepted an Offer of Dedication - Public Utilities Easement for a project by Shapell Industries Inc., San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

Approved the Stormwater Management Facilities Operation and Maintenance Agreement for a project by MOMO Development 2013, LLC, Walnut Creek.

Approved the Stormwater Management Facilities Operation and Maintenance Agreement for a project being developed by RL Livorna, LLC, Alamo.

Approved the Livorna Park Improvements - Bocce Courts Project, Alamo.

Appointed Marilyn Cachola Lucey to the District II Alternate seat of the First 5 Children and Families Commission, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Accepted the resignation of Mr. Paul Mikolaj, Declared vacant the Advisory Council on Aging Local Committee Alamo-Danville seat.

Continued the delegation of certain authority to the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority to enter into and administer franchise agreements governing the collection, diversion and disposal of solid waste, recyclable material and compostable organic material from residential, commercial and light industrial customers within the unincorporated areas within service area.

Recognized Tom Barnidge upon his retirement from the Contra Costa Times, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Accepted the Fire Chief's report titled Contra Costa County Fire Protection District 2016 Operational Plan.

Recognized the participation and generosity of County employees in the 2015 Counties Care Holiday Food Fight.

Proclaimed February 2016 as Eligibility Workers' Month in Contra Costa County.

Accepted the 2015 Annual Report from the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District; Directed implementation of the Action Plans in the report, with a follow-up report to the Board of Supervisors annually; Referred the Flood Control District's efforts to develop sustainable funding.

Accepted the 2014 and 2015 reports of real estate acquisition acceptances dated January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015 approved by the Public Works Director as submitted; Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon.

Accepted completion of warranty period for the Subdivision Agreement (Right of Way Landscaping) and release of cash deposit for faithful performance, for a project by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

Accepted completion of landscape improvements for a Subdivision Agreement (Right of Way Landscaping) for a project by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

Accepted Grant Deed of Development Rights for a project being developed by Kimberli R. Edmonson and Clifford Edmonson, Alamo.

Approved the Final Map and Subdivision Agreement for a project by Shapell Industries, Inc., San Ramon.

Recognized Kevin M. Reneau as the Moraga 2015 Business Person of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized  Anna Tague as the Orinda Association 2015 Volunteer of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Honored the Orinda Community Foundation for receiving the 2015 William Penn Mott, Jr. Environmental Award, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Introduced an Ordinance to provide for new device registration fees and inspections of point-of-sale systems, and Fixed a hearing for March 1, 2016 to consider adoption.

Appointed Jill Winspear to the Appointee 9 seat on the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.