News from Around the District - May, 2018
Construction Begins on New Lafayette Fire Station 16
On April 16 the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, joined by local officials and community members, broke ground to rebuild Fire Station 16 in Lafayette. Fire Station 16 was closed in 2012 for safety reasons. This station will be the newest and most modern in the District, serving the Lafayette community and beyond.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors also sits as the Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Supervisor Andersen is delighted that the community will soon have a state of the art facility to serve Lafayette and the surrounding areas.
Moraga Honors Citizens of the Year
Supervisor Andersen stands with Susan and Sam Sperry, at the April 29 event honoring them as Moraga's Citizens of the Year.

Susan is a lifelong Moraga resident and a long-time educator in the Moraga School District. She has continuously contributed to the district for 50 years, helping start the historical tour of Moraga for her middle school students and 3 rd grade students.

Sam was one of the 15 original founding board members of the Moraga Education Foundation in 1985, as well as an original member of the Moraga Community Foundation, providing guidance and input to many volunteer efforts.

Susan and Sam have made their presence known in Moraga, either through Susan’s advocacy as a member of the Preserve Lamorinda Open Space group, or her role on the Arts in Public Spaces Committee; Sam played a role during the historical evocation, explaining to fascinated children that Moraga once was a part of the great Sacramento Northern Railway that linked Oakland to Sacramento.

Orinda Farmer's Market Ribbon Cutting
On April 7, Jill Ray, Supervisor Andersen’s liaison to Orinda, joined local officials and residents as they celebrated the re-opening of the Orinda Farmers Market in Orinda Village. The market will be open every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., with both new and old favorite vendors, shop, eat and enjoy the music.
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Legislative Reception
Supervisor Andersen attended the East Bay EDA's annual Legislative Reception on April 12th at Oracle Arena, where she was fortunate to have her photo taken with the two Larry O’Brien trophies awarded to the reigning NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance is the regional voice and networking resource for strengthening the economy, building the workforce and enhancing the quality of life in the East Bay. Candace serves on the East Bay EDA as the Second Vice Chair.

Joining Candace in the photo is Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.
Board Recognizes 8th Annual Crime Victims' Rights Week
At the April 10 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors recognized community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice and peace.
 
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, building resilience in our communities and our victim responders, and working for justice for all victims and survivors. 
Volunteer and Emergency Services Team in Action -
VESTIA Appreciation Brunch
On April 26th, Volunteer & Emergency Services (VES) and VESTIA, the nonprofit partner of County Employment and Human Services, hosted their annual brunch to thank volunteers, community partners and donors for their support.

Pictured at left, Supervisor Andersen staff member Lauri Byers, sits with volunteer award recipient and VESTIA board member Carolyn Harley. Carolyn has served on the board for 21 years. 
Great Exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley
May Activities in San Ramon

Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 Art & Wind Festival - Central Park
Join the Parks and Community Services staff at San Ramon’s signature community event, the Art and Wind Festival, 11am6pm. Volunteers are needed to assist with the Kids Zone, Kite Making Workshop, Face Painting, Set-up, Take down, and more during the morning and afternoon. click here to learn more.

May 1 - September 30, FREE! - Trails Challenge
Explore the trails of San Ramon and discover the health benefits of outdoor recreation! The San Ramon Trails Challenge is a self-guided program that encourages you to hike five featured trails. Be one of the first to register for the San Ramon Trails Challenge and receive a FREE 2018 Trails Challenge T-Shirt while supplies last. click here for more information.

May 19 - International Museum Day & Old Barn Grand Opening
You’re invited to a free open house in celebration of International Museum Day and the Grand re-opening of the oldest barn at the farm. Come and walk through the new visitor gallery, make your own barn craft to take home and see what the barn might have looked like when it was brand new, in 1851. Stroll through the Glass House museum for free at your own pace, and enjoy Victorian era games.

A Mother’s Love – A Mother’s Day Concert
Sunday, May 13 at 2:00pm
San Ramon Symphonic Band
Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
All Ages, Tickets $7, Students w/ID/Under 12 are FREE
Music will abound at the San Ramon Symphonic Band Concerts. The band is comprised of 55 talented musicians led by conductor Larry Colon and Bryan Holbrook. Bring the entire family for a fun filled evening of music.
April Recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month
Over the past four years, Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drugs Services has strengthened their collaboration with the Contra Costa County Office of Education, Community Based Providers and the Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board. They have worked collectively with students, parents and educators to educate Contra Costa youth on the harmful effects of youth alcohol use and changing the community norms in regards to underage drinking. 

The Board of Supervisors calls upon all citizens, parents, youth, governmental agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and workplaces, hospitals, and schools in Contra Costa County to support efforts that will reduce and prevent underage drinking in our community. 

To learn more about Contra Costa Alcohol and other Drugs services, click here.
Election Equipment Testing Underway to Ensure Accuracy
In an effort to ensure that every Contra Costa vote is counted completely and accurately, technicians from the Elections Division are in the process of programming and testing every piece of voting equipment that will be used in the June 5th, 2018 Primary Election. 

The central-count voting system for vote-by-mail ballots and the scanners for paper ballots located at each polling place are being tested for logic and accuracy. The ballot-marking equipment used at Regional Early Voting locations and on Election Day is also tested at this time since it interacts with those counting systems.
 
The series of tests starts by making sure all machines are working and functioning properly, followed by a series of test ballots running through each machine to make sure they are properly programmed and pick up intended ballot marks. 

There are five central count machines that will record results for approximately 600,000 vote-by-mail ballot cards, along with about 300 ballot scanners at polling places throughout the County.
 
The public is always invited to check out the equipment testing in action. Those interested in observing the process should contact the Elections Division at 925-335-7800 for a schedule, as testing is being conducted intermittently during the next several weeks and at multiple locations. 

A public demonstration of the central count voting equipment is scheduled for 9:00 am on June 1st at the Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office, 555 Escobar Street in Martinez. Visitors will check-in at the Elections lobby. 

County Elections Division is Hiring
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please email your resume by clicking here with the subject line “Regional Early Voting”. 
Celtic Jazz in Danville
Celtic Jazz,” featuring vocalist Melanie O’Reilly, is the first in a new concert series starting on Thursday May 3, at 7:30 at the Village Theatre. It is jointly presented by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley.

A fusion of Celtic melodies with American jazz, Melanie’s original compositions are inspired by traditional Gaelic culture and contemporary Irish poetry. A unique and electrifying evening of music not to be missed.

The concert will feature Dublin native Melanie O’Reilly and her trio. Downbeat magazine calls O'Reilly "one of Ireland's foremost jazz ambassadors." Melanie has performed at such festivals and venues as Lincoln Center, the Edinburgh International Festival, Musique d’Ici et d’Ailleurs in France, and the International Jazz Festival at UCLA. The musicians in her trio have appeared have appeared with such musical legends as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Etta Jones, and Jose Feliciano.

The concert will take place in the historic 140-year-old Danville Village Theatre. Tickets are available by clicking here.
SRVEF Endowment Honors Rotary Club of San Ramon
The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Major Gifts and Endowment Fund honored the Rotary Club of San Ramon on April 18th at the "Celebrate Innovation in Education" Dinner at Diablo Country Club. Proceeds from the event will support the Major Gifts and Endowment Fund for long term innovative education programs. 

Supervisor Andersen attended the event and presented Rotary Club of San Ramon President Lucky Sandhu with a Board of Supervisor Proclamation recognizing the Club's many years of generous support to education in the San Ramon Valley.
San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated
Honor Local Students
Meghan Barr from Dougherty Valley High School
Amanda Mobley from Monte Vista High School
Sarah Bodisco from San Ramon Valley High School
The San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated (SRVRWF) awarded $1,000 scholarships to three high school seniors from the San Ramon Valley at their annual scholarship dinner on April 24th at Crow Canyon Country Club. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be High School Seniors accepted at a four-year College or University or Women continuing or returning to a four-year College or University, residents of the San Ramon Valley area, registered Republican voter (when age eligible), and a demonstrated leader with a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Supervisor Andersen and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker each gave legislative updates and spoke about women in leadership. Photographed with the awardees above are Danville Councilmember and SRVRWF President Renee Morgan, Supervisor Andersen and Assemblywoman Baker.
Taste of Lafayette
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 17th annual tour of Lafayette's amazing restaurants with the opportunity to sample signature cuisine at every stop.

The tour begins at the Bank of the West, located at 3583 Mt. Diablo Blvd., at 5:30 p.m. Tour participants can walk or ride the free shuttle busses that loop through downtown.

Tickets are $55 each. For more information, or to register on-line, click here.
CAPA Intern Training
Supervisor Andersen, Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, and George Escutia of Senator Steve Glazer’s office offered some words of advice and encouragement at the CAPA (Chinese American Political Association) annual summer intern training on April 29th at the Moraga Library. Any student in high school (currently a Sophomore or Junior) who lives in the counties of Contra Costa, Alameda, or San Francisco, and is interested in this internship program is encouraged to apply. 

To learn more about CAPA and the internship program, click here.
#Game Changers Awards - Celebrating Innovation
At the 3rd annual #GameChangers Awards on April 10th, Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group honored thirteen organizations with 2018 #GameChanger Awards as those who are creating a better world while living a better life today in the East Bay region. The #GameChangers Awards celebrates the innovation stars in the Tri-Valley from each of our Tri-Valley cities. 

The Tri-Valley region is an economic powerhouse complimented by wine country hospitality and open spaces. The Tri-Valley is comprised of the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and the Town of Danville.

Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group is a collaborative of business leaders, educators, elected officials, and community leaders advancing the economic vitality of the region, while advancing the Tri-Valley as The Heart of California Innovation.

Pictured on the right, Supervisor Andersen stands with Dale Kaye, President and CEO of Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership Group. To learn more about #Game Changers, click here.
Lafayette Citizen of Year
Lafayette's Citizen of the Year Don Jenkins was honored on April 13th at a sold-out dinner attended by local dignitaries, friends and family.

At left, Don stands with his family while accepting a resolution from Supervisor Andersen.

Don is committed to his community, having served as President of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 1995, and he was designated Lafayette`s Business Person of the Year in 1996. He is an active member of the Mt. Diablo Estate Planners Council and the Planned Giving Council of Northern California. Don is currently serving as a National Advisor to the Rotary Foundation and as a founding trustee for the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church Foundation, and the Lafayette Community Foundation.
2018 Sentinels Gala Highlights Scholarship Recipients
The Sentinels of Freedom held their annual event on April 14th at the Blackhawk Museum. The Gala is held to honor and recognize the achievements of the Sentinels and the supporters’ contributions in their success. The event provides a unique opportunity to meet the inspiring and driven individuals whose lives are forever changed because of the support they receive.

Marlene Rodriguez, pictured with Supervisor Andersen, is one of the Sentinels of Freedom who was recognized at the Gala. She is currently studying in San Antonio Texas, and is a Purple Heart recipient.
Rotary Club of Moraga receives Proclamation from Moraga Town Council for the Completion of the All-Access Playground at Moraga Commons
The Moraga Town Council honored the Rotary Club of Moraga with a Proclamation for “their outstanding work and dedication in establishing the All-Access Playground at Moraga Commons Park.” It was presented to Rotary President Dianne Wilson, Playground Chairman Kevin Reneau, and other involved Moraga Rotarians by Mayor Dave Trotter and Council members Teresa Onoda, Ron Wykle, Jeanette Fritzky, and Kymberleigh Korpus at its regular meeting on March 28.

The 6,000 square-foot Playground is located in the heart of Moraga Commons, and includes over two dozen pieces of specialized recreational equipment designed to be accessible to children of all sizes and abilities, allowing them to play side-by-side with family members or friends whether or not they have disabilities. It also includes a pebbled rubberized surface ensuring easy access to the equipment, and three benches for spectators.  

The project was spearheaded by an ambitious fundraising drive by Moraga Rotary that raised more than $340,000 during the past 12 months for what has become the largest donated public works project in Moraga history.
The Playground commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Moraga. The project budget includes $250,000 for the equipment, almost $200,000 for the site preparation and another $150,000 for upgrading pathways around the playground and restrooms to bring them into compliance with ADA compliance laws. The Town has contributed designated park & recreation funds towards the site preparation and ADA pathways.
Lafayette's Day for the Dogs
Special Dedication and Ceremony Honoring
Contra Costa County's Fallen Heroes
A very special ceremony and monument dedication was held on Sunday, April 29th, honoring 23 Contra Costa County members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in defense of our Country since September 11, 2001. Supervisor Andersen had the privilege of introducing Senator Steve Glazer and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, who read the names of the fallen, which graced one side of the many-sided monument located at the Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center. Candace also presented a commemorative certificate to the Lafayette Veterans, who sponsored the ceremony and worked for many years to create and fund the monument.
Safety and Self Defense Workshop
Moraga Community Faire & Car Show
The 12th annual Moraga Community Faire & Car Show is being held on Saturday, May 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Rheem Valley Shopping Center. There is a Kids Zone with pony rides, a climbing wall and a bounce house as well as many free activities including classic cars, games, booths and live entertainment. The Police and Public Works Departments will be there to meet residents and share information. Learn about Clean Water. Families are encouraged to ride bikes to the Faire and take advantage of a free bike valet. To sponsor the Faire, reserve a booth, enter a car, or for more information, click here.
Learn About Local Pipeline Safety
Earn & Learn East Bay Connects Local Employers
with their Future Work Force
I will always remember my first summer job at the Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor in Kahala Mall in Honolulu. I worked long hours filling ice cream orders. Besides being taught how to scoop a perfectly round ball of ice cream and slice a banana while still in its peel, I learned the importance of being responsible and on time, the satisfaction that came from working hard, and how to appropriately manage the money I earned.

Summer jobs provide hands-on career and technical skills as well as life skills, such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Summer jobs can create a great environment to learn networking and relationship-building skills, as well as facilitating mentorships with industry professionals. Youth with jobs also gain newfound confidence in their skills and abilities. 

In an effort to create summer youth employment and enrichment experiences, the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, in collaboration with Contra Costa Economic Partnership and the Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium, introduced “Earn & Learn East Bay” in 2015. The program has continued to grow each year.
To create these opportunities, Earn & Learn East Bay relies largely on the support of local employers and non-profit organizations. Employers and organizations can help by hosting a summer internship or work-based learning opportunity for one or more youth; sponsor a youth for a summer experience; or encourage colleagues to host a work-based learning opportunity.

Benefits to employer partners include the opportunity to build a future workforce, the chance to showcase their industry and organization, including positive publicity as a partner supporting Earn & Learn East Bay (through publications, website, news media and special events), and having a direct impact on strengthening communities in the East Bay region.

Earn & Learn is a single point of contact for employers with the region's schools, colleges, and community organizations, including the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and Diablo Valley College. Earn & Learn organizes work-based learning experiences at the schools, where professionals can come to be guest speakers, mentors or serve on industry advisory boards, or, at the workplace, companies can host workplace tours, job shadows or internships. Earn & Learn's goal is to make it easy for businesses to be involved, and Earn & Learn "connectors" will provide any needed information and instructions and are available to support.

Jose Carrascal of Dow Chemical Dow AgroSciences recently commented, "Earn & Learn is perhaps the most revolutionary platform for work-based learning. The Dow leadership team is impressed and thrilled by its depth and reach and honored to support this program.”

These work-based learning experiences are life-changing for youth and help companies reach motivated and talented students who want to learn more about the industry and jobs, and may even become their host's future employees.

Students share enthusiasm for this program. "I learned so much from my experience that I'll carry with me forever; problem solving with the people around me, teamwork and time management I got out there. I was working and I loved it. I just loved it!" said Kylie, a Mount Diablo Unified School District high school student.

Spring is a great time to get involved. Students are preparing to be summer interns and looking for opportunities. Summer internships are especially important for young people who have a passion for a career but don't have connections. To learn more and get involved, please click here

Contra Costa Crisis Center Fundraiser
Free Home Maintenance for Seniors
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation through a variety of advisory boards, covering many different issues. It is very likely you have skills and experience that the whole county could benefit from. Won’t you consider volunteering today?
 
To follow is a list of advisory bodies that currently have vacant seats:
 
District 2 vacancies available:

First 5 – Contra Costa Children and Families Commission click here
The commission works to support early childhood development through a strategic plan developed pursuant to the California Children and Families First Act of 1998.
 
Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee - Alamo Seat  click here for information
Provide citizen input for a management program for the Iron Horse Corridor.

Library Commission click here
Provides a forum for the community to provide input concerning Library operations, and recommends proposals to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian which may improve the Library.
 
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
Arts & Culture Commission
Aviation Advisory Committee
CCTA Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity Council
Early Care and Education, Local Planning and Advisory Council for
Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Council
Family and Children’s Trust Committee
Hazardous Materials Commission
Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
Affordable Housing Finance Committee
In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Local Enforcement Agency Independent Hearing Panel
Managed Care Commission
Treasury Oversight Committee
Workforce Development Board
 
To find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body, and to apply online, click here.
April 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 April which impact the residents of District 2:

Received Annual Industrial Safety Ordinance Report.

Adopted the Contra Costa County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update for County and County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

Recognized April 8-14, 2018 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

Recognized April 2018 as Alcohol Awareness Month.

Adopted Resolution No. 2018/130, which establishes support for Proposition 69, a constitutional amendment to prevent new transportation funds from being diverted for non-transportation purposes, and opposition to the proposed November ballot proposition that would repeal the new Senate Bill 1 (2017) transportation funds and make it more difficult to raise state and local transportation funds in the future.

Approved a restructuring of the membership of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County by adding two At-Large Seats.

Adopted revised bylaws of the Arts and Culture Commission as recommended by the Commission, and declared vacancies in the At-Large 3, At-Large 4, District V, and Alternate Seats of the Arts and Culture Commission.  

Conducted a public hearing to receive input on the FY 2018-19 Recommended Budget.

Recognized the 60th anniversary of Las Trampas School, Inc. in Lafayette

Recognized the Rotary Club of San Ramon as the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Major Gifts and Endowment Fund celebrates the Rotary Club of San Ramon as the 2018 honoree.

Received report on the Cannabis Framework Public Outreach Update and Report on Proposed Cannabis Regulations for the Unincorporated Areas of Contra Costa County.

Recognized May as Apraxia Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

Recognized Susan and Sam Sperry as the Moraga Citizens of the Year.

Recognized the month of April 2018 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Contra Costa County.

Recognized the month of April 2018 as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Contra Costa County. 

Received presentation regarding the status of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Idle Free Pledge in Contra Costa County.

District II Office Staff
Gayle Israel
Chief of Staff
Field Representative;
San Ramon & Danville

Jill Ray
Jill Ray
Field Representative:
Canyon, Moraga & Orinda


Lauri Byers
Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative;
Lafayette

Jennifer Quallick
Field Representative;
Alamo & part of Walnut Creek,
including; Parkmead, Rossmoor & Saranap

District Offices
Danville Office
San Ramon Valley Office   
309 Diablo Road
Danville, CA 94526
 
Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Phone: (925) 957-8860
FAX: (925) 820-3785
Lamorinda Office
  Fire Station #15
3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549
 
Hours:
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
and by appointment, please call
 
Phone: (925) 646-6067
Candace's Committee Assignments
District II Supervisor Candace Andersen
309 Diablo Road | Danville | CA | 94526| (925) 957-8860
3338 Mt. Diablo Blvd. | Lafayette | CA | 94549 | (925) 646-6067