News from Around the District  - May, 2016
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District 2 Staff
Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel
Chief of Staff
Field Representative;
San Ramon & Danville

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

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Lauri Byers  
Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative; Lafayette

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


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

  

Danville Office
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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

FAX: (925) 646-6068
 
 
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Sentinels of Freedom

Supervisor Candace Andersen, General Joseph Votel - Commanding General of CentCom, Sergeant Leroy Petry (Ret.), and Danville Mayor Karen Stepper attended the Sentinels of Freedom Gala event on Saturday, April 9th at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum. 

Sergeant Petry became only the second living recipient of the Medal of Honor. On May 26, 2008, Petry, despite being wounded in both legs by gunfire, continued to fight and give orders. When a grenade landed between him and two other soldiers, Petry grabbed it and attempted to throw it away from them when it exploded, saving the soldiers' lives but severing his right hand.

The mission of Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation is to assist severely wounded, post-9/11 Veterans in their efforts to become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities as they transition back into civilian life. The goal is to raise awareness of the sacrifice that these Veterans have made, and to motivate local communities to rally behind these young heroes as they strive to reach their potential.

To learn more about Sentinels of Freedom, click here.
Regional Early Voting Sites Provide Flexible 
Timing and Locations to Cast Ballots
Contra Costa County voters will now have unprecedented flexibility to receive and cast their ballots at Regional Early Voting sites throughout the county the week before Election Day.  The program will debut on May 31 st , a week ahead of the June 7 th Primary Election. All registered Contra Costa voters will be able to vote at any of the locations. They will be open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday May 31 st through Friday June 3 rd , and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 4 th .

The program comes as state lawmakers discuss reforms aimed at making it easier for Californians to vote in the future.  Contra Costa County is adding this third option for voting in addition to voting by mail and voting at the polls on Election Day.

Regional Early Voting sites are structured so that any registered Contra Costa voter can vote at any location. For example, a Concord resident who works at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon can vote at the site in either of those cities.

The sites are geographically balanced and are located in convenient and accessible locations. 
  • Antioch: Prewett Water Park Multi-Purpose Room, 4701 Lone Tree Way
  • Concord: The Salvation Army Church, 3950 Clayton Road
  • Lafayette: Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
  • Pittsburg: Pittsburg City Hall, 65 Civic Ave.
  • Richmond: Bay Hills Community Church, 4100 Klose Way
  • San Ramon: San Ramon Community Center at Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.
In addition to the Regional Voting Center sites, vote-by-mail voters can continue to drop off their ballots at "CoCo Vote-N-Go" drop-off boxes at all 19 city hall buildings and the County Administration building on 651 Pine Street, Martinez. For more information on Regional Early Voting, visit
click here .
Leadership San Ramon Valley visits the 
Concord Naval Weapons Station
At their  Regional Planning Day on April 14th the Leadership San Ramon Valley class activities included a field trip to the Naval Weapons Station  in Concord. They toured the site and learned about future development plans. Supervisor Andersen is delighted to be an honorary member of the Leadership San Ramon Valley Class of 2016. 

Leadership San Ramon Valley is now accepting appli ca tions for the Class of 2017.  Candidacy is open to all who have an interest in the dynamics of the San Ramon Valley. Criteria for participation include:
  • Interest in and commitment to the San Ramon Valley community
  • Desire for personal and professional growth
  • Commitment to quality leadership
  • Desire for personal and professional networking opportunities
  • Participants must be prepared to attend all seminars and must have the full support of their employers or organizations.
Tuition for this 10-month program is $995. Some financial assistance is available based upon demo nstrated need. Tuition may be paid  by the participant or by an employer, business, professional firm, club or organization.

The selection process takes place April through June for the program year which begins in September. To learn more about this dynamic program,  click here, or call (925) 355-2554 or e-mail by  clicking here.
Moraga Chamber Celebrates Citizen of the Year
Candace presented a Board of Supervisors Proclamation recognizing Judy Dinkle as Moraga's Citizen of the Year at the Moraga Chamber of Commerce annual event on April 29th at St. Mary's College Soda Center. 
Tassajara Road Closed for 7 Months 
Beginning May 2nd
The City of Dublin will be closing Tassajara Road/Camino Tassajara Road near the Alameda County/Contra Costa County line. The extended closure is necessary in order to replace a failing culvert which runs under Tassajara Road. The replacement of this aging culvert will provide greater safety for motorists and will reduce the likelihood of emergency road closures in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions, a map of the closure area with alternate routes, and updates on the project can be found by  clicking here .

Please contact the City of Dublin Public Works at (925) 833-6630 with any questions you may have about this project.
CAPA Summer Intern Program
Each summer our office has the pleasure of working with a high school intern from the CAPA Community Education Fund. Chief of Staff Gayle Israel participated in the CAPA intern orientation day panel with other area legislative staff on April 24th. The CAPA Community Education Fund has been sponsoring a student internship program for over 20 years, providing students the unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the political process. The program is open to a ny student in high school (currently a Sophomore or Junior) who lives in the counties of Contra Costa, Alameda, or San Francisco. We look forward to meeting our intern next month. For more information about the program, click here
Moraga Community Faire & Classic Car Show

VESTIA Celebrates 30 Years of Community Service
Founders Award recipient Sue Phelan accepts her 
certificate from Supervisor Andersen

VESTIA (Volunteer and Emergency Services) celebrated 30 years of community service on Thursday, April 21st, at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo.  Vestia was established in 1985 as a non-profit devoted to serving individuals and families in Contra Costa County. The mission of the VESTIA corporation is to provide supplemental support to needy individuals and families known to the Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department.

For more information about VESTIA and the Holiday Helpers Warehouse Program, click here
Support4Recovery Presents 
Rebound: The Chris Herren Story
Alcohol and other drug addiction is a serious concern and Support4Recovery (S4R), which is a non-profit within Contra Costa, is an organization that assesses the needs of the recovery community and develop action plans to educate and empower people towards their own success. Their goal is to break down the stigma and discrimination associated with recovery by developing programs that help people prepare for the job market and take ownership of their own recovery.  
 
Some of the programs that Support4Recovery has developed include the Healthy Bodies Dental Program, the Emergency Housing Fund, and the Support4Education Program. S4R even organizes events for those that are in recovery, their family members, and the community. Support4Recovery holds an annual recovery walk during the month of September and coming this May, S4R will be bring former NBA player Chris Herren to the Dean Lesher Center to speak about his NBA career, his drug addiction, and recovery. This event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24th. Purchase tickets for this event by clicking here.
 
Chris Herren realized his life long dream of playing in the NBA when he was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was traded to the Boston Celtics after his rookie season, but lost it all to alcohol and other drug abuse. He has been alcohol and other drug-free since August 1, 2008, and has refocused his life to put his recovery and family above all else. He shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery in his memoir, Basketball Junkie, as well as in numerous interviews throughout the Emmy nominated ESPN Films documentary Unguarded, of which he is the subject. 
Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope
Retired Contra Costa Chief Probation Officer Phil Kader, Supervisor Andersen and District Attorney Mark Peterson all spoke at the Contra Costa District Attorney's National Crime Victims' Rights Week award ceremony honoring individuals who make a difference for crime victims in Contra Costa County.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 10-16, 2016, was an opportune time to commit to ensuring that all victims of crime -even those who are challenging to reach or serve, are offered culturally and linguistically accessible and appropriate services in the aftermath of crime.
San Ramon Celebrates New City Hall with 
Grand Opening on May 14th
Danville Library to Close June 13th - 26th
Closure to make way for restroom, 
seating, and  ventilation upgrades.

The Town of Danville and Contra Costa County Library have approved a two-week closure to complete a renovation project at the Danville Library to update aging equipment and d├ęcor. The Library will be closed from June 13-26, 2016, after the current academic year concludes for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Minimal library services will be provided from the Mt. Diablo Meeting Room during the closure.
 
After 20 years of serving the community, the library requires essential equipment upgrades and several key areas need updates and repair. The project will include replacing the HVAC system, a complete remodel of the public restrooms and refurbishing the seating areas in the adult and teen sections.
 
"The Danville Library has always been a fantastic community resource, with welcoming staff and a beautiful facility," said County Librarian Jessica Hudson. "With the Town of Danville providing these needed updates, the Library will be able to provide an even higher level of service and comfort."
 
The replacement of the eight large HVAC units on the roof of the library will require the use of heavy equipment and machinery. As a result, the exterior book drop will be closed for safety reasons during the HVAC work.
 
"While many of us still remember the Danville Library's grand opening like it was yesterday, the library building is now two decades old and  has attracted over five million patrons," said Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager.  "Improvements to the library restrooms, infrastructure, lighting and seating will be welcomed by the community."
 
In order to minimize disruption in library service and any inconvenience to the public, library staff will provide minimal library service from the Mt. Diablo Meeting Room (south side of building across from the Danville Community Center entrance). Patrons are encouraged to place holds on any materials and will be notified via email or phone when items are ready for pick up.
 
This brief closure will allow the library to provide a brighter, more welcoming and comfortable space for the community and library patrons.     
 
For more information on the project, contact Assistant to the Town Manager Nat Rojanasathira at (925) 314-3328 or to email click here.
 
For more information on the library services available during the closure, contact Community and Media Relations Coordinator Brooke Converse at (925) 927-3213 or click here to email.
I-680 Walnut Creek to San Ramon
Construction Notice
Upcoming construction activity for the Express Lanes on I-680 between Walnut Creek and San Ramon and the Express Lanes Communications Network requires lane reductions during the day in Walnut Creek. The fiber-optic communications network will facilitate the transmission of travel and tolling data for the I-680 Express Lanes. The construction activity will include drilling and the installation of conduit on Ygnacio Valley Rd and Oakland Blvd in Walnut Creek.  
 
To maintain a safe work zone, lane reductions are scheduled to occur Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on: 
  • Ygnacio Valley Road at the I-680 Ygnacio Valley Rd off-ramp intersection
Oakland Boulevard from Trinity Avenue to Ygnacio Valley Road
 
What to Expect
  •   Emergency access will be maintained at all times.
  •   When traveling near the construction site:
                        Always use caution
                        Be alert for on-site personnel
                        Be prepared to reduce speeds
                        Follow posted signs
                        Share the road with bicyclists
  • The bike path along Oakland Blvd from Trinity Avenue to Ygnacio Valley Road will be reduced to one lane. Flagger personnel will be present to escort pedestrians and bicyclists around the work area. 
Construction is a dynamic process and information is subject to change without notice. Please use caution while traveling through the construction zone. For more information about the Express Lanes, click here.
Pure Muir Gala at Carr Ranch
Supervisor Andersen, along with Morage Vice Mayor Dave Trotter and Senator Steve Glazer, attended the Pure Muir Gala to benefit the John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) on April 30th at the picturesque Campana Farm on the Carr Ranch Property set at the edge of Moraga. JMLT is raising funds to purchase the property to open it to the public. Click here for more information about the John Muir Land Trust. 
Get Smart - Compost SMART
Annual Compost Giveaway on May 7th
RecycleSmart is partnering with the UC Master Ga rdeners of Contra Costa to bring residents the second Annual Compost Giveaway, happening on Saturday, May 7th, from 10 :00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at "Our Garden," a Community Garden, located in Walnut Creek. Anyone can learn to compost or improve on their technique. Presentations will include Home Compostin g Basics, Making Compost with a Soilsaver, Vermicomposting (worms!) and a demonstration on building your own DIY worm bin! The day will include raffles, free kitchen food scrap containers will be available and Soilsaver Compost Bins will be available for purchase at a discount. Come learn about composting, and take some home with you.  

Annual Compost Giveaway
Presentations will be given by Stephen Andrews. Stephen  is a soil scientist, educator, and natural resources consultant. He is known throughout the Bay Area as the Dirt Dude, Soil Sommelier, and Compost Crusader. Stephen has been indoctrinating classes of UCCE Master Gardeners, Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition professionals, and UC Berkeley students with his mantras of "Compost, Compost, Compost" and "Mulch, Mulch, Mulch" for nearly two decades. Stephen will be joined by Master Gardeners and RecyleSmart home composting experts who trained in the CompostSMART Advanced Composting Series 2016.
 
Why Compost?
Food waste is the largest discarded material in the United States. Food waste sent to Landfill is buried and decomposes, producing methane, a significant greenhouse gas. Composting your yard trimmings and food scraps is easy and adds nutrients to your soil. Save money, save water, and conserve natural resources! If done correctly, a compost pile can produce finished compost within three months, which can be used as a natural, free soil amendment! 
 
RecycleSmart service area residents only. RecycleSmart serves  Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Danville and portions of Unincorporated Contra Costa (Alamo, Blackhawk, Diablo).  REGISTRATION REQUIRED:   click hereQuestions? Call (925) 906-1801 x109 or email by  clicking here For more information about composting or recycling,  click here .
San Ramon Valley Education Foundation
Night with the Stars
On April 26, 2016, The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation held its annual dinner, Night with the Stars,  to celebrate and recognize key educators and supporters within the community. 

This year's Endowment honorees were Ed and Kathy Chiverton (pictured above with Supervisor Andersen). Proceeds from this event support the Major Gifts and Endowment Fund that raises money to support key professional development programs tied to the the Silicon Valley Math Initiative and the Science Initiative.

During the evening, school affiliates (individual school foundations), Shining Star honorees from each school, and Teachers of the Year were also recognized. For more information about the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, click here
Hacienda de las Flores 100 Year Anniversary

It Shouldn't Hurt to be a Child
12th Annual Benefit Luncheon
Supervisor Andersen joined Assemblywoman Catharine Baker at The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County's (CAPC) Annual Benefit Luncheon on April 29th. The CAPC promotes the safety of children and prevention of child abuse and neglect in Contra Costa County by raising community awareness, influencing public policy, educating the community and providing resources. For more information about the Child Abuse Prevention Council, click here
Danville Lend a Hand Day
Lend A Hand Day is a 12 year tradition in Danville where members of the community go out to the homes of seniors and help with projects and maintenance that they can't do for themselves. Tasks included general yard work, pruning, weeding, mowing, and clean up. This year there were 150 people out helping at 30 different projects. Supervisor Andersen participated along with Mayor Karen Stepper in the April 30th event. 
San Ramon Symphony Concerts
Be inspired by the incredible musicianship of the San Ramon Youth Symphony as they present a FREE concert at 8:00 p.m. on May 23 at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center. The group is made up of over 50 young people from the Tri-Valley area. You will be impressed and entertained as they play both classics and well known Music at the 45 minute concert.


Then on May 27th at 7:30 p.m., also at the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, the San Ramon Symphonic Band will present a Concert of Pop Hits.  The band is comprised of 55 talented musicians led by conductor Larry Colon. Bring the entire family for a fun filled evening of music.  Tickets: $6 Adults/FREE for kids. Click here to buy tickets.
Dose of Awareness Speaker Series
Naloxone Awareness and Rescue
Thousands of Americans are saved from fatal opioid overdose (both prescribed painkillers and heroin) each year through the administration of Naloxone. Join the National Coalition for Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA) for vital information about this life-saving medication and learn how you can use it to save the life of a friend or loved one. The event is today, Monday, May 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the San Ramon Valley U nified School District Offices, 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville. Click here for more information about NCAPDA.
Knights of Columbus Red, Blue and Gold Banquet  Honors First Responders
Supervisor Andersen attended the Annual Knights of Columbus Red, Blue and Gold Banquet honoring first responders in the Tri-Valley Area on Friday, April 22nd at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum. She is pictured here with San Ramon City Council member Harry Sachs and his wife Diana. 
Convenient Jet Service Now Serving Burbank and Las Vegas from Buchanan Field in Concord
Alex Wilcox, CEO of Jet Suite speaks at the inaugural event at 
Buchanan Field  on Tuesday, April 19.
Traveling from Contra Costa County to Southern California and Las Vegas just got much more convenient with the April launch of a new scheduled charter jet service out of Buchanan Field. 
 
JetSuiteX , a new venture from private jet company JetSuite, provides service from Buchanan Field to Burbank round-trip up to three times daily.  There is also a Friday flight to Las Vegas with a Sunday return, offering a time-saving gateway for east bay residents looking for a quick weekend trip.  Additional routes may follow later this year.
 
There are other benefits besides the pure convenience of travel in and out of Buchanan Field.  Not only are long TSA lines and crowded terminals avoided, but travelers can enjoy free parking and easy access off Highway 680 in Concord.  For area residents, the flights between Burbank and Buchanan Field represent a fraction of the 300 daily flights now.  Neighboring communities won't have to worry about JetSuiteX overburdening the area with significantly more air traffic, and the fleet is among the quietest.
 
The County looks forward to partnering with JetSuiteX to provide a unique high-quality experience in a more convenient and cost-effective manner.  Prices will be comparable to commercial flights, but you can make a single seat purchase on a modern, 30-seat private jet, making luxury travel more affordable to more people.  For more information about the new service, visit www.JetSuite.com.
 
Buchanan Field is one of two airports operated by the County, the other is in Byron. The Airports Division is self-funded, and actually generates revenue for the County, schools and other community-related agencies. The Airports Division works with tenants at both Buchanan Field and Byron Airport to provide the community with a wide range of services, from flight schools to skydiving to private hangar rental. To find out more about the many opportunities at Contra Costa Airports, call 844-Fly-ToUs, or visit online by clicking here.
Family Justice Center Celebrates It's First Anniversary
Supervisor John Gioia, Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Jim Kennedy, and Supervisor Candace Andersen attend the Anniversary event in Concord

The Family Justice Center celebrated their first anniversary at the Central Center in Concord on April 7, 2016. The Family Justice Center's purpose is to build a supportive community for victims and survivors of interpersonal violence. In their first year of operation, they have assisted with 795 clients, 643 children from 36 cities.  To learn more about the Family Justice Center  click here .
Shakespeare Festival Individual Tickets on Sale

Girl Scouts Visit Supervisor Andersen

Junior Girl Scout Troop 30664 of the San Ramon Valley visited the Supervisor on April 13th to learn what a County Supervisor's responsibilities are and to enjoy some homemade snacks.
Alamo Community Walk-About


Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
On Friday, April 22nd, Supervisor Andersen joined Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority in speaking to the Contra Costa Tax Payers Association luncheon.  The presentations focused on a potential 2016 half-cent transportation sales tax ballot measure.
Honoring An Eagle Scout 

Danville Mayor Karen Stepper and Supervisor Andersen honor and congratulate new  Eagle Scout Matthew Lowe at his Boy Scout Court of Honor event on Sunday, April 17th in Danville.
April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month

At the April 19th Board of Supervisors meeting, Sexual Assault Awareness month was recognized.

Many citizens of Contra Costa County are working to provide quality services and assistance to sexual assault survivors; and dedicated volunteers help staff 24-hour crisis hotlines, respond to emergency calls and offer support, comfort and advocacy during forensic exams, criminal proceedings, and throughout the healing process.

To learn more about Contra Costa Community Violence Solutions, click here

Join The Walk of Honor

Join Veterans, local dignitaries (including Supervisor Andersen) and community members for the 8th Annual Walk of Honor, sponsored by Phillips 66 Refinery. 
 
The "Walk of Honor" will be a short walk across Crockett's Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge and back. Last year's event was a huge success. More than 450 employees, contractors and local residents participated in the celebration, and together they raised in excess of $40,000. It will be a fun, exciting and fulfilling day honoring the men and women who have valiantly served our nation.

The event begins at the Crockett Community Center, located at 850 Pomona Street in Crockett, on Saturday May 21, 2016, at 10AM.  For more information and to register online  click here.
Stay Informed with nixle Alerts and Nextdoor.com
Important community alerts and information on both Nixle.com and Nextdoor.com, are posted for free. For Nixle, click here and click on "Learn More" for residents. Click on the box ("SIGN UP")  and complete the information. Follow the directions to subscribe to agencies to receive alerts and information. 

For Nextdoor, click here, enter your address and e-mail. You will be directed to your neighborhood group and the sign up screen.
Community Safety Fair
On Saturday, April 16th, staff member Jen Quallick attended the "Community Safety Saturday" event in San Ramon. There were a number of free fun activities with prizes, including fingerprinting, digital photos, teen driver safety tips, K-9 demonstrations, bicycle safety, and child safety information provided by the KlaasKids foundation.
May the 4th Be With You!
Danville to host its first ever Star Wars celebration
Families and fans of all ages can fire up their lightsabers on  Wednesday, May 4, 2016 as the Town of Danville hosts a day to celebrate all things Star Wars.  Starting at 10:30 a.m., stop by the Danville Community Center to pick up a free scavenger hunt list and start looking for fa mous Star Wars characters at Downtown Danville businesses. The first 100 participants to complete the hunt will receive a grab bag of prizes.
 
Learn how to become a Jedi on the Town Green from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost is $5 per child.  Click here to register. 

The day will end with a showing of the newest movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the Village Theatre from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $5 general admission and can be purchased by calling (925) 314-3400 or by clicking here.   Costumes are encouraged at all activities throughout the day.  For more information, contact the Danville Community Center at (925) 314-3400.
Tour Lafayette Restaurants at the 
Annual Taste of Lafayette
What
A tour of Lafayette's finest dining establishments and the opportunity to sample the signature cuisine of each restaurant. This event sells out so  purchase your tickets today!

When
Tuesday, May 17, 2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception at Lafayette Plaza - 5:30pm - 6:30 pm
Tasting at participating restaurants - 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Coffee and Dessert at Lafayette Plaza - 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where
The tour begins at Lafayette Plaza Park (corner of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd.) From there, ticket holders will go at their own pace to any - or all - of the participating restaurants. The evening wraps up back at the Plaza with dessert and coffee, more music, raffles, silent and live auction.

Click here to purchase tickets.
Contra Costa Chorale 50th Anniversary Event

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:   

Approved/Authorized the Fire Chief to execute a Training Facility Use Agreement with the Contra Costa Community College District to pay the Fire District for the use of Fire District Training Facility.

Considered a position of support on the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act.

Declared Contra Costa County's intent to become a member of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Tracy Sub-basin within Contra Costa County.

Accepted a report from the Public Protection Committee on a letter received from the Contra Costa County Racial Justice Coalition, approved formation of the ad hoc Contra Costa County Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force and took related actions.

Awarded/Authorized the Public Works Director to execute a construction contract with Pavement Coatings Co. for the 2016 Slurry Seal Project, Alamo and Walnut Creek.

Proclaimed April 10-16, 2016 as "Week of the Young Child" and as "National Crime Victims' Rights Week" in promotion of victims' rights and to recognize crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

Declared April, 2016 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized April 5, 2016 as "Day for National Service", in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized April as "Alcohol Awareness Month" in Contra Costa County.

Recognized Ed and Kathy Chiverton for their many years of community service, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized Judy Dinkle as the Moraga Citizen of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Approved election consolidation requests from Orinda, Lafayette School District, Walnut Creek School District, and Livermore Valley Joint USD to consolidate their elections with the June 7, 2016 Primary Election; Authorized the County Clerk-Recorder, Elections Division, to conduct elections for those jurisdictions.

Approved/Authorized the County Administrator to execute a Community Choice Aggregator Non-Disclosure Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric Company, including modified indemnification language, to obtain electrical load data within Contra Costa County.

Continued the emergency action originally taken by the Board of Supervisors on November 16, 1999 regarding the issue of homelessness in Contra Costa County.

Conducted a hearing on the Fiscal Year 2016/17 Recommended County and Special District Budgets. (FY 2016-17 Recommended Budget - click to read)

Recognized April 24-30, 2016 as "National Reentry Week 2016".

Recognized Rotary Club of Alamo and their 45 years of service, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized April 2016 as "National Sexual Assault Awareness Month" in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Reappointed JoAnn Hirsch to the Appointee 1 seat, Joseph Motta to the Appointee 3 seat, Steve Nelson to the Appointee 5 seat, and Diane Barley to the Appointee 7 seat on the Alamo Police Services Advisory, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Approved/Authorized the Conservation and Development Director to execute a contract amendment with Environmental Science Associates, to extend the term, with no change in 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, including modified indemnification language, with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District to provide pre-hospital emergency medical paramedic first responder services and emergency ambulance services.

Adopted the County's 2016/17 State Controller's Recommended Budget Schedules for Countywide Funds and Special Districts.

Received update on the status of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's development of a Transportation Expenditure Plan for a possible sales tax measure in 2016; Considered actions necessary to communicate Board of Supervisors' input on the TEP to the Authority.

Adopted Traffic Resolution to prohibit parking at all times on a portion of Lunada Lane near the Iron Horse Trail, Alamo.

Recognized Administrative Professionals Day, which is being observed nationwide on April 27, 2016, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Reappointed Leland Mlejnek Jr, Robert Saydah, Mark Young and Richard Kopf on the County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee; Accepted the resignation of Michael Marchi, Declared a vacancy in the Appointee 6 seat on the County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee; Directed the Clerk of the Board to post the vacancy, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Awarded/Authorized the Public Works Director to execute a construction contract with McNabb Construction, Inc. for the Livorna Park Improvements, Bocce Courts, Miranda Avenue and Livorna Road, Alamo.

Adopted Resolution to repeal the Conflict of Interest Codes for the Board's municipal advisory councils and to take related actions.

Authorized continuation of the Contra Costa County Library Commission for an additional six months.

Authorized the issuance and sale of "Acalanes Union High School District General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2008, Series 2016C" in an amount not to exceed $15,200,000 by the Acalanes Union High School District on its own behalf pursuant to Sections 15140(b) of the Education Code.
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District Two
To follow is a list of vacancies on a variety of advisory bodies 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
  • Contra Costa County Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force - seeking residents interested in reviewing data and discussing issues regarding disproportionate minority contact within the local criminal justice system - Seats available for District 2 residents are: Community-based organization representatives with at least one representative from the faith and family, Mental Health representative, Public Member. Application deadline is June 15th

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
  • Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee
  • County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Area Board
  • East Bay Regional Park District - Advisory Committee
  • Economic Opportunity Council
  • CCC Local Planning Advisory Council for Early Care & Education
  • Advisory Council on Employment Opportunity
  • Hazardous Materials Commission
  • Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
  • Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
  • Managed Care Commission
  • Contra Costa Commission for Women
  • Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board

To apply for any of these seats,  click here .