News from Around the District  - November,  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 

 

 
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Contra Costa Makes it Easy for You to Vote
On or Before November 8th
Despite a larger volume of ballot measures and candidates to vote on than in recent years, our staff at the Contra Costa County Elections Division is prepared to run a smooth election. They have added new ways to make it more convenient than ever to vote.

The Elections Office wants to remind voters that, unlike the complicated primary election in June, you can vote for presidential candidates from any party this time. And while much of the attention is on the race for President, there are many important local issues that have more of an impact on our daily lives on the November ballot.

The Elections Office anticipates a higher-than-normal turnout in this general election. Because of that, they have added a number of ways that Contra Costa residents can vote early and at their convenience. The Election Division's goal is to allow you some flexibility when it comes to managing to fit voting into your busy schedule. No more having to rush on Election Day.

Once again, the San Ramon Valley, more specifically the San Ramon Community Center on 12501 Alcosta Blvd., will be one of the sites for Contra Costa Elections' Regional Early Voting program. The Lafayette Library is also one of the Regional Early Voting sites.

These Regional Early Voting sites will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Friday November 4th, and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5th.

In addition to these sites, vote-by-mail voters can continue to drop off their ballots at "CoCo Vote-N-Go" drop-off boxes at all 19 city and town hall buildings and the County Administration building at 651 Pine Street, Martinez through November 8th. No postage is required. The Elections Office has added 6 new drop-off locations, including the Dougherty Station Library in east San Ramon. Because of the number of items on the ballot, it's quite a bit thicker than usual. Postage to mail your vote by mail ballot back this election is $.68.

Click here for a link to Polling Places for November 8 th. Click here to visit the elections website for additional information.  Voting has become much more convenient than it used to be, so please take the opportunity to vote this November.

 
November 1, 2016
 
LAST DAY TO REQUEST A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT
Your request for a Vote by Mail ballot must be received in elections office today.
 
October 31st - Nov 5th 
 
REGIONAL EARLY VOTING SITES
You may vote in-person before Election Day at any of 7 locations throughout the county.
 
November 8. 2016
 
ELECTION DAY
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Return your voted Vote by Mail ballot to any polling place in Contra Costa County. If mailed, make sure it is postmarked on or before Election Day.

Supervisor Andersen's Annual Holiday 
Open House - December 15th
Please join Supervisor Candace Andersen and her staff for a Holiday Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at our office located at 309 Diablo Road in Danville.

We will also be gladly accepting monetary or food donations to the Food Bank of Contra Costa County.  No family should be without food for the holidays.

We hope you can stop by for some appetizers and hot cocoa.  If you plan to join us, please RSVP to (925) 957-8860 or email by clicking here
Danville Old Oak Tree Lighting
District 2 Open House
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville present the Annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree on Friday, November 25, 2016, from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Diablo Road, Danville, a beautiful sight to see this holiday season!  

Stroll downtown and enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and holiday shopping through the festively decorated streets. Don't miss out on this Danville tradition.

If you go, be sure to stop by Supervisor Andersen's office  for some hot cocoa and a holiday treat while enjoying the Tree Lighting.  The office, located just west of the tree at 309 Diablo Road, will be open from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Board of Supervisors Will Hold Annual
Veterans Day Ceremony on November 8

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 8th at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in Martinez, at 651 Pine Street.
Families Welcome at Free "Pop-Up Museum"
Honoring Korean Veterans

Online Open House for the 680 Express Lanes Project Between Martinez and Walnut Creek
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposes to construct a total of 11 new miles of express lanes along southbound Interstate 680 from south of Marina Vista Avenue in Martinez to Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek. Of the 11 miles, eight miles of the existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/Carpool lane along I-680 will be converted into express lanes, similar to the conversion that is currently under construction on I-680 from Walnut Creek to San Ramon. The three remaining miles are new HOV/Carpool lane that will open to traffic as an express lane. The express lanes will allow solo drivers the choice to access the lanes for a toll, while remaining free for carpools, vanpools, buses, and other eligible vehicles with a FasTrakĀ® Flex toll tag.  
This proposed project may change how you travel on I-680, and CCTA wants you to know what to expect during and after construction. To help get the word out to as many people as possible, they are hosting an online open house. You can access the open house from your home, office, local library, or anywhere you have internet access - just click here

The online open house, which will remain active through November 25th, is an opportunity for you to learn more about the project and to provide feedback.  All input received will be shared with Contra Costa Transportation Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrans and agency staff and technical consultants. 
Town of Moraga Appoints Town Manager

Bob Priebe with Chief of Police Jon King and Lieutenant Brian South.

After serving eight months in the Interim position, Chief of Police Bob Priebe was appointed to Town Manager on September 28 by the Town Council with a unanimous vote. Bob officially ended his 38-year law enforcement career on September 30 to begin his new duties as Town Manager on October 1. Bob appointed Lieutenant Jon King as Chief of Police effective October 1 and Chief King promoted Sergeant Brian South to Lieutenant effective October 2. Bob leaves the Moraga Police Department (MPD) as the last original member hired on December 17, 1979 with almost 37 years of service and sent a letter of thanks to the community on his very emotional last day as Chief. Jon has served MPD as Lieutenant for almost two years, after a 29-year career at East Bay Regional Park District Police Department, and Sergeant Brian South grew up in Moraga, graduated from Campolindo High School and has been a member of MPD for over 14 years. 
Start Smart Teen Driving Program at 
California High School
Annual Alamo  Tree Lighting Festival

The Community Foundation of Alamo presents the Annual Alamo Tree Lighting Festival on Sunday, December 4th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Andrew H. Young Park, 3000 Danville Blvd. in Alamo.  Join community members for beverages and snacks while enjoying music by local talent.  Don't miss out on the annual lighting of the tree!
19th Annual Arts Recognition Awards
Local Artist & Art Organizations Honored

Pictured above with Supervisor Andersen is Lawrence Kohl, a Contra Costa Arts Recognition Awards winner who hails from District 2. He was nominated by Erling Horn, former Lafayette Mayor, council member, and member of the Lafayette Public Art Committee. Lawrence was president of the Orinda Art Council as well as music director and conductor of the Pacific Chamber Symphony, which performed in the Lamorinda area and in Livermore.  Lawrence recently led the expansion of the Orinda Art Council to become the Lamorinda Arts Council and supported the establishment and growth of new programs including the FilmFest, Moraga Pear Festival, High School Visual Arts Competition, the Lamorinda Short Docs Film Festival, and the very popular Lamorinda Poet Laureate program.
     
The awards were presented at the October 25th Board of Supervisors meeting, marking the 19th year of honoring individuals from non-profit organizations who have shown exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to the growth and support of arts and culture and individuals that help keep Contra Costa arts and culture alive.  To learn more about the Arts Commission,  click here .

Thank you  to all of you who submitted the many nominations from the community for deserving artists and art organizations. Contra Costa County demonstrates a wealth of artistic expression in every corner of the county. 
"It's A Wonderful Life in Lafayette" Community Celebration
"It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette," Lafayette's community celebration kicks off the holiday season on Friday, December 2, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in Lafayette's Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette. Complimentary admission. This event is designed as a time for gathering, giving and gratitude.

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Supervisor Andersen Celebrates Culture to Culture

Along with Danville Town Councilmembers Robert Storer and Newell Arnerich, Supervisor Andersen got in the spirit at Culture to Culture's 15th Anniversary celebration. Many thanks to Chia Chia Chien for her great leadership.  The Culture to Culture Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to promoting mental health and emotional wellness within the San Francisco Bay Area's growing Asian-American community. For more information about the foundation, click here
2016 Firefighter of The Year Award
ConFire, joined by the East County Knights of Columbus, honor Captain-Paramedic Ben Sanders as the 2016 Firefighter of the Year.

Of all the distinguished and deserving members who were nominated, Captain-Paramedic Ben Sanders was ultimately chosen to represent the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District as the 2016 Firefighter of the Year. Several factors, including his professionalism and work ethic, supported the selection of Ben Sanders. Most notably, Ben Sanders was recognized for his tireless and selfless efforts toward developing, growing and maintaining Contra Costa County Fire Explorer Post 88, also known as the Explorer Program, which is one of the most successful programs of its kind in the state. Under the auspices of Explorer Post 88, Captain Sanders has mentored over 100 local children and young adults who have expressed an interest in the fire service and truly made a difference in our community. In fact, one of the Explorers graduated from Academy #49 and is currently a Firefighter assigned to Captain Sanders.   
Community Planning Meeting for
Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
Serving Moraga, Orinda and Canyon
The East Bay Regional Park District (Park District) Acquisition, Stewardship and Development Division is currently preparing a Land Use Plan Amendment for Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. The focus of this Land Use Plan Amendment will be on the addition of two new properties to Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve that will extend the Preserve eastward to more directly serve the City of Orinda, the unincorporated community of Canyon, and the Town of Moraga.

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m., the Park District will be holding the second community meeting for this planning process at the Richard C. Trudeau Conference Center located at 11500 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619. The meeting focus will be on developing Preliminary Design Alternatives.
 
This meeting will include: 1) a presentation of the preliminary stream design; 2) a summary of site opportunities and constraints; and 3) a hands-on workshop activity that will give the community an opportunity to provide input on the types of recreation and interpretive programs and facilities they would like to see at the 250-acre site located off Pinehurst Road near the community of Canyon.
 
For a summary of the first community meeting or more information about the planning process, please refer to www.ebparks.org or contact Julie Bondurant at 510-544-2323 or click here to email. 


Submit your Nominations for Contra Costa County Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year
Do you know someone whose work and presence in the community exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  Now is the time to submit your candidates for consideration as the Contra Costa County Humanitarian and Student Humanitarian of the Year.  County residents are encouraged to submit online nominations of community and student leaders no later than Friday, December 2, 2016.    
 
Each January, the Board of Supervisors recognizes a community member as well as a student leader whose dedication to others embodies the essence and spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those selected as winners will be presented with their awards during the County's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ceremony on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  The public is invited to the ceremony and commemoration, which takes place in the Board of Supervisors Chamber at 651 Pine Street in Martinez.  The event begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by a complimentary buffet lunch.  Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Diana Becton will be the keynote speaker, speaking on the concept of civil rights work that still needs to be done in our country.
 
The 2016 Humanitarian of the Year was Terri Porter, known for advocacy on behalf of underserved youth.  Pictured here is the 2016 student selection, Davis Bullock, then a senior at Cal High, who not only battled cancer himself, but took on the cause of helping others also fighting the disease.  We encourage you to share the stories of those in your community who have inspired you, and whose efforts embody the legacy of Dr. King.
 
For more information, a look back at previous celebration videos or to submit a nomination, visit the County's website by clicking here.
Electric Trolley Service Starting in Walnut Creek
County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority) in partnership with the City of Walnut Creek, is pleased to announce the roll out of four new electric trolleys in downtown Walnut Creek. A ribbon-cutting event will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the Lesher Center Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. The event is free and open to the public.
 
The four new electric trolleys represent the latest in cutting-edge technology to achieve the cleanest and most energy-efficient systems possible, with zero emissions. The four new all-electric trolleys were funded by a $4,320,000 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant awarded to County Connection.  The new electric trolleys will replace four diesel trolleys in service since 2002. 
 
The Free Ride Trolleys will continue to run between the Walnut Creek BART station, the downtown shopping district, and the Broadway Plaza. The trolley service will remain completely free to the public, thanks to continued funding by the City of Walnut Creek. The new buses will be put into service on Sunday, November 6 -- just in time for the start of the busy holiday shopping season!
 
Light refreshments will be provided by County Connection. Local residents and transit users are invited to attend and strongly encouraged to use public transit to get to and from the Lesher Center event location.  (Trolley service will be fully operational on November 5.)
 
For more information about the electric trolleys or the ribbon-cutting event, please visit County Connection's website by  clicking here or contact Mary Burdick at (925) 680-2040. 
San Ramon Residents Interested in Learning 
About City Government

The San Ramon City Clerk's Department hosts "San Ramon Government 101" - a class designed to enhance resident's understanding of City Government. One goal is to encourage participation in the City's Committees, Commissions, and volunteer opportunities. Previous class evaluations elicited these participant responses: "This was wonderful!  Greater appreciation for all that it takes to run, and manage, maintain our great City." and "Great program!  I am proud to be a San Ramon resident."

The next session will begin in Spring 2017. You must be a resident of San Ramon, a minimum of 18 years of age, and able to attend all sessions. Space is limited to 25 participants. Please register for San Ramon Government 101 through the Winter Parks and Recreation Guide, which will be available in December 2016. Contact City Clerk Renee Beck at (925) 973-2538 if you have any questions. 
Annual Lafayette Community Thanksgiving Breakfast
The 38th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road. The  keynote  speaker will be Dick Callahan, music provided by Harpist Wendy Tamis.  To register click here.

Mike Doyle is Honored at Tri-Valley Heroes Dinner

Mike Doyle (R) was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tri-Valley Heroes Event on October 17, 2016.

Mike Doyle is retiring this year after serving on the Danville Town Council since 1991, including five terms as mayor during his tenure, with the most recent coming last year when he was 85.  Among his many years of public service, he has represented the Town of Danville on a variety of local and regional committees and organizations. Doyle also served in the Air Force in Germany post World War II, and was part of the Berlin Airlift.

This is the fifth year DanvilleSanRamon.com and the Pleasanton Weekly have recognized local unsung heroes with the award program. Also recognized from District 2 was:

Innovation Award: Cristina Hill, San Ramon. While a student at California High School, Hill created a technology program to serve an often-overlooked group of people senior citizens.

To earn her Gold Award, the highest recognition in Girl Scouts, Hill wanted to bridge the technology gap for older adults and dispel the myth that social media is difficult to learn.

Hill's "Seniors in Touch" program included informative presentations and one-on-one mentoring sessions. Participants learned how to create a Facebook profile, access the internet, create emails, add picture attachments to emails, shop online, use their smartphone more effectively and keep in touch with friends and family.
Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest 
Submit Entries by November 10th
October is Recognized as Domestic Violence 
Awareness Month

At the October 18 Board of Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

The County's Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence Initiative works to interrupt the generational, traumatic and progressive cycle of violence by fostering partnerships, and numerous public and private agencies provide services and support to families and individuals experiencing domestic violence including County Departments, law enforcement jurisdictions, advocacy organizations and community based agencies.

"Contra Costa Says No More," a replication of the national No More public awareness campaign occurring in communities nationwide, encourages all residents to become part of the solution to end domestic violence.  To learn more about the County's Zero Tolerance, click here .
Local Library Holds STEAM Event
Dena Hollowood, Librarian, a visiting "stormtrooper" and Supervisor Andersen enjoy the Orinda Library STEAM event.

On Saturday, October 22, Supervisor Andersen visited the Orinda Library to participate in the Contra Costa Library's STEAM event.  STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.  To learn more about activities at a library near you,  click here .
Annual Hospice Tree of Lights Ceremony Around District 2
The Annual Tree of Lights ceremonies over the past thirty years have served the dual roles of comforting members of the community who have incurred a loss, as well as raising funds to support Hospice East Bay's patient care services.
 
 
Danville & San Ramon - Friday, November 18, 5:30 p.m.
Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front Street, Danville
 
Moraga & Lafayette - Sunday, November 20, 5:30 p.m.
Moraga Country Club, 1600 St. Andrews Drive
 
Alamo & Bruns House - Tuesday, November 22, 5:30 p.m.
Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd.
Reception to follow
 
Rossmoor - Tuesday, November 29, 4:30 p.m.
Creekside Clubhouse, 1010 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek
 
Blackhawk - Friday, December 2, 5:00 p.m.
Blackhawk Road at Blackhawk Drive
 
Orinda - Saturday, December 3, 4:30 p.m.
Orinda Village by Bank of America
This ceremony is part of Orinda's community holiday celebration. Memorial names are not read at this ceremony.
 
Walnut Creek Tree - Wednesday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.
John Muir Medical Center, Main Entrance, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek
San Ramon City Lights Volunteer Program
Why should you volunteer with the City of San Ramon?

* Connect to your community and make it a better place
* Make new contacts and friends
* Advance your career
* Give yourself a healthy boost of self-esteem and life satisfaction
 
City Lights Volunteers make meaningful connections with others, help strengthen the community, and create a partnership with the City to actively assist in the many programs and services. Use the online volunteer portal by clicking here to find the right opportunity for you. Pre-registration is required in order to volunteer. 
Walnut Creek Watershed
Speakers and staff at the event, County Public Works Director Julie Bueren, Deputy Public Works Director Mike Carlson, Assemblymember Catharine Baker and Walnut Creek City Council member Bob Simmons, joined Supervisor Andersen for a photo.

On Wednesday, October 12, Supervisor Andersen spoke at the Walnut Creek Watershed Council's event, Living Creeks: Native Fish in Urban Waterways.  

The watershed council is part of a stewardship of the local watershed and strives to bring inspiration, education and cooperation to the watershed community.

To learn more about the Walnut Creek Watershed Council,  click here.
Red Ribbon Week Recognized in Contra Costa

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors recognized October 23- 31, 2016 as Red Ribbon Week in the County, and encouraged all citizens to participate in tobacco, alcohol and other drug prevention programs and activities. All community members are urged to pledge support to alcohol and drug-free communities. For more information about the County's Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, click here
Together We Give Event
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Is your Water Heater Worn Out?
Replacement Rebates are Available
The Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development (DCD) is pleased to introduce a new online Water Heater tool that is now available to the public. DCD has partnered with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) to develop a new tool to educate residents about available rebates for replacing old, inefficient water heaters. The tool also provides product information about energy efficient water heaters, which help residents reduce their energy usage. The tool even helps simplify the application process. The tool can be found online and is  available by clicking here . For further information or to contact the County's Application & Permit Center, call (855) 323-2626.  
Board Honors Local Chess Champion

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors honored local American Chess Grandmaster Sam Shankland at its October 25th meeting.  Sam is ranked in the top 100 chess players in the world. Sam and the United States team bested 170 teams and won the 42nd World Chess Olympiad on September 13th in Baku, Azerbaijan. 
Mental Health Services Three Year Program
Be a  Part of the Planning

Join the Fun at the Orinda Artisan Faire

Community Corrections Partnership Community Advisory Board is Seeking Applicants
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) has several vacancies and is currently accepting applications to fill five seats, each for a one year term commencing January 2017. The CAB provides community input to the County's Community Corrections Partnership regarding the spending of AB109 funds. The CAB has been an important voice in criminal justice and public safety policy development in the County. Applicants should have an interest in or experience with the criminal justice system, including formerly incarcerated individuals.  To apply, please click on the following link to be redirected to the CAB application:  click here
Contra Costa County Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for a way to give back? Interested in getting involved and learning more about County Government? Do you have special talents that you would like to use to benefit your community? Check out these Volunteer Opportunities!
 
District 2 vacancy available:
  • Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee - Alamo Seat Click here for information about the committee. 
  • Two members of the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (Alamo MAC) will be retiring, leaving two vacancies in December. Please contact our office if you live in Alamo and are interested in serving. Click here for information about the MAC.
  • Agricultural Advisory Task Force
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
Airport Land Use Commission
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Developmental Disabilities Area Board
CCC Local Planning Advisory Council for Early Care & Education
Economic Opportunity Council
Advisory Council on Equal Employment Opportunity
Contra Costa Council on Homelessness
Juvenile Justice Commission/Delinquency Prevention Commission
Managed Care Commission
Contra Costa Commission for Women
Workforce Development Board

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

Received a Presentation from JetSuiteX regarding their newly established scheduled charter service at the Buchanan Field Airport.
 
Adjourned in memory of John T. Nejedly, Attorney at Law and Contra Costa Community College District Trustee.
 
Prohibited parking at all times on a portion of Glen Oak Court, Lafayette.
 
Adopted a substitute subdivision agreement for a project by Reliez Valley Investors, LLC, Lafayette.
 
Approved/Authorized the Public Works Director to execute an amendment to an agreement with the Town of Moraga for land surveying services, to add right of way services as services that will be provided by the County, and applicable hourly rates.  (100% Town of Moraga Funds)
 
Approved/Authorized the Public Works Director to execute the deferred improvement agreement for a by Robert C. Waal and Sharon R. Waal, Alamo.
 
Accepted an Offer of Dedication for Roadway Purposes for a project by Robert C. Waal and Sharon R. Waal, Alamo.
 
Accepted completion of private improvements for the Drainage Improvement Agreement for a project by Toll Land XII L.P., San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.
 
Proclaimed October 2016 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
 
Declared October 16-22, 2016 as California Flood Preparedness Week.
 
Proclaimed October 2016 as Filipino American history month.
 
Proclaimed October 23-31, 2016 as Red Ribbon Week in Contra Costa County.
 
Appointed Linus Eukel (Orinda) to the Environmental Organization #3 Alternate seat on the Hazardous Materials Commission.
 
Authorized the Sheriff-Coroner to apply for and accept the California Board of State & Community Corrections, FY 2016-2018 Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Corrections Grant in an initial amount of $600,000 for support of a proposed two-year program designed to collaborate with non-profit organizations and community members to develop strategies in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by poverty, crime, at-risk or vulnerable populations, and general quality of life issues.
 
Approved/Authorized the County Librarian to apply for and accept a grant from Pacific Library Partnership to provide software enhancements to the Discover & Go, Museum Pass Reservation System.
 
Approved/Authorized the Conservation and Development Director to apply for and execute a contract and any and all other documents, pursuant to State guidelines, to accept a grant with California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to administer the Housing Related Parks Program.
 
Approved/Authorized the Conservation and Development Director to execute a contract with the City of Walnut Creek to pay the County to administer the City's Housing Rehabilitation Loan and Grant Program.
 
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to submit an application for the Whole Person Care Medi-Cal Waiver Pilot Program and execute a subsequent agreement with State Department of Health Care Services, subject to approval as to form by County Counsel.
 
Approved/Authorized the County Administrator to execute a contract with HealthRIGHT 360 to provide AB 109 Central-East County Reentry Network Management Team services.
 
Approved the Olympic Corridor Trail Connector Study and Authorized staff to seek funding for detailed project planning, design, implementation, with subsequent Board approval as appropriate.
 
Approved/Authorized the Conservation and Development Department to initiate a General Plan Amendment study to consider amending the Transportation and Circulation Element, Roadway Network Plan, to reduce the width of Camino Tassajara from six lanes to four lanes between Windemere Parkway and the County line and highlight a "Special Planning Area" in the vicinity of the proposed TriLink and Vasco Road - Byron Highway Connector projects, and add a policy to the Land Use Element addressing the Special Planning Area.
 
Received the 2015 Annual Report for the Iron Horse Corridor Committee, as recommended by the Public Works Director, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.
 
Approved the recommendation from the Public Protection Committee to establish an Office of Reentry and Justice within the County Administrator's Office as a pilot project.
 
Recognized Captain-Paramedic Ben Sanders as the 2016 Firefighter of the Year.
 
Adopted the 2017 meeting schedule for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, including the cancelation of those meetings at which it is anticipated that there will not be a quorum of Board members present, as well as fixing the dates for the specified events planned for the year.
 
Accepted a report on the issue of certain fees assessed by the County related to the juvenile justice system; Placed a moratorium on the assessment and collection of Juvenile Facilities Fees and Electronic Monitoring Fees and referred the issue to the Racial Justice Task Force; and Provided further direction to staff regarding next steps.
 
Accepted as complete the contracted work performed by Pavement Coatings Co., for the 2016 Slurry Seal Project Alamo, Diablo and Walnut Creek.
 
Approved the Parcel Map for a minor subdivision being developed by Georgette Stewart, Alamo.
 
Recognized Samuel L. Shankland, Chess Champion on his remarkable and highly impressive Chess career, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
 
Honored the East Bay Leadership Council's Philanthropy Awards Honorees, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
 
Proclaimed October 23-29, 2016 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Contra Costa County.
 
Recognized Walnut Creek Intermediate School for their contributions towards developing the County's first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Week, held October 19-23, 2015, Walnut Creek.
 
Honored the winners of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County 2016 Art Recognition Awards.
 
CSA P-2B:  Authorized new revenue in the amount of $8,500 in County Service Area P-2B (Alamo) and appropriated it for the funding for a Crossing Guard for Rancho Romero Elementary School, Alamo.
 
Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract with Community Violence Solutions to provide specialized outreach, education and job training opportunities for sexually exploited youth.
 
Approved/Authorized a Memorandum of Understanding with San Ramon Valley Unified School District, including modified indemnification language, in an amount not to exceed $8,154 for partial funding of a crossing guard at the intersection on Hemme Avenue at the Iron Horse Trail Crossing, Alamo.
 
Approved amendments to the Acalanes Union High School District's Conflict of Interest Code, as recommended by the County Counsel.
 

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