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Gayle Israel
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

San Ramon Valley Office   

309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526



Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785


Danville Office


Lamorinda Office

  Fire Station #15

3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549



Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

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Phone: (925) 646-6067

FAX: (925) 646-6068
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Alamo 1st Annual WalkAbout a Success!
Supervisor Andersen with volunteers Briana and Nicole from the Key Club, enjoying the WalkAbout in Alamo.

The Community Foundation of Alamo, in partnership with the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, held their First Annual Alamo Community WalkAbout on October 22nd, 2015. 

The Tasting event was located throughout Downtown Alamo along Danville Blvd. and  included restaurants and merchants offering hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and coffee samples as well as special offers for shoppers. 

The entire event was free to the public. Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program purchased on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. 

Participants  received a glass and map with all of the tasting locations.
Contra Costa County Announces 
New Animal Services Director
At the October 20th Board of Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors officially appointed Beth Ward to the position of Director of Animal Services, effective November 2, 2015. A resident of Brentwood,  Ms. Ward holds a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Administration from California State University, Fresno. She most recently served as the Vice President, Community Alliances, for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley after holding posts as the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Animal and Customer Care and the Director of Animal Care. She brings with her 28 years of animal shelter and veterinary hospital experience, a high level of energy and passion for animal services, and a strong desire to work with our Contra Costa cities and the community to renew the County's efforts to provide adoptive homes for shelter animals and continue to deliver quality services.
County Discovers Tax Overpayment for 64 Properties - Board of Supervisors Authorizes Refund Process
An internal review by Contra Costa County has determined that 64 individual properties in the Alamo and Walnut Creek areas were incorrectly presumed to be located within an area subject to a special public protection tax. The end result was that $113,000 was mistakenly collected over the course of a dozen years, and work is underway to refund the money. The Board of Supervisors today approved a plan to notify those residents, and make good on the overpayment. 

Contra Costa County is issuing letters to the current property owners with specific instructions on how to obtain a refund. Property owners may be eligible to claim a refund for up to $3,895, and the County will work with both current and former owners in cases where the property changed hands. 

"The County's protocols for reviewing special collections such as this one worked as they should," said Supervisor Andersen. "I'm pleased that once we discovered the error, we began working to make it right." The properties include two on Cross Road in Alamo, 57 in the Alamo Springs subdivision, and five in the Saranap area of Walnut Creek. 

While current owners will be receiving letters directly, if you think you might be impacted, you can find out more by clicking here. The parcel tax was levied as part of a County Service Area formed to provide extended police protection services in areas served by County Sheriff patrols.
Moraga Orinda Fire Department 
Holds Open House
On Saturday, October 10th, the Moraga Orinda Fire Department held their annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House.  A large number of families showed up to eat pancakes, visit with the firefighters, and enjoy all of the extracurricular activities for the children.  To learn more about the Moraga Orinda Fire Department  click here.

Jen Quallick, staff to Supervisor Andersen, and her daughters, enjoy visiting with Smokey the bear at the MOFD Open House.
Veteran's Office Dedicates 
New Memorial Flagpole
On September 30, the Contra Costa County Veteran's office held a ceremony dedicating the newly constructed flagpole.  The flagpole, as well as the commemorative gardens surrounding the pole, serve as a living memorial to those who have served in the military, and to remind us of the lives that have been lost fighting for our Country.

Pictured to the right, President of Blue Star Moms Chapter 20 in Concord Carol Prell, and Gold Star Mom Yolanda Vega. Dale Cook, a WWII Purple Heart Veteran and Iwo Jima survivor, shared some of his memories with the crowd and helped to raise the flags at the event.  To learn more about the Veteran's Services Department  click here.
Domestic Violence  Awareness Month Recognition
On October 20, 2015, the Board of Supervisors recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Contra Costa County has engaged in a n exciting new campaign, "Contra Costa Says No More" that raises awareness and engages all of us to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  

Contra Costa County high school football coaches are receiving letters this month inviting them to lead their teams to participate in a regional campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness month  click here.
Street Smarts "Be Reel" Video Contest
Calling all Creative Middle School Filmmakers
Do you know middle school students who are interested in filmmaking, creating digital media, or acting? If so, the Street Smarts 11th Annual "Be Reel!" Video Contest is for them! For the contest, students create 60-second public service announcement videos about traffic safety. The contest begins on October 13th, and the Fall 2015 theme is "School Zone Safety."
Middle school students may work individually or in teams of up to four students. Finalist videos from the contest will be screened at a special awards ceremony on January 13, 2016, at the Danville Village Theatre. At the ceremony, the first and second place winners will be announced. Students who create the first place video will each receive a $100 gift card, and students who create the second place video will each receive a $50 gift card. In addition, all finalist videos are shown on Contra Costa Television.
Video contest entries will be accepted through November 13, 2015 by 4:00p.m. Complete rules and information about the contest are available online by  clicking here  or to email Dolores Pita, the Street Smarts Coordinator,  click here .
Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
Vestia Holiday Toy Collection &
County Cares Holiday Food Fight
The stresses and commitments of the holidays are often
overwhelming on family life. Volunteer work and holiday giving activities are a great opportunity for you and your children to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season together.
For those who are struggling to make ends meet, however, the holidays can be one of the more difficult times of the year. Buying gifts and extra food is not within their budget. And some families are worrying more about essential things, such as where they will sleep that night, or where they will get their next meal. 
The Holiday Season is the perfect time to extend the great spirit of giving beyond our homes and giving together as families. There is no better way to teach generosity to our children than to donate or volunteer together. At the same time, we can make a real difference in our community.
If you would like to assist some families and individuals in need, here are a few simple ways you can help.
Holiday Helpers Warehouse is a wonderful way to support some of the neediest neighbors in Contra Costa County. The Holiday Helpers Warehouse has been a program of VESTIA (Volunteers and Emergency Services Team in Action) in Contra Costa County for the past  25 years. VESTIA anticipates serving over 450 families again this year through the Holiday Helpers Warehouse program.  VESTIA provides gifts of warm clothing, toys, bo oks and food to families in need throughout Contra Costa County, all through referral from county social workers.  Many of the families are in the process of starting their lives over from the recession, building new careers, and establishing financial stability and do not have additional resources to provide gifts and new clothing at the holidays.
The dates for the Holiday Helpers Warehouse 2015 are: Central County (to be held in Pleasant Hill) on December 14th & 15th from 8am to 3pm. West County (to be held in Richmond) on December 17th, from 9am to 3pm. If you, your company or organization would like to donate directly, or volunteer for a two-hour time to act as a "shopper" at the warehouse, please contact Alvaro Florez, Program Manager for HHW at with "HHW" in the subject line.   Donations to support the Holiday Helpers Warehouse include new toys, clothing, blankets, footballs, basketballs, books and gift cards.  The basic rule of thumb is if your child would want to have the item, another child in need would, too. While all donations are gratefully accepted, they especially need gifts for teens - including sports equipment and clothing, fashion items (watches, beauty kits, etc.), gift cards, and movie tickets.  I will have collection boxes in my Lafayette office (3338 Mt. Diablo Bl.) and Danville office (309 Diablo Road) through December 11th for your convenience.
Another way to help those less fortunate is to donate to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in the 2015 "County Cares Holiday Food Fight."  This year's theme is "Give Peas a Chance". This is the 12th anniversary of the challenge between Contra Costa and Solano counties. The Food Fight benefits the Food Bank in several ways.  This drive has raised over one million dollars in the past 11 years, and provides the Food Bank more than $120,000 each year to help families in need. But this drive is as important in the sense of community it brings. It is a significant act when people work together to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Although canned goods are appreciated and accepted, the Food Bank asks County employees and their friends and families to donate money in order to assist the Food Bank ' s purchase of fresh produce, which now accounts for nearly half of the food distributed.  Also, because they buy in bulk, for every $1 donated the food bank is able to provide two meals to an individual.
Please join this Food Fight by mailing or dropping off a check made out to "The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano" at my office. Beginning November 23, you can donate online by clicking here. The link will be available for donations to the "Food Fight" from November 23 through December 31.  Be sure to note where appropriate that you are giving as a "friend of CC County employees" and indicate Board of Supervisors, District 2, Candace Andersen as the department designee.        
Danville Old Oak Tree Lighting 
District 2 Office Open House
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville present the Annual Lighting of the Old Oak Tree on Friday, November 27, 2015, from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Diablo Road, Danville, a beautiful sight to see this holiday season! 

Watch as Father Christmas and the Snow Angel sprinkle a little magic dust on the old oak tree and bring it to light. Warm feelings will quickly quell the cool air as local choral groups provide musical accompaniment and neighborhood businesses pass out hot beverages. Want to keep the magic going? 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. - 8:00 p.m. 
Lafayette Chamber Presents
It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette

Hospice of the East Bay
Tree of Lights Ceremonies
Hospice of the East Bay's Tree of Lights ceremonies have provided a venue for families and friends to honor their loved ones in a meaningful way for the past 29 years. Hospice of the East Bay has cared for more than 23,000 patients and their families during this time. These ceremonies serve a dual purpose - to provide communities the opportunity to honor lives with light that will shine, and to raise funds that help maintain the high level of care that Hospice provides to anyone who needs it. Hospice of the East Bay has organized lighting ceremonies that are open to all in the following District 2 locations:

Danville & San Ramon Tree
Friday, November 13, 5:30 pm
Town Meeting Hall, 201 Front Street, Danville. 
Reception to follow.
Dedicated to Monica Girvan

Walnut Creek Tree
Sunday, November 15, 5:00 pm
1511 Mt Diablo Blvd. behind Va de Vi
Dedicated to Richard Sherman

Moraga & Lafayette Tree
Sunday, November 22, 5:30 pm
Moraga Country Club, 1600 St. Andrews Drive. 
Reception to follow.
Dedicated to Harold Whitbeck

Alamo & Bruns House Tree
Tuesday, November 24, 6:00 pm
Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd.
Reception to follow.
Dedicated to Stan Rudney

Rossmoor Tree
Wednesday, December 2, 5:00 pm
Creekside Clubhouse, 1010 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek.
Reception to follow. 
Dedicated to Earle Fries

Orinda Tree
Saturday, December 5, 4:30 pm
Orinda Village by Bank of America
This ceremony is part of Orinda's community holiday celebration. 
Memorial names are not read at this ceremony.

Click here to sponsor a tree. If you need more information or have questions, please contact Daniel Jordan at (925) 887-5678.
Clipper is Here!
East Bay bus riders have a more convenient way to pay for their rides on transit.  Clipper, the all-in-one transit fare payment card already accepted on 13 Bay Area transit systems, has expanded as of November 1st to four more bus services in the East Bay: County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT and Wheels. The four transit agencies are accepting Clipper cards loaded with cash value as well as a range of 31-day passes good for local or express travel, making it more convenient  both for people who ride the bus to BART as well as those who rely on the bus for local trips.

You can get a Clipper card and add value at:
  • Walgreens, Whole Foods, and other select retailers
  • Participating transit agency ticket offices
  • On line at
  • Call Clipper at 877-878-8883
*Senior Clipper cards are not available at most retailers.

Using Your Clipper Card:
  • Make sure you have a valid pass or a minimum balance of $1.75 (75 cents on a Senior or RTC Clipper card) before you board
  • When boarding the bus, locate the Clipper card reader just inside the front doors
  • Hold your card flat against the Clipper logo on the reader
  • Wait for the beep and green light - then continue to your seat
Bus and BART Transfers:
  • The Clipper card will recognize one free bus-to-bus transfer within a 2 hour time period.
  • The Clipper card will recognize and honor free transfers between County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, Wheels and WestCAT at shared transit stops.
  • BART transfer fares will be recognized and deducted accordingly ($1.00 for adult & youth riders and $.50 for senior/RTC riders) from the cards stored cash value, or no deduction for 31-day pass users.
Clipper is already accepted on AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, FAST, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, Marin Transit, Muni, SamTrans, SF Bay Ferry, SolTrans, Vacaville City Coach, VINE and VTA.  Clipper is a service provided by Bay Area transit operators and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about Clippper, click here
Homelessness Awareness Toolkit
The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness has released the 2015 Homelessness Awareness Toolkit in anticipation of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 14 - 22. The toolkit contains ideas about ways people can address homelessness in their own communities, including community events to attend in the month of November and donation and volunteer opportunities. The document is available by clicking here.
Orinda Holiday Bazaar
Orinda's 39th Annual Holiday Bazaar will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Orinda Community Center, 28 Orinda Way, Orinda. Over 50 exhibitors including returning favorites featuring  home décor, specialty foods, holiday decorations, accessories and jewelers   Over 20 new exhibitors this year featuring  succulents, handmade cards, lotions, women's clothing,  handmade bags, knitwear, decorative trays, candles and paper mache items.
Lafayette Rotary
Supervisor Andersen spoke to the Rotary Club of Lafayette about issues affecting Contra Costa County at their October 29 lunch meeting at the Oakwood Athletic Club in Lafayette. She is pictured above with Rotary President Dino Riggio.
San Ramon Bah Humbug 5K Run and Walk December 5, 2015
Race Day Registration: 7:30am 
Race Start Time: 9:00am
Race Start & Finish: San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. (925) 973-3200

Start the holiday season off with a healthy fun run or walk through San Ramon.  Participants will receive a holiday lon g sleeved shirt and the famous Bah Humbug! Ornament. This year's Bah Humbug will be a chip timed race on a certified 3.1 mile course. 

Pre-Registration Packets:
Race numbers, shirts, ornaments and race information will be available for pick up. 
  • Free refreshments, ice cream and fruit. 
  • Awards Ceremony
Spread Holiday Cheer:
Runners are requested to bring a can of food to be donated to the Contra Costa County Food Bank to assist those in need during the holidays. Canned food donations will be  collected at the registration table.
Registration Fee:
$35 for online and postmarked registration by Saturday, November 29th. Registration fees increase to $40 starting November 30th through race day. Preregistration family rate for 3 or more is $30 per person and increases to $40 November 30th. Must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time.
Race day registration tables open at 7:30am to 8:50am. Registration is available online at , search San Ramon Bah Humbug or details can be found on the City of San Ramon website. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.  Mail In entry forms to: On Your Mark Events  -  P.O. Box 1199 Arnold, CA 95223
Medals are given to the first three finishers in each age division.

Introducing the Mayor's Crown, which will award the lowest combined times of the 2015 Bah Humbug and 2016 Run San Ramon pre-registered 5k runner. The Mayor's Crown winner will be recognized at the 2016 Run San Ramon event. 
Costume Contest:
Make sure to come dressed in costume this year and in the spirit of the holiday run. Costume awards will be given for:
  • Most Grinch-Like
  • Best Holiday Spirit
  • Best Group Theme
Shirts & Ornaments:
All pre-registered participants may receive their shirt & ornament prior to the event start. All race day registrants, and pre-registrants who wait, will receive their shirts upon completion on a "first come-first served" basis. Shirts and ornaments are only guaranteed to pre-registered participants.
Supervisor Andersen's Holiday Open House 
December 17th
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 17, 2015 at our office at 309 Diablo Road in Danville.

We will also be gladly accepting any contributions to the Food Bank of Contra Costa County. No family should be without food for the holidays, and with your generous donations, 96 cents of every dollar donated goes directly towards food programs. 

We hope you can stop by for some appetizers, hot cocoa and holiday cheer. RSVP to (925) 957-8860 or email by  clicking here .
Board of Supervisors Veterans Day Ceremony on November 10
"Celebrate America's Freedom"
On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the "recurring anniversary of November 11th should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.  As such, Contra Costa County will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 10, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place following the Board of Supervisors meeting at 651 Pine Street in Martinez.

The ceremony is for veterans, as well as family members and friends of veterans.  This year, the County is focusing on Vietnam War era veterans, as the country marks 50 years since the beginning of the conflict and 40 years since the end.  The keynote speaker, author and photographer Steve Burchik, will share memories of his tour of duty in Vietnam where, as an infantryman, he captured more than 4,000 photos of his surroundings during that difficult time.  A sampling of his photography is also on display in the lobby of the County Administration building. 
Veterans Day Observances Around District II
Veterans Day is a day where all across America we honor the men and women who have served our country selflessly to protect the rights that our founding fathers bestowed upon us hundreds of years ago. Although we can never fully repay them for the sacrifices they have made to protect us as a nation, we do have many opportunities in the surrounding area, such as veteran's memorials and other ceremonies to support our brave troops. Here is a quick list of all the celebrations throughout District 2.

If you are living in the Danville/San Ramon Valley area you're in luck because they are hosting activities for multiple days 
before Veterans Day even begins, and the best part is that it is all free of charge.  San Ramon Valley veterans will be honored at a special two day Open House at the Danville Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Avenue, on November 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and November 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The public is invited to this "do-it-yourself museum" event, which will be held inside the main auditorium. The activity promises to be an engaging and educational experience for young and old.

"Women in the Military" is this year's theme which provides an opportunity to acknowledge women veterans for their service.  The highlight of the weekend will be a panel discussion by women veterans starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday with special emphasis on illustrating the many diverse ways women are serving our military throughout the world.  There will be live entertainment for the public with a musical performance by the Swinging' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to the event is free. The entire community is encouraged to attend. Docents will be available to guide guests around the permanent museum displays.  For more information  click here.

On Veterans Day itself, November 11, with seating at 10:30 a.m. at the San Ramon Valley High School Center For The Performing Arts, 501 Danville Boulevard, Danville, there will be a remembrance  program open to all that begins at 11:00 a.m. consisting of music, videos, slide shows, and patriotic speeches.

Moraga is also having its Town ceremony on Veterans Day. The ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Moraga Commons Park, open to all who wish to attend. Moraga Boy Scout Troops and local community members will be in attendance. If you have trouble finding a spot in the parking lot, you should be able to find plenty of street parking within quick walking distance.

Lieutenant Colonel Andrew J. Frankel will be the keynote speaker at Walnut Creek's Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. There is no charge for admission Lieutenant Colonel Frankel was deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He drafted the Air Force Concept of Operations for the movement of captured detainees from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq to the detention facility at Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and subsequently led the first 36 of those missions. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Services Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Life Saving Medal from the City of Berkeley Police Department. Frankel continues to serve as the commander of the 349th Security Forces Squadron, 349th Air Mobility Wing, Air Force Reserve Command, at Travis Air Force Base. As the commander of this 89-member squadron, he ensures his personnel are trained, equipped and combat-ready in order to provide Air Base Defense capabilities in support of both short-notice deployments and theater Operations Plans. The Veterans Day ceremony will include a welcome from Walnut Creek Mayor Pro Tem Loella Haskew and a musical concert of patriotic songs by the Walnut Creek Concert Band under the direction of Harvey Benstein. For further information, contact Walnut Creek City Clerk Suzie Martinez, (925) 943-5819 or

With these many activities going on in the area we hope that you get out on this Veterans Day and support the people who have risked the most just to protect the people and the country they love.
Ellen's Guild - Supporting 
Victims of 
Domestic Violence for Over 30 Years
Ellen's Guild was founded in 1979 by Betty Broll, an ardent supporter of children's services. In 1996 the Guild officially adopted the name Ellen's Guild as tribute to the late Ellen Toby Fisher, who enthusiastically resurrected the Guild. Ellen's Guild meets monthly to increase awareness of child abuse prevention and treatment and to support the children and families of STAND!  through volunteer service and fundraising.  Some of their activities are as follows.
Every year they plan a Christmas party for the Kinship Program at the Antioch Center by providing food, serving at the party, monitoring a cookie decorating station, helping with organizing gifts for the children, talking to the children and parents, and just having a good time.  It is very rewarding to see the reaction of the children and parents, some of whom receive no other gifts at this time of year.
They are organizing and maintaining the "boutique" at the Emergency Shelter, where new clients can find clothing for themselves and their children, small household items, and personal hygiene items.  They have begun organizing the two garages that store furniture, household items, etc. for new clients moving into apartments at their Transitional Housing.
In past years, they have helped the Development Department to obtain food and auction items for the annual Oscar Night Party, which is held at the Brendan Theatre in Concord.  They help to provide holiday meals for STAND! clients for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and  volunteer to help at STAND!'s other major fundraisers, such as the "Rebuilding Lives Luncheon."  The Guild also plans smaller fundraisers during the year.
They are a very friendly group and eagerly welcome newcomers.  They meet the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting location varies among local cities.
Please contact their president, Joanne Larson for more information.  Phone: 925-787-2017 or email by clicking here.
Moraga Holiday Tree Lighting
Join Santa and his Moraga Youth Involvement Committee helpers on Thursday, December 3 for cookies and hot cocoa in the Commons Park for the holiday tree lighting. Refreshments and entertainment begins at 6:30 pm and the tree will be lit at 7:00 pm. Moraga Commons Park is located at 1425 St. Mary's Road, Moraga. 
37th Annual Lafayette Community Thanksgiving Breakfast
The 37th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce wil be held on Friday, November 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Dr. David G. Sammons, music provided by Harpist Wendy Tamis.  To register click here.
Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration
Sunset Development will kick off the holiday season with its annual Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Event on Friday, December 4th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This free event takes place at Bishop Ranch One (6111 Bollinger Canyon Road), San Ramon. The event will feature numerous family activities, including: spectacular lighting of a 70-foot White Fir tree at 6:30 p.m., photo opportunities with Santa Claus, live reindeer and a petting zoo, a snow play area for kids ages 12 and under and live music, dance, and theater entertainment on two stages plus more.  If you have questions, give Bishop Ranch Community & Outreach a jingle at (925) 543-0100.  
Earthquake Preparedness
The several hundred recent earthquakes experienced in District 2 serve as a gentle reminder that we need to be prepared for a larger quake. The County has at least five active fault systems. The Hayward Fault, which passes through western Contra Costa County, causes the greatest concern. Scientists have estimated there is a 90 percent chance that a major earthquake will occur along the Hayward Fault within the next 30 years.

The damage caused by a major earthquake will severely restrict communications, transportation and utilities, and will isolate many areas of the County. Emergency service response personnel will likely be overwhelmed by calls for assistance. Do not call 9-1-1 unless you have a real emergency. The ability of individuals, families and neighbors to help themselves and each other cope during this time will be crucial to their recovery.

Preparedness activities that are undertaken now  will provide individuals and families with a greater sense of security and self-sufficiency when earthquakes or other disasters happen.

At the time of a disaster, shelter locations and other vital information will be announced over major radio stations. Remember to keep a portable radio and extra batteries stored in your emergency supplies kit so you will be able to obtain emergency information in the event of a power failure. 

No matter where you are, know how to protect yourself and your family during an earthquake. Practice taking cover as if there were an earthquake and learn the safest places in your home or at work. You should practice getting out of your home, as well as your work place. Check to see if the planned exits are clear and if they can become blocked in an earthquake. You should also practice turning off your electricity, gas and water . Know how to turn off the gas, but do not practice this step. In the event of an earthquake, once you turn off your gas, only your utility company should turn it back on for safety reasons. 


Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your safety and comfort during and after an earthquake. Store enough supplies for at least 72 hours.  To learn more about how to be prepared for the next big earthquake  click here .
11th Annual Holiday Home Tour

Join the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) for their 11th Annual Holiday Home Tour taking place on  Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, 2015.
Bring your friends and join in on this fabulous Holiday Home Tour. Five beautiful homes will be festively decorated in Danville and San Ramon.
Tickets are $35 each. A senior discount of $5 will be offered through Saturday, December 5th.  To purchase online  click here To purchase via US Mail: Send a check postmarked by December 5th payable to Danville- Alamo-Walnut Creek AAUW with a self-addressed stamped #10 business size envelope to: AAUW Holiday Home Tour, P.O. Box 996, Alamo, CA 94507.  To purchase in person: Visit East Bay Flower Company, 206 Sycamore Valley Road W. Monday through Saturday, 9-5. (cash or check only).
Your ticket purchase will help send 12 middle school girls in the Danville, Alamo and Walnut Creek communities to a one-week Tech Trek math-science camp for girls in a university setting and help fund local women receive their college education.  Please, no children under 12 or pets. Tour tickets are not tax deductible.  Questions?  Click here  to e-mail.
Flood Preparedness Week in California - Prepare Your Home and Business 
for Flood Risks
California Flood Preparedness Week 2015 is a statewide effort to increase public awareness of flood risk and flood protection and improve public safety for all Californians. With the theme of "Be Aware, Be Prepared, and Take Action!" communities across California, including those in Contra Costa County, are using this opportunity to alert residents and business of flood risks and provide them with information on preparing for heavy rains and/or flooding.   

With this year's El Niño influenced winter prediction, it is especially imperative that each person take time to prepare, educate themselves, and collect emergency supplies. For information regarding flood preparedness, visit the County's web page by clicking here

Each property owner is encouraged to inspect and clean out drainage systems and creeks on their property now, prior to the heavy rains. As in the past, various communities have locations where sandbags can be obtained to help protect homes and businesses from localized flooding.  Localized heavy rains can happen unexpectedly, so paying attention to the weather and utilizing forecasting resources is important. Information regarding local flooding potential can be accessed on the County's web page by clicking here

The Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District monitors 29 rain gauges and seven flow elevation gauges to provide information, as well as assist in flood forecasting, in conjunction with National Weather Service information.  
Blue Star Moms Fundraiser at Gianni's
Tri-Valley Heroes Award Ceremony

Arlie Smith was honored as the Tri-Valley Hero "Role Model" at the 2015 Tri-Valley Heroes Award Presentation in Pleasanton.

Recipients of the 2015 Tri-Valley Heroes awards were honored at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel on Monday, October 19.  Now in its fourth year, the program sponsored by the Pleasanton Weekly and its sister publication, Danville/San Ramon Express, seeks to honor community members and organizations whose dedication to bettering our communities and the lives of local residents, help to make the Tri-Valley a wonderful place to live and work.

There are eight categories; pictured with Supervisor Andersen is Arlie Smith of San Ramon, accepting his award for "Role Model", for displaying common sense, compassion and wisdom while teaching, coaching and mentoring others with a vision for people to strive to be the best they can be.  Smith, a well-known greeter at Costco in Danville who has multiple sclerosis and terminal bone cancer, has raised over $50,000 for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Smith was surprised last year when Costco customers presented him with a paid vacation. Instead of taking the gift, he asked people to donate to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, including UCSF Benioff.

The award winners for each respective category, were William Doerlich of San Ramon for the "Community Spirit" award; Joshua Burger of Pleasanton for the "Courage" award; the City of Pleasanton 2013-14 and 2014-15 Youth Commission received the "Environmental Stewardship" award; Dublin San Ramon Services District - Dan and Rosalie Gallagher of Dublin, for the "Innovation" award; Christina Adams of Danville received the "Rising Star" award; and Tony Macchiano of Pleasanton received the "Lifetime Achievement" Award.   To learn more about the Tri-Valley Heroes  click here.
Moraga Rotary Collects Funds to
 Assist Wildfire Victims
Cliff Dochterman, former President of Rotary International, and Roger Gregory, President of Rotary Club of Moraga, man the collection booth at Moraga Farmers Market.   
Last month, several Moraga Rotarians hosted booths at the Moraga Shopping Center and the Moraga Farmers Market to receive donations for relief of needy wildfire victims.   Collected funds will be sent to Rotary Clubs in Lake, Amador, and Calaveras Counties which are coordinating the Rotary response to local disaster relief.  100% of the collected funds will be applied directly to needy victims.
In the two day effort, over $1,500 was collected, and an additional check for $1000 was mailed in from a generous Moraga couple who visited the booth at the Farmer's Market.  As a result of these collection efforts, plus donations by Rotary Club of Moraga and individual Rotarians, about $5,000 has been sent to the local Rotary Club committees assisting fire victims.
Special thanks go to Roger Gregory, Frank May, Cliff Dochterman, Debbie Roessler, Evie Michon, Lad Lynch, and Kevin Reneau for their volunteer hours in collecting donations!  

STAND! Rebuilding Lives Annual Luncheon

STAND! recognized and honored the important role every Police Department, Sheriff's Department and District Attorney play in preventing against domestic violence.

A gathering of more than 400 people celebrated victory over violence at the 23rd annual STAND! Rebuilding Lives Luncheon on October 8 at the Hilton in Concord.  

The capacity crowd honored heroines and heroes who work to prevent or end domestic abuse. The poignant stories of keynote speaker Leslie Morgan Steiner, STAND! client Schylon Stewart, and a flank of Bay Area law enforcement officers and officials engaged in the nonprofit's new Lethality Assessment Program received ovations.

STAND! is a catalyst for breaking the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives.  To learn more about STAND!  click here.
Self Portrait Workshops for Veterans

The Arts & Culture Commission is sponsoring a series of Self-Portrait Painting Workshops at no cost to Contra Costa County Veterans.

The Arts & Culture Commission (AC5) is excited to be working with Veterans in Contra Costa County and bringing the California Arts Council's Veterans Initiative in the Arts program to them in the form of a new program titled ABOUT FACE: Building Veterans' Self-Understanding through Self Portraits.

AC5 is pleased to be partnering with Contra Costa Veterans Service Department and Contra Costa Television to help Veterans tell their stories of transitioning from military life to careers, hobbies, or interests they are passionate about today.  Portrait painting workshops will allow self-expression and are offered free of cost to any Contra Costa County Veteran.

The Workshop will be held in Martinez In November 3 and 5 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on November 17 and 19 from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  To sign up and for more information click here  or call 925 646-2278.
Moraga Historical Society Celebrates 50 Years
On Saturday, October 10, Supervisor Andersen attended the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Moraga Historical Society at St. Mary's College in Moraga.  The Moraga Historical Society was established in 1965 to gather and preserve knowledge about the history of the Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados, what is now the Town of Moraga.  The History Center is located in the Moraga Library building, and contains a collection of artifacts, photos, books and files about Moraga.  To learn more about the historical society click here.   
Candace is pictured with Brother Mel from St. Mary's College, and  Dick and Candace Olson of Moraga.

East Bay EDA Celebrates 25 Years

On Thursday, October 15,  Supervisor Andersen attended the 25th anniversary of the Economic Development Alliance in Oakland.  The East Bay EDA i s the regional voice and networking resource for strengthening the economy, building the workforce and enhancing the quality of life in the East Bay.  
To learn more about the Economic Development Alliance  click here  to view a video about their history.
Alamo Tree Lighting Festival
Supervisor Andersen Kicks Off  
 The Walk to end Alzheimer's
Walnut Creek City Councilmember Cindy Silva and Mayor Pro Tem Loella Haskew along with Supervisor Andersen  enjoy the morning festivities at the Alzheimer's Walk at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek.

On Saturday, October 17, Supervisor Andersen greeted the hundreds of walkers gathered to walk in support of the fight against Alzheimer's, raising money and awareness of this widespread disease. The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Alzheimer's disease is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.  To learn how you can help click here.
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for County Advisory Boards
If you are looking for an opportunity to share your time and talents or are looking for a way to participate in County Government, a list of available County volunteer opportunities follows.

District 2 vacancies available:
* County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee (Residents of: Roundhill, Regency Woods or Windsor Green)
* In-Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee click here

* Iron Horse Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee click here
In addition, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the following list of countywide advisory bodies that currently have At Large Seats available:
  • Aging, Advisory Council on
  • Agricultural Task Force Committee
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
  • Airport Land Use Commission
  • Bicycle Committee, Countywide
  • County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Area Board
  • Early Care & Education, CCC Local Planning Advisory Council 
  • East Bay Regional Park District ­ Advisory Committee
  • Economic Opportunity Council
  • Equal Employment Opportunity, Advisory Council on 
  • Homelessness Advisory Board
  • Managed Care Commission
  • Contra Costa Commission for Women
To apply for any of these seats, click hereOr you may contact Jill Ray, (925) 957-8860 or email by  clicking here.
October Board Actions
Ever wonder what your Supervisor does at that weekly Tuesday Board of Supervisors Meeting?  Here are some of the board actions from the month of October which impact the residents of District 2:    

Adopted the proposed 2016 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. Click here to see the 2106 schedule. 
Approved and Authorized the Memorandum of Understanding with Town of Danville for changes in the participation in the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Program.
Approved/Authorized a Purchase and Sale Agreement with Richard and Kathryn Wiley, to sell surplus County property located off Bear Creek Road, Orinda.
Approved the 2015 Countywide Area of Benefit Programs and related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Declared October 2015 as Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month; Accepted the status report from the Public Works Department and the Flood Control & Water Conservation District on the Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program; Directed the Public Works Department and the Flood Control & Water Conservation District to continue with implementation and the annual campaign of a Countywide sustainable Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program.
Approved/Authorized a purchase order with the San Francisco Estuary Institute for participation in the San Francisco Estuary Regional Monitoring Program for Trace Substances (RMP) as required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit issued by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Recognized the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors 2015 "STAND! For Families Free of Violence".
Recognized October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.
Recognized the 50th Anniversary of the Moraga Historical Society, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Appointed Lore Konieczny to the District II seat of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Approved/Authorized a contract with Community Violence Solutions to provide specialized outreach, education and job training opportunities for sexually exploited youth.
Authorized the Public Works Department to plan and organize the 5th Quadrennial Contra Costa County Creek and Watershed Symposium, to be held in Pleasant Hill on December 3, 2015, and to work with potential sponsors to help fund the event.
Recognized the members of the Fire District and American Medical Response for their preparation and response to a multi-casualty incident.
Authorized the Conservation and Development Department to conduct outreach to Contra Costa cities to gauge their interest in partnering with the County to study options for implementing a program to aggregate consumer electricity demand within a jurisdiction or region for purposes of procuring energy for the benefit of county residents (Community Choice Aggregation), and to report its findings to the Internal Operations Committee.
Approved the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Dougherty Valley Maintenance County Service Area M-29 budget totaling $20,707,451, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.
Honored Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa County and declared October 2016 Residents' Rights Month in Contra Costa County.
Proclaimed October 23-31, 2015 Red Ribbon Week in Contra Costa County.
Continued hearing and determined the Lafayette Christian Church is entitled to a refund of property taxes, under Section 214(a) of the California Revenue and Taxation Code, paid for the 2014/15-tax year on residential real property located at 3213 Sharon Court in Lafayette, California.
Accepted the reports from the Health Services Department on the Planning and Integration Team for Community Health, the Health In All Policies, and the Built Environment Program.
Considered report on options and determined that the County would not be placing its own County sales tax measure on the November 2016 ballot.
Authorized a letter to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority providing comments on their development of a Transportation Expenditure Plan for a potential sales tax measure in November 2016. 
Appointed Sarah Beth Ward to the position of Director of Animal Services.
Accepted as complete the contracted work performed by Telfer Highway Technologies for the 2015 Pavement Surface Treatment Project, Alamo.
Recognized Contra Costa Head Start on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Head Start and National Head Start Awareness Month.
Honored the Community Housing Development Corporation on its 25th Anniversary of helping thousands of people secure safe, clean affordable housing.
Declared the week of October 19-24, 2015, as California Flood Preparedness Week.
Honored the winners of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County 2015 Art Recognition Awards.
Proclaimed October 25-31, 2015 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
Recognized October 2015 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Recognized Darwin Marable for his service to the Arts & Culture Commission, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Appointed Cindy McCann to the Alternate Seat on the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County.
Accepted the resignation of Anne Struthers from the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee effective immediately, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Accepted the status report and associated documents regarding enforcing and administering the Alcoholic Beverage Sales Commercial Activities Zoning Ordinance that regulates the sale of alcohol in the unincorporated County for all Deemed Approved establishments; Directed staff to study whether the existing $400 annual fee per license is adequate to cover the costs of the administration and enforcement of the amended Ordinance and policies.
Authorized a letter to the California Natural Resources Agency presenting the County's comments on the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California Water Fix and associated Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report and Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.