News from Around the District - October, 2018
Recognizing our Veterans
Danville Police to Host "Drug Take Back Day"
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it is great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in - safely and anonymously - prescription drugs.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. The next DEA Take Back Day is on October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit to find a location near you.

Need to dispose of prescription drugs before or after the next Take Back Day? Visit to locate a year-round authorized collector in your area.

San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair
The San Ramon Valley Citizen Corps Council sponsored Emergency Preparedness Fair was a big success this year. Supervisor Andersen volunteered at the welcome booth and greeted fairgoers on September 29th at San Ramon Central Park and Community Center.

For more information on how to be prepared and supplied for an emergency, visit
San Ramon Youth Raise Money to Help Rebuild El Sobrante Library
Supervisor Andersen had the privilege of recognizing two San Ramon middle school students at the Contra Costa Library Commission meeting on September 28th.

Bella Grima and Janet Smith took it upon themselves, after hearing about the fire at the El Sobrante Library, to raise funds for the benefit of the library. They held several lemonade and baked goods sales over the past few months.

They presented the results of their efforts ($108) to Candace, Library Commission Chair Brian Campbell-Miller, James Lyons, Field Representative to Supervisor John Gioia, and County Librarian Melinda Cervantes.
Moraga Orinda Fire Department Pancake Breakfast and Open House
The MOFD is holding their annual Pancake Breakfast Open House on Saturday, October 6, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Station 41, 1284 Moraga Way in Moraga.

There will be a lot to see and do as the Fire Department kicks off National Fire Prevention Week. Get disaster preparedness and safety information, learn the basic but essential ways to quickly and safely escape a home fire, greet Smokey the Bear - great for photos, tour the fire station, watch live demonstrations, see all the great firefighting equipment, jump in the bounce house, and win some prizes.

For more information, visit
County Seeks Nominations for Humanitarian of the Year
Student and Adult Humanitarians will be Honored at January Event Commemorating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 2019, fifty one years will have passed since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That sobering reminder will serve as a backdrop to Contra Costa County’s 41st annual commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy. We hope you will mark the date and join the Supervisors on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 for a community celebration in Contra Costa County’s Board Chambers located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA.

At the January event, the Board of Supervisors will recognize a community member as well as a student leader whose dedication to others embodies the spirit and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award nomination period is now open for candidate names to be submitted for both the adult and student humanitarians. The deadline to submit names for consideration is Thursday, November 1, 2018. We encourage East Bay residents to nominate an adult and/or student whose accomplishments and service impact Contra Costa County, its residents and communities, and reflect the spirit of Dr. King’s work and achievements.

To submit nominations for an adult or student candidate, visit . To find out more about past ceremonies and prior humanitarian winners, visit the Dr. King Ceremony website found in the “Community” section of Contra Costa County’s website.
East Bay Stand Down
Supervisor Andersen participated in a tour of the 2018 East Bay Stand Down event on September 15th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

The East Bay Stand Down is held every other year and brings together community organizations to provide a four-day event to assist the Bay Area homeless and at-risk military Veterans, connecting them with services ranging from VA HealthCare, Dental, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/Drivers License's, Court Services and Legal Aide, Showers, Haircuts, pet services, and many other services and resources. More information about the East Bay Stand Down can be found here

In the photo above, East Bay Stand Down Director Jerry Yahiro briefed the tour guests and heralded the hundreds of volunteers that made this year’s East Bay Stand Down a success. 
County Seeks Applicants for Racial Justice Oversight Body
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking residents who may be interested in being part of the County’s efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities within the local criminal justice system.

Beginning in April 2017, the County’s Racial Justice Task Force worked to identify racial and ethnic disparities in the County’s local justice system and develop a set of recommendations aimed at reducing those disparities. On July 24, 2018, the Board of Supervisors accepted their report, which included a recommendation to create a Racial Justice Oversight Body.

The Racial Justice Oversight Body will be composed of the following 18 representatives:

  • A representative from the Superior Court, as a non-voting member;
  • The Sheriff or his designee;
  • The Chief Probation Officer or his designee;
  • The Public Defender or her designee;
  • The District Attorney or her designee;
  • A representative from a local law enforcement agency, nominated by the Contra
  • Costa County Police Chiefs’ Association;
  • A representative from the Contra Costa County Office of Education;
  • A representative from a Local School District;
  • A representative from Contra Costa County Health Services Department;

Nine community-based representatives, including:
  • Two members of the Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition,
  • Two individuals with prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system
  • involvement,
  • Three representatives from community-based organizations (CBO) that work with justice involved populations, including at least one person who works directly with youth,
  • One representative from a faith-based organization, and
  • One representative that is either a school age young person, or from a
  • CBO who provides services to school age youth.

This Oversight Body will be tasked with the periodic review and reporting of racial and ethnic disparities in the local criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as the ongoing support and monitoring of efforts to implement recommendations to reduce the disparities.

The Board is now seeking applications for seven (7) of the seats identified above:

  • Two individuals with prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system involvement;
  • One representative from a community-based organization that works with justice involved youth;
  • Two representatives from community-based organizations that work with justice-involved populations of any age;
  • One representative from a faith-based organization; and
  • One representative that is either a school age youth, or from a community- based organization who provides services to school age youth.

Appointments to the Racial Justice Oversight Body will be for a term of two years. Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee: Supervisors John Gioia, District I, and Federal Glover, District V. The nominations for the Racial Justice Oversight Body will then be forwarded to the full Board of Supervisors for action.

Below is a timeline of the recruitment process for the seven vacancies:

•     September 18, 2018:     First Day of the Application Period
•     November 2, 2018:      Final Day of the Application Period, due by 5:00 p.m.
•     November 13, 2018:     Public Protection Committee Meeting: Interviews
•     December 4, 2018:      Board of Supervisors Consideration of Nominees

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925)  335-1900. Applications should be returned to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA
94553. Applications can also be emailed to
San Ramon Valley Run for Education
For 35 years, the Run has been the biggest and best family fund-raiser for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation (SRVEF), and 2018 will be better than ever. It’s your chance to challenge family and friends to get in shape and crush the menu of races. There is a 10k course for folks who like to pace themselves, a 5k run/walk for folks in a hurry, the Friendship Run for athletes with special needs and a Mini Run for the younger crowd. There is even a Corporate Team Challenge — 10 runners from the same company can compete against other companies to win special prizes.  The Run For Education helps support local schools — together with its 35 affiliates, SRVEF raises more than $7 million annually to promote education in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  

To learn more or to register visit
Falls Prevention Awareness Month
The Board of Supervisors recognized September 16th – 22nd as Falls Prevention Awareness Week. Falls are the leading cause of injury death among seniors. Each year nationally, one in every four adults age 65 and older falls.

Concentrated efforts are being made in Contra Costa County by the Fall Prevention Coalition to reduce falls and fall related injuries using multi-faceted interventions.
Town of Danville Seeks Volunteers for Commission Positions
The Town of Danville is looking for residents interested in serving on their Heritage Resource Commission, Design Review Board, Planning Commission, and the Contra Costa Library Commission.

Applicants will be invited to interview with the Town Council in December. The deadline to file an application is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018. 

Applications are available on the Town website at For additional information, contact City Clerk Marie Sunseri at (925) 314-3401 or
Autos of Alamo
The Alamo Improvement Association presented the Autos of Alamo, their annual car show on September 13th.

Classics, Antiques, Hot Rods, Customs, 1980’s and older, and Exotics were on display.

Pictured to the right with Supervisor Andersen are Sheriff Volunteer Robin Lamont, Deputy Jesus Topete, and Alamo Rotarian and APSAC member Diane Barley.
Recruitment is Open for 3 Public Member Seats on
The Contra Costa Integrated Pest Management Advisory Committee
The Contra Costa Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisory Committee is seeking applicants to fill 3 public seats—1 regular seat, 1 alternate seat, and 1 environmental organization seat. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of integrated pest management and interest in and commitment to improvement of IPM practices in Contra Costa County. Applicants must live or work in Contra Costa County.

The following are special conditions for the Environmental Organization Seat:
  • An environmental organization is defined as an organization that has as its main focus the protection, enhancement, and enjoyment of the environment and/or the education of the public about the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the environment.
  • The organization must have 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status.
  • An individual must apply to represent a specific organization, and in order to apply, must have a letter of support from the organization.

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m on Friday, November 9, 2018 in the office of the Clerk of the Board: 651 Pine Street, 1st Floor, Martinez 94553.
All persons who apply by the deadline will be interviewed on Monday, December 10, 2018.
The IPM Advisory Committee is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise them on issues involving pest management and pesticide use on County-owned and County-maintained property. The 13-member Committee is composed of representatives from the County Departments of Agriculture, Health Services, and Public Works; the County Storm Water Program; the County’s Sustainability Commission; the County’s Fish and Wildlife Committee; a local environmental organization, the County’s current pest management contractor; three public members, and a public member alternate. The Committee’s purview includes pest management in County facilities, in County landscaping, and along County roads and flood control channels.

Regular meetings of the IPM Advisory Committee are held on the third Thursday in the months of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 10am to noon at the County Department of Agriculture in Concord.

An application form can be obtained in the following ways:
  1. Calling the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at 925- 335-1900
  2. Writing to or visiting the Clerk of the Board at 651 Pine Street, 1st Floor, Martinez 94553
  3. Downloading an application at

For more information: contact Tanya Drlik, IPM Coordinator, at 925-335-3214 or e-mail
What’s Lurking in Your Creek?
The Walnut Creek Watershed invites you to learn about
invasive plants in your watershed!
Do you know what an invasive plant is? Would you recognize one if you saw it lurking in your local creek? Do you know how to recognize the invasive species in your creek?

On October 4th, 2018, the Walnut Creek Watershed Council is holding a conference at Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill Campus) to help you learn more about invasive plants in our creeks. 

The event kicks off at 6:00 p.m. in the common area of the Hospitality Studies Building (HSF Building), followed by a tour of the DVC Horticulture Program’s greenhouse and a demonstration of the DVC GIS Program’s drone. At 7:30 p.m., the action moves upstairs to the Diablo Room where speakers will discuss invasive plants in Contra Costa County, with a special focus on Arundo donax (also known as Giant Reed).

Arundo is a large reed (pictured above) that lives in creeks and can grow to be up to 20 feet tall. It reproduces and grows rapidly, which allows it to outcompete native plants for resources.

The Council chose to host Creek Invaders at DVC in order to build stronger connections with the local college community. This has been a goal of the Council and local creek groups for a number of years, as building connections with future environmental stewards, and creating an opportunity for the public to learn more about the programs at Diablo Valley College. This is a great opportunity for the public to get an introduction to the offerings of Diablo Valley College and the groups that make up the Walnut Creek Watershed Council.
To learn more about the Creek Invaders event and to RSVP, please visit

Danville Fallfest
This year's 2018 Danville Fallfest will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 20 & 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Brought to you by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, this event is in its 27th year. Fallfest keeps with the season with family-friendly, safe, special events and entertainment. Be sure and catch the annual Children's Costume Parade on Hartz Avenue at 10AM on Saturday.

The Fallfest features 150 outstanding artists, plenty of food and drink and dance and musical entertainment. Don't miss out on this fun community event.
9/11 Memorial in Danville
Candace was honored to speak at the 9/11 Community Remembrance in Danville, organized annually by the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley. She is pictured at right with Danville Council member Newell Arnerich and Kathy Farley.

Andy Swartzell, Acting Commander CA-6 DMAT, was the guest speaker. Commander Swartzell spent several weeks at the New York Trade Center recovery mission.
Trick or Treat Street in Lafayette
Join the fun on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 4 p.m.-
6 p.m., in Downtown Lafayette.

This event is free for everyone and recommended for children 9 and under. For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat at participating merchants along Mt. Diablo Blvd. from First Street to Dewing Ave, Lafayette Circle, La Fiesta Square and the Shops at Plaza Center. All participating businesses will display a Trick-or-Treat poster and balloons on their door.

Please come in costume! Don’t forget to bring your Trick-or-Treat bag.
Quick Survey for the Family and Children's Trust Fund (FACT) Committee
It is the mission of the Family and Children’s Trust Committee (FACT) to support the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect and supportive services for families and children. FACT funds community agencies that provide valuable services to families in Contra Costa County.

In order to be sure that FACT is supporting services that are most important for you and your family, we are asking you to complete this short survey by October 21st. We will use the information to recommend funding for programs that make a difference for your family and your community. You do not need to identify yourself in the survey. To take the survey click
Student Film Contest

Contra Costa Fish and Wildlife Committee
Accepting Funding Applications
The  Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee  is accepting grant applications for consideration for the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund.

Projects awarded from the Fund must benefit the fish and wildlife resources of the County. The Committee strongly encourages applications related to; improving habitat, scientific research, public education, threatened and endangered species, or resolving human/wildlife interaction issues.

In addition to the above areas of interest, the Committee wishes to fund one or more projects that increase collaboration with law enforcement agencies, the court, and community cultural organizations on enforcement issues and education focusing on communities that may be unaware of local fish and game laws. Projects that provide multilingual signage and educational materials are encouraged.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019  (a postmark of January 7, 2019, does not satisfy the submission deadline). Proposals may be emailed or mailed. Click here for an application and to learn more:  Grant opportunity for 2019 .   
Video Competition
The  Contra Costa Special Districts Association is seeking submissions for a student video competition. Create a video to tell the world what makes special districts in Contra Costa County so special.

Districts Make the Difference invites high school and college students to create a fun and informative 60-second video highlighting the ways special districts ‘Make the Difference’ in California. Students can create videos featuring a local sewer and sanitation district, fire or public safety district, water district, or even a cemetery or park district. Some may zoom their cameras in on something as specific as a mosquito abatement, airport, or healthcare districts. Others may choose to explore a complement of special districts that work together and provide a network of essential, specialized services to their community. 

High school and college students are encouraged to participate in this contest for its educational engagement and scholarship opportunities. Visit their website for more information www.ccrcd.us14.
Alamo Rotary Invites Supervisor Andersen to Speak
On Wednesday, September 19th, Supervisor Andersen joined the Alamo Rotary for lunch and to update them on current County issues.

Also at the event, James Noe was honored as the Alamo Citizen of the Year.

In the photo with Candace are Rotarian Diane Barley and Joan Grimes.
The First Residents of California now at the
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley now has on display two exhibits each with the common thread of the first inhabitants of California.  One is entitled Native California and The Anza Expedition. The other is California Indians: The First People. 

In the Museum Waiting Room are paintings and a map showing the 1775-76 Juan Bautista de Anza expedition route from Culiacan, Mexico to San Francisco and the Native American tribes encountered along the route. The trip covered 1200 miles and had over 200 people and 2500 head of cattle. The exhibit tells the story of this famous Anza Expedition. Many of the paintings on display were commissioned by the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation. In addition are artifacts from the period such as a saddle, sword and clothing to name a few.
Our general exhibition area has California Indians: The First People. The display covers how our first residents lived, such as their housing, tools, entertainment and food. In addition there is a display on Precious Cargo, the carriers Indians used to move and carry their babies around. The beauty and quality of these are striking. 

Native Californians and the Anza exhibit will be on display until October 28th.  California Indians: The first people will be on display through November 11th.

The Museum is located in the restored Southern Pacific depot at 205 Railroad Avenue in Danville, California 94526. Open hours are Tu.-Fri. 1-4, Sat. 10-1, Sun. 12-3. Visit their website
26th Annual Lafayette Res Run for Education
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the  City of Lafayette  are co-sponsors of the Lafayette Res Run for Education, held every year on a Sunday in October. Beneficiaries of the event are the local schools and the services and programs of the Chamber.

This year's event will be on Sunday, October 21st. The race begins with staggered start times on Mr. Diablo Boulevard at Oak Hill Road. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. The 5k certified run begins at 8:00 a.m. The 10k certified run begins at 8:15 a.m. The 2mi run/walk begins at 8:45 a.m. Visit to learn more and to register.
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Candace Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for
County Advisory Boards
Supervisor Candace Andersen is looking for interested, motivated residents to serve on a few Contra Costa County citizen advisory boards. These volunteer boards usually meet monthly and advise the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues. They play a vital role in county government, and the input provided is invaluable.
Applications are currently being accepted from residents of District 2 for seats on the following boards:
District 2 includes: Alamo, Canyon, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Parkmead, Rossmoor, San Ramon, Saranap, Walnut Creek (West of N. Main Street)
Alamo Municipal Advisory Council, Youth Representative
To advise on issues and concerns related to services provided by the County or other local agencies located within its boundary, which includes parks & recreation, lighting & landscaping, land use, code enforcement, public safety, and transportation.
Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (CSA P-2B)
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo/Danville community for police services.
Emergency Medical Care Committee
Reviews the County's ambulance and other emergency services as required in State law; and serves in an advisory capacity to the County Board of Supervisors, and to the County EMS Agency, on matters relating to emergency medical services.

Contra Costa Integrated Pest Management Advisory Committee
To advise on issues involving pest management and pesticide use on County-owned and County-maintained property. Regular meetings of the IPM Advisory Committee are held on the third Thursday every other month from 10am-12pm in Concord.
3 public seats are available, 1 regular seat, 1 alternate seat, and 1 environmental organization seat. Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of integrated pest management and interest in and commitment to improvement of IPM practices in Contra Costa County. Applicants must live or work in Contra Costa County.

The following are special conditions for the Environmental Organization Seat:
An environmental organization is defined as an organization that has as its main focus the protection, enhancement, and enjoyment of the environment and/or the education of the public about the protection, enhancement and enjoyment of the environment.
The organization must have 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status.
An individual must apply to represent a specific organization, and in order to apply, must have a letter of support from the organization.
For more information about each board go to
To apply on line, use this application: advisory body application.
September 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 September which impact the residents of District 2:

Proclaimed the Month of September as National Recovery Month in Contra Costa County and supported this year’s Recovery theme, Join the voices for Recovery: invest in Health, Home, Purpose and Community.

Adopted a Resolution supporting the Contra Costa County Office of Education and Sandy Hook Promise Partnership, supporting schools and school districts through its Safe Schools for All initiative and three-year partnership with Sandy Hook Promise.

Adopted a Resolution declaring September, 2018 Suicide Prevention Month in Contra Costa County, as recommended by the Health Services Director.

Adopted an Ordinance regulating the collection and disposal of sewage and related Health Officer Regulations.

Appointed John Kincaid, Ph.D. to the District II Family Member seat of the Contra Costa County Mental Health Commission for a three-year term, with an expiration date of June 30, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen. 

Appointed William Chong to the District II seat of the Contra Costa County Library Commission for a term with an expiration date of June 30, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen. 

Appointed Carolyn Knoll to the District II Alternate seat of the Contra Costa County Library Commission for a term that expires on June 30, 2021, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.  

Accepted the resignation of Ellie Lank from the District II seat of the Contra Costa Commission for Women effective immediately, as recommended by Supervisor Candace Andersen.
Adopted a Resolution recognizing September 16 - 22, 2018 as Falls Prevention Awareness Week, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

Recognized Poll Worker Appreciation Week in Contra Costa County.

Adopted a Resolution recognizing Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO)’s Tenth Anniversary and their tenth Leadership in Sustainability Awards Gala.

Received a presentation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizing Contra Costa County Public Works for moving from a Class 6 to a Class 5 in the Community Rating System.

Approved the Danville Boulevard/Orchard Court Complete Streets Improvement Project in Alamo.

Reviewed additional options for regulating short-term rentals (such as Airbnb and VRBO) in the unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County.

Reviewed a Cannabis Ordinance Clean-Up and Rezoning of Knightsen into a Cannabis Exclusion (-CE) Combining District.

Received a report on new projects being funded by the SB1 Gas Tax, and information about the elimination of many road improvement projects should Proposition 6 pass.  

Took action to have the County Board of Supervisors appointed as the Board for the West Contra Costa Healthcare District, effective January 1, 2019.

Approved the FY 2018-2019 $3.5 billion ($1.6 billion General Fund) Adopted Budget.

Recognized Sunday, September 30th as Gold Star Mother’s Day. 

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

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

Lauri Byers
Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative;

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

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