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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

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309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526



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Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785


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3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549



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Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

Supervisor Andersen recruited her husband Phil to work in the driver safety themed booth with her at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival on Saturday, September 19. The Supervisor shared a booth with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, who staffed the booth on Sunday. The popular festival was well-attended, even in the 100 degree weather.  Many residents stopped by to visit with Candace and to peruse the free information being displayed, including "Safe Ride Home" coupons provide by mobile app car service company Uber. 
The California Breast Cancer Awareness
Plate is HERE!
Funds from the California Pink Ribbon License Plate help provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms through the Department of Health Care Services' "Every Woman Counts" program - potentially saving the lives of countless California women.

Be one of the first to have a plate on your vehicle.  Or give the plates as a gift!  A portion of the cost is tax deductible. Find more information and how to order by  clicking here.

County Considers Strike Announcement Premature
Nurses Call for Strike as Bargaining Continues

The California Nurses Association (CNA) notified Contra Costa County on September 24 of its intent to strike on October 6 and 7, 2015.  That action comes despite extensive and continuing negotiation sessions.  The members of CNA provide emergency and follow-up medical care for patients, many of whom are critically ill, at the County's public hospital and eleven clinics.
Contra Costa County is committed to working together in the negotiation process to reach a mutually agreed upon contract. To that end, the County has met 29 times with CNA since the most recent contract expired at the end of July, 2014.
"The call for a strike is premature because it comes at a time when we are still at the bargaining table, working to resolve the contract dispute," said County Administrator David Twa.  "The County has made a fair offer, including a cumulative 14% wage hike, with no increase in employee costs for health care or retirement over the three year term."
County Administrator Twa encouraged CNA leadership to continue negotiating with the County.  "We believe we can make progress on the contract issues while meeting our mutual goal of continuing to provide excellent patient care," Twa said.  "We value our nurses and their work tremendously, but as we continue to feel the financial effects of the Great Recession, we have to use our limited revenue increases to help increase salaries for all of our dedicated county employees."
The County Administrator released the following statement last week regarding the strike notice:
"The County has been negotiating in good faith with leadership of the California Nurses Association since the end of CNA's most recent contract, which expired July 31, 2014.  Unlike most County employees, the nurses did not take a reduction in wages or benefits during the Great Recession.
Given limited resources available, the County has made a fair offer to our nurses, whose services we value tremendously:
  1. A three year contract with a cumulative total of 14% in wage increases over the term of the agreement.
  2. No increase in contributions by nurses towards the cost of their health care premiums, and no reduction in health benefits.
  3. Continued subsidy by the County of the employee's share of retirement costs.
29 bargaining sessions have been held so far, with progress made on many issues to reach a fair and equitable agreement.  We consider the decision to strike to be unnecessary and premature given the County's good faith desire to continue to negotiate, and believe that additional bargaining meetings would be productive.
Reliable, safe and quality patient care is of the highest priority, and the County has the responsibility to prepare for the strike in the interests of our patients.  Our County hospital provides essential safety net services for our most vulnerable residents.  This is not simply a matter of asking the public to postpone elective treatment, but a matter of public safety.  As an example, we provide the only emergency psychiatric care available 24x7.  And with the recent closure of Doctors Medical Center, our emergency room and labor and delivery services are vitally needed.
While a strike would be very disruptive to our patients and very expensive to our taxpayers, the County must be prepared to contract for qualified replacement nursing staff at our hospital and health clinics as needed during a walkout.  These arrangements must be made in advance of a strike to ensure qualified patient care to the many people we serve.
In the interest of continuing to provide reliable, quality care to our patients, we believe the focus of labor and the County should remain on working collaboratively to resolve our remaining contract issues rather than planning for a strike.  We recognize that the salaries of most other county employees were impacted by the Great Recession, which reduced revenues to the County.  We remain committed to increasing pay for all county employees in a fair and equitable manner given the financial resources available.
The County will provide regular updates to our patients and the public during any job action that would impact patient services; information will be available by clicking here
We hope CNA will refocus its energy on bargaining rather than striking, but in the event of a job action, the county is prepared to provide our patients with the quality health care they deserve."
RotaCare Bay Area: Volunteers Providing Free Health Care for the Uninsured 
Pictured with Candace are Steve Polcyn, RotaCare Pittsburg Advisory Council Chair and Alamo Rotary member, Angela Rivello, Volunteer Nurse Coordinator and Steve Krank, RotaCare Pittsburg Advisory Council

St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County works in partnership with RotaCare Bay Area, Inc. and more than 10 Rotary Clubs in the Bay Area to provide quality medical care to uninsured adults with acute or chronic medical conditions. Their team has provided more than 4,000 visits to poor and uninsured patients since opening in Pittsburg back in 2011.
In addition to the physician and nursing care that's provided on-site, the clinic gives patients up to 30 days of free medication after a personal consultation with a pharmacist. They also provide diabetes management and nutrition classes quarterly.
With a staff made up solely of volunteer physicians, nurses, translators, social worker and other professionals, the clinic relies heavily on support from the community.  It is becoming more and more difficult to get volunteer doctors, doctor's assistants and nurse practitioners. If you or someone you know is interested and able to volunteer, please join the team of medical specialists who provide free medical care. Click here to view the Clinic Volunteers Recruiting Brochure.
Request for Community Advisory Board (CAB) Volunteer Applications
The Community Advisory Board (CAB) of Contra Costa County's Community Corrections Partnership (CCP) is seeking applications from community members who are interested in serving as CAB members for 2016 to support reentry efforts in Contra Costa County.
What's this all about? Assembly Bill 109 (also known as the Public Safety Realignment), which is designed to reduce the state's overcrowded prison population and decrease recidivism by developing innovative approaches to improve corrections and reentry, went into effect on October 1, 2011. As directed by AB 109, each county convened a CCP Executive Committee to supervise this process. In fall 2011, Contra Costa's Executive Committee developed a local plan for implementation.  You can find Contra Costa County's Realignment Implementation Plan (and other related documents) by clicking here.

To ensure community involvement and communication, the Implementation Plan established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to advise the Executive Committee. Now, applications are now being solicited, and community members are invited to apply for one of the four (4) available positions of the 2016 CAB.  

The CAB is a 12-member body designed with an explicit commitment to include those who have been affected by crime, incarceration, and reentry, including formerly incarcerated individuals and their families, crime victims and their families, and other people with demonstrated experience or expertise in these issues. This is an unpaid, voluntary position. 

What is the purpose of the CAB? CAB provides input on community needs; assesses implementation of the realignment plan; reviews data on realignment outcomes; advises the Executive Committee on community engagement strategies; offers recommendations for ongoing realignment planning; advises county agencies regarding programs for implementation in the county; and encourages outcomes that are consistent with Contra Costa County's Reentry Strategic Plan.

Interested? Click here for the application form that must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015. Final decisions are expected to be announced at the CCP meeting in December 2015.  Instructions on how to submit a response to this request are included in the attached application.
2015 Sustainability & Green Building Awards
Supervisor Andersen with Pamela Singh,  and participants in the Mt. Diablo High School Healthy Eating and Active Learning program.

On September 23rd, Supervisor Andersen attended the 2015 Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability and Green Building Awards at the Concord Hilton. Sustainable Contra Costa's mission is to inspire, educate and connect people to create sustainable communities. The sustainable network is a growing community of over 650 residents, businesses, and organizations that connect with each other to post events, start groups, and share ideas for creating sustainable communities.  Learn more or join by  clicking hereAwards were presented to nominees in Leadership in Sustainable Communities, Leadership in Food System Innovation, Leadership in Sustainable Resource Management, Rising Stars, and Green Building Honorees. To see all the nominees and award winners,  click here .
Discover and Go with BART Ticket Promotion
Contra Costa County Library and 511 Contra Costa are teaming up again to promote the use of public transportation by offering free BART tickets to Contra Costa County Li brary cardholders with Discover & Go reservations for use during the months of September and October. Library cardholders in the County who are 18 years or older can make one request per household for up to three free $10 BART tickets. 

The free Discover & Go promotional BART tickets are available to library cardholders who have September or October reservations for the following venues:  Asian Art Museum, The Beat Museum, Bedford Gallery, California Academy of Sciences, California Historical Society, California Shakespeare Theater, Cartoon Art Museum , Chabot Space & Science Center, Children's Creativity Museum, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Exploratorium, Freight & Salvage, GLBT History Museum, Habitot Children's Museum, Lawrence Hall of Science, Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, Oakland Museum of California, Pacific Pinball Museum, America Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Exploratorium, Freight & Salvage, GLBT History Museum, Habitot Children's Museum, Lawrence Hall of Science, Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, Museum of African Diaspora, Oakland Museum of California, Pacific Pinball Museum, Ripley's Believe it or Not!, UC Botanical Garden, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. BART tickets will be mailed to cardholders' homes via standard 1st Class U.S. Postal Service within five business days of their request. The BART ticket offer is limited to one request per household and the offer is available while supplies last. For more information click here.
23rd Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run 
 & Healthy Lifestyles Fair
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the City of Lafayette present the 23rd Annual Reservoir Run and 4th Annual Healthy Lifestyle Fair being held on Sunday, October 25 from 8:00am - 11:00am.  Beneficiaries of the event are the local schools and the services and programs of the Chamber. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is the city's most popular "family affair", involving kids, parents, grandparents, and hundreds of serious runners from throughout the Bay Area. 2200-2500 participants compete in a 10k or 5k Certified Run, and a 2 mile run/walk for fun through the heart of the downtown, around the reservoir and back. Sprinters, walkers, the "stroller brigade" and many of Lafayette's top four legged residents share the streets on that festive Sunday morning. Start Location: Mt. Diablo Blvd. between First Street. & Moraga Road. Registration Opens: 6:30am. For more information or to register  click here.
"Two Cities, One Tale" - CityRead 2015
From October 5 - November 9, join residents of Danville and San Ramon for a five-week, book-sharing event to read one book together.  Borrow a copy of New York Times bestselling author, Garth Stein's, compelling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, at the Danville and San Ramon Libraries.  Also available in audio CD and downloadable rebook copies from your local library.  A very limited number of copies will also be available at participating locations in Danville and San Ramon to read, discuss, and pass on to friend, family or neighbors.  Don't miss out on this exciting San Ramon Valley event.   For more CityRead events  click here .
Boy Scout Troop 208 Visit the Supervisor

On Tuesday, September 29th, Boy Scout Troop 208  met with Supervisor Andersen to learn about Contra Costa County and to work on their Citizenship and the Community merit badge. The boys asked questions about issues in the San Ramon Valley and how they could help with solutions.  
San Ramon Hosting Free 
"Sustainable Citizen" Workshop
San Ramon is hosting a free workshop called "Sustainable Citizen."  The workshop is being held on October 22nd, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Dougherty Station Community Center, 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, in the West Meeting Room.
This fun, exciting and informational class is designed to teach simple and effective ways to incorporate sustainable practices into your everyday life.  Topics covered include "Zero Waste", climate change, water conservation, and energy effluence.  

The instructor, Todd Sutton, aka "The Waste Sleuth", is an expert with over 20 years in the environmental field.  He has appeared on national television including the Discovery and History channels. Click here for more information about Todd.  The Sustainable Citizen class is free but registration is required and space is limited. To register, please click here  and search for barcode #97235.
Remembering 9/11
Supervisor Andersen attended events in Danville and Lafayette to recognize and honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. In the picture on the right, Candace stands with Danville Mayor Mike Doyle , Bill Granados of the Contra Costa County  Fire  Protection District Advisory Commission,  and Mike Conklin from Sentinels of Freedom. The ceremony is hosted by The Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley and held each year  at the Danville All Wars Memorial Park.

The Lafayette Flag Brigade held it's 14th Annual 9/11  Remembrance and Candlelight Vigil, the Largest Overpass Flag Display in the State. The Lafayette Flag Brigade is the name given to a grassroots association of patriotic individuals who came together on 9-11-01 to fly the stars and stripes. L ocal Blue Star Moms were on hand collecting donations for care packages and postcards to send to the troops abroad. 

Candace stands with Bobby Nelson from Lafayette Boy Scout Troop 243, which presented the colors to open the ceremony.
Street Smarts "Start Smart" Event at 
Monte Vista High School

Street Smarts is hosting the next "Start Smart" high school event, presented by CHP Officer John Fransen, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 4 at Monte Vista High School in Danville.

"Start Smart" is a two-hour driver safety education class given by the California Highway Patrol to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. During the event, Officer John Fransen will discuss collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, and driver/parent responsibilities. Warning: the presentation contains extremely graphic images.

Parents MUST attend with their teens. The event is open to the entire San Ramon Valley. For questions or more information, please contact Street Smarts at 925-314-3382 or e-mail by clicking here. Or click here to register for this free event. 
STAND! and HomeAid Northern California 
Celebrate The Rollie Mullen Shelter Upgrade

Supervisor Andersen, along with Supervisors Mitchoff and Piepho, and HomeAid Executive Director Cheryl O'Connor, present a Board of Supervisors resolution to Lori and Dave Sanson of DeNovo Homes

On Tuesday, September 15, HomeAid of Northern California along with STAND! For Families Free of Violence, recognized the completion of the upgrade to the Rollie Mullen Shelter.  HomeAid and DeNova Homes partnered with STAND! for Families Free of Violence for the $250,000 remodel of the exterior, call center and landscaping for the center in Central Contra Costa County, so the women and children can live in a healthier and more comfortable environment.  

The Rollie Mullen Shelter provides shelter for up to 40 women and children and includes on-site peer counseling, comprehensive case management, support groups, children's programming, and recreational activities for the family, as well as ongoing workshops on a range of topics relating to financial, parental, and life skills, for up to 2 years. For more information about these organizations who are improving lives in our community, click here for STAND!; and  click here for HomeAid.
Suicide Prevention - Veterans Crisis Line
One small act can make a difference in the life of a Veteran in crisis.  Every year, organizations across the country recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. This year, join the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , local and national organizations, and individuals across the country in supporting The Power of 1: Show how one act can encourage Veterans, Service members, and their loved ones to seek confidential crisis support from the Veterans Crisis Line .
Whether it's something as simple as striking up a conversation with a Veteran, or encouraging those on your social networks to support Veterans in your area, every little bit counts. Your actions could save a life.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential crisis resource that Veterans and their families and friends can access any day, anytime. Trained responders - some of them Veterans themselves - are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
VA counts on grass-roots networks and community organizations to spread the word that support is just a call, click, or text away - because we're all in this together, and one small act shows you care.  
Sometimes, a crisis may involve thoughts of suicide. The following signs require immediate attention:
  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
If you notice any of these in a Veteran or Service member you know, connect him or her with the Veterans Crisis Line's 24/7/365 resources: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online by  clicking here , or text to 838255. To learn more and to join the community of support,  click here.
"California Woman Suffrage" - 
 A New Traveling Exhibition
The Glass House Museum at Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., in San Ramon,  presents the traveling exhibition California Woman Suffrage, which was produced by the International Museum of Women and The California History Center Foundation. 
Today many of us take voting for granted though women's right to vote in the United States came out of a long and often bitter battle. According to nineteenth and twentieth century suffragists, the vote was a chance for a voice in public affairs, a right to participate in society.  It was in fact a legitimization of the right to participate in society. What the women asked for was equality under the law, property rights, guardianship of their children, and access to education. The first state-wide vote for women's suffrage in California came in 1896 when the women of the state asked Susan B. Anthony to organize their campaign. Yet, despite their efforts, the amendment failed.  However, by 1911, California suffragists finally succeeded in getting the Progressive Republicans to place suffrage on the October ballot.  In the end, the fight for the enfranchisement of women was about the sharing of ideas and of trying many approaches, but most of all it was about the banding together for a common cause. It is this cause that the California Woman Suffrage exhibition captures and celebrates.
The exhibit is now open through November 21, 2015 as part of a guided tour of the Glass House Museum. Docent led tours are available every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and are $5 per person (credit card only). Private group tours may be scheduled by calling (925) 973-3284.
Danville Police Department Holds Open House

Gayle Israel, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Andersen, toured the Danville Police station on September 19 as part of the Department's Open House event. Access to all areas of the station is only available to the public at the biennial Open House event. Pictured above with Gayle are Nick Binzoni from the office of Assemblymember Catharine Baker and their tour guide for the event, Volunteer Office Barbara Hubinger.
Successful Entrepreneurship - The Essentials Every Woman Needs to Know
On Wednesday, October 28 th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. the Contra Costa Women's Commission in partnership with JFK University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center will present a dynamic panel discussion on how to become a successful entrepreneur. Five women entrepreneur's from various fields will share their personal insights gained along the way and highlight how they became successful. Panelists include Dina Finta, Associate Director, IEL Programs, Mary Stoddard, President/ co-owner, Lincoln Insurance Services, Vaneese Johnson, Personal Brand Strategist/ Coach, Robin Wirthlin, Independent Business Consultant and Melissa Donald, LDI Growth Partners.  "This panel discussion is a must for any woman considering entrepreneurship because anyone can gain from these experts' advice", said Dr. Julianna Hynes, Commission Chair.
The event starts at 5pm with networking and refreshments and the panel will present from 5:30 to 7pm with time for questions and discussion at the end. It will be held at JFK University Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership located at 2151 Salvio Street, Suite 350 in Concord. For more information about this panel discussion and to make a reservation  click here .
Moraga Pear and Wine Festival
Candace enjoys the festival with Dick Olson 
and Judge John Minney

The 17th Annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival was held on Saturday, September 26th at the Moraga Commons Park. L ive performances were presented by the Lamorinda Arts Council, entertainment with DJ RyanO, wine tasting with the Lamorinda Wine Growers Association, pear pies, jumpies, food, local artist booths, and community booths. Candace enjoyed visiting with the attendees and tasting the Pear Pie!
Fun for the Family at The
Orinda Olive Festival
Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance Initiative Awarded $1.6 Million Dollars in Federal Grants
Contra Costa County's coordinated approach to addressing the devastating impacts of domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking has been given a financial boost and vote of confidence with the announcement today of two significant federal grants.

United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch announced $44 million in grant funding for programs across the country that combat human trafficking and support survivors.

Contra Costa County, considered to be among the leaders nationwide in its efforts to end domestic violence and human trafficking, was awarded a $727,364 three year grant so it can build upon its efforts of identifying victims and providing services for children and adults trapped in labor and sex trafficking. Zero Tolerance Chair, Devorah Levine says, "This grant is an endorsement of our accomplishments. It's our responsibility to understand how modern day slavery exists in our community and how to best help victims."

Also announced this week, another $26 million dollars for programs nationwide dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Contra Costa County received a $900,000, three year grant for its programs working with victims and perpetrators. Says Levine, "We are making progress, and an opportunity like this grant, helps catapult our efforts to reach more people." The money will be used to advocate for victims, offer assistance with restraining orders and law enforcement training. Hiring a full time probation officer to monitor 35-40 high risk domestic violence probationers is among the strategies planned to deescalate violence.

"Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence", an initiative of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, is a public/private partnership designed to reduce domestic violence, family violence, elder abuse and human trafficking in Contra Costa County. Authorized by the California Legislature as the first Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence County in the State, the initiative is aligning policies, practices and protocols, coordinating services, and creating a climate where violence and abuse are not tolerated. 
For more information about Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance Initiative, click here .
Using Your Library Card
One of the best ways to save money on entertainment is to get a library card.  Did you know that all California residents can get a library card and did you know the perks that come along with one? Whether you live inside or outside of Contra Costa County, you can apply for a full-access card at any Community Library. Although there are library jurisdictions in California where you have to reside in the city/county/service area to get a card, any California resident can get a card in Contra Costa County. 
You can apply online for an e-card to begin using Library online services today. Then visit any Community Library to exchange the e-Card for a full-access library card. Your local library also provides a number of free and low-cost community and educational activities including:

* Discover & Go (only for Contra Costa County residents)
* OverDrive, Axis 360, and enki eBooks
* borrow materials
* library computers / computer reservations
The documents required to get a library card are:
  • Valid Driver's License with current address OR 
  • Valid California ID Card with current address
OR, two other pieces of identification, one of which must have a current address.  Those under 13 years of age need the signature of a parent or legal guardian.  Library cards expire every 3 years; e-cards are valid for 1 year.   Click here to learn more.
Chevron Launches Fuel Your School Program
Chevron launched its Fuel Your School program on September 1 in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Eligible teachers have begun submitting requests for a chance to receive funding.  In total, up to $8.8 million will be generated to support local public school teachers and students in the U.S. this fall, with a similar program in Canada.  Check out the Fuel Your School website by clicking here .
Children's Book Festival
Join the family fun on Saturday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Community Hall. The Festival has five well known authors & illustrators. Michael Slack, a Lafayette resident, is an artist, illustrator and author, and the designer of the festival poster. Also attending will be Gennifer Choldenko, author of Chasing Secrets; authors and illustrators Elisa Kleven, Jordan Jacobs, and Thacher Hurd.  Books will be available courtesy of the Storyteller bookstore.  Space is limited, registration is recommended. Register now by  clicking here .
Valley Children's Museum Working Towards Permanent Space 
The Valley Children's Museum's mission is to spark the adventure of life-long learning for children and their grown-ups. The museum directly addresses the need for play-based educational programs in our region. 

The Dublin City Council voted in 2006 to include Valley Children's Museum in its Camp Parks development. The Museum is slated to be an integral part of a 46-acre parcel designated for recreational and civic facilities area within the 187-acre Camp Parks project, with frontage property running along Dublin Boulevard and easy access to the Dublin BART station and the 580/680 corridor. Up to 2 ½ acres is dedicated to the children's museum.

In the meantime, the Valley Children's Museum's mobile museum is available every third Saturday  from 11am 'til 3pm at Emerald Glen Park, and is open to the public in conjunction with Dublin's Farmers Market at Emerald Glen Park on Thursday evenings. The exhibit in the park is open for touring and hands-on activities for children.  If you are interested in supporting Valley Children's Museum to move closer to its vision of establishing a children's discovery facility and to continue to provide hands-on, play-based education opportunities for Bay Area Children, you can click here for more information.
Meet District 2's Fall Intern - Michael Stanaro

Michael Stanaro started work as an intern in Supervisor Andersen's office this August. He is a junior at Miramonte High School in Orinda and is pursuing his love for politics. His interest in government started young, but when his sophomore Law and Society teacher opened up his eyes to the world of politics around him, he decided to take the next step and see how he could further his education. Michael also participates in the Miramonte Model U.N. club and will be attending the Harvard international tournament this year. Outside of his academic work Michael also participated on the Northern California All Star Rugby Team this past summer, and will participate with the Lamorinda Rugby Club this upcoming season. Michael is grateful for this amazing opportunity to work in the Supervisor's office and see how county government works alongside the state and local factions of government.
Alamo Improvement Association 
Pipeline Report Published
Earlier this summer the Alamo Improvement Association (AIA) and the Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission hosted two forums to discuss safety, oversight and other information for residents who live near petroleum pipelines in Contra Costa County.  The public education campaign was funded by a $50,000 grant obtained by the AIA from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
Pipeline Safety Trust has just issued their report on hazardous liquid pipelines, with a particular focus on the Alamo area and the Iron Horse Corridor.   Please  click here  to learn more about the pipeline in your community.
California Independent Film Festival a Success Again This Year
Supervisor Andersen was pleased to sponsor a light pole banner to support the California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) again this year. The CAIFF is one of the most successful and fastest growing film festivals in California. Since its inception in 1997, CAIFF has captured both national and worldwide press. This star-studded event provides both local Bay Area residents and visitors with an opportunity to see world-class films, meet filmmakers from around the world, international celebrities and build exposure for CAIFF corporate sponsors. Best of all, it gives residents and visitors a chance to enjoy a variety of films and shorts in both the Historic Rheem and Orinda theaters each year. Click here for more information about the Festival. 
Recruitment is Open for 5 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 5 public seats-3 regular seats, 1 alternate 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.
Note: Persons applying for the Environmental Organization seat must be nominated by an environmental organization that is either a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Please include a letter of support from the nominating organization.
Applications must be received by 4:30 PM on Monday, November 9, 2015 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 14, 2015 starting at 2:30 PM in Room 101, 651 Pine Street, Martinez.
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 Stormwater Program; the County's Public and Environmental Health Advisory Board; 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 first Wednesday 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, or
  2. Writing to or visiting the Clerk of the Board at 651 Pine Street, 1st Floor, Martinez 94553, or download an application by clicking 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
  • Developmental Disabilities Area Board
  • Early Care & Education, CCC Local Planning Advisory Council 
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September 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 September which impact the residents of District 2:    

Supported the Contra Costa Zero: 2016 Campaign to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness.
Accepted a report on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's development of a Transportation Expenditure Plan and potential sales tax ballot measure and agreed to bring back a discussion in October to determine whether a sales tax might be put on the ballot.

Considered claim for property tax refund filed on behalf of Lafayette Christian Church, with the hearing continued until October 13.
Adjourned in Memory of Nancy Cardinalli Fahden, former Contra Costa County Supervisor, District II and Ann Miller Denny,  Lafayette resident.
Approved the Las Trampas Creek Repair at Boulevard Way Bridge Project and related actions under the California Environmental Quality Act, Walnut Creek.
Terminated/Abandoned a portion of an Offer of Dedication for a Landscape Maintenance Easement over a portion of a parcel along Lilac Ridge Road in San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.
Accepted as complete the work performed by Hess Concrete Construction Co., Inc., for the Miranda Avenue Sidewalk Improvements Project.
Recognized the Month of September as National Recovery Month in Contra Costa County.
Declared September 2015 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.
Recognized the partnership between DeNova Homes and HomeAid of Northern California, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Approved/Authorized the District Attorney to submit an application and execute a grant award agreement with the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Criminal Justice/Emergency Management Victim Services Branch, for funding of the Victim/Witness Assistance program.
Approved/Authorized application for and acceptance of funding from the California State Arts Council for the Veterans Initiative in the Arts program.
Approved/Authorized application for and execution of a grant award agreement with the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Program for the "Provide Immunization Services to the General Public".
Approved/Authorized a contract amendment with the City of Walnut Creek to extend the term from June 30, 2015 through June 30, 2016, for the administration of the Housing Rehabilitation Loan and Grant Program.
Approved/Authorized application and, if awarded, execution of a grant agreement with the State of California, California Arts Council to provide advocacy for the advancement of the arts in Contra Costa County.
Approved/Authorized a contract amendment with Circlepoint for the environmental review of the proposed Ball Estates Subdivision in Alamo.
Approved/Authorized a contract with Consumer Self-Help Center to provide a Patients' Rights Program.
Approved/Authorized a contract with SHELTER, Inc. to provide housing services for the AB 109 Reentry Program.
Approved the bid documents, including the contract General Conditions, Technical Specifications, and Construction Task Catalog for future repair and remodeling projects at various County facilities.
Approved amendments to the Conflict of Interest Code for Acalanes Union High School District.
Approved the list of providers recommended by the Contra Costa Health Plan's Peer Review and Credentialing Committee and by the Health Services Director, as required by the State Departments of Health Care Services and Managed Health Care, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Recognized September 2015 as Suicide Prevention Month.
Considered approval of new and modified conditions of approval for the Keller Canyon Landfill land use permit, Made related California Environmental Quality Act findings, and Directed Department of Conservation and Development staff to schedule the next permit review before the County Planning Commission in one year.
On a 4-1 vote, Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to establish a Contra Costa CARES program in cooperation with the Contra Costa Community Clinic Consortium and local hospitals for the purpose of providing primary health care services to adults not covered by the Affordable Care Act, and allocating $500,000 from the County General Fund for community clinic services contingent on final approval by local hospitals of their contribution of $500,000 to this program.  Although Supervisor Andersen recognizes the important role the County plays in providing care for the indigent and poor, she opposed this action because it relies upon one time money, it draws from the General Fund, it was not shown to her satisfaction how it could be funded in the future as a sustainable plan, and there was no plan to measure whether providing preventative care would keep these individuals out of more expensive emergency rooms. 

Approved/Authorized the Health Services Director to execute a contract with Medical Solutions, Inc. (dba Nurse Bridge Consultants), in an amount not to exceed $3,700,000, for the provision of replacement registered nurses should the County nurses go on strike.
Prohibited parking at all times on a portion of the north and south sides of Cervato Drive, west of the center line of Danville Boulevard, Alamo.
Approved the third extension of the Subdivision Agreement for a project by Shapell Homes, Danville.
Approved the third extension of the Right-of-Way Landscaping for a project being developed by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.
Approved the third extension of the Road Improvement Agreement for a project by Shapell Homes, Danville.
Approved the Final Map and Subdivision Agreement for a project by Shapell Homes, Danville.
Congratulated the East Bay Economic Development Alliance for its 25 years of service to the East Bay region, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Honored Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa, Inc., on its 25th Anniversary.
Approved/Authorized a contract from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services for the County's Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Program.
Approved/Authorized a contract with the City of San Ramon to pay County to provide home-delivered and congregate meal services for County's Senior Nutrition Program.
Approved/Authorized a contract with Golden Rain Foundation of Walnut Creek to pay County to provide congregate meal services for County's Senior Nutrition Program.