News from Around the District  - September, 2015 returntotop
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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.   

and by appointment, please call


Phone: (925) 646-6067

FAX: (925) 646-6068
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9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies
Join Supervisor Andersen and community members in Danville as the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley presents the annual ceremony to honor all first responders, firefighters, police, and military. Participants in this event will include scouts, fire district honor guard, fire district pipes and drums, Gold Star Families, Veterans, and the San Ramon Valley High School Chamber Choir.  After the ceremony, stay for a community picnic.

The event will take place at the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road in Danville.  Ceremony will begin at 5:30; the Keynote Speaker will be Bert Upson, a World Trade Center Tower Survivor from the 78th floor. Click here for more information at the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley's website. The Exchange Club is also inviting all students living in the San Ramon Valley to enter its annual 9-11 essay competition. See the article further down in this newsletter for more information.
The Lafayette Flag Brigade will hold their Annual 911 Memorial and Candlelight Vigil at the El Curtola Bridge, Highway 24 over-crossing at 680 Freeway, in Lafayette.  Take Highway 24 to the Pleasant Hill Road exit, turn on Old Tunnel Rd, go to top of hill. 

The Largest Overpass Flag Display in the State, the event also features a Flag Folding Ceremony, local Blue Star Moms and Operation Postcard, the Lafayette Boy Scouts Color Guard, a special 14th anniversary Music Program, historical artifacts on display, and a Candlelight Vigil at dusk. Click here for more information
Stand Down on the Delta Serving Veterans
A homeless and at-risk Veteran stand down will be held on Friday, September 11 through Monday, September 14 at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds in Antioch.  The Stand Down on the Delta, patterned after the successful East Bay Stand Downs organized by our local veterans and held at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds every other year, will serve an estimated 250 homeless Veterans. The event offers Veterans a full range of services including dental and health care screenings, optometry services, legal aid, children and dependent care, hot meals, entertainment, a shower, a clean set of clothes and much more. To help Veterans reconnect with the community or to learn more about this event  click here.
Central County Area of Benefit Program Update is 
Under Way with Information on New Website
Central County AOB includes unincorporated areas of 
Contra Costa County only within the boundary (shown in white) 
The web page for the Central County Area of Benefit (AOB) is officially on-line. An AOB is a development traffic mitigation fee program designed to improve the capacity and safety of the arterial road network within a defined boundary area as development occurs.  The AOB fee programs are supported by County ordinances which are adopted by the County Board of Supervisors. Money collected within a given AOB is used to fund road improvement projects that mitigate traffic impacts generated by new development projects.  The community workshop and email response document is posted as well.  To learn about the Central County AOB,  click here.
Teen Esteem - Empowering Students for Life


To learn more click here.

Veterans Gather at VetCon
Supervisor Andersen stands with VetCon Director Maurice Delmer at the VetCon event on Monday, August 17.  VetCon is an opportunity for Veterans to gather and network with employers, educational institutions, Veterans health and benefits, and most importantly, each other. Veterans are the greatest resource for each other and the goal of VetCon is to not only help Veterans and their families access the benefits, resources and information they need, but to create an environment where Veterans can tell the story of the transition from military life to the career, hobby, or interest they are passionate about today.

The well-attended event was a success in part to the contributions of Contra Costa Television (CCTV) - they connected the event to the community by promoting it and filming Veterans Voices of Contra Costa live from the event. To learn more about VetCon  click here. To watch the Veterans Voices of Contra Costa episode filmed live at VetCon, click here
Funding Our Future Transportation Projects
Let Your Voice Be Heard
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has launched an updated version of their public input website. Last summer the public shared their bright ideas for how to invest in transportation within Contra Costa, and now they're coming back with an updated online tool to get more details about the types of investments the public would like to see.  Click here to view the interactive "Funding Our Future" webtool and give your input.
You can sign in to access a personal piggybank with 10 virtual coins that you can invest across the projects and programs you care most about. How you divvy them up is your choice - you can use all of your coins in one place, spread them out among 10 different priorities, or anything in between.

You can also visit the CCTA website by clicking here to learn more about the Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP) process and other opportunities to get involved. S ign up for the CCTA newsletter  to hear about more opportunities engage in the planning process by  clicking here .

Walnut Creek "Walk To End Alzheimer's" 
Kicks Off Campaign
Candace had the honor of speaking at the Walk to End Alzheimer's Kick Off event in Walnut Creek on Thursday, August 20. She is pictured to the right with Alix Galati, Chair of this year's Walk, and Bill Fisher, Alzheimer's Association Chapter CEO. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Heather Farms Park. To donate, register, or to learn more about the event click here. To learn more about the Alzheimer's Association  click here.
Board of Supervisors Recognizes 
Falls Prevention Week

Supervisors, from left, Mitchoff, Gioia, Andersen and Piepho stand with Elaine Clark, the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services, as she accepts the proclamation recognizing Fall Prevention Awareness Week in Contra Costa County as September 21-27, 2015.

Senior Outreach Services serves about 5,200 seniors annually. To learn more about Senior Outreach Services  click here.
The ABC's of the DPD -  Danville Police  Department Open House
Whether you have a child fascinated with police officers or you yourself have always wanted to know exactly how fingerprints identify people, this is the perfect opportunity to come and learn. Meet the men and women who patrol the streets of Danville at the Sept. 19 Danville Police Department Open House.

This fun and educational day will offer a unique behind-the-scenes look into the exciting job of law enforcement. Explore high tech equipment such as the Tactical Response Vehicle used by the SWAT team. Adults (18 and over) can participate in a "Force Options" simulation where they can see what it's like to make split second decisions about how to handle intense situations.  Tours of the facility will be available throughout the day. Additionally, there will be k-9 demonstrations, coloring stations and fingerprinting for kids. Participants will also be able to enjoy some tasty BBQ hotdogs.

The Danville Police Department Open House is Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. No RSVP needed. For more information, contact the Danville Police Department at (925) 314-3700, or click here for more information about the Department. 
New Initiative of the Zero Tolerance Office
The County was recently awarded a Justice Assistance Grant through the Board of State and Community Corrections to implement a Youth Justice Initiative (YJI).  The YJI will be housed in the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence office. With roughly $3 million dollars over 3 years, the grant is designed to establish a coordinating hub that will disseminate best practices around youth justice to YJI partners, and launch two pilot programs. The first pilot is a partnership between the District Attorney's office and Antioch Unified School District, and will focus on prevention with a high-risk target population in Park Middle School.  The second is a partnership between the Probation Department and the Public Defender's office, and will establish a county-wide reentry and aftercare support network for juvenile probations returning to the community. The YJI seeks to improve outcomes for young people through the training of staff and adoption of trauma-informed approaches in systems that work with youth.  

"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 ( SB 968) the initiative is aligning policies, practices and protocols, coordinating services, and creating a climate where violence and abuse are not tolerated.  Zero Tolerance functions on the principle that no one entity can do it alone; placing emphasis on public systems and private providers working, advocating and taking concerted action together.

For additional information, or to request being added to the YJI Updates listserv, please contact YJI Project Manager Jennifer Lynn-Whaley by  clicking here.
California Apartment Association's 
2015 GEMM Awards
Pictured: Theresa Karr Executive Director, Jen Quallick from Supervisor Andersen's office, and Joseph Lawton Vice-President of CAA.

The 2015 GEMM Awards were held at the Blackhawk Auto Museum on August 20th.  The California Apartment Association is the nation¹s largest statewide  trade group representing owners, investors, developers, managers and  suppliers of apartment communities.  CAA recognizes its ethical duties to  the communities they serve and insist on upholding the utmost integrity in  the multifamily housing field.  Congratulations to all those honored. The California Apartment Association is the nation's largest statewide trade group representing owners, investors, developers, managers and suppliers of apartment communities. More information about the California Apartment Association, click here
Beverly Lane writes San Ramon Chronicles, Stories of Bygone Days
East Bay Regional Parks Director, and former Danville Mayor Beverly Lane has written another book about the history of the San Ramon Valley. San Ramon Chronicles, Stories of Bygone Days will be released on September 21st, 2015.  Beverly also serves as the curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and is on the Contra Costa County Historical Society Board.
Though a relatively young city, San Ramon has history stretching back to California's founding. Ohlone Indians first inhabited the area before rancheros grazed the land more than a century ago. Drawn by the Gold Rush, pioneers and prospectors settled the place promoters l abeled a "Garden of Eden." Diversified farming of the valley, full of orchards and plentiful fields, sustained the rural population. Sitting in the shadow of historic Mount Diablo, San Ra mon is a growing city recognized for its extraordinary parks, schools and active citizenry. Local author Beverly Lane brings to life San Ramon's vibrant past.

Beverly is also available to speak to clubs and groups about San Ramon's past and to sign books.
To schedule a talk, contact Ms. Lane by sending an email with possible dates and times to or call the Museum of the San Ramon Valley at 925-837-3750. There is no cost for her to speak to groups, but a donation to the Museum would be appreciated.  For more information about the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, click here.
County Veterans Invited to Flag Pole Ceremony on September 30
Contra Costa County and the Veterans Services Office invites Veterans and their families to the raising and dedication of the flag pole recently installed at the County government office at 10 Douglas Drive in Martinez.  The Ceremony will highlight the significance of the flagpole, adjacent memorial garden and tribute benches, and honor Veterans who have served, and service men women currently fighting to preserve our freedom.  In addition, attendees will learn more about the services available to County residents at the many offices housed at 10 Douglas Drive, including the County Veterans Service Office, Contra Costa Television, the District Attorney, Vital Registration and more. The ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30 at 10 Douglas Drive in Martinez. For more information about the County Veterans Services Office, please visit their website by clicking here.
Animal Rescue Foundation Celebrates 25 Years
In 1991, after rescuing Evie the stray cat when she wandered onto the field at an Oakland A's game the previous year, Elaine and Tony La Russa co-founded the Animal Rescue Foundation, saving 157 animals, 11 dogs and 146 cats, in its first year. In 2015, 25 years after Evie the Cat was rescued, ARF will complete 2,500 adoptions, more than any year before, and celebrated its 30,000th adoption milestone with the adoption of a kitten named Ravioli.  ARF, represented by Executive Director, Elena Bicker, was honored by the Board of Supervisors for their service to the community on August 18.  To learn more about ARF and the work they do for animals click here.
CHP Start Smart Teen Driving Classes
"Start Smart" is a FREE two-hour high energy and extremely impactful driver safety education class given by the California Highway Patrol to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. During the event, CHP officers will discuss collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, and driver/parent responsibilities. 

The next class will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Martinez CHP office. Click here to register. There is also a planned class to be held at Monte Vista High School in November, but at press time, the date is unconfirmed. Check our October e-Newsletter for more information and a link to register.
Treasure Trove of Old County Documents and Historical Records
One of the County's most fascinating places to find original historic documents is the History Center of the Contra Costa County Historical Society, located in downtown Martinez at 724 Escobar Street.   
The History Center is not just the final resting place for yesterday's artifacts and documents. Rather, it is designed to be a living archive, a treasure trove of the records, letters, pictures, maps and books telling the story of Contra Costa's past.
Serious students, writers of history, and teachers can find primary source material on the County's past.  Historical societies can search for additional materials to add to their individual collections. Educational programs and interpretive exhibits on various aspects of County history can be put together for loan to schools and businesses. One of the main objectives is to get as many of the Society's historical materials out where they can be seen and enjoyed by all of the citizenry.
The Center also serves as a place where the mementoes, memories and written and pictorial records of Contra Costa County's past can be collected.  Residents and those who used to live here can submit photos, letters and records for consideration as part of the Society's collection.

CAPA Community Education Fund Holds it's  
2015 Graduation Event
Congratulations to the Class of 2015 interns who were recognized at the CAPA Community Education Fund (CEF) 2015 Graduation Event held on August 23. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this successful program. 

The CAPA Community Education Fund is a tax-exempt non-profit organization with a goal of strengthening and empowering the Chinese and Asian American communities by promoting leadership, civic engagement, and cultural diversity and understanding. To this end, they offer several programs, one of which is a summer high school intern program.  CAPA-CEF has been sponsoring a student internship program for over 20 years, where it has provided more than 300 students the unique opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the political process as well as a solid understanding of the importance of Asian American civic participation.

Supervisor Andersen attended the Graduation Event to recognize the great work of the CAPA interns, including Isabelle Yan, pictured above with Candace, who interned in the Supervisor's office over the summer. To learn more about CAPA  click here.

I-680 Roadwork Update
Recently orange temporary fences have sprouted up along I-680 in between Walnut Creek and Dublin.  These were installed in preparation for the conversion of the carpool lanes into toll express lanes. Conduit and fiber-optic communications cables need to be installed along the outside shoulders and the fencing will keep workers out of environmentally sensitive areas
It's going to be important to be particularly aware while driving at night along 680 for the next year.   Nighttime road construction will be occurring on 680 between Alcosta Boulevard and Rudgear Road.  Construction has already begun on North Bound 680 in Danville. 
The project converts existing HOV lanes to express lanes on I-680 from Rudgear Road to Alcosta Boulevard in the southbound direction and from Alcosta Boulevard to Livorna Road in the northbound direction. It will result in 23 express lane miles through San Ramon, Danville, Alamo and southern Walnut Creek. No widening or additional lanes will be added to the highway. This conversion project includes striping lanes and installing signs, FasTrak® toll tag readers, and traffic monitoring video cameras. In addition, the project installs equipment and observation areas to help the California Highway Patrol (CHP) enforce proper use of the lanes.  Click here for more details about the project.
Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, held each year on the third weekend in September, is the largest event in Lamorinda and one of the five biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. Over 50,000 attended in 2014, strolling among stalls of art, handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants, and enjoying quality wines and microbrews. 


This year the Festival will be held on Saturday, September 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information.

Leadership San Ramon Valley - Class of 2016

Candace poses with Danville Parks Commission Chair Lisa Blackwell at the kickoff event
Leadership San Ramon Valley kicked off their program and presented the class of 2016 on Wednesday, August 12.  The orientation began with testimonials  from alumni and attendees.   Leadership San Ramon Valley is designed to provide current and emerging community leaders with the information and skills necessary to appreciate the resources, understand the issues, manage the challenges and lead in the rapidly evolving business, political, educational, cultural and social environment of the San Ramon Valley.  To learn more about Leadership of San Ramon Valley, click here.
Exciting Nature Events at the Danville Library

Friends of the Danville Library has teamed up with Friends of San Ramon Creek to present two exciting and informative naturalist presentations this Fall. 

Acro-Bats of the Night Skies Tuesday September 15, 6:30 p.m.

Bats are often misunderstood and maligned, but are crucial pieces in the ecological puzzle. Separating facts from fiction and fallacy, we'll learn about the amazing adaptations, diverse diets, and lifestyles of our East Bay bats. We'll also discuss local efforts to enhance habitats, as well as opportunities to help in field surveys, or to attend educational bat programs at foraging sites. Presented by Marty Buxton, Curator Emeritus at Lindsay Wildlife and current bat species manager for rehabilitation & Cat Taylor, Naturalist, East Bay Regional Park District 
Stingers, Fangs, and Venom! Monday October 5, 6:30 p.m.
How dangerous are rattlesnakes, tarantulas, black widow spiders, or California scorpions? Meet these creatures and learn to understand, appreciate, and respect the diverse wildlife that inhabits Contra Costa County.  Presented by Michael Marchiano, Naturalist.

For more information about this series or other great educational events, please contact the Danville Library by clicking here.  

About Face - Painting Workshops 
For Veterans of all Services

Building Veterans' Self-Understanding through Self-Portraits

Painting workshops for Veterans of all Service


Sign up for a FREE two-day workshop and paint a self-portrait as a way to self-understanding and self-expression. The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is offering two-day self portrait painting workshops at no cost to all Contra Costa County Veterans.  Workshops will take place in Martinez at ARTU4iA, a working art studio led by noted artist John Kleber. No art experience required!  All painting materials will be provided. Veteran and artist Geoffrey Meredith will assist in the workshops to help Veterans of all service, all ages, and all service dates, network and tell their story.


There are several dates to choose from: October 20 and 22 from 6pm to 9pm; October 27 and 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; November 3 and 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and November 17 and 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


If you are a Veteran living in Contra Costa County please register by clicking here.

6th Annual Walk n' Roll 1 Mile or 5K Event 
to Benefit Las Trampas
Since 1958 Las Trampas has helped individuals with developmental disabilities discover their capabilities and lead full lives in their homes, at work, and in the community.

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Las Trampas is holding their 6th Annual Walk n' Roll 1 mile or 5K in Lafayette.  Everyone is welcome and the trail is wheelchair friendly. 

For event location and parking, registration information or to learn how you can donate to Las Trampas  click here
4th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards
 Call for Nominations

The 4th Annual East Bay Innovation Awards celebrates cutting-edge innovators in business that make the East Bay one of the preeminent regions of innovation in the nation.


Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • Clean Tech
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Information and/or Communication Technology
  • Food
  • Life Sciences
  • Engineering and Design 
  • Education
  • Catalyst
Nominate a business, or nominate your own business, for making a breakthrough, changing the direction of industry and continuing to make the East Bay a region of vibrant activity.

To learn more and submit nominations,  click hereNominations close on September 4, 2015.
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Recognized 
as Elite for Cancer Care
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center's (CCRMC) Cancer
Program has received the 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons'
Commission on Cancer. CCRMC was the only hospital in California to win the prestigious award this year. CCRMC's Cancer Program also won the commission's Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009.

CCRMC's Cancer Program gets about 350 new patients each year and about 4,000 total patient visits annually to its outpatient infusion clinic.  Colon cancer and breast cancer are the most common cancers among patients who have been diagnosed.  The hospital actively participates in clinical trials, giving its primarily low-income patients access to cutting edge treatments. The Cancer Program has been  recognized on multiple occasions for its high patient participation rates in clinical trials.  The program earned high marks from the Commission on Cancer this year for, among other things, its navigation or coordination-of-care services  that  help patients with appointments, referrals, transportation, accessing community resources and support services in the county.

The program was accredited in 1987 and is part of Contra Costa Health Services, the county health department.  For more information about the Cancer Program and other resources, click here.
PG&E Dedicates New Control Center
On August 20, PG&E dedicated their new electric distribution grid control center in Concord.  The more than 37,000 square foot facility will enhance electric reliability for PG&E customers by incorporating smart grid technology.

The facility is the second of three new control centers, other locations are in Fresno and Rocklin, that will manage PG&E's more than the 140,000 miles of electric distribution lines that serve nearly 16 million Californians. The new, 38,000-square-foot, operations center will enhance electric reliability and resiliency for PG&E customers throughout the Bay Area and Central Coast by utilizing current and future Smart Grid technologies.

Avery Chapman, a San Ramon Valley resident, sang the National Anthem to kick off the ribbon-cutting event.
Around Town in San Ramon

On Monday, August 17th, the San Ramon Library Outlet opened within the San Ramon Community Center for its first day of service while the main library is closed for remodeling. The Outlet, located in an office near the Alcosta Room, is staffed by a Librarian during operating hours. The office location offers patron's easy walk up access to retrieve hold items or to return books. Two laptop computers are available during operating hours on a small "technology bar" outside the room.
Library items can be returned to the exterior book drops at the San Ramon Library through Friday, September 11th. They can also be returned to the San Ramon Community Center Library Outlet during operating hours, or at any other Contra Costa County Library.
The San Ramon Community Center Library Outlet will be open:
*Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
*Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Regular Story Time programs will take place at the Community Center in the Alcosta Room. Family Story Time will take place on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Tiny Tot Story Time will take place at 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, join in on the "Walk and Roll!" taking place at the San Ramon Sport Park, 5261 Sherwood Way, in San Ramon.   

Walking does wonders for your health! The goal is to introduce walking as an easy method for maintaining your family's physical and mental well-being. Additionally this series will allow you to explore new places within San Ramon. Perfect for the whole family, bring your scooters, skates, trikes and bikes! Walk will walk and roll from the San Ramon Sports Park to Fire Truck Park and back. Healthy refreshments will be provided. Walkers of all ages are welcome.  To learn more about these events  click here .
9-11 Essay Competition
The Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley is inviting all students living in the San Ramon Valley to enter its annual 9-11 essay competition. The topic is  "As a survivor on the day of the 9/11attacks, what  decisions do you need to make because of the  difficulties you face?"

The competition is open to 1st through 12th grade students in public or private school. Cash awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place essay winners. Students are encouraged to attend the 9/11 Exchange Club Ceremony. 

Your essay should be 100 to 300 words long and be in Microsoft Word format or PDF  format. Students submitting the best essays will win cash prizes! See the Essay  Competition flyer on the Exchange Club website, by clicking here, for additional details. The link to the flyer is on the left margin of the homepage.  Deadline for essay submission is September 18. 
Why Do Refineries Flare?

If you are driving on Highway 680 or Highway 4 and you see flames from the tall "stacks" at one of Contra Costa County's 4 refineries, it's called flaring and it's an important safety device. In an emergency when equipment becomes over pressurized special valves on the equipment automatically release gas through piping to flare stacks.  In the absence of safety flares, plants would be at higher risk for fires and explosions.  During equipment repairs, the flare is operated temporarily to remove the hydrocarbons from the equipment so repairs can be done. Flares may be used to burn off gas vapors when they cannot be efficiently captured and returned to the gas plant for processing.

While some flare stacks are low and some are high, the size of the flame can also very. Low clouds may make the flames appear much larger and reflective.  Since everything is being burned off, there should be no odor associated with flaring.  A third-party company (Odor Science & Engineering) patrols the community during any flare activity to identify any noise or smells so they can be mitigated quickly. If you have any questions on flaring, you can call 925 228-1220 for further information. This information provided by the Tesoro Martinez Refinery.

Alhambra Valley Road 
Safety Improvements Project
The Alhambra Valley Road Safety Improvements project is approximately a half mile long, from the intersection of Bear Creek Road, extending back towards Martinez.  The road will be realigned both vertically and horizontally, and a land slide repair will be done on an adjacent hillside.  The project was identified and funded through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) due to the number of accidents over the past 10 years at this location.  The County attempted to pursue a full closure of the area in order to expedite the work before the rain season, but the local community was adamantly against the closure, so the project will be done with conventional traffic control measures, flagging and temporary signals.  The project officially started on August 17 th and the contractor's schedule shows completion of the project in early December.  Users of the roadway can expect delays of up to 20 minutes, depending on the contractor's progressing operations. For more information, contact Kevin Emigh, Assistant Public Works Director at (925) 313-2233 or click here to email. 
The Run for Education

The 32nd Run for Education will be held on Sunday, October 11th, 2015.  The Run for Education, formerly "Primo's Run," has been a tradition in the San Ramon Valley for 32 years. It is the primary fund-raising activity for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes education in our community in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Together with 32 affiliates, the Foundation raises more than 7 million dollars a year to support San Ramon Valley underfunded schools. This year's event will also include a Health and Wellness Expo and Spirit Day at the Iron Horse Middle School parking lot on Saturday, October 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., that will include vendor booths, food trucks, t-shirt/bib pickup, run registration, school choirs and bands singing on stage, and a mini-run at 4pm. 

For more information about the run and its associated events, and to register for the race, click here.
Council on Homelessness Executive Committee Seeks  Volunteer Members

Volunteer members are sought for The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness Executive Committee. It governs the Contra Costa Continuum of Care. Members are appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to assist and provide guidance in the development and implementation of long range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County. 

Executive Board members must reside or be employed in Contra Costa County, demonstrate a professional interest in or personal commitment to  addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness, and contribute unique expertise, opinions and viewpoints on homeless issues.

The Board consists of 17 seats representing homeless or formerly homeless persons, health care (including behavioral health), public safety, the  faith community, the faith community, the public housing authority, nonprofit homeless service providers, government, and housing providers.  Members  of the Board assist with and provide guidance in the development and implementation of long range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues  in Contra Costa County, attend monthly meetings, participate (as needed and able) in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings  as they are able.

The Executive Board meets on the 4th Tuesday each month from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. at 1350 Arnold Drive, Suite 202, located conveniently off of Highway 4 at  Morello Drive. Members of the Executive Board also participate in various subcommittees (For more detail on committee structure and schedule,   click here ).

If you are interested in applying to become an Executive Board member, please   click here to complete an application.  The application is quick and easy to fill out, and generic so that it is applicable for any Council or Committee. Note that the application asks for  "Employer's Name and Address"; however, if the experience in homelessness is in a volunteer or some other position or situation, please disregard the  word "Employer" and indicate the type of experience. The application says that "A resume or other supporting documentation may be attached but it may  not be used as a substitute for completing this section."  If the application does not lend itself well to describing all your experience with  homelessness, please feel free to attach a narrative.
Candace Speaks to the San Ramon Valley Rotary

Candace gave an update on County issues to the Rotary Club of San Ramon Valley on August 19. She is pictured above with Club President Jessica Braverman. 
Interested in Participating in Government?
Supervisor Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for County Advisory Boards

Are you looking for a way to participate in County Government? To follow are available volunteer opportunities:
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
Bicycle Committee, Countywide
County Connection Citizen Advisory Committee
Developmental Disabilities Area Board
Early Care & Education, CCC Local Planning Advisory Council 
East Bay Regional Park District ­ Advisory Committeelauri
Economic Opportunity Council
Equal Employment Opportunity, Advisory Council on 
Homelessness Advisory Board
Managed Care Commission
Women,Contra Costa Commission for
Workforce Development Board

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August 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 August which impact the residents of District 2:     
Recognized the Delta Veterans Group for their outstanding work in the Veteran communities and for their upcoming Stand Down on the Delta.
Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of August 1965.
Recognized the 25th Anniversary of the Animal Rescue Foundation.
Considered and Approved the County's proposal to be awarded $80 million in State financing for the West Contra Costa County Reentry, Treatment, and Housing facility project in the Richmond area, authorizing the Sheriff to submit the proposal to the State, and taking related actions .
Adjourned in memory of Mary Tuttle, long-term member of the San Ramon Valley Community, Former Danville Volunteer of the Year, and a big supporter of Veterans and the All Wars Memorial.
Recognized Falls Prevention Awareness Week, September 21-27, 2015, in Contra Costa County, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.
Recognized the County's effort to improve overall facility efficiency by replacing 1,320 fluorescent lamps with LED lighting at the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center and for receiving a rebate check from Pacific, Gas and Electric.