Weekly Update - November 11, 2021
Honoring Our Veterans
An old american flag on a antique wooden platform - Veterans Day
At the November 9, Board of Supervisors meeting, the Supervisors held a Veterans' Day Celebration and Virtual Presentation of Colors honoring the men and women of Contra Costa County who have served and are currently serving in our United States Armed Forces. Watch the video of the celebration here.

Many of our veterans continue to serve one another through the over 20 veteran services organizations throughout Contra Costa County that provide invaluable services. Veterans are able to get assistance with health claims, job training programs, community support, and mental health services.

To learn more about Veterans' services in Contra Costa County go to Veterans Services Office .
Covid Vaccines For Children 5-11 in High Demand
Contra Costa Health Services has seen a high demand for the recently approved pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 - 11 since they began administering them on November 5.

There are an estimated 92,000 residents in the county between ages 5-11. While kids tend to get less sick from COVID-19 than adults, they can still get and spread the virus to others who are more vulnerable to serious illness or can’t get vaccinated. Vaccinated children are much less likely to get sick. That means they are less likely to miss school, sports and social activities with friends and family.

For questions about vaccination appointments for children visit CCHS's Get Vaccinated page and or their new Vaccine for Kids page.

CCHS continues to recommend people make appointments for vaccination, although they are still accepting walk-ins depending on capacity.To find a vaccine site near you, visit vaccines.gov or myturn.ca.gov.
Many Residents Eligible for Boosters
Update: While the State has announced that all adults are eligible and should consider getting a booster six months after their initial completed vaccination, Contra Costa County will be providing additional information about how to access these boosters at County Clinics

Many Contra Costa residents who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine can now consider booster doses for increased protection heading into the holiday season.

Anyone who is 18 or older and received the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine should receive a booster of any of the three available vaccines after at least two months have passed since their initial dose.

As with people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, those who received Moderna vaccine should get a booster dose, according to the CDC, if at least six months have passed since they completed their initial course of vaccination, and they are:


People previously vaccinated with Moderna vaccine who may consider receiving a booster, based on their individual benefits and risks, include:

  • those who are 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions
  • those who are 18 to 64 and are at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their occupation or institutional setting

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and its community healthcare partners are prepared to deliver safe, effective, and free COVID-19 booster doses for all eligible residents.

The best place for most Contra Costa residents to seek booster doses is through their own healthcare providers or their local neighborhood pharmacies. COVID-19 vaccine is now plentiful, and CCHS is in regular communication with community healthcare providers, clinics, and pharmacies to ensure that all eligible residents can access the vaccine.

CCHS’ free vaccination clinics will also offer booster doses by appointment to anyone who is eligible. Call 1-833-829-2626 to make an appointment, or use our online form at cchealth.org/coronavirus.

So far more than 87% of Contra Costa residents who are 12 or older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 82% are fully vaccinated.

For information about pharmacies and other providers that offer COVID-19 vaccine to the public, visit our Get Vaccinated page. Most providers will require appointments.
Dashboard Shows Progress Toward Lifting
Indoor Masking Order in Contra Costa County
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) recently debuted a new dashboard on the COVID website showing the progress we are making toward lifting the indoor masking order in Contra Costa.

Three criteria must be met to lift the order:
  • The county remains in the CDC’s “moderate” (yellow) transmission tier for at least three consecutive weeks
  • There are fewer than 75 COVID-related hospitalizations in the county
  • And at least one of the following is achieved:
  • 80% of the total county population (not just eligible people) are vaccinated
  • 8 weeks have passed from the date vaccines are approved for children ages 5-11

Currently, we are only meeting the hospitalization target. It is hoped that by the end of this year or the beginning of 2022 we will have also met the vaccination requirement and the masking order will be lifted.
Masking Still Required in Most Public Spaces
Contra Costa County requires masks in most indoor public places for all people, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in some indoor settings where everyone is fully vaccinated and other safety measures are followed.

Eligible settings are in controlled spaces not open to the general public, including offices, gyms and fitness centers, employee commuter vehicles, indoor college classes and organized gatherings in any other indoor setting, such as a religious gathering.

People must also show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result, to go into businesses serving food and drinks and fitness facilities. Contra Costa County also strongly recommends that businesses consider further protective measures, including requiring employees to get vaccinated.
COVID Status of Contra Costa County
(This chart reflects total population, earlier charts showed vaccination rates for those who were 12 and older).
Case Rate for Fully Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated Populations
Hospitalization Rate for Fully Vaccinated vs
Unvaccinated Populations
For more data and information about current COVID rates in California, please go to coronavirus.cchealth.org
EBMUD Road Closure for Bolla Avenue Cluster Pipeline Replacement Project in Alamo
Contra Costa County issued a Road Closure permit to East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to fully close a portion of Miranda Avenue, Angela Avenue, Bolla Avenue, St. Alicia Court, and Bushmint Place in Alamo. Traffic will be detoured via neighboring streets.
The purpose of this road closure is for EBMUD to install approximately 4,710' of water main and reconnect any associated water lines. Work will begin on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, and last through Tuesday, May 31, 2022, barring unforeseen circumstances. Work will occur between 7:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting. The roadway will be reopened at the end of each workday.

Residents can expect pavement saw cutting, trenching, staging of equipment and materials, temporary road closures to through traffic and loss of some street parking, in phases. Some dust and noise can also be expected during the hours of construction. Residents will still have access to their homes/driveways. There will be traffic control throughout the work area so drivers can expect delays. “No Parking” signs will be posted 72 hours in advance of work. Final paving will follow several months after pipeline installation.
Donate to the Holiday Food Fight - Don't Let Families Go Hungry
Once again, in 2021 Contra Costa and Solano counties will compete to raise funds for the Food Bank. This friendly competition, spearheaded by individual county departments, has raised nearly $1.6 million since 2003.

The county that raises the most funds per employee will win the Big Apple trophy. The trophy and bragging rights pass back and forth annually, but the real winners are the recipients of the funds you raise: those that go hungry in our communities.


To learn more, watch the video below.
Contra Costa County Fourth Redistricting Public Hearing
Redistricting is the once-a-decade process of redrawing the boundaries for Supervisorial districts after the U.S. Census. 
 
The Board of Supervisors held its fourth Public Hearing for the County’s Redistricting process on November 9, 2021. The Public Hearing provided:
  • An overview of the Redistricting process,
  • Provided a summary of Community Redistricting Workshop input
  • Reviewed public input provided to date, including Communities of Interest, District Map Proposals, and other comments,
  • Provided over/under population summary, 
  • Presented conceptual draft Supervisorial maps,
  • Reviewed the criteria for adopting redistricting maps,
  • Received public comment, and
  • Received direction from the Board of Supervisors.

The proposed Final Map that resulted from this hearing is the following:
The County’s fifth Redistricting Public Hearing will be held on November 23, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Learn more, including how you can provide input, at www.CoCoRedistricting.org.
Danville Chamber of Commerce "Simply the Best" Event
The Danville Chamber of Commerce celebrated Care and Compassion in the Community at their "Simply The Best" event on Tuesday, November 9th at Crow Canyon Country Club.

Those honored included real-life heroes from San Ramon Valley Fire, the Danville Police Department, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, and Stanford Valley Care.

Pictured here with Supervisor Andersen is, left to right. San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Director Michelle Lee, BART Director Deborah Allen, and San Ramon City Councilmember Sabina Zafar.
Culturally Responsive Mental Health Services for Students
Please Join the Listening Session
Alamo Parks & Recreation Survey
Virtual Public Forum on Homelessness in Walnut Creek, November 17, 2021
The Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force, established in 2013, is hosting a free public Community Forum on Homelessness in Walnut Creek on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6–8:00 p.m., via Zoom. This is the fourth in a series of forums designed to give community members and business owners a platform to discuss homelessness in Walnut Creek and to learn about the actions being taken in the city and county to address homelessness. 

The Fall Forum will focus on mental health services available to homeless and at-risk individuals and will kick off with a brief video providing background on the continuum of care available to unhoused people in Walnut Creek.

After the video and opening remarks by Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin WilkMichael Myette, Mental Health Program Supervisor with Contra Costa Public Health, is scheduled to present information about behavioral health resources available for people experiencing homelessness. He will be joined by Lisa Thomas from CORE (Coordinated Outreach, Referral & Engagement), a program of Contra Costa County Health, Housing, and Homeless Services. The two agencies will discuss how they successfully work together to facilitate and deliver health and basic need services on behalf of homeless and at-risk individuals. 
 
In June 2019, the Walnut Creek Police Department launched the Homeless Outreach Program (HOP), a dedicated team of two officers who address both quality of life and public safety issues surrounding homelessness in Walnut Creek, offering referrals to shelters and mental health services to those in need. The HOP team’s work will be showcased at the forum.

After the presentations, a panel of experts representing a variety of resources will be on hand to share information about mental health services available to people experiencing homelessness and to answer questions. During Q&A, speakers and panelists will take questions from attendees through the forum's moderator, Mark Newsom.
 
Panelists scheduled to attend are Jaime Jenett, Health, Housing, and Homeless Services, Contra Costa Health Services; Lisa Thomas, CORE; Mark Wardlaw, City of Walnut Creek, Community Development; Sgt. Gary Silva, Walnut Creek Police Department HOP Team; Leslie Gleason, Trinity Center; Janette Kennedy, Loaves and Fishes; Donna Colombo, Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force.

This is a free public event, but attendees must RSVP online at Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. To RSVP via e-mail, contact wchomelessctf@gmail.com.

For more information about the Forum and the Walnut Creek Homeless Task Force, visit www.WCHomelessTaskForce.org
The History and Story of Alamo, California
A Free Online Presentation
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is presenting a free online program on November 18 at 11:30 on The History and Story of Alamo CA.

The presenters this month are the authors of the book Historic Tales of Alamo, local historians Beverly Lane and Sharon Burke.

Beginning with the area’s geology and native peoples, Historic Tales of Alamo will tell the story and history of this vibrant community in the north part of the San Ramon Valley. Hear about the early settlers, the origin of Alamo’s name, the early ranchos, and title controversies. In addition, it will cover the twentieth-century challenges the community has faced. Also on display are new as well as rarely seen photographs of Alamo.
 
To attend this free online presentation please visit the website at museumsrv.org and go to the Events section or call 925 837-3750. 
 
The authors will also be signing books on November 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley 205 Railroad Ave in Danville.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is open Tuesday-Friday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. 
Community Advisory Board on Public Safety Realignment
Family and Children’s Trust (FACT) Committee
FACT is seeking applicants to fill two At-Large Community Representative seats: Education/School Representative and Mental Health. The applicants should be committed to mitigating the risk of child abuse and promoting the safety and well-being of children and families in our community.

FACT makes funding recommendations to the County on the allocation of specific funds for the prevention of treatment of child abuse and neglect for families and children. The Committee meets monthly. See full details below.

Recruitment will continue until the seats are filled.

Applications are available from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (925) 655-2000 or online via the County Website.

Completed applications can be submitted online, emailed to ClerkoftheBoard@cob.cccounty.us or mailed to the Clerk of the Board, 1025 Escobar Street 1st Floor, Martinez, CA. 94553.
Juvenile Justice Commission Seeks Members
Arts & Culture Commission has an At-Large Opening
Click here to apply for the At-large 2 Opening

The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is dedicated to advancing the arts in a way that promotes communication, education, appreciation, and collaboration throughout Contra Costa County so that we may grow creatively as a community that preserves and celebrates our diverse cultural expression.
 
The commission has 10 seats; five from each of the County's Supervisorial Districts, four at-large, and one alternate.
 
District Specific Seats: Are recommended by the applicable District Supervisor and then approved by the Board of Supervisors.
 
At-Large Seats & Alternate Seat process: Individuals are interviewed and nominated by the Arts & Culture Commission. After the Commission makes a recommendation, the item goes to the Family and Human Services Committee along with all applications that were received/reviewed by the Commission. This committee then nominates an applicant and the item goes to the full Board of Supervisors for approval.
District 2 Volunteer Opportunities
Now is a great time to consider ways you might want to give back to your community. 2020 saw our advisory bodies pivot to virtual meetings, which is continuing well into 2021. The benefit of these meeting platforms is that more people can participate than ever before.

If you are interested in participating in government, then perhaps one of these volunteer opportunities are of interest to you:

Alamo Municipal Advisory Committee (MAC)
To advise on issues and concerns related to services provided by the County or other local agencies located within Alamo, which includes parks & recreation, lighting & landscaping, land use, code enforcement, public safety, and transportation.

Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee (CSA P-2B/APSAC)
Alternate Seat
To advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department on the needs of the Alamo/Danville community for police services.

County Service Area P-5 Citizen Advisory Committee (Roundhill Residents only. one alternate seat available)

The P-5 Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Alamo community for extended police services for Roundhill.

In-Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee (IHSS) Public Authority has an Advisory Committee whose membership is composed of individuals who are current or past users of personal assistance services paid for through public or private funds and professional representatives from the Community https://ehsd.org/elderly-disabled/public-authority/ihss-public-authority-advisory-committee/.

Find out more information about volunteering for an advisory body here co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418. To apply online go to www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/.