November 12, 2020
In response to evidence that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Contra Costa, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) tuesday moved the county back into the red tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, restoring more safety requirements to slow the virus and save lives.

The average daily number of new, confirmed COVID-19 is on the rise in Contra Costa, and across the Bay Area and the U.S. Health officials urge county residents to consider how they are protecting themselves and their families from the virus, and what they can do to make the holiday season safer.

“The most critical way to protect against COVID-19 is to wear a face covering whenever you are near people who do not live with you, and whenever you go in a building that is not your home,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa Health Officer. “Face coverings help prevent people who do not know they are infected from spreading the virus to others. My mask protects you. Your mask protects me. Masks also provide some direct protection for the wearer.” Read more...

Visit cchealth.org/coronavirus for local information about COVID-19.
For questions about details of state or local health orders in Contra Costa County, visit our online FAQ or call 1-844-729-8410.
Bay Area Health Officials Issue Tips for Safer Holidays and Travel
Fact Sheet offers guidelines on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19
 
Health Officers from the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz, and the city of Berkeley issued joint guidelines for staying safe during the holidays. The fact sheet covers gatherings and travel, with recommended steps to reduce risk.
 
“With cases rising around the country, and beginning to increase a bit here in Contra Costa County as well, we all must come together and keep up our efforts to reduce transmission,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County Health Officer. “When people who live in different houses or apartments are together at the same time in the same space, risk of COVID-19 spreading goes up, even when the people are relatives or friends. Please celebrate safely this year and protect yourself and your family by including masks, keeping a distance, and staying outdoors.”
 
The fact sheet advises the public that if you gather in person, keep it small, short, stable, safe. Also, the fact sheet recommends that to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is best to avoid traveling long distances to celebrate the holidays. For those who are traveling, the fact sheet provides tips to help avoid catching COVID-19 or spreading it to fellow travelers.
 
Though California does not require travelers to quarantine upon arrival or return to the state, some national and state governments have requirements and restrictions for visitors from California, including mandatory quarantine and testing. Check what the rules and requirements are before you travel.
 
Celebrate without gathering
The safest way to celebrate this holiday season is virtually or with members of your household. Gathering with people outside your household – even extended family – increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. There are many ways to enjoy the holidays with loved ones without gathering:
 
• Enjoy holiday traditions at home with your household
• Decorate your home and/or yard
• Share a virtual meal with family and friends 
• Host online parties and/or contests 
• Prepare meals using traditional recipes and deliver to family and neighbors
• Attend holiday movie nights at drive-in venues
• Visit holiday-themed outdoor art installations 
• Participate in drive-by events where everyone stays in their vehicles

For more information, visit cchealth.org/coronavirus.
Contra Costa is Offering Free Flu Shots at COVID Testing Sites

Making flu shots available at COVID testing sites is part of the County’s larger effort to get more people vaccinated before flu season arrives.

Getting vaccinated is more important than ever this flu season.

Vaccination will help keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by flu patients while they also care for those with COVID-19.

Contra Costa Health Services is hosting 

No appointment needed
  • Vaccinations available to everyone age 6 months and older
  • All are welcome, regardless of insurance or immigration status
  • No ID required
  • No social security number needed
  • Flu shots are not included in a public charge assessment
  • Please wear face coverings

For more information, call (925) 313-6767 or visit cchealth.org/flu
FREE FLU SHOTS at Scout Hall in Bethel Island
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:00am- 3:00pm
No appointment needed. Drive-thru!
Supervisors Host Annual Veterans Day Celebration
The Board of Supervisors honored all veterans on Tuesday, November 10th, and invites the community to enjoy the virtual version of our Annual Veterans Day Celebration from home.
*The Social Distancing Order of September 14, 2020 prevented a public gathering to ensure public safety.

Supervisors thanked Veteran Service Organizations and shared memorable moments from previous Veteran events.

Keynote speaker Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Congressman Mike Thompson spoke about his service. Thompson served in combat with U.S. Army as a staff sergeant and platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He also served as an instructor at the Army’s Airborne School.

Guest speaker Mike Hoffschneider, was honored as well. Hoffschneider retired from Contra Costa County as a Veterans Service Representative in October with over 43 years of combined federal and County public service.

The celebration event featured a color guard ceremony by De Anza High School JROTC, and California Poet Bill Nelson.

The public is invited to view the virtual event at

For any questions about this year’s event please contact
Contra Costa County Veterans Service Officer Nathan D. Johnson at (925) 313-1481.
The first National Drone Safety Awareness Week in 2019 was a great success! This year we are looking to build on that and continue the conversation about drone safety.

The second National Drone Safety Awareness Week will be in November 16-22, 2020 and will be completely virtual. We invite everyone to participate and Drone@Home!
Ready to get started? Download our Guidebook to learn more about the event and how you (or your organization) can get involved.


The FAA will be partnering with the Know Before You Fly educational campaign, and the Unmanned Aircraft (UAS) Safety Team to get the word out about National Drone Safety Awareness Week and encourage all drone operators to fly safe!


New for students! Have your artistic depiction of a drone-related theme displayed in the Virtual Student Art Gallery. Review the Submission Themes and Guidelines (PDF). The Virtual Student Art Gallery will be open soon.

New for photographers! Submit your best photo taken by a drone or a photo with a drone to the National Drone Safety Awareness Week Photo Challenge. Review the Submission Guidelines (PDF) and follow us on Instagram to see if your photo is nominated for voting.

Be sure to use the #DroneWeek hashtag in your social media posts,
and follow @FAADroneZone on Twitter and Facebook.

WDBCCC TO AWARD GRANTS TO HELP MICRO BUSINESSES
If you’re a small business in Contra Costa County facing potential layoffs due to the financial impacts of the pandemic, we want to help you keep your workers! The Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) is awarding grants to small businesses experiencing an adverse financial impact due to COVID-19. The goal is to help employers avert layoffs and/or closure.

The WDB has $100,000 in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding for layoff aversion grants to small businesses within Contra Costa County. The funds will reimburse expenses directly related to preventing layoffs or facility closures due to COVID-19, such as personal protective equipment or equipment that makes it possible for employees to work remotely. Businesses may not use funds to pay employee wages, benefits, or support services, such as rent, childcare or transportation.

Priority will be given to these types of women and minority-owned micro-businesses: retail, restaurants, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, day spas and fitness studios.

Join us for a webinar Nov. 17 at 3 p.m., where we will provide more in-depth information about this grant opportunity. Visit the Employer section of our #BounceBackContraCosta website starting Monday (Nov. 2) to register for the webinar. 

If you have questions, call the WDBCCC COVID-19 Resource Hotline at 833-320-1919, or email bouncebackcoco@ehsd.cccounty.us.


RESOURCES TO HELP EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS THROUGH THE PANDEMIC 

WDBCCC has received $1.4 million in funding to help Contra Costa County workers and employers through the pandemic, including $100,000 for layoff aversion grants.

Our partner, Rubicon Programs, is administering funding to support training and re-employment for individuals impacted by COVID-19, as well as for emergency supportive service (ESS) payments directly to individuals impacted by the virus. 

Individuals may be eligible for ESS payments if they were impacted due to being:

  • Laid-off or wage impacted
  • Unable to work due to COVID-19 school/childcare closures
  • Unable to telework due to lack of technology equipment
  • Unable to work due to caring for a COVID-19 family member
  • Immunocompromised and unable to work

You could receive assistance to help pay for:

  • Rent, utility bills, insurance 
  • Childcare
  • Equipment to telework
  • Other assistance, as needed
  • Training-cost assistance up to $8,000

For more information, call 510-323-1104.

BOS Seeks Humanitarian of the Year Nominations
We invite you to be part of the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as Contra Costa County and the Board of Supervisors mark the 43rd annual celebration of his achievements. 

This year's theme is "Silence is Not an Option.” At the ceremony, the prestigious award for Humanitarian of the Year in Contra Costa County, will be presented to an adult and a student winner. 

We encourage you to nominate a community member whose accomplishments and service positively impact Contra Costa County, its residents and communities, and reflect the humanitarian spirit of Dr. King’s vision to promote equality, peace, and justice for all people. Nominate candidates with proven leadership, commitment to community, and personal integrity.

The nomination period starts Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The deadline to submit candidates for consideration is Monday, November 30, 2020. To submit online nominations and learn more about the County’s celebration, including previous ceremonies and winners, visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ceremony website.

Save the date for the 43rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. This year’s celebration will be virtual. To slow the spread of COVID-19, the Health Officer’s Social Distancing Order prevents public gatherings. The ceremony will be televised live on Comcast Cable 27, ATT/U-Verse Channel 99, and WAVE Channel 32, and can be seen live online at www.contracosta.ca.gov or www.contracostatv.org.  

We hope to receive your nominations at Contra Costa County’s website for the MLK Ceremony at www.contracosta.ca.gov/5307. If you have any questions, please contact Committee Member Manny Bowlby.
District 3 Commission Openings

Arts & Cultural Commission
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County was established to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters related to promoting arts and culture as a vital aspect of community engagement.

The Arts and Culture Commission 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.

Assessment Appeals Board
1 District seat
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Assessment Appeals Board conducts impartial hearings on property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the county assessor. Based on the evidence presented at these hearings, the appeals board determined the value of the disputed property or determines other matters of property tax assessment within the board’s jurisdiction.

Qualifications:
Applicants should possess five or more years of professional experience in California as one of the following: licensed real estate broker, attorney, certified public accountant (CPA) or public accountant, property appraiser accredited by a nationally recognized professional organization, property appraiser certified by the Office of Real Estate Appraisers, or property appraiser certified by the State Board of Equalization.

Compensation:
This is a volunteer position. Assessment Appeals Board members are compensated for their time at hearings and reimbursed for their mileage to attend assessment appeals hearings.

The Assessment Appeals Board meets every Thursday at 9:00 a.m. located at 651 Pine Street, Room 107 in Martinez.

Bethel Island Municipal Advisory Council
5 Seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applicants must reside within the Bethel Island MAC boundaries to serve on this board.

The Council advises the Board of Supervisors on land use and planning matters affecting the community of Bethel Island and may represent the Bethel Island community before the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Administrator on such issues as land use, planning, and zoning. The Council may also represent the community before the Local Agency Formation Commission on proposed boundary changes affecting the community.

The Council may advise the Board of Supervisors on services which are or may be provided to the community by Contra Costa County or other local government agencies. Such services include, but are not limited to, public health, safety, welfare, public works, and planning. The Council may also provide input and reports to the Board, County staff or any County hearing body on issues of concern to the community.

However, it is understood that the Board of Supervisors is the final decision-making authority with respect to issues concerning the community and that the Council shall serve solely in an advisory capacity.

The Council meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm located at the Bethel Island Municipal Improvement District Office in Bethel Island.

Byron Municipal Advisory Council
5 Seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applicants must reside within the Byron MAC boundaries to serve on this board.

The Council advises the Board of Supervisors on land use and planning matters affecting the community of Byron and may represent the Byron community before the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Administrator on such issues as land use, planning, and zoning. The Council may also represent the community before the Local Agency Formation Commission on proposed boundary changes affecting the community.

The Council may advise the Board of Supervisors on services which are or may be provided to the community by Contra Costa County or other local government agencies. Such services include, but are not limited to, public health, safety, welfare, public works, and planning. The Council may also provide input and reports to the Board, County staff or any County hearing body on issues of concern to the community.

However, it is understood that the Board of Supervisors is the final decision-making authority with respect to issues concerning the community and that the Council shall serve solely in an advisory capacity.

The Council meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm located at the St. Anne’s Church in Byron.

County Service Area, P-2A Citizen Advisory Committee (Blackhawk)
3 seats
Closing Date: October 31, 2020

Applicants must reside within the Blackhawk community to serve on this board.

The County Services Area, P-2A Citizens Advisory Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Blackhawk community for extended police services which shall include, but not be limited to, enforcement of the State Vehicle Code, crime prevention, litter control, and other issues.

Police Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM, at the Blackhawk Police Service District Office at 1092 Eagle Nest Pl.

County Service Area, P-6 Citizen Advisory Committee (Discovery Bay)
3 seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applicants must reside within the Discovery Bay P-6 boundaries (Zone 501-505) to serve on this board.

The County Service Area P-6 Citizens Advisory Committee advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs of the Discovery Bay community for extended police protection services which shall include, but not limited to, enforcement of the State Vehicle Code where authorized by law, crime prevention, and litter control.

The Committee meets twice a year on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00p.m. located at the Discovery Bay Community Center, 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay.

Countywide Bicycle Committee
1 Seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee provides input to the County and the cities of the County on bicycle projects for Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to construct bicycle/pedestrian projects and also provides advice to cities and the County on bicycle planning matters.

First 5, Contra Costa Children and Families Commission
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

First 5 Contra Costa helps young children start school healthy and ready to learn. They invest in programs and advocate for policies focused on children during their first five years, the most important time in children's development.

The commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 6pm located at 1485 Civic Court, Suite 1200 in Concord.

Knightsen Town Advisory Council
5 Seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Applicants must reside within the Knightsen TAC boundaries to serve on this board.

The Council advises the Board of Supervisors on land use and planning matters affecting the community of Knightsen and may represent the Knightsen community before the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Administrator on such issues as land use, planning, and zoning. The Council may also represent the community before the Local Agency Formation Commission on proposed boundary changes affecting the community.

The Council may advise the Board of Supervisors on services which are or may be provided to the community by Contra Costa County or other local government agencies. Such services include, but are not limited to, public health, safety, welfare, public works, and planning. The Council may also provide input and reports to the Board, County staff or any County hearing body on issues of concern to the community.

However, it is understood that the Board of Supervisors is the final decision-making authority with respect to issues concerning the community and that the Council shall serve solely in an advisory capacity.

The Council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm located at the Knightsen Farm Bureau in Knightsen.

Library Commission
1 Alternate seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian; provides a forum for the community to provide input concerning Library operations, and recommends proposals to the Board of Supervisors and the County Librarian which may improve the Library.

The Commission meets on the 4th Thursday of every other month at 7pm located at 777 Arnold Drive in Martinez.

Mental Health Commission
1 Consumer seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

To review and assess the community’s mental health needs, services, facilities, and special problems, in order to advise the Board of Supervisors concerning local mental health services and programs.

The Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. located at 550 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill.

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Background: The Board of Supervisors receives valuable input and community participation from numerous citizen advisory boards on a range of issues. Boards usually meet monthly on a regular basis.
 
Candidates for these positions must live in District 3 or any specified boundary area for special districts. District 3 is comprised of the cities of Antioch, Oakley and Brentwood, and the unincorporated communities of Blackhawk, Diablo, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen and Discovery Bay.
 
Download an application here:

 Applications should be submitted to the Clerk of the Board’s office
(925-335-1900) located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553.
 
For more information, including on how to apply, you may contact Supervisor Burgis’ Deputy Chief of Staff, Lea Castleberry at 925-252-4500 or Lea.Castleberry@bos.cccounty.us  
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