June Is All About Seniors!

Grand Opening of Oakley Senior Center / Elder Awareness Event

The Oakley Seniors are hosting the much-anticipated opening of their new Oakley Senior Center, a place where seniors can connect to resources and have access to services, a critical element in preventing elder abuse. 

Thousands of purple flags, representing the number of reports
of elder abuse in Contra Costa County in 2018, will flank the
grounds outside the new Oakley Senior Center on Friday, June 21.

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and the flags are a reminder of its prevalence in our community.

The Senior Resource Fair will follow the flag planting so seniors and their family members can learn about services and resources available from representatives of agencies that serve older adults.

Supervisor Burgis hopes you'll join us for a morning full of information for everyone about elder abuse. 

Supervisor Burgis will speak at the event and there will be a ribbon cutting as well.

Family Justice Center Trainings

The Family Justice Center combines personalized care with a mountain of resources to bring families safety, healing, and community.  Every family is unique and deserves to find their own way to thrive.  

This convening is for family and friends caregiving for an adult living with a complex illness (e.g. dementia, general frailty, Parkinson's, stroke, Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis, and similar conditions), and professionals who provide services to caregivers and care receivers in Contra Costa County.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Heather Young, co-author, Home Alone Revisited study, 2019. Professor and Dean Emerita Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis. 
Welcome by Ken Carlson, Mayor, Pleasant Hill

**Respite services are available on a first-come, first-served basis.**

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

Deadline for registration is June 17th.

Census2020 News

Supervisor Burgis and Supervisor Glover (District 5)  in partnership with The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, John F. Kennedy University, The San Francisco Foundation, Candid (an innovative merger of The Foundation Center and GuideStar) and Antioch Community Foundation  held an  East Contra Costa County Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshop,  May 30th and 31st at  Antioch Community Center.

Nonprofits in East Contra Costa County are working diligently to respond to community challenges and advancing many causes that create opportunity for all. In an era of growing need and shrinking government resources, nonprofits are being asked to do more with less.

Supervisors Diane Burgis and Federal Glover invited local nonprofits to partner with them in supporting organizational capacity building needs, specifically in time for Census 2020.

Participants engaged in a two-day training workshop inclusive of facilitated needs assessment combined with state-of-the-art training in fundraising to help organizations be mo re successful in outreach, grants management, and donor cultivation. 

Participants also engaged in an interactive, cross-organizational conversation about strategies for building a diverse team of leaders and volunteers and for reaching hard to serve and underserved populations in East Contra Costa.

The stakes are high for East Contra Costa and this calls for a focused, more strategic collaborative approach to capacity building. You are invited to join and be part of an exciting effort.
What they learned:
Day One nonprofits heard from leaders on the state of the U.S. Census 2020, followed by a panel of nonprofit leaders on lessons and opportunities for their organization to help ensure a successful Census 2020, 

Day Two focused on fundraising capacity building skills provided by Candid and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy that provided considerable value for their organization's sustainability.

East County Census Workshop

To keep up with Census 2020 happenings, 
please complete the survey at 

We need YOU to help ensure that 
everyone is counted!
Animal Services Micro-Chipping Event
The 4th and 5th of July are the busiest days of the year at Contra Costa Animal Services. Many pets are frightened by the fireworks and end up in the shelter. 

In order to prepare for the upcoming holiday, Supervisor Burgis' office parking lot was the scene for our low-cost microchip clinic this past Saturday. 

The clinic was a wild success, we microchipped approximately 70 pets in three hours! 

Those are now 70 pets that will forever be returned to their owners, if they ever become lost - keeping them out of our crowded shelters. The gratitude and appreciation from the residents that attended the clinic was overwhelming. 

Two more $5 microchip clinics are coming up in Contra Costa County. The community is invited to take advantage of these reduced cost microchip clinics to make sure you're able to reconnect with your pet if he/she ever escapes.

The next two dates:

June 15 - Davis Park
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
1661 Folsom Ave, San Pablo

June 22 - Concord Police Department
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
1350 Galindo St, Concord

Room For One More?

Oakley's 20th Birthday Gala

Supervisor Burgis was pleased to celebrate Oakleys 20th Birthday Gala. 

Congratulations to the City of Oakley!

CCCOES Power Outage Preparedness

Missed the Board of Supervisors Meeting?

You can see  the most recent Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors meeting  starting at 6:00 p.m. on the following Thursday on CCTV. 

You can view meetings online the same week they are held, usually within 48 hours. To find the recording online, visit the Video Library page.
Kirker Pass Road Northbound Truck Climbing Lane Project

Contra Costa County Public Works to Begin Construction on the Kirker Pass Road Northbound Truck Climbing Lane Project

The project will improve safety and reduce congestion along Kirker Pass Road from the Concord Pavilion to the northern Hess Road intersection by constructing a truck climbing lane in the northbound direction. 

Pavement widening will occur on the east side of the roadway to provide a 12-foot truck lane and 8-foot paved shoulder. The widening will require constru ction of six retaining walls adjacent to the roadway. 

The project also includes paving both the north and southbound lanes between the City of Concord/County limits to approximately 4,200 feet north of North Hess Road. 

Construction will begin on Monday, May 13, 2019, with completion in the Spring of 2020, barring unforeseen circumstances. 
Construction operations will be scheduled to minimize impacts to commute traffic.

More information for this project can be found at  http://www.cccounty.us/pwdmap.

Interstate-680/State Route 4 Interchange Work

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are constructing the first phase of a multi-phased project to improve safety and help reduce congestion at the Interstate-680/State Route 4 Interchange in central Contra Costa County.

In order to facilitate removal of overhead signs and ensure crew and public safety during this operation, temporary nighttime freeway closur es will occur on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, 2019. This work has been scheduled during nighttime hours to minimize impacts to commute-hour traffic.

Planned closures include:

Thursday, June 6, 2019
12:01 a.m. - 4 a.m.
Westbound Direction Highway 4 between Peralta Road and the I-680 Interchange

Friday, June 7, 2019
1 a.m. - 4 a.m.
Eastbound Highway 4 between Peralta Road and Pacheco Blvd.

Motorists are advised to be alert for on-site closure and detour signs, and to Slow for the Cone Zone. Please drive with caution through the detours and leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and vehicle ahead of you.

Not everyone can make it to the polls on Election Day, which is why you have the ability to vote early both in person and by mail.
Voting by mail gives you flexibility in casting and returning your ballot. It's simple too. Ballots are mailed 29 days before Election Day along with voting instructions and information on how to return your ballot. 

Place your marked ballot in the return envelope and seal it. Be sure to sign the addressed return envelope. Without a signature the ballot cannot be counted.
Become A Vote-By-Mail Voter!
You can become a permanent vote-by-mail voter and have a ballot mailed to you before every election. To become a permanent vote-by-mail voter: http://registertovote.ca.gov/ 
Complete the Online Registration Form and select "Yes" in the vote-by-mail box.
Concerts In The Park

Cherry Season is Here!

Contra Costa County Public Works Reminds Drivers to 
Observe Caution During the Brentwood U-Pick Season

Contra Costa County Public Works Department (CCCPWD) has placed a message board on Walnut Boulevard (North of Marsh Creek Road) in close proximity to the farms participating in the U-Pick season.

The sign reads, "Harvest season, drive safely" to remind drivers to observe traffic laws and remain safe during the busy harvest season.

Residents and U-Pick participants should expect delays during this time. The Public Works Department encourages everyone to please obey all traffic laws and plan your route accordingly in the surrounding area.

The U-Pick season has over 180,000 visitors each year. Delays should be expected on Highway 4 from Knightsen through Byron.

For a map of the farms participating in the festival, see  https://harvestforyou.com/
District 3 Committee Openings

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.


District 3 Committee Openings

Mental Health Commission
1 Consumer seat
1 Family Member seat
1 At-Large 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.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District's Fire Advisory Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
To review and advise on annual operations and capital budgets, review Fire District expenditures; advise the Fire Chief on district service matters; and serve as liaison between the Board of Supervisors and the community served by the fire district.
The Commission meets on the 2nd Monday of February, April, June, August, October and December located at the Administration Building, 2010 Geary Road in Pleasant Hill.
County Service Area, P-6 Citizen Advisory Committee (Discovery Bay)
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
To make reports and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on 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 quarterly at 6:00p.m. located at the Discovery Bay Community Center, 1601 Discovery Bay Blvd. in Discovery Bay.
Knightsen Town Advisory Council
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Knightsen TAC advises the District Supervisor on land issues and planning matters affecting the Knightsen community.
The Knightsen TAC may also advise the District Supervisor 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 Knightsen TAC will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm located at the Knightsen Garden Club, 3067 Knightsen Avenue in Knightsen.
Assessment Appeals Board
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.
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.
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.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board provides input and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Health Services Department concerning family and community needs regarding prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug related problems.
Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 4:00pm located at 1220 Morello Ave, Second Floor Large Conference Room,
Arts & Culture Commission
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) was established to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters related to promoting arts and culture as a vital aspect of community engagement.
The Commission meets on the first Monday at 5:30pm located at 10 Douglas Drive, Suite 210 in Martinez.
County Service Area, P-2A Citizen Advisory Committee (Blackhawk)
5 seats
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Advise the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Department regarding community desires in the area of extended police protection.
The Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. located at the Blackhawk Police Department office in Blackhawk.
Byron-Brentwood-Knightsen Union Cemetery District
1 seat
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
To establish rates to be charged for burials within the cemeteries of the district will allow the graves to be maintained on a self-supporting basis, prepare and maintain maps detailing information about the lots, and keep records of all remains interred in the cemeteries.
The District meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. in the District Office, 11545 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, CA 94513
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.
You may also download an application from the County's website at  http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/3418 .

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