September 17, 2020
I know that this time is really difficult on everyone. Please share with us what you are doing in your community to celebrate Halloween during the COVID situation to make it meaningful and fun for your family!

We can all use some great ideas!
Diane
California Department of Public Health

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its Covid-19 test positivity and adjusted case rate.

At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays.

To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

Contra Costa County Health Services

Press Release: Contra Costa Health Services Recommends Planning Safe, Planning Ahead for Halloween - 9/16/2020


Press Release: Contra Costa Updates Health Order to Align with California's COVID-19 Blueprint - 9/14/2020


For current COVID-19 updates, visit Contra Costa Health Services at https://cchealth.org/coronavirus.

Get Tested. Click to schedule an appointment or call 844-421-0804.

If you have questions about the Coronavirus, contact the Multilingual Call Center 1-844-729-8410, open daily from 8 am to 5 pm (available in English and Spanish). 

For assistance in multiple languages after hours,
please call 211 or 800-833-2900 or text HOPE to 20121.
New Coronavirus Prevention Graphics to Share
(Click on images for printable pdf)
Need posters or flyers for your business?
for tools available in several languages.

Shanah Tovah!
Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish New Year is sometimes called the Day of Remembrance.

One of the most popular Rosh Hashanah customs involves eating apple slices dipped in honey, sometimes after saying a special prayer.

Ancient Jews believed apples had healing properties, and the honey signifies the hope that the new year will be sweet. We can all hope for 2021 to be a sweeter year.
It's Not Too Late to Get Counted in the 2020 Census!
Here’s how to identify Census takers in your neighborhood. The link has information on what Census workers will NOT ask (see how to avoid scams).

If you have any questions about Census takers, you can call the Census Bureau at 800-923-8282.

Our goal together is a Census 2020 complete count.

Take the survey now at https://my2020census.gov/
For a dynamic map to check your area, and more, visit cococensus.org.
East County Motel to be Repurposed through Homekey Grant
A 174-room East County motel now sheltering homeless Contra Costa residents at high risk from COVID-19 will become a permanent service hub to help East County residents transition into stable living situations, thanks to a $21.5 million state grant.

Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) rented rooms at the Motel 6 at 2101 Loveridge Road in to provide temporary housing through the state’s Project Roomkey program, which funded hotel rooms for residents who could not effectively isolate themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic because they had lost their housing. Read More...
Delta Waterway Cleanup
Part of California Coastal Cleanup Day
The Delta Waterway Cleanup, part of California Coastal Cleanup Day, is Saturday, September 26, 2020.

For safety reasons, there are no large, centrally organized cleanup sites this year. Instead, cleanups will be self-guided and close to home.

Cleaning neighborhoods, local parks, and street gutters helps to protect our Delta waterways and our oceans as trash travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers both locally and out to the coastline and beyond. 

Ready to make a difference?
Visit the Delta Waterway Cleanup page for more information. 
Help Contra Costa County Library's Project Second Chance
You can help a fellow community member improve their basic reading and writing skills. Learn more about becoming a volunteer tutor for an adult learner through Project Second Chance, Contra Costa County Library's adult literacy program. 

Tutors are 21 or older, comfortable with their own English reading and writing, and can commit to meeting twice per week with an adult learner. No teaching experience is required; good tutors are patient and passionate about helping a neighbor meet their goals. 

Prospective tutors who complete the orientation session are eligible to enroll in an upcoming training class. This class is required of all new tutors in order to be matched with an adult learner.

Project Second Chance is offering the remaining orientation session via Zoom in September:

Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP at ccclib.org/psc You'll receive an email with an invitation link to the meeting 24 hours before the event.
Bethel Island Scout Hall and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a Community blood drive.

Thursday, October 1 2020
Scout Hall
3090 Ranch Lane
Bethel Island
9am-3pm

Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets.For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. 

To schedule an appointment Click Here or call 1-800-733-2767 and mention Sponsor Code: scouthall 

For more information about the Red Cross visit redcross.org.
2020 Bethel Island Cleanup a Success!
Great job cleaning up, Bethel Island!

85 attendees filled up 17 bins!

Social distancing was practiced and the community did a great job wearing their masks! 

A big shout-out to BIMID for the location, equipment and staff to help make this event run smoothly again this year!
Evictions and Tenant Protections during Covid-19
Please visit cocofamilyjustice.org for information about the
Center's services and programs.
Friendship Line for Seniors
As many older and at-risk Californians continue to stay home to minimize exposure to COVID-19, feelings of isolation and loneliness may be increasing.

To offer support, Institute on Aging and the California Department of Aging want to share with you all additional resources to bring awareness to the toll-free warm line, Friendship Line California.

As you may know Friendship Line California is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls connecting individuals to a friendly conversation 24/7.

Call 1-888-670-1360 now for an ear ready to listen and warm voice. You don't have to feel alone.
District 3 Committee Openings

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

The County Service Area P6 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.
 
You may also download an application from the County’s website at http://contra.napanet.net/maddybook/ 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  
Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee
The Contra Costa County Internal Operations Committee of the Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications from individuals to fill two (2) At-Large Member Seats and one (1) At-Large Alternate member seat on the Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee.

Existing members seeking reappointment and individuals seeking a new appointment may apply.

Applications are due by October 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. 

The Fish and Wildlife Committee has ten members: Five District representatives nominated by individual members of the Board of Supervisors, four At-Large positions, and one At-Large Alternate position nominated by the Internal Operations Committee.

The Internal Operations Committee considers applications from all interested individuals and conducts interviews even when an existing At-Large member seeks reappointment. Read More...

Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Commission
WHAT: The Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials Commission seeks applicants for four open seats.

The commission is a voluntary body appointed by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors that makes policy recommendations to the board and county staff regarding hazardous materials and hazardous waste.

WHO: The commission’s 14 members and alternates serve four-year terms and include representatives of industry, labor, civic groups, environmental organizations, environmental engineers, the public and the Contra Costa Mayors Conference.

The current openings are for a representative from an environmental organization and one alternate, and the Environmental Justice seat, for a member of a county community disproportionately impacted by hazardous materials releases, and one alternate.

All candidates must live or work in Contra Costa County, have a demonstrated interest in hazardous materials issues and an understanding and commitment to the principles of environmental justice as defined in county policy. Candidates must be able to commit to one to two meetings per month, or to fill in as needed for alternates.

Candidates for the Environmental seat must be nominated by an environmental organization.

WHEN: Mail completed applications to the Clerk of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, 651 Pine St., First Floor, Martinez, CA 94553. Applications must be received by September 30.

Interviews for qualified applicants will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 9, by Zoom or telephone.

HOW: For an application form or more information, contact Michael Kent, the executive assistant to the commission at 925-250-3227. Applications are also available online or from the Clerk of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, 651 Pine Street, First Floor, in Martinez.

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