Supervisor Candace Andersen
                       News from Around the District
  September 2012
In This Issue
Disaster Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Fair
Canyon Post Office Celebration
Rossmoor Farmer's Market
Moraga Pear & Wine Festival
Alamo School Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Solid Waste Public Workshops
Dispose of Unused Medication
Lafayette Rotary
Volunteer Positions Available
Lafayette Liaison Meeting
Small Business Symposium
Celebrate Orinda in September
City Council Meeting Visits
Medicare Plan Counseling
Danville's Gold Medalists
Athan Downs Playground Renovation
Parkmead Community Block Party
San Ramon Town Hall Meeting
CC Cafe Visit
Moraga Town Hall Remodel

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District 2 Staff

Steve Dexter  
Steve Dexter
Chief of Staff

Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel
Deputy Chief of Staff
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Jill Ray
Jill Ray
Field Representative


   Lauri Byers

Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative



Donna Maxwell
Donna Maxwell
Field Representative
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 District Offices 

San Ramon Valley Office



309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526



Monday- Friday

8am to 5pm


Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785


Danville Office  

Lamorinda Office

Fire District Headquarters

3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549



Mondays, 10am to 2pm  

Thursdays, 10am-4pm  

and by appointment, please call


Phone: (925) 646-6067

FAX: (925) 646-6068

Lafayette Office





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Emergency Preparedness:
Community Warning System

In light of the recent fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, it's a good idea to register your cell phone with the Contra Costa County Community Warning System. Even if you don't live or work near a refinery, it is important to be informed about other disasters that could impact your neighborhood such as wildfires, gas line ruptures, earthquakes or floods. The Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS) issues alerts about situations in the county that pose an imminent threat to life or health. The CWS is operated by the Office of the Sheriff in partnership with the Contra Costa Health Services and its business and industry partners. Click here to visit their website and enroll your cell phone number in the service. There is no charge from the county for these alerts, however your service provider may charge you depending upon your individual plan. If you are social media savvy, you can receive alerts in your Twitter feed and get text messages on your phone. Go to Twitter and follow @CoCoCWS, and set your cell phone to receive a text alert.

San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair
If you are looking for a fun event to help prepare your family for disasters, come to the September 15th San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair.  The City of San Ramon, Town of Danville, San Ramon Valley Fire, and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, along with various community, county, state and federal agencies will be showcasing their response resources and programs for preparedness on Saturday, September 15th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 655 Old Orchard Road in Danville. Event attendees will enjoy viewing a Jaws of Life demonstration, a tour of a Red Cross Shelter, the Second Military Medical Brigade from Camp Parks, a presentation by the San Ramon Police canine team, and a display from the National Guard Civil Support Team. There will be a free BBQ lunch, free emergency supply kits for the first 500 guests, and many activities geared toward children and pet safety. Find more information by
clicking here.
Canyon Post Office Celebrates 90 Years of Serving the Community 
Canyon Post Office Celebration
Candace with Jonathan Goodwin and Canyon Steinzig  

 On Saturday, August 25th, the Canyon community held a celebration in honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Canyon Post Office and to raise awareness of its importance to the community. The Canyon Post Office is one of 13,000 post offices nationwide that may have their hours reduced. During the celebration residents wrote letters to the United States Postal Service arguing against the proposed plan.The post office is a local hub for the approximately 200 residents of Canyon, who all visit the office daily to retrieve their mail as there are no carriers serving them. Jonathan Goodwin, Central Co-coordinator of the Canyon Fire Council,  said it embodies the true nature of a rural post office. He explained that the office routinely gets five-star reviews online from customers who know they can get same-day passport application service, and the Postmaster "is a career employee committed to her job and the community." Goodwin also values having a Postmaster who can direct fire and medical emergency responders to sites on the winding, often unmarked back roads. Supervisor Andersen, making her first official visit to Canyon, said the post office is "a tribute to what's really important - human interaction."

Rossmoor Farmer's Market
Rossmoor Farmer's Market
Candace talks with Mayor Bob Simmons
Candace joined Walnut Creek Mayor, Bob Simmons, on August 10th at the Gateway Clubhouse to greet constituents and listen to their concerns at the Rossmoor Farmer's Market.  It was so much fun, she will be there again on Friday, September 14th. Stop by and say "Hello!" 

Moraga Pear & Wine Festival - Saturday, September 29th

Moraga Pear and Wine Festival The 14th Annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival will be held Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at the Moraga Commons Park from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Join your friends and neighbors for this family-friendly event celebrating Moraga's pear history featuring activities at the bandshell with DJ RyanO, afternoon concert by littledog2, wine tasting, grape stomping, pear pies, jumpies, food, local artists, community and business booths, Pear Political Pavilion and more! Don't miss the Pear Recipe Contest and 2013 Pear & Wine Festival Poster Contest. Click here for additional information.

New Pedestrian Safety Improvements at Crosswalk at Alamo Elementary Now in Use
Alamo School Crosswalk Ribbon Cutting
Just in time for the new school year, the Contra Costa County Public Works  Department
completed pedestrian safety improvements at the crosswalk located at the intersection of Livorna Road and Wilson Road.   A long running combined effort by the Alamo School parents and community, school officials, and the county made these needed safety improvements possible.  
Give Input on Your Trash Services - Solid Waste Authority Public Workshops
Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority

The Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority (CCCSWA), which oversees recycling and garbage collection for Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda will be entering into a new Franchise Agreement and they are looking for public feedback as they  move forward with big decisions and change. They're hosting a series of public workshops in Walnut Creek, Danville, Lamorinda and Rossmoor to get input from businesses and residents about current and potential future solid waste and recycling programs. Attend one of the workshops listed below. Click here for more information.  










National Take-Back Your Meds Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for those who missed previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. Take your unwanted medications to the Lafayette Police Department at 3675 Mt. Diablo Bl., Suite 130.


In Contra Costa County we are fortunate to also have a program in place to drop off unused medications year round.   Secure bins for drug disposal are placed in the lobbies of the following locations and can be dropped off during their regular business hours.


  • City of Walnut Creek, City Hall Lobby, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek
  • Contra Costa County, Sheriff's Field Operations Building, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez
  • Contra Costa County Hospital, 2500 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez
  • City of Clayton, Police Department, 6000 Heritage Trail, Clayton
  • City of Martinez, Police Department, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez
  • Town of Moraga, Police Department, 329 Rheem Boulevard, Moraga
  • City of Orinda, Police Department, 22 Orinda Way, Orinda
  • Town of Danville, Police Department, 510 La Gonda Drive, Danville
  • City of Pleasant Hill, Police Department, 330 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
  • City of San Ramon, Police Department, 2401 Crow Canyon Road, San Ramon
  • City of Concord, Police Department, 1350 Galindo Street, Concord

For more information, please click here. 

Supervisor Andersen Speaks to the Lafayette Rotary 
Lafayette Rotary  

Supervisor Andersen joined the Lafayette Rotary for lunch at the Oakwood Athletic Club on August 16th. Read the article about the event in the Lamorinda Weekly by clicking here.  She is always happy to speak to community organizations. Please contact scheduler Lauri Byers, (925) 957-8860 or email her by clicking here, to make arrangements. 

Interested in Participating in Government? Supervisor Andersen is Seeking Volunteers for County Advisory Boards

District 2 is seeking motivated volunteers to serve on a variety of Contra Costa County citizen advisory boards. These boards usually meet monthly and advise the Board of Supervisors on a variety of issues. They provide a key communication link between the community and county government.


District Two includes: Canyon, Alamo, Danville, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Parkmead, Rossmoor, San Ramon, Saranap,  and Walnut Creek west of Main Street.


Applications are currently being accepted from residents of District 2 for seats on the following boards:

  • Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (Alamo Resident)
  • Alcohol & Other Drugs Advisory Board
  • County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee (Roundhill Residents)
  • Economic Opportunity Council
  • Emergency Medical Care Committee
  • Iron Horse Trail Corridor Management Program Advisory Committee (Alamo Resident)
  • Mental Health Commission

For more information about each board click here. For an application and more information on serving on an advisory body, please  click here.  


Additionally, the Contra Costa Commission for Women has openings for at-large positions. Click here for an application. 

Supervisor Andersen Joins the August Lafayette Liaison Meeting 

Lafayette Liaison Meeting Candace joined the Lafayette Liaison meeting on August 27th. This community meeting, which takes place on the fourth Monday of each month at 8 am, is organized by volunteer Judy Carney. It is held in Supervisor Andersen's Lamorinda office at 3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette. Judy keeps the meetings moving at a swift pace so that the 20+ attendees can report on current events around Lafayette within a one hour time frame. Steve Falk, City Manager, updated the attendees on current city issues. Others in attendance gave brief but informative descriptions of current and upcoming events, including the upcoming Library Authors Dinner, Veteran's Hall events, local theatre happenings, the Lafayette Village concept, Lafayette School District news, and the Historical Society activities.

Candace noted her availability to meet with constituents and groups at the Lamorinda office on an appointment basis. The office is staffed on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Community groups may reserve the use of the conference room for a meeting by contacting our office at (925) 646-6067 or (925) 957-8860.

For those who would like more information about the Lafayette Liaison Meeting, please contact Judy Carney at (925) 283-6335 or email her by clicking here.

Danville to host Small Business Symposium 

Business owners in Contra Costa County are invited to an event on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, to connect with experts in starting, growing and sustaining small businesses. The free, half-day event, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Avenue, in Danville.


The event will connect businesses at various stages with the resources designed for each group, including financing, financial planning, marketing, employee management, legal, and a range of other services. Business owners will also have an opportunity to network and cultivate new customers and talk to the resources representatives directly. Please click here to register as a participating small business or to become a resource partner.  

Celebrate September in Orinda Events

Celebrate September in Orinda

Celebrate Orinda this month and help out Orinda's school children and seniors with four great events spanning from Tuesday to Sunday. The Orinda Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO) are conducting the Fifth Annual Orinda Restaurant Tour on Tuesday, September 18th, and the Orinda Classic Car Show on Saturday, September 22nd.  Click here to see details for all of the Celebrate September in Orinda events.

Supervisor Andersen Addresses the Lafayette and San Ramon City Councils 

The Lafayette and San Ramon City Council invited Candace to introduce herself at their meetings on Monday, August 13th and Tuesday, August 28th. She spoke to both about her first two months in office and how much she was looking forward to working with both councils as their new County Supervisor.

Medicare Plan Review Counseling for 2013

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 thru December 7, 2012. Medicare advises that you review your prescription drug plan each year. Registered HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) counselors will be holding special counseling events this fall to review your Medicare drug or health plan and help you decide on the best coverage for you. HICAP may be able to save you money.


The sessions are offered on November 8th at San Ramon Valley Regional Medical Center, or November 15th at the Walnut Creek Senior Club. Call HICAP at 1-800-510-2020 to make an individual counseling appointment for one of these events or at one of the other sessions around the county. HICAP is sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, the California Department of Aging and Contra Costa County. Learn more by clicking here.

Danville Honors its Olympic Gold Medalists  

Olympic Gold Medalists
Candace with Olympic Medalists Maggie & Jessica Steffens

Candace attended Danville's welcome home celebration on August 25th at Oak Hill Park for its hometown gold medalists, Maggie & Jessica Steffens, of the U.S. Women's Water Polo team. At this event she was able to present the sisters with proclamations from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Mayor Newell Arnerich also presented the Olympians with a "Key to the City." The girls thanked the community for all of the support they have received over their years to realize their dream.

San Ramon Announces Athan Downs Playground Renovation 

The City of San Ramon will be renovating the playground at Athan Downs, which is located at Montevideo Drive and San Ramon Valley Blvd. The existing play equipment was originally installed in 1990 and will be replaced to meet current requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act for accessibility and updated safety standards.  


Work is scheduled to begin in mid September with completion expected by the end of the year. Funding for the project is provided by the City of San Ramon, East Bay Regional Park District Measure WW Bond, and State of California Housing Related Parks Program Grant funds.

Athan Downs Playground  

Supervisor Andersen Visits the Parkmead Community Summer Block Party 
Parkmead Summer Block Party
Candace chats with PCA Board Members Richard West, Michael Lester and Terri Almeid

Continuing with her goal to spend time getting to know the residents and communities in District 2, Candace attended the Walnut Creek Parkmead Community Association Summer Block Party on Saturday, August 25th at the Dewing Park Swim Club.   Neighbors were able to share with the Supervisor information about the history of their great community and express concerns and ideas about planning, traffic, roads, and possible infrastructure improvements. 

San Ramon Town Hall Meeting 

A City of San Ramon Town Hall Meeting will be held on Monday, October 1, 2012 in the Ridgeview Room in the Dougherty Station Community Center at 17011 Bollinger Canyon Road.   City leaders believe that communication with residents is critical to their ability to provide relevant information and services. Town Hall meetings give residents the opportunity to speak their mind and provide input into the important decisions which shape San Ramon's future. Feedback from these meetings is available on the City's homepage. For more information call 925-973-2539.

Supervisor Andersen Joins Rossmoor Residents for CC Cafe Friday Lunch  

Rossmoor Friday Lunch

Candace attended her first Rossmoor Friday Lunch on August 24th. She enjoyed meeting the residents and discussing issues important to seniors.  The CC Cafe program is  sponsored by the Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging and is open to all adults aged 60+ who reserve a meal 24 hours in advance. Click here for more information about CC Cafe and for a listing of lunch locations around the County.

Moraga Town Office Remodel Under Way 
Moraga Town Offices, located at 329 Rheem Boulevard, are currently in the process of being remodeled and expanded to allow for most of the Town Staff to be in one location later this fall. The Parks and Recreation Staff will remain at the Hacienda. The Town Council meetings will be held in the new Community Meeting Room at the Rheem location beginning in early 2013.