Newsletter from Supervisor Candace Andersen       
News from around the District
August 2012
In This Issue
District II Staff
County Public Works
Alamo School Safety
New Veterans Outpost
Sons of Retirement Event
Internet Security Workshop
Iron Horse Trail Landscaping
Lafayette Art & Wine Fest
Moraga Roads Sales Tax
Small Business Symposium
Rossmoor Groundbreaking
Danville Vacation Checks
Alamo's New Sheriff's Lieutenant
Award for Orinda Housing Project
Black, White & Bling Event
New Play Structure in Moraga
Disaster Preparedness

District II Staff

Steve Dexter 
Steve Dexter,
Chief of Staff
Steve is a 35 year resident of Contra Costa County who has lived in Walnut Creek for over 20 years. Since 2003, he served as Chief of Staff to Supervisor Uilkema. He brings over 20 years of business ownership and management experience to the position along with multiple graduate degrees in Psychology and extensive experience in the high tech sector. Contact Steve by clicking here.

Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel, 
Deputy Chief of Staff
Gayle represents Supervisor Andersen in the city of San Ramon, and handles transportation issues and office communications. She began her government career as an intern in the San Diego and Washington, D.C. offices of Senator Pete Wilson. She was a staff aide for Congressman Jack Kemp and worked on his 1988 presidential campaign. She has gained relevant experience through several recent experiences in the private sector.  Gayle graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism, Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. Contact Gayle byclicking here.

Jill Ray
Jill Ray,
Field Representative
Jill is Supervisor Andersen's Field Representative for the Town of Moraga and community of Canyon. She attends the CCC Planning Commission and Zoning Administrator meetings as well as a variety of community meetings to keep Supervisor Andersen apprised of the various issues in District 2. In addition, she meets with the District 2 Code Enforcement Officer, handles payroll, constituent issues, and appointments and resignations for the various volunteer committees, commissions and councils within District 2. She works out of the Lafayette Office every other week. Prior to joining Supervisor Andersen's staff, Jill worked for late District 2 Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema for more than 15 years. Jill joined the District 2 Staff with broad experience from the private
sector.  Click here to contact Jill.



  Lauri Byers

Lauri Byers,
Field Representative

Lauri is responsible for scheduling Supervisor Andersen's appointments, speaking engagements, and any other public appearances. She attends Lafayette community meetings and oversees any current issues within Lafayette. She works in the Lafayette office on Monday's from 10-2. Lauri began her career in government over 14 years ago with late County Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema; before that she worked in the private sector. She studied Public Relations/Advertising
 at Boise State University. Contact Lauri by clicking here


Donna Maxwell
Donna Maxwell,
Field Representative 
Donna represents Supervisor Andersen in the communities of Alamo, Danville, Parkmead, Rossmoor, Saranap and Walnut Creek.  Originally from Contra Costa County, Donna presently lives in San Ramon with her husband and son.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice, with a minor in Psychology and a Master's degree, in Public Administration, with a focus in Public Policy Development; both from California State East Bay.  In addition to her career and spending time with her family, Donna volunteers for a local non-profit, pairing children with special needs and horses.  Contact Donna by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunities


Have you been looking for an opportunity to become more involved in your community? Are you interested in meeting new and interesting people? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then here is your opportunity! A list of available County positions will be regularly published in this space beginning in September. In the meantime, please click here to see the current openings.


Application forms for Volunteer  openings   on community boards and commissions are available from Supervisor Andersen's office at 925-957-8860, the Clerk of the Board of Supervisor's office at 925-335-1900 or can be downloaded by clicking here.

Your County Public Works Department 
The Contra Costa County Public Works department publishes an informative  newsletter, aptly named "The Community Informer". Find it by clicking here to read all about road and transportation issues around the County.

Quick Links

 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, 11am-4pm  

and by appointment, please call


Phone: (925) 646-6067

FAX: (925) 646-6068

Lafayette Office



Supervisor Andersen to Mark Pedestrian Safety Improvements at Alamo Elementary School with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On Sunday, August 26 at 10:00 am, Supervisor Andersen and the Alamo Elementary School community will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of pedestrian safety improvements at the crosswalk located at the intersection of Livorna Road and Wilson Road.


"It is important that we continue to create safe routes to school in our community," said Andersen. Both the County and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District promote this concept through the San Ramon Valley's Street Smarts traffic safety education program. 


Attendees can park at Alamo Elementary School and walk down Wilson Road to the ceremony. Click here to request additional information.
County Announces Veteran Affairs Outpost at  Danville Veterans Building
Danville Veterans Hall   

With the recent opening of the expanded and renovated Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Danville, the Contra Costa County Veteran Services Office is pleased to announce the opening of its Danville Veterans Service Outstation.


Veterans can learn about and apply for benefits, access VA health care, receive referrals for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder therapy, and much more. The Veterans Memorial Building is located at 400 Hartz Avenue in Danville. The Danville outstation is located in room 208 and is open every Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.   For more information, please call the Veteran Services Office at 925-313-1481.

Supervisor Andersen addresses
SIRS John Haffner
John Haffner presents Supervisor Andersen with certificate of appreciation
the Lamorinda Sons in Retirement
Supervisor Andersen spoke to the Lamorinda Branch of the SIRS, Sons in Retirement, at their August monthly luncheon. Approximately 140 members turned out to listen to the Supervisor talk about  what she does in her role as a County Supervisor and what she sees as major issues facing the County.


Supervisor Andersen told the interested crowd that although there are signs of an  economic recovery, with both sales tax revenue and property values starting to increase, it will be a very slow and gradual recovery. The County needs to continue to find new ways to provide many of its much needed services for less, adequately fund public safety, continue to address the large unfunded pension liability, help stimulate economic development, and be concerned about the deferred maintenance of county buildings and infrastructure.

Internet Security Workshop in Lafayette 

Join the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for a workshop on "Internet Security and Password Protection" with guest speaker Evan Corstorphine on Wednesday, August 15 at 8:00am at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. FREE for Lafayette Chamber members, $15 for non-members.  Click here for the chamber website.

San Ramon Adding Landscaped Rest Areas to Iron Horse Trail

San Ramon Iron Horse Trail Landscaping Project

The City of San Ramon and Sunset Development Company are working together to develop plans to construct a series of landscaped rest areas along the Iron Horse Trail within the City's limits from north of Crow Canyon Road to south of Alcosta Boulevard. The purpose of the project is to enhance walking and biking between residential developments, schools, employment centers, transit facilities and other areas. There will be approximately 21 seating areas and other proposed amenities such as shade trees, low irrigation landscaping, drinking fountains, and interpretive signage.


The project is funded by Measure J - Transportation for Livable Communities Grant City Beautification Fund, and by Sunset Development and their partners for their portion of the project. The City and Sunset Development will also partner with the Contra Costa County Public Works Department and East Bay Regional Park District to ensure the successful completion of the project and its long term maintenance.

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

The Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, held each year on the third weekend in September, is the largest event in Lamorinda and one of the five biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. Over 50,000 attended in past years, strolling among stalls of art and handmade crafts, sampling foods from top local restaurants, and enjoying quality wines and microbrews. They are a three time winner of the Diablo Magazine Best of the East Bay's Best Festival - including winning in 2012. This year's festival will be held on Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16.  Click here for more information. 

Moraga Sales Tax Aimed at Repairing Failing Roads

The Town of Moraga has spent the last two to three years analyzing the most cost effective ways to repairs its failing roads and storm drains. The condition of Moraga's streets has fallen to the bottom 15% of the Bay Area and without a local sales tax measure, the roads will fall into the "failed" category, on average. In spite of stable revenues and having the lowest employee pension and other costs in the County, the Town does not have the resources to meet major capital costs. Currently the backlog of needed road repair work is estimated to cost as much as $25 million. Even with the tightening of belts - it's simply not possible to find that money in the Town's annual budget of about $6 million.


Citizen volunteers are giving a series of community presentations. If you would like to hear the presentation or host one in your neighborhood or for your civic organization, please call Ellen Beans at (925) 376-7306 or contact Town Manager, Jill Keimach, at (925) 888-7020, or 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. 

Supervisor Andersen Attends the Groundbreaking of New Creekside Event Center in  Rossmoor

Joined by Mayor Bob Simmons and Council member Cindy

Silva of Walnut Creek, Supervisor Andersen attended the  ground-breaking of the new Golden Rain Foundation Creekside Arts Event Center in  Rossmoor.  

Rossmoor Groundbreaking
Supervisor Andersen & Golden Rain Foundation President, Don Liddle.


In introducing newly elected Supervisor Andersen, Golden Rain Foundation CEO Warren Salmons  warmly remembered the late Supervisor Gayle Uilkema and told the crowd that the new supervisor had a "large and attractive pair of high heels to fill."


The state of-the-art Event Center began construction in July and is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2013.  

Danville Police Provide Home Checks For Vacationing Residents

While you are away, the Danville Police Department can do a "Vacation House Check" for you. Take advantage of this great service either by filling out a form at the police station or completing the Vacation House Checks form online. These forms are reviewed by each officer who covers your area. Then, officers and police volunteers will visit your house during your vacation to be sure that all is secure. A minute of preparation can prevent a serious loss. For more information, please contact the Danville Police Department at 925-314-3700 or

Meet Alamo's New LieutenantSheriff's Lieutenent Tom Chalk 

The Sheriff's Valley Substation in Alamo Plaza has a new Commanding Officer, Lt. Tom Chalk. Lt. Chalk is a 14 year veteran of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. Prior to his assignment as the Valley Station Commander, Lt. Chalk served as the Martinez Detention Facility Commander.  He has also served as an Office of Emergency Services Watch Commander, Patrol Sergeant, Police Academy Coordinator, Custody Sergeant, East County Resident Deputy, and a Contract City Police Officer.


Lt. Chalk holds a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University. Lt. Chalk is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 244.

The City of Orinda's Senior Affordable Housing Project Wins Gold Nugget Award


Orinda's senior affordable housing project developer, Eden Housing and their architect, Sean Reynolds of the Dahlin Group, earned the international Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Senior Housing Community, "On-the-Boards" category, for the City's project.  The housing project will develop the former library site in downtown Orinda with 67 units. Groundbreaking is scheduled for December 2012.  The Orinda project was noted by the judging panel for the design challenges posed by the site's slope and the successful integration of the building into its natural  environment.  Since 1963, the Gold Nugget Awards have honored creative achievements in architectural design and land use planning for residential, commercial and industrial projects.  Entries are accepted from 14 Western states and the Pacific Rim countries. To learn more about the project visit the Orinda Planning Department webpage at the City's website.

San Ramon Historical Foundation - Black, White & Bling Event

Join the San Ramon Historic Foundation on Sunday, September 9th as they celebrate Ruth Quayle Boone by enjoying "sparkling" champagne, delicious treats and tea, and a fashion show by Moda Mi of Danville. The event will take place from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the San Ramon Community Center.

Come in "dazzling" Victorian period costume and compete for "best costume" and/or "best hat" . You may also try your hand at a selection of "Opportunity Baskets" filled with donations from local businesses. On hand will be their "shining" SRHF volunteers selling Victorian hats, a video of Ruth Boone telling her own story, etched ornaments, and other gift items from the Gift Shoppe. Join them for a fanciful afternoon! Click here for online reservations.

New Play Structure at Moraga's Rancho Laguna Park

The new playground equipment for Rancho Laguna Park wasMoraga Play Structure  delivered on Wednesday, June 13 and paid for by Measure WW funds.  The thousands of pieces were installed through a week long, community-wide work party with Moraga Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Boy Scout Troop 246 and Town staff and Councilmembers.   On Saturday, June 23rd, a ribbon cutting ceremony and community barbecue celebrated the large number of volunteers who came together to build Moraga's newest playground. Community members of all ages worked side-by-side to bring the incredible structure and swings to life and relocate the Rotary train from across the park. This wonderful addition will be enjoyed by families for years. 

Emergency Preparedness:
Cooling Centers for  Heat Relief 


To provide relief from the heat for seniors and others who face heat-related health difficulties and stress, the Contra Costa County Office of Emergency Services has given Supervisor Andersen a list of cooling centers within the county. These centers are coordinated with each municipality so please call the number listed for each center to confirm their operating hours.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst.  Several ways to manage the heat:

  • Never leave children, elderly people, or pets alone in a parked vehicle
  • Wear light, loose fitting clothing to stay cool
  • Drink water often.  Avoid drinking alcohol
  • Check on those in your neighborhood who have limited mobility
  • Stay in an air-conditioned area during peak heat hours such as a mall, park, or library
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim
  •  Don't exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day

Please consider going to one of the following locations on a hot day: shopping mall, library, adult education site, movie, restaurant, or:


Veteran's Memorial Hall - 400 Hartz Ave. - 314-3490


Pleasant Hill

Senior Center - 233 Gregory Lane - 798-8788


San Ramon

Senior Center - 9300 Alcosta Blvd. - 973-3250


Walnut Creek

Senior Center - 1375 Civic Drive - 943-5851



 September 15, 2012


San Ramon Valley Emergency Prepardness Fair

   9:00 am to 2:00 pm

655 Old Orchard Road, Danville