Supervisor Candace Andersen
                       News from Around the District
  October 2012
In This Issue
Alamo Liaision
Earthquake Planning
Orinda Everyday Heroes
Creek and Channel Safety
Fire Safety - "Two Ways Out"
Aging Successfully Symposium
Saint Mary's College Gaelabration
Moraga Rotary Visit
Contra Costa County Foreclosures
Orinda Olive Festival
Danville Fall Crafts Festival
Register to Vote by October 22nd
East Bay Stand Down
Register to Vote by October 22nd
Lamorinda Water Polo Champions
San Ramon Arts Summit
Rossmoor Farmer's Market
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Valley Station Seeks Volunteers
San Ramon Streetlighting Upgrades
Volunteer Positions Available
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District 2 Staff

Steve Dexter  
Steve Dexter
Chief of Staff
Orinda Field Representative  

Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel
Deputy Chief of Staff
San Ramon &
Danville Field Representative
Email Gayle

Jill Ray
Jill Ray
Field Representative;
Moraga & Canyon


   Lauri Byers

Lauri Byers
Scheduler, Field Representative;



Donna Maxwell
Donna Maxwell
Field Representative;
Alamo, Saranap & Parkmead
Email Donna

 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 Station #15

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





Connecting with our Communities in District 2

Supervisor Andersen and the District 2 staff like to stay closely connected with the different communities through monthly liaison meetings and gatherings hosted by local leaders.   


For the past 30 years Moraga organizations have met at 8:00 a.m. on the 2nd Friday of each month for the Moraga Liaison Meeting to share timely local information with each other. Candace visited with the group on September 14th to update the community on her first three months in office and learn more about their activities.

The Lafayette Liaison meeting is held at 8:00 a.m. on the 4th Monday at the Supervisor's Lamorinda office. The meeting is regularly attended by the Mayor, City Manager, school leaders, representatives from the Lafayette Historical Society and Emergency Preparedness Commission, and representatives from many other community organizations. Candace attended the September 24th meeting. 

Orinda holds their Mayor's Liaison meeting at 8:30 a.m. on the 1st Tuesday of every month in the Community Room at City Hall. Candace attended their October meeting on Tuesday the 2nd.

Candace or her staff also regularly attend the San Ramon Mayor's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on the last Friday of every month at Clementine's Restaurant.  It is also a gathering of city and local officials, community groups, and interested citizens asking questions about city governance and sharing ideas for the betterment of all.

Last, but not least, is Danville's Breakfast with the Mayor. Up until being sworn-in as District 2 Supervisor, Candace was at the helm of this monthly meeting. It is held at 7:30 a.m. on the first Friday at Father Nature's Restaurant, and allows residents to meet with the Mayor and other Town staff to hear presentations and discuss issues of concern.


The example of each of these cities well-run, informative, and insightful meetings is now leading her to start a monthly liaison meeting in Alamo. The first Alamo Community Liaison Meeting will be at 8:00 a.m. on October 15th at the Supervisor's San Ramon Valley office.  Interested groups will meet once a month, for just an hour, to enhance communication, share events, and build relationships among those who have a vested interest in the Alamo community. Alamo clubs and organizations are invited to send a representative. Interested residents are encouraged to participate, too! For more information, contact Donna Maxwell at (925) 957-8860 or by clicking here.      
Emergency Preparedness:
Earthquake Planning &
the Great ShakeOut  in Lamorinda 

The key to surviving any emergency disaster situation is planning. Take the time to discuss what you hope to do with everyone at home and work. Take a moment to identify what each of you will do to survive and recover quickly.

  • What escape routes avoid falling hazards?
  • How do you help family members, neighbors and co-workers with disabilities?
  • How do you plan for pets?
  • What supplies do you store for 5-7 days?


For More Information:

Speaking of earthquake preparedness, the 2012 Lamorinda ShakeOut is happening this month. It is a local version of the Great California ShakeOut. It's a series of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill ever, organized to inspire Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes. The ShakeOut drill will occur in houses, businesses, and public spaces alike throughout California at 10:18 a.m. on October 18th. If you take a few minutes to register; your family, neighborhood, business, school, or group can join the event. Register by clicking here.

Orinda City Council Honors Everyday Heroes

Three teens were honored at the Orinda City Council meeting on September 18th for taking their time to make Orinda a safer community.


The Everyday Heroes were:  Hallie Pritchard, who caught the "real estate burglar" on video which led to his arrest; Anna Wemer, who reported a burglary in progress, leading to the arrest of the suspect; and Dylan Watson, who performed CPR on an elderly man at the Lafayette Reservoir. Congratulations and Thank You to all three teens!  

Kids honored by Orinda City Council

Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month
Hidden Dangers of Contra Costa County's
Flood Control System

The Board of Supervisors has declared October to be Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month. Please take advantage of this opportunity to speak to your children and friends about the dangers of fast moving storm water and the almost certain fate that awaits anyone who goes into rain swollen creeks and channels. The flood control channels are part of our community's infrastructure and, like freeways or railroad tracks, should never be used for recreation.

The channels are designed to drain storm water from our communities and take it swiftly "out to sea", preventing flooding. Water from the surrounding watershed area first gathers in small streams and creeks and then flows into the large channels for a swift trip to the Delta, Carquinez Strait and San Pablo Bay. This storm water can pass from small open creeks to large underground tunnels; from narrow rocky stream beds to wide concrete channels; all the while gathering debris, speed, volume and power. At key points along the way, large structures have been built into the system to slow down the water and control the power. This allows the water to flow back into wide earthen channels without destroying their natural habitat or causing erosion. These structures are an efficient tool in managing our flood waters but can be deadly for humans.

This annual campaign is to remind us that, like thinking of sunscreen in the Spring, we must become aware of the dangers around us and take the necessary steps to educate ourselves and our children to avoid them. Appreciate the great job they do for our community, but leave the channels to storm water and Stay Out, Stay Alive! For more information please click here.

San Ramon Valley Firefighters Urge  

Residents to "Have Two Ways Out!"

If you woke up to a fire in your home, how much time do you think you would have to escape?  One-third of American households estimate they would have at least 6 minutes to get out - unfortunately, the time is often much less. 


The theme of October's Fire Prevention month is "Have Two Ways Out!" San Ramon Valley Firefighters urge residents to create a home fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room and encourages families to conduct a home fire drill to practice their plan.


In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home fires. These fires caused 13,350 injuries, 2,640 deaths, and $6.9 billion in damage.  "One home fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010," said Fire Marshal Christina Jamison. "Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than people realize.  Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out of every room is essential to ensuring your family's safety during a fire." 


For more information on escape planning and conducting a home fire drill visit click here or here.  

Aging Successfully Symposium in Lafayette

On Saturday, October 13th, the Lafayette Community Foundation is hosting the 4th Aging Gracefully with the Mind/Body Connection Annual Symposium, "Aging Successfully in our Community."     

There will be a number of guest speakers including keynote Alan Brast, Ph.D., speaking about Aging Gracefully with the Mind/Body Connection.  Other topics include, "Mom! We need to talk" Estate Planning; Transportation in Lamorinda;  and the Lamorinda Village concept. There will be a workshop on creating or updating your health care directive. Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be available for workshop attendees. Also included are a resource fair and door prizes!


The event will be held from 8:30 a.m to 2:15 p.m at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church, located at 49 Knox Drive in Lafayette. The Lafayette Community Foundation would like you to RSVP by calling 925-357-0056, or e-mail by clicking here. 

Supervisor Andersen to help Saint Mary's College Kick-Off their Sesquicentennial  

on October 6th with Gaelebration   

 Candace will be attending Gaelebration - the first official party of Saint Mary's Sesquicentennial year. It's also the College's open house. The entire Saint Mary's family is invited - which includes alumni, friends, and everyone in the Bay Area. They will be showcasing what makes Saint Mary's special with interactive displays, highlights of Saint Mary's current programs, an exploration of their 150 years of history, live music and drama, rides, athletic and academic demonstrations, gourmet food trucks and more.  The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It's free and open to the public. Click here for more information. 

Candace Visited with the  

Rotary of Moraga in September!

On Tuesday, September 4th, 24 Moraga Rotarians and guests gathered, enjoyed lunch at Saint Mary's Soda Center, and warmly welcomed Candace. Candace spoke about her first 10 weeks as the District 2 Supervisor. She appreciates the support Rotary provides to the community, and stated, "The Rotary helps the local community and looks beyond one's own borders to help in the larger county, as well as globally".   Rotary President Frank May told a story about a donation of $25 that was made by Rotary to a woman named Lubna in Pakistan, through a volunteer micro-loan organization, Kiva. This loan will allow her to purchase a new knitting machine and expand her business making sweaters and scarves. Kiva is a non-profit organization formed by volunteers in 2005 to help alleviate poverty through micro-lending. They have made loans totaling about $350 million from about 828,000 lenders, operate in over 63 countries, and have a 99% repayment rate.


Moraga Rotary
Candace with Moraga Rotary President Frank May
Status of Foreclosures in Contra Costa County 

In Contra Costa County, our real estate market is improving and foreclosure rates are decreasing, but many households remain at risk of foreclosure. Many homes are "under water" and along with high unemployment, we will likely see a prolonged crisis. While foreclosure rates peaked 4 years ago and have slowly declined, they continue to remain historically high.


In 2005, Contra Costa County saw 131 foreclosures compared to the 11,679 in 2008. In 2011, 6,869 homes were lost through foreclosure. It is estimated that by the end of 2012, based on the number of foreclosures from January-June, there will be another 4,354 homes lost to foreclosure.


Help is available. The Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development provides help that includes one-on-one default and loss mitigation counseling, assisting homeowners with loan modification applications and negotiating with lenders, and providing legal advice and representation to homeowners facing or in foreclosure.


CCC Home Equity Preservation Alliance (HEPA)

510-412-9290 x221

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)


Orinda Third Annual Olive Festival  

The Olive Festival is a  celebration with music, activities, and delicious treats under the trees to support nature area programs for Orinda's children. The event is free and will take place from  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7th.  Honoring the historic Olive Grove at the Orinda Union School District's Nature Area, 350 Camino Pablo & Bear Creek Road, next to Wagner Ranch Elementary School.  Click here for more information. 

 Danville Fall Crafts Festival

On October 20th and 21st, head down to Danville's Fall Crafts Festival and explore over 200 artisan booths showcasing their unique wares. Browse exquisite pottery, decorative baskets, artisan furniture, delicate one of a kind jewelry and stroll through the infamous glass pumpkin farm, all lining Hartz Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Danville.  


Live music, food, wine, and activities also fill the street for spectators' pleasure. Dress up the children in their creative Halloween costume on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and have them them to join in a Halloween parade. It begins at Faz Restaurant and is followed by safe trick or treating at downtown businesses.


The Craft Festival is a great way to celebrate the season. For more information click here.

 Register to Vote by October 22nd 

In California, the current deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so be sure to register by October 22nd in order to cast your vote in the 2012 General Election on Tuesday, November 6th.  


You may have heard that last week Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will permit voters to register on Election Day.  However, the bill AB 1436 will not take effect until 2014, at the earliest.

To register to vote online or for more information, go to the Secretary of State's website by clicking here.  

 East Bay Stand Down 

On September 15, 2012 Supervisor Andersen spent the afternoon in Pleasanton at the East Bay Stand Down. This event, which is held every other year, was started in 1999 and is led by Denver Mills and Jerry Yahiro. It provides respite to needy and homeless veterans. They help place those in need into residential programs, offer employment, and provide follow-up programs. Veterans attending are given new  clothing, dental and medical assistance, and legal help. The DMV and local judges are there to clear minor violations. This event is run by volunteers, and funded by monetary and in-kind donations. Learn more about the East Bay Stand Down and how you can help with the 2014 event by clicking here

Stand Down

Conflict? Try mediation

Disputes with family, neighbors and/or co-workers can truly have an adverse effect on the quality of our lives. When communication breaks down, the situation can escalate and lead to expensive legal fees and/or violence. The Center for Human Development offers a variety of conflict resolution programs, facilitated by trained mediators for a very low fee.  For more information contact Adele Cox at (925) 687-8844 (ext. 301) or at click here. Find more information about the Center for Human Development by clicking here

Supervisor Andersen Recognizes the Lamorinda 18 and Under Boys  

Water Polo Team

Candace presented a county resolution congratulating the Lamorinda 18 and Under Water Polo Team for winning the Junior Olympic National Championship held at Stanford this past July. Pictured below with Candace are Coaches Boyd Lachance and Matt Cooper; and team's leading scorer, Kyle Weikert.     

Lamorinda Water Polo

San Ramon Arts Summit

The City of San Ramon is calling all visual artists, performers, literary artists, arts groups, arts educators and arts related businesses. They need their help at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th at the San Ramon Community Center to update the Cultural Plan.  Join the San Ramon Arts Advisory Committee for a lively interactive discussion on the arts and how the City of San Ramon can best use its resources to continue to grow and nurture the arts in their City. In order to make the most of the summit, participants are encouraged to fill out the pre-summit survey located here. Information gathered from the survey will be used to plan the agenda for the evening, identify priorities for the Cultural Plan, and establish a stakeholders list. For more information and/or to have your name added to the list please call Kathi Heimann at (925) 973-2611 or click here to send her an email. 

Rossmoor Farmer's Market
Stop by and visit with Candace at her last Farmer's Market of the season from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 12th at the Gateway Clubhouse. 

Supervisor Andersen Participates in  

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Danville 

On September 11th, Supervisor Andersen joined other San Ramon Valley leaders and addressed the crowd at the All Wars Memorial in Oak Hill Park to commemorate this solemn anniversary. The event included the Joint Police & Fire Honor Guard and Pipe & Drums Band, local Boy and Girl Scout troops displaying flags, the San Ramon Valley High School Chamber Choir, a White Wings Dove Release, and a Vietnam  War era Army helicopter flyover. The annual event is put on by the Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley and is an event that should be experienced by all. Put it on your calendar for next year!

9/11 Memorial

 Sheriff's Station in Alamo Seeks Volunteers

Valley Station in the Alamo Shopping Center is looking for volunteers to assist with law enforcement in our community. The volunteers are assigned duty at the station's lobby greeting visitors, answering phones, participating in the "If I Were a Thief" program, and assisting in law enforcement sponsored events.


Adults who do not have a criminal history and who can serve 5 hours a week are encouraged to call Lieutenant Tom Chalk at 925-646-6180, or visit the office at 150 Alamo Plaza #C to pick up an application.

San Ramon City Streetlighting Upgrades

The City of San Ramon is currently performing Phase II of the light-emitting diode (LED) conversion project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of December, 2012. Over 600 streetlights were converted to LED in Phase I, which included sections of City thoroughfares, primarily on Bollinger Canyon Rd., Alcosta Blvd, and San Ran Ramon Valley Blvd. When the project is complete, the City will have lowered its energy usage by at least 50%. The new technology will also deliver improved performance and quality of light, reduce maintenance and energy costs, and result in longer product life span.  


PG&E owned streetlights within the City limits will not be converted to LED at this time. The City is working closely with PG&E to stay updated on any plans to convert streetlights, and has requested that the City be considered for priority installation. Please contact Jennifer Dye, Administrative Analyst for the City of San Ramon for any further information about this project  by clicking here or call 925-973-2806.

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
  • County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee (Alamo Residents)

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.