Supervisor Candace Andersen
                            
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In This Issue
Veteran's Day Events
Holiday Open House
East Bay EDA
ConFire Welcomes New Chief
Elder Fraud Seminar in Rossmoor
Susan Rock Appointed to Alamo MAC
Affordable Housing in Orinda
Start Smart Teen Driver Safety Program
Holidays on the Farm in San Ramon
Lamorinda New School Leaders
Saint Mary's Inaugurates New President
Alamo Liaison Meeting
Moraga Tree Lighting
Alamo Women's Club Coat Drive
Holiday Helpers Warehouse
Women's Hall of Fame Project
Hospice Tree of Lights
It's a Wonderful LIfe in Lafayette
Hike for Shelter
Lamorinda Great Shake-Out
Danville Tree Lighting
Canyon Post Office Directional Signs
Red Cross Honors Heroes
Alamo Tree Lighting
Moraga Pear & Wine Festival
Culture to Culture Awards
California Independent Film Festival Kicks Off
Caledcott Tunnel Fourth Bore Opening
San Ramon Seeking Volunteers
Volunteer Board Openings
Covered California in Contra Costa County
New Fire Chief for MOFD
ECHO Awards
Board of Supervisors Actions
 
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District 2 Staff

Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel
Chief of Staff
Field Representative;
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Jill Ray
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Field Representative;
Canyon, Moraga & Orinda

 

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Scheduler, Field Representative;
Lafayette

 

   

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

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 District Offices 

San Ramon Valley Office

 

309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526

 

Hours:

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785

  

Danville Office   

Lamorinda Office

Fire Station #15

3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549

 

Hours:

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

and by appointment, please call

 

Phone: (925) 646-6067

FAX: (925) 646-6068


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Veteran's Day Events Around the District  

  

The City of Walnut Creek's annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive. The keynote speaker is retired Army medic Steve Cram, a Vietnam Veteran who served as a helicopter pilot and physician for Saigon Hospital. 
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Join Us for a Holiday Open House

 

Please stop by and enjoy some holiday treats while visiting with Candace, District 2 staff, and your neighbors in the community.  She will be hosting two open houses in December:

 

Lamorinda Open House

Wednesday, December 4

5-7 PM

3338 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette 

 

San Ramon Valley Open House

Wednesday, December 11

4-6 PM

309 Diablo Road, Danville.

 

This is an informal opportunity for Candace to personally thank so many of you who truly make a difference throughout Contra Costa County. 

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East Bay EDA Hosts Presentation on the East Bay Broadband Consortium

 

Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz), and Sunne Wright McPeak, President & CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, gave presentations on the East Bay Broadband Consortium's regional work to the East Bay Economic Development Alliance Fall Meeting. Supervisor Andersen, who serves on the EDA Board as 2nd Vice Chair, delivered the closing remarks.  Click here to view Sunne Wright McPeak's presentation. 
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Supervisor Andersen Visits  

Rossmoor Farmer's Market 

  

On October 4th, Supervisor Andersen visited the Rossmoor Farmer's Market.  During this time she met with Rossmoor residents along with other local community members. 
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ConFire Welcomes New Chief

Supervisor Andersen is pleased to welcome Jeff Carmen as the new Fire Chief for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Chief Daryl Louder officially stepped down on October 31st after holding the position   for the past two and a half years. Chief Carman comes to Contra Costa from Roseville, where he began as a firefighter in 1984. He was promoted to engineer in 1987 and to fire captain in 1989. Beginning in 2005, he spent two years on special assignment with the Sacramento Terrorism Task Force. Chief Carmen has also been in charge of Roseville's Operations Division, overseeing emergency service delivery, since 2010.
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Deputy District Attorneys to Present Elder Fraud Seminar in Rossmoor

Deputy District Attorney Jun Fernandez, assigned to the Elder Fraud Unit, will be speaking to Rossmoor residents about criminal financial abuse. The types of theft covered are embezzlement by Power of Attorney, Home Repair Fraud, Identity Theft, Investment and Securities Fraud, Opportunistic Thefts, Sweetheart Swindles and Sweepstakes and or Lottery Scams.  Also presenting will be Deputy District Attorney Ken McCormick, who will discuss real estate fraud.  Please join Supervisor Andersen for this very informative event at 10:00 a.m. on November 14th at the  Gateway Clubhouse, Fireside Room.  

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Alamo MAC Welcomes New Member
Front row: L to R, David Barclay, Michael McDonald (Chair), Ed Best 
Back row: Anne Struthers, Steve Mick, Susan Rock, David Bowlby 
   

Supervisor Andersen is pleased to welcome Susan Rock to the Alamo MAC.  A long-time Alamo resident, Susan is active in the school community, youth sports, cub scouts and a number of other community activities. Susan is committed to helping Alamo remain a strong, vibrant community. 

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Affordable Housing to be Available in Orinda

At completion, Orinda Grove will include eight, below market rate homes that will be sold to moderate-income households. The purchase price for the first four below market rate homes to be constructed will be $385,000.

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Street Smarts Brings the CHP "Start Smart" Driver Safety Education Program to the  
San Ramon Valley
On November 6, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Monte Vista High School, 3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville Street Smarts presents the CHP "Start Smart" Program.Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds in this country.  In California, teen drivers are found at fault in 66% of all fatal collisions they are involved in, although they  only represent 4% of licensed drivers.  What can a parent do to help their teen be a safer driver?

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Holidays on the Farm in San Ramon

It's hard to spot Donner, Blitzen and the others when they are hard at work pulling Santa's sleigh, so come to the farm to see a pair of live reindeer. They will be visiting from 10:30am to 1:30pm on December 7th and 14th. There will also be entertainment, Victorian ornament making, old-fashioned games, tractor rides, holiday vendors, and a visit from Victorian Santa. The Welcome Center, Tractor Museum and Gift Shoppe will be open. Delicious food will be available for purchase. The Victorian Glass House Museum will be specially decorated just for the holidays - Farm tours will take place at 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Glass House Museum Tours are at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon & 1:00 p.m. Tours are $5 per person or $8 for both. Forest Home Farms Historic Park is located at 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd in San Ramon. For more information call (925) 973-3284. Holiday on the Farm is presented by the San Ramon Historic Foundation and the City of San Ramon. To see more: click here.  
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Lamorinda Welcomes New Leaders

 

The Lafayette School District governing board members unan-imously approved the hiring of Assistant Superintendent Rachel Zinn to be the district's new Superintendent. Zinn has worked with the Lafayette School District for seven years and is taking over for Fred Brill who started as superintendent of the San Lorenzo Unified School district in October.  

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Saint Mary's College Celebrates
Presidential Inauguration


On Friday, October 11, 2013 Supervisor Andersen attended the Presidential Inauguration for James A. Donahue at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. Donahue is the 29th President of Saint Mary's College, and the first layperson to serve as president in the college's 150-year history.
Pictured with Candace are St. Mary's Director of Community and Government Relations Tim Farley, Professor Ed Tywoniak, Moraga Mayor Dave Trotter, and Edy Schwartz from the Moraga Chamber of Commerce.
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Next Alamo Liaison Meeting  

Set for December 16th 

  

ParticipaAlamo Logonts with a vested interest in Alamo, both personally and professionally, have been attending monthly liaison meetings to share information about current events and happenings within the community. The monthly meetings provide a great opportunity to make connections and discover resources within Alamo.alamoliaison Representatives from the San Ramon Valley Fire Department, Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol are often present to answer any questions applicable to their respective departments. Supervisor Andersen hosts these meetings on the third Monday of every month, at 8:00 a.m. Interested residents are encouraged to participate too! For more information, contact Donna Maxwell at (925) 957-8860 or by clicking here
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Moraga Tree Lighting & Breakfast with Santa 


Join Santa and his Moraga Youth Involvement Committee helpers on Friday, December 6th for cookies and hot cocoa in the Commons Park for the Holiday Tree Lighting.  Refreshments and entertainment from the Moraga Community Chorus begin at 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Alamo Women's Club Coat Drive -  

Help keep our county community warm!

 

As the changing of the seasons occur, so does the need to help keep our county community warm. The Alamo Women's Club would like to help make it easier. On Wednesday, November 13th from 10:00am to 12:30pm, the Alamo Women's Club at 1401 Danville Blvd, Alamo, will be open to drop off coats and jackets for all ages.   

 

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Be an Elf this Holiday Season
   
Holiday Helpers Warehouse is a wonderful support to some of our neediest neighbors in Contra Costa County.  The holidays are a time of joy and giving, but for some it is a demanding and difficult time. The Holiday Helpers Warehouse (HHW) has been a program of VESTIA in Contra Costa County for the last 25 years, and provides a wide array of help to these families in need - including food, new blankets, warm new clothing, new toys, books, board games and shoe gift cards.
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Women's Hall of Fame Needs Nominees

 
The California Commission for Women is looking for nominees for its Hall of Fame Project.  The event will take place on March 20, 2014 but all nominations are due to the commission by November 15, 2013

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2013 Hospice Tree of Lights
For twenty-seven years, Hospice of the East Bay has offered members of communities throughout Contra Costa a way for families to honor and memorialize the lives of their friends and loved ones. 

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It's a Wonderful Life Event in Lafayette

On Friday, December 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce will kick-off the holidays with an "It's a Wonderful Life" gala.  Join your Lafayette friends and neighbors for this first time event at the Lafayette Plaza Park at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Road.  For more information, contact the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce at (925) 284-7404.
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Hike for Shelter

Supervisor Andersen and Chief of Staff Gayle Israel attended the Hike for Shelter on Saturday, October 19th. This year, 220 hikers joined in to help raise money to prevent homelessness in Contra Costa County.  Over $100,000 was raised at this one-day event. Gayle joined hikers on the "easy" hike towards Mt. Diablo. Candace made closing remarks, thanking the 70 volunteers and Shelter, Inc. for all they do for the County. For more information about Shelter Inc., visit their website by clicking here or calling (925) 335-0698.
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The Great Shake-Out
 
Lamorindans joined with 9.5 million Californians to "drop, cover, hold" in an earthquake drill that was held at 10:17AM on Thursday, October 17th.  The exercise allows first responders to rehearse emergency response plans. 
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Danville Tree Lighting

 

One of the town's most charming events, the Lighting of the Old Oak Tree, will be held the day after Thanksgiving in Danville. In its 37th year, the tree lighting has proven not only a tradition for local families, but a community favorite. If you go, be sure to stop by Supervisor Andersen's office for some hot cocoa and a holiday treat while enjoying the Tree Lighting.   The office, located just west of the tree on Diablo Road, will be open from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

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Canyon Post Office Gets New Directional Signs

The community of Canyon contacted Supervisor Andersen in August requesting her support to add signage to help direct visitors to the Canyon Post Office.  With the postal service looking for ways to cut costs, the community of Canyon remains concerned about the long-term prospects for the level of service they have come to depend upon from their local post office.  It is their hope that by encouraging more people to conduct their business at the Canyon Post Office, they will increase the probability of the post office's longevity.  The Canyon community worked with County Public Works and the signs were installed in early October.

 

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Red Cross Honors Heroes

On Friday, October 25th, Supervisor Andersen attended the Heroes Breakfast at the Crow Canyon Country Club. April Rovero of San Ramon was one of the "heroes" receiving an award. Few individuals have done more than April to educate students, parents and lawmakers on the dangers of prescription drugs. Congratulations to April and all the recipients, and thank you for all you do for your communities.
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Alamo Tree Lighting

The Alamo Chamber of Commerce will present the 2013 Alamo Tree Lighting Festival at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 1st at the Andrew H. Young Park, 3000 Danville Boulevard in Alamo.  The festival kicks off the beginning of the Christmas holiday season for families with an evening of caroling, entertainment, beverages and crafts. Opening the program will be Supervisor Andersen. She will welcome the crowd, share a few words and switch on the lights for Alamo's beautiful tree. Students from local schools, elementary through High School will then be performing some beautiful holiday songs sure to get us all in the spirit! 

Moraga Pear & Wine Festival


Candace enjoyed visiting with Walt Nelson at the Moraga Chamber of Commerce booth while attending the Pear & Wine Festival on September 28th.
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Culture to Culture Awards Ceremony

 

On Saturday, October 12, Supervisor Andersen attended the Culture to Culture Mental Health Awareness ceremony honoring local Bay Area high school students. The students were asked to write essays on what they felt was the number one mental health issue affecting high school students today.

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California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) 

 

Supervisor Andersen attended the Tri-Chamber Mixer & California Independent Film Festival Kick-off party at the Orinda Theatre on October 23. Moraga and Orinda will host the CA Independent Film Festival. Films from around the world will be shown November 7th-10th, with Opening Night November 7th at the Rheem Theatre, followed by three full days at both the Rheem and Orinda Theatres.

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Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Opening

The 4th bore of the Caldecott tunnel will be open to traffic this month, less than four years from the groundbreaking and right on schedule. 

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San Ramon Seeking Volunteers 

Want to become more involved in your City government?  Residents are needed as members of various City and County committees and commissions. For full descriptions of these Committees and Commissions, meeting days and times, and the responsibilities of the positions, please visit our website: click here. Click "Openings" at the top of the page to view current openings.  To apply, fill out an application on the link provided. Please contact the City Clerk's Department at 925-973-2538 if you have any questions.
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Seeking Committee Members for the Family & Children's Trust Fund (FACT) and  

Several Other Committees 

 

FACT was established in 1982 by the County Board of Supervisors to make funding recommendations on the allocation of a variety of funds for prevention and intervention services to reduce child abuse and neglect, provide supportive services to families and children, and promote a more coordinated, seamless system of services for families.  

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Covered California in Contra Costa County

Enrollees through Covered California will receive health care coverage starting January 1st, and open enrollment will continue through March 31st. The California program is not having the same problems occurring on the Federal website.  Both individuals and business owners may learn about health care plan options or enroll in Covered California. Click here to visit the website or speak to a customer service agent at (888) 975-1142. The Concord call center is open 72 hours per week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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Chief Healy Officially Takes the Reins at
Moraga Orinda Fire


The Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) appointed Stephen Healy on October 16th as the fifth fire chief in the history of the district.  Chief Healy succeeds Randall Bradley, who departed in July.  Supervisor Andersen was delighted to hear of the appointment of chief Healy to this permanent position. He brings the strong leadership and experience needed at MOFD as it works together with ConFire to determine how to best provide the fire, disaster and emergency medical services for our Lamorinda region.  Healy has been with MOFD for seven years and has over 27 years of experience as a fire service professional in California.

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Supervisor Andersen Attends the ECHO Awards 

The ECHO Awards celebrate the deals and achievements of the most influential women in commercial real estate.  Awards are given in the categories of: Sustained Leader In Commercial Real Estate, Emerging Leader In Commercial Real Estate, and Corporate Excellence In Commercial Real and Best Deal. Pictured above with Candace are: Emlyn Struthers, Linda Best, Patricia Curtin, Dana Tsubota, Bielle Moore, Iris Obregon and Lea Castleberry.
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Board of Supervisors Actions

    

Ever wonder what your Supervisor does at that weekly Tuesday Board of Supervisors Meeting? Here are some of the board actions from the month of October which impact the residents of District 2:  

 

Approved the MOU between Contra Costa County and the Deputy Sheriff's Management Unit and Rank and File Unit, implementing negotiated wage agreements and other economic terms and conditions of employment.

 

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Veteran's Day Events Around the District  

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The City of Walnut Creek's annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive. The keynote speaker is retired Army medic Steve Cram, a Vietnam Veteran who served as a helicopter pilot and physician for Saigon Hospital. 
 

Moraga Boy Scout Troops 212, 234, and 246 and local community members will hold a Veteran's Day ceremony from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on November 11, 2013 at Moraga Commons Park, 1425 Saint Marys Road.  


Joint veteran service organizations in the San Ramon Valley
will pay tribute to all veterans beginning at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th at the San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center in Danville (501 Danville Blvd. at Railroad). In addition to the outstanding program to recognize those who have served in all eras, there will be music by students from San Ramon Valley High School and participation by Scouts. 

Supervisor Andersen Visits  

Rossmoor Farmer's Market rossmoorfarmers

  

On October 4th, Supervisor Andersen visited the Rossmoor Farmer's Market.  During this time she met with Rossmoor residents along with other local community members. She enjoyed talking to residents about current county topics.  Supervisor Andersen greatly appreciates the candid feedback she receives from her constituents and always welcome more!  To inquire about local county issues and/or provide comments, please email the Supervisor by clicking here or call (925) 957-8860.  Supervisor Andersen serves District 2, which includes the communities of Rossmoor, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Canyon, Parkmead, Saranap and portions of Walnut Creek.
Affordable Housing to be Available in Orindaaffordableorinda

At completion, Orinda Grove will include eight, below market rate homes that will be sold to moderate-income households. The purchase price for the first four below market rate homes to be constructed will be $385,000. Households applying for the eight, below market rate homes must have at least four members, and must be within prescribed income eligibility limits. Priority is given to households with a member who currently is employed in Orinda and has worked in the City of Orinda for one year or longer. The City of Orinda will host a workshop at a future date to provide prospective buyers with the details of the application process and the requirements for purchase of the below market rate homes. To obtain further information, including the date of the workshop, visit the City of Orinda's website or contact the City of Orinda Planning Department at (925) 253-4210. After the workshop, the City of Orinda will be accepting pre-applications from applicants who meet the basic eligibility requirements. The City of Orinda will then hold a public meeting where all eligible applicants will be entered into a drawing to determine the order in which applicants will be given an opportunity to qualify to purchase a unit.

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Street Smarts Brings the CHP "Start Smart" Driver Safety Education Program to the  
San Ramon Valleystreetsmarts
On November 6, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Monte Vista High School, 3131 Stone Valley Road, Danville Street Smarts presents the CHP "Start Smart" Program.

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for 15 to 20 year olds in this country.  In California, teen drivers are found at fault in 66% of all fatal collisions they are involved in, although they  only represent 4% of licensed drivers.  What can a parent do to help their teen be a safer driver?

"Start Smart" is a two-hour driver safety education class that targets new and future licensed teenage drivers aged 15 to 20 and their parents or legal guardians.  As part of the program, CHP officers discuss collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, and driver/parent responsibilities.  Officers also show images of collision scenes and share stories of families who have lost loved ones.

The November 6 event is free and open to the entire San Ramon Valley.  Registration is requested, but not required.  To register click here. For more information about the November 6 event or the Street Smarts Program, contact Cathy DeLuca at 925 314-3382 or cathy@streetsmarts.com  You can also visit the Start Smart website at click here.

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Lamorinda Welcomes New Leaderslafayetteschools

 

The Lafayette School District governing board members unan-imously approved the hiring of Assistant Superintendent Rachel Zinn to be the district's new Superintendent. Zinn has worked with the Lafayette School District for seven years and is taking over for Fred Brill who started as superintendent of the San Lorenzo Unified School district in October.

 

The Acalanes Union High School District also voted unanimously to appoint Nancy Jo Kendzierski to the vacated seat on its governing board after Gwen Reinke resigned on August 1. Kendzierski's term runs through November 2014.  She and her family have lived in the Lamorinda area for 18 years.

 

Congratulations to both as you work to make our schools a great place to learn.

 

 

Moraga Tree Lighting & Breakfast with Santamoragatreelighting 


Join Santa and his Moraga Youth Involvement Committee helpers on Friday, December 6th for cookies and hot cocoa in the Commons Park for the Holiday Tree Lighting.  Refreshments and entertainment from the Moraga Community Chorus begin at 6:30 p.m. with the tree lighting at 7:00 p.m.

 

Hacienda Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 14th at the Hacienda de las Flores (2100 Donald Drive).  This is a family friendly event serving continental breakfast and a photo opportunity with Santa.  Pre-registration is required, no tickets will be sold at the door.  Bring your own camera.  $10 adults, $8 children 3 to 12 and children 2 and under are free.  There will be two seatings: 8:30 a.m. with doors opening at 8:15 a.m.; and 10:30 a.m. with doors opening at 10:15. Tables of 8 or more may be reserved. Contact (925) 888-7045 for reservations and further information.  

 

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Alamo Women's Club Coat Drive -  

Help keep our county community warm!warmcoat

 

As the changing of the seasons occur, so does the need to help keep our county community warm. The Alamo Women's Club would like to help make it easier. 

 

On Wednesday, November 13th from 10:00am to 12:30pm, the Alamo Women's Club at 1401 Danville Blvd, Alamo, will be open to drop off coats and jackets for all ages.  These donations will be given to VESTIA (Volunteer Emergency Services Team in Action). VESTIA is one of the Alamo Women's Club's nonprofits of choice.  VESTIA is composed of volunteers who raise money and obtain donated goods and services to provide supplemental support to County clients. Annually it serves over 6200 clients with low to very low incomes.

 

Why donate?

According to One Warm Coat, "Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn. For most, a warm coat solves the problem. But, for the now nearly 15% of Americans living in poverty, "a warm winter coat is a budget extra." By working together as a community, we can reduce the burden for those needing a helping hand.
Be an Elf this Holiday Seasonbeanelf
   
Holiday Helpers Warehouse is a wonderful support to some of our neediest neighbors in Contra Costa County.  The holidays are a time of joy and giving, but for some it is a demanding and difficult time. The Holiday Helpers Warehouse (HHW) has been a program of VESTIA in Contra Costa County for the last 25 years, and provides a wide array of help to these families in need - including food, new blankets, warm new clothing, new toys, books, board games and shoe gift cards. The program is possible only with the donations from local donors and groups, like you!  The HHW will start taking donations in person on December 13th at 500 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill or you can drop off an unwrapped toy at Supervisor Andersen's office at 309 Diablo Road in Danville, up to that date. Registered families will be picking up their gifts on December 16th & 17th in Pleasant Hill and on December 19th in Richmond.   
"Thank You for Supporting your local Elf!"

Women's Hall of Fame Needs Nomineescommissionwomen

 
The California Commission for Women is looking for nominees for its Hall of Fame Project.  The event will take place on March 20, 2014 but all nominations are due to the commission by November 15, 2013

Anybody can nominate someone; it can be a well-known woman, or an unsung hero.  There are seven different nomination categories.  Each category needs to have at least three nominees.  The categories are: Leadership, Creating Community, Working for Justice, Preserving the Environment, Improving Healthcare, Contributing to the Arts and Innovating in Science and Technology.

For more information or to get a nomination form,  click here.

2013 Hospice Tree of Lightshospice
For twenty-seven years, Hospice of the East Bay has offered members of communities throughout Contra Costa a way for families to honor and memorialize the lives of their friends and loved ones.  To attend the event in your community, please see a list of the dates below:
Danville/San Ramon        Friday, November 15 
Walnut Creek                      Sunday, November 17 
Rossmoor                             Wednesday, December 4 
Orinda                                    Saturday, December 7 
Moraga/Lafayette             Sunday, December 8 
Alamo/Bruns                       Wednesday, December 11 
Blackhawk                             Friday, December 13

For more information or to donate click here

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California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF)filmfestival 

 

Supervisor Andersen attended the Tri-Chamber Mixer & California
Frank Melon, President of Moraga Chamber of Commerce, & Candace enjoying the Tri-Chamber Mixer in Orinda.
Independent Film Festival Kick-off party at the Orinda Theatre on October 23. Moraga and Orinda will host the CA Independent Film Festival. Films from around the world will be shown November 7th-10th, with Opening Night November 7th at the Rheem Theatre, followed by three full days at both the Rheem and Orinda Theatres. Independent films are created by people who are passionate about film making. Because independent filmmakers do not have the same level of financial backing as the major studios, their success lies in having excellent acting, amazing cinematography, and a creativity that is rarely seen in conventional films. For more information on the movies that will be shown as well as a full schedule, click here.

Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Opening caldecott

The 4th bore of the Caldecott tunnel will be open to traffic this month, less than four years from the groundbreaking and right on schedule.  Not only is the tunnel finishing on time, it is coming in under budget with the help of partners like the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which shouldered more than a quarter of the $417 million dollar cost with voter approved Measure J funds.  Although the tunnel is now paved and striped, it is in the final stages of testing the Fire & Life Safety Systems.  The State Fire Marshall needs to formally "commission" the tunnel, certifying that it is safe for use. There will not be a party when the tunnel opens to traffic. Instead, there will be a small ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the tunnel. There will be subsequent nighttime closures in the weeks following the opening to complete important work that cannot be performed until after the tunnel opens.  For additional information on the new 4th bore, click here.

Seeking Committee Members for the Family & Children's Trust Fund (FACT) and  

Several Other Committees boards

 

FACT was established in 1982 by the County Board of Supervisors to make funding recommendations on the allocation of a variety of funds for prevention and intervention services to reduce child abuse and neglect, provide supportive services to families and children, and promote a more coordinated, seamless system of services for families. Funding for FACT supported projects comes from federal and state programs, and donations to the County's Family and Children's Trust Fund.

 

Every two years the members of the FACT Committee establish a series of county priorities for the use of these funds through review of existing data and reports and by holding Public Hearings in various areas of the county. The Committee then develops a competitive bidding process to select non-profit, community-based agencies that can best provide the services determined to be most important.

 

Program recommendations are made to the Board of Supervisors which makes the final funding decisions. The Committee continues to evaluate these funded programs to ensure continued provision of quality service and achievement of stated goals.

 

Supervisor Andersen is also looking for volunteers from her district to fill the following positions:

 

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
  • In Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee
  • Mental Health Commission (1 Consumer Seat)
  • County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee (1 Reg. & 2 alt. seat - Roundhill Resident) 

In addition, there are many at large seats available on a variety of advisory bodies. To find out what is available and to fill out an application, visit Contra Costa County on the web by clicking here.

 

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Board of Supervisors Actions boardactions  

 

Ever wonder what your Supervisor does at that weekly Tuesday Board of Supervisors Meeting? Here are some of the board actions from the month of October which impact the residents of District 2:  

 

Approved the MOU between Contra Costa County and the Deputy Sheriff's Management Unit and Rank and File Unit, implementing negotiated wage agreements and other economic terms and conditions of employment.

 

Adopted a resolution as approved by the Retirement Board, which establishes the retirement plan contribution rates for employers and employees.

 

Approved/Authorized an MOU with the Northern California Family Center to allow the Fire District to continue providing a "Safe Place" where runaway and in-crisis youth can turn for help.

 

Declared October 2013 as Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month; Accepted the status report from the Public Works Department and the Flood Control & Water Conservation District on the Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program; Directed the Public Works Department and the Flood Control & Water Conservation District to continue with implementation and the annual campaign of a sustainable Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program.

 

Honored Tim Argenti as the 2013 Distinguished Citizen of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

  

Honored James Phillip Wright, Orinda as a winner of the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County 2013 Arts Recognition Award.

 

Recognized October as Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.

 

Appointed Erling Horn to the District II Alternate Seat of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District's Fire Commissioners, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Appointed Joseph Rubay and Chris Bura to the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Approved Appropriations and Revenue Adjustment authorizing new revenue in the Sheriff's Office Emergency Services and appropriating it for support of the Community Warning System.

 

Approved/Authorized the County's Department of Conservation & Development, CDBG Consortium funding for Small Business Development Program services.

 

Approved/Authorized a contract amendment with Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa to provide long-term care ombudsman services to seniors.

 

Approved/Authorized  a grant application to the CA Board of State and Community Corrections for funding for a proposed expansion of the West Contra Jail.

  

Accepted completion of private improvements for a project by Black Mountain Development, Alamo.

 

Approved/Authorized the U.S. Department of Homeland Security FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of cardiac pulmonary resuscitation compression devices.

 

Proclaimed October 2013 as "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."

 

Proclaimed October 21-27, 2013 as "Lead Poisoning Prevention Week."

 

Adopted Ordinance which increases the monetary limit for informal bidding on construction contracts from $100,000 to the current State limit of $175,000, ties the County's limit to the State Public Contract Code limit henceforth, and clarifies the purchasing agent's authority to award construction contracts.

 

Re-Appointed the following individuals to the Advisory Council on Aging: Robert Leasure, Danville; Laurie Ulrick, Orinda.

 

Approved/Authorized the Tri-Valley Transportation Council's Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement.

 

Report received from the Fire Chief on the status of the two member Emergency Medical Squad which was placed into service on September 6, 2013 and stationed in Walnut Creek.

 

Report received from the Fire Chief on the status of emergency response times following the closure of fire stations and the de-staffing of functional units that began in January 2011.

 

Report presented by the Emergency Medical Services Director on the EMS System Modernization Study being conducted by Fitch & Associates, LLC, including coordination with the Fire Services Study of ConFire, and approved a contract extension with Fitch & Associates, LLC extending the contract term from January 31, 2014 to April 30, 2014.

 

Presentation from Peter Lee, Executive Director of the California Health Benefit Exchange and Kathy Gallagher, Employment and Human Services Director, regarding the CCC Covered California Call Center and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

 

Proclaimed October 24, 2013 as "Food Day" in recognition of the role of food in health as well as the importance of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food throughout Contra Costa.

 

Honored the winners of the Arts and Culture Commission of CCC 2013 Arts Recognition Award.

 

Declared October 2013 as "National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month."

  

Approved/Authorized Contract Amendment No. 1 with LSA Associates Inc., to provide environmental study services for the Camino Tassajara Shoulder Widening, 1.1 miles south of Highland Road to 0.30 miles north of Windemere Parkway Project, with no change to the original term of April 5, 2012 to March 31, 2015, San Ramon.

   

Authorized new revenue from the U.S. Department of Justice "Smart Probation: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities" grant and appropriating it to implement evidence-based practices that target high-risk probationers by identifying medium/high-risk offenders, improving pre-release contact, and increasing capacity for cognitive behavior treatment.

 

Reallocated the salary of the Fire Chief-Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Exempt.

  

Re-Appointed Geoffrey Meredith, Lafayette, to the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County.

 

Re-Appointed Marianne Gagen, Danville, and Joseph DeLuca,

Lafayette, to the Family and Children's Trust Committee.  

 

 

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