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In This Issue
Danville Community Blood Drive
San Ramon Hansamo Awards
A Literary Feast - Authors Dinner
Annual Board Reorganization
Whose Heart is in Your Hands?
Northern Waterfront Economic Development Initiative
Danville's Downtown Improvements
Orinda Needs Volunteers
Moraga Kiwanis Crab Feed
Waiting for the Rain
Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft
100th Anniversary of US Power Squadrons
San Ramon Student Honored by Board of Supervisors
County Connection Launches New Shuttle
Pinewood Derby
Confire Fitch Draft Fire Study Town Hall
New Canyon Road Bridge Coming to Moraga
Lafayette Business Person of the Year
Great Race for Clean Air
Girl Scouts Visit with the Supervisor
Libraries Offer Enrollment Assistance in Covered California
County Raises Money for Food Bank
Seeking Volunteers to Represent District 2
 
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San Ramon Valley Office

 

309 Diablo Road

Danville, CA  94526

 

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Monday - Friday

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

 

Phone: (925) 957-8860

FAX: (925) 820-3785

  

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Lamorinda Office

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3338 Mt. Diablo Boulevard

Lafayette, CA  94549

 

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Alamo MAC Welcomes New Chair

At the January meeting of the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council, Candace presented outgoing Chair Michael McDonald with a proclamation honoring his hard work and dedication to Alamo  while presiding over the MAC for the past two years. Council member David Barclay was sworn in as the new Chair. If you are interested in attending an Alamo MAC meeting, they are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. To get the meeting location or for more information, contact Donna Maxwell in our office at (925) 957-8860, or email her by clicking here.
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Danville Community Blood Drive

The Next Danville Community Blood Drive will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14th at The Grange Hall, 743 Diablo Road, Danville. Please sign up today to reserve your preferred appointment time.

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. 

Please help to save lives and schedule an appointment today! Click here to make an appointment.  
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 2013 San Ramon Hansamo Scholarship Award Ceremony
On December 19, 2013, Supervisor Andersen attended the annual Hansamo Scholarship Award Ceremony honoring students who show leadership and actively participate and promote the Korean language and culture.
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 A Literary Feast - Authors Dinner
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. for a literary feast of the senses! Lafayette Library's second annual Literary Feast is nearly here. Spend an intimate evening talking and listening to acclaimed authors from across the country. Taste and enjoy a sumptuous multi-course dinner prepared by local caterers, served within the library's magical walls. Feel inspired by the opportunity to participate in a unique event that helps fuel the library's creative programs each year. This hallmark event raises the funds needed to provide one-of-a-kind art, science and literary events to over 20,000 local residents of all ages. Please call (925) 283-6513 for more information.
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Annual Board Reorganization
The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department Color Guard presented the colors to open the January 7, 2014 Board Reorganization meeting.

The Board of Supervisors held their annual reorganization meeting on January 7, swearing-in Supervisor Karen Mitchoff as the chair for 2014, and electing Supervisor John Gioia as vice-chair. Outgoing Chair Federal Glover was honored for his leadership over the past year, and standing committee assignments were determined.  This year, Candace will serve on the following committees:

 

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Whose Heart is in your Hands?

Give your Valentine the gift of learning CPR  

 

SRV Fire png Considering that 300,000 Americans fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest each year, learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death. With February being American Heart Month, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the HeartSafe Community Program challenges everyone to learn this important life saving skill. 

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Contra Costa County's Northern Waterfront

Economic Development Initiative 

 

On January 10, 2014, Supervisor Andersen attended a forum hosted by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the City of Antioch to discuss how the Northern Waterfront area can be revitalized so it is competitive in the 21st century global economy.  The area stretches from Hercules to Oakley along Contra Costa County's northern waterfront and includes Concord's Naval Weapons Station,  the Military Ocean Terminal and the Antioch Marina.

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Danville's Downtown Improvements Website Unveiled
 

As 2014 gets underway there will be a number of projects occurring in downtown Danville.   Some are public improvements while others are private redevelopment projects.  In an effort to give residents as much information as possible, a new website, click here has been launched to provide a single source of information on these projects.

 

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Orinda is Looking for Volunteers
 

The Annual Commission Recruitment application deadline has been extended!!  The City of Orinda is seeking applications from  resident volunteers to serve on the following City Commissions and Committees:

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Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley Crab Feed
Supervisor Andersen attended the Kiwanis Crab Feed at the Soda Center on the campus of St. Mary's College on February 1st. She is pictured above with Moraga Mayor Ken Chew (left) and Kiwanis President Jason Evans. 
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Waiting for the Rain
 
Inevitable water restrictions are no doubt looming for many local residents, but other dangers will pose a threat to Contra Costa County in the current drought conditions.  According to the National Climate Center, California is facing the driest year since accurate records began in 1895. Wildfire conditions will likely continue into the winter; recent fires in Big Sur, Napa and Humboldt County are proof that cold temperatures have no effect on reducing the incidence of wildfires.

Homeowners aren't usually concerned with dry vegetation this time of year, but with the lack of rainfall they should remain vigilant about keeping brush and combustible materials away from their homes. The 2013 rainfall amount was less than half the previous record low of 8.79 inches, set in 1946.  For more information on the current dry conditions and imposing drought, you can visit the U.S. Drought Monitor website by clicking here.
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Protecting Your Vehicle from Theft
 

As the statewide vehicle theft coordinator, the California Highway Patrol embraces its leadership role to reduce vehicle theft, which is a significant economic drain on the people and law enforcement resources in California. The CHP actively coordinates and supports legislation in an effort to reduce vehicle theft related crimes. The CHP reviews state and federal regulations and existing laws affecting vehicle theft.  

 

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100th Anniversary of US Power Squadrons
Diablo Chapter Offers Boating Course 

On January 21st, the Board of Supervisors recognized the United States Power Squadrons with a signed resolution to commemorate their 100th Anniversary. The United States Power Squadrons was founded in 1914 at the encouragement of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as a national organization to promote boating safety. 

 

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Dougherty Valley High School Student Honored at Board of Supervisors Meeting
 

On January 21st, at the Contra Costa County 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration & Humanitarian of the Year Awards, Anand Kannappan was recognized as the 2014 Student Humanitarian of The Year.  

 

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County Connection Launches New Shuttle

County Connection has launched a new program to ease traffic in Danville and along the I-680 corridor.  When the Alamo Creek, Monterosso, and Ponderosa Colony neighborhoods were developed through the County in unincorporated East Danville, they became part of a T-1 District, with each household paying a special assessment with their property taxes to be used for transit purposes.With this funding, County Connection has launched a pilot shuttle program which is free to anyone traveling to and from the neighborhoods to the Danville Park and Ride and Walnut Creek BART during commute hours, and to other locations throughout the rest of the day.

 

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Supervisor Andersen Judges Race Cars 

Saturday, February 1st Supervisor Andersen joined Cub Scouts at Vista Grande Elementary School in Danville for their annual Pinewood Derby.  She had the opportunity to judge the cars, which were creatively carved, painted, and embellished by the boys from a block of wood. Categories included: Scouting/Patriotic; Best Designed Race Car; and Most Creative.  Following the judging, the boys raced their cars against one another in numerous heats until a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner were determined. The three top winners get to have their cars displayed at Norm's Place in Danville and are entitled to a free meal anytime they go there for the next year!

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ConFire Fitch Draft Fire Study Town Hall
 

A town hall meeting was held in Martinez on January 22nd to present the draft operational study of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and seek feedback from the public. The District has been dealing with severe budget cuts that have resulted in decreased services and fire station closures. 

 

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 New Canyon Road Bridge 
Coming to Moraga
Existing Canyon Road Bridge, Photo by Andy Scheck of Lamorinda Weekly

The Town of Moraga plans to replace the Canyon Road bridge sometime in late 2015 or early 2016 using a grant from the Federal Highway Bridge Program. The current bridge was built in 1936 and has become structurally deficient. The new multi-span bridge will be approximately 120 feet long and 40 feet wide and will accommodate two 12-foot travel lanes and two 8-foot wide shoulders on both sides for bicyclists, along with one 5-foot wide sidewalk for pedestrians.

 

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Lafayette Business Person of the Year 
Supervisor Andersen was delighted to attend the Business Person of the Year Dinner sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and held at the Lafayette Park Hotel on February 1st. She is pictured above with honoree, Brian Aiello of Pinnacle Apparel & Promotions (left), and Lafayette Council Member Mike Anderson.  
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Join the Great Race for Clean Air! 

 

The Great Race for Clean Air, being held March 1 through April 30, 2014, is a friendly competition between Bay Area employers to determine who will reign as the company with the best Bay Area Commuters!  The competition encourages employees to use commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling - anything but driving alone to work! For a list of categories that employers can win, click here.

 

Once your company is registered you will receive a welcome packet including posters and a series of email messages which you can use to promote the Great Race for Clean Air. All participating employees will be eligible for weekly prize drawings for gift cards from local merchants. Employees can track their commute trips using 511 Rideshare's online Trip Diary beginning March 1st. Contact Stephanie Anderson by  clicking here for details and/or questions.

 
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Girls Scouts Visit with the Supervisor
 

 

On Monday, January 27, the seventh grade Charlotte Wood Girl Scout Troop 30678 visited Supervisor Andersen to discuss the merits of implementing a Countywide plastic bag ordinance. The girls are Cadets working on their Silver Award project. In 2013 they visited the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands as a special troop outing. They learned how the marine wildlife animals are profoundly affected by trash, and more specifically by plastic bags which they often mistake for food in the water. 

 

The girls created a video on this topic for elementary school students and shared it with Supervisor Andersen.  They plan to show it at additional schools and to other public officials.
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Contra Costa County Libraries Offering Enrollment Assistance in  

Covered California

 

Enrollment assistance is being offered at many Contra Costa libraries and in your community.  Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014.  To be eligible to enroll:

  • Proof of citizenship OR legal residence status
  • Reside in Contra Costa County
  • Have an income tax return OR pay stub

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A Big Thank You!

This year Contra Costa County departments and Supervisor offices raised a grand total of $101,985.55 for the Holiday Food Fight benefitting the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano Counties. The Food Bank is a centralized warehouse that stores and distributes donated and purchased perishable and nonperishable food items. They distribute food directly to low-income residents at community sites and make food available for other nonprofit organizations serving the ill, needy and infants. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger. To see more about the food bank click here. Supervisor Andersen is especially appreciative of all of the District 2 residents who donated this holiday season.
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Seeking Volunteers to Represent District 2

 

Supervisor Andersen is looking for volunteers from her district to fill seats on the following committees:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board - Click here  for more information
  • In Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee - Click here  for more information
  • Mental Health Commission (1 Consumer Seat) - Click here  for more information
  • Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (1 youth representative-Alamo resident) - Click here  for more information
  • County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee (One Regular & two alternate seats - Residents of: Roundhill,Regency Woods and Windsor Green) 

Link to the Application: Click here for more information

 

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

 

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 Januaary which impact the residents of District Two:    

 

2014 Reorganization of the Board of Supervisors

Comments of the Outgoing Chair; Election of the 2014 Chair and Vice Chair ; Swearing in of the 2014 Chair and Vice Chair by the Honorable Barry Goode, Presiding Judge of the CCC Superior Court; Presentation of token of appreciation to the 2013 Chair; Comments of the Incoming Chair; Introduction of Staff and Comments of Board Members

 

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Annual Board Reorganizationboardreorg

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department Color Guard presented the colors to open the January 7, 2014 Board Reorganization meeting.

The Board of Supervisors held their annual reorganization meeting on January 7, swearing-in Supervisor Karen Mitchoff as the chair for 2014, and electing Supervisor John Gioia as vice-chair. Outgoing Chair Federal Glover was honored for his leadership over the past year, and standing committee assignments were determined.  This year, Candace will serve on the following committees:

  • Family & Human Services Committee
  • Internal Operations Committee
  • Transportation, Water & Infrastructure Committee
  • Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) Authority
  •  Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority
  •  Dougherty Valley Oversight Committee
  • East Bay Regional Communication System (EBRCS)  Authority Governing Board
  • Hazardous Waste Management Facility Allocation Committee, Alternate
  • Medical Services Joint Conference Committee
  • Pleasant Hill BART/Contra Costa Centre Joint Powers Authority Board of Trustees
  • Southwest Area Transportation Committee (SWAT)
  • TRAFFIX, Measure J Traffic Congestion Relief Agency
  • TRANSPAC, Alternate
  • Tri-Valley Transportation Council
  •  Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, (CCCTA) Board of  Directors
  •  Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Alternate
  • Local Agency Formation Commission, (LAFCO) Alternate
  • Association of Bay Area Counties (ABAG) Executive Board, Alternate
  • ABAG General Assembly, Alternate
  • First 5 Children and Families Commission Member
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Whose Heart is in your Hands?whoseheart

Give your Valentine the gift of learning CPR  

 

SRV Fire png Considering that 300,000 Americans fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest each year, learning CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can quite possibly mean the difference between life and death. With February being American Heart Month, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the HeartSafe Community Program challenges everyone to learn this important life saving skill. "CPR is something everyone should learn, like riding a bike or learning to swim," said Edie Farrell San Ramon Valley HeartSafe Community Committee member and the wife of a sudden cardiac arrest survivor.  "You never know when you will need to use CPR or whose life you will save. My 'Valentine' is here today because someone knew CPR and saved his life."

 

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is committed to increasing the number of citizens in our valley that know CPR and understand how to use an AED. The District offers take home kits so residents can learn with their families.  The District sponsors sidewalk CPR instruction at local community events and in 2014 the HeartSafe Committee will begin training  every 7th grader in our valley Hands-Only CPR and the proper use of an AED.  

   

"With the new 'Hands-Only' CPR method, learning CPR is now easier than ever," said Captain Andy Swartzell, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Fire District.  "Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association teaches, if you see an adult collapse, simply call 911 and then push hard and fast in the center of the patient's chest until help arrives to take over."

 

San Ramon Valley Fire is passionate about cardiac care and the HeartSafe Committee is just one of the ways we show our love.  San Ramon Valley Fire is proud of the fact that our valley may be one of the safest places to experience a cardiac emergency in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke and other heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States. Recent data has shown that patients who experience sudden cardiac arrest are far more likely to survive if that episode occurs in the San Ramon Valley.

 

Nationally, if you experience a sudden cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting, your chances of surviving hovers around 8.5 percent. In the San Ramon Valley your chance of survival is two times higher at 17.9 percent. Valley residents have an even greater occurrence of survival if someone witnesses their cardiac emergency and their heart is able to be shocked by an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), in this scenario the likelihood of survival increases to 46.9 percent versus 26.3 percent nationwide.
 

"We are very proud of our cardiac arrest survival statistics," said Fire Chief Paige Meyer. "We attribute our success to many factors including our 911 Communication Center who utilizes Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD), our rigorous paramedic training program, state of the art equipment on all our fire engines and ambulances, the development of our PulsePoint mobile phone app and of course the HeartSafe Committee who teaches Hands-Only CPR to over 2000 residents every year."

 

For more information on CPR or to sign-up for a CPR certification class, click here.  To learn more about the District's HeartSafe Community Program, click here.

 

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Contra Costa County's Northern Waterfront

Economic Development Initiative waterfront

 

On January 10, 2014, Supervisor Andersen attended a forum hosted by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the City of Antioch to discuss how the Northern Waterfront area can be revitalized so it is competitive in the 21st century global economy.  The area stretches from Hercules to Oakley along Contra Costa County's northern waterfront and includes Concord's Naval Weapons Station,  the Military Ocean Terminal and the Antioch Marina.

 

About 400 business leaders, local and state lawmakers and other community stakeholders attended the event to hear the findings and recommended policy initiatives outlined by the Northern Waterfront Work Group and the Consulting Team enlisted by the Board of Supervisors to create the initiative.   Next steps in the process will include creating action teams, developing an action plan, and continued private and public collaboration.  For more information about the project, click here.

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Danville's Downtown Improvements Website Unveileddanville
 

As 2014 gets underway there will be a number of projects occurring in downtown Danville.   Some are public improvements while others are private redevelopment projects.  In an effort to give residents as much information as possible, a new website, click here has been launched to provide a single source of information on these projects.

 

The projects include: East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) water line replacement; installation of wayfinding signage; North Hartz Beautification; private redevelopment of the Danville Hotel Site; Railroad Avenue Improvements and private redevelopment of the Austin Root House.

 

Town of Danville Community Development Director Tai Williams said with all of these projects getting started this year, it is vitally important to keep residents informed.

 

"The idea behind having a website is that the community can go to a single web address and get everything they need to know, " Williams stated. "Project descriptions and plans, construction schedules, even who to contact for each project."

 

In addition to the website, the Town is also partnering with downtown businesses to disseminate information about the work happening downtown this year. Williams said several business owners have volunteered to be "Danville Insiders", who will receive periodic updates which they can then pass on to their customers and other business owners.

 

For more information on the new website or the outreach efforts, contact Community Development Director Tai Williams at (925) 314-3313  or e-mail Tai by clicking here

 

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Orinda is Looking for Volunteersorindavolunteers
 

The Annual Commission Recruitment application deadline has been extended!!  The City of Orinda is seeking applications from  resident volunteers to serve on the following City Commissions and Committees:

 

Art in Public Places Committee (2); Planning Commission (2); Parks & Recreation Commission (3); Citizens' Infrastructure Oversight Commission (2); Traffic Safety Advisory Committee (3); Finance Advisory Committee (3); Public Works Aesthetic Review Committee (1); Historic Landmark Committee (3).

 

The City of Orinda is also seeking applications from resident volunteers to serve as the City's Liaison to the following local agencies:

 

Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District Trustee (1); Contra Costa County Advisory Council on Aging (1); Representative on the Contra Costa County Library Commission (2); County Connection Citizens Advisory Committee (1).

 

Statement of Interest forms are available from the Orinda City Clerk's Office located at 22 Orinda Way, Orinda, CA 94563. If you have any specific questions regarding the recruitment, please contact Michele Olsen, City Clerk at (925) 253-4221 or email her by clicking here. Application forms may also be downloaded from the City's website by  clicking here.

 

Completed Statement of Interest forms must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:00pm.

 

Qualified applicants for City Commission and Committee appointments will be invited to interview before the full City Council on Saturday, March 15, 2014.

 

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Protecting Your Vehicle from Theftvehicletheft
 

As the statewide vehicle theft coordinator, the California Highway Patrol embraces its leadership role to reduce vehicle theft, which is a significant economic drain on the people and law enforcement resources in California. The CHP actively coordinates and supports legislation in an effort to reduce vehicle theft related crimes. The CHP reviews state and federal regulations and existing laws affecting vehicle theft.  

 

In Contra Costa County, the Highway Patrol works closely with local law enforcement agencies, investigators from the district attorneys' office, prosecutors from the district attorney's office, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Insurance Crime Bureau. 6,788 vehicles were reported stolen in Contra Costa County during 2012.  Of those, 6,673 were recovered. There were an estimated 919,403 vehicles registered in Contra Costa County in 2012 (697,279 autos, 139,494 trucks, 56,886 trailers and 25,744 motorcycles).   Final 2013 statistics are still being reviewed.

 

 

Why Are Vehicles Stolen?       

  • To commit other crimes (such as robberies, break and enters, drug dealing or drive by shootings)     
  • For transportation (thieves will use your vehicle to get where they want to go and abandon the vehicle)      
  • For vehicle cloning (given a fraudulent identification number and then sold to unsuspecting persons who are defrauded of their money)       
  • To sell the vehicle as a whole or parts (identification numbers may be altered or removed, ownership certificates forged, parts sold or the vehicle repainted)

How to Protect Your Vehicle

  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle
  • Lock your vehicle and keep the keys in your possession
  • Use a visual deterrent such as steering wheel lock
  • Completely close car windows, including sunroof when vehicle is parked
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running (especially on cold winter morning)
  • After parking, always activate your vehicle's security system
  • Remove all portable accessories (phones, GPS, mp3) from plain view (and their holders)
  • Ensure that the dealership you bought your vehicle from has not put a valet key in the owner's manual in your glove box.  Thieves know to look for this key  
  • Be careful with your keys; don't hide an extra set in the vehicle, thieves know where to look
  • If you have a garage use it to park your car
  • If you don't have a garage, park in a visible location by a light, or as close to the house as possible
  • Keep your registration and insurance papers secure

 

Anti Theft Devices

There are numerous anti-theft devices on the market. These include, steering wheel locks, automatic engine shut offs, satellite tracking, window etching, and many types of car alarms.

 

Buyer Beware

When buying a vehicle, make sure that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the dashboard identification plate matches that on the vehicle registration (and any forms) and that it has not been tampered with. If it has been tampered with, it may be a stolen vehicle.

Potential signs:

  • Loose rivets; Scratched numbers
  • Mismatched rivets, screws in place of rivets, tape, glue or paint over the VIN
  • Demand on seeing the original Vehicle Registration form not a copy.
  • Ask the seller to provide you with photo identification and check that the name on the registration form is the same as the person standing in front of you. Make sure you have a valid home address, home number, and work number.
  • Ask to see the service records for the vehicle. Stolen vehicles don't usually come with maintenance records.
  • Check the license plate on the vehicle to ensure it matches the registration papers.
  • Check the odometer reading (average is 25,000 km/yr.) Is the wear of the car consistent with the odometer reading?
  • Be aware, if you buy a stolen vehicle it will be seized by police without any compensation.
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100th Anniversary of US Power Squadrons
Diablo Chapter Offers Boating Coursepowersquadron 

On January 21st, the Board of Supervisors recognized the United States Power Squadrons with a signed resolution to commemorate their 100th Anniversary. The United States Power Squadrons was founded in 1914 at the encouragement of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as a national organization to promote boating safety. The Power Squadrons is the largest volunteer boating organization in virtually every state and territory. Local squadrons offer boating safety courses on a regular basis to boaters in our communities. These courses are open to the public and there is no age limit for participants. USPS squadrons have offered these courses for over half a century and have educated more than 3 million boaters to date. Successfully completing a USPS boating safety course meets the educational requirements for boat operation in all states. In a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, squadron members conduct courtesy Vessel Safety Checks of boats at the request of their owners. To learn more about this program, and how to get your boat checked, click here. Power Squadrons members also help the National Ocean Service keep our nautical charts accurate by reporting chart corrections, and our local squadrons participate in many other community improvement projects.

 

Locally, Diablo Sail and Power Squadron is sponsoring "America's Boating Course," a two day training on March 29 and April 5.  Classes are open to the public and designed for all boaters.  This course meets the educational requirements of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. For more information on "America's Boating Course" and Diablo Sail and Power Squadron, call (925) 377-2628, or click here to register for the course. The cost is $45 and includes educational materials and lunch.  The event is being held at the Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek.  Successful completion of this course may reduce your boat insurance.  

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Dougherty Valley High School Studentanand Honored at Board of Supervisors Meeting
Supervisor Andersen with Anand Kannappan
 

On January 21st, at the Contra Costa County 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration & Humanitarian of the Year Awards, Anand Kannappan was recognized as the 2014 Student Humanitarian of The Year.  Anand has dedicated much of his young life to bringing positive change to his school, his community and beyond. Anand, a junior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, holds Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as both an idol and role model. Anand has read countless writings from and about Dr. King, and immersed himself into the literature to the point where he could see the vision and truly understand Dr. King's life experiences. "To be even associated with one of the world's most passionate, strong-willed and moral leaders is an honor by itself," Anand said when learning of his award from the County. "Dr. King's vision of creating a world where human beings could hold hands with each other and stay united in their goals is the vision we must all share." Anand does much more than just talk the talk. His humanitarian efforts have resulted in concrete action to help others. For his Eagle Scout project, Anand led a group of volunteers in building a fire escape sand path for special education students at his former middle school. In high school, he successfully juggles academics with a wide variety of clubs. He holds leadership roles in the UNICEF Club, the Cure Club (dedicated to cancer research,) and the Junior State of America Club. He volunteers regularly at John Muir Hospital, for Congressman Eric Swalwell, and is very active in speech and debate as part of the National Forensic League. His speaking experience also includes delivering Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech to a social studies class. Anand has seen the need to serve outside his community as well, counting a trip to Mexico to build houses for the homeless as one of his most life-changing experiences. He befriended a bright teenager whose opportunities were the opposite of his own, simply because of the circumstances in which the teenager lived: in poverty and without access to education. That experience helped to focus Anand's goals on promoting equality in the world, underscored by his passion for community service. The Supervisors were proud and honored to present Anand with the Student Humanitarian of the Year Award.

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County Connection Launches New Shuttlenewshuttle
Candace welcomes riders on the new shuttle route

County Connection has launched a new program to ease traffic in Danville and along the I-680 corridor.  When the Alamo Creek, Monterosso, and Ponderosa Colony neighborhoods were developed through the County in unincorporated East Danville, they became part of a T-1 District, with each household paying a special assessment with their property taxes to be used for transit purposes.With this funding, County Connection has launched a pilot shuttle program which is free to anyone traveling to and from the neighborhoods to the Danville Park and Ride and Walnut Creek BART during commute hours, and to other locations throughout the rest of the day.

 

The morning schedule picks up riders between 6:00 a.m. -6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.; arriving at the Walnut Creek BART station at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m. The evening schedule departs Walnut Creek BART at 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.  Throughout the day the shuttle can be requested by neighbors to travel to other locations within the corridor along Camino Tassajara and I-680.  The services are free and Alamo Creek, Ponderosa Colony, and Monterosso residents can schedule a pick-up at their door.  The number to call for reservations is (925) 943-1829.

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ConFire Fitch Draft Fire Study Town Hallfitchstudy
 
The Supervisors and County staff listen to Jim Broman and Guillermo Fuentes, both from Fitch Consultants, present their preliminary findings

A town hall meeting was held in Martinez on January 22nd to present the draft operational study of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and seek feedback from the public. The District has been dealing with severe budget cuts that have resulted in decreased services and fire station closures. In February 2013, the Board of Supervisors, serving as the Board of Directors of the Fire District, approved a contract with Fitch and Associates, LLC to conduct a study of District operations and make recommendations for future service delivery options. Since that time, the consultants met with stakeholders throughout the County and conducted three public town hall meetings in August 2013.

 

At the town Hall, the consultants summarized the draft report by presenting a district overview, their observations, a fiscal analysis, three options for service delivery, and the project's next steps. Following the presentation, they answered questions from the public. Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation from the Town Hall Meeting. Fitch plans to present study findings to the Board of Supervisors February 25th, 2014. For more information regarding Fitch and Associates, LLC and the Fire Study, please click here.   

 

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 New Canyon Road Bridge Coming to Moragacanyonbridge
Existing Canyon Road Bridge, Photo by Andy Scheck of Lamorinda Weekly

The Town of Moraga plans to replace the Canyon Road bridge sometime in late 2015 or early 2016 using a grant from the Federal Highway Bridge Program. The current bridge was built in 1936 and has become structurally deficient. The new multi-span bridge will be approximately 120 feet long and 40 feet wide and will accommodate two 12-foot travel lanes and two 8-foot wide shoulders on both sides for bicyclists, along with one 5-foot wide sidewalk for pedestrians.

 

Moraga anticipates that a conceptual design plan with recommendations for construction staging will be available for discussion at a community outreach meeting sometime this summer.  Additional outreach meetings will take place to receive community and other agencies' input.  A final meeting will take place prior to the start of construction to inform the community of the plan for construction staging and to introduce the construction management team, who will be on-site during construction and available for any questions throughout the duration of the project.

 

The bridge replacement construction will be phased so that people will be able to continue to cross as they do now.  A portion of the existing bridge will be demolished and a section of the new bridge constructed.  Vehicles will be required to cross the bridge one-at-a-time with stop controls at each end or temporary traffic signals on each end.  With completion of the first stage of the new bridge, vehicles will then be shifted to the new bridge, and then the remaining portions of the old, existing bridge will be demolished and the second half constructed. 

 

If you would like more information on the bridge project, you may contact the project manager at the Town of Moraga, Laurie Sucgang by email or by phone at (925) 888-7026.  

 

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Contra Costa County Libraries Offeringcoveredca Enrollment Assistance in  

Covered California

 

Enrollment assistance is being offered at many Contra Costa libraries and in your community.  Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014.  To be eligible to enroll:

  • Proof of citizenship OR legal residence status
  • Reside in Contra Costa County
  • Have an income tax return OR pay stub

For more information about Covered California, visit their website by clicking here.  The locations, dates and times are listed below:

 

Brentwood Community Center          February 15, 10:00 - 3:00*

35 Oak Street

 

Concord Library                                          February 3, 5:00 - 8:00

2900 Salvio Street                                      March 20, 5:00 - 8:00

 

Danville Library                                          February 20, 1:00 - 3:00*

400 Front Street                                          March 18, 6:00 - 8:00*

 

Discovery Bay Elementary                       February 8, 2:00 - 4:00*

School Gym

1700 Willow Lake Road

 

Lafayette Library                                          March 1, 10:00 - 3:00

3491 Mt Diablo Blvd

 

Oakley Library                                            February 22, 10:00 - 3:00*

1050 Neroly Rd

 

Pleasant Hill Library                                     March 11, 5:00 - 8:00

1750 Oak Park Blvd

 

San Ramon Dougherty                              February 11, 5:00 - 8:00*

Station Library

17017 Bollinger Canyon Rd.

 

Walnut Creek Library                                     March 24, 5:00 - 8:00

1644 North Broadway

 

Walnut Creek Ygnacio Valley Library     February 13, 5:00 - 8:00

2661 Oak Grove Road                                   March 15, 11:00 - 3:00

 

*includes a presentation 

 

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Board of Supervisors Actionsbosactions 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 Januaary which impact the residents of District Two:    

 

2014 Reorganization of the Board of Supervisors

Comments of the Outgoing Chair; Election of the 2014 Chair and Vice Chair ; Swearing in of the 2014 Chair and Vice Chair by the Honorable Barry Goode, Presiding Judge of the CCC Superior Court; Presentation of token of appreciation to the 2013 Chair; Comments of the Incoming Chair; Introduction of Staff and Comments of Board Members

 

Approve recommendations for Board Member appointments to local, regional and statewide committees, boards, and commissions for 2014; Amend the Master List of Board Member appointments for 2014; posting of Form 806 to the CCC website to report additional compensation that Board members receive when serving on committees, boards, and commissions of a public agency, special district, and joint powers agency or authority.

 

Accept completion of improvements for landscaping for a project by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

 

Accept completion of the warranty period for the Road Improvement Agreement and release of cash deposit for faithful performance for a project by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

 

Accept completion of improvements for Right of Way Landscaping for a project by Shapell Homes, San Ramon-Dougherty Valley.

 

2013 status report from Public Works on street light maintenance by PG&E in coordination with the Cities and CCC.

 

Approve/Authorize a Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant to produce and supplement a Veterans' Community Story Online Exhibit entitled, War Ink, 1/1/14-12/31/15.

 

Proclaim January 2014 as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

 

Authorize the additional 30-day hold options for individuals that are gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder per the application of Article 4.7 of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of the division 5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code (commencing with 5270.10) and finding that any additional costs or reduction in costs incurred will be covered by the budget without reduction in service.

 

FY 2014/15 Recommended Budget development schedule. 

 

Report and findings from the survey of municipal advisory committees regarding the addition of an alternate seat(s) to 7-member MACs and an option to add a non-voting youth seat to any MAC, regardless of composition.

 

Accept year-end reports on the '13 Federal and State legislative programs; adopt the '14 Federal and State Legislative Platforms; provide further direction to staff regarding legislative advocacy efforts.

 

Resignation of Russell Roe and Declare vacancy in the District II Seat of the CCC Aviation Advisory Committee effective immediately; Direct the Clerk of the Board to post the vacancy as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Approve/Authorize a contract amendment with the Town of Danville to increase by twelve the number of personnel assigned to the Town and revise payment rates for law enforcement services provided to the Town.

 

Update the official list of persons to serve, in priority order, as standby officers for the respective members of the Board of Supervisors.

 

Include $3,000 to the District Office's budgets for each Municipal Advisory Council within the district's boundaries, in the FY 14-15 Recommended Budget.

 

Alamo-Lafayette Cemetery District's 2013 Annual Report, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Honor the 100th Anniversary of the United States Power Squadrons, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemoration and Humanitarian Awards Ceremony.

 

Establish new speed limits on Rudgear Road, Walnut Creek.

 

Accept completion of the warranty period for Right-of-Way Landscaping for a project by Shapell Homes, Danville.

 

Honor Chinese American Cooperation Council at the 11th Annual Chinese Cultural Day, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Recognize Lafayette Resident, Brian Aiello, as the 2014 Business Person of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Personnel Adjustment to cancel one Lieutenant position and add one Captain position in the Office of the Sheriff - Town of Danville Contract Police Services.

 

Approve/Authorize the District Attorney to submit a grant application with the California Department of Insurance - Fraud Division for funding of the Disability and Heathcare Insurance Fraud Prosecution Program.

 

Refer to the Finance Committee a proposal to enter into a long-term vehicle leasing, maintenance, and fleet management program for ConFire's light vehicle fleet and a review of implementation of an EMS First-Responder Fee to offset expenses incurred while providing EMS on over 35,000 incident annually.

 

Presentation of draft operational study report of ConFire by Fitch & Associates.

 

Report: "An Assessed Value Forecast" prepared by Beacon Economics.

 

Report on budget and key issues for FY 2014/15.

 

Report on Board Chamber Improvements.

 

 

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