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In This Issue
Operation Welcome Home
Easter Bunny at Alamo Plaza
Family Justice Center
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Low Immunization Rate Centers
Orinda & San Ramon New Chiefs
Dogtown Downtown
Devil Mountain Run
Mediation Training
Orinda Citizen of the Year
E-Waste
Intern in the DA's Office
Health Matters for Boomers and Beyond
Street Smarts Awards Ceremony
Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency Panel
Women's Commission Hall of Fame
Earthquake Planning Tips
AAUW Garden Tour
Lafayette Citizen of the Year
Morage Police Lieutenant Retires
Thank you San Ramon!
Danville State of the Town & Community Awards
Trinity Center
Orinda State of the City
Young Children's Issues Forum
Volunteers Needed in District 2
Board of Supervisors Actions
 
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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

 

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Operation Welcome Home
 

Last year Supervisor Andersen presented Captain David Yuers with a Resolution at an Operation Welcome Home ceremony in Walnut Creek. Upon his recent return from Afghanistan, Captain Yuers surprised her, presenting Supervisor Andersen with a beautifully framed US Flag and a certificate commemorating its significance.  On September 27, 2013, the flag was flown over the skies of Afghanistan, carried by an MQ-1 participating in a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Captain Yuers has been in the Service since 1982, he's a decorated Iraq Veteran. Captain Yuers has been to Turkey, Kuwait, Djibouti, and South Korea.
This was Captain Yuers last deployment, after 30+ years of service. To learn more about Operation Enduring Freedom click here.

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Easter Bunny Hops on the Alamo Plaza Trail
 

Join the Easter Bunny and all his friends in front of Richard's Crafts at the Alamo Plaza, located at Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Road in Alamo, on Saturday, April 12 from Noon - 2:00 p.m.


Continue on the trail of festivities to include balloon twisting, face painting, train rides, prizes and more.  Plus go on a scavenger egg hunt of goodies to find one of the Golden Eggs to win a special prize.


Don't forget to bring your camera to take pictures with the bunny!
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Central County Family Justice Center

  

Supervisor Andersen attended a Strategic Planning Meeting for the Central County Family Justice Center in Concord on March 4, 2014.   

 

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10th Anniversary of 
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

On March 5, 2014 the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and the Dental Collaborative of Contra Costa celebrated their 10th anniversary.

The care mobile provides free dental services for underserved, uninsured youth, ages 0-19, in a partnership between John Muir Community Health Alliance, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Contra Costa Children's Oral Health Progam, La Clinica de La Raza and Brookside Community Health Center.

Since taking the road in 2004, the mobile clinic has served more than 5,000 children at local schools and other community sites.

If you would like to support this valuable service or find out more, call (925) 363-7588.
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New Online Tool Identifies Daycare Facilities and Kindergartens with Low Immunization Rates in Contra Costa County


Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) launched an online tool today to raise awareness about the growing number of parents who avoid school-required immunizations for their kids - a trend that threatens the entire community. 

 

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Orinda & San Ramon Welcome New Police Chiefs
Mark Nagel & Joe Gorton 

 

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Nagel took over the reins of the Orinda Police Department in February. Former Chief Scott Haggard, left Orinda to return to the County Sheriff's office. Orinda contracts with the Sheriff's office for police services.  

 

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Dogtown Downtown
 
The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Library & Learning Center, City of Lafayette and U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are presenting Dogtown Downtown on April 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center & Plaza Park.
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Get Ready for the Devil Mountain Run

The East Bay's oldest foot race takes to the streets of Danville on Sunday, May 4 at 8:00 a.m. Lace up your running shoes and join in the fun as hundreds of locals gather to participate in this tradition. The annual run includes a 5K and 10K, a free Kids Fun Run and Expo.  For more details and registration information about this run, click here.
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 Annual Mediation Training being offered in April
 
When communication breaks down between disputing individuals or groups, the situation can escalate, often leading to expensive legal action or even violence. Our trained mediators diffuse anger and help both parties reach a win-win resolution at a fraction of the cost of legal services.

Center for Human Development's Conflict Resolution Programs have provided mediation services and conflict management training to Contra Costa County residents and business groups for more than two decades. The CHD is holding training programs in the month of May; to learn more please click here.
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Orinda Citizen of the Year
Susan Garell and Supervisor Candace Andersen.
 

Supervisor Andersen helped honor Susan Garell as the 2014 Orinda Citizen of the Year at the Orinda Community Center, Friday, March 14, 2014.  Susan has worked tirelessly for the arts in Orinda, hermost public endeavor known as "Lamorinda Idol," has become a multi-month collection of musical workshops and performances culminating in a final competition in early Fall. 


Susan's interests in the arts include concerts in the park, film arts, a visual arts competition in the schools, partnering with Orinda Unified School District to get sketchbooks in the hands of every third-grader, and successfully creating the Orinda Library Art Gallery.
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Questions or Concerns about E-waste?
 
State law prohibits putting CRT-containing devices (computer monitors and TVs) in the garbage.  Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority will accept service area residents' computer equipment and TVs at its Benicia facility, 3690 Sprig Road, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.  Maximum of five items allowed per car.
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District Attorney Looking for Summer Interns
 

The Contra Costa County D.A's office is looking for interns for their college summer internship program.   

 

The positions are unpaid and interested applicants would be asked for a minimum commitment of 24 hours per week.

 

Those who are interested can mail their resume with references and a cover letter to Dominique Yancey, District Attorney's Office, 900 Ward Street, Martinez, CA  94553.

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Health Matters for Boomers and Beyond
 

Embracing the benefits of living a balanced lifestyle.

 

Free Lectures and Fitness Programs

Orinda Library

Friday, April 11, 9:30 am-12 pm

  

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10th Annual Street Smarts Awards Ceremony 


The 10th annual Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Sunset Development Company, was held on March 12, 2014. The event drew over 400 students and community members to the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center in San Ramon.
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Contra Costa County is Seeking a Technical Expert Member for the Solid Waste Local 

Enforcement Agency Independent Hearing Panel

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A Public Service Opportunity for persons with knowledge of solid waste management, technology, and laws.

 

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Women's Commission Hall of Fame 
 
On Thursday, March 20th, Supervisor Andersen attended the 2014 Contra Costa Commission for Women Hall of Fame event honoring women who make a difference in Contra Costa County.  Women were selected as outstanding achievers in the following categories: Leadership, Community,  Health Care,  Justice, and the Arts.  

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Earthquake Planning

The recent major earthquakes in Chile and the Los Angeles area are a reminder that we should be prepared for the same. The key to surviving any emergency or disaster situation is planning.  Take the time to discuss what you hope to do in an emergency with everyone at home.  Take a moment over dinner to identify what each of you will do.

  • What escape routes avoid falling hazards?
  • How do you help family members with disabilities?
  • How do you plan for pets?
  • What supplies do you store for 5-7 days?
  • Who do you call? 

For more information click here.

 

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Annual Garden Tour
 
Save the Date:  AAUW Garden Tour, May 9 and May 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  
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Lafayette Honors its Citizen of the Year
 
Toni McShane was honored at a March 28th banquet at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa. The dinner and the award itself are sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lamorinda Sun.

Having worked for the last 24 years with the Lafayette School District, Toni is well-known by scores of kids and their parents.  She is the assistant principal of Stanley Middle School, and will wrap up her tenure and retire at the end of this school year. She has worked a total of 41 years, including 24 years with the Lafayette School District.
 
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Moraga Police Honors Lieutenant Jeff Price
 
On March 29, 2014, the Moraga Police Department hosted a retirement dinner for Lieutenant Jeff Price at the Moraga Country Club.  Hired as a police officer in October, 1981, Jeff Price served the Town in the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant.

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Thank you San Ramon!
 
The City of San Ramon began hosting events in 2011 to say "Thank You!" to all residents for making San Ramon a wonderful place to live, work and play.  These Thank You San Ramon! events proved an opportunity for residents to become familiar with City amenities, programs and staff. 
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Danville State of the Town & Community Awards
 

Supervisor Andersen enjoyed visiting with Town volunteers and leaders, and listening to Mayor Robert Storer's State of the Town Address on Thursday, March 27th at Crow Canyon Country Club. 

 

 

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Trinity Center - Helping Those without a Home

Trinity Center is a non-residential day center for the homeless, located in Walnut Creek. Trinity Center opened its doors on November 1, 2012 to assist the working and poor men and women in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County. Trinity offers food, toiletries, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, and mail and telephone services. They also assist with benefit applications, hold weekly group discussions and regular AA meetings.
 
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Orinda State of the City

Supervisor Andersen enjoyed Mayor Sue Severson's State of the City address at a luncheon sponsored by the Orinda Chamber of Commerce and the Orinda Rotary on Wednesday, March 26th at the Orinda Community Center. Supervisor Andersen was pleased to present a certificate to Cyndi Girgis of Hilton House, honoring her for being named the Chamber's Small Business of the Year.
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10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 2014

"Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate"

 

On Saturday, March 29, a forum for discussion among State Legislators, local elected officials, business leaders, and the community regarding current children's issues took place at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.

 

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Diablo Fire Safe Council   

Workshop for Defensible Space

 

Companies that perform tree trimming, chipping, lawn and garden care, landscape design, ornamental shrub and tree services, weed abatement, yard work & maintenance, should attend the 2014 Workshop for Defensible Space.

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Volunteer to Sit on a District 2 Advisory Board

In addition to the District 2 vacancies listed below, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the list of countywide advisory bodies that have At Large Seats available, such as the Emergency Medical Care Committee, Fish and Wildlife Committee, Hazardous Materials Commission, Local Child Care & Development Planning Council, County Planning Commission, County Workforce Development Board. To apply for any of these seats, click 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 March which impact the residents of District Two:    

Honored Vincent L. Guise III upon his retirement as Agriculture Commission for the County.

 

Declared March as "Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month," as recommended by Supervisors Andersen and Piepho.

 

Presentation by East Bay Broadband Consortium on the importance of increased broadband infrastructure as a foundation for continued economic growth in the County and the greater East Bay.

 

Acting as ConFire Board of Directors, authorized the Fire Chief to implement a light vehicle fleet leasing, maintenance, and management program with Enterprise Fleet Management.  This will not only save the Fire District just under $1million over a 15 year period, but will provide greater reliability of vehicles.

 

Acting as the ConFire Board of Directors, directed preparation of a draft ordinance for future consideration that would allow ConFire to establish a First Responder Fee for the assessment and treatment of medical patients, and related actions.

 

Heard proposed implementation of property tax cost recovery provisions of Revenue and Taxation Code 95.3; Adopted report from the Auditor-Controller filed on 2/11/14, of FY 12/13 property tax-related costs, including the proposed charges against each local jurisdiction excepting school entities; Considered implementation of Revenue and Taxation Code 95.3 for FY 13/14.

 

Acting as the ConFire Board of Directors, Approved/Authorized acceptance of a 2013 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant through FEMA, Department of Homeland Security.

 

Proclaimed March 2014 as National Social Worker's Month in Contra Costa County.

 

Approved/Authorized application/acceptance of a Help America Vote Act grant from the Secretary of State for costs incurred for participating in activities necessary to deploy VoteCal, the statewide voter registration data base system.

 

Approved/Authorized a contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to pay the County for a Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Project.

 

Approved/Authorized consolidated parcel tax measure elections of the Acalanes Union High School District, Lafayette School District, and West Contra Costa Healthcare District with the 5/6/14 Mail Election, as requested by these agencies.

 

Accepted the Treasurer's Quarterly Investment Report as of 12/31/13.

 

Received/Accepted the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council 2013 Annual Report as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Received report regarding Kinder Morgan's Integrity Management Program; Authorized letter to the State Fire Marshal requesting a review of the IMP for the Kinder Morgan pipelines in CCC.

 

Continued emergency action taken by BOS on 11/16/99 regarding homelessness in the County.

 

Approved 14/15 Annual Housing Authority Agency Budget.

 

Approved the appointment of Jessica Hudson to the position of County Librarian, effective 4/14/14.

 

Adopted recommended assumptions and methods for use in County OPEB Plan GASB 45 Actuarial Valuation as of 1/1/14.

 

Adopted "A Design and Implementation Plan For a West County Reentry Resource Center," as recommended and amended by the Community Corrections Partnership at its 2/21/14 meeting.

 

Adopted plan for an East and Central County Networked System of Services for Returning Citizens, as recommended and amended by the Community Corrections Partnership.

 

Honored the Contra Costa County Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development on the 10th Anniversary of the Annual Young Children's Issues Forum.

 

Recognized Toni McShane as the 2014 Lafayette Citizen of the Year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Introduced Ordinance to modify the allocation of future resources for funding Other Post-Employment Benefits; Waived reading, Fixed 4/1/14 for adoption.

 

Approved Appropriation Adjustment authorizing the intra-agency transfer of appropriations from the Library Community Services to Library Administration and Support Services for the purchase of book security equipment.

 

Added one Deputy Sheriff position and canceled one Sergeant position in the Sheriff-Coroner Department, Field Operations Bureau - County Service Area P-5, Round Hill.

 

Approved/Authorized application and acceptance of funding from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, for the "Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program".

 

Approved/Authorized a contract amendment by  the Health Services Director with Fitch & Associates, LLC, to increase the total contract payment limit for additional fire service study services, consultation services regarding the selection of an ambulance provider.

 

Approved/Authorized a contract among Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, San Ramon, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, to enable disbursement of Measure J Sub regional Transportation Needs Program funds to fund transportation projects and programs.

 

Amended the County's Debt Management Policy to reflect the upgraded rating tier from Standard and Poor's of "AAA" and updated annual disclosure requirements.

 

Accepted quarterly report of the Post-Retirement Health Benefits Trust Agreement Advisory Body.

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Central County Family Justice Centerfamilyjusticecenter

  

Supervisor Andersen attended a Strategic Planning Meeting for the Central County Family Justice Center in Concord on March 4, 2014. 

 

The family justice center model is an innovative new strategy of delivering a broad array of services to victims of family violence.  The center will provide a safe location where law enforcement officials, legal service providers, victim advocates and community providers can work together, under one roof, supporting victims and their needs across a continuum of care.

 

The new Central County Family Justice Center project involves a coordination of services from a number of public safety and support service agencies and public and private entities.  Partners include police officers, prosecutors, social services and community-based advocates.


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New Online Tool Identifies Daycare Facilities and Kindergartens with Low Immunization Rates in Contra Costa Countyimmunizations


Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) launched an online tool today to raise awareness about the growing number of parents who avoid school-required immunizations for their kids - a trend that threatens the entire community. 

 

Interactive maps at cchealth.org now make it easy for parents and the community to check immunization levels at most kindergartens and child care facilities in Contra Costa County.

The maps show that the kindergartens at five elementary schools and students at 22 child care facilities are especially vulnerable to outbreaks of serious, vaccine-preventable diseases because of low immunization levels.

The recent exposure of BART riders to measles by a contagious, unvaccinated passenger underscores that these diseases remain a serious risk, said Paul Leung, Contra Costa Public Health immunization coordinator.

"High immunity levels among those exposed likely prevented more people from getting sick. But with more people skipping vaccines, that could change," Leung said. "It's important to know that it takes only 10% of a population to opt out of immunization to fuel a disease outbreak that could sicken many people, including those too young or too sick to receive vaccine."

Schools require students to receive doctor-recommended vaccines against several diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and polio, but California law allows parents with personal beliefs against vaccination to opt out. 

   

The maps show the percentage of students at each campus who did not receive all their vaccinations because parents filed a Personal Belief Exemption (PBE). The use of PBEs has increased over the past five years, both locally and statewide.

 

The campus with the highest 2013 kindergarten PBE level in the county - 50% - is East Bay Waldorf School in El Sobrante, which briefly closed in 2008 due to a whooping cough outbreak.

 
Health officials hope that a new state law that went into effect this year will improve immunization rates. The law requires families seeking a PBE to meet with their healthcare providers to discuss vaccine and disease facts, ensuring that parents have access to accurate information.
   
"There is no reason why children and other community members should be at increased risk of contracting whooping cough, measles and other serious diseases that can be prevented with vaccines," said Dr. Joanna Chin, a pediatrician at CCHS' Martinez Health Center. "Many of the parents I see who want to skip vaccines for their children do so based on faulty information. Access to accurate information can help parents make informed decisions."


To view the maps and other information about school vaccinations

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Orinda & San Ramon Welcome New Police Chiefspolicechiefs
Chief Mark Nagel

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Nagel took over the reins of the Orinda Police Department in February. Former Chief Scott Haggard, left Orinda to return to the County Sheriff's office. Orinda contracts with the Sheriff's office for police services.

Nagel, 47, comes to Orinda after serving as the Sheriff's office lieutenant for technical services in Martinez.

 

After graduating from the police academy, he worked as a deputy at the Richmond jail before doing recruiting for the sheriff's office. Then came two years of patrol service in Lafayette, which Nagel said was one of the best assignments he's had.

 

After several more opportunities, including shifts in Martinez, Alamo and Richmond, Nagel was promoted to lieutenant and was station house commander in Martinez and part of the Watch Commander's Program before his last assignment as assistant commander in the technical services division, which oversees dispatch, radios and other technology. 

Chief Joe Gorton

San Ramon got its second police chief in the city's history on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 as Joe Gorton was sworn in.

 

Chief Joseph Gorton, a captain for the past seven years, had been serving as the interim chief since former Chief Scott Holder retired in November.

 

Gorton's 26-year career began at the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, and has included municipal patrol, investigations, undercover narcotics, a hostage negotiations team and Drug Abuse Resistance Education. In 1998, he started the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office Helicopter Unit, which patrolled local waterways and other hard-to-reach areas.

 

In 2007, Gorton led a transition team to create the San Ramon Police Department and later helped the agency move into a new 36,000-square-foot police facility in west San Ramon.

 

Mayor Bill Clarkson praised Gorton's people skills, calling him an all-around top choice for the department.

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Dogtown Downtowndogtown
 

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Lafayette Library & Learning Center, City of Lafayette and U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are presenting Dogtown Downtown on April 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center & Plaza Park.

 

The dog parade starts at 10:00 a.m., beginning at the Lafayette Plaza. Click here for more information. 

 

ACTIVITIES 

* Workshops
* Lectures
* Demonstrations

* Dog Adoptions


CONTESTS
Enter your dog any/all contests - FREE  - registration starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
* Best Team Tricks
* Best Costume
* Looks Most Like Owner
* Waggiest Tail

* Best of Show

 

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Questions or Concerns about E-waste?ewaste
 
State law prohibits putting CRT-containing devices (computer monitors and TVs) in the garbage.  Contra Costa County Solid Waste Authority will accept service area residents' computer equipment and TVs at its Benicia facility, 3690 Sprig Road, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.  Maximum of five items allowed per car.

CRT devices are accepted free of charge as reuse items during either of your area's two annual Reuse and Clean-up collections.  You may set out up to five electronic waste items (computer processor, keyboard, mouse, printers, etc.) for this collection.  If you cannot wait for a reuse collection, a curbside pick-up of electronic waste is available for a fee through Allied Waste Services.  Call (925) 603-1144, ext. 1, to arrange a pick-up.  The fee covers dis-assembly, removal and recycling of hazardous materials. For additional E-waste recycling options, visit the CCCSWA website by clicking here.

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Health Matters for Boomers and Beyondboomersandbeyond
 

Embracing the benefits of living a balanced lifestyle.

 

Free Lectures and Fitness Programs

Orinda Library

Friday, April 11, 9:30 am-12 pm

  

Join the Friends of the Orinda Library for the second of three free Health Matters events.  Aging experts will be covering healthy aging topics, as well as offering free mini fitness classes suitable for all levels.

  • 9:30-10:30, Preventing Elder Financial Abuse: protect yourself from fraud and financial manipulation, presented by Shirley Krohn, CASE and California Senior Legislature

Choose from one of three mini classes during the 20 minute fitness break, including Zumba Gold, improving Balance, and Yoga.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Making our Communities Aging Friendly, Dr. Andrew Scharlach, UC Berkeley and Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Orinda Library auditorium.  Coffee, tea and treats will be available.  For full speaker bios and more information click here

 

The presentation is free and takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way in Orinda, short walk from the BART station. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Orinda Library and the Orinda Parks and Recreation Department.

   

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10th Annual Street Smarts Awards Ceremonystreetsmarts 


The 10th annual Street Smarts Storybook Poster Contest Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Sunset Development Company, was held on March 12, 2014. The event drew over 400 students and community members to the Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center in San Ramon.

At the March 12 ceremony, eleven winners were announced by Supervisor Andersen, San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson, Danville Councilmember Newell Arnerich, SRVUSD President Rachel Hurd and Sunset Development Company Vice President of Planning Chris Truebridge.

The storybook is illustrated by elementary school students who have drawn the award winning posters.  It is distributed to thousands of San Ramon Valley children as a tool to teach traffic safety. "Since 2008, over 35,000 copies of Street Smarts storybooks have been given to local children," stated Cathy DeLuca, Street Smarts Coordinator. "That's the power of having a Storybook Poster Contest instead of just a Poster Contest -- not only do the participants learn the traffic safety concepts, but then those concepts are shared with the thousands of other children who read the book." Starting the week of March 17, complimentary copies of the storybook can be picked up at the Danville and San Ramon Community Centers and the Danville, San Ramon, and Dougherty Station public libraries. To learn more about Street Smarts, click here.

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Contra Costa County is Seeking a Technical leapanelExpert Member for the Solid Waste Local 

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A Public Service Opportunity for persons with knowledge of solid waste management, technology, and laws.

 

On November 5, 2013, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved an Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) for the Contra Costa Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA).  The IHP will meet when needed to hear matters related to solid waste enforcement, permits, and appeals. Panel members serve four-year terms.

 

The three-member panel requires a technical expert with knowledge of solid waste management, technology, and laws. The technical expert does not need to reside in the County. Interested parties can submit an application for the LEA Independent Hearing Panel, by April 30, 2014, to:

 

Dorothy Sansoe, Sr. Deputy County Administrator

Contra Costa County - County Administrator's Office

651 Pine St., 10th Floor

Martinez, CA 94553

(925) 335-1009

Fax (925) 335-1098

Email Dorothy by clicking here  

 

For a link to the application form:  click here.   

 

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Women's Commission Hall of Famewomencommission 
L to R, Derek Zemrak, Edy Schwartz - Winner in the "Arts" category, Leonard Pirkle and Supervisor Andersen

On Thursday, March 20th, Supervisor Andersen attended the 2014 Contra Costa Commission for Women Hall of Fame event honoring women who make a difference in Contra Costa County.  Women were selected as outstanding achievers in the following categories: Leadership, Community,  Health Care,  Justice, and the Arts.  

The Contra Costa Commission for Women was formed to educate the community and advise the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and other entities as necessary on issues relating to the changing social and economic conditions of women in the County, with particular emphasis on the economically disadvantaged. If you are interested in learning more about the Commission for Women, click here.

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Moraga Police Honors Lieutenant Jeff Priceltprice
Donna Maxwell, staff to Supervisor Andersen, presents a proclamation to Jeff Price.
 
On March 29, 2014, the Moraga Police Department hosted a retirement dinner for Lieutenant Jeff Price at the Moraga Country Club.  Hired as a police officer in October, 1981, Jeff Price served the Town in the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant. In total, Price provided the Town of Moraga with over 32 years of dedicated service, rendering him the only sworn officer to have retired in such capacity to date.  The event was well attended by numerous previous and current employees.  Lt. Price received letters and certificates of appreciation from Mayor Ken Chew, Supervisor Andersen, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan and Senator Mark DeSaulnier.  Additionally, Lt. Price received a flag, flown in his honor over the Capitol, from Congressman George Miller. Supervisor Andersen congratulates Lt. Jeff Price for his 32 years of steadfast service to the citizens of Moraga and wishes him all the best in his retirement.

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Thank you San Ramon!thankyousanramon
 
The City of San Ramon began hosting events in 2011 to say "Thank You!" to all residents for making San Ramon a wonderful place to live, work and play.  These Thank You San Ramon! events proved an opportunity for residents to become familiar with City amenities, programs and staff. 

The City is offering a new walking series in 2014.  Walks will feature special guests and a park or trail location within San Ramon. 

These events will allow residents to explore new places within San Ramon that are great for outdoor activities.

The first event is  a "Walk with the City Council" being held on April 12th at 10:00 a.m. in San Ramon Central Park, located at 12501 Alcosta Blvd.  Those participating will be able to enjoy scenic Central Park while having an opportunity to engage with San Ramon City Council members about local topics.  This beginner friendly route will loop the park and part of the Iron Horse Trail.  Healthy refreshments will be provided.  Walkers of all ages welcome. For more information click here.

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Danville State of the Town & Community Awardstateoftown
 
SRVUSD board member Mark Jewett, Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins and Supervisor Andersen

Supervisor Andersen enjoyed visiting with Town volunteers and leaders, and listening to Mayor Robert Storer's State of the Town Address on Thursday, March 27th at Crow Canyon Country Club. 

 

Some of Danville's finest citizens and contributors were also honored at the event, as the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce presented its annual community awards. The Chamber honored its local Citizen of the Year, Mary Tuttle; Employee of the Year, Joe Calabrigo - Town Manager; Business of the Year, Bridges Restaurant; and Charitable Organization of the Year, the Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley.

 

In his first year as Mayor, Robert Storer stated Danville town leaders remain focused on smart

spending, keeping a strong record on public safety, promoting a vibrant downtown and making improvements throughout the community. Mayor Storer highlighted town accomplishments over the past year and looked toward local government priorities for 2014 and beyond.



Candace with David Miller and Becky Sargent

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Trinity Center - Helping Those without a Hometrinitycenter

Trinity Center is a non-residential day center for the homeless, located in Walnut Creek. Trinity Center opened its doors on November 1, 2012 to assist the working and poor men and women in Walnut Creek and Central Contra Costa County. Trinity offers food, toiletries, clothing, showers, laundry facilities, and mail and telephone services. They also assist with benefit applications, hold weekly group discussions and regular AA meetings.
 
On January 30th, 2013, efforts were made in our county to count the number of homeless citizens. It's almost impossible to measure exactly how many people live among us are displaced, but in that moment in time, 3,798 people were found; 2,448 (sheltered) and 1,350 (on the street).
 

So why are people homeless? According to The National Coalition for the Homeless there is a variety of reasons, including but not limited to, foreclosure, eroding work opportunities, a decline in public assistance, lack of affordable housing, lack of affordable health-care, domestic violence, mental illness and addiction disorders. Circumstances in this day and age, of which nobody is immune.

  

Numbers released from coast-to-coast, by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (January 2014) revealed that 610,042 people are experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. Of that number, 222,197 are people in families, and 387,845 are individuals. About 18 percent of the homeless population of 109,132 is considered "chronically homeless," and about 9 percent of homeless adults - 57,849, are veterans. Click here for more information about Trinity Center and their programs for the homeless.
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Annual Garden Tourgardentour
 
Save the Date:  AAUW Garden Tour, May 9 and May 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  

The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting its 14th annual Garden Tour on Friday,  May 9th and Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Begin your Mother's Day weekend by treating your mothers and daughters on this self-guided tour of five of the loveliest gardens in the Alamo and Danville area. From the calm serenity of an artist's studio garden to an exquisite entertainment garden featuring expansive lawns, a terraced hillside and multiple patio areas, you will be inspired by the creative elegance of each of these unique gardens.  

 

Tickets can be purchased at East Bay Flower Company (206 Sycamore Valley Road West in the Danville Livery) or online by clicking here. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for seniors before May 3rd.  Light refreshments will be provided.  All proceeds from the tour benefit scholarships, research and grants for aspiring women scholars.

 

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10th Annual Young Children's Issues Forum 201issuesforum

"Speak Out for Children: Educate and Advocate"

Supervisor Andersen,
Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, and  Assemblymember Joan Buchanan
 

On Saturday, March 29, a forum for discussion among State Legislators, local elected officials, business leaders, and the community regarding current children's issues took place at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.

 

This annual community event is sponsored and organized by the Contra Costa Local Planning Council for Child Care and Development (LPC) and coordinated by the Contra Costa County office of Education. The purpose of the event is to:

  • Provide a forum for discussion among state legislators, local officials, and the community regarding current children's issues
  • Provide the community with tangible advocacy tools, resources, and opportunities to become active in the policy-making and legislative process
To learn more about the Annual Young Children's Issues Forum and the Local Planning Council, click here.

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Diablo Fire Safe Council   firesafe

Workshop for Defensible Space

 

Companies that perform tree trimming, chipping, lawn and garden care, landscape design, ornamental shrub and tree services, weed abatement, yard work & maintenance, should attend the 2014 Workshop for Defensible Space.

 

Attendees will learn various jurisdiction's defensible space standards, learn ignition prevention measures, gain access to the new referral list, and participate in a hands-on demonstration project offered by the Diablo Fire Safe Council (DFSC).   

 

This workshop is being sponsored in partnership with CAL FIRE, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, El Cerrito/ Kensington Fire Department, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Oakland Fire Department & the San Ramon Valley Fire District.

 

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Where: Saint Mary's College, Claeys Lounge, Soda Activity Center, Moraga, CA

Cost: $20 per person, cash or checks only. Make checks payable to DFSC. Fee includes information packet and lunch.

Registration required - space is limited.

Call 925-941-3673 or email by clicking here.

 

For more information about the workshop or the Diablo Fire Safe Council click here.

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Volunteer to Sit on a District 2 Advisory Board advisoryboards

In addition to the District 2 vacancies listed below, Supervisor Andersen would like to draw your attention to the list of countywide advisory bodies that have At Large Seats available, such as the Emergency Medical Care Committee, Fish and Wildlife Committee, Hazardous Materials Commission, Local Child Care & Development Planning Council, County Planning Commission, County Workforce Development Board. To apply for any of these seats, click here.
  

Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board - click here for information 

 

Aviation Advisory Committee - click here for information 

 

In Home Support Services Public Authority Advisory Committee - click here for information 

 

Mental Health Commission (1 Consumer Seat) -  click here for information 

 

Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (1 Alternate Seat and 1 youth representative-Alamo resident) -  click here for information 

 

Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee

 

County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee (1 Reg. & 2 alt. seat - Residents of: Roundhill, Regency Woods and Windsor Green)

 

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