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In This Issue
Tiger Cubs Visit Candace
Victims' Rights Week Recognition Ceremony
Recommended 2014-15 County Budget
San Ramon Rotary Unsung Hero Award
Taste of Lafayette
Residential Care Facility Safety Workshop
Alternatives to Toxic Pesticides
Orinda's Sleepy Hollow Firewise Meeting
Fire Safety Tips
PG&E Pipeline Pathways
Danville Doggie Night
Walnut Creek Centennial Heritage Day
Danville & Walnut Creek Memorial Day Services
Moraga Community Garage Sale
Stocks, Bonds and Soccer Moms
San Ramon Art & Wind Festival
100 Year Anniversary of Orinda Library
Los Cerros School Career Day
Wellness City Challenge
West Nile Virus Safety
Conversations that Count
Wildfire Danger Awareness
County EMS System Review
State Refinery Task Force Information Session
Creek Cleanup
District 2 Volunteers Needed
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

 

Hours:

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

and by appointment, please call

 

Phone: (925) 646-6067

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Tiger Cubs take over Supervisor's Office   
 
On Wednesday, April 9, Supervisor Andersen was visited by a Tiger Cub Scout troop from Green Valley Elementary in Danville who were interested in learning about different ways to communicate.  Candace talked to the boys about government interaction and communications with the public.  They discussed different ways of gathering information and also different ways to communicate their own message.

While visiting the Supervisor's office, they were equally as excited to snack on Candace's homemade cookies!
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Victims' Rights Week Recognition Ceremony

On Friday, April 11, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office recognized several individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of crime in our County.

The honoree's included an inspector from the District Attorney's office, support staff from the DA's office, several law enforcement officers, including Kristen Thoms of the Concord Police Department (pictured  with Supervisor Andersen), a crime victim advocate and a witness to a crime who went above and beyond putting himself in harm's way. Also honored was a parent whose son was murdered, and subsequently after this tragic event, founded the Contra Costa Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.

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Recommended County Budget 

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Hearings on the County's $2.7 Billion ($1.4 Billion General Fund) Budget started in April, with the anticipated budget approval taking place June. 
 
This is the third consecutive year the County has had a structurally balanced budget.  26% of the County's General Fund revenues are from Property Taxes and this year assessed values increased by 3.45%. Next year the County is projecting a growth rate of 5%, but anticipating it to grow thereafter at a more modest rate of 3%. 

If you are interested in looking at the recently proposed Contra Costa County Budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, 
click here.
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Unsung Hero Award

 

Each year, the Rotary Club of San Ramon recognizes several volunteers, either San Ramon citizens or residents from other communities that serve the citizens of San Ramon, who have distinguished themselves in their service.

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12th Annual Taste of Lafayette 

 
The 12th Annual Taste of Lafayette will be held on Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tours begin at Lafayette Plaza with a wine and beer reception including appetizers and musical entertainment featuring a Beatles Tribute. Ticket holders go at their own pace to any or all of the participating restaurants, then return for a dessert reception at the Plaza from 8:30-9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $45 if purchased by May 9, $50 thereafter.

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Supervisor Andersen Attends
Residential Care Facility Safety Workshop
Candace listens as Jeff Hebel, the Emergency Services Manager for the Town of Danville, reviews information from the Residential Care Facility Video.
On April 8, 2014, Supervisor Andersen participated in the 5th Annual Residential Care Facility (RCF) Fire and Life Safety Workshop.  The San Ramon Valley has just under 80 care homes in its area.  This year's workshop introduced the recently created Residential Care Facility Evacuation Training video.
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Alternatives to Toxic Pesticides

 

It is important for us to do our part to preserve our environment for future generations.  We also want to keep our children, pets, and wildlife safe from harmful chemicals. Since 2001, Contra Costa County departments have reduced their pesticide use by 60%. However, the County's use of pesticides is only 2% of all reported use in Contra Costa.

 

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Orinda's Sleepy Hollow Recognized as Firewise  
 

Orinda's Sleepy Hollow neighborhood has been recognized as a Firewise Communities/USA® site by the national Firewise Communities program for its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire. The award will be presented during the Sleepy Hollow Firewise Community Meeting at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in Orinda on Thursday, May 8th.  

 

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Fire Safety
 
Fires are the number one cause of death at home for children under age 6 and cause millions of dollars in losses every year.  Small steps make a big difference in reducing loss and ensuring you and your family's survival.
  • Install and maintain smoke detectors.
  • Plan and practice how to escape from a fire.
  • Be careful when you cook or barbeque.
  • Keep a working fire extinguisher handy.

For more information you can go to Preventing Burns by Conducting a Hazard Hunt by clicking here.  

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PG&E Tree Removal Plan
 
On Tuesday, April 22nd, representatives from PG&E attended the Board of Supervisors meeting to discuss the proposed Pipeline Pathway Project.  PG&E's plan to provide greater pipeline safety by cutting down trees throughout the County has concerned many residents.  PG&E assured the Supervisors that they would to slow the five-year, $500 million tree removal plan until they have made agreements with the cities, counties and private property owners that are involved.

To learn more about PG&E's project, click here.
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Danville Doggie Night 
 
Calling all dog owners and lovers alike. Danville's Doggie Night, which will be held   on Thursday, May 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., offers fun for you and your four-legged friend. Follow the map to Doggie Night businesses for free dog treats and canine couture. Prance through the pet fair where you'll meet pet sitters, photographers, trainers, veterinarians, and more. It's sure to be a howl. Doggie Night will begin at Molly's Pup-purr-ee at 425 Hartz Avenue in Danville.
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Food Trucks & Live Music Highlight Heritage Day

 

Country singer and American Idol star Matt Rogers highlights Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch, the second signature event of Walnut Creek's year-long Centennial celebration, set for Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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Honor Those Who Have Served on Memorial Day
 
Danville
On Monday May 26, 2014, the Danville VFW Post 75 Veterans are hosting an event in honor of those who have served our Country.  The ceremony will take place at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Rd, Danville, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to attend. For more information about the Danville VFW click here.

Walnut Creek 

Roxane Langevin will be the keynote speaker at the City of Walnut Creek's Memorial Day Observance. The longtime Walnut Creek resident is the mother of Sean Langevin, who was killed in an ambush attack in Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2007 at the age of 23. Mrs. Langevin frequently speaks about the importance of remembering the service men and women who have served, fought and sacrificed their lives for the country and its freedoms. As part of the observance, the City Council will unveil plaques that include the names of Walnut Creek residents who perished in World War 1, World War 11 and the Korean War. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 26 at the gazebo at Civic Park. Music will be provided by the Walnut Creek Concert Band.

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Moraga Community Garage Sale

 
On Saturday, May 17th, the Moraga Community Garage Sale gives participants a chance to clean out their garages, attics, storage sheds and closets while providing the opportunity to get acquainted with neighbors and promote responsible and sustainable practices for our environment.

 

Residents of the Town of Moraga are invited to hold garage sales at their homes, join with neighbors to hold block sales, or get together with their community group to hold a group sale.  The Town will provide marketing for the event and the sellers keep the cash - it's that easy!

 

Maps of garage sale locations will be available online, at the Town Offices, and at the Hacienda de las Flores beginning on May 14th.  Click here to register or for more information, or for questions regarding the community garage sale please call (925) 888-7036. Registration is $15 and closes on May 4th.  

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"Stocks, Bonds and Soccer Moms:
7 Steps to a Balanced Life"

 

Whether you're a career woman or a stay-at-home mom, you want to give your all in every part of your life. Join California Women Lead from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29th at the Danville Veterans Hall, 400 Hartz Way, for great company, food & drink, and a lively discussion that will inspire you to discover balance, fulfillment and contentedness in 7 clear steps. Featuring local author, Michelle Perry Higgins. For more info and to purchase tickets: click here.
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San Ramon Art and Wind Festival

 

Don't miss  this fun festival in San Ramon! The Art and Wind Festival blows into town Memorial Day weekend with arts and crafts booths, entertainment on four stages, professional kite flying, and free kite making workshops.  Click here for more information.

 

The event takes place Sunday and Monday, May 25-26, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. in San Ramon.

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Celebrate 100 years with the Orinda Library
 

On Saturday, May 17th, from 3 to 5PM, join the Friends of the Orinda Library to celebrate the library's 100th birthday! The library is located at 26 Orinda Way.  

 

Enjoy live music performed by three local Orinda high school musical groups on the Plaza.   Learn about quilting from an expert. Liz Piatt will be on hand to discuss her quilting, inspiration and technique. She will have many quilts to show and share.  

 

Kids of all ages are welcome to come play games and participate in some fun craft activities honoring the 100th anniversary and history of the library.

 

Watch a wonderful video documenting the history of the library, enter to win one of several fabulous raffle prizes, enjoy delicious birthday treats.

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Los Cerros Middle School Career Day
 
Los Cerros Middle School in Danville held their 9th annual Career Day for the  students on Friday, April 25.  Supervisor Andersen's office was one of several different career choice opportunities offering their time to the 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  The students were presented with over 40 different careers to investigate including yoga instructor, engineer, computer program developer, forest ranger, and  a US Marshall, just to name a few.

Career Day has enjoyed great success over the years helping students achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values and help to set appropriate career goals.


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Wellness City Challenge
 
Wellness City Challenge presents "Corporate Eat and Learn" in partnership with the American Diabetes Association and Cancer Support Community. The event takes place on Thursday, May 22nd from 6-7:30pm at the Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd, Alamo.

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West Nile Virus - Keeping Safe 
 

FIRST DEAD BIRD TESTED THIS YEAR IS WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY - Alamo first in county to detect virus activity- during West Nile virus and Mosquito Control Awareness Week

 

Mosquito Control Week is highlighted in Contra Costa County by the first dead bird which tested positive this season for carrying the California West Nile Virus found in Alamo last month.  The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District reported that an America crow found near Danville Boulevard and Camille Avenue in Alamo tested positive for West Nile virus.

 

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Conversations that Count


A Panel Discussion about

End-of-Life Decision-Making

 

The Contra Costa Conversation Project, a coalition of local organizations dedicated to promoting advance planning of end-of-life care, is sponsoring its first event titled "Conversations that Count."
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Broom in Bloom Warns of Wildfire Danger 
 
May is the month when seeing French Broom in its final bloom should trigger you to step up your wildfire prevention activities. Does your home have defensible space?  Do you know what invasive plants are lurking nearby increasing your wildfire risk?

 

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Contra Costa County EMS System Review

Contra Costa County is working to collaboratively create a value added, sustainable EMS system focused on what is best for the patient. Priorities include:
Retain a high performance, high reliability and high trust EMS system; Preserve Fire EMS first

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State Refinery Task Force Informational Session
 
California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) will host a State Refinery Task Force Information Session.  The public meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th at the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Chamber, located at 651 Pine Street, Martinez CA, 94553.

CalEPA formed this Task Force on refinery safety in August 2013 and its members consist of ten state agencies, U.S. EPA, and local agencies from areas of California that contain refineries. The session is intended to inform the public about the activities of the Governor's Interagency Working Group on Refinery Safety since the August 6, 2012 Chevron Fire. For more information about the Task Force's membership and goals, click here
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24th Annual Creek  Cleanup
 
On Saturday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., join the Friends of the Creeks to remove trash and  improve the habitat in the downtown Walnut Creek area.  In addition to removing trash from the creek, you can improve habitat by cutting arundo or weed in the butterfly habitat. Meet at the gazebo in Civic Park at the corner of Broadway and Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek at 8:45 a.m.; a continental breakfast will be served for all participants. Wear old sneakers, bring gloves, and plan to get wet!

Children under 12 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult, and if they are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign a waiver.  For more information and required waiver forms click here.
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Volunteers Needed to Sit on
District 2 Advisory Boards
 

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 the Emergency Medical Care Committee, Interjurisdictional Council on Homelessness Advisory Board, Hazardous Materials Commission, Local Child Care & Development Planning Council, Countywide Bicycle Committee, Commission for Women. 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 April which impact the residents of District Two:    

 

Honored Assistant Fire Chief Richard D. Grace on the occasion of his retirement from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

 

Report from the Fire Chief on the District's plan to utilize the 2013 SAFER grant.

 

Report from the Fire Chief on the District's preliminary response to the Fitch Evaluation and Options Study as well as initial findings on the District's own internal assessment.

 

Declared April 2014 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month in Contra Costa County".

 

Proclaimed April 6 - 12, 2014 as "Week of the Young Child".

 

Proclaimed April 6-12, 2014 as National Crime Victims' Rights Week in promotion of victims' rights and to recognize crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

 

21st Annual Cesar Chavez Celebration.

 

Denied appeal of the Planning Commission's decision to approve a modification to an existing church (902 Danville Boulevard, Alamo) to allow a new 7,935-square-foot multi-purpose recreational building and related improvements, variances to various zoning standards, and removal of code-protected trees.

 

Approved the Camino Tassajara Shoulder Widening, south of Highland Road/north of Windemere Parkway project, San Ramon.

 

Recognized the 2014 Youth Hall of Fame honorees of the 21st Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Celebration.

 

Approved/Authorized the transfer of revenue from Police Area 5 Round Hill to replace a vehicle.

 

Supported Governor's January 2014 Budget Item " Statewide Library Broadband Services", which allows public libraries to join major high-speed broadband network operated by the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California.

 

Supported Prop. 41, the Veterans' Housing and Homelessness Prevention Bond Act of 2014, a proposition that reduces the number or homeless veterans and contribute to a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective approach to respond to the full spectrum of housing and service needs of our veterans.

 

Approved/Authorized contract with the Housing Authority of Contra Costa County to fund an investigator from the District Attorney's office to investigate suspected housing fraud cases.

 

Approved/Authorized Request for Proposals for a receiving center to provide shelter, food, clothing, and medical services to children who have been removed from their homes.

 

Honored Rollie Katz for his many years of service to Contra Costa County.

 

Recognized the April 2014 as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

 

Recognized April 2014 as Alcohol Awareness Month.

 

Signed a letter addressed to the leadership of the State Legislature advocating that funding for future water storage projects, levee protection, and other protective measures be included in future State water bond measures.

 

Named the new outpatient Wellness Center in Martinez in honor of Congressman George Miller and his wife Cynthia Miller.

 

Authorized a Request for Proposals for a consultant to analyze the viability of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District providing emergency ambulance services.

 

Received report regarding the proposed Pacific Gas and Electric Company Pipeline Pathway Project and the potential general overall impacts to the residents of Contra Costa County.

 

Fiscal Year 2014/15 Recommended County and Special District Budgets.

 

Approved the Subdivision Agreement for a project developed by Morgan Capital Investment Properties/Lafayette - King Drive Associates, LLC, Lafayette.

 

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

 

Approved the Notice of Intention to Sell Property owned by Contra Costa County located at 1420 Livorna Road, Alamo.

 

Honored Battalion Chief Andrew Steffen on the occasion of his retirement from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

 

Recognized the 100th Anniversary of the Orinda Library, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Appointed Fritz Brunner to the Walnut Creek Local Committee seat on the Advisory Council on Aging.

 

Re-Appointed Richard Chapman to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Advisory Fire Commission.

 

Proclaimed May 2014 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Contra Costa County.

 

Recognized the new Bay Area Green Businesses for 2014.

 

Ratified the Agreement for Sale of Conservation Credits between the County and Ohlone Preserve Conservation Bank  for the County's purchase of  California red-legged frog and Alameda Whipsnake mitigation credits for habitat impacts associated with the Camino Tassajara Shoulder Widening East of Blackhawk Drive to Finley Road project, Danville.

 

Recognized Marianne Gagen as the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation Endowment Honoree of the year, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Appointed Gordon Berke to the County Service Area P-5 Citizens Advisory Committee, as recommended by Supervisor Andersen.

 

Appointed Supervisor Candace Andersen to the ABAG Executive Board #2 seat.

 

Approved/Authorized a Land Conservation Contract for 124 acres located at 18181 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. 

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Victims' Rights Week Recognition Ceremonyvictimright

On Friday, April 11, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office recognized several individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of crime in our County.

The honoree's included an inspector from the District Attorney's office, support staff from the DA's office, several law enforcement officers, including Kristen Thoms of the Concord Police Department (pictured  with Supervisor Andersen), a crime victim advocate and a witness to a crime who went above and beyond putting himself in harm's way. Also honored was a parent whose son was murdered, and subsequently after this tragic event, founded the Contra Costa Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.

If you know of a victim of crime who needs help, there are two Victim Assistance Centers; the Martinez office at 900 Ward Street, (925) 957-8650, and the Richmond office at 100 37th Street, Suite 220, (510) 374-3272.

The program is always in need of volunteers to help support the work the advocates do. 
In fact, grants require that volunteers are utilized to help provide services to victims. If you are interested in volunteering, call (925) 957-8650 or email by  clicking here.

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Unsung Hero Awardunsunghero

 

Each year, the Rotary Club of San Ramon recognizes several volunteers, either San Ramon citizens or residents from other communities that serve the citizens of San Ramon, who have distinguished themselves in their service.

The criteria for selection are that they: (1) be unpaid volunteers; (2) have given many hours to their respective organization; (3) have made positive contributions; (4) might be, but are not necessarily, in leadership positions; (5) are NOT generally known to the community at large; and (6) are NOT Rotarians.

This year, Pat York, a longtime volunteer at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center was one of four individuals selected for the Unsung Hero Award. Pat has volunteered for the City of San Ramon since 1998 and has put in over 3000 hours. She is currently the Group Leader for the Front Desk Volunteers, volunteers at the front desk, assists when needed at special events and with the lunch program and will step in whenever she is needed. Pat also is a dedicated volunteer for the City's Bah Humbug and 4th of July family runs. Pat is a true asset to the senior center and the community and is most deserving of this recognition. Congratulations Pat for your award!

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12th Annual Taste of Lafayette tasteoflafayette

 
The 12th Annual Taste of Lafayette will be held on Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tours begin at Lafayette Plaza with a wine and beer reception including appetizers and musical entertainment featuring a Beatles Tribute. Ticket holders go at their own pace to any or all of the participating restaurants, then return for a dessert reception at the Plaza from 8:30-9:00 p.m.  Tickets are $45 if purchased by May 9, $50 thereafter.

Tour Restaurants include Amarin Thai, American Kitchen (new), Back to the Table, Chevalier, La Finestra Ristorante, Mangia Ristorante, Patxi's Pizza, Pizza Antica, Postino, Round Table Pizza, Rustic Tavern, Susan Foord Cafe, SusieCakes, The Cooperage (new), Uncle Yu's Szechuan and Yankee Pier.   

 

Hors d'oeuvres, dessert & coffee at Plaza Park will be provided by Cake, Dave's Cuisine, Il Giradino, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, Green Lantern Catering, La Boulange, Millie's Kitchen and Peet's Gourmet Coffee. To register click here.

 

 

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Supervisor Andersen Attendsrcfworkshop
Residential Care Facility Safety Workshop
Candace listens as Jeff Hebel, the Emergency Services Manager for the Town of Danville, reviews information from the Residential Care Facility Video.
On April 8, 2014, Supervisor Andersen participated in the 5th Annual Residential Care Facility (RCF) Fire and Life Safety Workshop.  The San Ramon Valley has just under 80 care homes in its area.  This year's workshop introduced the recently created Residential Care Facility Evacuation Training video.  This video was organized under the direction of the San Ramon Valley Citizen's Corps Council (SRVCCC), after receiving a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The SRVCCC is made up of representatives from the Town of Danville, the City of San Ramon, the County, the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.  The SRVCCC exists to provide funding, training and education to all those living and/or working within the San Ramon Valley.  Funding on behalf of the County has been made possible by the members of the Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee and members of the P-5 Citizen's Advisory Committee; both of which represent the community of Alamo.   The SRVCCC's work has been recognized by FEMA and they host Emergency Preparedness Fairs every other year for the entire San Ramon Valley.  To view residential care facility evacuation training videos,  click here.

The next fair is planned for September 13, 2014.  For more information, feel free to contact Donna Maxwell at our office, (925) 957-8860 or 
click here and click on Be Ready SRV.  Hope to see you there! 
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Alternatives to Toxic Pesticidespesticides

 

It is important for us to do our part to preserve our environment for future generations.  We also want to keep our children, pets, and wildlife safe from harmful chemicals. Since 2001, Contra Costa County departments have reduced their pesticide use by 60%. However, the County's use of pesticides is only 2% of all reported use in Contra Costa.

 

Before using pesticides or rodenticides around your home or business, consider other options.  There are great resources available to help you make an informed decision about how to handle any number of pest problems, whether it is insects, rodents, or weeds. Some that I have found very helpful include the following.

 

The Our Water-Our World program is a partnership between many different water pollution prevention agencies and stores that sell pesticides to the public. Their goal is to help you manage home and garden pests in a way that protects the health and safety of your family, pets, and the environment. Visit their website by clicking here to find materials designed to assist you in finding non-toxic and less-toxic solutions for managing pests in and around your home, including helpful fact sheets, and their booklet, Pests Bugging You? Choose Products Less Toxic to People, Pets and the Environment!  Click on "promotional materials" and then on "booklets."

 

The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program has numerous fact sheets on managing pests in and around the home with a minimum amount of pesticide. You can find the fact sheets by clicking here.

 

Trained volunteers from the Contra Costa Master Gardener Program answer questions from Contra Costa County residents about pests and pesticides during their Help Desk hours, Monday through Friday  

from 9am to Noon. You can visit them at 75 Santa Barbara Road, 2nd Floor, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523; call them at 925-646-6586; or send an email by clicking here. To visit their website click here for more information about gardening in Contra Costa.

 

The Contra Costa Agriculture Department can also answer questions about pests and pesticides. They have a biologist on-call from 8am to 5pm at their Concord office, 2366-A Stanwell Circle. You can bring your pest problems into the office or call 925-646-5250 for advice.

 

Finally, if you have any of these toxic products on hand, please dispose of them safely by taking the materials to your hazardous waste facility. In Contra Costa County, call 1-800-750-4096 for locations and information or click here.

 

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Orinda's Sleepy Hollow Recognized as Firewise sleepyhollow
 

Orinda's Sleepy Hollow neighborhood has been recognized as a Firewise Communities/USA® site by the national Firewise Communities program for its efforts to reduce the vulnerability of homes and landscapes to wildfire. The award will be presented during the Sleepy Hollow FireWise Community Meeting at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School in Orinda on Thursday, May 8th. Along with Sleepy Hollow residents, representatives from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Cal Fire's Santa Clara Unit, the East Bay Municipal Utility District, the Orinda City Council, Orinda City Staff, the County Board of Supervisors, the Orinda Union School District and the California State Fire Marshal have been invited to attend. For more information about the Firewise Communities program, click here.  

 

Discussion topics will also include the Sleepy Hollow Neighborhood's Evacuation Plan, preparing for the 2014 fire season - "Ready, Set, Go - Lamorinda" and reviewing the Sleepy Hollow Elementary School's realigned emergency path project.

 

WHAT: 2014 Sleepy Hollow FireWise Community Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, May 8th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, 20 Washington Lane, Orinda 
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Wellness City Challengewellnesscity
 
Wellness City Challenge presents "Corporate Eat and Learn" in partnership with the American Diabetes Association and Cancer Support Community. The event takes place on Thursday, May 22nd from 6-7:30pm at the Alamo Women's Club, 1401 Danville Blvd, Alamo.

Learn how health and nutrition education can positively impact your bottom line and most importantly, the wellness of your employees.  Several experts will be on hand to share their knowledge on a healthy workplace.
  • Cindy Gershen, the 14th Assembly District "Woman of the Year" - known for her innovative high school education program, Change the Food, Change the Future, a transformative model for future educational nutrition programs in our schools and co-writer of THE FAT CHANCE COOKBOOK, co-written with world-renowned expert Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF
  • Margaret Stauffer, Program Director for Cancer Support Community
  •  Janelle Dietler, MPH, Health Educator II, Kaiser Permanente
  • Lisa Bellini, M.S., R.D., Nutrition and Wellness Program Manager, Registered Dietitian, Safeway, Inc
To register click here. The cost is $50, which covers a healthy dinner from Sunrise Bistro that includes grilled herbed chicken or tofu with warm roma tomato salsa, roasted corn polenta, chopped salad with Italian dressing, roasted seasonal vegetables, mixed berries with greek yogurt and iced tea (cinnamon spice or regular).

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please email wellnesscitychallenge@gmail.com for more information. Wellness City Challenge is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

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West Nile Virus - Keeping Safe westnilevirus 
 

FIRST DEAD BIRD TESTED THIS YEAR IS WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY - Alamo first in county to detect virus activity- during West Nile virus and Mosquito Control Awareness Week

 

Mosquito Control Week is highlighted in Contra Costa County by the first dead bird which tested positive this season for carrying the California West Nile Virus found in Alamo last month.  The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District reported that an America crow found near Danville Boulevard and Camille Avenue in Alamo tested positive for West Nile virus.

 

"This bird is one of the earliest signs of West Nile virus we've had in a season in the county to date," said the District's Scientific Program Manager Steve Schutz, Ph.D. "Unfortunately, the earlier West Nile virus is detected, the earlier we may see human cases." According to Schutz, it's "no big surprise" that the virus is already here. Signs of an early season include an unusually warm winter that allowed mosquitoes to thrive. They are out early this year and District mosquito inspectors are already treating mosquitoes sources-- a month earlier than usual. To hone in on where to concentrate their control efforts, the District needs the public's assistance. "The public's dead bird reports to the state hotline are crucial for us to understand where to concentrate our mosquito control efforts and to reduce the risk of West Nile virus transmission," said Schutz.

 

Birds are the reservoir for West Nile virus. The two species of mosquitoes in Contra Costa County capable of transmitting the virus prefer to feed on birds; however, people can become infected when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then a person. West Nile virus symptoms of the mild form include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can last only a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks. West Nile virus of the severe form can be fatal.   

 

Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines:  

  • Report dead birds to the state hotline 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473) or click here .   
  • Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can't begin their life without water.
  • Defend against mosquito bites by using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically
  • Dawn and dusk.
  • Report neglected swimming pools by calling 925-771-6195 or click here  Anonymous calls accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away.  

Since 2005, 49 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. In 2006, two people died from the disease. Recent studies have shown that the majority of cases are not diagnosed and grossly under reported. 

 

Visit the District's website for when the District fogs for adult mosquitoes.  Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district and public health agency, is located at 155 Mason Circle in Concord. Call the District to report mosquito problems at (925) 771-6195 or visit their office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquitofish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.    

 

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Conversations that Countconversations


A Panel Discussion about

End-of-Life Decision-Making

 

The Contra Costa Conversation Project, a coalition of local organizations dedicated to promoting advance planning of end-of-life care, is sponsoring its first event titled "Conversations that Count." Taking place on Friday May 30th, Noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Pleasant Hill Community Center (320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, 94523), the free luncheon program will feature a diverse panel of community leaders who will share their personal stories about how advance care planning can enhance quality of life. Panelists include the Honorable Karen Mitchoff, Chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors; Hope Hospice Board Chair Sue Micheletti; palliative care specialist Donna Foliart, MD; and San Jose Mercury News journalist Lisa Krieger, who has written in-depth investigative articles on end-of-life care and decision-making. The panel will be moderated by LaVera Crawley, a physician who now serves as a palliative care chaplain.

 

To register for this free event, click here. For further information call the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association at (510) 654-5383, or email by clicking here.  The Contra Costa Conversation Project is a community coalition to promote advance care planning.

 

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Broom in Bloom Warns of Wildfire Dangerbroomblooms 
 
May is the month when seeing French Broom in its final bloom should trigger you to step up your wildfire prevention activities. Does your home have defensible space?  Do you know what invasive plants are lurking nearby increasing your wildfire risk?

 

The yellow hillsides signal the coming fire season.  As the blossoms fade, seed pods form, ready to explode the next generation of plants. 

French broom (Genista monspessulana) is especially prevalent in our region.  It was introduced as an ornamental landscape plant, but is an aggressive invader that can jump the garden fence.  These leguminous plants produce thousands of tiny seed.  The seeds are literally dispersed explosively up to 9 to 12 feet when the pods shatter.  The seeds can live for years in soil and sprout when conditions are right.  In addition, the mature plants can resprout from the root crown if they are cut or grazed.

From a wildfire perspective, broom is particularly worrisome because it rapidly grows into dense brush fields, outcompeting other plants.  It easily grows to heights over 6 feet tall.  This all translates to an enormous amount of material that could fuel a wildfire.

There are many treatment options to reduce French broom: 

·         Scrape the seedlings when they are just coming up. 

·         Pull it while it is small.

·         Cut it when it is older and treat the stumps

·         Graze it to pre-treat.

·         Or girdle it. 

 

It takes persistence to turn back an invasion of broom. But don't give up.More detailed information can be found in the Weed Worker's Handbook. Order a copy by clicking here.

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Contra Costa County EMS System Reviewemsreview

Contra Costa County is working to collaboratively create a value added, sustainable EMS system focused on what is best for the patient. Priorities include: Retain a high performance, high reliability and high trust EMS system; Preserve Fire EMS first medical response; Explore alternative cost effective EMS first medical response and ambulance delivery models;Promote an "intelligent medical transportation system"; Promote a culture of safety for patients and providers;Integrate with hospital and health care systems to improve patient outcome and well-being; Improve utilization of resources while identifying opportunities to reduce call processing time; Improve coordination of resources to reduce cost for patients, communities and the county; Sustain evidenced based EMS system oversight and coordination.

  

To read the DRAFT EMS Modernization Study prepared by Fitch & Associates, click here. The public comment period on the draft EMS Modernization Study will be open through 5:00 p.m. on May 6, 2014. Interested parties may submit public comment in the following ways:  

 

Email:   

Patricia Frost by clicking here.
Fitch & Associates, LLC  by clicking here.  

 

Mail:
Contra Costa EMS
Attn: Fitch Study Public Comment
1340 Arnold Drive, Suite 126

Martinez, CA 94553

     
Fax:

925-646-4379

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Volunteers Needed to Sit on
District 2 Advisory Boards
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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 the Emergency Medical Care Committee, Interjurisdictional Council on Homelessness Advisory Board, Hazardous Materials Commission, Local Child Care & Development Planning Council, Countywide Bicycle Committee, Commission for Women. To apply for any of these seats,  click here.
  

Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board - 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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Food Trucks & Live Music Highlight Heritage Dayheritageday

 

Country singer and American Idol star Matt Rogers highlights Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch, the second signature event of Walnut Creek's year-long Centennial celebration, set for Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Advance tickets are $5 for children, $7.50 for adult. They are available at walnutcreek100.com or Walnut Creek Downtown offices on the first floor of City Hall,  1666 North Main Street.   

The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a spectacular show performed by the Amigos de Anza Equestrian Drill Team, a group of highly talented young women whose teamwork and riding skills took them to the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2010. 

A Heritage Day highlight for children will be a Ranch Days Costume Parade, where children will "parade" their favorite early 1900s ranch attire. The Costume Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Off the Grid, the Bay Area's premier food-truck dining experience, offering local barbecue and country western fare.

 

Parking at the ranch is limited, so only those with disabled placards may drive to the ranch on Heritage Day. All other guests must park at Northgate High School (425 Castle Rock Rd.) and take shuttle buses to the ranch. First shuttle leaves Northgate High at 9:45 a.m.

    

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