Summer 2018 Newsletter


Supervisor Wilma Chan's District Newsletter

                                                                                                Summer 2018

In this issue:

Protecting Immigrant and Refugee Communities

 Eden Area Municipal Advisory Council Update

Supporting Those Experiencing Homelessness

Celebrating the Holidays in San Lorenzo

Spreading Holiday Cheer at Garfield Elementary School

Resources for Our Youngest Learners

Island City Interns Youth Career Fair

Hesperian Streetscape Update

ALL IN Alameda County Update

Supporting the San Lorenzo Community

Federal Policy Update

Earn It! Keep It! Save It!



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1221 Oak Street, Suite 536
Oakland, CA 94612 (map)
Phone: 510.272.6693
Fax: 510.268.8004


District Office
15903 Hesperian Boulevard
San Lorenzo, CA 94580 (map)
Phone: 510.278.0367
Fax: 510.278.0467


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Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to update you on the work I have been doing to make Alameda County an even better place to call home.

In this edition you can read about my work to provide resources to our most vulnerable populations, including young children ages 0-3 and those experiencing homelessness.

You can also learn about the various events I held in my district, the free tax preparation provided at my district office, and much more.

It is an honor to serve you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have regarding the district or Alameda County.



Wilma Chan
Supervisor, Third District 

Protecting Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Supervisor Chan Immigration Press Conference

One in three Alameda County residents are immigrants and over half of all the county’s children live in families with at least one parent who is an immigrant. In light of the Trump Administration’s recent decision to detain and separate children from their families, I called a press a conference to denounce these inhumane immigration policies.  I would like to thank our speakers: Oakland Unified School District Board of Education Directors Shanthi Gonzales and Roseann Torres, Jane Garcia of La Clinica de La Raza, Steven Li of Asian Health Services, and representatives from Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s and Congressman Eric Swalwell’s offices. I would also like to thank my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for standing united in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee populations. Alameda County is proud to welcome all immigrants into our community and we must work together to protect the human rights of all our residents, regardless of immigration status.

Eden Area Municipal Advisory Council Update

Alameda County is currently in the process of forming a Municipal Advisory Council – or MAC – for the unincorporated Eden area. To support this effort, I created the Eden MAC Ad Hoc Committee, in partnership with Supervisor Nate Miley, to assist in the formation process. The Committee, which consisted of nine community members from San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, and Hayward Acres, held five meetings between February and May to discuss the MAC’s structure and advisory responsibilities. I would like to thank Keith Barros, Nestor Castillo, Chas Pisano, Eva Poon, and Diane Wydler for serving as my District 3 appointees.

Earlier this month, the Ad Hoc Committee submitted its recommendations to myself and Supervisor Miley. We will work together to submit a final plan to the Board of Supervisors for approval in the coming months.

Supporting Those Experiencing Homelessness

I am proud to partner with the City of Alameda, Building Futures with Women & Children, and Alameda’s faith community in working to establish a new winter warming shelter program for homeless residents in the City of Alameda. This facility, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, will be open from November to April on nights projected to have inclement weather, including rain or temperatures below 40 degrees. The initiative’s working group is currently in the process of securing a location and finalizing other logistics to ensure a November start date.

Leading up to the opening of the warming shelter, Building Futures and the shelter working group will sponsor a monthly dinner for Alameda’s homeless residents. Each dinner will be hosted by a different house of worship in the city, with other faith leaders providing food. For information on upcoming dinners, contact Building Futures at 510-357-0205.

Building Futures is also offering a weekly laundry service for the homeless of Alameda every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 645 Central Avenue. One load of laundry per person will be washed and the last load goes into the washer at 12:15 PM.

In February, I participated in a Countywide Homelessness Forum at the San Leandro Library organized by Supervisor Keith Carson. The event brought together elected officials, homeless advocates, service providers, and other stakeholders from across Alameda County to propose sustainable, compassionate solutions to homelessness. Participants attended a panel featuring four Alameda County mayors, as well as a discussion group that included the perspectives of several formerly homeless residents. The Forum also featured a collaborative workshop that invited attendees to propose recommendations on issues surrounding homelessness throughout the County. 

Celebrating the Holidays in San Lorenzo

Supervisor Chan Holiday Celebration

In December, I welcomed over 50 community members to my annual holiday celebration at the San Lorenzo Library.  Attendees had the opportunity to meet new neighbors, celebrate the holidays, and enjoy a live musical performance from the talented students at East Bay Arts High School. In addition to celebrating the holidays, the community donated over 50 toys and books for my annual toy drive benefiting low income children in the area.  I would like to thank Gala Bakery, Ros Doughnuts, and Kacey Brett for generously donating sweet treats for the community to enjoy and the San Lorenzo Library staff for their assistance in hosting another successful holiday celebration!

I was also proud to support the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association’s annual Christmas Party in December with assistance on the planning committee and a $50 donation towards a Lucky Supermarket gift card that was raffled off to a lucky San Lorenzo resident. The SLVHA gave out 300 cups of cocoa, over 700 cookies, welcomed nearly 400 local residents, and collected donations for the San Lorenzo food bank.  

Spreading Holiday Cheer at
Garfield Elementary School

Garfield Toy Distribution

Every December, I partner with child care centers in my district to provide holiday gifts to low-income children.  

As a part of my ongoing partnership with the Garfield Elementary School community in Oakland’s San Antonio district, I had the pleasure of donating toys to over 175 students in their pre-school, transitional kindergarten, and Kindergarten classes. In addition to the toy distribution, I enjoyed a special musical performance from one of the Kindergarten classes featuring holiday favorites like “Jingle Bells” and “Up on the Rooftop.” 

Thank you to all of the community residents, commissioners, and Alameda County staff who graciously donated toys, books, and stuffed animals to my annual toy drive, which helped bring holiday cheer to many local families. 

Resources for Our Youngest Learners

Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years of life. This critical period is an opportunity to lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. But due to limited access to quality & affordable child care, over half of Alameda County’s children are not fully prepared to start kindergarten and 20 percent are not even partially ready. And while families struggle to afford formal child care and early education programs, child care and early educators are also unable to make basic ends meet with an average salary of $29,000 a year.

In February, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to place an initiative on the June ballot to address the child care and early education crisis in Alameda County. Although Measure A narrowly lost, our advocacy on this issue is far from over.

Earlier this year, I also convened a working group tasked with creating a pilot program to provide childcare for homeless families. I have been working with the Alameda County Early Care & Education Program, Parent Voices Oakland, child care referral provider Bananas, Building Futures, Oakland Family Front Door, and Oakland Head Start to create a coordinated system of outreach, navigation, and services for ten families with children ages 0-3. The pilot’s goal is to create a sustainable, scalable program that will benefit Alameda County families with the most urgent and unmet childcare needs. To help make this happen, I contributed $100,000 out of my office budget to provide these subsidized childcare slots.

Island City Interns Youth Career Fair

ACCYF Youth Career Fair

In March, I was honored to partner once again with the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families (ACCYF), City of Alameda, and Alameda Unified School District on the fourth annual Summer Internship and Career Fair for high school-aged youth in Alameda.  This annual event, an initiative of ACCYF’s Youth Employment subcommittee, is an opportunity to introduce Alameda high school youth to different career pathways, summer employment opportunities, and local employers.

Over 50 local government agencies, union trades, community colleges, and businesses representing industries such as marketing, sports medicine, health care, digital media, and retail attended the fair to discuss their education and employment opportunities with over 300 youth. I would like to thank the county departments – Alameda County Information & Technology Department, Alameda County Probation Department, and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency – for attending and supporting youth career pathways. 

Hesperian Streetscape Update

Hesperian Streetscape Rendering

The Hesperian Boulevard Streetscape Improvement Project is a revitalization and beautification initiative in San Lorenzo between I-880 and A Street for which I secured significant funding. In April of 2018, Alameda County Public Works discovered that utilities from AT&T & EBMUD were mapped incorrectly, which has prevented some utility wires from being undergrounded as planned.

To address this issue, Public Works will limit undergrounding to the northern and southern ends of the project, with existing poles and wires along the median islands remaining in place. This is expected to reduce overall project costs while allowing for completion by June 2021.

ALL IN Alameda County Update

Grantee Learning Circle

One of the guiding principles for ALL IN Alameda County – my initiative to end poverty in Alameda County – is that the affected community has the best knowledge on how to remedy systemic barriers to economic inequality. In the fall of 2015, ALL IN began the Community Listening Sessions mini-grants, a community-based research project on issues relating to poverty in the County, to support this principle. The third cohort of grantees, launched in February, includes 32 community organizations, businesses, and residents entrusted to hold small discussions, including one-on-one interviews, in their communities to explore ways to address poverty in Alameda County. This year, ALL IN asked grantees to select issue areas on the topics of affordable housing, child care, healthy food access, and jobs. It was motivating and informative to hear what the community had to say on these issues at the Grantee Learning Circle on May 31.

In addition, ALL IN is excited to partner with StopWaste and the Oakland and Livermore School Districts to expand the Smart Cafeteria Initiative thanks to the Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant from CalRecycle. This partnership aims to decrease wasted food in schools, increase donation of edible, nutritious foods, and expand the Smart Cafeteria Initiative to 30 more schools. I am looking forward to ALL IN providing the workforce to pick up and deliver the surplus food for this program, which is projected to capture 275 tons of edible food over two years.

Supporting the San Lorenzo Community

San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Earth Day

I was glad to once again donate $2,000 to the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association for their annual Earth Day community clean-up and BBQ. Over 200 local community members volunteered their time to help remove trash and beautify San Lorenzo’s streets. In addition to the clean-up, this year’s event included a painting station for decorative rocks and clay pots, a KIDZONE with interactive activities that provided education on environmental conservation, and a succulent and flower seedling giveaway.

I was proud to sponsor the new San Lorenzo t-shirts with the saying “IT TAKES A VILLAGE,” which the SLVHA provided as a thank you to every participant and volunteer. Congratulations to the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association on another successful Earth Day event and thank you to all the participants for helping make the San Lorenzo community a better place to live!

Federal Policy Update

In January, I hosted "One Year into the Trump Administration: An Update on Federal Policy Changes" as a follow up to the January 2017 special Board of Supervisors meeting on potential federal policy changes. Nearly 200 residents and public agency staff joined the discussion on the impact of these changes on Alameda County, including 2017 policy initiatives like tax reform and immigration enforcement, as well as the current political landscape in Washington.

As the administrator of social safety net services like Medi-Cal and CalFresh, Alameda County's ability to provide vital services to our most vulnerable citizens is threatened. Looming federal cuts to domestic spending have increased uncertainty. I am committed to continuing my engagement with community partners to educate the public on these changes and collaborating with state and federal leaders to ensure the safety and well-being of all County residents.

Earn It! Keep It! Save It!

For the past three years, I have been pleased to offer my San Lorenzo District Office as a site for the Alameda County Social Services Agency's (SSA) free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for low and moderate-income individuals and families in Alameda County. Starting in January and going until the end of April, volunteers and staff provide free tax preparation services and assist eligible residents with voter registration and applications to safety net services such as CalFresh and Medi-Cal. I would like to thank the SSA staff and community volunteers for continuing to provide this beneficial and necessary service to help hundreds of individuals and families in Alameda County save thousands of dollars in state and federal taxes and also qualify for Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). 

Community Resources 

Boards and Commissions
Are you interested in serving Alameda County and District 3? There are currently several openings to become a District 3 representative. Learn more at Applications, including a cover letter and resume, can be submitted to

Healthy Homes
Lead poisoning, asthma triggers, and safety issues in the home are a serious threat to our children’s health. The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department has services to help low-income residents and property owners make homes safer for young children. If you own a home or apartment building built prior to 1978 in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, or Oakland, you are eligible for a free-in-home or phone consultation to help you identify and reduce lead hazards. Other services include free lead paint repair and free trainings. For more information or to sign up for these services, call 510-567-8280 or visit

Project Leadership Series
Are you a parent of a child with special health needs? Family Voices of California is looking families who can be prepared and supported to advocate for improved healthcare. Family Voices will offer a Project Leadership training series, which will include a $250 stipend for participants who complete all seven sessions. Free on-site childcare and lunch will be offered. To apply to Project Leadership or for more information, contact Lilian Ansari at 510-547-7322 ext. 122 or, or visit

AAA Senior Resource Guide
Alameda County’s Area Agency on Aging website has elder service tips, news, and resources. Click here to visit the website and learn more about resources available to all seniors in Alameda County.

Alameda County Resource Guide

For information and referrals on Alameda County programs, check out our resource guide:

Starting a Local Business
Do you want to open a business in Alameda County but don’t know where to begin? Alameda County has two great guides that will help you get started:

-          Guide #1: Starting a Business in Alameda County

-          Guide #2: Starting a Business in Unincorporated Alameda County

  • (Ashland, Castlewood, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hayward Acres, Hillcrest Knolls, San Lorenzo, and Sunol)

East Bay Connects
Are you connected? East Bay Connects provides access to low-cost broadband for as little as $10 a month. New broadband subscribers can receive a free home computer, free digital literacy training, a year of free tech support, and access to many resources to learn how to use broadband. For more information, call East Bay Connects at (886) 460-7439 or contact James Nixon at (510) 377-7224 or