Supervisor Richard Valle's June Newsletter


Release Date: June 12, 2013 

Supervisor's Message

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A major change to our health care system is underway.  Starting January 1, 2014 most residents will be required to have health insurance or pay a fine as part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. If you already have health insurance, either from your employer or through a public program, such as Medi-Cal, there are no additional forms for you to fill out due to the new health law. 
If you are unsure what health program you and your family members may qualify for here are various ways that you can get information:

  • Call the Health Insurance Technician Unit at 1-800-422-9495 to find out which program is right for you or to find a location to enroll in Medi-Cal, Health PAC (if you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal),or Kaiser Child Health Plan (for children that don’t qualify for Medi-Cal) 
  • Call 510-COVERUS (268-3787) to request a Medi-Cal application to be mailed to you or to start an application over the phone 
  • Apply for Medi-Cal in person at a Social Services Agency office near you: 
  • Apply for Medi-Cal in person at a community based health clinic, or call 1-800-422-9495 to find the nearest clinic or visit
  • Call 211 for easy access to critical health services as well other human services such as housing.  This is available 24 hours a day or visit

If you buy insurance for yourself or your family, you will have access to a new market place called Covered California. Not all the pieces are in place for this yet, but you can find out more at Each plan offered on Covered California must offer a standard set of benefits to make it easier to compare prices.  Also depending on your income, you may qualify for subsidies in the form of tax credits, to help pay for insurance. 
These changes are complex.  Alameda County is doing all it can to help residents understand these changes and ensure that as many residents as possible are covered.  If you have questions or concerns for us, please give our office a call at (510) 272-6692 or email at Our office is here to serve you. 

Richard Valle

Veterans Assistance Programs


The Alameda County Library Veterans Program will be hosting a discussion on Veteran Benefits, to give an overview of coverage and options for veterans and their families.
Date & Location:
Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Fremont Main Library at 2400 Stevenson Boulevard 

Representatives from the Veterans Service Office will be discussing:

  • Veteran Affairs non-service connected pension (for qualified veterans) 
  • Death pension (for surviving spouses) 
  • Dependency & Indemnity Compensation for surviving spouses 
  • Veteran Affairs compensation (for veterans who have current disabilities that may be service related)
  • Getting enrolled in the Veteran Affairs medical system 
  • Veteran Affairs Aid & Attendance and Housebound benefits
  • Veteran Affairs Burial and Funeral Benefits 

This is a free event, and no reservations are required. For more information call the Library’s Older Services at (510) 745-1491. 
Additional Veteran Services Information:
For additional information on Veterans Services, visit the Alameda County Social Services Agency’s new Veterans Services website. The website provides information to veterans and their families on Agency services, employment resources, crisis hotline numbers, and a calendar of veterans’ events in the County.  The Veterans Service Office provides veterans and their dependents and/or survivors with information regarding veterans’ benefits, and assists with filing benefit claims, waivers and appeals.


Emergency Preparedness Fair

Be Prepared!

Alameda County Public Health Department is hosting a state-of-the-art Emergency Preparedness Fair. 
Get a Kit! Make a Plan! Be Prepared!
The event is FREE, and everyone is welcome to attend! 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Oakland Coliseum (East Side Club)
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland 
Participants will receive free:

  • Emergency Supplies 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Trainings
  • Workshops 

For more information visit or email


CalFresh Awareness


The Board of Supervisors joined the Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) and a broad-based community collaborative in proclaiming May to be “CalFresh Awareness Month.”  The proclamation introduced a month of programs and activities aimed at educating residents about CalFresh and removing the barriers that discourage eligible individuals and families from applying.  
As part of the continued effort, Social Services Agency will be rolling out a pilot weekly “Farm Stand” outside of the Eden Multi-Service Center in Hayward to provide staff and clients alike with opportunities to purchase fresh, nutritious and affordable produce.  CalFresh EBT cards will be accepted and CalFresh application materials will be provided.  
In Alameda County, it is estimated that only half of those eligible are receiving CalFresh food assistance, even though a record high of 126,147 individuals received CalFresh benefits in January 2013.  Many individuals and families who need immediate food assistance are unaware that they may qualify.  There are many convenient methods of applying for services, such as on-line applications.  
For more information contact SSA’s CalFresh Program Specialists Antionette Burns at (510) 259-3849 or Danielle White at (510) 259-3825 or visit


Have Book- Will Travel!

Have Book- Will Travel!

Alameda County Library announces its annual summer reading game for pre-readers, kids, teens and adults. 
This year’s theme is “Have Book- Will Travel!” and will run from June 10 to August 10. Those interested can sign up and get a game board at any of the Alameda County Library’s branches, including- Albany, Castro Valley, Centerville, Dublin, Fremont Main, Irvington, Newark, Niles, San Lorenzo, Union City and the Bookmobile. The game board will keep track of time spent reading or completing fun activities and there will be prizes and free books for participants, in addition to exciting raffle prizes. 
Summer reading programs are an important part of library programming, because evidence shows that children typically regress academically over the long summer break. Those who practice their reading skills over the break return to school better equipped to continue with their studies.
The game is open to all ages and children not yet reading on their own may count time listening to others read. For more information on the summer reading game, library open hours and special events, visit for the library nearest you. 
This program is presented by the Alameda County Library with the support from the Alameda County Library Foundation. Sponsors include Chabot Space & Science Center, LEGOLAND, Oakland Athletics, Target, the Lawrence Hall of Science and Togo’s.


Community Based Organization Profile


Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) was organized as a self-help organization in 1979 by a small group of persons with disabilities. This group was committed to improving the range of choices and support for clients with disabilities in southern Alameda County. CRIL is a peer-based disability resource organization that advocates and provides resources for people with disabilities to improve client lives and make communities fully accessible. CRIL offers independent living services at no charge to persons with disabilities living in southern and eastern Alameda County.  At CRIL’s annual public Board meeting, the following YouTube video was debuted to showcase some of the organization’s programs.  
Over the next few months, CRIL will conduct Housing Workshops for persons with disabilities and seniors.  These workshops will give an introduction to searching below market rate rent and subsidized housing in Alameda County and beyond. The workshops are open to persons with disabilities, seniors, and their families or caregivers. 
Housing Workshops will be held on:
Tuesday, July 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Fremont Family Resource Center, Millennium Room A-120
39155 Liberty Street in Fremont
For additional information call Abril Tamayo at (510) 794-5735 
To learn more about the various programs and services CRIL offers visit


Workforce Investment Board Forum

Workforce Investment Board

The Alameda County Workforce Investment Board invites you to attend a community forum to highlight the local strategic goals and workforce system redesign. 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

San Leandro Main Library, Estudillo Room 
300 Estudillo Avenue in San Leandro 
Thursday, June 27, 2013
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 
Dublin City Hall, Council Chambers 
100 Civic Plaza in Dublin 
For more information call (510) 780-8768 or email
The Alameda County Workforce Investment Board is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you require specific accommodation due to a disability, please call Flo Fox, WIB Secretary, at (510) 259-3842 at least 72 hours in advance.


Youth Employment Opportunities

Youth Employment

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) is recruiting for a summer youth employment program in Hayward.  Youth will get paid $10 per hour to work in nutrition, gardening and cooking.  They will also take part in work skills training and have the opportunity to earn credits for school.  ACOE are giving priority to youth in foster care, Cal-Learn, Cal-Safe, Cal-Works and probation, however everyone can apply. This is a great opportunity for youth to learn outside the classroom, gain work experience and earn money this summer.  For more information and an application click here or contact Malila Becton, Nutrition Education Specialists with ACOE at
East Bay Community Services (EBCS), an initiative of Bay Area Community Services in partnership with the City of Union City, is launching the summer and year-round employment program.  EBCS has 150 job openings available to pay qualifying youth interns throughout Alameda County- specifically Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, Castro Valley, Fremont, Newark, and Union City. 
East Bay Community Services Covers:

  • Job Placement (Currently 150 job openings left) 
  • $10 per hour wage 
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance 
  • Employment Preparation Workshops
  • Wrap-Around Services (i.e. Transportation) 
  • Stipends/ Bonuses 

Youth will gain experience in:

  • Industry Exposure 
  • How to Build a Resume/Interviewing Skills 
  • Career Planning with Academic Preparation 
  • Professionalism/Effective Communication 
  • Financial Planning


  • CalWORKS: ages 18-19 
  • Cal-Learns: ages 14-19 
  • Probation: ages 14-19 
  • Foster Care: ages 14-19  

For more information click here.


Commission Openings

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Local commissions are a productive way to serve and engage your local community. These groups assist in advising local officials on a wide range of issues, affecting their constituencies and to assure they are responsive to community needs. For those interested in serving Alameda County and your community, here are some opportunities around District 2 and the Bay Area. 
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Citizen Small Firm Advisory Committee
The SFPUC has a vacancy on the Citizen Small Firm Advisory Committee.  Anyone who owns or has worked with small disadvantaged businesses and/or construction trades may apply.  The seat is open to any of the seven counties within the Hetch Hetchy water service area (Alameda, San Mateo, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Mariposa and Tuolumne). For Alameda County those cities in the water service area include: Union City, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Castro Valley, Newark and the City of Alameda.  The deadline to apply is June 17 and interested parties should contact the District 2 office.  

Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO
PAPCO makes decisions on transportation funding for seniors and people with disabilities to address planning and coordination issues regarding paratransit services in Alameda County. PAPCO members advise Alameda County Transportation Commission on the development and implementation of paratransit programs.  All 23 members must be Alameda County residents who use transportation that supports seniors and people with disabilities.  Members are appointed for a two-year term, and District 2 currently has one vacancy. PAPCO generally meets on every fourth Monday of the month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Alameda County Transportation Commission offices in Oakland. 
To Apply:
To apply to serve as a District Two appointee, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position.  Please include a copy of your resume and email the information to, attention to Ruben Briones.