Supervisor Richard Valle's February Newsletter


Release Date: February 26, 2014

Supervisor's Message

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When the voters of District 2 elected me as Supervisor in 2012 on the platform of service, accountability, and integrity my office went to work right away to deliver on this platform.  Working with you we have launched the Tennyson Corridor Initiative to bring a multi-service community center to Hayward, begun a reforestation project in the Union City hills, helped secure our Districts fair share of resources by stabilizing St. Rose Hospital, and securing critical funding for transportation infrastructure projects in Newark. 
Our work is just beginning. Together we must continue to ensure equal access to quality healthcare, develop new initiatives to create jobs in District 2, and protect and preserve our environment. In 2014 our office, among other things, will launch the 3rd Science in the Park, begin a study to look into the feasibility of a trail through Niles Canyon, and continue to be accessible throughout the District.
Accessible and transparent government is important to me. Government works best when citizens are engaged and involved. Please contact my office if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to become more engaged with County government.

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

Olympics 2014

This month’s spotlight focuses on two athletes that not only represented Hayward, California, but the United States of America. Cherrelle Garrett and Nicholas (Nic) Taylor, both Mt. Eden High School Alumni, competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Nic participated in the Olympic events of bobsled and skeleton, as Cherrelle competed for Team USA bobsled.
Cherrelle started her athletic career in high school, as she joined the Mt. Eden track and field team where she competed in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay. Her success in high school would be followed by a career at the University of California at Berkeley, where she graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Social Science. After her collegiate career, former Cal coach Mike Gipson motivated Cherrelle to try out for the USA bobsled team, due to her speed and strength.
Nic was a tri-athlete at Mt. Eden playing football, wrestling and running track for the Monarchs. After high school, Nic attended California State University at Northridge, running the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay. Before attending California State University at Northridge, Nic spent a year at Boise State where his roommate, and 2010 Olympian, Nick Cunningham introduced him to bobsledding. 
We wish Cherrelle and Nic all the best in their Olympic careers!


EMS Corps Program

EMS Corps Program

The Alameda County Public Health Department’s EMS Corps program, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is helping local health care providers expand and diversify their workforce by training young men and women from the community to be emergency medical professionals.
Watch the video below, as it illustrates that EMS Corps offers more than just traditional EMT training. It also provides students support through life coaching, transformative mentoring, community service, mental health and wellness to improve health outcomes.


Cash for College Workshops

Cash For College

Students and families are invited to attend free workshops hosted by Cash for College to help fill out free applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and learn more about Cal Grant opportunities.
Recently the California Legislature expanded access to higher education through the enactment of the Cal Grant program. California high school seniors who meet income qualifications and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 are guaranteed financial assistance through the Cal Grant program. Cal Grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid. Students can maximize their financial aid by applying for a Cal Grant by the March 2nd deadline.
For more information about completing financial aid forms, Cal Grant opportunities, or a list of student aid resources, please attend the upcoming Cash for College workshop.
Thursday, February 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Chabot College (25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward)

More Information on Financial Aid:
Free Application for Federal Student Aid –
California Student Aid Commission –
California Dream Act –
Cal Grant Website – 
California Colleges Website –
Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid –
U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid –
California Community Colleges-
East Bay Consortium –


Free Tax Help for Low-Income, Moderate-Income Residents

Tax Help

Tax time is fast approaching and the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has opened its doors again. Last year, the FRC VITA site helped over 2,300 families with tax preparation services, and provided information and linkages to programs and services offered by the various agencies at the Fremont Family Resource Center. 
This year, there are 5 convenient VITA locations to serve the tri-city area:
Fremont Family Resource Center (main VITA site)
39199 Liberty Street, Building EFGH in Fremont
January 22 to April 14, 2014
Mondays & Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m.
Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holly Community Center
31600 Alvarado Boulevard in Union City
February 1 to April 5, 2014 (no tax service on March 8th)
Saturdays only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Road in Union City
February 1 to April 5, 2014 (no tax service on March 8th)
Saturdays only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Avenue in Newark
February 1 to March 15, 2014 (no tax service on March 8th)
Saturdays only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tri-City Volunteers
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY – Contact Sara at (510) 793-4583
37350 Joseph Street in Fremont
February 4 to April 8, 2014
Tuesdays only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What to Bring:
Picture ID for you & spouse, if married, and original social security/ITIN cards or letters for all persons to be listed on tax return (married couples must come together)

  • 2013 tax documents such as W-2s, 1099s, 1098s, etc.
  • Other 2013 records: charitable contributions, property tax bill, DMV registration bill, childcare provider information and expenses, college expenses, landlord information, business incomes and expenses, etc.
  • For faster refunds with free e-filing (7–10 business days), bring a voided check or bank routing & account numbers for saving accounts (not deposit or withdrawal slip)
  • 2012 tax return

For more information, please contact SparkPoint Fremont at (510) 574-2020 or


Community Ambassadors Program

Community Ambassadors Program

Help lead the way as a Community Ambassador at an Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) office.
SSA is currently seeking dedicated volunteers who are:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Not a current Social Services Agency client
  • Not a current employee of SSA or County of Alameda
  • Available on a regular basis for at least 3 months

Hundreds of customers pass daily through the doors of SSA waiting rooms. It is the priority of the Agency to provide responsive, effective, and timely service to all. Community Ambassadors play an important and highly visible role in this endeavor:

  • Greet clients and provide directional assistance, escort clients to location as needed
  • Facilitate services on behalf of elderly or physically impaired clients
  • Assist clients with operating in-house phones and troubleshooting photocopy machines
  • Circulate reading materials and/or disseminate Agency information as needed

 Office locations:

  • 2000 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland
  • 24100 Amador Street in Hayward

Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ambassadors are asked to complete at least 1 shift weekly for the duration of 3 months. Preferred shift times are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., please check with the program coordinator to see which shifts are still available!
If you are interested in participating, plan to attend the next Ambassador Orientation on:
Saturday, February 22
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Eden Area Multi-Service Center
2nd Floor/California Poppy Room
24100 Amador Street in Hayward
To RSVP or request additional information contact Andrea Wong, Program Coordinator at (510) 271-9163 or
Visit our website at:


Reducing Water Usage

Reduce Water Usage

Alameda County Water District (ACWD) asks customers to reduce water usage by 20%.
ACWD announced that it is requesting Tri-City area residents, businesses, and institutions to voluntarily cut back on their water use by 20% in response to Governor Brown’s declaration of a statewide drought emergency. 
ACWD staff is closely coordinating with officials from the California Department of Water Resources and the SFPUC regarding water supply conditions of the State Water Project and Hetch-Hetchy system, respectively. Below, please find guidelines on ways to reduce water use.

ACWD officials encourage customers to conserve water in the following ways:

  • Find and fix leaks as leaky faucets, showers, toilets and irrigation systems can waste a lot of water.
  • Significantly reduce, or if possible, eliminate landscape water use during these shorter days and cooler nights.
  • Cover exposed soil with mulch.
  • Operate clothes washers and dishwashers with full loads only.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and walkways.
  • Get your car washed at a commercial car wash that recycles water.
  • Replace older, high water use fixtures and devices with water efficient models (toilets, showerheads, faucet aerators).

For additional information on ACWD’s water conservation programs, including rebates on turf replacement and high efficiency clothes washers, please visit the ACWD website at
The Alameda County Water District supplies water to the residents and businesses of southern Alameda County and drinking water to the more than 336,000 people living in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. 


East Bay Bicycle Coalition Workshop


Join the East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s certified safety instructors at this fun free workshop for children who are able to ride a bike and ready to take to the streets and paths with their parents.
Children and parents must attend together and bring their own bikes and helmets.
When: Saturday, March 14
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Burbank Elementary School
222 Burbank Street, Hayward
Visit to sign up for free! For more information email or call (510) 845-7433 ext. 2.
Brought to you be East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools.