Supervisor Richard Valle's April Newsletter


Release Date: April 24, 2014

Science in the Park

Supervisor's Message

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Even with major changes to our health care system, there are still many residents in Alameda County who remain uninsured. It is with the help of initiatives like Measure A that Alameda County is able to continue to make sure that critical safety-net services are available to all who need them.
Measure A is a locally controlled ½ cent sales tax that produces about $110 million in revenue every year. The funds are then used for a variety of local safety-net programs for low-income, uninsured and under insured residents of Alameda County. Of the $110 million, about 75% of the proceeds are transferred directly to the Alameda Health System, and 25% of the proceeds are allocated by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors based on demonstrated needs and the County’s commitments to a geographically dispersed network of providers. In District 2, Measure A has assisted organizations such as St. Rose Hospital, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Eden Youth and Family Center, the Alameda Health System's Newark Clinic, and more. Some of the allocations the Board of Supervisors have approved include: medical services, mental health services, public health services, substance abuse services, priority populations, direct services planning & administration, and the Board of Supervisors discretionary funds.
Measure A is an important asset to Alameda County’s safety-net programs and services. Measure AA is a ballot measure in June that, if approved by the voters, will reauthorize Measure A for another twenty years. If it is not approved, the measure will sunset in 2019. To learn more about Measure A, please click here. 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.

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

Supervisor Valle with Super Weevil

In a special two part District 2 Spotlight, we highlight the fun and great work of Park Elementary School and two exemplary public workers, Mike Henneberry and Julie Su. 
On March 3, Supervisor Valle helped kick-off Park Elementary’s Golden Sneaker Contest in Hayward, with some help from Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre’s Super Weevil. Super Weevil welcomed the students by producing some dance music from his tricycle sound system. While students were moving to the music, Project Eat was making healthy snacks, and parents were discussing the Fire Up Your Feet Program
For two weeks Park Elementary students competed for the Golden Sneaker trophy. Each class charted how they arrived and departed from school with extra points awarded to those who walked, rolled, bused, or rideshared. The winning class, with the highest level of participation, and the winner of the 40 Oakland A’s tickets courtesy of Supervisor Valle’s office was Ms. Day's third grade class.
A big congratulations to all the students that participated and thank you for choosing a fun and healthy way to get to school!

Mike Henneberry

On April 18, the Alameda Labor Council recognized the dedicated work of Mike Henneberry and Julie Su. Mike received the Unionist of the Year award for his years of service to local organizations, especially throughout the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union. Julie received the Woman Warrior of the Year for her service as a the California Labor Commissioner.
Mike Henneberry joined UFCW Local 870 in 1984 by working a summer job as a bagger at Piedmont Grocery. He quickly became more active in the UFCW, becoming a delegate to the Alameda Labor Council in 1987 and in the same year was elected to serve on the Executive Board of UFCW Local 870. In 1988, Mike was hired by the Alameda Labor Council and worked there for five years leaving as Assistant Secretary. Mike returned to UFCW Local 870 as a Business Representative in 1993, continuing his service with UFCW Local 5 where he currently serves as Communications Director. Since 2007, Mike has served on the Alameda Labor Council’s Executive Committee bringing his experience and wisdom to bear on critical issues. Mike has been a role model and mentor for union members and activist in the UFCW and throughout the labor movement. He has played a critical role as a union leader, building solidarity among working men and women, union members, and unions to promote justice for working families. 

Julie Su

Julie Su is a nationally recognized expert on workers’ rights and civil rights who has dedicated her distinguished legal career to advancing justice on behalf of poor and disenfranchised communities. Julie is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and began her career with Skadden Fellowship. She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” grant and has taught at UCLA Law School and Northeastern Law School. In April 2011, Julie was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the California Labor Commissioner overseeing over 400 staff in 18 offices across the state. Julie has made it a top priority of her administration to stamp out wage theft, the deliberate non-payment of money owed to employees. In her 17 years as a civil rights lawyer, Julie and Asian Pacific American Legal Center litigated cases on behalf of minority workers to challenge discrimination in education and employment. Julie has been named one of the most noteworthy women alumni of Harvard Law School and continues to be a strong advocate for all working families.


Chabot College "PACE Pathway"

Chabot College

Chabot Community College, in Hayward, is accepting applications for the PACE Degree & Transfer Program now through Tuesday June 24.  Summer classes start in June and fall classes begin in August.
PACE provides a streamlined pathway toward graduation and transfer for students who need evening and online classes for those who may work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and who wish to pursue degrees in Social Science, Education, or Business.  PACE is designed for students who are toward the beginning of their college career, and who have less than 20 units of general education classes already completed (“general education” includes courses like math, English, history, health, science; major type classes such as business classes are not included in the 20 unit count).
PACE offers two built-in AA Degree Majors:

  • Liberal Arts Option I or II with a Social & Behavioral Sciences Area of Emphasis
  • Behavioral Science

PACE also offers 3 built-in transfer majors to California State University, East Bay's PACE Program:

  • Human Development Major: excellent for careers in social work, counseling, law enforcement, human resources, etc.
  • Liberal Studies Major: a well-rounded major for careers in teaching, business, government, etc.
  • Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism: leads to careers as recreation program director, recreation therapist, youth sports director, Senior Center manager, resort or camp manager, etc.
  • PACE also works well for Business Majors, and offers some limited Nursing/Dental Hygiene Major spaces (only for completing general education prior to applying for the Nursing program; PACE does not include science classes appropriate for nursing majors). 

Chabot College has several PACE Information Meetings scheduled for potential new PACE students. In order to be admitted to the program, it is mandatory to attend one of the 1-hour meetings for all new PACE applicants. Room numbers will be posted online before the first Information Meeting at 

  • Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 p.m.

The deadline for PACE admission for summer or fall semesters is Tuesday, June 24.  Registration for classes begins in April. For more information on how to apply visit or email
Students who are new to college or who have never taken college level math or English classes should also take the Chabot Math & English Assessments.  For information visit
For other Chabot College registration procedures visit:


Healthy Child Initiative

Lead Free

As a program of the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department, the primary function of the Healthy Child Initiative is the early identification of children exposed to lead through screening and testing. 
Lead can harm a child’s brain affecting their ability to learn, pay attention, and behave. Most children who have lead poisoning do not look or act sick. A blood test is the only way to know if your child has lead in their body. Ask your child’s doctor for a blood lead test.
For more information and helpful tips for the home, to protect your children from lead exposure, visit


New Car Loan Program

Ways to Work

Ways to Work, a car purchase program, is the solution for many low-to-moderate income families who are credit-challenged and have difficulties obtaining an affordable auto loan. Potential borrowers can access a loan up to $8,000 at an 8% interest rate, or they can obtain an auto repair loan for up to $1500 at the same interest rate.
The requirements of the loan program are as follows:

  • Resident of Alameda or Contra Costa Counties
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • 18 years or older with challenged credit
  • Care-giver or parent of dependent child(ren) with proper documentation
  • Ability to repay loan and cover expenses related to car ownership and insurance
  • Employed at least 3 months, working 20+ hours/week or enrolled in school full-time or part-time
  • Yearly household income less than 80% HUD income limits for Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Participants must attend a minimum 3 hour financial education class that prepares them for managing their monthly budget and credit counseling to help them alleviate the credit challenges they currently have or have had. 
For those interested or are interested in receiving more information please contact:
Vivian Rahwanji, Loan/Program Coordinator for Ways to Work  or call (510) 221-2536


City of Hayward Youth Commission

Supervisor Valle with Hayward Youth Commission

The City of Hayward is now accepting applications for the Hayward Youth Commission. The Youth Commission advises the City Council, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the Hayward Unified School District about issues that affect young people in the Hayward community.
Applicants must live in the City of Hayward or within the boundaries of the Hayward Unified School District and are between the ages of 13 and 20 years. Applications are due Thursday, May 15.
To obtain an application visit the Office of the City Clerk at 777 B Street, 4th Floor in Hayward. For more information, please call (510) 583-4400, email or click here for more information.


District 2 Commission Openings

Alameda County District 2

The Board of Supervisors encourage citizen involvement and expertise through a variety of boards and commissions, to advise them on a wide range of issues affecting their constituencies and to assure they are responsive to community needs. District Two currently has a vacancy on the following Commission:
Public Health Commission
The Public Health Commission serves as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in the areas of public health, primary care, and criminal justice medical services. Members of the Public Health Commission are appointed for a two year term. Meetings are held bi-monthly, and applicants should be familiar and/or interested with the health care field.
To Apply:
To apply to serve as a District Two appointee, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, and include a copy of your resume.  Please forward the information to Ginny DeMartini at or call (510) 259-1097.