Supervisor Richard Valle's September Newsletter


Release Date: September 16, 2014

Science in the Park

Supervisor's Message

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At 3:20 a.m. on August 24, I like many of you probably, awoke to a slight rumble caused by the magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake. This earthquake can serve as a reminder that we all need to be prepared for the next big one that will occur on one of the many fault lines in the East Bay. Visit, a new Alameda County website dedicated to providing the best information available on emergency preparedness. Here are some other useful tips to be prepared for an earthquake:

  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, a battery-operated radio, prescription medications and a flashlight.
  • Ensure your house is bolted to its foundation and have your chimneys, roof and walls checked for stability.
  • Secure your water heater and major appliances, as well as, tall and/or heavy furniture, mirrors, bookcases, picture frames, televisions and other large electronic equipment.
  • Know the safe areas, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against interior walls in each room.
  • Know the location of your home’s main gas service shutoff valve and how to turn it off.

Earthquake preparedness is also a great opportunity to stimulate children’s curious minds about the earth and related fields of science. You can also bring them to Science in the Park as we celebrate earth, science, health, and nutrition! Science in the Park is District 2’s signature event and is right around the corner. Join us on Saturday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward. Visit for more information about the event. Also, be sure to checkout Dr. Science and his visit with the Alameda County Bomb Squad as they conducted some BIG experiments to show the science of explosives. We hope to see you there!

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

John Lahip

This month's spotlight we highlight the program of Cypress Mandela and the success story of graduate John Lahip of Union City. The Cypress Mandela Training Center is a community based organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people it serves by providing pre-apprentice construction and life skills training, along with employment assistance.
On August 21, 2014, John Lahip was one of 35 students who graduated from Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc. Cypress provides a 16-week pre-apprenticeship training, that is both hands-on and in the classroom and prepares students for skilled trades jobs that are relevant to today’s construction industry. 
John, 22 years old, was at a point in his life where he desired something more meaningful.  He grew up in the Decoto neighborhood in Union City, and struggled with being consistent in school as he had difficulty in class, but eventually was able to graduate with a high school diploma.  He wanted to expand his abilities and career, so that he could take care of himself and his family.  John has been involved with Union City’s Youth & Family Services (YFS) program for over 3 years.  With the support of YFS, and their relationship with the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc., John was accepted into their program.
John states “this experience has made me a better person by helping me to make smarter decisions based on learning from my past mistakes.” He states he loved the structured learning environment, the hands on experience, and the program as a whole.  Fabiola Camarillo, Youth Employment Coordinator for Union City Youth & Family Services, states 12 out of 13 youth referred to Cypress, have graduated. John succeeded, as he was open to receiving the support around him, and determined to have a positive outcome.
John recommends this program to other people like himself, as he believes, with the right attitude and motivation, others could benefit from this program saying “One just needs to be willing to want to change for the better”. As a graduate of the program, John feels confident about himself and his potential marketability. At Cypress, John learned hands on training in the leading construction fields, such as the basics of a lay out, cement mason, hand tools, measuring, framing, and surveying. He also obtained life skills, such as communication strategies and earned special training certificates for working with hazard waste materials, mold mediation, asbestos awareness, CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillator. John is currently signed up with the Local 38 Plummer’s Union, and hopes to be placed on a construction site soon. 
Union City Youth & Family Services, in partnership with Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc., and Union City’s Kid Zone program, are collaborating to implement a satellite of Cypress program in Union City, at the old Barnard White Campus.  For more information regarding the upcoming orientation for interested participants in Union City please see below.


Cypress Mandela Pre-Apprenticeship Orientation

Cypress Mandela

The Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc. Union City Pre-Apprenticeship Construction program is looking for 25 highly motivated individuals, between the ages of 18-30, who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction trades for the new satellite program. This training center will be a completely FREE program to the student. 
Students will learn and participate in:

  • Free co-ed instructional training
  • Job readiness skills
  • Earn college credits
  • Green technology & pathways*
  • 8-week Environmental Certification Training
  • Solar concepts & engineering
  • Heavy highway and construction training
  • Job placement assistance (upon successful completion of training program)
  • PG&E/Cypress Mandela PowerPathways- Bridge to Utility GSR boot camp (upon successful completion of training program)

*For the Green Jobs Corp you must complete the 16-week prerequisite in general construction and be at least 18 years of age
Requirements for Eligibility
1. High School Diploma or GED
2. California Drivers License
3. Social Security Card
4. DMV Printout of Driving Record
5. Proof of Citizenship
6. Basic Skills Test (10th grade math & English)
The next orientation will be held on Friday, October 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Oakland CMTC Facility located at 2229 Poplar Street in Oakland. To RSVP please contact Sergio Abundis at (510) 675-5819 or Fabiola Camarillo at (510) 675-5820. For more information please visit
Cypress Mandela partners with CalTrans, Environmental Protection Agency, Peralta College, Federal Highways Administration, University of California, Berkeley, Growth Sector, Green for All, Ella Baker Center, United States Justice Department, Alameda County Probation Department, and the Oakland Apollo Alliance


Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. 
Hispanic Heritage Month, which began in 1968, begins each year on September 15 to mark the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.
Please join the Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 23 at 11 a.m. as we proclaim Hispanic Heritage to honor the achievements and contributions by Hispanic and Latin Americans in our County. There will be a performance of cultural dance and music. For more information, please RSVP to
Please note that the presentation will be a set agenda matter, however the time can fluctuate according to the agenda. 


Hayward Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner

Hayward Volunteer Dinner

This historic dinner provides a cherished time every year to honor outstanding volunteers who give their time and energy to benefit individuals, local human services, non-profits and other programs in Hayward. In the 37 years of the Volunteer Dinner, almost 500 awards have been given to volunteers. 
This year there are 31 volunteers that will be recognized by local non-profits for their outstanding efforts. In addition to the volunteers that were nominated by organizations, five awards will be distributed to individuals that have gone above and beyond in the City of Hayward. As a special award this year, the Volunteer Dinner Committee has selected Charles Snipes as the Committee Recognition award for his years of service. The City of Hayward’s Mayor Award will be given to Tracy Diaz-Dominguez for her efforts at Southgate Community Center. The Alameda County Supervisor’s Award will be presented to Mariellen Faria, who has been a tireless health care advocate and implementing programs in South Hayward. The John N. Pappas Humanitarian Award recipient is Robert Sakai for his leadership and involvement in numerous organizations in Hayward. The Gail Steele Lifetime Achievement Award will be honoring the many years of service by Carl and Marilyn Baker-Madsen.
The Hayward Volunteer Dinner and Recognition Awards will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. at St. Rose Hospital’s Grand White Tent. For more information on purchasing tickets please contact Ginny DeMartini at (510) 259-1097. 


Behavioral Health Conference


On Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, during National Mental Health Awareness Week, Alameda County will host its second Regional Mental Health and Spirituality Conference, The Spirituality Factor: Weaving Spirituality and Behavioral Health using Evidence and Practice will take place in Oakland at the Allen Temple Family Life Center at 8501 International Boulevard from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The conference is a collaboration of consumers, family members, faith leaders, Behavioral Health providers and other dedicated stakeholders in Alameda County and across the state to provide two days of transformative workshops. These workshops will highlight the importance of including faith and spirituality as an essential wellness tool for many for mental health wellness and recovery.
The conference also includes:

  • 30 workshops
  • Panel with County Behavioral Health Directors and other leaders
  • Faith Leaders Panel
  • Consumer & Family Members Panel
  • TAY Focused Workshops
  • Workshops provided in Spanish and Chinese
  • Multicultural Entertainment

The conference is $25 per day. For more information and to register please visit
Food will be provided, however, the organizers respectfully request attendees bring their own reusable beverage container. Those that do will be entered into a drawing to win a raffle prize. 


Boards and Commissions

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 Commissions:

AAA Board

The Commission includes 21 members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors or Alameda County Mayor's Conference.  Commissioners consist of community representatives concerned about the needs and interests of elders in Alameda County. Its purpose is to work in concert with the staff of the Area Agency on Aging to develop, plan, and administer programs designed to assist elders and their caregivers in the county. Members may serve a maximum of two four-year terms. Meetings are generally held on the second Monday of each month 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, and include a copy of your resume.  Please forward the information to Ginny DeMartini at or call (510) 259-1097. 

Junior Commission

The Junior Commission is a project established by the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women to develop leadership ability, to build high self-esteem, to show how government works, to demonstrate how young women can become empowered by advocating on issues relating to adolescents and teens. Members must be an Alameda County resident and attending high school. The member must also commit to serve for at least one year, participating from October to July. Junior Commissioners can serve up to four years, however seniors, may only serve until the end of their high school year. Orientation and training for selected applicants during the term of the program.
To Apply:
Please provide a written application by downloading the form at and mailing it to:
c/o Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women- Junior Commission
2000 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 445
Oakland, CA 94612