Supervisor Richard Valle's February Newsletter


Release Date: February 25, 2015

Supervisor's Message

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In the first two months of 2015, the District 2 office has had some exciting news on our key initiatives. On Thursday, January 29, our office held a stakeholder meeting regarding the Tennyson Corridor Initiative. At this meeting, to everyone’s delight, Kaiser Permanente announced the generous contribution of $5 million to the initiative for constructing the Hayward Youth & Family Center. With the County’s contribution of $9.6 million and the Alameda County Office of Education’s commitment of $2.2 million, the Tennyson Corridor Initiative has raised an outstanding total of $16.8 million. 

Tennyson Corridor Group

It is important to hear from all stakeholders, especially Tennyson residents as we move forward in these early phases. As the Initiative continues to make significant progress, our office will host a Community Town Hall on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. at a location to be determined.

As we continue to move forward to improve the quality of life for the families and youth of District 2, we hope to keep you engaged and fully informed. Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions at (510) 272-6692 or visit our website for additional information regarding our initiatives at
Thank you,

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

Farmaan Judge

This month's spotlight we highlight Farmaan Judge from Newark Memorial High School for being inducted to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame.
Farmaan Judge was chosen as this year’s Hall of Fame inductee under the youth category. Farmaan is a senior at Newark Memorial High School and started Education 2 Future, an organization that raises money to provide educational opportunities for children living in poverty.
In doing so, she has helped raise awareness to her peers about the difficult conditions endured by children in other countries, and to help them understand that "education is the key to escaping the clutches of poverty". Farmaan began Education 2 Future, by focusing on helping one young girl in La Paz, Mexico by providing her with scholarships to pay for a full year of school, as well as clothing and transportation costs.
Farmaan’s work is not only having an international impact, but is also inspiring fellow students to devote time to community service. She recently organized a Change for Change campaign rally at her school that drew 2,000 students. The campaign raised $500 through donations by students. She also started the Junior Interact Club at a local elementary school to enlist the involvement of younger students in movements for social change.
Farmaan has worked hard to generate support among her peers, and her efforts are having an impact far beyond Alameda County. She has applied to colleges including Harvard and Georgetown Universities and hopes to one day be a pediatrician.
Congratulations Farmaan for being inducted to the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame. We wish you all the best, as you continue to make District 2 proud!


League of Women Voters "Meet Your Elected"

League of Women Voters

Join the League of Women Voters of the Eden Area for a reception and brief presentation from your local elected representing Hayward, Castro Valley, San Leandro, and the San Lorenzo area.
Friday, February 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Hayward City Hall, 2nd Floor
777 B Street, Hayward
Members of Congress, State Legislature, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Chabot Community College District, Hayward and San Leandro city councils, school board members, park departments and other special districts have been invited to speak about a few of their goals for 2015.
During the reception you will have an opportunity to talk to your elected officials and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP to Suzanne at


Father-Friendly Principles

Fatherhood Group

On Tuesday, February 3, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for the adoption of the Fatherhood initiative resolution, which includes “Father-Friendly Principles” written by the Alameda County Fathers Corps. These principles encourage fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, which means stronger families and a stronger Alameda County.
The seven Father-Friendly Principles were created by the new Alameda County Fathers Corps, and Co-Founder and Program Officer Kevin Bremond. The Principles are to fully engage fathers to be supportive of their child or children and that agencies and organizations in Alameda County be fully-prepared to help them succeed. The Fatherhood Initiative includes our office, Father Corp, First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County Social Services Agency and the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services. 
Click Here for more information on your agency/organization adopting the Father-Friendly principles.


Tax Assistance at Fremont Resource Center

Tax Assistance

The Fremont Resource Center’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free, quality tax return preparation assistance and electronic filing for eligible individuals and families with an annual household income of $53,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers help eligible taxpayers claim their maximum refunds, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can amount to as much as $6,143 for a family with three or more qualifying children.
The main VITA tax site is at the Fremont Family Resource Center at 39155 Liberty Street, Building EFGH, in Fremont. Tax hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.
The Fremont Resource Center’s tax service also provides services at the Newark & Union City libraries, Holly Community Center and Tri-City Volunteers. For more information regarding days and hours of operation, and a list of documents to bring, please click here.
For a list of additional services provided by the Fremont Resource Center visit


California State Summer Schools for the Arts

California Institute of the Arts

California State Summer School for the Arts 2015 invites all Alameda County high school artists, writers and performers to apply!
Student Application Deadline: February 28, 2015
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) is a four-week, intensive pre-college program for motivated high school students in the arts, held on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, CA. CSSSA offers immersion in seven different artistic disciplines: dance, music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, film/video and animation from July 11-August 7, 2015. California residents enrolled in grades 9 -12 are eligible to apply to CSSSA. All students are accepted into CSSSA based on artistic potential and artistic merit. Scholarships are provided to all admitted students who qualify for financial aid. Visit the CSSSA website at


Foster Parent and/or Adoptive Parent Orientation

Pathway to Home

Join Pathway to Home as they host a series of Foster Family Home Orientations to learn more about becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent.
Attend an upcoming orientation to learn about the children in need of temporary care or a forever home, the role Social Services Agency has in foster care licensing and regulatory oversight, caregivers responsibilities, application process and requirements, and ways to prepare your home for licensure. All are welcome and no pre-registration is needed!
Hayward Orientations are held every 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at:
Glad Tidings Church in the Fireside Room
1027 West Tennyson Road, Hayward
Orientacion en Espanol es disponible, para mas informacion favor de llamar
Al telefono (510) 259-3575
For more information on becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent visit us at or call 510-259-3575


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 vacancies on the following Commissions:

Public Health

Alameda County Public Health Commission
The Public Health Commission includes 25 members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. It is recommended that members work within the health industry or a related field. Members assess emerging health needs and implications for public health policies and programs for Alameda County. All members need to be residents of the County and serve as a conduit of information for the constituency they represent. Members act as an advocate for the prevention of disease and the promotion of good health and make recommendations regarding opportunities for building community capacity related to priority public health issues. Terms are 2 years, with the maximum length of term being 12 years. Meetings are generally held bi-monthly for a total of six monthly meetings per calendar year at the San Leandro Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

Septic System Commission

Septic System Commission
The purpose of the Commission is to create a public forum to discuss matters related to septic systems. The role of the Commission is to facilitate matters of discussion and to provide information to be considered by the Alameda County Department of Environmental Health and potentially be used to improve local ordinances, regulations and operating procedures. Meetings are generally held twice a year at the Castro Valley Library. Members must be a District 2 resident.
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.