District Two August Newsletter


Release Date: August 28, 2012 

Supervisor's Message

It is an honor to represent you and the communities of Hayward, Union City, Newark, and portions of Fremont and Sunol on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  August is the month that many local governments traditionally are on recess.  While the Board of Supervisors did not hold any official Board meetings this month, our office has been hard at work for District Two!
Earlier this month, we held a town hall panel discussion on the State of Health Care in Alameda County.  This was a productive meeting in which the discussion included information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the future of health care services in Alameda County, and also the current state of St. Rose Hospital.  St. Rose is a critical community benefit hospital for central and south Alameda County residents and our office is committed to keeping its doors open. 
In addition to the regular Board of Supervisors business, other projects and initiatives our office is working on include a Habitat Restoration Project in the Union City hills, engagement with the Sunol Citizens Advisory Council, hosting the Science in the Park event, creating a Niles Canyon Multi-Use Trail, and implementing the Tennyson Corridor Service Initiative.  To find out more about these efforts or to get involved please contact our office at (510) 272-6692.
We look forward to engaging you in the future of our community.
Richard Valle 

State of the County

Alameda County faces some major challenges over the coming months. Collaboration between the city, county, special districts and our community are important for developing solutions to long standing problems. The District 2 office will host multiple State of Alameda County Presentations to explain our role in improving our community. Please join us on one of the following dates, to learn more about District 2.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Union City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street
Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Newark City Hall, 37101 Newark Boulevard
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Niles Veteran’s Hall, 37154 – 2nd Street
For more information, please contact the District 2 office at (510) 272-6692 or email District2@acgov.org

Sunol Polling Location

Polling Location
At the last Sunol Citizens Advisory Council meeting, attendees raised concerns that the polling place in Sunol was not going to be open for the general election this November.  Additionally, all registered voters in Sunol had been automatically, without consent, transferred to a vote by mail ballot. 
Our office is happy to report that after citizens raised these concerns with the Registrar of Voters (ROV), that the ROV has been able to work with the staff at Sunol Glen Elementary School to open a polling location for voters. 
Sunolians will be able to continue their Election Day traditions of gathering and voting at the polls together at 11601 Main Street in Sunol on November 6.

Science in the Park

Science Park

The 2nd annual Science in the Park, is just around the corner. On Saturday, October 6, the District 2 office will partner to host this free event for children and families at Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward. For more information visit www.scienceinthepark.org
Unleash your curiosity and discover your inner Einstein with lots of fun and interactive booths:
  • Hands-on science experiments
  • Live animal demonstrations and shows
  • Elementary school egg drop contest
  • Water rocket launches
  • Face painting
  • Jumbo jumpers
  • Live music and dance
  • Free flu shots
  • Free chiropractic exams
  • Free massages
  • Free health information
  • Spin art bikes
  • Balloon twisters
  • Obstacle courses
  • And lots more!
All proceeds will benefit the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District’s Children’s Programs, the New Haven Schools Foundation and the Hayward Education Foundation. 


League of Women Voters Luncheon

Join the League of Women Voters to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the upcoming state ballot measures.
The pros and cons of each of the ten state ballot measures will be presented at a luncheon forum on Friday, September 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will be held at the San Lorenzo Village Homes Association Hall at 377 Paseo Grande in San Lorenzo.
The Forum is designed to provide information from opponents and advocates of each ballot measure.  Handout materials will also be available and will include a list of resource websites for further information.
Experts on the controversial Propositions 30 and 38, which asks voters to approve increasing the sales tax and/or state income tax, have been invited to speak.
Luncheon cost is $10 if paid in advance or $15 at the door.  The public may attend without cost for the program alone. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:45 a.m. and the program begining at 12:15 p.m.
The luncheon forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Eden Area and the American Association of University Women Hayward-Castro Valley Branch.
For questions and to RSVP contact 538-9678 or email suzbarba@comcast.net.

Alameda County Veterans Services


The Alameda County Veteran Services Office provides assistance to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of America, their dependents and survivors, and the general public, in understanding and obtaining Veterans benefits. Staff members are committed to providing you with information and support in submitting claims.  The Alameda County Veteran Services are always provided free of charge.  To set up an appointment, please contact tmurray@acgov.org or (510) 577-1926.
On August 29, 2012 join Supervisor Valle in honoring our veterans during a ceremony at the Fremont Senior Center.  For more information click here
Chabot College will host a Welcome to Chabot Veterans event on September 18, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Contact Dean Matt Kritscher at mkritscher@chabotcollege.edu for more information.  

Youth Employment Program Needs Businesses to Host Teens

As reported in the Newark Patch, the county-funded Highway to Work youth employment program is looking for local Tri-Cities businesses to help train at-risk teens and young adults — at no financial cost to employers.  The program has more than 50 local youth ready to work but not enough businesses to host them.
Led by Union City’s Youth and Family Services staff, and held in collaboration with the Oakland Private Industry Council, Highway to Work is funded by Social Services and Workforce Investment Board grants to serve foster youth and youth probationers. The county grants pay for the entirety of the employee wages.
To be eligible, businesses must provide a safe environment and offer meaningful and worthwhile work experience for up to 30 hours in the summer and 10 hours year-round for youth ages 15 to 21.
Businesses interested in the program can contact:
  • Fabiola Camarillo (Union City area): (510) 453-6539 or fabiolac@unioncity.org 
  • Larry Ewings (Fremont area): (510) 453-6538 or larrye@unioncity.org 
  • Greg Steward (Newark area): (510) 453-6956 or Gregs@unioncity.org

Ombudsman Training

The Ombudsmen advocate for the dignity, quality of life, and quality of care for residents of Long-Term Care Facilities throughout Alameda County.  Ombudsmen ensure that the residents’ rights are always respected and report violations to appropriate government authorities.
The Alameda County Long Term Care Ombudsman program is holding a volunteer training class between September 18 – October 5, 2012.   These classes provide an opportunity for volunteers to join the Ombudsman program, receive training, and become certified through the State of California. 
If you enjoy visiting elders, have a few hours a week  to volunteer, are observant, reliable, can hold confidences securely and are unafraid of speaking out when something is not right, you may have what it takes to be an Ombudsman.  If you are interested, there will be an informal Ombudsman Orientation before the training on September 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at 6955 Foothill Blvd, Suite 300 in Oakland.
Contact Denyse McCowan with the Alameda County Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at (510) 638-6878 or dmccowan@acgov.org to schedule for an interview prior to training. 

Volunteer at LIFE ElderCare

LIFE Elder

Whether it’s delivering a meal, being a friend, or providing a ride, volunteers at LIFE ElderCare give back in a way that makes them feel good.
LIFE ElderCare enables an elder care option that satisfies what most people want – to live independently, and with dignity, in their own home for as long as safely possible.  Since 1975, thousands of people have made a commitment to making the Tri-City area an “aging-friendly” community.  Volunteers range in age from 18 to 80 and come from all walks of life. See below, for information on the multiple ways you can get involved with LIFE ElderCare.
Meals On Wheels - Meals are delivered between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Contact Tammy Duran – Meals On Wheels Volunteer Coordinator (510) 574-2086 or tduran@fremont.gov.
VIP Rides - Rides are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Contact Barbara Proctor – VIP Rides Volunteer Coordinator (510) 574-2094 or bproctor@fremont.gov.  
Friendly Visitors - Visit times are mutually agreed upon by the senior and volunteer and can include weekdays or weekends.  Contact Bernie Thien – Friendly Visitors Coordinator (510) 574-2097 or bthien@fremont.gov.


Walk This Way

Walk Club
Walk This Way is a 16 week program for seniors that integrates walking, flexibility, strength and balance exercises with fun games and educational topics.  Seniors participating in the Walk This Way program receive a free pedometer and walking logs, obtain training on various exercises, and learn about health, nutrition, and pedestrian safety. Participants also find out about local community resources and transportation services, and get support from each other to stay motivated and achieve their individual fitness goals. 
The program is FREE and open to seniors of all fitness ages 55 years and older.  Sessions occur weekly at the following locations:
Newark Senior Center – 7401 Enterprise Drive, Newark
Tuesdays, July 31 – November 13 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Union City Kennedy Center – 1333 Decoto Road, Union City
Wednesdays, August 1 – November 14 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Centerville Presbyterian Church – 4360 Central Avenue, Fremont
Fridays, August 3 – November 16 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Walk This Way is operated by the City of Fremont Human Services Department and classes are taught by fitness instructors from Generations Community Wellness, a non-profit organization.  The program is funded by a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
To register for the program, please contact Shawn Fong, City of Fremont Humans Services Department, as (510) 574-2033 or sfong@fremont.com.  

Circus Vargas

Circus Vargas
The circus is in town, and supporting Newark’s League of Volunteers (LOV)! Come see the star-studded circus acts from around the world including: international acrobats, aerialits, clowns, The Human Rocket, The Ultimate Motorcycle Globe, and much more!
A proceed of the tickets purchased from LOV, at the Community Service Center prior to September 14 or at The Book End Bookstore, 5678 Thornton Avenue, Newark in the Newark Square Shopping Center will benefit LOV programs such as:
  • Thanksgiving Day meal
  • Toys for Tots
  • Adopt a Family - Kids Holiday Party
Purchase tickets through LOV for Bleacher Seating & Arena Chairs Section:
Bleacher Seating is $25 adults (age 11 & up) and children $20 (age 2-10). Arena Chairs seating is $35 adults and $30 children. For more information contact LOV at (510) 793-5683.

Ringside and V.I.P. seats can only be purchased directly from Circus Vargas. Additional tickets can be purchased online at www.circusvargas.org, or at the circus box office.   
Duration of the Circus:
Thursday, September 13 – Monday, September 17
New Park Mall
Show Times:
Thursday - 8:00 p.m.
Friday - 5:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Saturday - 5:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday - 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Monday - 7:00 p.m.