Supervisor Richard Valle's April Newsletter


Release Date: April 23, 2013 

Supervisor's Message

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As I have previously reported, the County is developing the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  The budget process is one of the most critical functions the County goes through each year.  It sets the County’s priorities for the year and it is important that District 2 residents have an understanding of this process.  I hope you can join me for a Budget Hearing Town Hall on Thursday, May 9, to hear more about the County’s fiscal state.  More information about the town hall can be found in this newsletter. 
While the budget is a major process for the County, our office remains an advocate for many pressing and important issues.  Earlier today, I introduced a resolution to establish Alameda County’s opposition to participate in the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement program “Secure Communities.”  This program continues to have devastating impacts on District 2 families, denies due process to individuals caught in the program, and transfers Federal responsibilities to local law enforcement without full reimbursement. The Board of Supervisors agreed and passed the resolution.  
As summer approaches, you can expect to see our office in the District knocking on doors, holding community meetings, and advancing initiatives important to us.  If you have questions or concerns for us, please give us a call at (510) 272-6692 or email at Our office is here to serve you.  

Richard Valle

District 2 Budget Town Hall

Budget Town Hall

Join Supervisor Richard Valle and the County Administrator’s Office to learn about the County’s budget and the impacts it will have on vital services. Alameda County faces some major challenges over the coming months with federal sequestration, limited fund restoration for state mandated programs, and the County’s projected deficit.  The $2.5 billion budget will set priorities for the upcoming year and direct investments for the future, please attend to learn more. 

Please join us on:
Thursday, May 9, 2013
6 to 8 p.m.
Council Chambers at the Union City, City Hall
34009 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA 94587


Earth Day Clean-up

On Saturday, April 20, I joined Alameda Creek Alliance for Earth Day, as a volunteer to help clean-up lower Niles Canyon near Mission Boulevard and Highway 84.  The clean-up was part of the continued effort to do our part to help preserve the Alameda Creek. Groups like the Alameda Creek Alliance, and all those who participated in Earth Day activities around the County, strengthen our community by protecting and restoring our environment.  My office will continue to engage the community, as we work on important open space initiatives and environmentally friendly projects. 
To find more information about Alameda Creek Alliance efforts, please visit

Earth Day Clean-Up

Fighting Hunger

Alameda County Food Bank

At the height of the recession, over 50,000 families utilized food bank services in Alameda County.  Today, these numbers remain high, and as a community we should continue the effort towards ending hunger.  I am working with the Alameda County Food Bank on policies to increase food security for County residents and make accessing food assistance programs, like CalFresh, easier and more equitable.  Please join us in supporting SB283, a California State Senate Bill that will provide additional tools to local probation departments, while helping County Social Services Agencies improve outcomes for job placement and child well-being for the low-income families that they serve.  To learn more visit the campaign petition page or the Facebook page
Visit to learn more and to apply for medical, food, and cash assistance programs for California residents.  The website can also help those already using assistance programs to check benefit statuses and amounts.


Education Job Fair

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Alameda County Office of Education will host a Job Fair for 200 openings in Alameda County schools and educational organizations. 
Visit the free Job Fair on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Get expert career advice on:
-Resume review
-Interview tips
-Credential information 
Attend free workshops on:
-Personal branding
-Work-life balance
View the complete list of Job Fair activities at or contact Kyla Sinegal at (510) 670-4267 for more information. 
Can't make it? Access the open job opportunities on EdJoin or visit for the list of employers.


Immigration Law and Citizenship Educational Workshops


International Institute of the Bay Area will be providing presentations and consultations on immigration law at the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC). If you are interested in attending, please visit the FRC at 39155 Liberty Street in Fremont for one of the upcoming immigration law events. 

Events will be held on the 4th Wednesdays of the month from 1 to 4:00 p.m. at the Fremont Resource Center on:

April 24- Millennium Room, A120
May 22- Millennium Room, A120
June 26- Millennium Room, A120 
Timeline for Events:
1 to 1:30 p.m. - Registration for individual confidential consultations with licensed attorneys and accredited representatives (Costs $30)
1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Free presentation on immigration and citizenship law and policy 
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Individual confidential consultations with licensed attorney and accredited representatives
On Saturday, April 27 there will also be an opportunity to register for application assistance at a Citizen Educational Workshop held at the FRC and presented by IIBA.  For more information about this workshop please visit

For more information: or call (415) 538-8100 ext. 206


Arts Leadership Awards

Art Commission

Do you know an artist or a leader in the arts community?

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites artists from the 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area to apply for potential inclusion in the 2013 Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be considered for upcoming public art opportunities. Project sites include: San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project, East County Hall of Justice, Highland Hospital, and other sites to be determined. Alameda County employees are not eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 30. Visit for more details and submission guidelines. 
Additionally, the Arts Commission invites community members to submit nominations for the 2013 Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards. This annual program enables the County to recognize five individuals, one from each of the five districts of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, for their outstanding achievements and contributions impacting the arts community and the residents of Alameda County. All Alameda County residents are encouraged to submit nominations. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 29, and can be submitted by visiting 
To receive a more detailed email announcements describing either of these opportunities, please email


Boards and Commissions

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Local commissions are a productive way to serve and engage your local community. These groups assist in advising local elected officials on a wide range of issues, affecting their constituencies and to assure they are responsive to community needs. For those interested in serving Alameda County and your community, here are some opportunities around District 2.
Hayward Youth Commission
Applications are now being accepted from students interested in serving on the Hayward Youth Commission. The City of Hayward is looking for students eager to represent the interests, needs and concerns of the young people in the Hayward community. The commission provides input to the elected officials of the City of Hayward, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, and the Hayward Unified School District about services that affect youth. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 16. More information can be found at the City of Hayward’s Youth Commission webpage.

Consumer Affairs Commission
The Commission consists of 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Its purpose is to promote and protect the best interests of the consumer public, to encourage the highest standards in the business community and to develop a high level of consumer awareness. Terms are for 2 years with a limit of three terms. Regular meetings are held once a month, and are usually the first Thursday of the month.

Mental Health Board
The Commission consists of 17 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Its purpose is to perform advisory functions in all matters relating to mental health services. It reviews and evaluates the community's mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems. It also reviews the county Short-Doyle plan. Terms are for three years and regular meetings are held once a month.

Parks, Recreation & Historical Commission
The Commission consists of 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors- District 2 currently has two vacancies. Interested applicants should be a person with substantial interest in history and/or historical preservation or a person with substantial interest in park and recreation matters. Commissioners serve terms of four years, not to exceed 2 terms, and meetings are held once a month.

To Apply:
To apply to serve as a District Two appointee, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position. Please include a copy of your resume and email the information to, attention to Ruben Briones.