Supervisor Chan's Summer 2016 Newsletter


Supervisor Wilma Chan's District Newsletter

                                                                                                Summer 2016


In this issue:

Affordable Housing for ALL

Showtime in San Lorenzo

Congratulations Alameda Graduates

Free Tax Prep in San Lorenzo

County Update

Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair

Preparing Children for Success

Supporting our Youth   Sports Leagues

Upcoming Events 

Community Resources


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Oakland Office
1221 Oak Street, Suite 536
Oakland, CA 94612 (map)
Phone: 510.272.6693
Fax: 510.268.8004


District Office
15903 Hesperian Boulevard
San Lorenzo, CA 94580 (map)
Phone: 510.278.0367
Fax: 510.278.0467


Housing Information and Critical Health & Human Services

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to update you on the work I have been doing to make Alameda County an even better place to call home.

In this edition of my newsletter you can read about the work I have been doing to help address the county's housing crisis, the youth career and job fair I co-sponsored in Alameda and the county update I held for the residents of San Lorenzo. 

You can also learn about various community events I hosted in my district, my advocacy work to expand services to children and families, and much more.

It is an honor to serve you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have regarding the district or Alameda County.



Wilma Chan
Supervisor, Third District 

Affordable Housing for ALL


Alameda County has the fourth largest shortfall of affordable homes in California- with an estimated shortage of over 60,000 homes for very low-income families.  Today, many working families spend 50 percent or more of their income on housing while at the same time, state and federal funding for affordable homes has decreased by 89 percent.

Due to the crisis facing Alameda County, the Board of Supervisors began the process to look at a General Obligation bond as a way to fund affordable housing projects in the county. The goal of the bond is to create and protect affordable housing options for people that need it most in our community. In March of this year, I led a community process to discuss county housing needs, receive feedback on programs and engage community members about a potential countywide general obligation housing bond. Additionally, throughout the month of May, each county Supervisor held at least one town hall meeting in their district to inform and educate their constituents about the housing bond and gather feedback.

In June, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place a $580 million affordable housing bond on the November ballot. With the help of Alameda County elected officials, policy makers, and community members, we have the opportunity to keep families in their homes and help solve the housing crisis. 

Showtime in San Lorenzo


I was delighted to co-host “Showtime in San Lorenzo” on Saturday, July 30, a free event that brought families and neighbors together in celebration of San Lorenzo. Over 200 community residents enjoyed the day, which included tours of the historic Lorenzo Theater and fun outdoor activities, such as bounce houses, rock climbing and delicious food trucks. I also conducted an hourly raffle of A’s tickets throughout the day. The event ended with a showing of the movie Minions.

I was proud to be part this fun community event and appreciate the many volunteers who helped make it a great success. To see photos of the event on my Facebook page, click here. 

Congratulations Alameda Graduates


In May, I had the privilege of delivering the keynote address at the College of Alameda’s graduation. Over 150 students participated in this year’s ceremony and the college presented over 600 degrees and certificates to the Class of 2016.

Many College of Alameda graduates will be transferring to four-year universities to continue their education. Many others earned their associate’s degree or received career/technical education that has prepared them to compete for jobs in high-demand industries, such as diesel mechanics, aircraft maintenance, apparel design and computer information systems.

Congratulations to the class of 2016 and best wishes for future success! 

Free Tax Prep in San Lorenzo


This tax season, I partnered with the Alameda County Social Services Agency and United Way of the Bay Area’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide no-cost tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income tax payers. My San Lorenzo district office was open on Monday and Wednesday evenings and all day Saturdays from mid-January until tax day. VITA volunteers were able to serve 382 clients at my district office and saved families $610,763 in state and federal taxes.

Additionally, eligible residents had the opportunity to enroll in Medi-cal and CalFresh, register to vote, and receive financial education and asset building resources. I would like to thank the dedicated VITA volunteers who donated hundreds of hours to help almost 400 community residents complete their taxes.

Free tax preparation services will be offered again at my San Lorenzo district office for the upcoming tax season starting in mid-January. Stay tuned for more details!

County Update


In March, I held my first County Update at the San Lorenzo Library where over 60 San Lorenzo area residents attended.  Attendees had a chance to meet their neighbors and make themselves familiar with the role of the county and learn about upcoming projects. They heard presentations from various county agencies, including the Library, Public Works, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, and the Community Development Agency. Following the presentations, county agency representatives made themselves available to answer questions and address concerns that attendees had.

I would like to thank county staff for their participation in this educational event as well as the community residents who took the time out of their schedules to attend. 

Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair


This year, I was pleased to once again co-sponsor the Youth Career Pathways and Job Fair at Encinal High School with Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), the City of Alameda, and the Alameda Collaborative for Children Youth and Their Families. Nearly 300 high school students attended the free event where they had the opportunity to learn about employment in various fields, apply for jobs and internships, and talk to representatives from Peralta Colleges.  

Over 40 employers, including Alameda County agencies such as the Sheriff’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and the Probation Department spoke to students about their respective fields. We know that connecting academics with career preparation results in higher graduation rates, increased college enrollments, and higher earning potential. By partnering with AUSD, local employers can play a vital role in helping students achieve lifelong success.

Preparing our Children for Success


Investing in children at a young age can play a critical role in long-term academic and life success. That is why I partnered with Youth Uprising, First 5 Alameda County, the Alameda County Public Health Department and the Alameda County Social Services Agency to create a prenatal to age 8 pipeline of services for children and families in the Castlemont neighborhood of Oakland.

This initiative focuses on providing families a coordinated network of comprehensive services from birth to school age. It uses a “warm hand-off” approach to help families smoothly transition between home visiting programs into preschool or child care centers that better positions them for long-term academic and life success. 

Supporting our Youth Sports Leagues


This summer, I was happy to once again partner with the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League (DSAL) to bring free, year-round youth soccer to San Lorenzo area youth. My $5,000 contribution allowed more than 1,200 youth between the ages of 5 and 17 years old to play in DSAL’s free summer soccer league. Nearly 60% of the youth participating in this year’s league live in San Lorenzo.

Sports play an important role by teaching the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship and perseverance to youth. This donation will ensure that youth in San Lorenzo and the greater unincorporated part of Alameda County have access to positive after school and weekend activities. 

Upcoming Events 

SLZ Little League Flea Market
The San Lorenzo Little League hosts a monthly flea market to raise funds for youth sports. Join them for a fun day of shopping on September 25 at the San Lorenzo Little League Field on Grant Avenue in San Lorenzo from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Eden Night Live
Bring the family to this fun-filled event every Friday and Saturday night through October 8 at 20100 Mission Blvd in Hayward. Enjoy activities for the whole family, including: wall climbing, live DJs and performances, art classes, food trucks and local vendors. Visit for more information.

Enjoy this FREE community event that includes a 5K run and walk, fun activities for the family, music and delicious food. The event will be happening on Saturday, October 15 at the REACH Youth Center at 16335 East 14th Street in Ashland from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Mind Your Money
Do you need help with budgeting, future investments or family debt? Stop by the “Mind Your Money” FREE financial planning day to speak to a professional financial planner on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall. For more information, visit

First Fridays at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Bring the family for an evening of fun at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center every first Friday of the month. Emeryville Taiko will be offering FREE taiko lessons at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. There will also be FREE workshops and fun activities like Chinese checkers, tangrams, origami and more!

Free First Sunday at the Oakland Museum of California
Enjoy FREE admission at the Oakland Museum of California every first Sunday of the month. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is located at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland.

Friday Nights at OMCA
Join the Oakland Museum of California on the first Friday of every month for a festive night market that includes, gourmet food trucks, live music and dance lessons. Get creative at a FREE hands-on art workshop for all ages and enjoy select Friday Storytime with the Oakland Public Library. Click here to learn more about Fridays at OMCA.

Community Resources 

Boards and Commissions
Are you interested in serving Alameda County and District 3? There are currently several openings to become a District 3 representative. Learn more at Applications, including a cover letter and resume, can be submitted to

Healthy Homes
Lead poisoning, asthma triggers, and safety issues in the home are a serious threat to our children’s health. The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department has services to help low-income residents and property owners make homes safer for young children. If you own a home or apartment building built prior to 1978 in Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, or Oakland, you are eligible for a free-in-home or phone consultation to help you identify and reduce lead hazards. Other services include free lead paint repair and free trainings. For more information or to sign up for these services, call 510-567-8280 or visit

AAA Senior Resource Guide
Alameda County’s Area Agency on Aging website has elder service tips, news, and resources. Click here to visit the website and learn more about resources available to all seniors in Alameda County.

Alameda County Resource Guide
For information and referrals on Alameda County programs, check out our resource guide:

Starting a Local Business
Do you want to open a business in Alameda County but don’t know where to begin? Alameda County has two great guides that will help you get started:


-          Guide #1: Starting a Business in Alameda County

-          Guide #2: Starting a Business in Unincorporated Alameda County

  • (Ashland, Castlewood, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, San Lorenzo, and Sunol)

East Bay Connects
Are you connected? East Bay Connects provides access to low-cost broadband for as little as $10 a month. New broadband subscribers can receive a free home computer, free digital literacy training, a year of free tech support, and access to many resources to learn how to use broadband. For more information, call East Bay Connects at (886) 460-7439 or contact James Nixon at (510) 377-7224 or