Happy Halloweeen! Supervisor Richard Valle's October Newsletter


Release Date: October 31, 2016 

Supervisor's Message

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As citizens across the country exercise their franchise and vote on November 8, remember that your vote counts. There are important issues on the ballot from the federal and state level down to the regional, county and local level. State propositions like 64 which regulates and taxes adult use of marijuana to regional measures such as C1 for AC Transit and RR for Bay Area Rapid Transit to improve our public transportation systems.

Across the region we are facing a housing crisis that is affecting our communities. This is why Alameda County has proposed an affordable housing bond known as Measure A1. Measure A1 will help seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, low-income families, and many in the workforce whom we count on to help deliver essential services, including teachers, electricians, plumbers, and EMT workers. The bond aims to increase funding for affordable housing and home buyer assistance programs. For more information on Measure A1 visit https://www.acgov.org/board/housingbond.htm

Here in Alameda County early voting is available at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office 1221 Fallon Street, Room G-1 Oakland, CA 94612, click here for hours of operation. For those who like to go to the polls on Election Day, information on your polling place or where to drop off your absentee ballot can be found here http://www.acgov.org/rov_app/pollinglist/  



District 2 Holiday Open House


District 2 Spotlight


This time of year signals a change from the warmer summer months to the colder rainy months. While our economy and job growth appear strong, many folks are being left behind as wages struggle to keep pace and housing prices sky rocket. 

During this holiday season please remember those in need. There are many local charities helping the most vulnerable in our communities. To donate food, coats, toys, or a monetary contribution to one these organizations please visit their websites:

The Viola Blythe Community Service Center of Newark is a nonprofit, nonsectarian corporation organized to promote, support and advocate social and human services to any person who is in immediate need. Needs during the holidays: Unwrapped toys for 11-15 year olds, we have a bin at our district office to collect toys and you are more than welcome to stop by and make your contributions. Visit their website: http://violablythe.org

The South Alameda County Collaborative for Unaccompanied Minors and Migrant Families is in need of support for the community members they serve. This collaborative came together about five years ago when they saw the increase in families migrating from their home countries to reunite with their loved ones here in Alameda County and often fleeing from violence. Their needs during the holidays include Coats for children and adults, we are in special need of coats for 9-21 year olds, Toiletries (razors, pads, tampons, soap, shampoo, etc.), and Toys for kids ages 1-15 (unwrapped). Please drop-off donations to the District 2 Hayward Office by 12pm on December 7,2016.

Abode Services' mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, un-housed people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing; and to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness. This holiday season Abode is in need of providing furniture, linens, kitchen supplies, a basket of pantry items, funds for deposit and moving assistance – all things that turn a new apartment into a home. For more information on how to donate or how to get involved visit: http://www.abodeservices.org/support_us/corporate_giving

FESCO serves low/extremely low-income homeless families with food, emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. Fesco is in need of household items and toiletries. To access the list of needs or to donate a monetary contribution visit: http://fescofamilyshelter.org/donate/

Centro De Servicios welcomes everyone and is devoted to assisting the residents of the Tri-City Area.Centro accepts funds, food, clothing, household items, furniture, vehicles and other items in a form of donation. Visit their website on ways to donate and to get involved: http://www.centrodeservicios.org/getinvolved.html

Science in the Park 2016


Thank you to all who came out to enjoy this year’s Science in the Park. Science in the Park welcomed over 60 booth participants who contributed a wide range of interactive activities including LEGO building, creative art making, 3D printing and rocket launches. On this special day 4,000 kids & families were able to attend and enjoy this free biennial event. 

Special thanks to Alameda County Fire Department for their continued support and participation in launching over 100 egg drop submissions. The elected officials LEGO building contest ended in a tie, with all District 2 school foundations awarded $500 each. Finally, a huge thank you to our sponsors and to HARD for supporting the event. Look out for the next Science in the Park on Saturday October 6, 2018.

 For pictures check out our Facebook or website www.scienceinthepark.org

Saturday Morning Coffee


Join Supervisor Richard Valle for Saturday morning coffee on December 10 at Eon Coffee 24970 Hesperian Blvd Hayward, CA 94545 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meet and chat with your county Supervisor to learn more about the initiatives he is undertaking, ask questions and to enjoy a hot cup of joe. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gabriela Christy at (510) 272-5081 or gabriela.christy@acgov.org

Halloween Safety Tips 2016


Halloween is here! Below are some helpful safety tips provided by Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to make sure that everyone stays safe this year. 

Home Safe Home:

  • To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes, and lawn decorations.
  • Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
  • Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
  • Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

On the Trick or Treat Trail:

  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where everyone will be going.
  • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom) and never cross between parked cars.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights



Bring the whole family on an enchanting holiday excursion! Enjoy an hour-long round trip through Niles Canyon filled with refreshments, music, and cheer aboard antique coaches and open cars that feature holiday lights and decorations inside and out.

The Train of Lights offers a rare opportunity to experience a train ride through Niles Canyon at night. With one departure from Niles at dusk and a second departure from Sunol after dark, you can choose your favorite time to ride.

The Train of Lights has been an annual tradition for many Bay Area families for more than a decade. Make it yours too! For more information and to purchase tickets visit the NCRY website here.

Hiring Our Heroes


Military Hiring Fair

Monday, November 7, 2016

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Oracle Arena, Oakland

Join us for a one-of-a-kind event featuring a hiring fair, networking opportunities and workshops tailored for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, guard and reserve members, and military spouses. All registered veterans and military spouses are eligible to receive up to two (2) free tickets for them and their families to attend that evening’s game between the Warriors and Pelicans.

 At 9:30 a.m., a free employment workshop for job seekers will feature resume building, networking, and interview tips. This event is presented in partnership with the Economic and Workforce Development, California Employment Development Department, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, and other local partners.

Questions? Contact jrussell@uschamber.com.

Honoring Veterans Day at Las Positas College



You are cordially invited to attend Veterans Day on November 8th, 2016 at 10am located at Las Positas College at 3000 Campus Hill Dr, Livermore, CA 9455in Bldg. 4000 - Barabara Fracisco Mertes Center of the Arts. Please join as they celebrate Veterans Day and honor all of the Veterans in our community, our school, and our Veterans still serving every day. For more information or to RSVP call the Veterans Resource Center at (925) 424-1571 Ext.1572

 10:00 AM Honor Guard (Travis USAF), Singing of the National Anthem and performance by some of the band members of the Travis USAF concert band

10:15 AM Welcome by President Russell

10:20 AM A few words by Congressman Eric Swalwell

10:45 AM Key note speakers: John McPartland and Jim Zenner

12:00 PM BBQ (Free for Veterans)

5:00 PM TAPS