Supervisor Richard Valle's April Newsletter


Release Date: April 17, 2017

Supervisor's Message

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This month, the Hayward Veterans Post 870 hosted a commemoration ceremony to honor Veterans of the Vietnam War, in recognition of the Vietnam War's 50th anniversary. Post 870 joined the federal government and President Barack Obama to give thanks to a generation of proud Americans who saw our country through one of the most challenging missions we have ever faced. We pay tribute to more than 3 million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. For more than a decade of combat these Americans protected and fought heroically for all of us. I had the honor to participate in this ceremony and be recognized as a Vietnam Veteran, having served in country with the U.S. Army in 1970. WELCOME HOME.


Honoring Veterans is one way we can pay special tribute to Veterans and their families who gave their ALL. District 2 is proud to contribute $200,000 for the completion of the Veterans’ Memorial in Union City and continue the tradition of honoring Veterans for years to come. This memorial is set to be completed by the fall. Please look out for an invitation to join us at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

District 2 Spotlight


This month’s spotlight we highlight the life and legacy of Hayward's beloved Betty Deforest, as we remember her for the many contributions she gave to District 2.

The Hayward community has suffered a great loss with the passing of Betty Deforest, a woman who fought tirelessly on behalf of the poor, LGBTQ community, undocumented workers, and the homeless.

Betty Deforest moved to South Hayward in 1952 with her husband as a young mother hoping to raise a family. Soon after moving to Hayward, Betty joined Westminster Hills Presbyterian Church, one of three congregations that formed what is now the South Hayward Parish interfaith social justice group. In the decades that followed, Betty became its executive director and led efforts to offer more services. She later became active in the parish where she organized a food pantry, free hot showers for the homeless, and an emergency shelter during inclement weather, and free life skills classes, among other things. 

Along with her involvement in the South Hayward Parish, Betty was also the executive director of the Eden Youth and Family Center. During her tenure, she helped establish the Hayward Day Labor Center, which provides work opportunities to over one thousand individuals, and also helped to open the Hayward Community Action Network, a homeless drop-in center. Adding to her list of services she served two terms on the Hayward School Board in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Betty actively combated discrimination in Hayward. She served as president of the local chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). With the aid of city leaders, she launch the Hayward Gay Prom in 1994, when gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth were not welcome at other proms.

Betty served on the Hayward Human Relations Commission, now the Human Services Commission, in the 1970s and helped craft the City’s anti-discrimination plan in 1992. She led efforts in spearheading a grassroots initiative, No Room for Racism, which still exists today. 

Betty will be remembered as a true warrior and champion for all that is good in Hayward. From all of us in the District two office, we send our sincerest condolences to her family and the residents of Hayward whom she loved. 

Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership


Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP) is a partnership of Centro Legal de la Raza, Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Causa Justa/Just Cause, The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Oakland Community Organizations, Street Level Health, and Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay. 

ACILEP provides a rapid response to the legal needs of Alameda County residents and families facing imminent deportation or other adverse action as a result of immigration enforcement activities like raids in homes, workplaces, schools, and other sensitive locations. If you've seen immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) in action, suspect ICE in action, suspect ICE activity in progress, or if you or someone you know has been detained by ICE call (510)241-4011.

A Rapid Response Coordinator will lead 7 Community Responders in managing the hotline where affected individuals and community members can call to report immigration enforcement actions. Community Responders will be deployed to those locations to document the enforcement activity, gather information about the affected individuals and report that information back to the Rapid Response Coordinator. The Rapid Response Coordinator will then contact the point person at Centro Legal who will send one of the eight attorneys to immediately enter their appearance as the affected individual’s attorney before ICE and advocate to prevent their immediate deportation. The attorney will then provide ongoing legal representation to the affected individual before the San Francisco Immigration Court. The Rapid Response Coordinator will connect the affected individuals’ family with emergency support services. The Know Your Rights Coordinator will work with the legal service providers develop presentations to be conducted weekly at schools, places of worship, health clinics, and other trusted community locations.

In addition to critical education regarding legal rights, during these presentations the KYR coordinator will provide Oakland residents with the ACILEP’s hotline and guidance on individual family emergency planning. The weekly presentations will occur throughout Alameda County on a rotating basis to ensure geographic equity. ACILEP will continue and add additional formalized partnerships with community centers and faith based locations throughout the entirety of Alameda County. ACILEP will continue existing and add additional formalized partnerships with unified school districts and individual schools throughout Alameda County so that they have regular Know Your Rights presentations and a clear point of contact if any enforcement actions occur so that children and families have immigration legal and support services as needed. ACILEP will continue existing and add additional formalized partnerships with community health clinics and other medical or mental health providers throughout Alameda County to that they have regular Know Your Rights presentations and a clear point of contact for any Alameda County residents who need immigration legal and support services as needed.

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Red Cards

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All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations. Knowing and asserting rights can make a huge difference in many situations, such as when ICE agents go to a home. Red cards provide critical information on how to assert these rights, along with an explanation to ICE agents that the individual is indeed asserting their rights.

The card reads as follows: I do not wish to speak with you, answer your questions, or sign or hand you any documents based on my 5th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution, I do not give you permission to enter my home based on my 4th Amendment rights under the United States Constitution unless you have a warrant to enter, signed by a judge or magistrate with my name on it that you slide under the door. I do not give you permission to search any of my belongings based on my 4th Amendment rights. I choose to exercise my constitutional rights. These cards are available to citizens and noncitizens alike. 

To order your free red cards, please fill out the form located here. Due to the on-going high volume of requests, we are unable respond to orders or questions about the cards via email. For more information on the red cars or to find other resources visit: 

NHSF to Host 7th Annual Earth Day Run for Our Schools, April 22, 2017


The New Haven Schools Foundation Earth Day Fun Run for Schools will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. We will begin and end at Cesar Chavez Middle School and also utilize the popular Alameda Creek Trail near William Cann Park. The Earth Day Fun Run is a fundraiser benefiting the students and schools of Union City and South Hayward. The chip-timed 5K/10K event is an excellent event for fitness-minded people, outdoor enthusiasts and serious runners. In addition to serious runners, the 5K is historically popular with walkers, and those with baby strollers and dogs.  (Serious runners are positioned near the starting line, ahead of more casual participants.) Event registration form is here.


Cesar Chavez Middle School

2801 Hop Ranch Road

Union City, CA 94587


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Registration:  8:30 am

5K/10K Races: 9:30 a.m.

$30 General Admission, Pre-Registered 5K or 10K
$15 High School 5K or 10K participants
$10 K-6th Grade 5K or 10K participants (under 5 years free)

Event T-shirts for all pre-registered runners!

Alameda Creek Earth Day Clean-Up & Habitat Enhancement


Join the Alameda Creek Alliance for a morning of habitat restoration along the creek! You will be picking up trash and continue clearing invasive plants.

This continues past work by ACA volunteers, and your efforts will enhance habitat for fish and wildlife along Alameda Creek for years to come!

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Niles Staging Area parking lot along Old Canyon Road near Canyon Oaks Court in the Niles area of Fremont (roughly 720 Old Canyon Rd). We will work until roughly 12 p.m.

Please wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes that can get dirty (no sandals or flip-flops). We provide gloves and tools. The work isn't on much of a slope, but the ground can be uneven. The ground will likely be wet, so please wear clothes that can get dirty. There is no poison oak in the immediate area where we'll be working. Expect cool weather and morning dew when we start. The clean up will be canceled if it is raining heavily.

All participants need signed waiver forms (one for the ACA and one for Alameda County), and anyone under 18 needs a parental signature.


Sun, April 23, 2017
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT
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Niles Staging Area
1020 Old Canyon Rd
Fremont, CA 94536
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Fresh Food for Families


Fresh Food for Families- FREE food distribution

May 8th, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Eden Greenway Park, 25625 Cypress Ave, Hayward, CA 

Join us for a full food distribution including fruits and veggies, as well as dry food like rice and beans! 

May 25th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Hub: 24823 Soto Road, Hayward, CA

Join us for a partial food distribution that includes only fruits and veggies. 

Hayward Promise Neighborhood is partnering with the Alameda County Food Bank to provide "Fresh Food for Families." This is an opportunity for families to receive free healthy food from the mobile food pantry. For more information or if you would like to volunteer contact: Janevette Cole at (510) 885-3016 or OR Mark Salinas at: (510) 885-3524. 

Undocumented Student Resource Summit



You are invited to the Undocumented Student Resource Summit happening Sunday, May 7, 2017! The purpose of this Undocumented Student Resource Summit is to help attendees gain information about local resources, and safe spaces for undocumented families and students in pursuit of a college education. The Undocumented Student Resource Summit will be hosted by Cal State East Bay located in Hayward. 
Date and Time:
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
California State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, CA, 94542
Please register by May 1st

Spectrum's Senior Nutrition Program


Spectrum’s Senior Nutrition Program is a healthy and convenient alternative to cooking, and offers freshly prepared, nutritious meals at 25 Alameda County locations. Spectrum's dining sites ease the burden of cooking and provide seniors with the opportunity to enjoy tasty food, meet new people, and participate in a variety of activities.
What the Meal Plan Offers

  • A Healthy, freshly cooked meal planned by our Registered Dietitian
  • An atmosphere that promotes socialization with other seniors in a welcoming environment
  • At least 1/3 of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) including fruits vegetables rich in Vitamin A & C
  • Daily alternative menu options include a hearty Chef Salad (chicken or vegetarian)

Suggested Donation

  • $3.75 for seniors 60 years and older
  • $6.00 for guests under 60
  • No senior will be turned away due to lack of funds.

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Alameda County Civil Grand Jury


The civil grand jury acts as a "watch-dog" by investigating the workings and efficiencies of county and local governments. Past investigations have highlighted the failings of local officials in adequately scrutinizing the deal that returned the Raiders football team to Oakland - a deal which currently costs Oakland and Alameda County taxpayers in excess of $20 million every year; the failure of local school boards and county education officials in adequately overseeing the financial affairs of bankrupt school districts in Oakland and Emeryville; and exposed the county welfare agency's complete failure to investigate welfare fraud, resulting in the district attorney assuming responsibility for those investigations and prosecutions - now numbering over 800 felony prosecutions each year.

The civil grand jury is also authorized to:

  1. Inspect and audit books, records and financial expenditures to ensure the public that public funds are properly accounted for and spent.
  2. Inspect books and records of special districts in Alameda County.
  3. Examine books and records of non-profit agencies that have substantial contacts with county or local agencies.
  4. Inquire into and inspect conditions of local jails and detention facilities.
  5. Investigate charges of willful misconduct by public officials or employees.

Prospective civil grand jurors are nominated by judges of the Alameda County Superior Court. To be eligible for nomination, a citizen must first submit an application that may be obtained from the Alameda County jury commissioner. The qualifications required are: U.S. citizenship, residence in Alameda County for at least one year, be at least 18 years of age, and have a sufficient knowledge of the English language. Convicted felons and those who have been discharged from service on a grand jury within one year are ineligible for grand jury service. Judges from the Superior Court then review the applications and the applicants' backgrounds before conducting personal interviews of the applicants. Civil grand jurors are expected to attend grand jury meetings on average two days each week.

Once a sufficient number of citizens have been nominated, 25-30 names are selected as nominees. The nominees must equally represent each of the five supervisorial districts in Alameda County. At an official ceremony, 19 jurors are selected to serve for a one year term. At the discretion of the presiding judge, up to ten members of the prior grand jury may be held over for an additional year of grand jury service.

How to Obtain an Application

Call, Email or Write:
Cassie Barner 
Grand Jury Recruitment 
1401 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1104 
Oakland, CA 94612 

You can also print the application form the link (below) and mail it to the address listed above. 
Grand Jury Application: App.pdf (PDF - 110kb) *

Tree Advisory Board


Our office is looking to appoint a District two resident to the Tree Advisory Board. If you wish to apply, please send your resume to Ginny DeMartini at or call (510)272-6692. The objective of this board is to make decision about county trees in helping to conserve them. The Board meets quarterly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 951 Turner Court, Room 230, Hayward, CA 94544 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.