Supervisor Richard Valle's June 2017 Newsletter


Release Date: June 19, 2017

Supervisor's Message

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Today I am proud to write that on June 6 Hayward joined every city in District 2 and cities and counties throughout the Bay Area taking to take a strong stance in declaring our commitment to protecting and advancing the rights of all immigrants and refugees. Thank you to Union City, Newark, Fremont, and Hayward for reinforcing our commitment to protecting all community membersThese times call for courageous actions and we are grateful to the City Council and Mayor who voted on the side of what is right and just by declaring Hayward a Sanctuary City. It is extremely encouraging to see the many community members who worked tirelessly to make this possible and I am grateful for their collective action. It is only through organized and sustained collective efforts that justice will prevail. We have a long road ahead of us, but we stand united. I am confident we will ensure constitutional protections are not trumped by an overreaching Administration. District 2 stands with you and are proud to serve you. We will continue to support our immigrant and refugee community by holding our Ad Hoc Committee meetings throughout the County and in our Board Chambers to hear community input on how Alameda County can be the "Welcoming County" we aspire to be. 

Join us at our next Ad Hoc Committee Community Meeting on Immigrant and Refugee rights which will be held on June 29th at 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Glad Tidings Church located  27689 Tyrell Ave Hayward, CA 94544. See article below for more information. 

District 2 Spotlight


This month's spotlight we highlight Jeff Miller for his commitment to the protection and restoration of our environment. 

Jeff Miller is the founder of the Alameda Creek Alliance, a non-profit community organization that works to restore Alameda Creek. The Alameda Creek is the largest watershed of all local stream tributaries that feed into the San Francisco Bay. Jeff formed the Alameda Creek Alliance in 1997 when steelhead trout in the Bay Area were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, in the belief that restoring steelhead trout and salmon to our local creek could tie us more closely to the place we live. Jeff has spent the last two decades educating Alameda County residents about wild steelhead trout, an “indicator species” of watershed health, and organizing public support for stream restoration actions by water agencies.

Jeff’s mission has been to inspire watershed residents and land managers to value Alameda Creek for its wildlife, natural features, aesthetic qualities, cultural and natural history, and recreational and educational opportunities. Jeff has brought together dozens of local, state and federal agencies to cooperate on fish passage projects to allow migratory fish to reach spawning habitat in upper Alameda Creek. 15 fish passage projects have been completed in the watershed since 2001, 10 more projects are in the planning process, and water agencies are also working on multiple projects which improves stream flows and restored stream and riparian habitat along Alameda Creek and its tributaries. These restoration projects will make up to 20 miles of Alameda Creek and its tributaries accessible to ocean-run salmon and steelhead trout for the first time in more than half a century 

Jeff has served as Executive Director of the Alameda Creek Alliance since 1997, and plans to continue to work to make Alameda Creek an urban stream restoration success story.

District 2  thanks Jeff and the Alameda Creek Alliance for their dillegence to restore Alameda Creek. To learn about ways to get involved with the Alameda Creek Alliance visit

Traffic Ticket Reductions

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Alameda County Superior Court will be allowing individuals to petition to reduce their traffic fines due to a financial hardship (aka “ability to pay”). The court has committed to reducing tickets by 50% if the person is low-income. Attached are the forms that will be used to determine someone’s ability to pay. Ability to Pay Application Form & Ability to Pay Document ChecklistIndividuals with traffic citations and/or driver’s license suspensions can come to Traffic Walk-In Clinics


Ad Hoc Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights


The Alameda County Board of Supervisors' Ad Hoc Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights invites you to Community Meeting on Immigrant & Refugee Rights. 

When: June 29, 2017 from 5:30 P.M. to 8 P.M. 
Where: Glad Tidings Church 27689 Tyrell Avenue, Hayward, CA 94544

The event will offer Immigrant Know Your Rights workshop and individual consultations with Immigration Attorneys as well as translation and dinner. 

Alameda County continues to stand strong in our commitment to uphold the rights of all members of our community irrespective of immigration status. We hope to hear from you about what Alameda County can do to become the "Welcoming County" we aspire to be. Conversation hosted by District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle. 

Please RSVP to Cinthya Munoz Ramos at 510-891-8933 or at

El Comité Especial Sobre Los Derechos De Los Inmigrantes y Refugiados De La Mesa De Los Supervisores del Condado de Alameda les invita a una.

Cuando: 29 de Junio, 5:30-8PM
Donde: en la Iglesia Glad Tidings 27689 Tyrell Ave, Hayward, CA 94544

Habrá un Taller “Conozca Sus Derechos Sobre Inmigración” y Consultas Individuales con Abogadas de Inmigración. i Traducción y cena serán proveídos i

El Condado de Alameda continua manteniéndose firme en su compromiso a defender los derechos de todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad independientemente de su status migratorio. 
Esperamos oír de usted acerca de lo que el Condado de Alameda puede hacer para convertirse en el “Condado Acogedor” que aspiramos ser. La conversación será facilitada por el Supervisor del Distrito 2, Richard Valle.

Favor de Confirmar su asistencia a: Cinthya Muñoz Ramos at 510- 891- 8933 at

HARD Tennyson All America Festival


Join us to celebrate the 241st birthday of our Country and build pride in our Tennyson Community. Enjoy music, food, refreshments and activities for children, and learn about community resources!

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. 
Where: Mt. Eden Mansion 3562 W. Tennyson Rd., Hayward, CA 

Cosponsored by Supervisor Richard Valle and Hayward City Councilmembers Elisa Marquez and Francisco Zermeno. 

For more information call 510-8810-6700 or visit

529 College Savings


Over the past 40 years, college tuition rates have been consistently increasing at two to three times the rate of inflation each year. During this same period of time, financial aid funding in general has shifted away from student grants towards guaranteed student loans. Today, seven out of 10 college seniors graduate owing $30,100 on average student loan debt. When their ability to purchase homes, cars and other products that help boost our economy are put on the back burner. 

529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to encourage saving for future college costs. 529 plans, legally known as “qualified tuition plans,” are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions and are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

It’s hard to get motivated to save if you aren’t confident you’ll save enough. Just remember, the earlier you start, the more your money can grow. To learn more about California's 529 plan, visit To learn about other states' 529 plans, visit

Union City Kids' Zone - Please Consider Donating!


Union City Kids' Zone Resource Center houses a Food & Clothing Pantry available to any student, family and community member. We accept nonperishable food items, basic household & toiletry goods, and gently used clothing. Click here for a list of “high-need” items.

Pantry hours are Mondays from 2:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. and Thursdays from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. or by appointment (510) 476-2770.  If you are interested in donating to the Union City Kids' Zone Food & Clothing Pantry - the following items are still in need: pasta sauce, noodles, dried or canned beans, tuna, crackers, cup-o-noodles, top ramen, macaroni and cheese (please visit our website to learn more about donatable items at


Attention! Nonprofit Organizations


The Eden Youth and Family Center located in Hayward at 680 Tennyson Road has space available for a nonprofit organization. 

Available immediately: Spacious, accessible, conveniently located and functional rental space in Hayward (two buildings, ~3,500 square ft. each)--perfect for human service nonprofits. Buildings include office space, meeting room(s), multipurpose room(s), kitchen, parking and other amenities. Very reasonable rates.

Contact 510-887-1146 or for more information.

Boards,Commissions & Committees


District 2 has openings on 

Alameda County Boards, Commissions & Committees 

If you reside in District 2 (incorporated Hayward, Union City, Newark, Sunol or North Fremont) and would like to participate in one of our County Commissions, below is the link to the application and which commissions currently have openings. Please apply!


We will also need your resume, both of which can be submitted to Ginny DeMartini,  or for more information contact her at 510-670-6150

Current openings:

Assessment Appeals BoardReview assessment appeals. Must have five years’ experience and be a CPA, licensed real estate broker, attorney, property appraiser to apply.

Measure A Citzens Oversight Committee – Commission annually reviews the expenditure of Measure A, the Essential Health Care Services Tax Fund and reports to the Board of Supervisors and the public on whether such expenditures conform to the purposes of the measure.

Healthcare for the Homeless - The Commission supports and guides the mission to provide comprehensive health care that is quality-driven, affordable and culturally competent to persons experiencing homelessness in Alameda County.

Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission – Responsible for advising, reviewing, and fostering historical preservation activities in the county, and ensuring that all historical resources are recognized. 

Sunol Citizens Advisory Council – Sunol residents interested in advising the Board of Supervisors on all matters concerning services which are or may be provided to Sunol by the County or other local governmental agencies, including but not limited to advice on matters of public safety, welfare, public works, and planning. Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 7:00 p.m. at Sunol Elementary School. Members must be residents of Sunol who live in District 2. 

Tree Advisory Board – The tree advisory board is an advisor to the Director of Public Works, assists the director in making policy decisions related to the tree manual, hears certain appeals and conducts certain hearings as provided in Chapter 12 of the County Administrative Code, and advises the director on recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

Paratransit Advisory and Planning Committee (PAPCO) - PAPCO makes recommendations to improve the planning and coordination of transportation services for seniors and people with disabilities in Alameda County. PAPCO members advise Alameda CTC on the development and implementation of paratransit programs, including a grant program. PAPCO has a different application: