Supervisor Richard Valle's January 2019 Newsletter


Release Date: January 30, 2019

Supervisor's Message

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Happy New Year! 2019 brought new energy to our offices and I am honored to begin serving as President of the Board of Supervisors. As we hit the ground running in this new year and gain excitement for the great things in store, we also want to reflect back on the importance of governance for all.

In the 2016 November Election, voters in our county saw the growing issue with housing affordability and passed Measure A1 for $580 million in bond funding to support families here in Alameda County. You may be aware that over the last several years Alameda County has funded housing and developed policies for this new revenue source. Earlier this week, the Board approved an additional $39.8M to fund 424 affordable housing units in Berkeley, Fremont, and Oakland.

In addition to this action to help address the housing affordability crisis, our office is gearing up for some major events this year. District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty and the District 2 office are working to host a mental health summit for youth and families this spring at Washington Hospital in Fremont. Mental health is a topic that touches all our lives in various ways; we want to work towards de-stigmatizing this important issue and provide accessible resources for families to address and heal mental health concerns. Our office will keep you up to date on the developments of this ambitious event in the coming months.

District 2 will be working with District 1 to bring you the third biennial Niles Canyon Stroll and Roll. On this highly anticipated day, Highway 84 (Niles Canyon Road) will be closed to vehicular traffic, giving people an opportunity to bike and walk safely through the canyon with their friends and family. We started this event in 2015 in an effort to promote and initiate a class 1 trail through Niles Canyon. We look forward to bringing you this joyous event again on Sunday, September 22,2019. Please mark you calendar.

We hope you are as excited as we are for this upcoming year.


Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

In this month’s spotlight, we feature Karen Norell, thanking her for her great service at the Alameda County Human Relations Commission.

Karen Norell

Karen Norell has served tirelessly on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission (HRC) since 2004. She worked on mental health, homelessness, Latino and youth issues with dedication and has been a driving force for Hayward on this commission and in the community.

Karen was instrumental in founding the HRC Excellence Awards Luncheon and has been a strong mentor to new commissioners and helped them to navigate the challenges and complexities of the commission’s work. In her years of service, she has cemented her role as the liaison to the Commission of the Status of Women.

Throughout her tenure on the commission, Karen has served in various leadership positions, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Chair; as well as overall outstanding Member at Large.

We’d like to commend Karen on her wonderful work on the Human Relations Commission and we look forward to her future accomplishments in her beloved Hayward community.

Immigration Forum

Faith in Action (Formerly Congregations Organizing for Renewal) will be hosting an immigration forum at St. Clement on Sunday, February 3rd, starting at 10:30 a.m. Immigration attorneys will be available for consultations at no charge. Appointments will be scheduled at the event.

Please come to this free event to take advantage of the resources available to our immigrant community.

Immigration Forum - Know Your Rights Flyer

Two Way Dual Immersion Parent Information Meeting

Searles Elementary in Union City has experienced tremendous success during their first year of implementation of the Spanish Two-Way Dual Immersion Language Program. Through the program, their students have grown in their bilingual and biliterate skills, academic achievement, as well as cross cultural competency. 

Searles Elementary

This program is a wonderful way for Native Spanish speakers and Native English speakers to become proficient in both languages.  

Searles Elementary will continue to build on the success of the Two-Way Dual Language Immersion program. If you are a parent of an incoming kindergarten student or a student who will be a fist grader for the 2019-2020 school year and are interested in the program, please attend their mandatory Parent Information Meeting.  

Two Way Dual Immersion Parent Information Meeting

Date: February 21, 2019

Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Where: Searles Elementary - Media Center.   

Please RSVP to Alyssa Corpuz via email at or (510) 471-1100 ext. 60493.

Washington Hospital Health Seminars

Throughout the month of February, Washington Hospital will be hosting a series of seminars on health and wellness. The health programs are free and open to the public. The hospital encourages participants to call (800) 963-7070 to register.

  • Tuesday, February 5, 6 – 8 pm: Stroke Education Series: Stroke Prevention
    • Washington Township Medical Foundation Nakamura Clinic Conference Room
    • Located at 3077 Alvarado Niles Road in Union City.
  • Monday, February 11, 6 – 8 pm: Health & Wellness Seminar: Aortic Valve Disease: Treatment Options including TAVR
    • Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Auditorium rooms A&B of Washington West
    • Located at 2500 Mowry Ave in Fremont
  • Tuesday, February 12, 6 – 8 pm: Stroke Education Series: Life After a Stroke
    • Washington Township Medical Foundation Nakamura Clinic Conference Room
    • Located at 3077 Alvarado Niles Road in Union City.
  • Wednesday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm: Health & Wellness Seminar: Colorectal Cancer: Foods to Eat and to Avoid
    • Conrad E. Anderson, MD, Auditorium rooms A&B of Washington West
    • Located at 2500 Mowry Ave in Fremont
  • Thursday, February 21, 7 – 8:30 pm: Women Empowering Women; Healthy Gut; Healthy You
    • Washington Women’s Center Conference Room, suite 145 of  Washington West
    • Located at 2500 Mowry Ave in Fremont
    • Call 510.608.1301 to register
  • Saturday, February 23, 10 am – 1 pm: Washington Township Medical Foundation Community Health Fair
    • Washington Township Medical Foundation Newark Clinic Conference Room
    • Located at 6236 Thornton Ave in Newark

To learn more about seminars offered by Washington Hospital, visit or call (800) 963-7070. Seminars may be televised on InHealth, a Washington Hospital Channel (Comcast Channel 78) and online at

Youth Job Fair

City of Union City

Union City Community & Recreation Services and East Bay Regional Parks District is looking to fill their team for the Summer. Whether you like spending time outdoors, working with children or lifeguarding on the beach, they have the perfect job for you.

Learn about the many jobs available for the summer and in the near future at their upcoming youth job fair.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019 | 10 AM – 12 NOON


FOR AGES 15 ½ - 24

East Bay Regional Park District

Emergency Response Training

Are you prepared in emergency response

AC Fire Department

The Alameda County Fire Department will be offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) training programs throughout the year. Learn how to be prepared in the event of disasters.

Classes are offered all throughout the county and are available in English and Spanish.

For more info and to register for upcoming classes, visit or call (925) 833-3473 ext. 1721 or (510) 623-3473 ext. 1721.

Community Input for I-880 Project


The I-880 Interchange Improvements Project aims to improve traffic operations at the I-880/Whipple Road-Industrial Parkway Southwest and I-880/Industrial Parkway West interchanges. The project would include interchange on- and off-ramp reconfigurations, modifications and/or replacement of bridge structures, local roadway realignments and restriping, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the cities of Hayward and Union City, in Alameda County.

Learn more about the project and provide your input at the upcoming public informational meeting held by the Alameda County Transportation Commission.

DATE: Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

VENUE: Matt Jimenez Community Center, 28200 Ruus Road, Hayward, CA 94544

For more information, visit the Alameda CTC website here.

Clear the Air Filmfest

Clear the Air Filmfest

Short Film and PSA Submission Deadline: February 18th!

Breathe California's Clear the Air Film Fest is open to everyone, from middle school students to seasoned film professionals, so don't miss your chance to make your voice heard and win up to $3,000 in prizes. The submission deadline is just around the corner, but you have more than enough time to create a powerful message about clean air or lung health.

This year, they are looking for short films of 3-5 minutes or Public Service Announcements (PSAs) of 30-60 seconds in length in topics of air quality and tobacco prevention.

To learn more about the contest and its official rules, please visit

Winter Shelter and Warming Center Resources

Alameda County and District 2 send our deepest appreciation to all the dedicated persons at AC Health Care for the Homeless program for working in this cold and rainy season to provide shelter, support and warmth to our loved ones, friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness throughout Alameda County.

This is a reminder that you can find a resource list for Winter Shelters and Warming Centers throughout Alameda County on here. Please distribute this information to those who might need it.  

AC Health Care for the Homeless

For more information about the Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless program, please visit

Harlem Wizards in Union City

Harlem Wizards Basketball

The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit the Logan Pavilion on Friday, February 8th for an evening of great fun and fundraising.The Wizards will play a game against a team of NHUSD administrators, teachers, community leaders, and community members. Proceeds will benefit all of our participating schools in the district.

The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards' dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame "Wiz Kids" warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards' signature dance extravaganza that will have the crowd on their feet!

To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit:

The home team players will be thrilled to play in front of family, friends, and fans, and spectators will delight in seeing their beloved teachers, principals, and community leaders run the court. Come out and cheer - you will not want to miss this fantastic experience that will benefit our most precious resource: The kids!

Contracting with Alameda County

Interested in doing business with Alameda County?

The Alameda County General Services Agency Procurement Department will be hosting bid outreach events every Wednesday in the months of January and February. All prospective bidders and/or local businesses  are welcome. Come and learn about opportunities to do business with Alameda County. Our friendly staff will give you the where, when, and how of doing business with your local government.

Here are the upcoming Outreach Events:

January 30

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Alameda County Public Works, 951 Turner Court Room 230, Hayward

February 6

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

San Lorenzo Library, 395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo

February 13

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA

February 20

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley

February 27

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Alameda County Public Works, 951 Turner Court Room 230, Hayward

For information of Alameda County’s Current Contracting Opportunities, please visit: