Updates from District 4 Supervisor Nate Miley: July 3rd - July 16th, 2021

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July 3, 2021 - July 16, 2021

In this Issue

Need a Covid Test or Vaccine? Support with childcare or food?

Alameda County  frequently updates this COVID19 Testing, Food, and Social Services interactive map.

Alameda County COVID19 Testing, Food Distribution, and Social Services Map

COVID Updates From Health Care Services Agency

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising across Alameda County, likely due to reopening, changes in mask use, the Delta variant, and varying vaccination rates. Our daily case rate is 6.7 per 100,000 and rising, and we are averaging over 110 cases reported daily. The entire county is affected, and we are seeing the highest rates in our priority neighborhoods including East Oakland, West Oakland, and Ashland Cherryland. Of note:

  • Test positivity is 3.8% for our Healthy Places Index (HPI) Quartile 1 neighborhoods and 2% overall.
  • Hospitalizations are increasing while testing rates are averaging 4,500 per day.
  • Most new Alameda County cases and around region are in unvaccinated residents.
  • While post-vaccination cases are being detected and are to be expected, statewide, only 0.05% of vaccinated people have been infected to date.
  • There is no evidence of widespread severe disease in vaccinated persons at this time.
  • While case rates are still lower than the winter surge, we will likely see a surge at least like the one we experienced last summer. 

COVID-19 precautions prevent and stop disease. We continue to remind county residents and our partners of the protections provided by:

  • Getting vaccinated.
  • Wearing a mask in high risk indoor settings. 
  • Frequent handwashing for all and stations or hand sanitizer in multiple public settings to support good hand hygiene.

Protect Yourself, Your Loved Ones, Your Colleagues - Get Vaxed

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19, preventing nearly all related hospitalizations and deaths. The most important thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the variants is to ensure everyone who is eligible gets fully vaccinated. The risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection continues for all residents as long as large numbers of people remain unvaccinated.

  • As of July 14, 82% of our eligible population over the age of 12 has received at least one dose, and 70% of our eligible population is fully vaccinated.
  • Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen the increase in vaccinations taper, and we’re continuing our efforts to bring vaccine to smaller and more convenient settings.
  • We are using census tract level data, overlaid with race and ethnicity data, to focus outreach and pop-up clinics.
  • We’re continuing to work with cities and trusted community partners to expand our reach.

We encourage eligible, unvaccinated residents 12 and older, and those who missed their second dose, to call 510-208-4VAX to schedule an appointment. Individuals can also drop by any Alameda County-supported Community Points of Dispensing or visit a local pharmacy or their health care provider.

To read the full Health Care Services newsletter please visit: https://covid-19.acgov.org/response.page?.

Castro Valley Marketplace Grand Opening

After years of dedicated and at times challenged efforts, the transformation of the former Daughtrey's building into the fantastic Castro Valley Marketplace culminated last weekend in a joyful and celebratory grand opening! 

This beautiful, modern, convenient space is a labor of love with many stakeholders, participants and supporters; it stands as an example of a successful public/private partnership between local business leaders, the County, and more. I want to thank you all for your hard work and commitment to our Castro Valley community!

Check out these videos of my speech and the speeches of other key players that my longtime staffer Bob Swanson created which captured the moment beautifully. 

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Redistricting In Alameda County

Redistricting Workshop

Every ten years, supervisorial districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each Board of Supervisors member represents about the same number of constituents. In the County of Alameda, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing these supervisorial districts.

I strongly encourage everyone living in Alameda County to engage in this redistricting process. It is vital that members of the community participate so that the boundaries reflect the needs of our changing demographic. More information can be found on the new redistricting website.

To launch the redistricting process, Alameda County will hold two Redistricting Training Workshops led by redistricting expert Karin Macdonald starting July 24th. The following topics will be presented:

  • What is Redistricting?
  • Laws Governing Redistricting
  • Criteria for Redistricting & Mapping
  • The Process: Outreach & Access
  • Timeline & Schedule
  • How to Get Involved

Please join us on either Saturday, July 24 11am-1pm (virtual only) or Wednesday, August 11 6-8pm (location TBD).

Interpretation is available upon request, at least 5 business days in advance.

RSVP to Casey Farmer, Director of Community Engagement (Please specify which workshop date)

Environmental Justice And The I580 Truck Ban

The truck ban on I580 has been in place for decades - now communities are questioning not only the health impacts but also the effects of racism, classism, and social equity associated with the implementation of this policy.

Here more about my history with this ban and my current thoughts on bringing about environmental justice with data and advocacy on a recent interview with KQED and an appearance on their morning program, Forum.

How The New California Budget Affects Seniors

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From Senior Information & Assistance Program of the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

On June 30, Governor Newsom signed a $196 billion General Fund Budget for the 2021/22 fiscal year, a budget that is remarkable in so many ways, including that it is $30 billion larger than the 20/21 budget. This year’s state tax revenues not only proved resilient, but have grown well beyond the pre-pandemic baseline, producing a huge surplus. As a result, the new Budget makes both one-time and ongoing investments that will make tremendous progress towards addressing health disparities, the housing crisis and much needed social supports–including the most significant investments that we’ve ever seen to increase older Californians’ access to health care and supportive services.  

In a move that will prove transformative, the new Budget removes two unfair Medi-Cal policies. It eliminates the Medi-Cal asset test that has for too long prevented older and disabled Californians from accessing essential health and long-term care. In addition, it extends Medi-Cal coverage to undocumented immigrants who are age 50 and older, finally addressing health disparities that became glaringly obvious as these older members of our community faced the risk of COVID-19 without full health care coverage. 

Other significant changes include the restoration of the 2,497 MSSP case management slots that were cut in 2008; a “legacy cut restoration” to state grant levels for SSI/SSP that will increase the State Supplementary Payment (SSP) over the next three years; and a $200 million investment to expand the APS Home Safe program. 

Click here for Senior Services Coalition’s summary of the new budget’s impact on seniors and senior services in Alameda County.

  • Click here to read a California Healthline article on new investments in the public health system.
  • Click here to go to the draft of the state’s Home and Community-Based Services Spending Plan.
  • Click here to go to California Budget and Policy Center for an analysis of the entire budget.  

Up-To-Date Information about Homelessness in Alameda County


Curious about the state of homelessness and what is currently being done by the County to address the needs of the unsheltered? Alameda County Healthcare for the Homeless is an excellent source of information.

They offer virtual monthly commission meetings as well as a quarterly newsletter. Visit the ACHCH website for more information, the monthly meeting schedule and Zoom link, and sign up to receive updates here.

Vaccination Event At The Oakland Zoo

Zoo Vax Event

Midnight Basketball League

Oakland Midnight Basketball League

ACAC Call For Visual Artists!

ACAC Call for Artists

 Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (10:59pm Pacific Time)

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites visual artists to submit an application to the new Alameda County Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities managed by the Alameda County Arts Commission. Public art opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists that will include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of budgets and will be appropriate for artists working in a variety of materials and styles. Open to artists from the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo.

View the complete Call for Artists here.

Applications for the Artist Registry must be submitted online through the CaFÉ™ website by Wednesday, September 15, 2021 (10:59pm Pacific Time) here.


For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the Office of the Alameda County Arts Commission at (510) 208-9646 or artscommission@acgov.org.

People's Health Briefing With Dr. Noha Aboelata

PHB 7.13.21

Don't miss the latest installment of The People's Health Briefing. In it, Roots Community Health Center CEO and founder Dr. Noha Aboelata breaks down the impact of COVID19 on Alameda County, Oakland and East Oakland in particular.

In this week’s episode, Dr. Noha gives a COVID-19 status update and reviews increasing cases and trends worldwide and here in the Bay Area. She is also joined by special guest Analena Hassberg from Streetwyze, a community-driven platform that helps you find/share local resources in the Bay Area that make your life easier and help create programs and policies that better support you.

Streetwyze project signup form.

View all installments of "The People's Health Briefing" here in the "All Videos" section.

To learn more about Roots Community Health Center, visit their website.

Exercise Your Right to Be Heard!

BOS 2021

Most Tuesdays, the Board of Supervisors holds a Regular Meeting during which the public is allowed to speak to the Board on agenda items representing decisions made about our communities.

While we might not always agree on the best path forward, I am fond of saying that reasonable people will disagree, and that I get some of my best ideas from my constituency base. I am honored to serve on the Board as a County Supervisor and take the ideas, concerns, and feedback of the public very seriously.

Please consider tuning into these meeting and encouraging your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same. We are stronger as a County when we are connected to one another, and engaged with the civic process.

The meeting calendar, including links to the agenda when it is available, can be found here.

The links to the livestream broadcast of the meetings can be found here.