Supervisor Valle's October 2022 Newsletter

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Release Date: October 24, 2022

Supervisor's Message

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Autumn weather has arrived and with it, our day light hours are becoming shorter. Take extra precaution with whatever mode of transportation you are using to look out for others and avoid accidents. Halloween is one-week away and little ghouls and goblins will be visiting our doors to Trick-or-Treat. Visit the National Safety Council for safety tips whether you’re in costume, accompanying Trick-or-Treaters, or a motorist.

In 2020 the biennial Science in the Park had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coming back after a four-year hiatus, this year’s event had to be bigger than ever! And it was! 

Science in the Park 2022

Partnering with our host Cal State East Bay and moving the event to their campus made for a spectacular location and connection to higher education. The many thousands of kids and families were treated to over 100 exhibit spaces with STEAM related activities and information. Every one of our exhibitors has my thanks for their participation. A special thanks to the 501st Legion who brought Darth Vader and a contingent of Strom Troopers out; as well as our keynote speaker and high school student Samaira Metha who invented CoderBunnyz and tested her game out with kids at Science in the Park in 2014. We hope to return to CSUEB for Science in the Park 2024!

We are also approaching the one-year anniversary of the tragic loss of Supervisor Wilma Chan. Last week our Board voted to rename a street in the heart of San Lorenzo, next to a development Wilma kept on track, to Via Wilma Chan. Wilma was a champion for the underserved and her legacy will have a lasting impact across our county. Further below, you can find information about the renaming of an Oakland park in honor of and to celebrate Wilma.

With Halloween and the holiday season approaching please be safe and kind to others.


Richard Valle

D2 Initiatives Spotlight: Raising Leaders

Raising Leaders at Winton Middle School

Raising Leaders has been a key District 2 initiative since 2018. Raising Leaders is a workshop and internship model created by the Hayward Adult School to give at-promise youth an opportunity to hear and learn from leaders within our community and gain hands-on paid work experience. Students attend an 8-week workshop at sites all across Alameda County. Students can expand their work experience with an 8-week internship following the workshop series. 

Since our partnership, Raising Leaders has expanded to help at-promise youth ages 14 - 21, with hundreds of students graduating from the program and many receiving employment across different Alameda County departments after their internships. This is Raising Leaders' second year bringing workshops inside Juvenile Hall in all six units.

Raising Leaders will be starting their 17th cohort on November 2, 2022. There are 340 students who've filled out referral forms and enrollment is still open. 

We are proud to be a fiscal sponsor for Raising Leaders and will continue to highlight and share the successes of this phenomenal program and our local youth in future editions of District 2 newsletters. 

Last Day for Voter Registration in the Nov. 8 Election

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Today is the last day register to vote in the November 8th Election. If you've already registered, double-check to ensure that your information is up-to-date. If you moved, changed your name, or want to change your political party preference, you'll need to re-register.

Voters can verify their voter registration address and language preference at To register to vote or to update voter registration information by re-registering, go to

At, Alameda County registered voters can sign-up to receive automatic email or text notifications when the county elections office mails the voter’s ballot, when the county has received and counted the voter’s ballot, and if there are any issues with the voter’s ballot that need to be resolved before it can be formally counted and tallied.

There are three options for returning completed vote-by-mail ballots: by U.S. mail postmarked by Election Day, at a vote-by-mail Ballot Drop Box, or at an accessible in-person Vote Center voting location.

Visit to learn more about the upcoming election.

Dig Deep Farms Pumpkin Patch

Dig Deep Farms Pumpkin Patch

There's still time to visit Dig Deep Farms' Pumpkin Patch!

Bring the family for a day of pumpkin carving and decorating, food and drinks, games, crafts, and more. 

When: Saturday, Oct 29 and Sunday, Oct 30 from 10am-4pm

Where: 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA

Admission: $2 per person 12 years and older. $1 per person under 12 years old

Community Celebration Renaming Madison Park to Wilma Chan Park

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Join us for a celebration of Supervisor Chan’s legacy and contributions to Oakland and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  

Community Celebration Renaming Madison Park to Wilma Chan Park Friday, November 4, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM 

Wilma Chan Park 810 Jackson St.Oakland, CA

RSVP on Eventbrite.

The event is outdoors, free, and open to the public.  

In addition to honoring Supervisor Chan, this ribbon cutting event will debut significant park improvements such as new signage, lighting, and playground upgrades, and celebrate with cultural performances from community partners.

Alameda County Small Business Recovery Grants

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Hayward small businesses and sole proprietorships with 25 or fewer employees may be eligible for $5,000 and $10,000 Alameda County Small Business Recovery grants.

Applicants can receive a one-time grant of $5,000 for home-based businesses or a $10,000 for brink-and-mortar businesses, provided they have not previously received COVID-19-related ARPA funding directly from the County of Alameda.

The application period is open until Monday, Oct. 31. Funds are limited and not everyone who applies is guaranteed to receive funding. If the total funding requests for all grant applications exceeds available program funding levels totaling $11 million, grants will be awarded by lottery.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application, visit the program website,

Hayward business owners needing assistance preparing and submitting their applications are invited to contact the City of Hayward Economic Development Division at

Senior Meals in Hayward

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Spectrum has resumed hot food service in Hayward locations!

In-person dining is currently available at these locations, along with the option to take-away:

  • Hayward Area Senior Center
  • Downtown Oakland Senior Center
  • St. Mary's Center
  • San Leandro Senior Community Center
  • South Hayward United Methodist Church

Senior Meals are available Monday – Friday from 12:00-12:30pm. These delicious, nutritious meals are served hot and ready to take home to eat. Each meal is low sodium and contains at least 1/3 of seniors Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) including fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins C and A. Check out the monthly menu here

 An annual registration is required along with an advanced reservation at the distribution site. For each meal, a $3.75 contribution is suggested, but no eligible senior (age 60+) will be turned away for lack of funds.

Annual Registration Required. Pick up a form at any site, or click here to print and complete in advance then to take to the open distribution site of your choice.

Advanced reservation for a meal is required. Contact the site of your choice directly to reserve your meal. See our Site Map for contact information.

Visit for more information.

4th Annual Housing Seminar

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Don't miss the 4th Annual Housing Seminar hosted by A-1 Community Housing Services, a Non-Profit 501(c)3 HUD Approved Housing Agency. This is an in-person event at Chabot College (25555 Hesperian Blvd.) on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Learn about available resources and information regarding:

  • Rent Relief

  • Foreclosure Prevention Assistance

  • Homeowner Assistance Fund

  • Down Payment Assistance Programs

  • Below Market Properties (BMRs)

  • Current Real Estate Market Conditions

  • Meet with a HUD Certified Counselor Onsite

Food and prizes will be provided.

Register here or to learn more.

Additionally, you can also help by supporting the toiletry drive. Donations may be dropped off at the A-1CHS Office or at the Let’s Talk Housing Seminar. Check out the flyer here.

Housing Community Resource Specialist (HCRS) Line

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211 Alameda County is excited to announce the launch of our new Housing Community Resource Specialist (HCRS) phone line! The HCRS program is a one-year pilot program generously funded by Health Leads that aims to provide additional support for advanced housing-related needs from 211 callers. These needs could include preventing eviction, resolving tenant-landlord disputes, unsafe living conditions, or callers facing harassment or discrimination.

The HCRS line is available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you or someone you know needs help navigating housing issues, please dial 2-1-1 to be connected to the HCRS team.

Boards and Commissions

Boards and Commissions

Boards and Commissions  - District 2 Openings for Residents of Hayward (incorporated), Union City, Newark and portions of Fremont.

To qualify, you must either live or work in District 2.

For Further Information, contact Ginny DeMartini, and/or 510.670.6150. Please send a resume and request an application.

Read about the Commissions –

1. Housing and Community Development Advisory Board

  • Objective: Define needs relating to funding projects of Federal Housing and Community Development Act
  • Established: Dec 9, 1975
  • Location: 224 West Winton Avenue, Room 108 Hayward
  • Term: 4 YEARS
  • Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of odd months, 7:00 p.m., 224 West Winton #108, Hayward
  • Qualifications: Must be residents District 2. Two openings available for residents interested in Housing issues.

2. Alameda County Fire Advisory Commission:

  • Objective: To encourage and create a forum for citizen input, advice and consultation regarding all fire services programs and activities, and the administration of these programs and activities throughout Alameda County.
  • Established: July 1, 1993
  • Location: 6363 Clark Ave, Dublin 94568
  • Term: 4 years
  • Meetings: Quarterly (February, May, August and November) at various locations
  • Qualifications: District 2 residents with interested in this area without regard for background, experience or prior community involvement. 1 opening available.

3. Commission on the Status of Women:

  • Objective: The purpose of the Commission is to help eliminate discrimination and prejudice against women in such areas as housing, employment, health services, childcare, education, transportation, credit, legal rights and community services
  • Agency: Social Services Agency
  • Terms: Two Year Terms
  • Meetings: 10 meetings per year -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm; 2000 San Pablo Ave # 445, Oakland
  • Qualifications: Must be a resident and woman who reflects the general population in age, race, religion and socio-economic status. One opening available to District 2 residents