Supervisor Valle's December 2022 Newsletter

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Release Date: December 28, 2022

Supervisor's Message

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Season’s Greetings,

A short Supervisors message this month. May you and your loved ones have a happy, healthy, safe, and splendidly merry holiday season, with warm wishes for a prosperous new year!


Richard Valle

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Stay Healthy During the Holidays

With COVID, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) on the rise this holiday season, 12 Bay Area Health Officials released these easy tips to stay healthy:

Get vaccinated against flu and COVID:

  • Did you know your doctor can give you the flu shot and the COVID booster in the same visit? COVID shots are free and other recommended immunizations are widely available at low or no cost.

Stay home if you are sick:

  • If you are feeling sick, he best way to prevent the spreading of illness is to stay home until you have recovered. 

Wear a mask in indoor public places:

  • A high quality mask (KN94, KN95, or N95) can prevent and reduce transmission of many respiratory viruses, even if you are already sick with mild symptoms.

Get tested before an indoor gathering or if you feel sick:

  • Get free home testing kits here:

Get treatment if needed:

Click here for the full press release from the 12 Bay Area Health Officials.

Hayward City Council Planning Commission Opening

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The City of Hayward is accepting applications from City residents for appointment to vacant seats on the Hayward City Council and Planning Commission.

Under the City Charter, service on the City Council is limited to Hayward residents who are registered to vote while service on the Planning Commission is open to all Hayward residents regardless of whether they are registered to vote or eligible to be registered to vote.

Appointment to the City Council would be to complete the remaining two years of the term of the Council seat vacated by Mayor Mark Salinas with his swearing-in as Mayor on Tuesday. Appointment to a Council seat is by majority vote of the Council. The deadline to apply for appointment to the Council seat vacated by Mayor Salinas is 9 a.m. Jan. 3, 2023.

Under a process approved by the City Council on Tuesday, Councilmembers will formally receive the applications for appointment to the vacated Council seat during a special Council meeting on Jan. 3 and select, by noon on Jan. 5, up to five applicants to be invited to be interviewed and considered for appointment during a special Council meeting on Jan. 9. If no appointment is made, the Council will direct the City Clerk to call a special municipal election to fill the vacant Council seat.

Appointment to the Planning Commission would be to complete the term of the Commission seat vacated by new Councilmember Julie Roche and an alternate vacancy resulting from the departure of former Commissioner Zachariah Oquenda, who resigned on Nov. 14. Appointment to the Planning Commission is by majority vote of the City Council. The term of the Commission seat vacated by Councilmember Roche ends Sept. 30, 2023. The deadline to apply for appointment to the vacated Commission seat or alternate vacancy is 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2023.

To fill the vacant Planning Commission seats, applications received by the 5 p.m. Jan. 12 deadline will be reviewed by members of the City Council. Applicants selected through the Council screening process will be invited for an interview before the City Council at a special meeting on Jan. 17.

Online applications for appointment to the City Council are available here. Online applications for appointment to the Planning Commission are available here. For paper copies of both applications, visit the Office of the City Clerk at Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street, 4th Floor, Hayward, or call (510) 583-4400. Please note City Hall will be closed to the public during a holiday business closure from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Crippsmas Place

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There's still time to see Crippsmas Place! This cheerful neighborhood display and charity fundraiser is planned and run by dedicated local neighbors and volunteers. Come see the decorations and lights in the north Fremont neighborhood. Decorations will be up and lit from 6-10pm from now until December 31, 2022. The 70+ homes of Crippsmas Place are on Cripps Place, Asquith Place, Nicolet Court, Wellington Place, and the stretch of Nicolet Avenue between Gibraltar Drive and Perkins Street.

For more information, visit

A Musical Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Birthday Celebration
Hayward will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a program of music and song, poetry, community-award recognitions, a keynote address by Chief of Police Toney Chaplin and other activities starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at Chabot College Performing Arts Complex.
The program is sponsored by the Hayward South Alameda County NAACP, Chabot College, Hayward Unified School District and the City of Hayward and will feature performances by the Mt. Eden High School Choir, Hayward High School Jazz Band and Brett Harte Middle School Slam Poets. Keynote speaker Chaplin is the first African-American leader of the Hayward Police Department. 
For more information on the annual Hayward Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration—including how to reserve a seat for this free event—go online here on the City of Hayward website.

Raising the Profile: Brian Ford

Brian Ford

Raising Leaders, a key District 2 initiative since 2018, is a workshop and internship model giving at-promise youth an opportunity to learn from leaders within our community and gain hands-on paid work experience. District 2 is beginning a new newsletter series taking a deeper look into the Raising Leaders program through interviews with its students, partners, and worksites. In this issue of the newsletter, we are featuring Brian Ford, Assistant Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department.

District 2: How long have you been a member of the Alameda County Probation Department and what inspired you to work in this field? 

Brian Ford: I have worked for the Alameda County Probation Department for four years. I spent the first 16 years of my career working for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. I grew up primarily in South Central Los Angeles and Compton. I attended Jefferson High School in LA, where I would often see a school-based Probation Officer walk around campus connecting with various students that were on his caseload – many of them I knew. This Probation Officer was also a coach at the high school. What initially got my attention was the fact that he had a career that allowed him to serve in two distinct roles that seemed to complement one another. I saw how impactful he was in both roles, as well as how much respect he garnered based on how he treated people. I quietly admired him and that’s what ultimately inspired me to pursue this career path.  

D2: What’s the most rewarding part of being a member of the Alameda County Probation Department? 

BF: Every part of my job is rewarding. There is a famous quote that says, “If you follow your passion, you will never work a day in your life.” I am very passionate about this field of work. Working for the Probation Department gives me an opportunity to do so many things that bring me fulfillment, both personally and professionally. Service is one of my personal core values, and this agency gives me a chance be of service each day, and I find that extremely rewarding.  

D2: How do you define success in your career? 

BF: Success in my career is defined as the ability to make a living doing a job that I am genuinely passionate about. 

D2: What advice would you give to someone who wants to enter your field? 

BF: If you are passionate about service, and can approach this work from the perspective that we partner with people to help them achieve success, then this would be a great field for you to consider.  We have very talented people in our line of work, and there is always space for more empathy, understanding, and compassion in our field. We need people with great communication skills, who understand how to work with and motivate people. If an individual fits this profile, I would recommend they begin volunteering with a local Probation Department to learn more about the various opportunities that exists. Probation Officers serve in various capacities and having an understanding of the various roles could certainly broaden someone’s perspective of what they would have an opportunity to do in this field.   

D2: What’s one thing either industry-related or not you learned in the last month? 

BF: I recently learned how much fun virtual reality can be. My daughter got a Quest last year for her birthday and she never really play with it. So, I decided to give it a try and it opened up a whole new world that I didn’t know existed. Admittingly, it made me feel a bit out of touch with the younger generation. But it was certainly something new and exciting for me to explore. 

D2: What are you most proud of in your career so far?  

BF: When you work in human service, there are many proud moments that you get to experience over the course of your career. I have many stories of successfully helping people turn their lives around to developing and implementing programs to address a systemic inequity. But what I am most proud of is the investments I have made in the growth and development of other people, that have ultimately become respectable leaders in this field. I have always led with the notion that I can be most impactful in this work by raising up other leaders, who can in turn, further the mission of being of service. I have made it a point to have this be a part of my legacy, and this is what I am most proud of.  

D2: From your perspective, what element(s) are important for successful juvenile justice prevention programs? In other words, what would you like to see youth get out of programs Probation supports.  

BF: It’s been my experience that youth need to be given opportunities to explore – art, music, literature, history, science, trades, etc. The teen and young adult years are when people are generally trying to find their way in the world. It’s not always easy to identify what you are passionate about, skilled in, or interested in becoming. It’s through the various programs that we support that I would like youth to gain exposure to these opportunities. Successful programs understand positive youth development, and find creative ways to speak to young people’s interest. I would like to see more of our programs find ways to engage youth in untraditional ways, include the family structure, and be more flexible with the days and times in which they offer services.   

D2: What are the best tools and skills to equip the youth and adult clients to lead successful, crime free lives?  

BF: There is a lot of research in our field that outlines what it takes to help clients live crime free lives. It starts with investing in the communities in which they live. When communities are cared for, safe, healthy and thriving, it produces an environment that fosters success. At the individual level, it starts with motivation – people that abstain from crime are generally motivated to do so. Next, is skill development and application. Cognitive skill development, like the ability to reason or problem solve in difficult situations help clients manage in their environments, which are often challenging to thrive in. Hard and soft skill development is also key so that clients can use those skills to gain employment and maintain it. Finally, basic needs like housing, food, medical care, transportation, etc., also need to be addressed. These elements collectively are what help people lead successful crime free lives.  

D2: As assisting Chief of the Alameda County Probation Department what is your vision to continue achieving positive outcomes for justice-involved individuals?  

BF: Probation has always been a field where we were seen as brokers of services – meaning we connect people to the services and supports they need. This still holds true for our field, but I also think there is an opportunity for us to have an expanded role. The populations we serve today have needs that are increasingly more complex to address. Given that, I think we need a different training model, that focuses on providing direct treatment, healing, trauma support, and mental health. We need this training to be given at an intensity that equips our staff with the skill necessary to address the complex needs of our population directly. The vision is to have a workforce that is properly trained at addressing the 21st century needs of our clients with minimal use of incarceration as solution to ensure public safety.   

D2: In your leadership position how will you continue to position the Alameda County Probation department as a nationwide leader in Community Corrections?  

BF: I think we position ourselves as a nationwide leader by continuing to trust the science, data and research on what works to change behavior and ensure public safety. If you look across this state, as well as this nation, Probation is applied differently from one place to another. The research is clear about what works in changing behavior, but many agencies struggle with trusting and/or applying it. I think we set ourselves apart by successfully being able to do both – trusting and applying the research, while building and testing new models thereby continuing to innovate.   

D2: What is your favorite hobby? 

BF: Since middle and high school, I’ve been into producing music and playing sports. Those are the two things that keep me going – and I still do both, recreationally. 

D2: What is the last book you read? 

BF: The Theory of Aligned Contributions, by Dr. Jolie Pillsbury. It’s a short book that outlines a theory that if certain factors and conditions are present across human service systems, positive population level changes can occur. It causes the reader to think about how one can make measurable changes in a population’s well-being through this simple framework, if appropriately applied. 

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. Human Relations Commission:

  • Objective: Create an environment in which each person may realize the highest potential unhampered by any discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigrant status, gender, age actual or perceived sexual orientation and mental or physical feasibilities protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Established: Feb 4, 1964
  • Location: Eden Area Multi-Service Center, 24100 Amador St, 3rd floor, Hayward 94544
  • Term: 3 years
  • Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00PM
  • Qualifications: District 2 residents interested in social justice. 1 opening

2. Public Health Commission:

  • Objective: To review and assess emerging health needs; initiate and improve health and disease prevention programs and policies; make recommendation s regarding opportunities for building community capacity as related to public health priorities; and advocate for adequate resources and increased County action to improve community health.
  • Agency: Health Care Services Agency
  • Location: 1000 Broadway, Suite 500 Oakland CA 94607 
  • Term: 2 years
  • Meetings: Commission meetings shall be held monthly for a total of 12 monthly meetings per calendar year. Contact staff for meeting dates, time and location.
  • Qualifications: The PHC membership is open to all Alameda County residents who are supportive of the improvement of the health and well-being of residents living in Alameda County. New members shall be recruited through an extensive outreach process, taking into consideration PHC's strong commitment to ethnic and geographic diversity. One opening available to District 2 residents.

3. 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: 24 West Winton Avenue, Room 108 Hayward
  • Terms: 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.