Supervisor Márquez July 2023 Newsletter

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Release Date: July, 3, 2023

Supervisor's Message

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Greetings District 2,

We are staying busy and working hard on behalf of District 2. It’s been a few weeks since our last newsletter. June was an incredibly busy month from street festivals to the adoption of the County’s $4 billion budget. I was fortunate enough to participate in a number of events in June, including the Gay Prom at Chabot, Fremont Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by City of Fremont Commissioner TJ Dhami, Hayward Juneteenth Street Party, Hayward NAACP Youth and College Division's 2023 Outstanding Women of the Bay Awards, and the County Fair all pictured above. Our office will be tabling at the Newark Mariachi Festival on July 16 (details below). Stop by and connect with us!

On June 29, the Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2023-24 budget. The County’s $4.1 billion budget represents an increase of $308.2 million from the previous fiscal year and allocates more than $800 million to 260 community based services providers to assist the County in delivery of social safety-net services. Critically, the Board approved my request for an additional one-time allocation of $5-7 million to support St. Rose Hospital. The funding is a range and contingent upon additional financial information from St. Rose being provided to the County’s Health Care Services Agency. These funds are critical to provide St. Rose and the Eden Healthcare District time to complete a feasibility study that is being developed in partnership with Washington Hospital, Alameda Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente, Alameda County Health Care Services, and the Northern California Regional Hospital Council. For more key takeaways from the FY23-24 budget, please see the Budget article below. 

Russell City Apology Group Picture with Aisha Knowles

In addition to the budget adoption, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the resolution Board President Miley and I put forward apologizing to the residents and descendants of Russell City for the County’s role in the seizure and destruction of their community in the 1960s. I've heard from the many voices of Hayward residents and the descendants of Russell City, who have emphasized the significance of receiving a formal acknowledgment from both the City of Hayward and the County of Alameda.

This acknowledgement recognizes the profound impact and harm inflicted upon the residents of Russell City by the actions of the governing bodies of that era. It is through the collaborative efforts of the families, descendants, and the Still I Rise Film project that the stories and experiences of these residents have been shared. This is an inspiring and crucial step towards our communities coming together to heal and recognize our shared history. I am deeply grateful to each and every Russell City family and descendant who has contributed to documenting this powerful history. More information on the adoption of the resolution can be found in the Apology article below.

One final note from me for this newsletter. All Alameda County non-emergency offices will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. On this day, let’s pause to reflect on the remarkable history and significance behind this cherished holiday. It marks the moment when brave men and women came together to declare their independence and set forth on a path toward freedom, equality, and justice for all. This path is continuing to be set as we take part in our democracy and requires our participation to ensure it bends toward justice for all. Please take this opportunity over the holiday to create cherished memories, whether it be by gathering for a backyard barbecue, enjoying a fireworks display, or engaging in activities that bring joy and laughter. I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July holiday with your family and loved ones!

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D2 Spotlight: Paddy Iyer and Daily Bowl

Since 2016, Daily Bowl, a Union City based non-profit, has been addressing the growing problem of hunger and food waste in our communities. 

Here are some updates from Daily Bowl Executive Director, Paddy Iyer:

"For the month of May 2023, we recovered and distributed 42,084lbs of food, generating 35,070 meals.

Thanks to our colleague Chitra, our pilot project with a local community college is going well, and hopefully we can expand to another community college in late summer."

Supervisor Márquez and Daily Bowl Founder Paddy Iyer

Since its inception, Daily Bowl has helped divert more than 5 million pounds of perfectly edible food that were otherwise destined for landfills and compost, to agencies that help the food insecure.

Check out Daily Bowl in this video made by StopWaste on solutions for food waste.

District 2 is a proud support of the Daily Bowl. Their Annual Fundraiser is Friday Aug 11th, 4.30 pm at the Ardenwood Farms in Fremont. Consider becoming a sponsor or helping spread their messaging.

Alameda County Budget for FY 2023-24

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On June 29, the Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2023-24 budget. Here are some highlights:

  • The final budget for all funds totals $4.1 billion
  • Includes a one-time augmentation of $5 - $7 million to St. Rose Hospital as requested by District 2 and District 4
  • The final budget is balanced and closes a $54 million funding gap 
  • Over $800 million in funding will be allocated for direct client services provided by over 260 community-based providers
  • In health and homelessness:
    • Over $687 million is dedicated for mental health services
    • $47 million in Measure A1 Housing Bond projects
    • Over $40 million to support the Office of Homeless Care & Coordination
  • In social services
    • Over $163 million to fund the In-Home Supportive Services program
    • $4 million for the Family First Prevention Services Act foster care programming
  • In Public Safety
    • Over $47 million for CBO contracts for Public Safety
    • $34 million including an increase of $5 million for Court Security Mandates
    • An additional $8 million in youth programming for the Probation Department
  • Infrastructure
    • $15 million for major maintenance 
    • $15 million for both capital projects and general reserve
    • $1 million to upgrade and modernize the property tax system

To view the full FY 2023-24 final budget adoption letter, click here.

To learn more about the county budget, visit

Alameda County Formally Recognizes and Apologizes for its Role in Russell City’s Destruction 

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On Tuesday, June 27, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally apologized for the County’s role in the seizure and destruction of the unincorporated area known as Russell City, now located within the City of Hayward. 

During the 1950s and 1960s, roughly 1,400 residents were displaced when the largely African American and Latino farming community was annexed into Hayward to build an industrial park. The 12-block neighborhood known as Russell City was home to more than 230 families and numerous businesses. At the time, ongoing neglect from the County of Alameda led to a lack of sewage and water services, dedicated fire service, and other basic public infrastructure. Conditions created by the lack of these basic municipal services were used by County and City of Hayward officials to justify the creation of a redevelopment plan that required the destruction of Russell City to make way for the City to annex and permit the development of an industrial business park with dedicated municipal services denied to the residents of Russell City.

In adopting the resolution, several Supervisors apologized directly to former residents and descendants in attendance. Board President Miley and Supervisor Márquez read the full resolution into the record (found here).

“It is a historic day. It is overwhelming. I can’t believe this day is here, I am excited for the elders,” added Aisha Knowles, one of the producers of the documentary film The Apology whose father and grandparents were Russell City residents and who has been active in the creation of Hayward’s Russell City Reparative Justice Project.

Save on Transportation with ClipperStart

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Eligible riders save up to 50% off transit with ClipperSTART!

Clipper START is a FREE discount program that provides eligible Bay Area residents 19-64 up to
50% off single-ride bus, BART, rail and ferry transit fares. 

Public transportation should be affordable to everyone. Clipper START was developed as an
effort to increase affordability and to ensure that public transit in the Bay Area remains
equitable and accessible.

Once approved for the START program, riders will receive a Clipper START card that will
automatically apply the agency’s discount fare on usejust load value, tap and go! 

For more information about the program, qualifications and available discounts, go to

Los pasajeros que cumplen con los requisitos ahorran hasta un 50 % en transporte
con Clipper START.

Clipper START es un programa GRATUITO de descuento en transporte que ofrece a los
habitantes del Área de la Bahía entre 19 a 64 años, que cumplan con los requisitos, hasta un
50 % de descuento en pasajes para un viaje en bus individual, BART, tren y transporte en ferry.

Clipper START se creó en una iniciativa para aumentar la asequibilidad y garantizar que el
transporte público en el Área de la Bahía siga siendo equitativo y accesible. Después de obtener
la aprobación del programa START, los pasajeros recibirán una tarjeta Clipper en la que se
aplica automáticamente la tarifa descontada de la agencia al usarla: solo hay que cargar el
monto, tocar y ¡listo!

Para obtener más información sobre el programa, los requisitos y los descuentos disponibles,
vaya a

CleanStart Mobile Hygiene Unit

Clean Start Mobile Unit

Did you know that a mobile hygiene unit is available in Fremont, Newark, and Union City to help our unhoused residents? The CleanStart unit provides shower and laundry services at five different sites throughout the week. For more information, please view the City’s Community Drop-in Services Schedule and look for the “Showers and Laundry” service.

When a person visits CleanStart to access services, they are offered new clothes to put on after their shower or while their current clothes are being washed. CleanStart keeps a supply of clothes and other items on hand. These items are typically donated by the community, which is greatly appreciated by those managing the program and those using it.

With the weather starting to warm up, a new Summer Needs List is now available for those who would like to donate items. The items most needed are the following:

  • t-shirts
  • sweatpants
  • leggings
  • backpacks

Please note that all donated items must be new with original tags/packaging. All clothing items should be in adult sizes from small to XXL. For a complete list of items and more information, please refer to the City’s CleanStart webpage.

If you are interested in donating items to CleanStart, please contact the City’s Human Services Development Officer Paula Manczuk-Hannay at 510.574.2049 or by email. Paula can help schedule a drop-off, coordinate shipping, and answer any questions you may have.

If you have donated items before or plan to do so in the future, thank you for supporting this program and giving to those in need!

Legal Assistance for Low-Income Hayward Residents Facing Eviction

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Low-income Hayward residents facing eviction have access to legal assistance from advocates at Centro Legal de La Raza under a new agreement between the Oakland-based nonprofit organization and the City of Hayward.

An agreement to provide legal assistance for low-income tenants was approved by the City Council following expiration of an Alameda County COVID-19 temporary eviction moratorium on April 29, 2023 and a contract to provide those services between Centro Legal and the City Housing Division was finalized last week.

The action was taken with the understanding that eviction proceedings have increased above pre-pandemic levels in some communities and that landlords more often than not have legal representation in these matters.

Tenants at risk of eviction or with other general questions about their rights as tenants are encouraged to first visit the Alameda County Housing Secure website at

Hayward tenants who have received an eviction summons are encouraged to contact Centro Legal immediately at (510) 437-1554 or

Instant Solar Permit in Fremont

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The City of Fremont is making it easier for residents to install rooftop solar and storage systems!

The new Instant Solar Permit (ISP) is now available for solar installation contractors. Contractors can apply for the new ISP with the help of SolarAPP+, an online portal for permitting new residential rooftop solar and storage systems. SolarAPP+ helps streamline the permitting process by instantly issuing an ISP for code-compliant systems. It provides an automated permit process that integrates with the City's existing permitting portal, Citizen Access.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the City’s Instant Solar Permit webpage.

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights in Union City

Outdoor Movie Nights in Union City

Summer's here and the warm nights are perfect for enjoying a movie outside! The City of Union City will be hosting a series of outdoor movie nights every Friday in July at the Kennedy Community Park. Guests are encouraged to bring low-back chairs and/or blankets. Please dress warmly. Pets are welcomed but must remain on leashes. Snacks will be for sale at the snack bar. Admission is free and no registration is required. 

Learn more about Summer Outdoor Movie Nights here.

Hayward Live

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The City of Hayward has partnered with Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and the Pop-Up Guide who have begun the process of recruiting musicians, artists and vendors that will set up every Friday and Saturday afternoon and early evening to do live performances, create art pieces, have some fun interactive, participatory art projects, and showcase local entrepreneur vendors (No onsite prepared food sales may take place). 

All activities will take place on the sidewalks, bump-out patios, and parks along B Street to maintain access to B Street and parking for your customers.  Those interested in participating as a performer, artist or vendor can click the button below for more information and complete the application form. 


These events are free and kid friendly. 

Newark Mariachi Festival

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Come to Shirley Sisk Grove (next to NewPark Mall on N Magazine and Cedar Blvd) on Sunday, July 16 from 1pm - 5pm to enjoy Newark's Mariachi Festival. This free event features mariachi bands, local ballet folklorico performances, food, community resources, and more! Additionally, District 2 will be tabling! Stop by our booth, chat with us, and pick up some gifts for the kids. Hope to see you there!

Fremont's Summer Concert Series

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The Central Park Summer Concert Series offers a scenic backdrop of beautiful Lake Elizabeth. The concerts take place Summer 2023 from June 29 to August 10 and will feature a variety of musical genres and performers.

All concerts are held at the Central Park Performance Pavilion (next to 40204 Paseo Padre Pkwy) on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and are free and open to the public. Parking lots near the concert venue fill up by 5:00 pm, so plan to arrive early if you want a good spot. BBQs are not allowed in concert venue area.

Visit Fremont's event page for more info on the event and the line up.

For questions, please contact Nigel Pugh via email or call (510) 790-5515.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Lance Scheetz via email or call (510) 494-4331

Boards and Commissions Openings

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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. Consumer Affairs Commission:

  • Objective: Established to improve the business climate in Alameda County, educate the citizenry, and advise the Board of Supervisors regarding issues that affect the quality of life for everyone.
  • Term: 2 years
  • Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month from 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Location: Board Conference Room, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland.
  • Qualifications: Must be residents of the County of Alameda and must reside in District 2.
  • District 2: Two slots open and available to District 2 residents.

2. Alameda County Mental Health Advisory Board:

  • Objective: Review and evaluate the Alameda County mental health needs, facilities, services and special problems. Advise the County Board of Supervisors on any aspect of the local mental health programs. Advise the Alameda County Mental Health Director on any aspect of the local mental health programs.
  • Agency: Health Care Services Agency
  • Term: 3 years
  • Meetings: Third Monday of the month, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
  • Location: Redwood Conference Room, Creekside Plaza, 1100 San Leandro Blvd, San Leandro, CA
  • Qualifications: Board members shall be as follows: two members shall be physicians engaged in the private practice of medicine, one of whom shall specialize in psychiatry; nine members shall be persons representative of the public interest in mental health and of those nine, five shall be persons or the parents, spouse, or adult children of persons who have received mental health services; the other five members of the advisory board representative of the public interest shall be selected from the disciplines of psychology, social work, nursing, education, marriage and family counseling, psychiatric technology, criminal justice, hospital or community mental health facility administration and fiscal management.
  • District 2: We have two openings for district 2 residents and are looking for people who are young adults or people with clinical background (could be retired).

3. Assessment Appeals Board:

  • Objective: Serves as the Board of Equalization for the County of Alameda.
  • Agency: County Administrator's Office
  • Term: 3 years
  • Meetings: As needed, Monday and Wednesday
  • Location: 1221 Oak St, Oakland
  • Qualifications: Five years minimum experience as a licensed Real Estate Broker, Attorney or Appraiser or Certified Public Accountant.
  • District 2: One opening available to District 2 residents

Helpful Resources

211 Alameda County:

Alameda County Housing Portal: Affordable Housing Rentals

Alameda County Housing Secure: Tenant and Landlord Housing Resources

Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA): Medi-Cal Enrollment

Alameda County Employment Openings:

Board of Supervisors Meetings: Information on how to participate in public comment is available on the LIVE Broadcasts page on the Board of Supervisors' website.