Supervisor Márquez November 2023 Newsletter

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Release Date: 11/15/2023

Supervisor's Message

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In this month’s newsletter you’ll learn about upcoming District 2 holiday events, community resources, and upcoming community meetings.

It’s tradition to gather in November with family and friends to express our thanks. This November I am thankful for my family; all the county employees and community-based workers who provide essential health care, public safety, and safety-net services every day; and the tremendous responsibility granted to me to represent District 2. I am continually impressed by the breadth of items Alameda County has before us. In one 10-day period in October I went from:

  • Chairing the East Bay Community Energy meeting where we changed our name to Ava Community Energy in recognition that our 1.7 million residential and commercial customers reside in bay side communities from Berkeley and Albany in the north, to the Tri-Cities in the south, east through the Tri-Valley, and into the central valley communities of Tracy and Stockton; to
  • Board of Supervisors meetings receiving long awaited reports on the long term sustainability for St. Rose Hospital, developed through the first-time ever partnership between multiple health care districts, the county, and hospital council (more on this report here); and a two year long effort to reimagine adult justice in Alameda County that includes 53 recommendations for our county to work on (more on that report here); to
  • Chairing the Board of Supervisors Public Protection Committee meeting where we heard about the reforms and impacts of the soon to take effect California law known as the Racial Justice Act and the effects it will have on our criminal justice system, more about that here

On Veterans Day, my office continued a tradition of the Veterans Day Lunch started by the late Supervisor Richard Valle to recognize and thank our local veterans, not just for their and their families sacrifices for our nation but for their ongoing commitment to community service.

Veterans Day Lunch Photos

In District 2, we also participated in several tabling events and other activities. Thank you to all the organizations who invited me and my staff to serve and celebrate alongside you. 

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My commitment is to Connect, Engage, and Serve District 2. As we enter the colder winter months we’ll be shifting from tabling events to constituent services and policy meetings. While we are no longer in a declared pandemic, please take care of yourself and each other. With the cold weather and more indoor activities more viruses are circulating. Remember to get your COVID booster and flu vaccination; for locations and more ways to stay safe, click here.

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving.


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District 2 Holiday Celebrations

Holiday Gatherings Flyers

Celebrate the holidays with us. District 2 will be hosting two holiday gatherings to engage with our community and support local organizations in their toy drives and food drives.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Gathering

  • Thursday, December 7 from 5pm - 7pm
  • District 2 Hayward Office: 24301 Southland Drive , Suite 101
  • Join Supervisor Márquez, Hayward Mayor Pro Tempore Angela Andrews, and Councilmember Julie Roche in celebrating the season
  • We will be accepting food donations for First Presbyterian Church, toys for Glad Tidings Church and La Familia, baby items for Eden Youth and Family Center, and gift cards for Downtown Streets Teams

Santa at the Firehouse

  • Saturday, December 16 from 4pm - 7pm
  • Fire Station 28: 7550 Thornton Ave.
  • Come take a photo with Santa, enjoy some cookies and hot chocolate, ornament arts and crafts, and listen to selections by the Newark Memorial Choir and Holiday Classics by Firefighter Zhuk
  • Please bring a new unwrapped toy for entry

AB 481 (Military equipment: funding, acquisition, and use) Annual Community Engagement Meeting


AB 481 requires that ACSO host an annual community engagement meeting at which the general public can discuss the military equipment list and ask questions.

This year's community meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 17, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the Castro Valley Library.

Please note that this meeting will be livestreamed. The meeting will be livestreamed via the link here. For more information, please visit the Sheriff's Office's website.

If you would like to submit a question regarding the military equipment list in advance, please email your inquiries to and be sure to include your name and district in the subject line.

Sign Up for County Announcements on Housing & Other Topics

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Alameda County distributes announcements on a number of topics and you can sign up to receive the ones that interest you. The choices are many and include Affordable Housing, Homeownership, Home Funding, Mobile Home Issues, Job Fairs, Legal Issues, and Health Care to name a few. Subscribe now to get up-to-date announcements and updates at Alameda County's Subscriber Lists.

Foreclosure Prevention Program - Deadline Extended to Jan 31, 2024

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The application period of the Foreclosure Prevention Program (FPP) has been extended the program will continue to accept applications, the new extended deadline is January 31, 2023

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 30 days behind on a mortgage
  • Non-Owner-Occupied Properties are eligible
  • Property Owner may own up to 10 units
  • Property Owner can apply for up to 3 properties
  • 2nd liens will be considered

You can also see other workshops and events hosted by A1 Community Housing Services here

Rebuilding Together: No Cost Home Repair and Modification Services

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Rebuilding Together Oakland | East Bay has more than 25 years of experience providing services to older adults performing home modifications and home rehabilitation. They build community partnerships that rejuvenate neighborhoods rehabilitating homes owned by low-income homeowners and non-profit facilities that serve low-income communities. With the support of skilled and unskilled volunteers, they ensure the safety, comfort and independence of their clients, particularly the elderly and disabled who are at very-low, low or low-moderate income based on the Alameda County Area Median Index (AMI). Ninety percent of households served by Rebuilding Together Oakland East | Bay have a resident over the age of sixty two. One hundred percent of their clients have mobility issues that make it difficult to remain safely at home. 


  • Bathroom grab bars
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Hand-held shower heads
  • Interior/ exterior handrail installation and repair
  • Raised toilet seat adapters
  • Shower stools
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Tub anti-skid safety mats
  • Doorbell
  • Doorknobs, loose door hinges repair
  • Flashlight
  • LED Lightbulbs
  • Minor plumbing & electrical repair (please call for more details)
  • Minor repairs (please call for more details)

Contact Rebuilding Together at (510) 625-0316 ext 104 or to learn about eligibility and to request services. 

Reentry Hiring Event

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Are you system-impacted and looking for a job or a career? We invite you to join us at the Reentry Hiring Event to get connected with employment, job training, and/or a career opportunity with background-friendly agencies.

Event Details:

Center of Reentry Excellence: Community Resource Forum

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The Community Resource Forum is a monthly gathering of providers and resources committed to supporting the reentry community. It is an opportunity to meet providers, enroll in programs, and hear from motivational speakers. The next upcoming forum will be on Thursday, 11/30 from 11am - 3pm at 100 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA

Participant Registration:

For questions about this event, contact Corrine Lee at

Pop-Up on the Promenade

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Pop-Up on the Promenade is back on Saturday, November 18th! This local makers fair is free to attend. Enjoy handmade goods, art, plants, music, kids activities, and more. Parking is free.

Become a vendor for our Fall/Holiday Makers event!  Sell or buy homemade goods, art, self-care products, fashion, and more!  Vendor Application Deadline is on 10/20/2023.  Register for a table: FA23AC-100.

Date: Saturday, November 18th

Time: 11am - 4pm

Location: Studio 11 | 34626 11th Street, UC

Trivia Game Night | TGI Fridays - Union City

Trivia Night at TGI Fridays - Union City

TGI Fridays in Union City CA hosts the Trivia Game Night every Thursday at 8:30pm - Join us for great food, fun and PRIZES!

Assemble your team and Use your Phone to Play! The game features an interactive trivia format, with a competitive mix of questions, including image round and music round. Hosted live by a super fun Game Host, with competitive trivia questions.

Use your phone to play along, submit answers and get points. Check out the Leaderboard throughout the game to see how you rank. Prize for the lucky winner!

PRIZES for the Top Three Teams!

Twilight Time Holiday Open House at the Patterson House

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Enjoy Christmas Splendor and celebrate a turn of the 20th century holiday at a beautifully restored Queen Anne mansion. Join costumed docents for a tour of 14 rooms decorated with Victorian-style holiday ornaments. Enjoy live music and refreshments. Children 12 years and under free. Register online. If not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at the entry as space allows.

Date: Sunday, December 10

Time: 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Patterson House, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont

Learn through Play (Special Needs Friendly) - Newark Library

Learn Through Play event at the Newark Library

Come, join us in person, at the Newark Library for an inclusive Learn through Play program, designed for children with special needs, open to children of all abilities. 

Children get to practice their fine and gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and social skills in a welcoming atmosphere.

This program is intended for children between the ages of 5-14. 

A caretaker must be present with every child through the duration of the program.

No registration required. Limited seats available.

An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter or closed captioning can be provided for this program if requested at least three business days in advance. For assistance, please contact your library or

Fayeth Gardens is Hosting the 1st Kwanzaa on New Year 's Day

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Fayeth Garden is hosting its' 1st Kwanzaa Celebration on New Year's Day from 12 - 5 pm in the Hayward City Hall Rotunda (777 B St.) - Jan. 1st, 2024!

Join us as we bring this first-ever celebration to Hayward; which has been recognized by millions around the globe since its inception in 1966.

Kwanzaa, which, in the East African language of  Kiswahili, means "the first" or "the first fruits of the harvest", is a 7-day celebration observed from Dec. 26th through Jan. 1st.

Kwanzaa originated as an idea that is neither religious, political nor heroic, but a cultural expression that celebrates the African-American traditions and heritages which have globally evolved over centuries from their  indigenous roots in Africa.

This free event will highlight the cultural  practices of Kwanzaa on New Years Day; including the traditional meal of Black-eyed peas and Rice; Greens, Yams and  Cornbread; along with Congolese cultural dances and drumming; a variety of  live music groups - featuring Pride & Joy, the Bay Area's top Party Band; Step performances; Vendors and Artists with  Afro-centric wares; a Kids Korner and so much more!

This is an interactive event, during which the audience can engage in many different ways, so wear your African-inspired garb (prizes for the 7 best-dressed), your comfortable shoes, bring your 'good time' moods and help us celebrate Kwanzaa by participating and encouraging others to come and join in the fun!

Kwanzaa 2024 in Hayward promises to be a  wonderful celebration that speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

This event is hosted by Fayeth Gardens and co-sponsored by Peace Haven in Hayward.

Contact Information:

Boards and Commissions

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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. Alameda County Advisory Commission on Aging:

  • Objective: To act as an independent advocate for older persons as mandated by the Older Americans Act, and the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act by taking positions on matters pertaining to federal, state and local policies, programs and procedures, and any legislation affecting older persons.
  • Agency: Social Services Agency
  • Term: 4 years, and not to exceed 2 four-year terms.
  • Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Monday at 9:30am
  • Location: 6955 Foothill Blvd #300, Oakland
  • Qualifications: Members shall be older individuals who are participants or who are eligible to participate in programs assisted under this Act, representatives of older individuals, local elected officials, and the general public, to advise continuously the area agency on all matters relating to the development of the area plan, the administration of the plan and operations conducted under the plan.
  • District 2: One opening available to district 2 residents

2. 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
  • Terms: 3 years
  • Location: Eden Area Multi-Service Center, 24100 Amador St, 3rd floor, Hayward 94544
  • Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00PM
  • Qualifications: District 2 residents interested in social justice. 1 opening

3. 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.
  • Agency: County Administrator’s Office
  • Term: 2 years
  • Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month from 4 pm to 6 pm.The commission shall meet at least ten times a year.
  • Location: Board Conference Room, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA.
  • Qualifications: Any District 2 resident interested in consumer and/or business issues. Two seats open to District 2 residents.

4. 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, 1221 Oak St, Oakland
  • Qualifications: Five years minimum experience as a licensed Real Estate Broker, Attorney or Appraiser or Certified Public Accountant. 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.