Supervisor Márquez April 2024 Newsletter

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Release Date: 4/30/2024

Supervisor's Message

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Dear Community Partner,

“They say it takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to raise a community leader. As we all know, we can’t do this work alone.”

It is hard to believe that just one year ago, I was sharing this message in front of a sea of community leaders, each witnessing one of the most significant moments of my life, as we gathered at Newark City Hall for my swearing-in ceremony as Alameda County’s newest Supervisor.

Newark Community Swearing In

An unforgettable moment of gratitude for the broad range of community support received to serve and uplift our district’s experience on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

Each day since then and with the vision of the late Supervisor Valle to guide me, I have had the opportunity to connect with the many community-service driven residents of Hayward, Newark, Union City, and Fremont neighborhoods encompassed by District 2.

This April truly came full circle for me as a lifelong resident of South Hayward where I was thrilled to present a District 2 grant award of $150,000 to Covenant House to establish Hayward’s *first* Transitional Age Youth (TAY) shelter. Every community member, especially young people, should have access to housing support and other critical safety-net support services.

Funding for TAY Shelter

Fun Fact: The location chosen for Hayward’s first Transitional Age Youth shelter holds a very special connection for me: it is the very same spot where I attended Shepherd Elementary School back in 1986!

April also represents the time of the year when the Board of Supervisors begins to review the state of the County budget as we approach the new fiscal year (July 2024 – June 2025). On April 9th, departmental leaders presented a preliminary fiscal outlook and its potential impacts on county services and residents.  Join me in exploring the details of the County’s budget, including investments into affordable housing, homeless services, and public safety, by visiting

Budget session

Almost two-thirds of Alameda County’s budget comes from state and federal revenue to support the safety-net. Last year, I was proud to sponsor an adopted budget letter with Board President Nate Miley to provide $7 million for St. Rose Hospital’s operations in alignment with the County’s Vision 2026 goal of “Health Care For All”.

Looking ahead, I continue to mobilize regional leaders to ensure St. Rose Hospital – southern Alameda County’s *only* safety-net hospital with emergency and maternity ward services – continues to provide vital health care while developing a long-term sustainability plan.

Elisa with district 2 mayors

City-County partnership is essential for safeguarding the health of our community. Thank you to Newark Mayor Mike Hannon, Union City Mayor Carol Dutra Vernaci, and Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas for collaborating with my office to support St. Rose Hospital’s sustainability plan to ensure health care for all in southern Alameda County. (Photo name references are left to right).

Thank you to Assemblymember Liz Ortega for sponsoring Assembly Bill 2271, which aims to forgive St. Rose Hospital’s state loans and create a pathway for this essential non-profit community hospital to seek affiliation with Alameda Health System, an integrated care public health care system. I also want to applaud District 2 leaders, City of Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas, Newark Mayor Michael Hannon, Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, for coordinating with my office to submit letters of support for this urgent legislation that unanimously passed out of state Assembly Health Committee last week.

So, whether it’s lifting a binder for the next board meeting or a shovel to break new project ground, my commitment has and will continue to be to connect, engage, and serve the residents of District 2 and surrounding region more broadly.

1 year anniversay

Together, we can both lift those who have lifted us as well as support and strengthen “the village”.

In Service,

Elisa Signature

Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Waitlist Application Opening

Affordable Housing Waitlist extension

Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA) is extending its April 2024 waitlist opening for one day ONLY on May 6, 2024, from 8:00am - 8:00pm. If you applied during the April waitlist opening, you do not need to take any action. All applications received in the previous April 2024 opening and this one-day opening will be entered into the lottery.

HACA will be accepting online applications for our HCV (Section 8) program and HACA-owned Project based (PBV), 3- and 4-bedroom units in Emeryville and Union City for families with very low-income (VLI) and extremely low-income (ELI). Section 8 provides rental assistance to eligible low-income families in a unit of their choosing. PBV provides this rental assistance in units owned by HACA. Learn more at HACA serves the following cities in Alameda County: Albany, Emeryville, Castro Valley, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Pleasanton, Union City, and unincorporated areas of Alameda County.

There is no cost to apply. Apply using any device that has access to the internet including your mobile phone. The application will be available in English, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

HACA has community partners to assist the elderly, the disabled, those with limited English, and the
general public. A list of these organizations can be found at or a printed copy can be picked up at HACA’s office. If these partners cannot assist you, please call us at (510) 727-8519 or email us at to request a Reasonable Accommodation or interpretation. Requests for assistance must be made by Monday, May 6 at 3:00pm.

Apply online only at: - Click "Apply Now"

Final Round Announced: AC Boost Down Payment Assistance Program

AC Boost

Exciting News! AC Boost is Once Again Accepting New Pre-Applications!

We are thrilled to announce a new round of AC Boost, Alameda County's Down Payment Assistance Program funded by Measure A1. This program offers shared appreciation loans of up to $210,000 to first-time homebuyers who live in, work in, or have been displaced from Alameda County. Limited preference is given to First Responders and Educators.

AC Boost has already originated over $39 million in loans. This has empowered more than 233 households to fulfill their dreams of owning their first home in Alameda County while benefiting from an affordable mortgage.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to secure the assistance you need to make your homeownership dreams come true. Take advantage of AC Boost and join the growing number of individuals and families who have successfully purchased their first homes in Alameda County with the help of AC Boost.

The application window closes on May 15, 2024, so learn more TODAY or submit your pre-application at or call (510) 500-8840. Don’t worry, the AC Boost pre-application is free, super quick, and easy!

New Affordable Housing Property Now Accepting Applications (Fremont)

Affordable Housing Fremont

Applications are now being accepted for the lottery waitlist for Fremont Family Apartments, a new affordable housing property located at 34320 Fremont Boulevard in Fremont. This new property is for income-eligible individuals and families and will be managed by Abode and The John Stewart Company.

At this time, applications are being accepted for 27 rental units at Fremont Family Apartments. Applications can be submitted online via the Alameda County Housing Portal. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 3, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Applications can be submitted any time before the deadline; it is not first come, first served.

Fremont Family Apartments includes a total of 54 brand new affordable rental units to be leased to low-income individuals and families. Features include 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom floor plans and an on-site manager and resident services.

For more information on eligibility and selection process, review the full article here.

Public Comment and Review Needed for Draft Mental Health Services Act Plan

ACBH MHSA Plan Public Feedback

The Mental Health Services Act Division of Alameda County Behavioral Health Department invites the public to review and comment on the Alameda County Behavioral Health Department MHSA Plan Update Fiscal Year 24/25.

The public comment and review period will end Sunday, May 15, 2024. The Mental Health Advisory Board will host a public hearing on Monday, May 20, 2024. 

Please click here to view the draft plan and also gain access to the public comment form.

Your community voice and input are encouraged. 

Become a Teacher, Wellness Coach, or Early Learning Educator

Become a credentialed Teacher through PATH

Interested in becoming a teacher, but don't know where to start? Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) has a range of options to support you in becoming a teacher in Alameda County.

The Professional Advancement and Training Hub (PATH), an academic service of ACOE, provides career pipelines and talent development in service of a skilled, diverse, and stable workforce in our districts and county that mirrors our communities.

If you're interested in becoming a credentialed teacher, visit the PATH website to learn about their various programs such as:

  • Aspiring Teachers Program
    • ACOE will help you earn and pay for a Bachelor's degree, and help you pass the credentialing exam or support you with coursework, so you can bypass it.
  • Residency Programs
    • One-year program with or without Master's degree
    • Option for paraeducators and substitutes to continue to work in their roles
    • Living stipends and scholarship opportunities
    • Priority hiring in Alameda County districts
  • Intern Programs
    • Two-year program
    • $1000 cost per participant
    • Multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist
    • Can start as a teacher or a paraeducator
  • Career Technical Education (CTE) Credential
    • One-year program
    • Preliminary and Clear CTE program
    • $500-$1000 tuition for Alameda County teachers
    • Includes coaching
    • Participate in a cohort of other new CTE teachers.
  • And more!

For more information, you can schedule a 15 min zoom consultation or call, email PATH at, or call Kristin Bijur at 510-670-4201.

Join the Board of Directors at Bay Area Community Health


Bay Area Community Health (BACH) is an advocate and partner for those in Southern Alameda and Santa Clara counties who need an affordable health care solution.

They are seeking applications from individuals interested in contributing their voice, leadership, and experience to:

  • Have an impact on advancing BACH's initiatives and programs
  • Use your expertise to help spread the message to the community
  • Enhance the positive experience for all BACH's patients
  • Create ways to maintain a strong, adaptive, and resilient organization

To complement the existing Board of Directors, the Board is interested in hearing from professionals with any of the following profile:

  • Experience serving on a non-profit Governance Board
  • Ability to read and understand financial statements
  • A commitment to BACH's values of Equality, Community, Respect, and Excellence.

BACH is looking for representation in the the following areas:

  • Health Care Delivery
  • Community Services
  • Personnel Management/Employee Relations
  • Financial Management
  • City Services
  • School Administration

For more information about becoming a Board Member, please contact BACH's central office at 510-252-5882 or email You can also apply online.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration (Saturday, May 4 - Hayward)

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Flyer

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the 39th Annual festival and car show presented by La Alianza de Hayward on Saturday, May 4 from 10am - 5pm at B St. and Main St in Downtown Hayward. Enjoy a day packed full of performances and activities such as live music, mariachi, Aztec dancers, Ballet Folklorico, arts and crafts, food, and other vendors. 

Visit La Alianza De Hayward for more information.

90 Years of East Bay Regional Parks (Saturday, May 11 - Lake Chabot)

EBRPD 90 Park Fest

Celebrate 90 years of your East Bay Regional Parks with music, performances, Drakes Brewery, Kids' Zone, hands-on fun, nature exhibits and displays, food trucks, eco-friendly activities, and more.

Saturday, May 11, 2024
10 am - 4 pm
Lake Chabot Regional Park

Admission and parking are free. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation and take the free shuttle from the Bay Fair BART Station

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islanders Heritage Art Showcase (Saturday, May 11 - Union City)

AAPI Art Showcase

Come celebrate the art of local Asian-American, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) during AANHPI Heritage Month. Union City Community & Recreation Services is hosting the showcase on Saturday, May 11 from 12pm - 4pm at Studio 11 at 34626 11th Street.

Come enjoy stunning artwork, lively music, good food, and fun activities for all. 

For more information, email

Illuminare by Mission Peak Chamber Singers (Saturday, May 18 - Fremont)

Illuminare Concert

Join Mission Peak Choirs for a light-filled evening featuring Eliane Hagenberg’s exquisite choral masterpiece, Illuminare, as well as Moroccan guest artist Fattah Abbou, as he joins both Mission Peak choirs with songs from his homeland of love, longing, and life. You don’t want to miss this light-filled concert that will leave all inspired and heartened through song.

  • Date: Saturday, May 18th
    • 6:45pm Pre-concert talk with Artistic Director Dr. Corie Brown and Guest Artist Fattah Abbou
    • 7:30pm Concert
  • Location: Christ the Kind Lutheran Church, 1301 Mowry Ave
  • For more info, visit

Let's Art Together - Folding Books (Tuesday, May 21 - Newark)

Book Folding - Newark

Please join the Newark Library for a Book Folding Event on Tuesday, May 21 from 6pm - 7pm at the Newark Public Library at 37055 Newark Blvd.

Readers donate used books; let's make some of them into small book sculptures.

What do you need to participate in this event?

  • An interest in learning how to fold book pages to make a word, an object, or a geometrical figure
  • Be a teen or an adult (upper elementary or middle school children could participate if accompanied by an adult)

The library will provide used books for folding and teach you how to do it. No previous skills or experience are needed.

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

Recycle Your Mattress

Although Earth Day has passed, there's still one simple way to divert waste from landfills: the Mattress Recycling Council’s (MRC) Bye Bye Mattress program. 

More than 75% of a mattress can be recycled. The steel, foam, fibers and wood are turned into everyday products like carpet padding, industrial filters, construction rebar and garden mulch. MRC’s program recycles foam and inner-spring mattresses, futon mattresses that can separate from the futon frame or base, as well as box springs.

Visit to learn how to recycle your mattress or share this information with a friend or family member. At collection locations, unit limits vary by location and residency restrictions may apply. We recommend contacting the location prior to drop-off.

Mattress Recycling

Serve on a County Board or Commission

Boards and Commissions

District 2 appointments are available to those who live or work in Hayward (incorporated), Union City, Newark, and portions of Fremont (Ardenwood, Bayside, Canyon Heights/Vallejo Mills/Niles Crest, East Industrial, Lakes & Birds, Northgate, and Warm Springs).

Not sure if you’re in District 2? Find your district by clicking here

Learn more about County Boards and Commissions at

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


District 2 is actively seeking applicants for the following bodies:

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: February 4, 1964
  • Term: 3 years
  • Meetings: 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm
  • Location: Eden Area Multi-Service Center, 24100 Amador St, 3rd floor, Hayward 94544
  • Qualifications: District 2 residents interested in social justice. 1 opening

2. 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
  • Location: 6955 Foothill Blvd #300, Oakland
  • Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Monday, 9:30am
  • 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

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
  • Term: 4 years
  • Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of odd months, 7:00pm
  • Location: 224 West Winton Avenue, Room 108 Hayward
  • Qualifications: Must be residents District 2. One opening available for residents interested in Housing issues, specifically from Newark, Union City or Fremont (District 2) residents.

4. 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.
  • District 2: One opening available to District 2 residents

More County & Community 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.